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Old 01-04-2011, 06:40 AM   #1
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SAT ready XM OEM Radio

So I purchased a Sat ready OEM stereo from Ebay the other day. I got it in and did the install only to see that my TOY-SC1 adapter for the sat didn't work. After researching the iSimple kits I noticed a little blurb on their site that says

"Not compatible in 2009+ model vehicles that have an "XM" logo printed on the face of the radio. These radios have an internal satellite tuner and are not compatible"

I have the unit with the A51864 on the front. Has anyone with this OEM radio been able to succesfully add a seperate satellite tuner? In not what did you do to get satellite radio?

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So I purchased a Sat ready OEM stereo from Ebay the other day. I got it in and did the install only to see that my TOY-SC1 adapter for the sat didn't work. After researching the iSimple kits I noticed a little blurb on their site that says

"Not compatible in 2009+ model vehicles that have an "XM" logo printed on the face of the radio. These radios have an internal satellite tuner and are not compatible"

I have the unit with the A51864 on the front. Has anyone with this OEM radio been able to succesfully add a seperate satellite tuner? In not what did you do to get satellite radio?

Thanks
I know your post is ~1 yr old, so assuming your stereo has the built in sat tuner like mine, I am in the same situation. These do not need/accept an external satellite receiver / tuner.

I have an 08, I added an 11 stereo with built in satellite radio (in the jbl head unit) I purchased an aftermarket satellite Antenna, (Sirius) and I have found some adapter cables that convert an aftermarket head unit to the factory sharkfin antenna. this cable can be purchased with both male or female ends on the cable. the BAD thing is that the company that makes the cable does not have the correct connector to adapt this cable to the off the shelf aftermarket antennas.

I asked if they could make a short 1 foot or less cable that has the factory proprietary Toyota square connector on it and the proper SMB connector to connect the aftermarket antenna to it. Their answer was NO.

So, all that being said there are a couple options I found:

1. You can try to open the factory head unit and purchase a "SMB Jack - Bulkhead mount" connector and add the connection directly to the head unit. (you will need to understand what you are doing, and have a good set of hardware / soldering skills to do this mod. - I don't recommend this for the amateur..) Located here: http://www.surplussales.com/connectors/SMB.html

Pro - The cost for the SMB Jack connector is low.
Con - The adaption to the head unit will be hard, and requires a good hardware/soldering skills to make the proper connection to the board. This mod will require drilling a hole to mount the connector in the back of the head unit, assuming there is room.

2. You could purchase this cable, (http://www.ltmelectronics.com/07-up-...ltmelectronics) cut it down adding the cable version of the SMB Jack connector (Located here: http://www.surplussales.com/connectors/SMB.html) to the other end of the cable and make an adapter that will adapt the factory connection from the head unit to the std aftermarket Sirius/XM SMB connector. This is a higher cost option. You need to buy a $60.00 cable cut it up and add the new $6-10.00 SMB connector. (This is likely what I will try.)

Pro - This is a less intrusive solution, but still requires a good understanding of manufacturing skills/soldering in order to make the proper connections to the center pin and cable shield, and should net some good results assuming you made good connections to the new SMB Jack connector.
Con - The cable cost is high ~70 bux if you screw the modification up.

Hope that helps.
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