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Old 11-04-2012, 12:38 AM   #1
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How to install OEM Satellite Radio Antenna

I live in Atlanta which is the worst market for radio in the entire free or communist world for that matter. I have a 2010 Tacoma, Regular Cab with a facory radio unit that includes a SAT button, but since nothing happens when I press the SAT button, it must not have the necessary satellite unit/module and, unless thru some magic the ariel antenna can also server as a satellie antenna, does not have the necessary satellite antenna as I don't see a 'shark fin' type antenna anywhere on the truck.

I want to, no, need to, install satellite radio but I want it to look like it came with the truck. I don't want wires hanging every where, I don't want a unit super glued/velcro'ed to the dash or wire-tied to my vents, and I certainly don't want the magnetic antenna that comes off in the car wash or hard rain storm. Lastly I don't want to have to use some FM transmitter to connect the satellite unit to the truck radio and have to deal with the static that comes with that approach.

I'm not partiucarly worried - yet - about getting the necessary satellite module unit (whether it's an entire after market replacement stero or simply the 'add-on' unit necessary for satellite to work with the factor radio currently in the truck) installed...but I'm really lost as to how to proceed on acquiring an OEM satelitte antenna and installing it so that it looks and works like it came from the factory.

Has anyone been down that road and, if so, can you share your experience of where you found an antenna to color match and how did you actually mount the antenna ? I'm as much concerned about positioning the antenna in the correct spot (both from a looks as well as function perspective) as well as not wanting my roof to start leaking after (I'm making an assumption here) drilling necessary holes in the roof.

Much thanks to anyone who responds !

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Old 11-05-2012, 12:38 AM   #2
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I replaced a dealership-installed XM unit that worked with the basic factory radio with a Pioneer unit. Both of these use the magnet-type antenna, roughly 1" x 2" x .5 " in size. If you're worried about the magnet getting dislodged, don't worry. If a car wash can knock it loose, your truck is already getting pounded too hard.

As for aesthetics, the antenna wire will be almost invisible when tucked into the rubber gasket surrounding the windshield. Not quite as pretty as a shark fin, but no drilling, either. Good luck!
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RaleighDawg, This is exactly what Im looking for, did you ever find a solution??
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