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$13 GPS/satellite antenna for factory navigation

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by spongejosh, Nov 11, 2018.

  1. Nov 11, 2018 at 8:54 PM
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    spongejosh

    spongejosh [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I just finished installing a factory 2015 entune w/nav radio in my 2007 trd offroad. Multiple threads here already have the various adaptors and cables needed for a plug and play install. I found all the info I needed thanks to TW. The only thing I needed was a GPS antenna for the nav, weather, traffic and clock. I wasn't going to buy new for $250 or eBay for $175. There's a $30 -$40 Toyota adapter that lets you use a cheaper antenna but it still adds up to about $80. I'm cheap and I don't really need navigation but since it's there I want it to work. I did some research on GPS antennas and found a suitable replacement for $13 shipped on Amazon. It's not plug and play out of the box but it's a 1 minute mod to make it work. Everything works and it showed my location and the time as soon as I turned it on. It only took a 10 drive around my neighborhood to get the GPS to start following me real-time.

    Antenna:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006AKVX2S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    I didn't take a pic of the connector before I started modding it but once you have it in hand these will make sense.

    Step 1: Take a small screwdriver or a knife and pry up the clip on the side of the connector. This will release the cable from the blue connector.
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    Step 2: You're done! Plug it into the coax connector on the back of the radio and locate the antenna under the dash. I put it right in the middle between the "y" in the air ducts. The top of my antenna was flat (didn't match Amazon picture) so I used automotive double sided tape to stick it to the underside of the dash all the way forward towards the windshield.
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    The coax is tight enough that it doesn't need a clip. The connection is as solid as the USB extension so I don't see it working itself off. I tried to be fancy and sand/file the blue connector to fit but I realized it didn't add anything to the connection so l left it off. I did add a couple inches of heat shrink to the coax connector and cable just to cover the exposed metal and add some strength to where the connector terminates on the cable. Here's my finished cable and some pics of the modified blue connector.

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    Hopefully this helps someone else save some cash. I'm not using Sirius XM but I imagine this should work the same way for that antenna.
     
  2. Jun 7, 2020 at 9:28 AM
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    Monopod

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    hey do you still use this gps antenna? I was told for better accuracy you need to mount it to a metal plate?
     
  3. Apr 8, 2021 at 9:35 PM
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    brockefellar

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    How does this hold up today? Just curious, gonna try it myself this weekend before a trip out of town. Did you get all the features that require the antenna to function properly?

    Also I have the non nav unit. Will this antenna work with mine?
     
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  4. Apr 9, 2021 at 6:25 AM
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    Monopod

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    I ended up doing it and its been working great for 7 months.
     
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  5. Apr 9, 2021 at 5:45 PM
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    brockefellar

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    Do you have the non nav as well?
     
  6. Apr 9, 2021 at 6:24 PM
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    Monopod

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    I have the premium unit that comes with nav. But it works with the entune plus so with the app nav system.
     

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