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Best location for Sattelite Radio antenna wire

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by pmo, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. Nov 15, 2009 at 7:20 AM
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    pmo

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    Just wondering if you guys could post pics etc of where you've installed a Sat Radio antenna and the routing of the antenna wire....thx:p
     
  2. Nov 15, 2009 at 8:15 AM
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    Rocketball

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    I put mine on the roof, right above the third brake light. Most stereo shops will use the same location.

    I don't have any pics, but here's how I did mine.

    1. Standing in the bed, start by taking out the third rear brake light assembly. Mine had a gasket on it that made it a difficult to remove. If yours has this, just take your time and it will come loose with gentle pulling.

    2. Once the light is removed, looking thu the hole where the light was, you should see a few clips that hold the headliner in place. Using an flat screw driver, pop the clips loose. Taking them all the way is not neccessary (at least it wasn't for me).

    3. If you have a sliding rear window, open it. This will make fishing the antenna wire thru the brake light and headliner much easier.

    4. Still standing in the bed of the truck, start fishing the wire thru the third brake light hole, thu the loose headliner, and into the cab of the truck. Pull all excess wire thru except for about 2 feet.

    5. Place the magnetic antenna on the roof using the plastic antenna "tail" (wire cover) as a guage. I put mine just far enough from the brake light that the antenna tail covers the wire right up to the brake light. I left about 1 foot of excess wire looped up in the headliner in case I ever need to fiddle with the antenna in the future.

    6. From inside the cab, start fishing the wire thru the headliner toward the passenger side of the truck. I guess you could go either way, I chose to use the passenger side.

    7. When you get to the side of the truck where the seat belt shoulder harness is mounted, start fishing the wire down the door post toward the bottom.

    8. Remove the plastic door sill(s) and front passenger kick panel. Pull the sills straight up and they will pop off. The kick panel comes off by unscrewing the black botton that looks like a rubber bumper. Under the door sills, you will see the factory wiring harness in clips. I ran my wiring along the same path right up to the kick panel in the front passenger area.

    9. After removing the glove box, I ran my antenna wire behind the glove box right up to the sat. radio, coiling the excess wire together and zip tieing it in place behind the glove box. make sure you run the wire in an area that does not block access to the cabin air fliter.

    10. After everything is buttoned up in front, reinstall the kick panel and door sills, and reinstall the brake light. If you damaged the brake light gasket for the brake light during disassembly, you might want to use some kind of sealant on it so it stays water tight.

    There ya go. Good luck.
     
  3. Nov 15, 2009 at 8:36 AM
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    Does your truck have a factory satelite antenna? If so you can splice into that wire with a little solder and shrink tubing. I did it and it was very easy even for a novice. There is also a plug adapter to allow the hook up under the dash, but it is around $75.

    Just an option.
    The factory wire runs in the loom under the drivers kick panel.
    here is a link on how to splice the satelite wire:

    http://www.xm411.com/phpbb/viewtopi...&start=0&sid=27505055bfd3fd8bab8f6c5f553e0b86
     
  4. Nov 15, 2009 at 8:59 AM
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    Goor thought, but the 07's didn't have factory sat. radio.
     
  5. Nov 15, 2009 at 9:31 AM
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    I ran mine through the firewall and up the driverside window and put it between the weather stripping. No pics, but easiest method without removing break light or anything else.
     
  6. Nov 15, 2009 at 11:49 AM
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    I put my Sirius Antenna next to the am/fm antenna. Ran the wire thru an existing hole on the right side of the firewall and behind the glovebox. Reception is fine, never lose signal.

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  7. Nov 15, 2009 at 11:51 AM
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    This is my first choice, can one move the weatherstripping enough and have it lay back down?? I read comments on here about a noise coming from the weatherstrip...mine is good, don't want to start something..lol!:)
     
  8. Nov 15, 2009 at 11:54 AM
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    I tried this method first but couldn't get the wire behind the weather stripping.
     
  9. Nov 15, 2009 at 11:55 AM
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    Hey Ilovetacos...I noticed you have braces on your hood...great idea...are they anything special just 'run of the mill" braces?? The antenna location is great as well
     
  10. Nov 15, 2009 at 12:01 PM
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    I got them thru Redline Tuning. They're made specifically for the Tacoma.
     
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    I put mine in the same location and no problems. Easy install and a whole lot more convenient than running it from back above the third brake light.
     
  12. Nov 15, 2009 at 7:10 PM
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    I didn't put it under. It is between the little channel and the naked eye can't see it. LOL!

    No need. I will take pics tomorrow!
     
  13. Nov 15, 2009 at 7:14 PM
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    My Sat radio and my Nav antennas are mounted on the interior corners of my dash... safe, secure, clear line of site.
     
  14. Nov 16, 2009 at 3:30 PM
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    Do you have pics yet??
     
  15. Nov 16, 2009 at 4:17 PM
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    Here they are....

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  16. Oct 1, 2010 at 5:34 PM
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    Bringing back an oldie...I just ran my sirius antenna through my double cab 2010 taco just like Rocketball suggested and it was a breeze. Awesome post!
     
  17. Oct 2, 2010 at 5:57 AM
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    lift up the back corner of the plastic bedrail cover right next to the tailgate and stick it to the metal underneath then replace the bedrail cap. Its a great spot because its far enough from the cab that the body of the truck wont block the sat signal....These things work perfectly throught plastic and it even worked through my fiberglass tonneau cover. Best part is you never have to see the ugly thing again :D
     
  18. Nov 7, 2011 at 3:32 PM
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    Hey,

    I love the idea of running the satellite antenna into the bedrail and was just wondering if you could explain where you ran it out of the cab?

    Thanks
     
  19. Nov 8, 2011 at 5:23 AM
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    I would think your best bet is still running it out through the 3rd brake light, as the OP suggested, and then maybe routing down the seal of the back window?
     
  20. Nov 8, 2011 at 9:45 AM
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    i usually put these right on top of the dash. In the case of my tacoma i used the oem shark fin
     
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