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Poor Mans Guide - GPS, Satellite Radio, Ipod/Aux.

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by falco, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Feb 21, 2008 at 1:26 AM
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    falco

    falco [OP] Member

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    I spend a lot of time browsing this forum, but never contribute. So, here I go. I installed a Metra Ipod / Aux. interface into the stock stereo.

    http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=185485

    To switch between my ipod and XM radio I press DSC on the radio. Works great! The XM radio unit is a Sportscaster. The orange backlight almost matches the dash lights, and it has a remote. Cost is $20.00 on the XM site with a $20 mir. You can also get 3 months free and free activation.

    http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=720561

    I installed the XM antenna behind the radio and under the dash. The signal strength is better than I expected. I used heavy strength velco tape to secure the receiver in the storage area.

    I purchased the TomTom One from Buy.com for 150.00.

    http://www.buy.com/prod/tomtom-one-...s-canada-refurbished/q/loc/111/205833413.html

    I mounted the TomTom suction cub mount above the CD using heavy velco tape. Next, I stuck the suction cup tab between the radio and dash to secure it. I remove the TomTom when ever I park. IMO, the mount doesn’t look like a fancy GPS mount to would be thief’s.

    I plan to hard wire the TomTom power cable and XM power cable to free up the auxiliary power slots.

    Total Parts:
    Metra Ipod Interface – 50.00
    XM Radio – 20.00
    3 Months of XM Service - Free
    TomTom – 150.00
    Velco Tape – 3.00

    Total Cost – 223.00

    I guess I’m a cheap bastard, but I like it….:)

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  2. Feb 26, 2008 at 7:25 PM
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    tcBob

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    Good post! Didn't realize you could get the TomToms for $150 refurb'd...
     
  3. Apr 12, 2008 at 1:39 PM
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    wbhvacer

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    could you post some pictures of your sat radio install. Im very interested in that model for my 08 taco.
     
  4. Apr 13, 2008 at 12:28 PM
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    ChrisDeSoup

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    http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/ProdSearch.asp?search=toyota tacoma <---- has a mounting bracket for Sirius and XM. I am still figuring out where I want to put my antenna. I also have a FM mod I bought as well. They (crutchfield) will give you a master guide on how to install everything.
    I am not happy missing stern and bubba while im on the road :mad: so hopefully I will figure it out sooner than later.
     
  5. Apr 18, 2008 at 6:26 AM
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    Phi Kai

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    Good for you...sirius sucks anyway...may as well use this valuable time away from...that shitty guy...and move to XM so you can listen to real radio...

    O&A RULE!!
     
  6. Apr 18, 2008 at 7:59 AM
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    I hard wired my Garmin GPS and also my radar detector. Looks a lot cleaner than having wires running everywhere.
     
  7. Apr 18, 2008 at 9:54 AM
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    O&A's kinda lame, all they do is rip on stern (I had xm for 3 months) Sirius has better music stations too.You live in FL and dont miss btls? I was in Sarasota for 2 years and became an addict thank god Sirius picked him up. Get sirius dude, you get stern and bubba!
     
  8. Apr 18, 2008 at 11:39 AM
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    Phi Kai

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    What is BTLS?...and O&A only rip on Stern when it's warranted, other wise they are just purely better radio. And I like the music on XM...
     
  9. May 21, 2008 at 12:35 PM
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    Where did you get the velcro tape? Any suggestions for some tape that won't eventually fall off?
     
  10. May 21, 2008 at 2:40 PM
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    I think I got it a ACE, not sure. You can also buy heavy duty double sided tape at Home Depot. I used it to mount my XM radio under the climate controls. It really holds tight. Plus, if I ever sell the truck, I can easily remove it. Home depot has 2 versions... I got the light duty indoor version.
     
  11. May 21, 2008 at 5:27 PM
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  12. May 21, 2008 at 6:06 PM
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    misfitiii

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    If everything goes as planned, the merger will be approved before years end. By the middle of next year, all the programming will be sorted out so that O&A will be off of satellite radio and back to boring, old-fashioned, FCC controlled terrestrial radio.

    On topic, I have a similar setup in my Prerunner, but am looking for a good NAV system for good money. I would like something with a DVD player, GPS and my 100% commercial free music, and uncensored SIRIUS Satellite.
     
  13. May 24, 2008 at 2:58 PM
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    ChrisDeSoup

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    I will go ahead and post where I placed my Sirius antenna

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  14. Aug 21, 2008 at 11:47 AM
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    tacomalou

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    I plan on hard wiring my new beltronics 940 radar detector this weekend if not tonight but I'm not sure which wire I'm suppose to tap into. Isn't it one of the ignition switch wires & if so can anyone tell me what color it is. Any other suggestions would be greatly considered as well.
     
  15. Dec 27, 2011 at 6:03 PM
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    Sorry to re-open an old thread..

    How is the reception with the antenna in this location? (Just curious if you have any dropouts with the ant. here.)

    Thanks.
     
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