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Sirius Antenna Relocation?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by UtahTaco2016, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. Mar 6, 2016 at 2:13 PM
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    UtahTaco2016

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    I put a pop-up camper shell on my '16 Taco, and that covers up the shark fin, which kills decent Sirius reception. So I need to relocate the Sirius antenna. I see some instructions on how to wire in a satellite antenna on Gen 1 and 2, but nothing re Gen 3s.

    Has anyone done this? Is the Sirius receiver incorporated right into the radio, or is there some other place to connect an antenna? (I use Sirius because lots of times I have no cell coverage on trips in rural areas.)

    Thanks.
     
  2. Apr 28, 2016 at 9:51 PM
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    I am interested in moving my sat antenna too. I'm picking up a flipac shell tomorrow and I'm certain I'll have to remove the antenna just to install the shell. I'm expext it will involve drilling holes so I can move it forward a few inches. Have you moved yours yet?

    Here's my truck with the fin antenna barley visible
    image.jpg

    Here's the flipac on the sellers truck that doesn't have a fin antenna

    image.jpg
     
  3. Apr 29, 2016 at 5:49 AM
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    Also curious if a roof cargo box interferes with both FM and XM radio reception.
     
  4. Apr 29, 2016 at 7:01 AM
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    image.jpg I just had a cargo box above mine for about a month and didn't notice any differences with reception. It was hanging over it by almost a foot.
     
  5. Apr 29, 2016 at 8:19 AM
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    If the Taco antenna is the same as my '15 4Runner you might have about 4 - 6 inches of extra cable to work with. You won't know until you drop the headliner.
    You might be able to just move the antenna forward. If astetics aren't a concern, move the antenna to the side and you will gain a few more inches.
    The fin contains the AM radio, satellite and navigation antennas.
     
  6. Apr 29, 2016 at 2:29 PM
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    Nope, I gave up on moving mine until I can find an adapter that will fit the 2016 head unit (radio) connection from Sirius out to a Sirius external antenna in. (Bypassing the shark fin entirely.)
     
  7. May 10, 2016 at 8:00 PM
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    So I picked up the Flippac and had to immediately removed the antenna from the roof. About a week later I decided to go for it and cut the holes to reposition it. I dropped the rear half of the headliner and got measurements. The main hole is a 1/2 in by 7/8 in rectangle, and there is a pilot hole that is about 1/4 in. I started by separating the antenna wire to see how much I had to work with. NYNURSE is right, I was able to pull the wires diagonally and reach the new antenna location 6 in forward on the roof. I then marked carefully, making sure the Flippac would clear it when opened as well as closed, and drilled two, 1/2 in holes side by side. I then had to spend an hour and a half with a metal file turning the figure 8 into a rectangle. This did not create very pleasant sounds. Once I could see the antenna would fit I was able to see where to drill the pilot hole. The day after I moved the antenna we had a huge rainstorm, the antenna didn't leak at all. I'm planning to open it back up and put nail polish on the new openings to prevent rust. I still have duct tape covering the previous antenna location, if anyone has any good ideas on how to seal this more permanently it would be appreciated.

    Picture 1: New location with antenna resting
    Picture 2: new location completed with Flippac open

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  8. Jan 26, 2019 at 3:31 PM
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    I have a pop up camper for my 2017 and get zero satellite reception when the camper is on. Local auto a/v shops and dealer were no help in finding a solution for relocating or providing an alternative antenna. After much internet searching I found a review on Amazon for an adapter part that does the trick:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0083TX86S/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Use this with any satellite antenna such as this: https://www.amazon.com/XM-Interoper...43881&sr=1-9&keywords=satellite+radio+antenna

    Removing the radio to trade out the satellite antenna is super easy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp-i9p6T6Go

    Once the you have the radio removed, unplug the factory connection, put on the adapter, fish the antenna wire through the opening behind the radio, under the the dash and out to the hood. Connect the new satellite antenna and re-install the radio. Might have to use a little tape to keep the wire snugged into the weatherstripping around the door opening frame.


    Here's the stock antenna connection:
    Stock Antenna Connection.jpg

    Here's the adaptor installed in the back of the radio:
    adaptor.jpg

    And here's the antenna attached to the adaptor:
    Installed.jpg

    Antenna on the hood:
    antenna.jpg

    Works perfectly and no issues with AM/FM, GPS, etc.
     

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    You sir, are the real MVP. I'm trying to get to 37s but not lose the ability to stuff this thing in the garage because my ex-wife is a key happy psychopath. I've been patiently waiting and searching for someone to figure this out because clearly I couldn't. FFS man I even had to go digging on Prius forums for clues...it's shameful.

    In the words of Winston Churchill...if you're going through hell, keep going.
     

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