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Sirius Plug and Play Install
Published by E92Vancouver
01-21-2008
Sirius Plug and Play Install

I decided to install satellite radio. The dealer wants about $900 for the BMW module that intergrates with the OEM stereo. I decided to go for the $49 Best Buy option.

As I do not like wires and cables, I decided to hard wire the unit in. The first thing I had to do was create a wiring harness from the adapter that was provided. This adapter steps down the vehicles voltage to 5V.

I hardwired the harness to the fuse box. The antenna was mounted on the rear deck secured by velro and the wire hidden in the molding or carpet seams.

The power wire, line in wire and antenna wire were all hidden. The antenna wire was run from the rear deck, down the drivers side, under the front seat rails, under the carpet up to the centre console. From the centre console, the antenna wire it was run along the transmission tunnel under the molding up to the area by the heater core, then down between the two vents (that supply air to the rear seats) to the ashtray. The wires have to be out of the way of the clips that fasten the console trim.

The wiring harness was run from the fuse box to the centre console area. There is a corner hole to run this wire through and keep it out of the way.

The line in wire was run up to the ashtray area, tucked under the molding on the left side of the shifter.

A hole was drilled in the ashtray and the 3 wires pulled up.

Some of you will comment that the wiring harness has electrical tape. I soldered the joints, used heat shrink and then to be extra anal, used electrical tape over the heat shrink.

If you notice two fuse taps in my fuse box it is because one runs my radar detector.

I love the fact that the display is big, the unit is portable to the house or summer cottage and there is a remote control.

If anyone has any questions or needs more pictures, I will post them as needed.
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By SKBMW on 01-21-2008, 12:24 AM
Good work!!!
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By Kloogy on 01-21-2008, 12:56 AM
I was thinking of a good lacation to mount such a unit if I decided to not go the BMW OEM route. That's a great location you picked. Thanks for the pics and info ! My only question is how is the reception with the antenna mounted inside the vehicle ? In my Mustang GT I had an issue when I put it inside the car like you did.
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By E92Vancouver on 01-21-2008, 01:07 AM
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I was thinking of a good lacation to mount such a unit if I decided to not go the BMW OEM route. That's a great location you picked. Thanks for the pics and info ! My only question is how is the reception with the antenna mounted inside the vehicle ? In my Mustang GT I had an issue when I put it inside the car like you did.
Reception has been fantastic. I even get reception in the garage. I think the Sirius signal is distributed fairly efficiently and has good coverage. 90% of the time I am getting the full 3 bars. At worst, it is briefly 2 bars but still sounds great.
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By Kloogy on 01-21-2008, 01:13 AM
I've got 4 active radios with them, and I'm suffering in my 328 without it. Thanks again for the ideas.
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By aequitas330 on 01-21-2008, 02:24 AM
Nice...
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By E92Vancouver on 01-21-2008, 04:01 AM
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I've got 4 active radios with them, and I'm suffering in my 328 without it. Thanks again for the ideas.
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By E92Vancouver on 01-21-2008, 04:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Kloogy View Post
I was thinking of a good lacation to mount such a unit if I decided to not go the BMW OEM route. That's a great location you picked. Thanks for the pics and info ! My only question is how is the reception with the antenna mounted inside the vehicle ? In my Mustang GT I had an issue when I put it inside the car like you did.
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By E92Vancouver on 01-21-2008, 04:04 AM
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Good work!!!
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By E92Vancouver on 01-21-2008, 04:07 AM
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I was thinking of a good lacation to mount such a unit if I decided to not go the BMW OEM route. That's a great location you picked. Thanks for the pics and info ! My only question is how is the reception with the antenna mounted inside the vehicle ? In my Mustang GT I had an issue when I put it inside the car like you did.
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By IancoleTX on 06-16-2010, 09:00 PM
Thanks for posting this man, I am about to go this route as well and you have saved me a bunch of time with the write up
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By E92Vancouver on 06-19-2010, 02:43 AM
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Thanks for posting this man, I am about to go this route as well and you have saved me a bunch of time with the write up
Thanks. Here are the more detailed installation instructions:

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=111595

Please post a comment to the above thread as it is more relevant.
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By Hazard83190 on 06-23-2010, 04:09 AM
Nice!
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