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      10-10-2007, 12:19 PM   #23
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      05-05-2008, 07:57 AM   #24
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my car wasnt SAT prewired. im guessing theres no reciever in my fin. is there a way to retrofit one?
anybody ever answered that question?
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      05-05-2008, 09:43 AM   #25
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anybody ever answered that question?
Sure, you could. Pry the fin up, fish a new cable, and install the fin+sat. You might need to modify the hole in your roof. It's probably not cheap.
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Sure, you could. Pry the fin up, fish a new cable, and install the fin+sat. You might need to modify the hole in your roof. It's probably not cheap.
I will probably do it, but does anybody know if it's empty under the fin if you do not have satellite prep?

Because if it's empty i figure we could use a slim antenna and put it under the fin and route the antenna wire to the trunk
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I believe the satellite and non-satellite fins are shaped differently. The fin "guts" are a single molded module underneath the plastic shell. All the antenna connectors are on the bottom of the fin and the cables go through a hole in the roof. The fin and its shell are beta-linked down to the roof sheet metal.

There was a thread recently where someone had removed their fin and bondoed in the roof hole that gave a good look at how everything went together up there, but damned if I can find it now.

edit: found it http://www.e90post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=148

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OK...I found the Sirius prewiring...thanks guys. I just need to order an extension cable. The local best buy had a 50ft. for $40 that had a male end that would fit with no mods to the prewiring. I will look to find something a little shorter and cheaper. I'll keep you all posted...thanks again!.

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Here is a better solution for the cable in that you can customize the length. I'm doing a Sirius INV install soon and will share experience. I have already located the ssirius hookup in my 3/06 production and it looks simple enough

http://www.techtoolsupply.com/index....OD&ProdID=1556
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You can sort of get to the bottom of the sharkfin antenna by removing the plastic cover at the back of the headliner and unscrewing the FM diversity antenna amplifier. You can kinda pry down the headliner and see the cables plugged into the bottom of the antenna. I think there are two antennas available (inside the sharkfin is a sealed plastic antenna with a circuit board inside, depending on options.)

I'm not sure what the end of your Sirius receiver needs, but I just ordered a 5 meter fakra extension cable (those are the bmw ends with the plastic clips) for my idrive retrofit for under $40 from http://www.navparts.com/index.php?ta...oduct_id=29784
(its actually for an Audi) - I'll tell you more when I receive it.
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      05-07-2008, 05:50 PM   #30
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I have a Sirius S50 installed and I am using the standard dot antenna that came with the unit. I have the antenna mounted inside my car at the back of my rear windshield. The reception is spotty at times, but I will never let that magnet touch my paint...thus I live with it.

Is there anyway I can tap into the Shark Fin ant use it instead?


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I installed the antenna inside, on the rear deck lid and it works great.

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

Fast, simple and cheap.
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I installed the antenna inside, on the rear deck lid and it works great.

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

Fast, simple and cheap.
I've heard a few guys say the antenna works great inside, so I did my install that way,

unfortunately I have metalic film in my tinted windows , it's great for keeping the heat out but not very good for reception
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Will either of these cables work?? I just wanna extend the Sharkfin pink connector straight into the side of my Sirius Starmate 4....

http://www.cdint.com/catalog/model/SB9SBJ-174-16

http://www.myradiostore.com/p/extens...adiostore.html
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e93er, did you ever find out if those cables would work?
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Sirius wires in my car look like this (pink plug is antenna):
What if i dont have these wires in my trunk? Can there be another plug I can look for?
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Used Shark Fin for my Sirius - works great!

I tapped into my shark fin antenna - completed the project with help from my 10-year-old son - found the pink antenna cable in the trunk under the carpet. Pulled an antenna wire from the trunk, driver side, under the back seat carpet and into the center console. My Sirius Stratus 6 receiver sits hidden and out of sight under the console lid. Power and AUX connections are right there. No messing around with wiring behind the dashboard or gluing an ugly face plate to my wood grain dash.

I first started at my BMW dealer and asked them to install it for me. I have a 2009 328i with the standard radio, no NAV or satellite. BMW Encinitas told me that, while the shark fin antenna is used when a satellite radio is purchased from the factory, that my shark fin WOULD NOT BE wired to handle satellite. Moreover, they told me that they would not install my Stratus at any price (my only option being to install a whole new radio w/Sat and NAV for $$$$) and furthermore doing so would void my warranty. Well, thanks guys - you are full of it! The shark fin was prewired, the cable was easily found in the trunk as described elsewhere in this thread, and it works GREAT! In fact, I'd say it was easier to do and the sound quality is better than the other methods described in the post re: laying the antenna on the back deck.

It took about 6 hours of effort start to finish. Of course, now that I know how to take the back seat out, pull out the carpet in the trunk, etc I could probably do it in half the time. But that's the beauty of DIY, eh?

Btw, for those of you wondering about how to deal with the connector in the trunk - I just cut it off and did a splice job (soldered nicely of course) with the cable I pulled to the center console.
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