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Well, I don't know how I lived without satellite radio before now. Now I'm spoiled and can't go back.

I wanted a unit that would have large text (for these old eyes), look unobstrusive and blend in with the interior color scheme. And, I wanted to mount it for easy access (to me), and fit perfectly into a space that wouldn't interfere with any other components inside the FJ.

I went with the Audiovox model XMC-10A from Best Buy ($69.95), which included all accessories needed for my installation plan (i.e., 12v power cable, magnetic rooftop antenna, audio out, mounting cradle, etc.).

Started with mounting the antenna. Centered it on the front lip of the roof and took advantage of the gap between the roof and the windshield molding to run the wire over to the edge of the windshield. From there, the antenna wire went down the edge of the windshield where it tucked in pretty nicely in the rubber molding. (I ran a bead of clear silicone over the wire to ensure it remained seated and didn't become a source of whistling.)





After running the antenna wire into the back of the dash behind the left silver vent panel and feeding the right angle 1/8" audio cable to the same location, I tapped into an Accessory circuit in the fuse box with an "Add-A-Circuit" and fed the power cable up with the antenna and audio leads.




The left vent panel snapped right off with a slight upward motion. I drilled a hole through the plastic just large enough to poke all three cables through and mounted the cradle bracket just below the hole.





I then connected all three cables to the mounted cradle and slipped the XM received into the cradle.





The base of the cradle swivels to allow the unit to be positioned as the desired angle.




I cut a small notch in the switch panel blank closet to the Aux Audio Input jack and fed the audio source from the XM unit directly into the primary radio.




After everything was installed, I called XM, activated my $12.95/month service, and I haven't looked back since.


 

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Very Nice. How is the volume in the AUX. input. I plugged my iPod into it and found it to lose a lot of volume. I had to turn the radio volume all the way up to compensate.
 

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Looks clean! How long did the install take?
 

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Very Nice. How is the volume in the AUX. input. I plugged my iPod into it and found it to lose a lot of volume. I had to turn the radio volume all the way up to compensate.
On my FJ radio (the base version), the volume for the radio and the Aux input are totally independent of each other. So you can set the radio volume at one level and leave it . . . . and set the Aux input to another level. (Not sure if it's the same with the 6-disc upgrade radio.)

Anyway, the volume of the satellite radio is just fine. Plus the XM itself has an Audio Level Output level setting that can be boosted in the Menu section.
 

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Looks clean! How long did the install take?
Thanks, TuckTruck. It took about two hours for the install.

Coming off the base of the side windshield rubber molding, the antenna wire hooks a turn into the engine compartment in order to keep the wire completely hidden. The hardest part was finding a hole in the firewall to feed the antenna wire through to the back of the dashboard.

Otherwise, the rest of the installation was pretty easy.
 

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Coming off the base of the side windshield rubber molding, the antenna wire hooks a turn into the engine compartment in order to keep the wire completely hidden. The hardest part was finding a hole in the firewall to feed the antenna wire through to the back of the dashboard.

Otherwise, the rest of the installation was pretty easy.
You can actually come through the A-Pillar if you like. I did a writeup for a gps antenna here that shows how:

http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/foru...armin-external-antenna-install-step-step.html
 

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hey idrhawkey...did you turn up the volume on the ipod...cause that is what might of not made the radio from sounding good
 

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Very Nice. How is the volume in the AUX. input. I plugged my iPod into it and found it to lose a lot of volume. I had to turn the radio volume all the way up to compensate.

did you turn up the volume on your ipod?...that might make it work if you didnt do that.
 

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For those of you that don't want to go to the trouble of routing the antenna on the outside, do what I did. I ran the antenna wire behind the door seal (drivers side on mine) and simply used velcro to mount the antenna end on the dash between the defrost opening and the CS storage compartment. It works great. I also used the same technique in my F150.. Just a thought...
 

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did you turn up the volume on your ipod?...that might make it work if you didnt do that.
YEP! I ordered an iPod interface for the radio so I can control it with the steering wheel buttons.I just bought this iPod/FJ radio interface on EBay. $129.99



2007 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER iPOD DIRECT CONNECT INTERFACE + AUX INPUT

"New!!!! This iPOD direct connect interface will allow you to connect your iPOD directly into your factory radio & give your a additional aux input to your factory stereo. You will be able to control your iPOD through your factory car stereo and your iPOD will charge its battery while connected. For the additional Aux input you can run anything into it via RCA's and switch to that instead of the iPOD anytime by pressing a button on your factory car stereo. This interface is the best solution for adding your iPOD to your factory car stereo. Never settle for a noisy radio frequency FM (RF) modulator / transmitter.

This interface connects an ipod directly to your Toyota audio system. Its on-board software translates commands from your Toyota External CD Changer (You In-dash CD Changer will stil work perfect with this interface installed) controls into commands that the iPOD understands, and provides the following benefits:

• Retains Digital Sound Quality
• Allows you to Control your iPod from the factory radio buttons
• Includes 4ft Cable
• Keeps iPod Charged And Ready To Go and the iPOD will automatically stop charging one hour after the iPOD is paused. iPOD will go to SLEEP mode after charging.
• Control your iPOD from your factory radio and steering wheel controls (if equipped)
• Retains iPod display and Controls"

For the XM....I just realized the Garmin Zumo I purchased for my motorcycle has an XM radio system if you purchased their Xm antenna, which I just did. This is a repost off another post I made.

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I bought a Garmin Zumo 550 recently, mainly as a GPS and XM radio for my rally motorcycle. It uses blue tooth for a wireless connection to my helmet. But, as you can see, it also makes a great all around GPS and XM radio for the FJ.

It has the advantage of only paying for 1 XM subscription and having XM a GPS and XM in all you vehicles.

It comes with both a permanent MC mount and a car mount, which makes it quick and simple to remove and remount. It is designed for one hand use on a MC and a touch screen. It is wired so it auto shuts off and comes on when you start the car of MC. I just ordered the XM antenna which allows it to be moved between vehicles and still maintain XM. Or you can just sit around the camp fire and program it using it's built in batteries. Handy not to have to reprogram way points in GPS memory as you change vehicles.

It looks like it was made for the FJ with it's silver and black case. A few photos to tell the story. Mount is perfect for not having to take you eyes off the road while driving. It plugs into the aux. input on the FJ radio. Just under $700 for it on the net.


Gamin Zumo on FJ

Very bright screen easy to read in daylight



XM Radio


On my Yamaha FJR1300

On my Porsche

Little plastic pad that comes with it for dash mount


My dog told me he wants one on his side too.
 

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Very Nice. How is the volume in the AUX. input. I plugged my iPod into it and found it to lose a lot of volume. I had to turn the radio volume all the way up to compensate.
I use my ipod all the time. I just max out the volume on the ipod and then turn it down on the deck.
 

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My antenna is installed at the same location as SteveLandcruiser, but for "family viewing" here's where
my unit is located:
 

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After everything was installed, I called XM, activated my $12.95/month service, and I haven't looked back since.
Call them back and tell them you received a post card offering you $77/year. Use code "zwinback" if they ask for a coupon code. Comes out to about $6.42 a month.
 

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Very Nice. How is the volume in the AUX. input. I plugged my iPod into it and found it to lose a lot of volume. I had to turn the radio volume all the way up to compensate.
I get a loss of volume with my sirius radio and other mp3 players through the AUX port as well.
 

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Nicely done write-ups, but I must say for the XM install you went to way too much work. The Terk - Audiovox unit just plugs in to the FJammer - no holes, no major disassembly of the truck, just pull off the radio face plate and pull the radio out a bit. You don't even have to cut or splice a wire!! let alone drill a hole. Totally integrated with the radio and steering controls. Works great with excellent sound quality. Antenna mounts up the samy as what you have done and you still have the AUX port for your iPod. Cost was $99.00 from XMfan(dot com) last fall. Have heard the price went up a bit, but still a much better option than the factory kit and I prefer it to a bunch a junk hanging off the dash, cup holders, etc. And I speak from experience, as I first had a Samsung Nexus which worked great, but the display was too small and buttons too small to operate easily while driving. My $.02. Any way, XM ( or Sirius if you are of that ilk ) is great and I wouldn't be without it...even going to put it in my FJ40...although I know the sound quality will be diminished with all the other racket that goes with a 40!!:blueblob: :blueblob:
 
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