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Sirius Sportster stalk install

Finally installed the holder for my daughter's Sirius Sportster satellite radio. I saw other cool installations but either they would not fit the radio, (it's stand 3 or so inches high and around 4 1/2 inches wide) or it involved some sort of permanent change to the dash. I didn'twant to do that. I also saw on another forum where someone had used a "stalk" type holder. Took me a while to find one but finally located it at Arkon.com. I got the SR088 model.

Here are the components:
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Didn't use the triangle piece. This is if you want to install it into the drivetrain tunnel or floor. It has screws to attach it. I used the seat bolt install.

Here's the pick. I unscrewed the seat bolt. The front of the slide for the seat had an opening in it. I had to slightly ground down the fork which slips around the bolt on the holder to fit it into the opening. I put the fork above the base of the slide and then screwed the bolt on top.
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Here's a picture from the passenger side. I will need to do something at some point with the wires. I will probably follow them up the stalk itself.
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Here's a pitcure from the driver's side. My daughter can now work the radio and still get to the rest of the controls easily.
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Just a couple of other notes.

I currently have the antenna on the dash. I want to see how well that works. I ran the wire up the side column, under the glove compartment, and then under the center console until I poked it out the side as you can see from the passenger side pic's.

I am using the FM direct modulator since the wireless stuff really doesn't work well. I also had to get two antenna adapters as well to fit the existing radio and antenna. You can get all these components at Circuit City.

Finally, I tied the power into the cigarette lighter. I bought an external lighter (power socket, whatever) also at Circuit City. I have that also buried in the center console. Thankfully the cigarette lighter power goes off when you turn the car off. This was you don't have to worry about shutting off the radio manually.

I managed to do this all without disconnecting the radio itself so I didn't need to worry about the radio locking out. Good thing since I don't have the radio code.

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I wish I could be more enthusiastic about your Sirius satellite radio install. As long as you and your daughter are happy with the results, that's what matters. Personally, I would have found a smaller radio, even if I had to go with XM. With a smaller radio, some other type of mounting could be achieved without the flexible mount. Good job with your "how to" and pictures.
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Didn't really have an option on the radio. It was a gift from my wife's nephew. He also got my son one but they installed that themselves.

Personally, I don't even use satellite radio. However, from what I've heard the Sportster is a nice radio with lots of cool features other radios don't have.
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