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Old 12-22-2014, 03:28 PM   #1
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I ordered an XM tuner module to go with my aftermarket radio and had a question about the antenna...

I know that there are some issues with my current antenna and it "searching for service"... I was wondering if I'd have that issue with the new XM setup if I used the factory antenna or if I should replace the antenna with the one that comes with the tuner.

Obviously, I don't want to replace anything that I don't have to since I can use the factory antenna on the aftermarket tuner... but if it's going to have issue with the signal, I'll replace everything.

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Where do you live? I've noticed over the years that living in the north east as winter rolls in, satellite signals seem to drop a bit. This goes for my xm as well as direct.
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Where do you live? I've noticed over the years that living in the north east as winter rolls in, satellite signals seem to drop a bit. This goes for my xm as well as direct.
Texas. But I also thought I read a thread on here somewhere about the signal going in and out being an issue on the truck... was never an issue on my old truck(not an F150), and I don't think ever.
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I ordered an XM tuner module to go with my aftermarket radio and had a question about the antenna...

I know that there are some issues with my current antenna and it "searching for service"... I was wondering if I'd have that issue with the new XM setup if I used the factory antenna or if I should replace the antenna with the one that comes with the tuner.

Obviously, I don't want to replace anything that I don't have to since I can use the factory antenna on the aftermarket tuner... but if it's going to have issue with the signal, I'll replace everything.

Thoughts?
If you have a problem now with the signal then it is either the antenna or the factory XM unit. I would try the factory antenna and if it is bad then use the new one.
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Just changed my factory HU with aftermarket. I left the factory Sirius/Xm antenna intact and connected it to the aftermarket HU, haven't noticed any difference in signal quality at all. You'd probably be better off using the factory Sirius antenna already installed on the truck, don't think their is any difference between the two unless you want two antennas.
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Just changed my factory HU with aftermarket. I left the factory Sirius/Xm antenna intact and connected it to the aftermarket HU, haven't noticed any difference in signal quality at all. You'd probably be better off using the factory Sirius antenna already installed on the truck, don't think their is any difference between the two unless you want two antennas.
This will be fine unless there is something wrong with the factory antenna. He said his signal was searching for service.
"I know that there are some issues with my current antenna and it "searching for service"
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I may have to use the aftermarket antenna... The new radio and xm don't seem to get a signal with the factory antenna
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I may have to use the aftermarket antenna... The new radio and xm don't seem to get a signal with the factory antenna
Scratch that. In my haste of wiring the entire system... at some point the antenna came unplugged from the XM tuner
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