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April 26, 2007

Sirius Radio in a GMC 2500HD

I just installed a Sirius Starmate 4 in my Sierra 2500HD truck. Best buy wanted 170 bucks to do it but that was too spendy for me. So, I got some industrial velcro and used that to attach the unit to the top of the dash board and another piece keeps the antenna on the front of the top of the dash board.

This worked very well until I tried to remove it from the truck. The problem was the power cable. The 12V connector that plugs in to the 12V power outlet broke when I pulled it out. This plug has a plastic cap that has a lip. I used the set of 3 outlets in the center of the dash. The righthand socket has an edge deep in the socket and this edge caught the lip of the plug and broke it off when I tried to pull it out. The center one doesn't have this edge.

The next problem was how do I fix it. I went to Best Buy and Walmart but they don't sell a replacement. You'd have to buy a car kit and thats 50 bucks. Whats silly is Walmart had a complete receiver with car kit for 40 bucks. Go figure. BEst buy sold me a multi-voltaage adapter which didn't work because it didn't have the correct plug for the Starmate.

I couldn't find one online either, just complete kits. Finally I went to EBay and bought one there, cost 20 bucks. It came and wouldn't work in the right hand socket but did in the center socket. But, the cable was too short to reach the top of the dash.

Finally, I went to my box of tricks and was lucky enough to find another 12V car adapter, for a cell phone I think, and took the parts from that to add a fuse, spring, metal nipple and cap to the power cable that comes with the unit. This worked believe it or not and this is whats in the truck now.

I'm thinking again about a proper install. Slight interference and static does intrude on the listening at low volume levels but its ok. I'm on the fence about it.

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Comments

Did you use the FM adapter or the cassett option? I am trying to use the FM adapter and its not working...Any tips?

Posted by: wv | Jun 3, 2007 12:34:54 PM

Same issue here... 2003 Buick LeSabre. Something about the GM cig lighters maybe. Although, from my reading this evening it sounds like some cig adapters came out of the box broken, so the adapters themselves aren't very well designed.

Posted by: Scott | Jun 17, 2007 8:32:44 PM

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