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JarvisB
05-10-2009, 11:11 PM
I got a Pioneer Avic F900BT.. I am going to install it tomorrow and I have no idea where is the best place to mount my antenna?

I dont want any wire showing or whatever, I want it to be as sealth as possible...

The manual suggested mounting it outside, run a wire thru the door.. WTF I dont want to do that..

I am thinking maybe I can find a way to run a wire thru windshield vent and mount it in the middle of the dash below the windshield?

Where do you mount yours? I would love any kind of feedback, thanks!

memphisman00
05-10-2009, 11:13 PM
umm negative..you wont receive a **** worth a signal.


rather, run it thru your front windshield along the weather stripping, mounting directly in the middle to the metal on the roof, ensures great signal and location.

like so..


see right in the middle

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd255/canyouhearmatt/100_0453.jpg


dont mind the headlights. im gettin some.♦

JarvisB
05-10-2009, 11:19 PM
I'm sorry but that looks tacky as hell IMO..

I want to keep it inside if possible?

I had an Avic D3 before and I mounted the GPS on the dash under the windshield temporarily and it worked with no problem?

memphisman00
05-10-2009, 11:20 PM
I'm sorry but that looks tacky as hell IMO..

I want to keep it inside if possible?

I had an Avic D3 before and I mounted the GPS on the dash under the windshield temporarily and it worked with no problem?

have fun with **** *** reception.


why do you think stock locations for gps, xm satellite radio, sirius, is outside the car, above the windshield, or on trunk cars, on the trunk?


this ensure top quality reception due to the fact the gps is unblocked, and connected to metal on the car that also improves reception....


mr fashion designer

dumple
05-10-2009, 11:21 PM
did it come wiht a little metal plate? i know one of my indashes did and i just put it on the rear deck under the fabric and ran the wire under the fabric aswell

JarvisB
05-10-2009, 11:22 PM
how do I find out if I got good reception or not?

JarvisB
05-10-2009, 11:23 PM
did it come wiht a little metal plate? i know one of my indashes did and i just put it on the rear deck under the fabric and ran the wire under the fabric aswell

Yeah it does come with little metal plate and I am required to put the antenna on the metal plate to get better reception..

memphisman00
05-10-2009, 11:23 PM
how do I find out if I got good reception or not?

with my pioneer i went to hardware options in the gps menu and it shows how many bars you have..on mine in hardware section it says gps mounted correctly, and i have like 7 green satellites and reception says excellent or something like that..

JarvisB
05-10-2009, 11:26 PM
oh that is cool,

many thanks for your advice, I appreciate it..

Any other suggestions, guys?

memphisman00
05-10-2009, 11:31 PM
oh that is cool,

many thanks for your advice, I appreciate it..

Any other suggestions, guys?

the only other thing i could tell ya is you could mount it in the car but your reception will be a little off. best thing to do is mount it like its supposed to be..and make sure it is flat on the surface. the gps picks up movement based on the position of the reciever. if its turned a certain way while mounting or whatever, then your tracking will be off as well..you may be going forward but the gps will think your turning left all the time..lol

JarvisB
05-10-2009, 11:32 PM
interesting.. I ll be sure to check on mine.. thanks

project f-150
05-10-2009, 11:36 PM
It willbe fine on the dash. That is what the plate is for. It has an adhesive on one side to stick to the dash and then the antennas magnet will hold to the plate.

BobbyDD
05-10-2009, 11:39 PM
I bought an external antenna for my portable GPS but I've never used it. With the GPS mounted to the windshield it's never lost reception even here in the mountains. I too would think the dash would be fine.

SRim23
05-10-2009, 11:42 PM
umm negative..you wont receive a **** worth a signal.


Ive owned a Pioneer Avic N1 and now Eclipse AVN5435 with both antenna's located where the OP mentioned with PERFECT signal at all times.

OP, my antenna is mounted on my dash in the passenger side corner and have perfect connection.

Lately Ive been reading some install threads on the Kenwood units where people have actually attached the antenna to the metal of the unit itself . they said even though it was under the dash covered by the dash, as long as metal wasnt above it, it worked. take that for what its worth.

but like i said ive done exactly what youve suggested with no issues ever.

KyleBechtold
05-10-2009, 11:45 PM
the dash will be fine if you mount as far forward as you can so the roof doesn't block any reception to it.. I put mine on my roof it looks fine.. but my car is a black/silver theme and the antenna being black goes with it...

bigaudiofanati2
05-10-2009, 11:46 PM
have fun with **** *** reception.


why do you think stock locations for gps, xm satellite radio, sirius, is outside the car, above the windshield, or on trunk cars, on the trunk?


this ensure top quality reception due to the fact the gps is unblocked, and connected to metal on the car that also improves reception....


mr fashion designer
X2 your signal is going to be crappy. It was made for being OUTSIDE the car. And your saying outside it looks tack it will look tacky as hell on your dash.

hondarider
05-10-2009, 11:48 PM
I have a pioneer premier avic f90bt so the same thing you have OP. I placed my antenna on the small metal sheet on top of my rear deck all the way to the drivers side to be as unnoticeable as possible have never had a problem with signal strength it has never even been week. Works perfect their.

microhaxo
05-10-2009, 11:53 PM
GPS is for *******, my friend cant even leave the ****ing block without using it.

JarvisB
05-10-2009, 11:59 PM
the dash will be fine if you mount as far forward as you can so the roof doesn't block any reception to it.. I put mine on my roof it looks fine.. but my car is a black/silver theme and the antenna being black goes with it...
exactly what i meant- far foward on the dash so roof wont be blocking it


X2 your signal is going to be crappy. It was made for being OUTSIDE the car. And your saying outside it looks tack it will look tacky as hell on your dash.
naw, my dash is black so it sure will be blended in..


I have a pioneer premier avic f90bt so the same thing you have OP. I placed my antenna on the small metal sheet on top of my rear deck all the way to the drivers side to be as unnoticeable as possible have never had a problem with signal strength it has never even been week. Works perfect their.
I guess I ll just try testing it by putting the GPS on the dash see if I get good reception or not..


GPS is for *******, my friend cant even leave the ****ing block without using it.
LOL, I wont be like that for sure.. I use GPS for places that I dont know of.. or for road trips (college to home, vice versa)

XTRProBoy
05-11-2009, 09:57 AM
Most GPS antennas these days work fine under the dash, provided no metal is blocking its view of the sky.

My vehicle has a roof mounted OE combo GPS/GSM antenna on it but it uses a Fakra/SMB connection while my Kenwood unit uses a HRS GT5 connector for the antenna. Finding an adapter proved nearly impossible and when I finally found one (a part used on some MB ML-class vehicles) MB dealers wanted to be retards about finding the part for me so I said "forget it" and just mounted the antenna under the dash as other people on a forum for my vehicle make suggested.

I have two vents in the centre of the dash (most vehicles are like this) and there was just enough space above them for me to use some 3M exterior double-sided tape to put the antenna on top of the ductwork for the vents, under the dash and above the HU.

Works fine, 3D accuracy usually within 3-6m with WAAS/EGNOS enabled. Would have been nice for me to use the existing rooftop antenna but it was too much hassle and i have no probs with it under the dash.

JimJ
05-11-2009, 10:05 AM
if its turned a certain way while mounting or whatever, then your tracking will be off as well..you may be going forward but the gps will think your turning left all the time..lol

No, not at all.

Joebobclark
05-11-2009, 10:16 AM
I have the Kenwood DNX-7100. Ran the wire up the A-pillar on the drivers side, tucked it along the front of the headliner and mounted the antenna on the inside of the windshield above/behind the rear view mirror. Always have excellent reception. Cant even tell its there unless your looking for it.

dbman150
05-11-2009, 10:24 AM
i always mount them inside its fine