: Sirius in E36 Vert

12-30-2005, 02:07 PM
I purchased a Sirius Starmate R and want to do a very clean install.

I have the antenna placed on the inside on top of the seatbelt retractors and rear vent. ran the wire under the carpet to the front ash tray.

I plan to hard wire the power into the cig lighter wiring and run that to the front ash tray as well.

I purchased the FM Modulator relay so that I could hard wire the sound and not worry about the scratchy sound from the FM modulator. This has exposed an obstacle. The modulator relay has the standard round antenna plug and recepticle. the plug that goes into the back of the HU is square.

1. Is there another adapter available or will I have to cut antenna wire to make this work?
2. Is it worth it to go to all the trouble of patching the antenna wire to make this work or should I just use the FM modulator?
3. Any tips or hints for hardwiring the power to the cig lighter power?

12-31-2005, 05:44 AM

12-31-2005, 12:51 PM
I would use an aftermarket adapter and plug directly into the CD changer wiring in the trunk. FM modulation :thumbdwn:

Check this thread:


01-03-2006, 10:45 AM
I couldnt use those as my car doesn't have the newer i-bus.

My initial mistake was that I misidentified the CD cable for the Antenna cable. After some searching I realized my mistake. ....no thanks to anyone here... :p

So for pre 1996 cars you will need to buy antenna adapters as our cars dont use the standard Motorola connectors. These are available at Crutchfield.com You can also go to a local stereo shop but they are likely to be more expensive. There is no cutting involved. Simply plug and play with the FM modulator relay shown in my previous post.
http://akamaipix.crutchfield.com/products/2005/120/l12040VW12-f.jpeg http://akamaipix.crutchfield.com/products/2005/120/l12040VW21-f.jpeg

I tapped the cigar lighter for power. I used an in line 2 amp fuse with butt connectors and shrink tubing. Not the most elegant solution but cheap and effective.

Two down sides of using the cigar lighter for power is that I do get a VERY faint whine coming through the signal when the engine revs. You could tap a cleaner power source but the cigar lighter is perfectly placed. The other is that the cig lighter is not a switched power source so the receiver must be turned off manually. Howerver, the Starmate has a auto off function that I set at one hour in case I forget.

I ran the three cables through the hole in the top of the cubby. Very clean install. The Starmate Replay fits nicely in the cubby.
Ill post a pic when I get a chance.

It took me several hours to complete the install mainly because I didnt have the proper parts and connectors on hand and had never taken my center console apart before.

03-01-2006, 11:13 AM
anyone got pictures of an install? Id like to see what it looks like mounted to the cubby.


03-01-2006, 11:57 AM
anyone got pictures of an install? Id like to see what it looks like mounted to the cubby.

Ill have to take a pic this weekend. It isn't physically mounted. I just have it resting in the cubby. If i need to see the display or change channels I just pull it out and do it then pop it back in.