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can someone help me with the right rear lense removal? i was thinking of routing the antenna wire through the light assembly somehow as hinted to in eddie's pdf file.....


""""OK, but I do not like this location for the lead, it seems to me that at some point of heavy rain/wind or car wash that the wire can act like a wick and draw water in. I know that in theory the top of the weatherstrip is higher than the water channel next to it but it would be better to perhaps either provide a drip loop first or just route the lead to the bottom of the hatch and enter through there. I don't know how long the antenna lead is but other XM antennas I have seen are minimum 14 feet. I think I would remove the rear tail lamp assembly, run the lead down to the bottom of the hatch water channel and then loop it back up through the light assembly hole, this will give you a drip loop and the foam backing will further seal the antenna lead coming into the car, all with about 8 feet of lead.""""


do you just pop it off by prying somewhere?....there doesn't seem to be anyway, from the inside, to release the lens cover with screws, nuts etc.
 

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Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy for anyone else....there are two 10 mm nuts on the inside of the car that have to be removed.....the nuts are difficult to see as the threaded visible bolts have a pushed on plastic nut that holds routed bundled wires....just pull the plastic nuts off and have at the two 10mm nuts...there are also on the opposite side of the 10 mm nuts two push in connectors that just pull out when you remove the lense assembly....if you route the black antenna wire next to the weather stripping on the inside of the hatch door all the way down to and enter the right real lense cover also at the weather stripping...you end up with a neat invisible installation of the antenna wire...drip loop the the antenna wire, now out of view behind the lens assembly, into the oval opening which is pressed neatly with factory foam sealing material. your done!
 

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Wow... When coastal Dave installed XM in my car he only removed the glovebox and the vent just right of it... Looks like you went the long way around...
 

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Looks like a train wreck... Don't look!
 

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self install the only option here....too far to drive for expert installation.

monday morning quarterbacking is easy for most....one needs to be on the gridiron...

the installation instructions that i used were all that i had at the time. if i knew there was faster or easier way i naturally would have elected that path. if the end justifies the means....all is back together and working. :wink:
 

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flyboy09 said:
self install the only option here....too far to drive for expert installation.

monday morning quarterbacking is easy for most....one needs to be on the gridiron...

the installation instructions that i used were all that i had at the time. if i knew there was faster or easier way i naturally would have elected that path. if the end justifies the means....all is back together and working. :wink:
I was on that gridiron...and I only removed the glove box and right-center vent. Ran the wire behind the glove box down to the floor, along the right passenger floor rail, across (behind) the back seats and down the driver-side rear quarter panel to the receiver in there.

But I had Coastal Dave's great instruction packet to rely on for my install. Took me about 2.5 hours, I think.
 

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Ditto what BIF said. However, even if you have Coastal's instructions, I still advocate using Eddie's guide as a backup. Where one guide is a little vague on a specific step, the other helps fill in the blanks nicely. Other than the amount of dashboard dismantling involved in plugging the cable into the back of the head unit, the overall instructions are quite similar.
 
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