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Old 08-06-2013, 06:45 PM
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Need a radio system

Any good idea on putting xm in street rod with no existing radio?

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yes under the seat, hey the glove box works, oh hell in the trunk with a remote!!!
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Make a call to Crutchfield, they are very helpful over the phone. Here's their web site: http://www.crutchfield.com/S-FOkSKuvUGZ6/
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There is a company selling a pretty expensive remote operated stereo but I just used a midline JVC and installed it in the trunk in an accessory box. I added an inexpensive IR repeater under the dash to change stations/channels. It works well, but you can't tell what station you are on nor the iPOD/mp3 channel. Adding an XM or Sirrius to this stereo would be no problem. This photo doesn't have the remote installed yet, but it is just the sending wire mounted in front of the stereo's IR remote pickup:



(The dangling wire shown is for the Battery Tender)

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Consider just an amp with a line input. XM sells units that can plug in via the headphone jack called the Lynx Portable XM radio (Best Buy). That way you won't have obnoxious blue LEDs flickering. Unless obnoxious blue LEDs are your thing Unless you are doing 1000W+ it should all fit under a seat or under the dash.
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speakers+ amp+ipod or other brand mp3 player, with radio built in..
this way you can also use your smart phone for internet radio.+ mp3s
. and no headunit in the dash or hidden..
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Radio system needed

Thanks for so many good ideas on the radio. I especially like the idea of putting it in the trunk and using the remote. What would be good for speakers? I also plan to call the company that was suggested. Thanks!

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Thanks for so many good ideas on the radio. I especially like the idea of putting it in the trunk and using the remote. What would be good for speakers? I also plan to call the company that was suggested. Thanks!
If you call Crutchfield, they can make good recommendations for speakers. Do an on line search of their website. Make sure the speaker impedance matches the stereo output - 4, 6 or 8 ohms is normal. If you don't you could cause damage to the amplifier in the stereo. Many seem to be 4 ohms with SONY often the odd ball - but not always just to confuse the issue. If it's street rod with a fairly noisy exhaust or even engine, don't spend too many bucks on any of the components, mid line usually being plenty. If you have a quiet closed car, then the sky is the limit. Quite frankly, and even with the setup I have I find that I still REALLY enjoy the car wind noises, exhaust rumbles and engine songs without any more tunes, but then I am old school (to a point)
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remember there are 3 types of remotes,,
infra red, blue tooth, and radio waves
the infra red won't work unless it's sensor can see the remote..
so skip that one..
speakers stick with round, they sound better..
pioneer,boston acustics,alpine,polk are nice speakers, like anything they have lower lines ,mid grade,and top of the line,
the first two lines the only difference will be the power they can handle.
the 3rd(top of line) will sound better mostlikely have a separate tweeter and sometimes mid range driver ,with a divorced crossover..
the mid grade lines also have seperates, and if you can install the tweeter in the upper dash or a pillar, will sound much better (soundstage wise)

before you call crutchfield or anyone else, sit in your rod, and think out where you will mount the speakers.., how much room do you have ideally you'll want 6.5" if only fitting 2 speakers if fitting 4 you can run 6.5 and 5.25 fronts" but once you deside on the areas to mount them.. now look at how much depth you have in that area.. no use in getting a speaker that's got a 3.38 mounting depth if you only have 2.5" unless you want to get into to spacer rings,and speaker pods..
they make shallow depth speakers, and tho. the deeper depth speakers sound a little better.. they are not as far apart in sound as they used to be. if mounting in the trunk, it gets hot in there in the summer, I'd add an amp to lower the heat in the head unit it's self.. so it doesn't melt down from use.

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radio

Thank you all so much! It's definitely made me realize there is a lot to consider!
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Concur with the Crutchfield recommendation - they helped me pick out the system I wanted and matched up speakers to the unit I chose. They were very knowledgeable and helpful.
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Just to give you an idea where to mount speakers, these 4 are what are in my roadster:





Two behind the seats and one on each kick panel. These are pretty decent speakers, Kenwood and Rockford Fosgate, but not bank account breakers at $150-$200 for the four of them
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Hello Friends,
Nice space in that car.
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Once you buy all the speakers, the amp (If running a nice little sub or big), stereo unit, and wire it's pretty much straight forward to install it all, you can hook up a stereo in under 5min if you just think about it, then the hard part is making it all look good and not a mess. I have spent from 30min to 2hrs before installing complete systems and it's going to be a bit of work if everything is going into the trunk area but it's still easy if you have the mounting speakers and tucking wires part down lol.
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Also I prefer rockford fosgate for any speakers but for decent speakers at a good cheap price would be sony which wont be as good of quality as rockford fosgate though by far... and for amps if adding a sub or alot of speakers then pretty much can vary alot lol soo many variables there if you arent specific with what you want.
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