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    04 C4S

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  1. I installed mine under the front bumper cover. It is completely invisible and it works well. It is clearly a bit more work, but it seems to have no "shadow" effects, and gets as good reception as another car that I drive that has a factory install on the roof.
  2. I put a double-din Pioneer unit in my 04 996. I am not sure what differences there are between the two cars, but I am very happy with the install. In the 996, the opening is a bit taller than standard double din, so some custom fabrication is required. Someone with more knowledge of the similarities/differences in the dashes between the 987/996 could shed more light here..
  3. now that is neat, thanks for posting that Tool Pants I wonder if I'd need a better antenna than what my tuner came with, I notice that one is a Terk which I think are usually sold as "better" antennas I had tried putting the antenna next to the pollen filter (an a 04 C4S) and got good, but not great results. I then pulled the front bumper cover and mounted the antenna to the front bumper. This seems to work well. It is invisible, and gets good reception. I think that next to the pollen filter has the issue of being in the shadow of the window frame (and roof in my car). This may be less of an issue in a boxster.
  4. It would appear from your picture that the connection nipple on that sleeve is already in use. In the kit that comes with the PSE, there is a sleeve with a nipple that is designed to replace an existing sleeve with no nipple. On my car, the sleeve on the right had no nipple and I was able to replace it with the sleeve in the kit. If the sleeve on the left side does not have a nipple, I believe it can be replaced with the one from the kit (someone correct me if I am wrong). If I remember the instructions correctly, if both sleeves already have nipples in use, the next step is to drop the engine enough to get access to one of the more forward sleeves.
  5. Thanks for the advice, Beretta. I have the unit installed and working. The install is complete except for the completion of the fabrication of the bezel. I am using the bezel that came with the unit, so this leaves only a small gap ~1/2" at the bottom that requires filling. I will look into your technique. I may also let the shop that I bought the gear from fabricate it for me. I like your idea of using CD cases to support the unit. I used flexible metal strap to "suspend" the unit from the top of the support. The unit seems to be rock solid, and like your solution, there is minimal cost. I like the NAV capabilities of the AVIC D1. The touch screen is very good. I also installed the Sirius and Ipod interfaces. While they both work well, the interfaces are poor at best. From what I can tell from the manual, the XM interface is much better. All in all, a huge improvement over the stock equipment. Since this car is my daily driver, I really appreciate the integration of all of the A/V and NAV capabilities. Pete
  6. I am going to replace the amp in my 04 C4S as part of a complete stereo overhaul. I was hoping to create a wiring harness from the new amplifier that will terminate with a socket that the current speaker wiring harness can plug directly into. Does anyone have a diagram explaining the pinouts (or color codes) of the harness that leads to the speakers? Also, does anyone know what type of connector is required (i.e. I want a connector that mimics the connector that is in the stock amplifier). Thanks.
  7. I certainly intend to replace the speakers, but my first goal is to get a nav system in the car.
  8. I guess my question is how hard is it to fabricate a custom bezel? With the appropriate measurements I guess it is just a case of cutting out a piece of plastic to the correct size and creating some mechanism to attach it. The installation shops clearly have experience doing this, but it is not something that I have attempted. Does anyone have advice on this sort of effort? I have some simple questions like: where can I get the best matching plastic what is the best means of fastening the bezel Any other input would be appreciated! Pete
  9. I will have to change the amp, but I believe that the stock speakers will work. I will eventually want to change them as well as they are fairly low quality. I am aware of the MOST issues, but that aside, before I start ripping stuff out, I want to make sure that I will end up with a clean install.
  10. I have been reading through all of the posts dealing with installations of double din nav units. I am contemplating installing the AVIC-D1 in my 04 C4S. From some of the pictures that I have seen, it is clearly possible to do a very clean looking install of this unit. It seems from the posts I have read that while there is room for a double din, there will potentially be extra space. Is my understanding correct? If this is the case, are there any spacers available that would correctly fill this space, or alternatively, are there any companies that can fabricate the appropriate spacer?
  11. After having less than good success installing the Sirius antenna near the pollen filter, I finally got the time to pull the front bumper cover and install the antenna on the top of the bumper. The results are fantastic. I have no drop-outs and the antenna is completely invisible (as well as protected from the elements).
  12. I may be going crazy, but I seem to remember reading something in one of the manuals that said that after 5 days of no use, the remote is disabled.
  13. Thanks for the input. I thought about the placement between the defroster vents as I know that sat nav antenna goes there. At first glance, I thought that the Sirius antenna would be too big, but I did not actually remove the plastic cover and try it. I'll give that a shot next.
  14. I have installed a Sirius receiver in my 04 C4S. I mounted the antenna next to the pollen filter as has been discussed in other threads. I find the reception to be excellent at times, but problematic at others. I was thinking about alternatives. My requirements are as follows: Not visible from outside the car not covered by any metal as close to a 360 degree view of the sky as possible I was thinking that one such place could be somewhere in the nose. It is not metal, and if the antenna were mounted high enough, it would have an good chance at 360 degree visibility of the sky. Since I have never removed the nose, I don't know if there would be room for the antenna, or a suitable mounting point. Before I go to the effort of pulling the nose off, I thought I would see if anyone had any thoughts on this. (or if anyone had a better idea!)
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