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post #1 of 16 Old 04-06-2008, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Sirius Radio Install

I had a Sirius Starmate installed on a ram mount but it developed some issues with the plug wires. I called Sirius and they sent me a Sportster 4 for no charge.

I was concerned with the dock mounted radio (didn't want it to come out of the dock on the road or trail) and the Sportster just like the Starmate aren't made to get wet.

So here's what I came up with:
It's a waterproof box that I bought at Walmart in the camping section for $6. It's mounted on the handlebars with u-bolts


here's the box closed up:



And here's a side view. You can see the headset plug on the left side that comes from the Starcom1 comm system mounted under the seat


With a few test rides so far I don't like the box as much as when it was out in the open on the ram ball. And I'm not crazy about the blue color of the box. However, it's good to know that the radio is protected from rain or a mis-aimed spray hose while washing the bike. That and the added security of knowing that the radio is safe from falling out of the dock and onto the road.

I'll be keeping my eye out for a slightly smaller box with a clear lid and black or smoked sides

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My internet is wacky at the moment, so I can't see the pics on your post.

My setup sounds much like yours...Starmate on a RAM. And like yours, I had a problem with the connectors too. They just didn't hold up to the constant plugging and un-plugging. I have two units and I've had to re-soldier the connectors on both of them. The best way I've found to waterproof the unit is with a plastic sandwich baggie. It's easy on and easy off, and works like a charm without being big and bulky. If you're looking for a smaller box, check Aerostich. I seem to remember they had a selection of variable sized boxes.

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My internet is wacky at the moment, so I can't see the pics on your post.

My setup sounds much like yours...Starmate on a RAM. And like yours, I had a problem with the connectors too. They just didn't hold up to the constant plugging and un-plugging. I have two units and I've had to re-soldier the connectors on both of them. The best way I've found to waterproof the unit is with a plastic sandwich baggie. It's easy on and easy off, and works like a charm without being big and bulky. If you're looking for a smaller box, check Aerostich. I seem to remember they had a selection of variable sized boxes.

Seeing pictures of your starmate was the reason that I went out looking for that specific radio. I also kept some sandwich bags handy for the rain. I had thought that the plug-in wires would be a better option than the docking on a motorcycle but like you say, they didn't stand up as well as I hoped to the plugging and unplugging everytime I went into a store. So far the box option seems to be working pretty well. I'm checking out the Aerostich site now. There's a small pelican that may work also.

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I just picked my sirius reciever today, and was playin with it and runnin it for a couple of hours, I think your going to want to be careful with the heat..

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I just picked my sirius reciever today, and was playin with it and runnin it for a couple of hours, I think your going to want to be careful with the heat..

I've been concerned about the heat. I often ride with the box lid opened or at least cracked for airflow. I'll be keeping an eye on the heat as summer gets closer.

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I bought a couple of refurb StarmateR's for $29 each. One was DOA but that's being taken care of. Looking forward to having tunes other than mp3's on the bike.
I've never been a big fan of the concept of satellite radio, until I installed it. Kinda the same way people thought about cable TV when it first came out while regular TV was for free, why would you pay for it?

Now I have a second car kit so I can move it between my bike and the car, or a rental if I'm traveling. Love it!

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Do you find that the volume level that comes out of your Sat radio is quite low? I am a little concerned. ( I just got it installed on Molly, and havent been out for a ride yet. )

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Do you find that the volume level that comes out of your Sat radio is quite low? I am a little concerned. ( I just got it installed on Molly, and havent been out for a ride yet. )
I've got mine running through the Starcom1 system which has it's volume adjusted for comfortable rider/passenger talking. At this level I've had to turn the volume of the sat radio down to about 3/4 volume to keep from having it blasting in my ears.

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Just spend the money already and get a pelican case for it. There's an MP3 Player box that may limit the need to drill extra holes in it. I want to add sat to my Zumo but the antena is $189......F that. It's cheaper to buy a small reciever and do what you did.

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For Christmas my son gave me a Roady XM satellite radio. I too was never a big fan of the satellite radio until I installed it. I have had no problems to speak of..... run into a few "no signal" spots every now an then.... It was an easy and quick install.
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