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Running antenna wire to trunk?/Oil Change?

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Hi there. First post but I have been reading (lurking) and learning a lot. I bought a 85 300d last summer with the intention of running it on wvo. I like "Bettie" so much that I'm now having second thoughts. Anyways, she looks great except for the dash and runs great with 220k miles. I'll post a photo or two once I figure that out. Only things that don't work are the clock, cruise and the center vents...but those things are later diy projects.

My lovely (and understanding...you want to drive a 21 year old car?) wife bought me a Sirius radio. So my first question is how to best run the antenna wire through to the trunk for the Sirius antenna. I have removed the back seat (wow, interesting and digusting stuff under there!) and can see other wires running to the trunk. Any tips, tricks or locations to run the wire through?

Second, its time for the first oil change. I live in Omaha, NE and it can get cold here in the winter. Do I stick with 15W40 or go with a different grade? The car is garaged at both my home and at work.

Thanks for any help and I hope I can contribute in the future.
Rob

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I think I found an answer here .
Alot of info on oil indeed.

As for the antenna wire, I will tape the end of the wire to a coat hanger and try to fish it through. I don't want to poke the egg crate looking plastic thing underneath the rear deck. I think maybe its a flux capacitor.

I'll report back.

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Run the antenna wire through the channel the vacuum lines take.

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Rather than drilling a hole to mount the satellite radio antenna on the trunk lid, as others have done, you might consider mounting it on the rear glass, where it meets the roof. There might even be a capacitive-coupling device which connects to the antenna through the glass.

I say this because when I first installed a mobile phone in my '81 wagon, I put the antenna in the rear section of the roof, making a hole there for it. Years later, antennas became available that could be mounted on the window. Then, portable phones became the standard, so outside antennas were no longer needed. At present the roof hole is covered with a plug. It would have been nice if that hole was never drilled.

We can't predict antenna configurations of the future. It would be best not to drill holes in the car for antennas, unless that's the only way to have one.

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Thanks for all the info. I absolutely will not be drilling any holes in the trunk. The sirius antenna is a small magnetic puck that I am going to mount at the front edge of the trunk. The wire is reinforced and designed to be pinched between the seals. The exposed wire is covered by a plastic piece that has adhesive tape on it. Its this one
Vince, I see how the carpet comes up, I am going to run it under there.

BTW, I read through the thread on oil. Is it the general consensus to use synthetic oil? I want to do that project this week as its suppossed to be in the 50's here.

Thanks for all the advice.
Rob.

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Got the antenna wire run real easy with a little cheating. I couldn't figure out how to remove the rear seat back...so I cheated and removed the first aid kit and ran the wire through that hole closest to the seat back. The kit fit back in no problem and than all I did was tuck the wire behind the seat back and around the side of the seat to the floor. I than ran it under the carpet as Vince suggested until it came out by the center console. I than tucked it under the drivers side edge of the center console and brought it back out near the dash. All in all, a pretty clean install. Radio works great, nice big legible display. Its the Sportster Replay.
Thanks for the advice,
Rob.

Now for the oil change ;-)

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