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    So it seems it wouldn't work with metal at all basically. Fiberglass might, any ideas on carbon fiber? I plan on getting one of those hoods for my car, so the GPS receiver would then be under carbon fiber. I guess this would be one of those trial and error situations, before I start mounting the stuff. I have a laptop so I can just hook it up and put the receiver in places and check with the laptop.

    If this post or similar are around when I get to that stage I will fill you in on my findings. I do plan on getting a site together with pictures and all of that, so the info would be there as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dug1967
    I agree metal will block Satelite signals (GPS and XM), well I don't know that for a fact, but it sounds reasonable and have seen it stated many times.....

    Now how about Fiberglass? I drive a Corvette and and getting really close to final install of my second carputer.... Will have XM-PCR and this same mouse GPS in the system.... Computer will be completely in the dash so I am planning on running the XM and GPS antenna straight up and mounting on the dash under the windshield.....

    They will have a good line of sight most of the time, due to the steep slope of the widshield, until a point when the Sats might be behind the car, then the signals would have to go through the fiberglass roof....

    I have heard that fiberglass is invisbale to satellite signals? Can anybody confirm this from first hand experience?

    Thanks in adavance.
    Is your roof panel removeable? Otherwise, if it's built like my Fiero, it's got a metal substructure under the fiberglass. Fiberglass isn't very condusive to surviving rollovers.

    I'm not sure about Carbon fibre either, I think since it's density is closer to metal than fiberglass, it might act the same way.
    Only one way to find out.

    Don't most people mount them on the dash or rear deck? How's reception mounted by the window? Does it need a clear line of sight?

    Cheers,

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    Anyone know roughly what the dimensions of this GPS unit are? I'm thinking of putting it under the wiper cowl since people are saying this unit is water resistant.

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    How long is the accompanied usb cable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by j81bird
    how much is that gps in USD I am looking for a new one I had my stolen thay thot is was a xm antena
    How do you know what they though, hmmmm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superduck
    Is your roof panel removeable? Otherwise, if it's built like my Fiero, it's got a metal substructure under the fiberglass. Fiberglass isn't very condusive to surviving rollovers.

    I'm not sure about Carbon fibre either, I think since it's density is closer to metal than fiberglass, it might act the same way.
    Only one way to find out.

    Don't most people mount them on the dash or rear deck? How's reception mounted by the window? Does it need a clear line of sight?

    Cheers,

    Kris
    The roof panel is removeable... actually there is NO metal in any part of the Corvette body.... Rollovers... they don't crunch they crack..

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleDragon
    Anyone know roughly what the dimensions of this GPS unit are? I'm thinking of putting it under the wiper cowl since people are saying this unit is water resistant.
    95mm x 47mm x 17mm (l x w x h) according to one of the auctions on ebay.

    Quote Originally Posted by sabre
    How long is the accompanied usb cable?
    about 6 feet i think?
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    anyone used this with MS streets and trip?
    i can't get it to work

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    dimensions are 95mm*47mm*17mm (I think they count the little part on the cord as part of it)

    Hopefully someone will be able to use soemthing in the pic as a size reference.


    The cable is about 5ft.

    As far as being weatherproof, I doubt it. resistant maybe, but not water proof without some good sealing. I have one on my car in the rear deck(right on top of the 3rd brake light, I have 5% tint so you can't see it at all), and I use one when I fly for my flight logger. For software I flipflop, sometimes Mappoint with AGPS plugin(it adds auto routing functions and tracking to MP) or Delorme Street Atlas 2004(finally they make the maps readable and the routing function is great, voice comms are excellent as well). I like the little GPS mouse so much I bought one for a friend for xmas(he loves it, he's a private pilot as well and it's fun to plot your tracks), and one for my mom so she doesn't get lost(since I live 3000 miles away it's hard to give her directions lol)

    As far as the transmissiveness of materials, fiberglass is ok there is a slight loss, carbon fiber is a little more loss over fiberglass(depending on the weave and the exact compound).

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    Quote Originally Posted by illusion
    As far as the transmissiveness of materials, fiberglass is ok there is a slight loss, carbon fiber is a little more loss over fiberglass(depending on the weave and the exact compound).
    Thanks for that illusion..... Good to know....

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