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    I have it on the roff, in a simulation GPS antenna, only mine is real.

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    Mine is now installed under the wiper cowl. I get just as many sats as I did when it was on the roof.

    The downside to that location is that I had to feed the plug through the firewall. I had an available hole, but it was a pain, and I hope I don't have to remove it anytime soon.
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    Now I'm really curious. I'm still working out where I would mount things as well, and want to know why this works:

    http://www.wkjeeps.com/wk_nav.htm#INSTALL

    In the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee the GPS antenna is installed behind the radio, IN THE DASH. From what I've read it appears that the GPS has good reception, so why not install all antennas behind the dash?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmigaDude
    Now I'm really curious. I'm still working out where I would mount things as well, and want to know why this works:

    http://www.wkjeeps.com/wk_nav.htm#INSTALL

    In the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee the GPS antenna is installed behind the radio, IN THE DASH. From what I've read it appears that the GPS has good reception, so why not install all antennas behind the dash?
    Some cars have the front windshield coated so that radio signals do not pass through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0l33l
    Some cars have the front windshield coated so that radio signals do not pass through.
    So, if I'm reading this correctly. Any vehicle, like the aforementioned Jeep, that does NOT have a coated windshield SHOULD be able to mount their antenna behind the dash?

    Not to be dense, but with all the vehicles offering a GPS option, it seems that knowing where the manufacturer installs the antenna would be a good starting point. Or am I all wet, again?

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    dash construction matters too

    Quote Originally Posted by AmigaDude
    So, if I'm reading this correctly. Any vehicle, like the aforementioned Jeep, that does NOT have a coated windshield SHOULD be able to mount their antenna behind the dash?

    Not to be dense, but with all the vehicles offering a GPS option, it seems that knowing where the manufacturer installs the antenna would be a good starting point. Or am I all wet, again?
    As long as the windshield doesn't block signals AND the dash is made of plastic, you can probably put the antenna in the dash. Be sure to put it above any metal, like the radio housing etc. If it doesn't work as good there, try putting it in the defroster vent, next to the windshield.
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    Yeh, any vehicle that doesn't have a coated windshield and metal in the dash should work quite well, unless you drive a 300c with the very vertical windshield

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    I'm still trying to figure out where I should locate my receiver ... I've got a 1967 VW Beetle and the car is all metal .. no plastic panels to hide it behind and the PC is likely to be hidden behind the rear seat .... Can I safely presume that putting my receiver just under the rear window will be fine? I'd assume the 39 year old rear window doesn't have any fancy coatings to mess me around but will the fact that putting it here will mean the GPS receiver is roughly 2 feet away from my alternator be any issue?

    I know what a bugger the alternator can be with stereo wiring etc ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98_Prelude
    my gps receiver sits right under the sun roof glass, on top of the sun roof visor. .
    That could work.. how did you run the wire down from the sunroof tho? Also, if it sits on top of the shade, how do you use it with the shade open?

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    I have mine mounted on the strut bar of my 350z right under my back window. Sometimes I get a great signal, but other times I don't get enough signal to get a lock. Any reason for this? It is like 6 inchs from the window. I have tint, however it is 3M and ceramic which isn't supposed to mess with readio signals. There also are those little metal lines in the window for the defroster. I have the reciever that comes with the delorme package. Any ideas? Other people with zs where did you mount yours?

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