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    Removing dash

    Looking to install GPS antenna on my 06 STS..what's the best way to remove the dash? And how do you do it

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    Re: Removing dash

    You mean the defrost nozzle or the whole carrier assembly?

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    What's the best way to install the GPS antenna? I was hoping I didn't have to take off the dash

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    Re: Removing dash

    I removed the top peice, and then used a coat hanger to fish through the cord for the GPS antena. I believe if you have GPS stock there is a metal plate that the antenna sticks to via it's magnetic base. I used aluminum tape folded over to make a double sided tape to hole the antenna in place.

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    Re: Removing dash

    There is no magnetic base on factory installed GPS antennas. The metal plate the antenna is attached to is held in place by push-in plastic retainers. If you want to place this in the factory location, you will have to remove the dash carrier but not the aluminum sub-frame. In order to remove the carrier, unless you are prepared to cut or break pieces out the way one of my local amateur Cadillac dealers did, you need to remove the steering column and possibly the shifter (you may be able to get the carrier past this if the column is out of the way). Just to be perfectly up front, to do this the "OEM" way is A LOT of work. I've had my dash out twice now and this isn't something most people generally want to tackle.

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    d, do you have any pics we can see from when your dash was out?

    I'm not planning to take mine apart, just curious about what it looks like in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddalder View Post
    There is no magnetic base on factory installed GPS antennas. The metal plate the antenna is attached to is held in place by push-in plastic retainers. If you want to place this in the factory location, you will have to remove the dash carrier but not the aluminum sub-frame. In order to remove the carrier, unless you are prepared to cut or break pieces out the way one of my local amateur Cadillac dealers did, you need to remove the steering column and possibly the shifter (you may be able to get the carrier past this if the column is out of the way). Just to be perfectly up front, to do this the "OEM" way is A LOT of work. I've had my dash out twice now and this isn't something most people generally want to tackle.
    I guess I should have specified that what I did was for installing the nav unit in a non nav car. It is definitely not stock. There was plenty of room under the top dash piece to locate the gps antenna and have the dash piece clip back in without interference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orange57

    I guess I should have specified that what I did was for installing the nav unit in a non nav car. It is definitely not stock. There was plenty of room under the top dash piece to locate the gps antenna and have the dash piece clip back in without interference.
    I understand what you're doing, but the antenna cable is pretty short so you'll need to be aware of location or it may not reach. Even in the factory position, there isn't much play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carter's_sts
    d, do you have any pics we can see from when your dash was out?

    I'm not planning to take mine apart, just curious about what it looks like in there.
    I'll post some in the next couple of days. You may be able to see one in my thread for installation of my rear fog lights as well.

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    I can search for that if you don't want to post them again. I forgot, I think I saw that before. Thx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddalder View Post

    I understand what you're doing, but the antenna cable is pretty short so you'll need to be aware of location or it may not reach. Even in the factory position, there isn't much play.
    I used one of the ebay antennas. The cord was like 10ft long, so I could have put the antenna pretty much anywhere. So there is a neat bundled an ziptied excess in the dash of my car I still need to hook up the vss, but I don't really use nav too much so the whole always facing east doesn't bother me much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orange57 View Post

    I used one of the ebay antennas. The cord was like 10ft long, so I could have put the antenna pretty much anywhere. So there is a neat bundled an ziptied excess in the dash of my car I still need to hook up the vss, but I don't really use nav too much so the whole always facing east doesn't bother me much.
    Can you please let me know what non oem GPS antenna you purchased that worked, because I just purchased one off eBay and its not working, thanks in advance!

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