Although not necessary, the following tools and supplies may aid in installation:
- Any tool to help cable routing (e.g., flat dental pick, screwdriver, etc.)
- Lubricant (e.g., light machine oil to aid cable routing through old molding)
- Cable tie wraps and adhesive mounting bases (to manage cable routing)
- Tape measure and level (for positioning the antenna)
Precautions and Tips:
- When selecting an antenna location for the TRK-SR2, make sure the proposed site meets the following conditions: a. The selected site must have a conductive surface area (e.g., metal or aluminum roof) of at least 2-1?4 square feet and be 6 inches from rear window molding. b. Line of sight to satellites must not blocked by any metal obstructions (e.g., crossbars from a roof rack). c. Choose the highest possible location on the vehicle’s roof that satisfies the above conditions and is as flat as possible.
- Although a center position on a roof is the most aesthetically pleasing, if there is an obstruction (e.g., skid ribs, protruding brake light on roof line, etc.) consider offsetting the TRK-SR2 from the center. If this doesn't work, use the Terk TRK-SR1 Glass-Mount Satellite Radio Antenna instead.
- If the vehicle is equipped with a roof rack, adjust the crossbar so it’s at least 6 inches away from the TRK-SR2.
- If the vehicle is equipped with a metal sunroof (e.g.,Mazda 626), which opens to the outside, allow a minimum distance of 6 inches from the edge of the open sunroof to the TRK-SR2. If this is not possible, use the Terk TRK-SR1 Glass-Mount Satellite Radio Antenna instead. NOTE: A glass sunroof does not require this minimum mounting distance, since the glass does not block satellite signals nor degrade reception.
- Before mounting the TRK-SR2,make sure the vehicle’s roof is above 60 °F, non-condensing, and dry. This will also allow the molding to soften up.
- At a selected antenna site, survey the planned cable route and look for any blocked passages. Consider alternate routes to find the best available path. NOTE: Take advantage of any existing cable channels (e.g., brake light opening ) or wiring conduits to route the cables.
- Avoid running cables through components that may cause excessive chafing. Doing so may erode the jacket and break signal continuity. Also, avoid kinking, pinching, or twisting a cable during a run.
- When routing the cable through small openings, consider removing the plastic cases and inserts from connectors (see Figure 12 on page 9).
- For convertibles with composite trunk lids, attach an aluminum foil “ground plane” of at least 2-1?4 square feet, centered under the antenna module, between the lid and liner.
- When pressing the TRK-SR2 onto the vehicle’s roof, apply an initial contact force of 15 to 20 PSI (i.e., steady and firm finger-tip pressure) for 60 seconds. Allow 20 minutes for the self-adhesive backing to set before driving the vehicle.
- After installation, avoid running the vehicle through a car wash for 72 hours.