After installing my Gobi Stealth roof rack, my satellite radio reception took a nose dive, so something had to be done.
Something Gobi fails to mention is that their roof racks cause significant degradation of your satellite radio signal. Part of the blame should go to Jeep though because they decided in their infinite wisdom to mount an already weak antenna in a pretty crappy location. So here’s our step by step guide to relocating the satellite radio antenna in your 2014 JK.
This will work with 2011-2014 Jeep Wranglers..
What You’ll Need:
10mm Deep Wall Socket w/ratchet
Small Flat Head Screwdriver
Total Time: 1-2 Hours
First you need to start by unzipping and undoing the velcro around the passenger side roll bar (the sat antenna is above the passenger side rear speaker). We removed the freedom top panels for easier access but it’s not necessary to complete the job.
Next you have to remove the overhead speaker bar, it’s held in with 6 10mm bolts. Take your time removing them, and it helps to have an extra set of hands. On the passenger side there is an electrical connector than you’ll have to undo before dropping the entire thing so be careful.
The electrical connector that power the speakers and overhead lights
After you pull back the insulation and velcro cover you’ll see the satellite antenna. It’s held in by one bolt, and 2 plastic clips. Undo the bolt, and use a small flat head screw driver to push the plastic clips through. At this time you can also undo the connector between the antenna and the wiring that runs to the head unit.
Pull back the plastic trip to undo the wiring for the antenna, it is held in with “friction clips” that are positioned on studs. This is where the panel popper comes in handy. You can use it to gently undo the clips. The upper trim piece just pulls off of the body, give it a firm tug and it’ll come loose.
The lower trim piece is held in with plugs, you’ll need the panel popper to pull them out, and then you’ll need to use it again to undo the clips holding in the antenna wire. The wire runs under the harness for the stereo, power doors, and windows. It is separate though so you don’t have to worry about damaging the other harness.
After you undo the wiring to the glove box, you’ll have to remove all of the electrical tape and clips. Take your time here, and think about how much it must suck to be the guy that has to hand wrap these clips on at the factory.
Proceed to remove your glove box and run the wiring behind it and around the back of the head unit to the firewall on the drivers side. You’ll find a convenient hole in the firewall to push the connector through, and it will exit right by the drivers side fender.
Test fit where you want to put the antenna and use a set of dykes to clip out a small hole in the screen to fit the connector (NOTE This hole is only to fit the connector, the bolt can fit through one of the squares easily as it). Also you can remove the plastic/rubber clips on the bottom of the antenna. Find a wide flat washer, and screw the bolt into the antenna from below the mesh. You can remove the entire panel if you are doing this by yourself.
Run the wiring along the brackets, and use zip ties to keep them away from the wiper motor and linkage.
Run the excess wiring around the edge and tie it off under the hood with some more zip ties.
Enjoy the final product, crystal clear satellite radio. Jeep should have mounted it here from the factory.
In regards to durability, the antenna is weatherproof, and is mounted on the outside of numerous other Chrysler vehicles. Jeep mounted it inside the vehicle most likely due to the soft top. Feel free to to shoot me an e-mail with any questions.