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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-04-2016, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Antenna switch

Ok I am having trouble trying to install a led rocker switch to the antenna. I found the correct green wire coming from the radio to the antenna. This pic here is the switch.
I connected the top end to the ground,the middle to the green wire back to the radio and the bottom end to the green wire back to the antenna........no go. So I then disconnected the middle wire to the radio and connected it to power on the fuse panel...it worked! But now my problem is when I actually connect a fuse to that power wire it keeps popping them. I'm no electrical expert so what could be going wrong? Thanks any help is appreciated.


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You don't need to connect anything back to the radio. What the radio wants is irrelevant since you are installing a switch to put the antenna up.

Top spade: Ground.
Middle: To antenna - NOT radio
Bottom: +12v

Flip the switch and 12v is sent to the relay to put the mast up. Flip it off and 12v is removed and the mast goes down. I have this same system in my car because the new Pioneer NEX8100 puts the stupid antenna up whenever it is powered on, even if you're watching a DVD or listening to something off bluetooth. Wired up (what appears to be) the same LED switch as you to bypass it.
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I just figured it out with the help of Wattslok. It seems the label was wrong ,I needed to just disconnect the ground all together and switch the antenna and ground connection. It now lights up and turns the antenna off and on. Also no popping fuses!


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I need to do this in my car. Where did you mount the switch? Where did you buy it? What color is the LED?
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I mounted it in the change pocket under the headlight switch. It's a blue LED rocker switch from ebay but I hear you can get the same ones a your local hardware store.


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And put my bass knob there too


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FYI.....more info on this in the Impala SS Technical Archives, this is Cut n Paste from that link....


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Power Antenna Modifications


Advantages

Allows you to force your power antenna to an up or down position to avoid problems such as having it freeze up in the winter or allowing it to stay down while you play CD's.

Disadvantages

For a clean installation, you must relocate your lighter to the ashtray, as the 9C1 cars do.

Parts Required:

  • The 9C1 switches (P/N ???, $??.00) that go in place of the lighter if you want the switches in the factory location OR
  • An easy and invisible solution is to put a small black rocker switch in the back roof of the "HOLE" (the change holder near your headlight switch. The switch should be flat black plastic and placed to be invisible. It can readily be switched by feel and if you ever want to remove it, all you have to do is get a new "hole" liner box.
Procedure (from Eric Woster ):

  1. The dash needs to be slightly disassembled. The Instrument Cluster Trim ring is easy to take off, but the 96 service manual only shows 3 screws for the dash lower trim piece. There are 7 screws with 4 across the bottom, one in the ashtray, one by the glovebox, and one behind the left fusebox lid. You will probably need to remove the ashtray assembly to get to one of them. Getting the lower dash piece off is nerve wracking. Just make sure to get all of those 1/4" screws and unsnap it from left to right. Also keep track of where each screw comes from! Refer to the service manuals for details on dash disassembly.
  2. If you are installing the switch in the "hole", remove the "Headlight Switch Panel". The "hole" unsnaps from the "Headlight Switch Panel".
  3. Refer to the service manual wiring diagrams. Remove the convenience center 2 screws, (you may need to remove the "tall" audible alarm module plugged into the convenience center to get to the top screw).
  4. Unwrap the black tape from the emerging harness and look at the wires coming from the lower connector. Find the smaller of the 2 dark green wires from the back of the antenna relay and find a good place to cut into the wire to put a switch in the circuit. This dark green wire is connected to the radio at pin 8 of the C1 connector, then it goes over to pin E7 of the big C200 connector under the LH side of the dash, and from there it goes to the Power Antenna Relay connector at pin B.
  5. Using compatible crimp-on connectors allows you to disconnect the switch from the circuit and attach the 2 ends of the original wires back together if you ever want to. Run your switch wires to where your switch will be.
  6. If you are installing in the "hole", Install the switch by cutting the the far right roof of the "hole". A little Dremel Moto-Tool with a cut-off wheel makes it easy to cut the plastic accurately. A snap-in type switch makes it easy to install in the cut hole.
  7. If you are using the 9C1 switches, remove and relocate the lighter to the right side of the ash tray. Replace with the new switches and wire them up. The diagrams for the switches are in the service manuals.
  8. When reinstalling the dash trim pieces, put in all the screws before tightening them. As you tighten them, gently pull back and forth on the close area of the dash and tighten just past where it stops rattling/creaking.
  9. The antenna only goes up when the switch is flipped, and if it is flipped after the Ant. is up, it immediately goes down.
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I like to have my switches and stuff hidden. Here's where I installed it:


The rest of the install:

2 USB's mounted to the right of the head unit


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I had replaced the cigarette outlet as well with the 2 USB outlet. But my new phone has the capability of Turbo charging so I put back the cigarette outlet so I can use Turbo chargers. I also no longer have an ashtray,it's been replaced by a 3 gauge pod.


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Those are all slick. Especially the ashtray one!

IDK..I'll probably just get a simple on/off and stick it up under the dash or maybe in the glove box. Whatever is easiest. I always have my Sirius going so the antenna will never have to be on.
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