2005 Ducato Radio Ariel

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  1. lunarman

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    I am thinking of changing the radio in the van so that we can play mp3 files when on the continent.

    One of the things I think I will need to do is change the ariel but I can't find where the existing one is. That is if it exists at all as we often lose the signal.

    Any suggestions where it may be and what I should replace it with.

    Thanks

    Lunarman
     
  2. MikeandCarolyn

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    Well,ours is on the nearside front wing near windscreen-but I guess you'd have noticed that:BigGrin:

    Mike
     
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    I have a later 2009 fiat Ducato and the ariel I am told is is the passenger side mirror (RHD)
    Which is a lot more expensive to replace than the drivers mirror.

    Though its still rubbish reception mostly :)

    barry
     
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    Soon as you find out, tell us! as I have the same problem! Reception is crap and only works if the engine is running!
     
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    Fiat put them either on the roof or in the mirror, but the converter (lunar?) could put it somewhere else, so its very hard to say.

    I would recommend an external aerial, probably on LHS front wing.
     
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    Check your TV aerial booster - many of the Staus types have two outputs and a switch - one for tv one for radio. By running an aerial lead and adaptor from here to the vehicle stereo you can gain a much better/perfect reception - even if the aerial is not up or switched on. As long as it is attached, the aerial wil receive the signal - it's up on the roof anyway, so make use of it if you can!
     
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    2002 ducato on right front wing the reception is still the same as all others c***

    Rob
     
  8. niggle

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    ive got what seems to be,, a stuck on one on the winscreen ,,it takes 12 volt from the radio its black plastic about 3 inches long and 1 wide ,,its great ,no probs with any station ???? i bought a ipod/mp3 tuner,just tune it into radio ,,i think 20 squid but a lot less hassel to work,,as any one will know if they have tryed to get the dash apart on a ducato to get to the radio :cry::cry:
     
  9. Jaws

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    My van is a Miller ( SAE subsidiary ) .. All the buggers did was remove th eaerial and leave the wire !

    When I first got the van I fitted an on screen jobby.. but in all honesty it was far from great .

    I ended up going to Halfrauds and buying a standard roof mount one and mounted it on the side of the wing..
    About 300% better than it ever was ! :)

    Just a tip often forgotten when fitting a radio aerial
    Apart from the obvious work to be done ( as in drilling a hole and feeding the coax through ) do not forget to ensure the metal BEHIND the hole is cleaned off and bare.

    A car aerial works by using the actual vehicle as part of the system.
    If the mount has not got a good earth then the aerial will hardly work at all ( and be a magnet for all sorts of interference ! )

    Once you have fitted the aerial and all is tightened up, spray the inside with some primer of similar to seal it all back up again and prevent rusting ( just spray over everything, the area, and the inside of the aerial mount )
     
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