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Adding sirius to the Silverado

Adding sirius to the Silverado

Postby deerhunter07 [OP] » Dec 09 2013, 1:59am

I know that it is an option to have satellite radio stock in Silverados but I bought mine used and it didn't have satellite radio. I was just curious if it was possible to get satellite capabilities from the dealership since Christmas is coming up. If anyone has done this how much did you pay? thanks for the help
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Re: Adding sirius to the Silverado

Postby jimnfor » Dec 09 2013, 4:27am

There are several ways to add Sirius to your truck. The dealer really wouldn't be of any help at this point. You can buy an add-on unit from somewhere like Radioshack or Walmart and it can play thru an aux plug on your stereo (if you have one) or thru the factory stereo on an FM modulator (you tune your radio to a specific station matching the Sirius unit) and there you have sound.
Or you can upgrade your stereo to a Sirius/XM ready unit and go that route.
Monthly subscriptions are available or yearly. They used to have a lifetime option. The monthly and even yearly are very negotiable when it comes to price.

After typing all that it dawned on my that your factory radio may indeed be Satellite ready, if that is the case just call Sirius/XM, give them the I.D # of the radio (they can walk you thru it) and get it activated. Simple stuff.
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Re: Adding sirius to the Silverado

Postby esox07 » Dec 09 2013, 5:16am

Yep, if you dont have an XM ready ready, I would just go with an aftermarket add on like jimnfor says. They are fairly inexpensive. And keep in mind that if you decide you want to swap your radio out with another stock one that does have XM, I believe you will need to have it reprogrammed by the dealer to match your vehicle which is an additional $100. They are offered here on the for sale forum relatively often too as many upgrade their stock radios to double din units and sell their stock ones.
The other option is an aftermarket head unit/radio that has XM built in.
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Re: Adding sirius to the Silverado

Postby deerhunter07 [OP] » Dec 09 2013, 6:34am

I would rather keep everything stock. I was just wondering if I could pay and have them put the antenna on and load it on to my factory head unit. I forgot to mention that I have the new body style 2007 silverado crew cab 4x4. So I have the factory 2007-13 head unit.
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Re: Adding sirius to the Silverado

Postby jimnfor » Dec 09 2013, 2:04pm

If your radio looks anything like this then all you have to do is call Sirius/XM and have them activate it. The antenna is already there.
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Re: Adding sirius to the Silverado

Postby bowtieguy12 » Dec 14 2013, 1:13am

That is exactly how my stock radio looks. When i push the CAT button it says XM only feature but doesn't give me the Id#.
My truck is a 2012 1500. It has the sharkfin antenna on roof. Onstar in review mirror. Same radio pictured above. I looked behind glovebox and do not see an XM turner. Does anyone know:
1. Do you think the wiring for XM antenna is there even tho tuner isn't?
2. If not can i still make sharkfin antenna work with the after market sxv200v1 tuner i boughtfor my new headunit (Kenwood ddx 370)
3. Those of you with XM, how do you switch from FM to XM?
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Re: Adding sirius to the Silverado

Postby jimnfor » Dec 14 2013, 1:42am

The ID # is found thru menu button I think, it's been a while. If you have the sharkfin antenna you're good. The XM tuner is between the stereo and glovebox I think.
Sorry I couldn't be more help. It's been a while since I've had mine in the truck.

I think you can call XM and tell them what you have and they talk you through finding the ID number.
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Re: Adding sirius to the Silverado

Postby dad2bandm » Dec 14 2013, 5:17am

If you toggled the radio over to the XM side...it toggles between FM/ XM radio, and AM...then once you're on the XM selection, just use the seek controls (left / right) and it will switch between XM channel 1 and 0 (which is all you've have until you get activated). The radio I'D is displayed on channel 0.

Channel 1 will have XM promotional audio playing.
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Re: Adding sirius to the Silverado

Postby bowtieguy12 » Dec 14 2013, 12:53pm

Then i definitely dont have XM in my truck. Which isn't that big of a deal since im getting an aftermarket head unit and sirius tuner for xmas. I just don't want that ugly sirius antenna on my roof when i already have a sharkfin up there. Anyone know if i can either add the XM antenna wire to the sharkfin so it will plug into the tuner i bought or replace sharkfin with one that's wired for XM. There has to be a way to make this a clean looking install
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Re: Adding sirius to the Silverado

Postby dad2bandm » Dec 14 2013, 2:35pm

You must have an XM ready head unit. It comes stock with 2012 trucks. Try checking your owner manual.
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