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    How To Install Satellite Radio to a 987 Cayman S For Native PCM Integration

    I have read all of the posts regarding this subject on Renntech.org and Planet-9.com as well as other internet forums and discussions with third party manufacturers such as mObridge. I have found one post that was particularly helpful – musclehedz101 on Renntech.org – as a followup to my post titled – “xm / sirius install w/ pcm 2.1 cayenne kit vs. nav-tv sirpor2 vs. itronic” dated 7 November 2010. His post was based for a 997 (2007 C4S) with a cd changer installed. I decided to go with the Porsche Cayenne unit rather than one of the 3rd party vendors. Yes the Porsche Sirius tuner is still available - just not the Cayenne kit ... but it is much less expensive to buy the tuner and the harness without buying the kit.

    I should note that I have a 2006 Cayman S with PCM 2.1, Bose and many other options including mObridge ipod / Bluetooth combination unit, however I do NOT have a cd changer, and do not have TPMS. I will give you the disclaimer you that what I have written worked for me – I will caution you to proceed at your own risk.


    The parts you will need are:

    955.645.280.02 Porsche Sirius Receiver or (955.645.281.02 Porsche XM Receiver)
    955.044.900.65 Porsche Harness for Installation (with CD changer)
    Single to Dual Sirius Antenna Adapter SIRIUS Dual to Single Antenna Adapter | TSS-Radio
    Sirius magnetic antenna TSS-Radio
    (there are several out there, I chose the Tram ... just make sure its made for Sirius, unless you are installing XM).

    I would recommend that you contact Jeff at Sunset Imports (Renntech.org members know what I am talking about) for the Porsche parts.


    I have chosen to mount the receiver on top of the nav dvd unit in the front luggage compartment. I have mounted the antenna on the underside of the cowl (between the windshield wipers). If I run into any interference, I will relocate it above the cowl, but I prefer to leave it concealed if possible.

    First remove the cover around the nav dvd player – remove the 8 screws and gently start pulling the front left (passenger side) up, separating it from the perimeter gasket – then carefully unplug the trunk light. It may help to remove the Nav access panels. Next, remove the battery cover and the two side panels. Now is a good time to unplug the battery and remove it. Next, you will need to remove the cowl (if you are going to install the antenna on the underside). The first step is to remove the plastic caps covering the nuts on the windshield wipers, then remove the bolts and the wipers (simply pull them toward you – be careful not to drop it on the hood). Pull the plastic pin rivets from the bottom braces (behind the battery), disconnect the electrical connections for the washers and the water supply. Remove the caps on either side and remove the 10mm nuts and the torx screw at the middle top. Then carefully pick up the cover and reach underneath (on the passenger side) to disconnect the NAV antenna (pull off) ... then gently remove the cover (it may take some gentle “back-and-forth” moving). Mount the antenna next to the NAV antenna and route the cable toward the trunk side. Reinstall the cover at the windshield, reattaching all that you disconnected for the cowl removal. Leave the battery DISCONNECTED.

    Next its time to connect the power and the fiber harness. This is much easier and quicker with the factory harness since it has connections to receive the power and fiber optic connections that powered the NAV drive and connect them back to the NAV and then connect to the Satellite tuner.

    1. Disconnect fiber cable MOST connector from the back of the NAV drive. (It may be easier if you remove the NAV drive). Be careful with the fiber cable not do damage the end or kink the cable. When you remove the fiber cable from the back of the NAV drive, you will notice that it looks different from your new harness – that is because the new cable has protective ends that must be removed.

    2. Plug the MOST Cable into one end of the new Fiber Harness (on the “Y” end), and plug the other end (of the “Y” end) into the NAV drive. Now connect the long singular end of the Fiber Harness into the back of the Satellite tuner.

    3. Locate the CD changer power supply cable on the far left (passenger side) of luggage compartment. Connect the power from the “Y” end of the power cable to the CD changer power cable. (if you have a CD changer, then disconnect the power supply and connect the harness – then connect the other power end of the “Y” end of the harness into CD changer).

    4. Now connect the long singular end into the back of the Satellite tuner.

    5. Plug the antenna adapter to the back of the satellite tuner. The dual leads must be connecting to the corresponding tuner leads – white goes to green (terrestrial lead) – gold goes to brown (satellite lead). I had to cut off the gold cover to get it to fit onto the tuner.

    6. After everything below is completed and the tuner is mounted, you will need to manage the excess cable with cable ties as well as secure the antenna adapter.

    It is now time to route the antenna cable into the luggage compartment. The best path is thru the rubber grommet. Once routed into the compartment, plug antenna cable into single end of antenna adapter. I chose to mount the tuner to the top of the NAV drive with Velcro ... you could use double stick foam tape.

    Reconnect the battery and test the installation prior to reinstalling the panels. To access the Satellite function, turn on the PCM and press the “AM/FM” button – cycling through the modes until you see the satellite radio function appear. If “Satellite” doesn’t appear, you will have to have your dealer program the PCM to acknowledge and recognize the OEM tuner has been added into the network. Mine came right on without needing to get the PCM reset.

    Next you will need to contact your satellite provider (Sirius or XM) to activate the tuner. You will need the serial number on top of the tuner. Make sure the radio is on when you call to activate.


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    Re: How To Install Satellite Radio to a 987 Cayman S For Native PCM Integration

    I have been researching adding ipod, and satellite radio to my 06 CS. Are you happy with the Mobridge unit. Did you install it yourself? I don't have a Mobridge dealer near me, so I may have to go with the Dension Gateway 500. How much is the tuner and wiring harness from the dealer? thanks.

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    Re: How To Install Satellite Radio to a 987 Cayman S For Native PCM Integration

    I didn't install the mObridge, because at the time, i was afraid of the MOST system cables. They are a piece of cake ... at least with the pre-made Porsche harnesses. Neither the Denison or the mObridge will have the harness, you will have to remove one of the cables and plug it into another and complete the loop. you should look at cartronics website, they have a lot of youtube videos of installations. I am relatively happy with the mObridge, like it better than the Denison ... but i don't think its as good as what the factory has done in the new cars or as good as the factory sat radio is. the bluetooth portion of it works flawlessly.

    you can order the mObridge on-line. and you can probably use the factory fiber harness for the 987c2. i would also look into the 987c2 ipod section to see if you can add it to the pcm 2.1

    btw, the parts for the sat radio from Porsche and the antenna stuff from TSS was less than $370 w/ tax ... and would be the same if you bought it from Sunset imports. if i had bought the 3rd party stuff or the full Cayenne kit it would have been between $575 + $850.

    The mObridge ipod / bluetooth combo unit can be bought from between $750 + $900 plus a few hundred for professional install.

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    Re: How To Install Satellite Radio to a 987 Cayman S For Native PCM Integration

    Thanks for the info. I have Bose, PCM 2.1, no changer, no TPMS. Are you referring to 2nd generation CS as 987c2? What didn't you like about the Denison? I have a local dealer for Denison, but Mobridge dealer is over 4 hrs away. I realize you can order Mobridge online, but I'm not sure I can handle the install. Did you have to get the dealer to code the car to recognize the mobridge? Have you done the subwoofer mod by stuffing the port?

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    Re: How To Install Satellite Radio to a 987 Cayman S For Native PCM Integration

    yes, i am referring to the 2nd generation cayman as 987c2.

    the car that i experimented w/ the denison (a 997), i felt the interface thru the ipod (selection of tracks / playlists) was clumsy, mind you, i think the mObridge is only marginally better. i find that both have dropouts and will occasionally switch tracks before the track is complete. if i had it to do over - i think i would experiment with the porsche ipod / bluetooth unit, although i have heard conflicting reports on whether it works w/ 2.1.

    my pcm did not have to be coded for the ipod / bluetooth or the sirius.

    i have not done the mod to the sub. i can tell you that i have not been that impressed with the bose system as a whole, and have been thinking about swapping out the system ... but i can tell you that it sounds a lot better w/ sirius. but by and large, swapping the speakers means swapping the amp ... which means ditching the MOST network ... not sure i am ready to do that. i also think all fm radios sound terrible, and unless you run an ipod w/ lossless sound, you are going to be disappointed with what the compression does to the fidelity.

    i will also tell you that i am a little disappointed with the antenna dropouts with the sirius antenna located under the cowl. it might be because it was a cloudy day here in atlanta ... but if it doesn't improve i will be relocating the antenna to the op of the cowl - between the wipers ... or gasp ... putting a 987c2 antenna on the roof.

    hope this helps - your mileage may vary.

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    Re: How To Install Satellite Radio to a 987 Cayman S For Native PCM Integration

    Now its really easy. Just use Mobridge install then plug your smart phone in to aux cord and you have it !

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    Re: How To Install Satellite Radio to a 987 Cayman S For Native PCM Integration

    Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't the Porsche aux/bluetooth part offered an fm modulator and not a true aux? I'm modulating my Sirius receiver now through FM and it's terrible even with the antenna on the roof. I am disapponted in the Bose system as well. I had Bose in another vehicle and it sounded much better. From what I am gatehering from you. it sounds like adding satellite and ipod is hardly worth the cost and aggravation.

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    Re: How To Install Satellite Radio to a 987 Cayman S For Native PCM Integration

    i actually don't know about the Porsche product for the ipod / bluetooth - its something i want to look into. But don't get me wrong - the sirius section works great / sounds great ... i think its just an antenna issue for me. the bluetooth section of the mObridge is flawless. the ipod section of the mObridge plays beautifully - the control interface is pretty good.

    Is it worth the headache of doing it - absolutely, and the car still looks and operates like it came from the factory. This was one of my requirements. Am I happy overall - YES. Now if i bought a car that didn't have PCM, i would have gone a different route.

    In regard to Bose - is it fabulous sound quality? does it match the audiophile system in my house ... NO. In my previous BMW e30 M3 - i pulled everything out and went in w/ a Nakamichi head unit a/d/s amp, high quality interconnects + separate speakers / crossovers, and it sounded phenominal w/ piercing quality. the bose is muddy in the Porsche and in my Audi. It is what it is. and in my mind, if i was going to replace the system, its not just replacing speakers - its the wiring which involves taking a lot of interiors out.

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    Re: How To Install Satellite Radio to a 987 Cayman S For Native PCM Integration

    Thanks for all the good info. I think I may be convinced now to go to Park Place Porsche in Dallas and get the mobridge and the tuner installed. I feel better with the dealer doing the install rather that a car stereo shop in case it needs to be coded. By the way, turning off the autopilot in the sound menu helps clean up some of the muddy bass. My BMW 5 series sound system is much better, but it's a much quieter cabin.

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    Re: How To Install Satellite Radio to a 987 Cayman S For Native PCM Integration

    Let me give you a few quick words of caution regarding the Cayenne Tuner put into the Cayman S by a dealer. Please call Park Place and inquire before you drive there.

    1. PCNA does not sanction this install.
    2. The dealer will charge you the full $750 for the cayenne kit
    3. The flat rate labor cost to install the cayenne kit is 5 or 6 hours x the prevailing rate ... so somewhere between 600 + 700 bucks.

    I think that the total install of the cayenne tuner was 3 hours ... and i have never taken anything apart in my Cayman S before. and that time included writing the description as i did it.

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