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Backup camera and receiver upgrade?

I just got a 2007 6MT FJ, and want to put a backup camera in. I'd like to simultaneously upgrade the radio unit, and was looking for any suggestions. Thanks!
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Re: Backup camera and receiver upgrade?

most modern Navi equipped head units also come with rear camera capability.

For instance, I just installed a Pioneer AVIC 8200 in my '08, and now have every modern convenience: navigation, hands free phone, bluetooth, 2 USB ports and rear camera. Also have SD card data capability, and DVD/movie, and many of the vehicle OBD-II data things are available to display on the navi screen (tire pressure, mpg, things like that).

It is a job to run the new wiring (camera wire to the back door, back up light wire and parking brake wire to the head unit), but none of it is hard, just time consuming (getting the camera wire through the door grommet took the longest, but after untaping it and pulling the washer hose out of the way it was easy to thread the new wire and connector through, and then put the hose back in and re-tape). The more interior trim you remove the easier it is to do, but all of that up front is super easy to do (drop the glove box, remove center console and RH kick panel & scuff plates).


You'll need something like an iDatalink HRN-RR-TO1 for connecting the head unit to the car (if you buy another brand of head unit the number will be different), and an iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR for the steering wheel controls. Both are easy to get through Crutchfield who also provides free technical support.

You will need a PC (not Apple) to program the Maestro, but I was able to get that done at a local Best Buy.

Now my 9 year old truck is just as "now" as any brand new vehicle is.


A handy way to upgrade your "in dash" Aux in (mini plug) to an Aux in (mini plug + USB), is with one of these:
Axxess AX-USB-35EXT
I got mine from Sonic Electronix for $12.


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Re: Backup camera and receiver upgrade?

Thank you very much! I take it you're satisfied with it so far?
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super satisfied

it did take a long time to learn how to use everything (because the new head unit is essentially a whole computer, there are a LOT of things to learn) - I took it in stages so I didn't get too frustrated all at once.

One down side of such a modern head unit is it takes longer to "power up" (re-boot after sitting) than an old, simple head unit. To help kill time during the boot-up they put the "push OK to signify you understand that you shouldn't play with the navigation system while driving" button.

Then the music starts back up.

BTW, the back up camera comes on immediately, right after start, and when shifted into reverse (even if the boot up is not yet completed), which is good.

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Re: Backup camera and receiver upgrade?

I just completed the same upgrade here. Hope this helps: GUIDE: Adding new Headunit, Carplay, and Backup Camera to 2007 FJ
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