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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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Re: Backup camera and receiver upgrade?

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: https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...a-2007-fj.html
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If my FJ has OeM backup camera, and i want a new apple carplay headunit can my factorry back up camera be seen in the middle display?
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Yup. Got a Pioneer installed by Best Buy in my 2012 because I hated that stupid little screen in the rear view. Back up camera is now on a 7" screen on the head unit and my steering wheel controls still work. Awesome!

The only down side I've run into is that for some reason the camera only sends signal for a couple of minutes after you get out of reverse. Apparently it's a toyota thing since it doesn't happen on my nissan and the tech at Best Buy told me as much.

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Yup. Got a Pioneer installed by Best Buy in my 2012 because I hated that stupid little screen in the rear view. Back up camera is now on a 7" screen on the head unit and my steering wheel controls still work. Awesome!

The only down side I've run into is that for some reason the camera only sends signal for a couple of minutes after you get out of reverse. Apparently it's a toyota thing since it doesn't happen on my nissan and the tech at Best Buy told me as much.

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thanks dan

Did mirror oem backup disappear or that is there too?

You mean camera stays on for a few min after getting out of reverse?

Which model do you have?

Does your Bluetooth phone controls still work in addition to steering stereo control?

Did the have to add new mic, or your oem mic works with this unit?

Any pics of unit? Pics of where aux/carplay links?
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Did mirror oem backup disappear or that is there too? - OEM mirror image still there, no need for it though

You mean camera stays on for a few min after getting out of reverse? - the new head unit allows me to access the camera any time, but I can only get an image if I've been in reverse recently, otherwise the image is just black. Unless I specifically try to put on the image though, it goes back to music as soon as I get out of reverse, just like the OEM


Which model do you have? - Pioneer AHV-W4400NEX


Does your Bluetooth phone controls still work in addition to steering stereo control? - yes, the "W" in the model name stands for wi-fi. It does everything wirelessly and the steering control still works


Did the have to add new mic, or your oem mic works with this unit? - they added a new mic above the rear view. I don't know if it was required, but that's what I got :-/


Any pics of unit? Pics of where aux/carplay links? - The one in my FJ is all wireless, but the one I put in my Nissan (AVH-2330NEX) works through the OEM aux connector; there's an adapter for that
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Did mirror oem backup disappear or that is there too? - OEM mirror image still there, no need for it though

You mean camera stays on for a few min after getting out of reverse? - the new head unit allows me to access the camera any time, but I can only get an image if I've been in reverse recently, otherwise the image is just black. Unless I specifically try to put on the image though, it goes back to music as soon as I get out of reverse, just like the OEM


Which model do you have? - Pioneer AHV-W4400NEX


Does your Bluetooth phone controls still work in addition to steering stereo control? - yes, the "W" in the model name stands for wi-fi. It does everything wirelessly and the steering control still works


Did the have to add new mic, or your oem mic works with this unit? - they added a new mic above the rear view. I don't know if it was required, but that's what I got 😕


Any pics of unit? Pics of where aux/carplay links? - The one in my FJ is all wireless, but the one I put in my Nissan (AVH-2330NEX) works through the OEM aux connector; there's an adapter for that
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Thank you. Did they add another camera?
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