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I like everything about my cruiser, except all the blind spots. They take some getting used to for sure. Backing up in a tight space, or at night can get real squirrelly. Also, I pull a trailer a couple times month and it's always a pain hooking it up when I don't have a spotter. To me, the obvious solution is a rear view camera. I've seen a number of different camera installs, but not one quite like what I came up with. Maybe someone has already done this, I just haven't seen them. Here is what I put together.




And here is how I did it.

For starters, my stereo head unit has an option for a back up camera. I have a Kenwood DNX7100. There are all kinds of options out there for a monitor though. My $15 doesn't include that part of the cost. What it includes is the camera I bought off of Ebay.

Night Vision Car Rear View Reverse Backup Color Camera | eBay

Just in case the link dies, here is what came in the box:

These are the cables, and even a hole saw


And here is the camera itself


It cost me $15.98 delivered (free shipping!). The seller is from Hong Kong. I was a little worried that it would be crap, but for 15 bucks I took a chance. I chose this camera because it is a flush mount style and the diameter is almost the same as the back-up sensors that are on the bumper.

On to the install...first things first, I had to plug the video cable into the rear of the head unit. Getting at the back of the stereo is a breeze thanks to wrigman's write-up. http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/how-technical-articles/49975-radio-head-unit-removal-inst-w-pics.html

From there, just plug the yellow to the yellow. In my case, one of them was labeled "Back Up Camera". However, when I used this connection it wouldn't kick on when I put it in reverse; I had to scroll through the stereo options to the camera view. This was a pain. I then plugged it into another input labeled "A/V 1" and it worked like it was supposed to. Whatever it takes I guess. Here is a look at it;


After plugging it in, I ran the video cable down the passenger side and to the rear of the truck (sorry no pictures).

The power side of the camera needs to connect to the reverse lights. That way when you put it in reverse the camera kicks on. When you take it out of reverse, it cuts off. There are a lot of posts that help you find this. I chose a wire located along the driver's side door sill. It is RED with a YELLOW STRIPE.


There are a lot more wires on mine from all the after market stereo stuff. Here is a close up of the wire you want:


I spliced into it and ran my power wire along the driver's side to the back of the truck. It's the RED wire, you can't see the RED/YELLOW STRIPE wire anymore because it is covered by shrink wrap.


I ran the wires, then tested the camera. I wanted to make sure everything worked before I started drilling holes. Which brings me to the next step.

Here is what the bumper looked like before. My idea was to put the camera right in the middle. It would look almost like a third sensor.


I started by taking the rear bumper off, well at least the plastic outer bumper. LGRT has a real good video showing how to do this.

http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/how-technical-articles/72951-back-up-sensor-replacement-video.html I would only add that you will need to take the bumper off completely. Don't overlook disconnecting the plugs for the back up sensors. One is locate on each corner. Here is what you get when you pull the bumper cover off.


Next step is to measure mark and drill the hole. I used the hole saw that came with my camera.


Test fit worked great.


From here you still need to drill another hole. I put the bumper cover back in place and marked the hole location on the inner bumper (the actual bumper that is made of steel). At this point you may have a few different options. I have the factory receiver hitch, which definitely blocked the clearance needed by the camera depth. If you don't have that, you might be able to get away with just a smaller hole for the wires. I'd also recommend using a better hole saw. I burned up the little saw that came with the camera, it just wasn't up to the task.

Here is what it looked like before.


And after


In the after photo you can see that I was able to drill through the top edge of the receiver hitch plate. Shortly after that is when the hole saw gave up on me. I took a 1/2" drill bit and put a hole through the bumper. This was mostly to run the camera wires through. The actual steel bumper has several big holes on both sides of it. Once you run the wires into it you can fish them out on the other side. It took a little effort, but got 'em through. It is also a little tough because you have to fish the wires through while holding the plastic bumper up. Once they are run you can re-install the plastic outer bumper.



Next step is to finish up the wiring. I had previously run the power wire down the driver's side and to door sill as the back. I ran the video cable down the passenger side to the rear door sill. You can see the RED power cable and the black video cable.



Just off center, under the rear door sill I drilled a 1/2" hole and fished the wires through. Once you drill the hole through the sheet metal here there is a void behind it. There is an existing hole that will allow you to get the wires under the truck.



I also made my ground connection under the rear door sill. I just drilled a small hole and put a sheet metal screw into it. The ground wire was wrapped around the sheet metal screw. Then I taped the wires to then existing loom so they won't get pulled out.

On the underside I made the connections.



Then I taped the wires up, and zipped tied them into place.



Went back up top and re-installed the door sill. Just about done.



I was really surprised at the image quality. Here's a few shots of the video screen.





I think it helps a lot when backing up. My next step is to install a switch that will allow me to turn it on while driving forward. Would be nice to have when towing a trailer. As a side benefit, the spare tire looks like it provides a little protection for it. I haven't seen any shadows from the tire either. All in all, not bad for $15 :cheers:
 

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Very nice.
 

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werd. I like it. :bigthumb:
 

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Good write up and great install.
 

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"My next step is to install a switch that will allow me to turn it on while driving forward. Would be nice to have when towing a trailer. "


My Pioneer 910 has a function that allows viewing the camera while driving. Might check the Kenwood manual or settings.
 

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"My next step is to install a switch that will allow me to turn it on while driving forward. Would be nice to have when towing a trailer. "


My Pioneer 910 has a function that allows viewing the camera while driving. Might check the Kenwood manual or settings.
I have read that the Kenwood does have that option. If wired correctly I should be able to cycle through the video selection. Another option is something like press and hold the navigation button (or something like that). However, the way I wired it up won't allow it. Currently, the camera is powered by the same signal that turns on the reverse lights. The downside is that the camera won't turn on unless the reverse lights are on. It was the simplest way I could figure at the time. Also, I chose this wiring method because the Kenwood head unit is a little clunky to navigate around in it. For me, a bypass switch is a simple fix. I will probably put something together on that later this week.
 

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Here is what I have in mind for the toggle switch override. First, the current wiring schematic:



And here is a schematic of what I have in mind:



This should cause the video image to pop up on the monitor as soon as the switch is triggered. The diode is to prevent the current from turning on the reverse lights, or popping a fuse I guess. At least thats the way I think it works.
 

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would you happen to know if its waterproof/submersible?
 

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would you happen to know if its waterproof/submersible?
The description on the Ebay listing says it is "weatherproof/waterproof". The spec's listed on the little book that came with it say "waterproof - IP67/IP68". From what I've found it is rated for "Water projected in powerful jets (12.5mm nozzle) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects." That is based on a test duration of "at least 3 minutes Water volume: 100 litres per minute Pressure: 100 kN/m² at distance of 3m". There is a different rating for submersion.

I pulled that info from here for what thats worth. It looks to be sealed up pretty good. The most likely area to be susceptible to leaks is probably the lens cover. I would feel comfortable with it in the rain, car wash and so forth. Not much rain in south Texas lately. I'll update if there are any issues once it gets wet.
 

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Thanks! Great write up! I subscribed to this thread. I ordered two cameras. One for the front and other for the rear. Now to figure out an AB switch to change between them...

cheers,

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Thanks! Great write up! I subscribed to this thread. I ordered two cameras. One for the front and other for the rear. Now to figure out an AB switch to change between them...

cheers,

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Happy to offer something that other's could use! Hope you enjoy the cameras. The shipping is really slow, took almost 4 weeks for me to get mine. At least it was free though.

Your stereo is very similar to mine, just a step higher I think. You should have at least two video inputs on the back. So you could wire one camera into each and select the video you want to watch from the head unit. Or you might be able to put a splitter on the video input that turns on automatically and switch the power signal. These cameras only send a video feed when they have power (imagine that?), so a 3 position switch would allow you to chose which camera to have on, or have them both off. I'm sure it is doable with a little trial and error.

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I would recommend to place front camera higher .... unless you put for offloading ..... its just my 2 cents ...from what i try ....
 

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Happy to offer something that other's could use! Hope you enjoy the cameras. The shipping is really slow, took almost 4 weeks for me to get mine. At least it was free though.

Your stereo is very similar to mine, just a step higher I think. You should have at least two video inputs on the back. So you could wire one camera into each and select the video you want to watch from the head unit. Or you might be able to put a splitter on the video input that turns on automatically and switch the power signal. These cameras only send a video feed when they have power (imagine that?), so a 3 position switch would allow you to chose which camera to have on, or have them both off. I'm sure it is doable with a little trial and error.

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Thanks! I'm anxious to get them installed. Off-Road a front camera is almost a must!

cheers,

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