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I like to take video tapings of when I'm off roading, and also, sometimes when I go I lack a spotte so I came up with a way to see my "blind spots" with my everyday run of the mill items.

YMMV, but hopefully it'll help somebody out, and if somebody already posted this then my apologies.

It's actually dirt cheap to create, and the results I find are very helpful and create some pretty cool results, and furthermore it's saved my rig from some bad pinstriping on more than one occasion.

If you want to use this as another set of eyes on the fj, you'll need a laptop, and also a camera of some sorts that you can use on your laptop. I personally use a cheap webcam, not only because it's cheap and I don't mind if it gets destroyed, but also I hacked it to be night vision with an infared light(just google night vision webcam and life hacker).

You'll need a cell phone holder(with the suction cup base). I picked one up literally for 4.99 at target's clearance bin.



I also had an extra usb extension cable laying around, with a base, that I put through the passenger side, behind the glovebox and tucked nice and neatly behind the side panel.


Here it is hidden:


Here it is mounted under the hood. I use a piece of electrical tape to cover the port, so it doesn't get dirt/sand in side, or to prevent(or at least slow down) the rust build up.





So here is the camera setup. Again, you can use this as another set of eyes for your blind spots, or to capture video footage. Windshield, the plastic bumper wings, even the side of the door if your ok with a suction cup to the paint. Also, my license plate is plastic, so it connects to it securely. It's very very very sturdy. Of course, not for regular drivng, but it's more than enough for a good time back on the trail somewhere.







A closeup:


Here is me using it on my side view mirror so I can see what my passenger side wheel is going over, or in this case, how close I was to the curb :) You can locate it behind the mirror to avoid the trail rash if you need ....





Here is a view of the camera positioned over my tire:


Again, you can be creative. With the suction cup, it can go practically anywhere, and with it's adjustable arm, you can mount it however you want. Also, you can put a regular camera inside and create some videos. My little casio can capture up to 2 hours of footage. Here is one I made to show for a demo:


Here are some more photos if anybody is interested or in case I forgot to include any.
 

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That's pretty cool! Cheap, portable, and very flexible. I would be concerned with the suction, but that's the only hold up for me. I'll check this out. I like the video.

Do you have the model number? It's not on the Caselogic site.
 

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That's pretty cool! Cheap, portable, and very flexible. I would be concerned with the suction, but that's the only hold up for me. I'll check this out. I like the video.
You'd be shocked at the suction power! I know I was .... when I put it on the bumper, I felt like I could rip off the bumper before the suction cup came off :) I suppose you just have to see it to believe it ...
 

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Thanks for the response. I've edited my post and you might have missed the edit. Could you tell me what the model number is? Thanks.
 

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Thanks. Looks like you got quite a steal. Most places have it for $20.
 

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That's pretty neat!!!:bigthumb: Nice job on the install!:D
 

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VERY cool setup! it might be even cooler with a wide angle webcam. How do you secure your laptop in the FJ?
 

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That's pretty neat!!!:bigthumb: Nice job on the install!:D
Thanks! I've taken alot of suggestions and ideas from this forum, hopefully I can try to give back ...

VERY cool setup! it might be even cooler with a wide angle webcam. How do you secure your laptop in the FJ?
A while back I bought a rather large cutting board. I covered it in that material used to line kitchen drawers(it's webbed, it's got this stick to it, but it's not sticky) hard to describe ... That gets strapped to my seat, and the material on top keeps the laptop from moving around. If I go without it, the laptop would easily slide off the chair :)

Cheers.
 

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Thats really a cool setup. I like it.
Thanks!

Very nice. I like the night vision approach.
I've been meaning to find the how-to and so here it is, turning your webcam to night vision. It works great!

Hopefully this weekend I'll go camping, I usually leave it on to see if any critters go near my tent ... I'll post pictures if I can.

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Here is a photo of my cutting board with the material on it. You can see the slope that it can withstand without moving ....

 

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That stuff is grippy! I would also need to tie mine down though. Some hill climbs would through the lappy right into the air. And someday I will put my gf in the passenger seat. maybe she can hold it:)
 

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That stuff is grippy! I would also need to tie mine down though. Some hill climbs would through the lappy right into the air. And someday I will put my gf in the passenger seat. maybe she can hold it:)
Yea it is sticky suff!! Although the girlfriend would be a great spotter ... hehe, so it'd remove the need for the laptop ;)

Usually I go slow enough, and my gear is securely fastened so I don't really have any problems with keeping the laptop still. Although, I could see how some baja style racers would have those concerns :D
 

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nah not even baja style. Just climbing a snowy hill you sometimes need to enter with speed to make it. In which case I wouldn't need a spotter but further down the trail i might. I'll have to teach her to spot. but the webcam setup could be used to get some good footage
 

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Very creative setup and good image resolution.

My video camera is installed inside. The camera is powered by two AA batteries with 2-GB SD card good for about an hour of video.



 

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Very creative setup and good image resolution.

My video camera is installed inside. The camera is powered by two AA batteries with 2-GB SD card good for about an hour of video.



what type of mount did you use to hold the camera?Sweet setup..:bigthumb:
 
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