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post #16 of 52 Old 07-05-2013, 11:34 PM
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I went to two different places and both were out of stock on Blackvue (good sign that people are buying it). Both these guys suggested to run the wires underneath the windshield. I asked them to get the power from rear view mirror (the way you are thinking) and both were hesitant. One guy said it is possible but he wouldn't recommend it simply because then he will be tampering with original equipment and manufacturer wont cover if something is wrong (rear view related) and needs fixing. Lot of you tube videos showing how to cover the wires. Another thing is that you have an option of having these cameras record in parking mode. I don think you will be able to draw the power from rear view mirror especially when your vehicle is off.
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THe vender is local (vancouver) and has a few generations of dash cams. Relatively inexpensive


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post #17 of 52 Old 07-27-2013, 03:10 PM
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I finally got Lukas LK 7900 today. All wires hidden. Including the parking mode. Had trouble locating interior fuse box so had to install it without accessing it.

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Could you post pictures of it installed ?

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I will post it soon.

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Forward facing camera is good but as most accidents are nose to tail there's a fair chance you'll be rear ended - where the camera is not focused .

Anyone got a system / rig fore & aft?
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You are correct WK2. You can get those cameras facing rear and of course forward. I believe those cameras are referred to as 2 Channel Dash cams. Not sure how insurance works where you are but here if you are rear ended (in most cases), its the other person's fault - unless you back into it. So even when you are rear ended, even then you can use your front camera as a witness to show that you were following the rules and you were hit by the other driver.

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Anyways....as you can see wires are invisible. The only wire showing is in picture 2 - wire going to the battery in the center console. Picture 3 shows the battery (a perfect fit for this space) that supplies the power in the parking mode. Battery and the wires are on the top so it doesn't interfere when you open/close it. I will tape these remaining wires neatly. Center console would have been even neater if there was an internal fuse box. Last picture shows how the camera looks from outside.
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.....as 2 Channel Dash cams. Not sure how insurance works where you are but here if you are rear ended (in most cases), its the other person's fault ......
Didn't know that 2 channel rigs were around - thanks! Will see if I can tap into the existing rear parking camera. Thanks boyvan.

And yep - same story down under: if you're hit from behind its their fault but nothing beats video to support the argument!
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Anyways....as you can see wires are invisible. The only wire showing is in picture 2 - wire going to the battery in the center console. Picture 3 shows the battery (a perfect fit for this space) that supplies the power in the parking mode. Battery and the wires are on the top so it doesn't interfere when you open/close it. I will tape these remaining wires neatly. Center console would have been even neater if there was an internal fuse box. Last picture shows how the camera looks from outside.

That looks good,that's bigger than I thought,so that runs 24/7 or just when detects movement ?

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That looks good,that's bigger than I thought,so that runs 24/7 or just when detects movement ?
The camera sort of blends in. I put a black tape on to cover white serial #. Size wise, i guess this is a different shape than most dash cams. I like the led function in the parking mode.

To answer your question - when the engine is on then it records f/t. When in the parking mode, it starts when a movement is detected and that is when LED light comes on. You do have an option to turn LED off but it looks secured with LED flashing.

I wish GC had an internal fuse box. Right now I am having a bit of hard time with its battery (center console). It is heavy so it falls down so I need to tape it a bit more. I did an extensive research on dash cams and this was the cheapest and had all the features of other expensive camera - no wifi though.

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Looks good. I love how these blend in so well, especially when they are placed behind the tint at the top of the windshield. The only time people have noticed is when I point out. Or when my girlfriend thinks the truck is talking to me.
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Wow. It appears you are pleased with it mostly so that is all that matters but I am just in disbelief at how the console looks. Terrible. Zip ties cut poorly. Tape and that little clip on the outside of the console. It would have been far better if they drilled a few holes in the console and ran them under the carpet (with looming of course) all the way up the A pillar. I assume there is a fuse somewhere, too? Most likely the DC adapter?
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Wow. It appears you are pleased with it mostly so that is all that matters but I am just in disbelief at how the console looks. Terrible. Zip ties cut poorly. Tape and that little clip on the outside of the console. It would have been far better if they drilled a few holes in the console and ran them under the carpet (with looming of course) all the way up the A pillar. I assume there is a fuse somewhere, too? Most likely the DC adapter?
Well....not everyone is an expert like you...;-) But now I am curious to know how you cut your zip ties? I thought there is only one way to cut the ties.

Anyways....I was disappointed to find out GC has no internal fuse box. I am still trying to figure out a way to get internal power then I won't have the battery but in the meantime - when the console is closed it looks good.....lol

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Well....not everyone is an expert like you...;-) But now I am curious to know how you cut your zip ties? I thought there is only one way to cut the ties.

I am still trying to figure out a way to get internal power then I won't have the battery but in the meantime - when the console is closed it looks good.....lol
Not an expert by any means but I worked as an installer on emergency vehicles so our work was immaculate so it would not fail in the field. Zip ties should have been cut all the way down not leaving 1/8 inch left over. Just looks bad is all. Why not run a fused power wire from the battery to the console? Surely the camera doesnt draw that much power. And if so just install a voltage monitor that will shut it down to protect the battery from dying?

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Not an expert by any means but I worked as an installer on emergency vehicles so our work was immaculate so it would not fail in the field. Zip ties should have been cut all the way down not leaving 1/8 inch left over. Just looks bad is all. Why not run a fused power wire from the battery to the console? Surely the camera doesnt draw that much power. And if so just install a voltage monitor that will shut it down to protect the battery drom dying?

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That is what the battery (center console) does my friend - it monitors the GC battery and when/if it goes below a certain volt, the camera will shut off. I wanna keep my Overland as is that is - no holes, and no ripping carpets. One wire is showing and to me its not a big deal. Once I figure out the power dilemma then that wire and battery will be hidden too. My GC is not driven to save any lives and I am sure 1/8 inch left over tie won't kill anyone....lol

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