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Unread 01-07-2010, 04:35 PM   #1
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Easy backup camera install

Finished backup cam install yesterday. With the lift and tinted windows, it became very hard to see directly behind. A $69, a 3.5" camera set from Pep Boys fixed that up. It's made for the license plate bracket which for us wrangler owners would be obscured by the spare. I chose the space under the spare, which is visible only by squatting down. Easy to put two stainless or brass 1/4 screws through the plastic bumper fascia. A camera mounted in the spare was an option but gave a very limited view of the critical area just behind the Jeep. The location shown is seen from very low down, and at standing height, it's not seen at all.



I ran the camera wire under the rear bumper, then piggy-backed to the existing wires on driver's side. I came up through just behind the driver's side rear wheelwell.



A soft foam rubber shield allows for easy access into the hollow of the rear fender panel, then after removing the left rear tail light, the wires can be pressed through the small rubber gasket up into the cabin. Pull the carpet out from the edge slightly as seen in the following pic to get access to the top of the rubber gasket. Wireless camera sets will come with a camera/wire, and a transmitter/wire. Pulling the carpet away further allows enough room to velcro or double stick tape the small tranmitter and antenna to any of the hollows found between carpet and sheetmetal. Here's where I began pulling the carpet:



The wire from cam will now run up into the cabin and plug into the transmitter which you have hidden behind the rug. The other wire that feeds the transmitter will run through the same rubber gasket and into the space behind the rear left taillight you have removed. The backup light is at the bottom and has one feed in gray, and two black negative wires. Use two in-line connector with pliers to avoid open splicing. Your transmitter will now turn on in reverse only.

At the front, the JK offers little room even for a small screen, particularly if like me, you use a Garmin attached to the windshield. I chose to put mine here, just behind the registration sticker where it bothers no-one. A little Velcro again did wonders.



I chose to avoid using yet another cigarette lighter adapter and wired into the cigarette lighter instead. A great video of taking the dash off reduced the job to less than 5 minutes. Here's the link:

YouTube - MYGIG LOCKPICK JK WRANGLER RUBICON

Use the lighter on the left, as it will turn off with the ignition. Otherwise, your mini-monitor will stay on forever. Again, in-line crimp on connectors to the two wires is all it takes. Run the wires up behind the plastic panel along the driver's right leg, and over the metal under the steering column. Getting from the cigarette lighter wires down behind the steering took a wire hanger fashioned with a small hook on the end. Finally, pop the left side-dash panel off and pull the wire up through the far left edge so its hidden for almost it's entire distance until it reaches the monitor. Good luck, and enjoy.


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Unread 01-07-2010, 05:29 PM   #2
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Be careful when attached the tongue of a trailer. One slip up and crunch. Good Install
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Unread 01-07-2010, 05:45 PM   #3
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my wife bought me one for xmas- she got me the Pyle that replaces the rearview mirror- good thing since the rearview mirror is completely useless, my tire carrier has the 35" tire mounted up high for better departure angle. But that meant the rearview was nothing but a wheel/tire LOL

Anyway... I have my license plate relocated to the center of the tire. So my camera was able to mount to the bottom of the license plate. For the first time in a year I actually have a rearview!
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Unread 01-07-2010, 06:17 PM   #4
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Wow.. nice job there. Great tips. Appreciate it.
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Unread 01-07-2010, 06:31 PM   #5
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What kind of screws are attaching it to the bumper? Does it go into the frame behind the bumper or just the plastic in the bumper?
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Unread 01-07-2010, 06:40 PM   #6
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Agree about the placement- 3 days after installing mine 8" off center on the rear bumper, my gf was backing up to a trailer and hit the brake too late- would have put a quick end to the camera. I shimmed one edge of mine to give a good view of the hitch, but out of harms way. just my 2cents.
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Unread 01-07-2010, 06:55 PM   #7
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Yep looks good doc but definatley would rethink the placement
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Nice write-up. Thanks for the link to remove the dash panels too.

One thing I would do differently when removing the panels is to use a trim tool. A screwdriver like what they were using would in most cases leave marks in the soft plastic that is being pried on. Harbor Freight has a nice trim tool set for dirt-cheap.
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Unread 01-07-2010, 07:29 PM   #9
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DocJake - very nice. I installed the same unit the same way at the beginning of last summer so that I could back up to my boat trailer without my wife having to 'try' to guide me back. I installed the camera just off the the driver's side so that a trailer couldn't crunch it if I were to go back too far. I took the install on step further and installed the camera on the 'up' side of the driver's side visor using double stick tape, so that I can put the visor down to see the camera, but otherwise, it is not in sight.
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Be careful when attached the tongue of a trailer. One slip up and crunch. Good Install
Maybe he could use a "camera skid plate" and keep it on center?
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Uh Oh NEW MOD...... ' Camera skid plate' when can I see a write up......
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Good points about placement. My rig came with a hitch package but I don't trailer anything. I tried placing it between the spokes on the spare, aimed the cam down and had a good view of just behind the bumper, but lost any view of what was further back. Anyway, I agree it sucks mounting a camera for avoiding hitting objects while backing up only to crush your camera backing up.

I like the idea of a visor mount. For $69 I'm happy to take my chances. The cam had no screws, but I had a couple brass screws 1/4" I used. I'll change to black when I get the chance. The screws easily bite through the plastic bumper cover but don't reach the steel.
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Nice install,,,but that dude in the video was RIPPIN that dash out of there. Made me twinge just watchin.
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Unread 01-09-2010, 12:23 PM   #14
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Nice install,,,but that dude in the video was RIPPIN that dash out of there. Made me twinge just watchin.
yeah.. I took a bit longer and used a cloth between screwdriver and plastic panels.. that's how they treat your car at some installers... We treat our cars with TLC because we love them.
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Doc, I"ve been looking at a back up system too. Brother you've been hitting the mod's, you have the addiction.

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