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post #1 of 5 Old 08-21-2021, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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Hooking up a camera

I just bought my 2015 Cherokee yesterday. And wanted to mount my camera on the windshield.

Does the A pillar just pop off? I didnít want to force it and break anything.

And, my camera just plugs into the power port. But, the wire is short. So I bought an external power port to use. It I have to plug into the fuse panel. Is there a certain slot I can plug into? Iím afraid of frying something.

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Hi Milner,
Just run across your post. Did you get your dashcam mounted & wired? I mounted one on my son's '16 & hardwired it last year. I can post some pics of it & where I tapped into the 12v of how I did his if needed.

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Hi Milner,
Just run across your post. Did you get your dashcam mounted & wired? I mounted one on my son's '16 & hardwired it last year. I can post some pics of it & where I tapped into the 12v of how I did his if needed.
No I didnít!! Photos would be awesome!! I honestly just got my Jeep back two days ago. Someone decided to run into it!! Ugh
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Someone decided to run into it!! Ugh
That sucks. Hope all is well.

I've installed 3 or 4 different dashcams in our vehicles over the last few years and my memory isn't my strong point...so here it goes from what I can remember.

I mounted his to the right of center, behind his rear view mirror so it wouldn't block his view and the camera doesn't pick up the blackout/heated area on the windshield.
Tucked the power lead up in the headliner and down the driver's side pillar trim. (what I can't remember is how I got the lead down to the rubber wire harness pass-through which is above & L of the brake pedal.
His dashcam needs a constant 12V, and a switch accessory 12v, so I ran two leads through the little nipple at the top of the pass-through grommet. You first need to stick an ice pick or similar through it to be able to get the wires through. (pierced nipple...)
I can't remember which one is which, but I used piggyback fuse taps on F60, and F75 (one hot, one switched with accessory). And the ground wire was attached somewhere under the dash.
The excess bundle of wire & stuff were zip tied & put behind the small fold down cubby by your left knee. open it, then pull up off of it's hinges. Kind of snaps off.

Like I said above, his had it's own wiring harness that needed both constant 24/7 12v, and switched 12v. The others I have installed used 5V USB power. On those hard wire installs, I picked up a 12v to usb adapter from Amazon & hid it up under the dash.

This is how I did his install, but I'm sure there are other ways. I wanted it out of his view, and not look too tacky.
I posted some pics of how I installed the one in my Honda Passport on that forum and had someone voice concerns of compromising the airbag on the A pillar. The lead is only tucked into the trim enough to keep it from falling out and not shoved in with an ice pic, and I'm not too concerned about a tooth pic diameter sized wire in the event it deploys. But something to consider.

Good luck & hope the repairs on your Cherokee are done well.
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Thanks so much!! I truly appreciate that!!!
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