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post #1 of 15 Old 03-29-2020, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Amazon Backup Camera Install

So, a few months back I ordered a cheap backup camera off amazon, and a cheap radio adapter for the factory nav unit as a “when I have time” project. Well, I’ve got more time at the moment, like most of us. I decided to be a bit creative in how I mounted it. I decided to sacrifice a center cap for one of my wheels and mount it in the center of the spare tire. Ran the wire through the factory 3rd brake light grommet, but the yellow video connector would not go through the factory loom from door to body. Will get a larger loom that looks factory and tidy that up later. Tucked the video cable down the passenger side up to the dash. Tapped the backup lights at the right taillight harness(white/grey is positive, black is negative). I used my JScan app to turn the backup camera on in the radio. The camera was $12, adapter $16, already had the JScan and Bluetooth OBDII adapter but that’s about $50 all in. And the camera came with a 20’ cable. I meant to take more pics along the way but it really wasn’t terribly difficult to do.

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Looks good! How do you like it?
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Nice and clean, looks good !

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Looks good! How do you like it?
so far so good, resolution is so so, but good enough. Some brighter backup lights would help at night

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I have an '09 with the touchscreen Nav system - is that $15 RCA connector the only thing you need to enable the backup camera on those units?

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I have an '09 with the touchscreen Nav system - is that $15 RCA connector the only thing you need to enable the backup camera on those units?
No, you also need to turn on the backup camera in the radio. The dealer can do it or so can you with the JScan app with a bluetooth OBDII dongle.

Dealer $$$$ anywhere from $50 to $300, JScan and OBD BT dongle, about $50 and you have something that you can use for other options and settings.

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No, you also need to turn on the backup camera in the radio. The dealer can do it or so can you with the JScan app with a bluetooth OBDII dongle.

Dealer $$$$ anywhere from $50 to $300, JScan and OBD BT dongle, about $50 and you have something that you can use for other options and settings.
Cranbiz is correct. I used the Scan app with a bluetooth OBD II adapter. I bought whichever one the Scan app recommended, i don't remember the name offhand. but the JScan has already paid for itself as I changed my DRL's to the parking lights, corrected speedo for 33's and now the backup camera.

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Thanks for the advice - One last question on the JScan tool - would the dealer be able to determine that Ive changed values and possibly deny future warranty claims? I have the Powertrain and Maxcare lifetime warranties on my '09.

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that might be a question for JScan. i have no idea.

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So I decided to go down this route but seem to be missing something. Below is a picture of my NAV unit and I dont see a way to activate the backup camera in JSCAN - what am I missing?
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Never mind - I found the rear camera activation under Adaption not Modules :P

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OK so Ive got things in place but want to make sure I tap into the correct wire for power. Im looking for the reverse light wire - here are some pics of the back left, which wire is for the rear bulb?
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I think it's the white/gray wire. The white/pink should be the parking lights

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Thanks cranbiz - it was mentioned in the first post the white/grey wire. I got it mixed up with another thread that mentioned white/green and was the wrong wire

The white/grey wire is the backup light and worked like a champ. This is a very easy and cheap install.

I have a question for the OP Chad - you put the camera in the center of the spare tire rim - whats the process for getting the spare tire and camera off when needed?

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Thanks cranbiz - it was mentioned in the first post the white/grey wire. I got it mixed up with another thread that mentioned white/green and was the wrong wire

The white/grey wire is the backup light and worked like a champ. This is a very easy and cheap install.

I have a question for the OP Chad - you put the camera in the center of the spare tire rim - whats the process for getting the spare tire and camera off when needed?
the wires are fed through the same grommet as the 3rd brake light. i just pop it out and unplug it. the center cap can swap to another wheel. the connections also sit right behind the grate on the inside of the tailgate and that pops off easy enough as well

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