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Old 23-08-2010, 06:47 PM
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Hey, what is the best and easiest way to wire up a reverse camera for my new double din gps head unit in the D40?

The camera will be installed in the tailgate lock recess and powered from the reverse lights. I'm more concerned with how to power the head unit so it comes on when reverse is selected.
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Old 23-08-2010, 08:41 PM
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I have a VMS unit so it may be different, but I have to have mine on, and then as soon as there is power to the reverse lights it switches to rear view. Is your head unit on anytime the car is on like a stereo?
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I've been looking at a number of head units lately that have camera inputs which say they come on when reverse is selected however I've not really found out if any of them do this internally or if you still have to find the feed for the power. I would have thought that you'd still have to provide the power from the reversing circuit to make it switch on when reverse is selected therefore what they are claiming is nothing more than a plug capable of a video feed and the switching is done before it gets to the unit.

My camera is currently hooked up to a 7 inch screen mounted in front of the gear stick and it has a live feed for standby power but the switching feed comes directly off the reversing relay under the bonnet. I just connected my feed wire onto the bottom of the relay and ran the wire straight through the firewall directly behind the relay box and behind the carpet to the screen. It's the same process as running the feed all the way back from the reversing light cluster just less cabling and heaps easier, although if your already running the video feed back then a feed for power may not be a huge issue.
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I have a 7" HD LCD screen in the dash and it automatically goes to reverse camera whenever it gets a 12v feed from the reversing lights relay.
Only dowside to having the camera in the tailgate is it will show you the ground if you ever have the tailgate down. I have mine on the number plate and it shows things on the ground a lot closer than when I had the camera in the tailgate.
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The video cable you should get has a wire sticking out each end running the length of it. I ran power from the reverse lights back up this to the head unit and attached to the reverse wire on the unit. Make sure you have the camera video cable plugged into the ccd female video cable (there are a few ). I ran the power from the L/H reverse light wiring to the camera and the signal wire ( didn't worry about a relay as it draws very little. Ran the wiring along the L/H rail into the the grommet at the L/H bottom rear of cab. You have to remove the panels in the inside ( they just pull off carefully) From there i ran it along the L/H side under all the bottom door paneling which all just pulls up and clips back down. all the way to the fuse box and behind the glove box to the unit. bit of fiddling but everything is hidden. oh and everything outside the cab is ran through conduit to stop rubbing and shorts.

Also it would pay to dummy wire it first to make sure you are happy with the image as it would be a bitch to do all this and its in the wrong spot. Went through a few locations till i settled on my mounting position ( above the number plate)

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Only reason I used the relay feedwas I had already installed driving lights up under the back as reversing lights so the feed was easy to pick up.
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My camera is mounted in the center of the rear canopy window. I was reluctant at first to have it look through glass thinking the image would be hampered especially with a dark tint but even when the car has been absolutely filthy and the window was caked with road dust the camera still works fine. I had to make a bracket that suited the camera which was no big deal and it's not mounted to the window so I can drive with the window open if I really want to and still have the camera do it's job. I was originally planning to mount it in the number plate but I prefer internal stuff where possible.
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My camera is mounted in the center of the rear canopy window. I was reluctant at first to have it look through glass thinking the image would be hampered especially with a dark tint but even when the car has been absolutely filthy and the window was caked with road dust the camera still works fine. I had to make a bracket that suited the camera which was no big deal and it's not mounted to the window so I can drive with the window open if I really want to and still have the camera do it's job. I was originally planning to mount it in the number plate but I prefer internal stuff where possible.
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Are you able to post a photo. I'd love to see it.

At this stage i'll probably install just above the rego plate. But i'm always up for new ideas.
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Are you able to post a photo. I'd love to see it.

At this stage i'll probably install just above the rego plate. But i'm always up for new ideas.
The only thing to watch there is where your number plate light shines, Mine sort of shines across the camera at night and makes it hard to see the camera vision at night.
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The guys that installed my in-dash navigation system placed my reversing camera in the keyhole for the absent tailgate lock (which I was prepared to buy @ $175 but they went and shoved this in).

I can't line up a towbar when the tailgate's down, because there's not enough clearance between the top of the towball and tailgate so all I'd do is clobber the tailgate - so there's no point worrying about that. Camera in the keyhole is good, out-of-the-way and powered by the unit in the dash.

There's a similar camera to mine (it's probably the same, but mine came from Pioneer) in the current Jaycar catalog on page 339. Part number is QC-3514 and they're $119 each. Minimum illumination is 0.2 lux and at night, my tail lights are enough to give me clear enough vision to see behind me. The cable for this runs all the way back to the head unit.

I think they picked up the reversing signal from in the dash. My unit also requires a handbrake signal connection to disable the display of video on the front screen, which they also get from the wiring looms in the dash/console area. I've not actually taken mine apart to see where it is exactly.
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