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Default How to Install Rear View Camera

Courtesy of My350z.com

I'm thinking of installing this camera on my car. Looks very clean. This is from a 350z but its the same process since the wiring is through the back of an aftermarket headunit.

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So it was spring cleaning at the stereo shop I work at part time and I noticed a box I know I had seen at least twenty times before but never read. Whoa its a Farenheit rear view camera. SNATCHED (with permission of course). I already have the interior out of the car because I'm upgrading my sub and amplifiers so that just makes it easier to route the wires. Now the pics:
*ADDED - Camera model # - Farenheit LP-1CA
  1. The rear view view camera -itself
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2. The contents of the box

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3. The contents sorted on the floor

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4. Removed plate and old license plate holder

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5. The inside of the rear, notice the large grommit in the center. This is where I ran the wire inside the car

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6. Once the grommit is removed, you can cut a small slice in it to run the wires through

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7. Once the wire from the frame is inside the car, it must be connected to a small box that was included with the frame. the image processing is done inside this box and then images are sent from the box to your headunit. Be sure to tuck it away so it doesn't get crushed.

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8. Reverse wire. Dont forget the reverse wire. Without this connection the Avic Z1 wont switch to rear camera when you shift into reverse. Pioneer included a specific wire for this connection so I tapped into the reverse light in the rear as opposed to finding the wire up front.

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9. Once the wires is tapped it's time for a little wire management.

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10. Through the rear strut bar and out the compartment behind the passenger seat.

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11. I ran the wires down the center, its a lot easier then pulling up the carpet. Time for the Z1 to come out again.

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12. Find the wire for the reverse gear input and connect it to the wire that you tapped into the reverse light in the back.

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13. Time to tap into some power for the camera. It doesnt really matter where you tap into the power, but since this camera has the power wires attached on the end of the cables that get attached to the head unit, I tapped the constant power from the head unit and the oem ground. The headunit has its own separate ground now. Here is a shot of the power wire prepped for install

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14. The last connection, the actual video feed from the box mounted in the rear.

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15. Turn on the car and test it out before securing down the head unit. Make sure all of your speakers and devices attached to the radio are functioning. It gets really tight behind the head unit and its easy to disconnect wires when reassembling. I had to change a setting on the headunit to accept camera feed for the rear.

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Here are some pics of the images from the camera

With old school cheap a$$ pager on the ground for scale
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with some needle nose pliers
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From the side

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The finished product

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Enjoy.

BTW since the license plate camera frame is substantially thicker then your average frame, I had to replace the screws and the mounting clips. When I bought the car the stealership used some horrible little screws that stripped the nuts inside the oem clips. A quick trip to lowes for two new coarse thread phillips head bolts, two body clips and two plastic black screw caps did the trick.
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