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09-11 back up camera mirror

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by JTO, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. Aug 30, 2010 at 9:55 AM
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    JTO

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  2. Aug 30, 2010 at 10:02 AM
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    that sounds retarted to me, why would toyota install the camera in the handle but not the mirror? I have a hard time believing that. They might all be pre-wired, but i highly doubt there would be a camera there with nothing to watch it on.
     
  3. Aug 30, 2010 at 10:08 AM
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    Interesting...I have it already, but the bigger mirror/screen is definitely desirable. The little one is hard to see much.
     
  4. Aug 30, 2010 at 10:14 AM
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    Does Plasti-Dip count as a mod ?
    My test drive was in one with the camera and mirror viewer. Very cool feature. Not something I've used before.
    Gotta wonder though, if you're backing in somewhere with the gate down, the camera isn't of much use.
     
  5. Aug 30, 2010 at 10:28 AM
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    If you are unsure ... that a look at the tailgate handle. The latch will be two pieces. The left side to open the gate ... the right side is for the camera:

    See below:

    [​IMG]

    It is a feature that at first I was thinking ... I'll never use this. Although I do not use it for backing (mirrors and the standard "Look over your shoulder" ... it is great to see how close you are to where you need to back ... as in looking at the parking space line or curb.

    Now, if you back up with the tailgate open all you will see is the area where the gate meets the bed.

    I hope that answers any questions.
     
  6. Aug 30, 2010 at 10:31 AM
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    does anyone have a tacoma with the backup camera installled and no mirror? can anyone verify that this peice of eqipment comes standard on all new tacomas?
     
  7. Aug 30, 2010 at 10:34 AM
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    When I bought my taco last month, I told the dealer never on earth would I use a back-up camera, since we have made it millions of years without... :p

    I honestly thought it was something that is fun, but never useful. Have had the truck about 6 weeks now and I use it every single day. On my way in to work today, I parked in a spot I otherwise would not have and i was able to back right into it with accuracy like a dime.

    I use it every single time i'm in reverse, and I plan on doing the hack that allows me to turn it on at will.
     
  8. Aug 30, 2010 at 10:35 AM
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    4X42HEL Don't really understand 2WD trucks....

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    The salesman told me it is part of the SR5 package....
     
  9. Aug 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM
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    No camera on my '09 SR5. Just the two-part handle with a blank. I bought a camera from someone here on tacomaworld and the wiring was all there in the tailgate.

    Cheers.
     
  10. Aug 30, 2010 at 10:42 AM
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    Spoken from a man who knows .... good infomation.
     
  11. Aug 30, 2010 at 11:58 AM
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    I thought I'd never use mine either but it's great when backing up to hook up a trailer or in a tight spot. I haven't hit my trash cans at home yet :). Useless with the tailgate down though.
     
  12. Aug 30, 2010 at 12:00 PM
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    that's why i have another camera on my license plate and hooked up to my double din, lol
     
  13. Aug 30, 2010 at 12:15 PM
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    I like the back-up camera...it's perfect for backing into parking spaces.

    One you get used to it...and used to judging the camera and the picture it gives you...it is an awesome tool.

    Yes, it is small...but I prefer it in the mirror. My MDX had a large one in the nav screen, but I like it better in the mirror where my eyes are already.

    YMMV
     
  14. Aug 30, 2010 at 12:21 PM
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    sorry, but your wrong. guy at work has the camera installed in the tailgate but no mirror...he was asking me about it since he knows i know quite a bit about the tacos...

    i've read a few others that have the same thing. i know it doesnt really make that much sense, but either its just easier to install them on all the trucks on the assembly line, or its there so that dealers can charge extra for the mirror upgrade?
     
  15. Aug 30, 2010 at 12:36 PM
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    ^ i know it doesnt, but this guys 5 lug ext cab has a camera in the tailgate and no mirror....:confused:

    and again, i have read here of at least a few other guys w/ the same situation...
     
  16. Aug 30, 2010 at 12:38 PM
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    Early 09s had the camera regardless of the model, My BASIC 09 regular cab had the camera but not the mirror. I bought the mirror online and I only had to plug it in to the wiring already in the truck.
     
  17. Aug 30, 2010 at 12:48 PM
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    Here is a picture of when I installed the pop & lock, look at the camera in the left side

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Aug 30, 2010 at 12:55 PM
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    09 std cab prerunner came with camera and no mirror. my dads 10' std cab 5 lug has the blank
     
  19. Aug 30, 2010 at 3:42 PM
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    I have an '09 base model 4x4 (purchased in Canada), and it came with the tailgate camera and no mirror.
     
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