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2013 Tacoma backup camera.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by scoobydooz, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. Mar 31, 2014 at 11:58 PM
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    scoobydooz

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    I guess this sounds really stupid, but is there a way to turn the backup camera on while in drive?

    The reason I ask. I was behind an Audi today, and noticed the guy in front of me with his back up camera fully on while driving down the highway. I could make out the bugs on my grill...

    has anyone tried this??

    I understand there are after market cams that can do this, but I imagine it wouldn't be hard to trick the cam into thinking I'm reversing.
     
  2. Apr 1, 2014 at 5:46 AM
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  3. Apr 1, 2014 at 7:24 AM
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    Does your truck have the Temp / Compass in the mirror also? If it does then just remember the camera being on will take the place of that. I see no reason personally to have the camera on all the time since it is in the rear view mirror looking at exactly the same image of your mirror but whatever you like I suppose.
     
  4. Apr 1, 2014 at 9:15 AM
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    I hope it's ok to tack on another backup cam question here:
    Can the visual display on the radio be made to show the backup cam?
    Both the Dodge and Nissan we have at work put the pic on the a/v display, and that's nice.
    The pic in the mirror is awfully small.
     
  5. Apr 1, 2014 at 9:22 AM
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    I think it's a good mod to have ... I may try it myself. There are some situations when it would be nice to have it on constantly, like when backing up into a tight spot when you're going back/forward/back/forward etc... That lag in waiting for the camera to come on after you shift is annoying (at least it in on my manual tranny truck... I don't know if the autos have that lag, too)
     
  6. Apr 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM
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    No lag in mine.
     
  7. Apr 1, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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    My 2012 has the JBL system and it displays the backup camera on the radio display. I'm pretty sure this is a JBL thing. I don't think it can be done without it....
     
  8. Apr 1, 2014 at 1:18 PM
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    It seems user Nimrod sells a kit on ebay to make it work
    but, I'm still researching that.
     
  9. Apr 1, 2014 at 1:34 PM
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    Does the mirror LCD still work with that?
    That's cool.

    Did you do the install?
    If so; how hard was that?
     
  11. Apr 1, 2014 at 3:27 PM
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    I bought the kit from Ebay and installed it in my '13... it works fantastic! You would not want to display in the mirror and the radio at the same time, the quality will be crap. FYI, if you do this you will loose the grid that is in the mirror view, that resides in the mirror.

    Can you turn it ON while driving.... Yes you can. You have to pull your lower dash to expose the connector to the left of the steering wheel and splice into the red wire. I know this because you have to do this when you install the kit.

    The lower dash comes out pretty easy, you can put the camera into the radio for $70 and an hour worth of work start to finish.... probably less if you did it before.

    Here was my review: http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/6...kup-camera-radio-mod-post-install-review.html

    IMO, turning ON the backup cam while driving is useless, it points down more than it points out. If you want to see the guy's grille behind you then maybe its worth it, I don't think you'll be able to check out the chickie behind you...LOL
     
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    Exactly my point
     
  13. May 22, 2014 at 9:28 PM
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    Ive had a 2011 jbl and now have a 2013 jbl system and both displayed in the mirror still. There is some kind of wiring that you can do to achieve this in the radio display. Did you buy your truck new or used?
     
  14. May 23, 2014 at 5:51 AM
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    I have a 2013 non-jbl and I bought the wiring kit to put the backup cam into the radio and installed it myself. My 2013 is being lemoned out and I'm expecting my 2014 in a week or so. I removed my backup wiring kit and I'm being told that 2014 has it in the radio already. Once I find out for sure that this is true, I'll be putting the kit up for sale. The guy who sold them on ebay doesn't list them anymore, I assume because 2014 doesn't need it. The kit was $69 new and I have all of the instructions including the installation pictures that came with the kit. I'll make someone a deal if I don't need it.
     
  15. May 23, 2014 at 6:49 AM
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