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Aftermarket Backup Camera Location + Install

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by belone12, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. Mar 31, 2014 at 4:53 PM
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    belone12

    belone12 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey Guys,
    Going to install my backup camera this weekend. (Not in the tailgate handle). Anyone have a reason why I shouldn't mount it where I mock taped it in the picture or have a suggestion for where? The tow hitch is somewhat limiting to mounting locations, so i was just going to thru-bolt it to the hard plastic so it is still near center.
    I am also going to silicone it and flat black it so it doesn't stand out as much.

    If you have a camera mounted on yours (not tailgate handle) feel free to post it here because I had a hard time finding any pics while searching.
    This is the camera..
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846

    Taco Camera.jpg
     
  2. Mar 31, 2014 at 4:54 PM
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    Reserved for install....
     
  3. Mar 31, 2014 at 6:50 PM
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    The only problem I see is that it's not very well protected. How about above the bumper step? At least it's a little better protected from the elements...
     
  4. Mar 31, 2014 at 7:27 PM
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    Thats a good idea. I wasn't sure if it was better off protected from above or below. It claims to be waterproof but i am still going to seal it up. I thought it might be more protected by the trailer hitch.
     
  5. Mar 31, 2014 at 7:51 PM
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    I used the 7 pin mounting bracket. It got mangled a while back so I tied it up under the bumper.
     
  6. Apr 1, 2014 at 5:04 AM
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    Everyone O know that wheels their truck even a tiny bit has mangled the 7 Pin bracket. That looks even less protected. I would drill a hole in the bumper itself.
     
  7. Apr 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM
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    For anyone interested, I thought it might help since I didn't have much of a reference.
    This is the camera I went with from Amazon - $26 & Waterproof http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005Q65JHM/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Hooking it up was relatively easy. I disconnected the battery, removed the HU, and plugged the video cabl in. Then ran it behind the drier side dash -> driverside kick panel, through the rubber grommet under the seat, down the frame to the camera. I tapped into the Power and Ground for the LED bed lights I installed a while back. That is all located behind the Driverside tail light.
    The reverse sensor wire was already connected b/c the PO had an AVIC Z1, so all I had to do was connect to the HU.

    I mounted the camera under the bumper just left of the trailer hitch to offer some protection ( I am not a wheeler). I also siliconed the camera despite it being waterproof.

    I connected the battery, re-installed the HU, and changed the Backup Camera setting to ground. The camera comes on when I shift into reverse or I can manually turn it on at any time (no bypass required, Pioneer HU).

    Overall I am happy with the results for about $30 and a couple of hours of Taco-Time.
    Hope this helps someone else looking for an affordable option. This worked for me, your needs/install may be different so use your judgement...

    01. Backup Camera.jpg
    02. Rear HU connect.jpg
    03. Mount Location.jpg
    04. Rear View.jpg
    05. Day View.jpg
    06. Night view.jpg
     
  8. Apr 9, 2014 at 10:28 AM
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  9. Apr 9, 2014 at 10:31 AM
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    Mounted into the rear bumper. where you put yours I was worried with hitting it backing up, or with trailer hooked to it. Plus less wires hanging down.
     
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  10. Apr 9, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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    Thats nice flush mount. The design of the camera I used isn't the best for through fitting, but i may still try it if i can figure out a way to do it.
    I too am concerned about losing it, but i wrapped the wires around the hitch frame so nothing is dangling (except the camera of course)
     
  11. Apr 9, 2014 at 12:42 PM
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    Newlife, I was thinking about a similar mounting. Does the bumper clip off any of the image on the sides?
     
  12. Apr 9, 2014 at 12:43 PM
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    Negative sir
     
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    I have a 2013 SR5 with the camera in the mirror, which is great if your tailgate is up. However as a renovation contractor, I do backup with the tailgate down often.... so while replacing the head unit I installed the wiring for an additional backup camera on the bumper. I chose the licence plate unit sold on Amazon, nice and clear on the head unit.:)
     
  14. Apr 9, 2014 at 2:36 PM
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    some good ideas here. would love a few more for my 2006. anyone else?
     
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