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Apeman front and rear dash cam rear cam install

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by VirusCage, Feb 4, 2020.

  1. Feb 4, 2020 at 4:58 PM
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    VirusCage

    VirusCage [OP] Well in the secondary immune response

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    Thanks to @boogie3478 I keep finding awesome stuff on the Amazon Gems thread.
    Well I bought the Apeman c550 on amazon.
    Pics and tips to follow...
    Here is the stock photo form Amazon
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    The Front Camera installs easily using 3m Tape and an included mount. I placed it just on the passenger side of the rearview mirror and it has a great angle (adjustable) from there.

    The Dashcam also comes with a rear facing camera and a cable to attach it to the main unit as well. I chose to run the wire:
    1. From the main unit
    2. Tucked along the headliner to the A pillar
    3. Tucked along the doorside of the trim panel (the handle area) then down
    4. Along the trim to the door sill, lifted the door sill and ran to the B pillar
    5. Up the passenger front door side of the B pillar trim, tucked in
    6. Around the top of the B pillar trim and then under the weather seal/trim to the rear headliner
    (about 10 minutes of work while drinking a Duvel)

    The next problem was the rear camera mount. This model is setup to mount and hang or sit above the surface, like on a bumper or below an overhang. This does not mate well to the rear window. I tried just tucking it in to the trim with the 1/4 lip form the mount point, but this gave a VERY angled view that I did not care for.
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    Tonight, I set out to build a mount for the rear camera.
    I started with the idea of a hobby or angle bracket that I could bend and drill...This proved to be overkill. Angled brackets were too thick, while the hobby plate snapped when bent (pictured)
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    I then headed to three hardware stores looking for plastic sheets or strips to bend and drill. I only found one option that was more than I wanted to spend for some plastic.

    I then, decided to go the dollar tree and find the largest, most durable hunk of plastic for a dollar!
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    I found a black paint roller tray and decided to try to make a mount. My first one was too short, too narrow, and I bent it too far.
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    I then decided to make a new cut out with two layers and wider base to tuck in to the trim.
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    With the right heated bend, and the proper alignment, the image is much straighter and seems secure.
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    I will update with pics and images form the Dashcam in the daylight.
     

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  2. Feb 4, 2020 at 5:00 PM
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    TomTwo

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  3. Feb 4, 2020 at 5:14 PM
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    boogie3478

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    Lol I was literally sipping a hot drink when I saw this. :anonymous:
     
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  4. Feb 4, 2020 at 5:43 PM
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    VirusCage

    VirusCage [OP] Well in the secondary immune response

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    Hood deflector, window vent visors, stainless steps, kb voodoo bedrack, bed cubby cap seals, meso ext fuse cover, meso lower switch panel, 4xhella horns, power tray aux panel, 2wd lo mod, rear FU lights, bed led lights, BPF SKID and Hook, rear view mirror usb power ports, front and rear dash cam, front and rear cam anytime mod, cherry air freshener!
  5. Feb 4, 2020 at 5:44 PM
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    VirusCage

    VirusCage [OP] Well in the secondary immune response

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    Hood deflector, window vent visors, stainless steps, kb voodoo bedrack, bed cubby cap seals, meso ext fuse cover, meso lower switch panel, 4xhella horns, power tray aux panel, 2wd lo mod, rear FU lights, bed led lights, BPF SKID and Hook, rear view mirror usb power ports, front and rear dash cam, front and rear cam anytime mod, cherry air freshener!
    I don't think @MESO has to worry about me as competition though! HAHAHA
    :sawzall:
     
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  6. Feb 4, 2020 at 5:56 PM
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    Great Minds :fistbump:
     
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  7. Feb 4, 2020 at 5:59 PM
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    shane100700

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    I dunno... he might. The first batch run is always the least refined!
     
  8. Feb 5, 2020 at 5:27 AM
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    Devir7

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    That’s an awesome idea and looks great.... I think I’ll have to copy that as well...

    I may even have plastic already... kid has plenty of things that I could barrow lol.
     
  9. Feb 5, 2020 at 7:48 AM
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    Devir7 It’s a Secret to Everybody

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    I ended up cutting a piece of the license plate frame from the dealer, heating a bending it slightly. Seems like it’ll work well :bowdown:
     
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  10. Feb 7, 2020 at 3:24 PM
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    VirusCage [OP] Well in the secondary immune response

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  11. Feb 7, 2020 at 3:57 PM
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    Devir7

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    That looks really good. I’ve got mine it but have not checked it yet lol.
     
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  12. Jan 7, 2021 at 6:32 AM
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    Fantastic idea, I was about ready to return mine as I couldn’t come up with a mount option- heading up to the dollar store this morning!!
     
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