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Camera help...

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by primer, May 14, 2011.

  1. May 14, 2011 at 7:44 PM
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    Installing an Boyo camera to my Kenwood hu.

    This is the camera:
    http://www.amazon.com/Boyo-Install-Waterproof-Swiveling-Attractive/dp/B003M1M21Y/ref=pd_cp_e_1

    Instructions are worthless. NO mention of how it is to be wired. Seems simple enough. Yellow RCA connector to HU video in, Blk to ground, red to 12v.

    As I read it these are generally wired to the reverse lights so that the camera comes on when the truck is in reverse.

    Rather than run all the way to the back of the truck I think I should be able to pick that wire up in the cab here:

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/audio-video/41639-rear-view-camera-install.html

    Unfortunately this thread appears to indicate that the color of that wire changes based on the year of your truck. I have an 06. I'm hoping 08 and earlier are red/white. Can anyone confirm that?

    Thanks in advance

    TL
     
  2. May 14, 2011 at 8:08 PM
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    Yup you are on the right track That's the wire you want to hook to for your reverse lights. 2006 should be red/white. just like you have written and you will be fine.
     
  3. May 14, 2011 at 8:21 PM
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    Thanks.
     
  4. May 15, 2011 at 1:10 PM
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    Trying to get everything ready, and realized I have another question.

    The diagram in the manual shows a separate input for a camera (left side - middle part of diagram.)

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    Also part of that input are wires labelled relay 1 and 2.

    I assume these wires are for a Kenwood camera system or something - and I don't need to worry about them at all.

    Thanks

    TL
     
  5. May 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM
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    I will be doing same thing soon..let us know the final outcome as I will be looking for you as my manual.
    thanks I also have an 06 with kenwood DNX5140.
     
  6. May 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM
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    How come I have to be the guinea pig?
    :)

    Just kidding.

    Happy to keep you posted. Hope to do the install next weekend. I'm on call for work so it may be two weeks from now. Trying to anticipate all the pitfalls and get all my ducks in a row so it goes smoothly when the day comes. I'm not experienced with this stuff, but PM me if there's anything I can answer.
     
  7. May 15, 2011 at 2:53 PM
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    No you don't need to worry about the relay wires. those are for additional add ons that you will not need with what your trying to do. There is actually two built in relays in the HU itself used to control whatever you want lights, camera, amp, etc. The cam + and - can be used to power your camera and or an additional camera, say a front view or side. But wiring it the way you described before will work fine and is IMO the easiest way to do it.
     
  8. May 16, 2011 at 2:28 PM
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    I just installed the same camera a few weeks ago with a JVC KW-NT50HDT HU. I am a novice installer as well. I researched the heck out of it and in the end it was very easy to install (took a while running the cable with big hands). Yes the Red/White is correct and very easy to spot and tap into. I grounded it to the chassis right next the Red/White wire. Also at that spot i added an extension to the video wire with a male-female connector and cable and brought that up to the HU. I have a '06 DC. My HU's wiring is bit different. The camera works great and is barely noticeable on the truck. It doesn't scream, "Hey I am a camera, steal me!" I am happy with it. If you need any help, ping me.
     
  9. May 17, 2011 at 7:56 AM
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    Looks like that head unit gives you power out for a camera, I would check that with a meter and see if it 6 or 12v and use it, may already be switched inside the unit.
     
  10. May 17, 2011 at 7:12 PM
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    Thanks. Maybe this is the excuse I needed to get a multimeter.
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  11. May 17, 2011 at 7:30 PM
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    I have a question about including a switch to use the camera anytime. I know this has been described with the OEM camera. Not sure I've seen it fully described like this.

    You are supposed to hook the camera up to the Reverse lights so that it comes on when you shift into reverse. I want that to happen, but I also I want to be able to turn it on whenever I want. From what I've read I can think of two ways to make that happen. I've included diagrams but please pardon my inaccurate symbols.

    The first uses a DTSP switch so that the switch determines whether the camera is off, or connected to the reverse light circuit, or connected to the always on circuit.

    The second uses a regular STSP switch. The problem is that when you press the switch your reverse lights will come on (and potentially the electronics in the truck will think I'm supposed to be in reverse). I'm told a diode (1N4001?) would prevent power from reaching the reverse light circuit. This seems a little more complicated - but the switch I have that is this type is cooler.

    Would appreciate feedback on which method would be best - or if neither method is correct.

    Thanks

    TL

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  12. May 17, 2011 at 7:48 PM
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  14. Nov 5, 2011 at 7:04 PM
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    does anyone know if kenwood dnx5140 has option to flip backup cam video? trying to mount reverse camera but image upside down if i install where i want.
    thanks
     
  15. Nov 5, 2011 at 9:37 PM
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    anyone?
     
  16. Nov 6, 2011 at 4:28 AM
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    I don't know. There's a Kenwood site out there that has forums for each model. You might try there.
     
  17. Nov 6, 2011 at 5:10 AM
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  18. Nov 6, 2011 at 3:12 PM
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    thanks primer. will give it a try there.
     
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