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Clean back-up camera install for 1st gen Tacomas

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Cutter_, Oct 4, 2020.

  1. Oct 4, 2020 at 5:02 PM
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    Cutter_

    Cutter_ [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I bought an Alpine ILX-w650 headunit from Best Buy and a $40 camera off Amazon. I also bought a Pop-N-Lock for my tail gate. I drilled a hole in the Pop-N-Lock to feed the camera wire through. Ran the wire inside the tailgate and under the truck, following the factory harness. Now, every time I put the car into reverse the camera comes on automatically. It works great, wish I did it when I first got the truck. It is great having apple car play and running the Waze app, it automatically tells you of any police sightings in your area/route.

    I wired the automatic camera turn-on wire from my headunit to the reverse gear trigger switch under my seat. It’s a red/black wire in the collection of factory wires.

    My headunit has an automatic lock out if the car‘s emergency brake isn’t on, meaning you’re supposed to wire the headunit to the e-brake wire or else the head unit won’t let you use most any of the features. For this reason they sell parking brake bypasses on amazon, I listed the one I used below. The bypass works great, you just wire it to the unit and the unit thinks the parking brake is on all the time

    The Pop-N-Lock is cool, but not worth the $50 price tag. It’s just a piece of plastic with a lock. I had no choice as I wanted to do the cleanest install possible. I wish someone could find dimensions for it so the shell could be printed on a 3D printer. Pop-N-Lock also sells a wireless, automatic lock for keyless entry to your tailgate as an added accessory. When my camper shell is locked, it prevents the tail gate from opening anyway.

    I also swapped the cigarette lighter for a USB pass-through ($10 on Amazon) so i can run apple car play on my headunit and not have a wire dangling anywhere.

    Next upgrades will be to change the dashlights to blue LED, OME suspension, new rims/tires, bumper light bar, and full JL audio sound system.

    Parts I used

    camera
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07H852D49?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

    Pop-N-Lock
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000GVM7CM?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

    USB pass-thru
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01NAMU8KY?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

    Alpine parking brake bypass
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07T545H2M?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title


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    Install and Pop-N-Lock modification info below

    The camera post I did not need to modify, it was short enough to fit perfectly. I did modify the plastic on the back of the pop lock, right where you drill a hole there is a diagonal piece of plastic your drill bit will go through. I clipped that whole diagonal piece off so I could thread the nut onto the camera post. I used a grinder to cut/flatten ONE of the sides of the flanges on the nut so it will fit flush on the pop lock. The nut will stay in place, so twist the camera itself to thread it on.

    Here is the back of the assembly


    here is a shot of the post. Short enough, no mods required. Notice how your pop lock has a diagonal piece of plastic for reinforcement in this area. Clip it.


    this is one of the most important parts. Cutting the flange nut with a grinder so it fits. Thread the camera itself, not the nut.


    I took a drill bit and widened one of the indentations for the wire to pass through without being pinched


    when you reinstall the assembly it might look from the outside like it’s not flush. It’s vital you get this lip piece on the backside of the factory handle over the sheet metal of the tail gate. Just push in on the handle itself and it will pop into place


    this is how I ran the wire. I’m going to add a loom over it. It goes under And passes through into the taillight from underneath the truck. I zip tied all the extra wires and tucked them behind the taillight.
     
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  2. Oct 4, 2020 at 5:04 PM
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    tony2018

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    hows the view? any images?
     
  3. Oct 4, 2020 at 5:05 PM
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    Cutter_

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    Yes third picture. View is great I had the option to use the the lines from the camera or the headunit, I opted for the headunits lines.
     
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  4. Oct 4, 2020 at 5:06 PM
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    tony2018

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    ah, that image didn't looad
     
  5. Oct 4, 2020 at 5:19 PM
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    Kleenax

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    Nice install of the camera. Do you have the URL for the camera? Plan on doing the same thing.
     
  6. Oct 4, 2020 at 5:25 PM
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  7. Oct 4, 2020 at 5:53 PM
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    Thanks for the post, @Cutter_. I have *exactly* the same project underway with the Pop 'N' Lock on my 2003 DC and the Pioneer AVIC-5201NEX head unit I put in a couple of years ago. My camera is different (only a little).

    Did you have to work around anything related to the post length on the camera? As I've made dozens of measurements, it looks like the one I have will *just* clear the indentation in the tailgate and fit into the open space.

    Any shots of yours from the back before you buttoned it up?

    What did you do to route the camera cabling between tailgate and pickup bed? Anything special around strain relief or armoring?



    PS: I've put OME kits on two Gen 1 Tacomas now. I've had OME stuff on a number of vehicles, and ARB's Gen 1 Tacoma setup is one of their best. About 2-inches of lift (or a hair under) and ride quality better than stock. I run an ARB bullbar and either an aluminum tonneau or fiberglass shell over the bed, with BFG AT KO 235/85-16.
     
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  8. Oct 4, 2020 at 6:24 PM
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    The camera post I did not need to modify, it was short enough to fit perfectly. I did modify the plastic on the back of the pop lock, right where you drill a hole there is a diagonal piece of plastic your drill bit will go through. I clipped that whole diagonal piece off so I could thread the nut onto the camera post. I used a grinder to flatten ONE of the sides of the flanges so it will fit flush on the pop lock. The nut will stay in place, so twist the camera itself to thread it on.

    Here is the back of the assembly
    9CE5426D-9D29-4A3D-A9AA-43E9ECE5631A.jpg

    here is a shot of the post. Short enough, no mods required. Notice how your pop lock has a diagonal piece of plastic for reinforcement in this area. Clip it.
    007F8492-5838-4E17-A6D5-90CED82E49E9.jpg

    this is one of the most important parts. Cutting the flange nut with a grinder so it fits. Thread the camera itself, not the nut.
    19CB533A-34C9-4E1E-85E6-D67588679E29.jpg

    I took a drill bit and widened one of the indentations for the wire to pass through without being pinched
    72DC8AE0-B89B-4D8D-8C1D-DF20B8D73D1E.jpg

    when you reinstall the assembly it might look from the outside like it’s not flush. It’s vital you get this lip piece on the backside of the factory handle over the sheet metal of the tail gate. Just push in on the handle itself and it will pop into place
    FF49655C-0F27-4532-9FC3-493B367D82D3.jpg

    this is how I ran the wire. I’m going to add a loom over it. It goes under And passes through into the taillight from underneath the truck. I zip tied all the extra wires and tucked them behind the taillight.
    E895B570-5303-435D-A9E0-CF850F6DED0A.jpg
     
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  9. Oct 4, 2020 at 10:21 PM
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    Looks clean :thumbsup:
     
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  10. Oct 5, 2020 at 6:55 AM
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    Taco critter

    Taco critter Mall crawler proud , patw and ,ttc#0247

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    Nice job
     
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  11. Oct 5, 2020 at 7:13 AM
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    Great write up and detailed information on the install. Thank you for the links as well.
     
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