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Thinkware F770 Dashcam Install

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by gpb, Dec 20, 2016.

  1. Dec 20, 2016 at 5:14 AM
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    I wanted a dual-camera setup that also had a parking mode capability, so I chose the Thinkware F770. I’d also looked at the BlackVue DR650 but ended up with the F770 for its slightly lower profile to the glass and cleaner cable handling. I ordered it from blackboxmycar.com with a hardwire kit, as that is required for parking mode capabilities.

    Installation was pretty straight forward. I started by removing the threshold panels at the bottom of each door opening and then pulled off the door seal molding going up the back of the rear doorway on the drive side. With that removed I was able to route the rear camera cable up to the top, then with a fish-tape I got it over the headlines to the rear window. I left some slack and then ran the rest of the cable forward under the B-pillar trim and to the driver kick panel.

    Driver A pillar comes off easily; with a thin plastic automotive trim tool get under the edge of the SRS Airbag emblem and it pops off. Remove the 10mm bolt behind it and pull the plastic panel away at the top; it will then come up from the edge of the dash. CAREFUL OF THE AIRBAG! Overhead console pulls off straight; it’s held by four clips. Detach the cable connector and set aside. Remove the screws from the driver’s sun visor mount and pull it down until the clip releases. Unhook the cable connector and set the visor aside. Remove the driver kick panel; screw at the front above the dead pedal and then the panel pulls away from the side.

    Route your fish-tape down from the top edge of the dash to the area behind the driver kick panel. Pull both the rear video cable and the hardwire power cable up to the top of the dash. Figure your wiring route avoiding the airbag, and then fish the wires over to the center opening. I did it in two stages; first to the opening from the visor mount, then over to the center and then between the headliner and windshield at the location of your dash camera.

    I left a bit of slack at the overhead console, then neatened up the cables along the A pillar and secured them to the other cable bundle with a couple small zip ties. I tied the grounding spade to the screw behind the kick panel used for some other grounds, and used add-a-fuses (low-profile mini) for constant power and accessory power. Constant power is available at the empty fuse spot in the under-dash fuse block. Acc power I took from the fuse associated with the AUX Power adapter.

    Before mounting the rear camera, I plugged it in and powered up the system so I could check that it was right side up. In my research I knew the writing on the rear cam was upside down from the camera's view. Once I confirmed it was good, I then adhered the rear camera VHB tape to the glass.

    After all is good, button everything up and you're good to go.

    Edit: I used these fuse taps for constant and switched power at the under-dash fuse panel: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BU59QA8

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  2. Dec 20, 2016 at 5:37 AM
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    I am thinking about getting this one myself. I purchased the Rexing V1P with the rear camera and it is ok but I am finding I would like something better. The resolution on the V1P is not up to what I would like and it doesn't have a parking mode (which I thought it did for some dumb reason).
     
  3. Dec 20, 2016 at 6:02 AM
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    Let me know how you like it, I bought their "bottom of the barrel" h50 cam couple years back, it's ok, but wanting something better
     
  4. Dec 20, 2016 at 6:21 AM
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    Looks good, only thing i did differently is i put the front camera on the right side of the rear view mirror so the lens would be closer to center/ the rear view would hide the camera from sight.
     
  5. Dec 20, 2016 at 6:42 AM
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    @Nemx735 yep, I considered that... I'd had some poor feedback from passengers when I was playing around with a go-pro clone on the go-pro mount, so I went with the left side setup. From the drivers seat the camera is well hidden by the mirror. Only negative is I have to hit the buttons by feel, but the key buttons are pretty simple to remember (and I hope not to really *need* this much).
     
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  6. Dec 23, 2016 at 8:29 AM
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    I bought the same thing when i came out a few months ago. I made a mistake of having the rear camera upside down. I sent in a request to have the firmware update be able to fix that. I also, have the hard wire, but didn't install it yet. I was hoping to get some power from the mirror, but could not find any. Ran the power though the center console. I am happy with the install which is very similar to yours and so far these months has been great.
     
  7. Dec 23, 2016 at 9:02 AM
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    Well, at least know that your experience and others who hung the rear camera upside down helped me to know to check before I stuck it to the window. So, some good came of it! LOL

    I was already tapping switched power behind the kick panel at the bottom for something else, so it was simple enough to run the hardwire cabling down the A pillar.
     
  8. Dec 23, 2016 at 9:09 AM
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    Same setup and its fantastic! This camera is worth every penny thats forsure. I also mounted on the right hand side though for centering. But being unable to see the bottoms drives me nuts. Only button you'll ever really use is wifi and you should hopefully be parked when using it anyways.
     
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  9. Jan 10, 2017 at 11:03 AM
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    How do you like your dash cam so far. I just finished my F770 install yesterday. I put my main unit on the right
    side of the rear view mirror to get it closer to the centerline. Running the cable to the back was a snap since I
    had already removed my headliner to sound deaden the roof (two layers of EzCool). So far it is just a "set it
    and forget it." I'm using 2 128 gb micro SDHC cards, and swapping them out each month.
     
  10. Jan 10, 2017 at 11:27 AM
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    @wudbuchr So far I like it pretty well. I wish they did a better job of quieting the voice; it still chats at me for parking events. I'd like more customizability there. Their software is kind of rudimentary, but I have iMovie so that's fine.

    I did manage to catch a bit of ice coming off a traffic light a couple days ago. First bit of clip is real-time, second part is slowed:

     
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  11. Jan 10, 2017 at 2:16 PM
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    Here's my quick video/blog where I showed where I wired the rear cam to my truck toppers rear window. I went through the wirewall under the passenger seat, used some plastic tubing to shield the wire along the bottom of the truck, come back up at the tailgate. First few minutes is me talking about why I chose the camera tho so skip to 2:25 if you just want to see the firewall location:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uCq2oh9HAs

    rear cam footage (few seconds is included in the video above, but this was the entire 1 min sample, no audio due to copyrighted music):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrcXAdYGnVY
     
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    Great info, Jon.

    Here's a video from the rear camera mounted inside the cab as close to the sliding window as feasible. It's off center a bit, and of course the bed does obscure the nose of cars immediately behind me. Georgia has no front plates though so it'd be a bit moot. :D

    I considered aiming the camera down another notch but prefer to keep a good bit of sky in the mix to capture the status of any traffic lights. I'm not having any real ill effects on the video quality, the F770 sensors and software seem pretty good.

     
  13. Jan 10, 2017 at 5:51 PM
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    Great write up. I've been looking for something like this to install a cam in the truck.
     
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  14. Jan 11, 2017 at 7:53 AM
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    Same here. I was in an accident a few months back where I was rear ended and pushed into the car in front of me. Guy that hit me tried to tell the cop I had already hit the car in front of me. A camera would have been indisputable.

    I've already got a couple of add a fuses in my truck for my heated seats, so it seems to do this right, now would be the time to add a real fuse block. I got some reading to do...
     
  15. Jan 11, 2017 at 9:59 AM
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    Gave my mother one of my extra mobius dash cams, this happened within 2 months:

     
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  16. Jan 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM
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    Sold. Where do I order?
     
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    BTW, for the ACC power I soldered three female bullet terminals onto the wire from the fuse tap to use for different things. I've done bussmann fuse blocks in the past but didn't need that level of sophistication for this particular job.
     
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    ... and also... The Thinkware F770 you can just buy the front main unit to begin with and add the rear camera later on if you wish. I've read that the BlackVue DR650 doesn't let you do this if you start with the 1 channel version. I'd suggest confirming with someone more knowledgeable before taking my word for it though.
     
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    Thanks GPB. I see blackboxmycar also sells on Amazon - always looking for Prime!

    Functionally, do these record in a loop such that if there is an accident, you stop the recording and download the footage? From the descriptions, it sounds as though you interface with your phone to download footage and manage the camera software. Any other comments on functionality is appreciated. My recent accident has sold me on the use of these going forward.

    Mike
     
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