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Where to mount front view camera on chickenwire grill?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Ziggyman, Apr 3, 2019.

  1. Apr 3, 2019 at 10:36 AM
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    Ziggyman

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    Trying to figure out where to mount camera on front.

    Bought the camera designed to go into the toyota emblem - thinking it should go in a round space in the chickenwire - but I don't think so...

    Heres the grill:
    IMG_20190403_103115.jpg
    Should I put it on the bottom of the grill surround trim - just take it off and drill a hole - or put it under the license plate holder:
    IMG_20190403_103138.jpg

    TYIA!
     
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  2. Apr 3, 2019 at 10:47 AM
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    I put mine here

    8B4F75D0-1F9B-45F9-993C-218E30D05565.jpg

    And it got me this view

    0F97FEB7-9A83-4D74-9C1F-E9748F24BDF6.jpg

    I am able to see the corners of my license plate bracket to judge distance.

    I used this camera, and just epoxied the wings of it's bracket to the top side of the lip on the back of the grill in that spot, after super-gluing it in place first just to hold it:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018800TR2/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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  3. Apr 3, 2019 at 10:49 AM
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    Having a ffc is only nice, when u have a point of reference. Kinda sucks just being in open air.
     
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  4. Apr 3, 2019 at 10:53 AM
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  5. Apr 3, 2019 at 10:55 AM
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    I see that you posted the camera.... Sorry....
     
  6. Apr 3, 2019 at 10:58 AM
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    My camera is like the second one you posted. I flipped the mount around so the wings faced forward. That will sit on a lip on the back of the grill where you see my camera is. I then epoxied it.

    I did all of this with the grill removed and the camera not in the mount. I spent a few days driving around with just the ring mounted to let it cure:

    ring.jpg
     
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  7. Apr 3, 2019 at 11:04 AM
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    No worries man! Let me know if you want any more pictures.
     
  8. Apr 3, 2019 at 11:08 AM
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    I got a dumb question - I looked at the wingy camera and how do you know which way is up? It does not appear to be marked - you just rotate the B once it is in?
     
  9. Apr 3, 2019 at 11:11 AM
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    You would not even know you have a camera there, looks great, does that just plug into your Entune radio?
     
  10. Apr 3, 2019 at 11:21 AM
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    Thanks! Yes, it goes back to the head unit where this device is installed inline with some of the cables that go to the head unit: https://car-solutions.com/en/rfcc-ttg2-car-camera-control-system-for-toyota-touch-2-entune.php

    With this installed, pressing the MODE button on the steering wheel brings up the front camera, then hitting the down arrow switches to the read camera. You can switch back and forth at any time using the arrows. Hitting the MODE button (or 30 seconds of inactiving) makes the head unit go back to whatever it was showing before. This does not interfere with anything that is currently playing on the head unit.

    It also has another input that I believe would allow a third camera.
     
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  11. Apr 3, 2019 at 11:27 AM
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    So is this kit and a compatible front camera the only parts you need to have front and rear anytime camera video on the Entune head unit using the steering wheel Mode switch and up/down buttons?
     
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  12. Apr 3, 2019 at 11:54 AM
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    For my install all I needed was the Car Solutions module, the camera off of Amazon and some 18 gauge wire:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002ZGC5U/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    See this thread for more details:

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...del-and-where-mounted-on-2018-limited.590221/
     
  13. Apr 3, 2019 at 12:12 PM
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    Thanks! I have a kit made by a fellow TWer who may even still be selling them, but I never got around to installing it. It adds a rocker switch to the switch cluster left of the steering wheel. While I'm sure it would be fine, I really like that fact that this module utilizes steering wheel controls. It's a great idea.
     
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  14. Apr 3, 2019 at 12:18 PM
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    No problem! That was my main draw to doing it this way.

    The most intimidating part was pulling the head unit and seeing the ~13 connections you have to remove on the back. However, since every plug is different, it all turned out to be really simple. I did it alone but having someone there to support the head unit when you are hooking wires up would help a lot.
     
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    An extra set of hands sounds like a good idea. Now all I need to do is take a look at the front camera I already have from the other kit to see if it will work with this module. I can't imagine that it wouldn't.
     
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    Got a link or pic? I could probably tell you before you order.
     
  17. Apr 3, 2019 at 12:30 PM
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    What kit you fellas using? Considering this mod. Also do the reverse lights turn on when you turn on when driving?
     
  18. Apr 3, 2019 at 12:39 PM
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    This module, a camera and some wire are the components; not a kit:

    https://car-solutions.com/en/rfcc-ttg2-car-camera-control-system-for-toyota-touch-2-entune.php
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018800TR2
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002ZGC5U

    No, reverse lights only come on when the truck is in reverse.
     
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    I do not, but will have a pic later tonight. I'll post it here.
     
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