Dash Camera Installation

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green1
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Post by green1 »

I am a new owner also looking to hardwire dashcams. I have a Mini 2 on the front which I've yet to hook into the footwell fusebox, but it seems quite straightforward from the examples and photos given by various users in this thread. I notice that the examples for the rear dashcam in this thread all seem to go through the upper/roofline trim because they need to be wired into the front dashcam, and so avoiding the airbags makes the process difficult.

If I wanted to put a Mini 2 on the back, in my case, but I also wanted to connect to the footwell fusebox, I just need to go down and through the lower doorsill trim don't I, so am I right that this is far more straightforward? Equally, I should be able to connect both dash cams into the same circuit on the fusebox.

Sorry for the simple questions, my first time trying to hardwire any sort of dashcam.

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green1 wrote: Tue May 14, 2024 1:30 pm If I wanted to put a Mini 2 on the back, in my case, but I also wanted to connect to the footwell fusebox, I just need to go down and through the lower doorsill trim don't I, so am I right that this is far more straightforward? Equally, I should be able to connect both dash cams into the same circuit on the fusebox.

Sorry for the simple questions, my first time trying to hardwire any sort of dashcam.
There's also a fuse box in the trunk, so you could potentially tap an ignition switched 12v from there if there is one.
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green1 wrote: Tue May 14, 2024 1:30 pm I am a new owner also looking to hardwire dashcams. I have a Mini 2 on the front which I've yet to hook into the footwell fusebox, but it seems quite straightforward from the examples and photos given by various users in this thread. I notice that the examples for the rear dashcam in this thread all seem to go through the upper/roofline trim because they need to be wired into the front dashcam, and so avoiding the airbags makes the process difficult.

If I wanted to put a Mini 2 on the back, in my case, but I also wanted to connect to the footwell fusebox, I just need to go down and through the lower doorsill trim don't I, so am I right that this is far more straightforward? Equally, I should be able to connect both dash cams into the same circuit on the fusebox.

Sorry for the simple questions, my first time trying to hardwire any sort of dashcam.
If you can find a fusebox in the back that would be ideal. If you have to run a cable from front to back I think you are in for some hard work. It depends how fussy you are on tidiness of installation. If you want to pass the wire through the grommet from tailgate to chassis, the problem you have is then finding a path into the car where you can run the wire down by the sill trim.

I had a quick look and found no obvious way but wish you luck.
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Post by ZeroEmissionRequiem »

I replaced my old (7 years now) Viofo/iTracker A119S with a new Viofo A229 Pro (4K). While I installed the A119S on the windscreen...

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...I decided to try something new this time, and installed the A229 on the camera hump:

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Power comes from the driver side (left) fuse box as before. I removed the overhead console cover to properly mount the camera as well as route the power cable through the rather spacious opening it has for the rear view mirror. It's only slightly in my field of vision (but enough to see the status LEDs), perfectly centered, and doesn't get as hot as the A119S did since it doesn't get as much sunlight. I was initially a bit worried about moving the lens further from the windscreen glass, but it's actually better now since droplets and such occupy a much smaller area of the camera's field of vision. It has, however, occasionally take quite long to get a GPS fix. I'll have to keep an eye on that...

I also added a bluetooth remote button; pressing it takes a screencap and moves the current video clip to another folder, so that it won't be overwritten should the card get full.

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Now, if only I could remember to use it...
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This is where I’ve installed mine, but I’m having adhesion issues in hot weather and not matter what adhesive tape I try, having cleaned the console it seems to always fall off in warmer weather. Will be interested to hear how yours gets on.

I also like the neatness of the wires coming out of the hole behind the rear view mirror. I found that central trim a bit tricky to re-attach but was ok in the end.
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Post by green1 »

Verone wrote: Tue May 14, 2024 4:10 pm There's also a fuse box in the trunk, so you could potentially tap an ignition switched 12v from there if there is one.
MrM83 wrote: Tue May 14, 2024 4:14 pm If you can find a fusebox in the back that would be ideal. If you have to run a cable from front to back I think you are in for some hard work. It depends how fussy you are on tidiness of installation. If you want to pass the wire through the grommet from tailgate to chassis, the problem you have is then finding a path into the car where you can run the wire down by the sill trim.

I had a quick look and found no obvious way but wish you luck.
Thanks, both. Let's see where I get with that!
ZeroEmissionRequiem wrote: Tue May 14, 2024 6:23 pm I also added a bluetooth remote button; pressing it takes a screencap and moves the current video clip to another folder, so that it won't be overwritten should the card get full.
That button is super neat!
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MrM83 wrote: Tue May 14, 2024 7:09 pm This is where I’ve installed mine, but I’m having adhesion issues in hot weather and not matter what adhesive tape I try, having cleaned the console it seems to always fall off in warmer weather. Will be interested to hear how yours gets on.

I also like the neatness of the wires coming out of the hole behind the rear view mirror. I found that central trim a bit tricky to re-attach but was ok in the end.
Oh, thanks for the warning. I'll have to see how it holds up come summer...it would of course be trivial to fix a small plate or similar to the plastic cover, but that would leave a mark.
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I installed an A139 connected to a Garmin constant power and I keep it on for 24 hours at a time. The dashcam gets hot, which I think is my main problem. It’s wide and quite heavy which combined with the heat I think makes quite challenging for a pad to hold it fast. I reckon you might be ok with yours as the shape and weight on the pad is a bit different. Good luck!
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Post by ZeroEmissionRequiem »

I'm trying on a rear camera, which is not connected to the front dashcam in any way. What might be the easiest source for power at the back? Presumably the boot lid itself has mostly on-use power (reversing camera, rear wiper, rear defroster), though the rear view mirror camera might be always powered while the car is on...

Boot fuse box would be fairly close by, but only has two fuses; P-ACT which I've no idea of, and EOP which apparently stands for "Electrical Operated Pump"? If it's a pump (...rear washer?), it's probably not always-on.
MrM83 wrote: Wed May 15, 2024 8:28 pm I installed an A139 connected to a Garmin constant power and I keep it on for 24 hours at a time. The dashcam gets hot, which I think is my main problem. It’s wide and quite heavy which combined with the heat I think makes quite challenging for a pad to hold it fast. I reckon you might be ok with yours as the shape and weight on the pad is a bit different. Good luck!
My A119S used to get out of focus if it got too hot, so during summer I generally direct airflow to feet & windscreen to keep it cool. I've done the same with the A229, maybe it'll help.
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Post by toddquinlan »

viofo 119 mini 2, not hardwired

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