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Old 04-27-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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DIY Rear Camera input OEM Monitor

Hi Everyone, decided to make this DIY as i had to piece it together from other threads involving dynavins, av inputs and headunit swapping.

Firstly, DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS AND MY ADVICE IS ONLY TAKEN AS ADVICE....NOTHING MORE. Good Luck

So Firstly, the components:
-Av Input harness for factory inputs or if your creative, use the pinout guide Click image for larger version

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- An Ebay Camera
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(took me 2 attempts and this is the best so far *required a little dremmeling to get a nice fit
[URL="http://www.ebay.com/itm/150785644470?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649"]This Camera
- Extra electrical wire
- T-20 Socket


So, making sure that your camera is NTSC (unless you have navcoder to change the input) will make this task a lot quicker than my install 4 weeks total due to my stupidity of jumping on a cheap buy

Follow my other DIY of installing the Av Harness Here

Step 1)
Take off the inner boot (trunk) lining
This is a must as you will be routing the av and trigger wire through here.

Step 2)
Removing the boot grab handle with the 4x T-20 screws, gently pull it off.....you might need a little force as 10 years of grime can be quite adhesive

Step 3)
Remove the connector to the boot latch and license plate lights (trick with a tiny flat blade screw driver, wedge it in slightly and twist it up gently to allow it to slide out because the little plastic nub is quite brittle

DO NOT CLOSE YOUR BOOT OR YOUR FVCKED, PUT SOMETHING TO PREVENT IT FROM CLOSING LIKE A TRIPOD I HAD LAYING IN MY BOOT

Fun Part...

Step 4)
Take out the bayonet bulb and pry open, its surrounded by the foam gasket (carefully to retain the top cover which needs to be broke off its melted plastic rivets)

Step 5)
Disconnect the cabling and remove the bracket housing the bulb
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Step 6)
Test fit the camera and dremmel where required to ensure an adequate fit.

Step 7)
Connect the license plate bulb wiring to the new led one on the camera with solder and heat shrink ( there are two ground wires so use a multi meter to find them)
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Step 8)
Cover it back with the top cover and a dab of some super glue to hold the wires in tight

Step 9)
Feed the wires through first before reconnecting the handle grab, including through the little circular whole where the trunk release adn license plate light cable and connector feeds through.
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Step 10)
Solder with heat shrink the cameras pos and neg to the reverse light on the right hand side of the car as this is near the rubber wire tube. (does not cause bulb out as it requires so little electricity to operate)Click image for larger version

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Step 11)
Cut off the av connector plug and feed it with the electrical wire that acts as a trigger down toward the rubber tube.
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Step 12)
Trick with this install is instead of going down through the top of the tube; get a firm blunt wire (rc car antenna is best) and start fondling the rubber tube to make it through the twists and turns of the grommets. Then once it comes through the top, tape the av cable to it first NOT WITH TRIGGER WIRE and gently pull it through, easing the wire through as it could damage the cars wiring if not being gentle.

Step 13)
When av cable is through, tape the trigger wire to the av cable and pull it through gently, one cable first makes it easier as opposed to doing both and causing too much traffic in the rubber tube.
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Step 14)
Route it through to the other side of the trunk where the tv tuner is, dad and i found that it is easiest to take the wheel spare hatch off and run it along the back where the carpet starts.

Step 15)
Connect up the relay with the trigger wire
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from this thread
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...t=relay+camera

Step 16)
Find a grounding point, dad used the factory ground point of the tuner

Step 17)
Re Install the av plug (Or connect pin out to camera av)Click image for larger version

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Step 18)
Plug it in to camera input pin or plug

Step 19)
Turn key to on position, not starting the car and put it in reverse gear to see behind you
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Put the trunk lining back together and your done, no more reversing over small animals or gnomes.
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:03 AM   #2
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Nice one. I donate you an alternative wiring diagram I used. This way you don't need to feed the trigger wire through the rubber grommet at all, since it's available from the NAV unit.
My thread: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=898286

BTW is yours really a CCD camera? I ordered one from ebay marked as CCD but it was really just a CMOS. Guy offered me 50% refund
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im fairly certain its a ccd, its very clear at night

how do u tell?
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im fairly certain its a ccd, its very clear at night

how do u tell?
Hard to say, this is how I know mine isn't.
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:46 AM   #5
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DO NOT CLOSE YOUR BOOT OR YOUR FVCKED, PUT SOMETHING TO PREVENT IT FROM CLOSING LIKE A TRIPOD I HAD LAYING IN MY BOOT
You realise you can open the boot with a key even if the wiring is disconnected (or for example the battery is flat)?
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:11 AM   #6
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You realise you can open the boot with a key even if the wiring is disconnected (or for example the battery is flat)?
Nope didn't occur to me, just didn't want to make a stupid mistake in case of the worst
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:30 AM   #7
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:19 AM   #8
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Looks alright, just measure the license plate light to make 100% sure

I went through 2 cams before I got the right one haha
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I attempted to install a back up camera based on the TV input white/blue plug. When I pulled the dvd navigation drive, I found a blue/red plug.

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I attempted to install a back up camera based on the TV input white/blue plug. When I pulled the dvd navigation drive, I found a blue/red plug.

I'm fairly certain you can't achieve a rear camera input without the tv module

I may be wrong but I don't know the Pinout for the red harness
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How did you run the cable(s) from the head unit to the trunk?
Just got a D99+ and thinking of adding this rear-cam feature. My concern is where or how will I feed/run the cable to the back.
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How did you run the cable(s) from the head unit to the trunk?
Just got a D99+ and thinking of adding this rear-cam feature. My concern is where or how will I feed/run the cable to the back.
Mines OEM headunit with television function so I just needed to route the cables to the tv tuner next to the nav drive in the trunk......

you can route the cables however down through the rear seats (pull up the rear seat) and under the carpet to near your handbrake under the center console and through to the rear of the dynavin however
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Hi Everyone, decided to make this DIY as i had to piece it together from other threads involving dynavins, av inputs and headunit swapping.

Firstly, DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS AND MY ADVICE IS ONLY TAKEN AS ADVICE....NOTHING MORE. Good Luck

So Firstly, the components:
-Av Input harness for factory inputs or if your creative, use the pinout guide [IMG] This Harness
- An Ebay Camera

(took me 2 attempts and this is the best so far *required a little dremmeling to get a nice fit
[URL="http://www.ebay.com/itm/150785644470?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649"]This Camera
- Extra electrical wire
- T-20 Socket


So, making sure that your camera is NTSC (unless you have navcoder to change the input) will make this task a lot quicker than my install 4 weeks total due to my stupidity of jumping on a cheap buy

Follow my other DIY of installing the Av Harness Here

Step 1)
Take off the inner boot (trunk) lining
This is a must as you will be routing the av and trigger wire through here.

Step 2)
Removing the boot grab handle with the 4x T-20 screws, gently pull it off.....you might need a little force as 10 years of grime can be quite adhesive

Step 3)
Remove the connector to the boot latch and license plate lights (trick with a tiny flat blade screw driver, wedge it in slightly and twist it up gently to allow it to slide out because the little plastic nub is quite brittle

DO NOT CLOSE YOUR BOOT OR YOUR FVCKED, PUT SOMETHING TO PREVENT IT FROM CLOSING LIKE A TRIPOD I HAD LAYING IN MY BOOT

Fun Part...

Step 4)
Take out the bayonet bulb and pry open, its surrounded by the foam gasket (carefully to retain the top cover which needs to be broke off its melted plastic rivets)

Step 5)
Disconnect the cabling and remove the bracket housing the bulb


Step 6)
Test fit the camera and dremmel where required to ensure an adequate fit.

Step 7)
Connect the license plate bulb wiring to the new led one on the camera with solder and heat shrink ( there are two ground wires so use a multi meter to find them)


Step 8)
Cover it back with the top cover and a dab of some super glue to hold the wires in tight

Step 9)
Feed the wires through first before reconnecting the handle grab, including through the little circular whole where the trunk release adn license plate light cable and connector feeds through.


Step 10)
Solder with heat shrink the cameras pos and neg to the reverse light on the right hand side of the car as this is near the rubber wire tube. (does not cause bulb out as it requires so little electricity to operate)

Step 11)
Cut off the av connector plug and feed it with the electrical wire that acts as a trigger down toward the rubber tube.


Step 12)
Trick with this install is instead of going down through the top of the tube; get a firm blunt wire (rc car antenna is best) and start fondling the rubber tube to make it through the twists and turns of the grommets. Then once it comes through the top, tape the av cable to it first NOT WITH TRIGGER WIRE and gently pull it through, easing the wire through as it could damage the cars wiring if not being gentle.

Step 13)
When av cable is through, tape the trigger wire to the av cable and pull it through gently, one cable first makes it easier as opposed to doing both and causing too much traffic in the rubber tube.


Step 14)
Route it through to the other side of the trunk where the tv tuner is, dad and i found that it is easiest to take the wheel spare hatch off and run it along the back where the carpet starts.

Step 15)
Connect up the relay with the trigger wire

from this thread
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...t=relay+camera

Step 16)
Find a grounding point, dad used the factory ground point of the tuner

Step 17)
Re Install the av plug (Or connect pin out to camera av)

Step 18)
Plug it in to camera input pin or plug

Step 19)
Turn key to on position, not starting the car and put it in reverse gear to see behind you



Put the trunk lining back together and your done, no more reversing over small animals or gnomes.
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