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Old 03-26-2017, 07:28 PM   #1
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Where did you put your backup camera?

Still have the backup cam from my Eonon install laying around. Those who have backup cams, where did you guys put them? Haven't been happy with any placement
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Old 03-26-2017, 07:33 PM   #2
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Put it in the drivers side license plate light mine works perfectly in that location.


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Old 03-26-2017, 07:58 PM   #3
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The specific license plate light camera unit or you just mounted a camera near the light?
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Old 03-26-2017, 09:19 PM   #4
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They sell cameras that are a direct fit into the license plate light and include a light also. I got mine on eBay for like $15 shipped and it's been working great for about a year.

Check out the below link mine looks exactly like this

http://m.ebay.com/itm/170-Car-Rear-V...%257Ciid%253A3


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Carbon, you have a vert and I have a Touring, but the narrowness of the rear light bar holder is apparently similar.
I had to carve enough out the left bucket almost completely, and open it up a little bit as well on the long side of the rectangular opening for the camera to fit. But that is where I put mine.
When you go to run your rca, chop it about a foot back so you have enough length to solder it back together.
It is fiddley work, but not "hard" work.
And they really aren't noticeable unless you squat down behind the car.
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Old 03-27-2017, 01:10 PM   #6
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They sell cameras that are a direct fit into the license plate light and include a light also. I got mine on eBay for like $15 shipped and it's been working great for about a year.

Check out the below link mine looks exactly like this

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Just bought the one linked to. We'll see how it goes
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Good luck. I tried to put that in my license plate light. I never could carve out enough to make it work. I ended up using double stick tape and a small camera under the trunk handle.
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Trim the leading edge of the camera where it inserts into licence light holder. Should fit if enough is trimmed of camera.Run a bead of silicone around edge of number plate light.
For running the wires into trunk lid buy curtain wire and use as a pilot wire to get wring through wiring garter. Makes the job easier.

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Looks good. Should be trying this weekend. To my understanding, the led will be wired to the existing license plate light, the trigger is to the reverse light, but does the camera need a constant voltage source? If so where did you guys pull that?
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Powered my camera off the reverse light signal. Camera is quick to power up. Have heard that some cameras don't last long if powered up the whole time.

Mines been in the car for over 4 years with no issues.

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So trigger and camera power both to the reverse light?


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From memory I had to extend a wire from the reverse light to my factory TV tuner module area and connected the wire to a relay to ground the camera tigger input.

The camera + signal was connected to the relay terminal that came from the reverse light

So yes, camera was powered from reverse light signal .
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Mine was touring so doesn't apply. Sorry. I just kept testing with multimeter till I found one that was ignition /acc 12+.
Neil: there was a positive reverse trigger in the Nav module harness, I just used a relay to convert it to negative for the tv tuner trigger.

All I had to run to the tailgate was the rca ( the wire I ran was was rear fog positive lead)
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You only need a hot wire to the reverse hot wire and then ground the other wire. I do think I grounded it to the reverse ground. Worked perfectly. When you put the car in reverse, the camera turns on instantly.
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Can anyone tell me which is the hot wire and which is the ground wire for the reverse bulb? I have a 01 325i. Thanks.
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Brown is ground.
On my Touring it was the center position on the bulb holder.
If you don't have a multimeter, go buy even a $5 one. For stuff like this it is priceless.
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Have my camera all installed but its not triggering on the nav. Anyone have experience with the Eonon backup trigger?
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Have my camera all installed but its not triggering on the nav. Anyone have experience with the Eonon backup trigger?
I wired the eonon hot wire directly to the hot wire reverse light and it worked perfectly. The only thing that did work well with the eonon. Is that how you connected yours? Do you have an auto or manual trans?
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I have my power and ground to the reverse light with the red trigger joined in with the power
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Are you seeing the 12v at the other end of your trigger wire in the cabin?
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