The concept of installing a dash cam can seem quite daunting, however it is actually relatively simple with some basic tools and electrical knowledge. In the tutorial below AutoInstruct will show you how to install a front dashcam.
For this tutorial we’re installing a BlackVue DR650S-1CH in a MK2 Volkswagen Tiguan.
- 1CH or 2CH Dash Cam – We sell and recommend BlackVue
- Optional: Power Magic Pro
- Cable Ties
- Side Cutters
- Cable Stripper
- x2 Fuse Taps / ‘Add a Circuit’
- Trim Removal Tools
- Torx Driver Set
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First, we need to choose a suitable mounting location on the front windshield. Power on the camera using the cigarette lighter and check the footage to ensure you are happy with the position. Being a Right Hand Drive (RHD) vehicle we’ve chosen to mount the camera on the left-hand side.
Ensure you leave adequate space between the camera and mirror to allow for movement in the mirror. Once the spot is chosen, stick the camera to the windshield.
With the first A-Pillar clip now partially released, we will use a pair of long nose pliers or a trim removal tool to slide the clip out from the trim, allowing us to remove the A-Pillar. The clip will stay attached to the vehicle.
Work your way towards the dashboard, releasing the second and third clips, which will easily release as they are basic clips. Once all three clips have been released, gently pull upwards on the A-Pillar trim and it will release from the dashboard.
We will now hard wire the dash cam and Power Magic Pro. For RHD vehicles, follow the next few steps to remove the glovebox. LHD vehicles can simply remove the coin tray next to the drivers knee. To do this simply squeeze the sides of the tray and it should drop down.
Firstly release the glovebox dampener by sliding it out from the glovebox lid.