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 and rear dash cam in your vehicle.
Tools and Parts Required
- 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
- Electrical Tape & Stiff Wire (For feeding cables)
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 chose to mount the camera behind the left side of the rear view mirror, therefore hiding the camera from the driver’s field of view.
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.
We will run the power cable in the direction shown, leading to the fuse box behind the glovebox.
For Left Hand Drive (LHD) models, this fuse box is located behind the driver’s knee coin tray.
Using a trim removal tool gently remove the side cover of the glove box. There are three clips holding this in place as pictured.
Remove the vertical spear which runs alongside the door seal. Release the clip circled in Green then pull downwards to release the spear from the dashboard.
When feeding the cables we need to ensure we do not obsecure the airbag in the event of a deployment. Essentially this means we never run the cables between the airbag and vehicle occupants.
As a result, the first step is feeding behind the airbag in the A-Pillar. Grasp the pillar near the window seal and gently pull down to make a small gap. Then feed the cables in the direction shown, ensuring you are feeding behind the airbag.
You can then feed the cables along the top of the windshield and into the roof lining. The cables will sit comfortably in place. Plug the cables into the camera and ensure there is adequate cable slack for adjustment. Neaten as required and push the A-Pillar firmly back into position.
We will now split the direction of the power and rear camera cables. For the power cable simply pull back on the rubber seal and feed the wire down the A-Pillar and out the bottom where we previously removed the trim.
The rear camera cable will head towards the B-Pillar.
Continue feeding the rear cable along the window seal and across the B-Pillar. Once at the B-Pillar you can simply push upwards on the roof lining to create a gap. Drop the cable into this gap and then work your way along the rear door, again pulling back on the seal and feeding into the roof lining.
Remove the rear roof lining trim to enable further cable feeding. Simply grasp where indicated and pull downwards.
Run the cable behind the C-Pillar using the same method of pushing up on the roof lining. There is a plastic ‘lip’ on this pillar which you will need to overcome. The cable should drop into the boot as shown.
Next, remove the trim panel along the rear glass. This can be done by pulling down on the points indicated in red. Be gentle and pull downwards in the direction of the boot.
We now need to feed the wire through either rubber tube in the direction shown. Whilst you can leave the rubber tubes connected to the body, it can be easier to feed the cable if they’re released.
To release them, look from the underside / topside and gently push on the clip, one side holds it in place. Be gentle as these are prone to break.
We fed the cable through the rubber tube by using a stiff piece of wire. Something like a modified clothes hanger works quite well, however be careful not to scratch your paint or glass.
Cable tie any excess cabling and leave some cable hanging out into the boot. Refit the trim piece on the boot lid and stick the rear camera in place. Connect the cable and neaten. Your rear camera is now installed.
We will now hard wire the dash cam and Power Magic Pro. For RHD vehicles, remove the glovebox using this tutorial. 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.
This image will show you the two points required to access constant and switched power for the Power Magic Pro.
As pictured we’ve used fuse taps to make the connection, which saves the need to splice factory wiring. Join the switched and constant fuse taps to the Power Magic Pro (PMP), and connect the PMP to the dash cam by feeding the dash cam cable into the glove box void.
Situated below the fuse panel you will also find a perfect and convenient grounding point! Using a suitable eyelet or fork connector, attach the ground.
Mount the Power Magic Pro in the location of your choice and neaten the wiring installation. We used thick double sided tape to mount the Power Magic Pro (Pictured), then taped the wires against the trim to stop the glovebox catching on them (Not pictured, Red arrow)