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Dash Cam options

Discussion in 'Audio & Electronics' started by Keithrh12, Jan 14, 2021.

  1. Keithrh12

    Keithrh12 Junior Member

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    I am wanting to install a Dash Cam. What have you guys done to keep things neat so the power wire is not showing as much? Can you get the power from the rear view mirror?
     
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    rule18 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    There are some threads about dash cam installs, use the Search field at the top right of the page. As I recall, there are members who've taken power from the upper console (there are some YouTube videos detailing that).
     
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    Yes, you can pull power from the mirror. There are kits out there that have pins that push into the back of the connector so nothing even has to be cut/tapped if you're interested in that route. They run like $30.
     
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    I ran the usb cable across the headliner down the a-pillar and into the back of the lower glove box. I didn't have to pull any of the trim except the side panel and a section of the door seal rubber. Behind the glove box there is a plug not used that I picked up power and ground to wire a 2 USB plug. I mounted the plug lower left in the box and ran the wires out the back. I'll try to get a pic later and add it here in an edit if you want.
     
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    Didn't know it was available. I don't recall seeing a USB port behind the mirror. I hard wired into the mirror wiring.

    Most dash cams are 5v powered. Remember to use a 12v to 5v reducer.
     
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    The dongar "SimpleUSB Cable 12V to USB Two-prong Universal Dashcam Adapter" was the adapter I was referring to above. Couldn't remember the name so TX!

    If you don't want to "tap" into the wiring this is the way to go IMO.
     
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    I sent an ask to the company because the description says 2017+ RAM, but further down it says "WITHOUT microphone, emergency response or LCD display".

    It does convert 12V to 5V so that shouldn't be an issue.
     
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