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      03-05-2020, 07:38 AM   #1
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DIY For Back-Up Camera for the Coupe

I was wondering if someone has a DIY link or useful tips for installing a back up camera on the E86 In particular I am looking for some tips / pics about how people were running the camera wires from the bumper into the cabin. I am looking to install this camera



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I installed a back-up camera years ago in my coupe. My memory's a bit fuzzy but here are some tips.

I had to purchase a video interface from NavTool to connect the camera to the DVD navigation computer. If you already have a form of video input, then you won't need this. The NavTool also supports two video interfaces so a front camera can be installed (I never got around to doing that so I can't comment on how that goes).

What I also remember was I had to remove all the carpet and paneling in the trunk to get to the DVD system to connect the NavTool and wire everything up. The bumper also has to come off for the camera installation and if I remember correctly, I didn't have to do any drilling anywhere on the car. I just ran the wires along with everything else through the frame.

It was more time-consuming than it was difficult. I think the hardest thing was figuring out which wires to tap for power. To toggle the rear camera, and I tapped the reverse lights.

Lastly, if yours has guide lines keep in mind they won't be ideal for our car. I think most guide lines are designed to account for taller vehicles. So do some careful experimenting after you install it to make a mental note of which lines mean what distance from an object. If you go without lines that's also an option (most cameras have you snip a wire to disable guide lines).

When I installed mine I was an absolute newbie at this kind of stuff so it took about five hours because I wanted to be extra careful, I had an extra step at modding a camera with a license plate light, and I was also a dummy at figuring out all the wiring. If I had to do this again today I estimate the work would take two hours or less. Depending on your experience, your mileage may vary.

Good luck!
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shame that the rear bumper needs to come off but i thought that was going to be the case
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I did not remove my rear bumper for install but I also installed my camera in a lower position in the mesh area. I recall there was a rubber grommet in the trunk floor area that I poked through to get into the car. I DID run a front camera and I routed the lines behind the aero side skirt and then up to the battery area where the nav module was located. I installed the switch for the front camera under the radio on that panel that has the aux input. I also recall the module I purchased needed to be installed to the back of the DVD and I was able to attach it (with a lot of patience) from the rear of the vehicle and did not need to remove the DVD unit.
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I did not remove my rear bumper for install but I also installed my camera in a lower position in the mesh area. I recall there was a rubber grommet in the trunk floor area that I poked through to get into the car. I DID run a front camera and I routed the lines behind the aero side skirt and then up to the battery area where the nav module was located. I installed the switch for the front camera under the radio on that panel that has the aux input. I also recall the module I purchased needed to be installed to the back of the DVD and I was able to attach it (with a lot of patience) from the rear of the vehicle and did not need to remove the DVD unit.
Thanks for this useful bit of information! its much appreciated.
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Thats good info, i snake mine up the bumper, but didn't like it.. im going to look for that hole too in the coming weeks.
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