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Has anyone wired the backup camera to a switch so you can active when you want and not just in reverse? I have the factory radio. Is there a power wire going to reverse to activate the camera?
 

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I think Slingmods was working on this mod. There's a thread somewhere. I'll be throwing my money their way when they release it.
 

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Sounds pretty simple.

You can use a 30-Amp SPDT Relay.

How to wire the switch and relay:

One side of the switch goes to ground.
The other side connects to pin 85 on the relay.
Pin 86-87 connects to +12v constant. Which is the White Wite on the 3-pin radio harness behind the radio location.
Connect pin 30 to the Reverse Wire on the back of the aftermarket head unit. You can use both, the reverse wire and switch wire at the same time.

So, whe you shift into reverse you can see the camera image. Or if you flip the switch while you are driving, you can see the camera image.

Please DM me if you have any questions or if you need help with wiring.
 

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What you would need to do is locate the back-up camera plug behind the radio opening.

Cut that Red Wire and connect it to the reverse trigger wire on the radio.

Then the Red Wire on the 3-pin plug in the rear can be cut and wired with a relay to the vehicle reverse trigger (-).
 

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No problem.
Please let me know if you would like me to wire a relay and send it to you.

Switches I don't have. However I do plan on visiting a local electronics store to source the same switches.

Wiring I can do, but taking pictures....not so much. I will make an effort to do so in the future.

It would be easier for me to do the work and someone else take the pictures. Hahaha! Lazy?!
 

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No problem.
Please let me know if you would like me to wire a relay and send it to you.

Switches I don't have. However I do plan on visiting a local electronics store to source the same switches.

Wiring I can do, but taking pictures....not so much. I will make an effort to do so in the future.

It would be easier for me to do the work and someone else take the pictures. Hahaha! Lazy?!
I'd love it if someone would right this up with pics for us electronically challenged members!!
 

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I need to find someone locally that has a SS and wants all of this done so I can do the install for free if they post the notes and pictures.
 

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I'm planning on wiring a reverse cam and rearview mirror screen to a switch in the dash and turn it on and off when I want. not gonna deal with the reverse lights at all. if I hook them both up to the ignition wire in the glove compartment cigarette charger will that be enough power and do you think I'll need to install a fuse inbetween? I'm ordering a blue sea fuse block just in case and some 12 gauge wire to run directly to the battery if it isn't enough power.
 

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I dont like the rearview mirror at all. Had one and i think it blocks too much of the view. Drive fast enough and you dont have worry about who is behind you.
 

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I'm planning on wiring a reverse cam and rearview mirror screen to a switch in the dash and turn it on and off when I want. not gonna deal with the reverse lights at all. if I hook them both up to the ignition wire in the glove compartment cigarette charger will that be enough power and do you think I'll need to install a fuse inbetween? I'm ordering a blue sea fuse block just in case and some 12 gauge wire to run directly to the battery if it isn't enough power.
Psycoticlown,
If you are going to install a rear view mirror that has a camera input and allows the camera to be viewed at all times, then of course you can wire the +12v wire to an Ignition switched power source. This is a simple installation.
All you would need to do is Ground the Black Wire and use the +12v Ignition Power Source at the Cigarette Accessory Outlet.
This will allow you to view the camera on the rear view mirror whenever the ignition is turned ON.

You should always use in in-line fuse for any +12v power connection. A 5 amp fuse is typically used for back-up camera wiring.

As for wiring in an accessory fuse block, this is a great idea for simple accessory add-on's. If you do this, a couple things to consider:
1. Does the accessory fuse block allow for +12v Constant and +12v Ignition? Like the one offered by SlingMods. Just keep in mind, if you wire the accessory fuse block for a +12v Constant configuration, you will incur parasitic current draw from whatever accessory you have connected.
Of course you can always connect the accessory fuse block to a +12v Ignition Source that would only allow the connected accessories to have power when the Ignition is ON.

2. Power gauge wire:
The distance from the battery to the dash is approximately 15-feet if you run the power wire under the center console panel. It is approximately 16.5-feet if you run the power wire up the drivers side, under the dash, up to the radio opening.

With this in mind, there is a current draw-wire gauge chart that you can reference to help determine the correct gauge wire to run to decrease the chance of resistance and increase efficiency.
Link: Recommended Power and Ground Cable Sizes & Speaker Wire Size and Length

So, depending on the total amp rating on the accessory fuse block would determine the correct gauge power wire to run. In my opinion, I would recommend running 8ga or 10ga wire as this would provide ample enough power for whatever you would like to connect to the accessory fuse block.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if I can assist you further.
 

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Thanks for all the information. I took apart the rear plastics yesterday and realized that the license plate light could be used for the ignition power for the camera. rest of the parts are coming today so hopefully I can upload some pics when I'm done.
 

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No problem.
Please let me know if you would like me to wire a relay and send it to you.

Switches I don't have. However I do plan on visiting a local electronics store to source the same switches.

Wiring I can do, but taking pictures....not so much. I will make an effort to do so in the future.

It would be easier for me to do the work and someone else take the pictures. Hahaha! Lazy?!
So here's a dumb question, if I wire my backup camera, I have an SL, so that it's on all the time, do the radio and all the other options still display on the screen?
 

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So here's a dumb question, if I wire my backup camera, I have an SL, so that it's on all the time, do the radio and all the other options still display on the screen?

That is a great question.
Here is what your options are:
1: currently, when you are in Reverse and you can see the camera image...do you still hear the audio playing from the selected source?
If you do, then you can drive while viewing the camera image and listen to audio from the selected source.

2: you would not be able to view any source metadata while the camera image is being displayed and some touch screen functionality would be lost until the ability to view the camera image has been disabled.

3: the best option would be to wire your camera to a switch that can allow you to view the camera image while you are driving and also allow you to still retain viewing of the camera when in Reverse.
This will not hurt the system even if you are viewing the camera and shift into reverse. The input voltage is still the same (-) camera trigger.
 

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That is a great question.
Here is what your options are:
1: currently, when you are in Reverse and you can see the camera image...do you still hear the audio playing from the selected source?
If you do, then you can drive while viewing the camera image and listen to audio from the selected source.

2: you would not be able to view any source metadata while the camera image is being displayed and some touch screen functionality would be lost until the ability to view the camera image has been disabled.

3: the best option would be to wire your camera to a switch that can allow you to view the camera image while you are driving and also allow you to still retain viewing of the camera when in Reverse.
This will not hurt the system even if you are viewing the camera and shift into reverse. The input voltage is still the same (-) camera trigger.
So, if I have the camera on all the time and it comes time to switch radio stations or input source's, all I would have to do is flip a switch to turn off the camera, and then change the stations or input to what I want, and then flip the switch to turn the camera back on. Is that right?
 

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So, if I have the camera on all the time and it comes time to switch radio stations or input source's, all I would have to do is flip a switch to turn off the camera, and then change the stations or input to what I want, and then flip the switch to turn the camera back on. Is that right?

Yes, that is correct.
 
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