Hardwired Dashcam to HomeLink Mirror

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  1. Boston Jim

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    After having a window of a golf cart come flying at me on the highway a couple of weeks ago I decided I needed to get a dash cam. I decided on the Street Guardian SG9665GC capacitor model with GPS. Check out Dashcamtalk.com for a lot of reviews and forums on all the different types of cams available.

    Since I have the Homelink mirror I decided I wanted to tap into the power there rather than trying to run down to the fuses.

    I ordered a 12V to 5V converter with mini USB plug and an inline 3A fuse from Amazon.

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    Mine ended up having a spade type connector on the black/ground already. I soldered a small pin onto the red wire and covered with heat shrink wrap.

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    Pulling down the small black cover from the mirror exposed the connector for the mirror. Red is constant power, beige is switched power (only on when the car is on), and black/white is ground.
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    So it was as easy as pushing the pin I had soldered onto the red wire here into the slot with the beige wire (switched power).
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    I then used an extra bolt I had laying around and attached the black ground wire to that.

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    There is a decent amount of room in the compartment behind the mirror/sun glass holder. But with all the extra wire it was still a snug fit to get everything in there.

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    So once getting everything tucked up under the cover I set up the mounting plate for the camera, as well as the included wire cover bases. The camera is just hanging at the moment with the power wire and GPS wire attached. You can see the GPS in the background on passenger side. I tucked the GPS wire in the headliner on the passenger side.

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    The location of the GPS unit.

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    ***The GPS unit was designed to sit on the dash, but I wanted to mount it up high. This required opening the unit up and just flipping the receiver so it would be pointed skyward when mounted on the windshield. Works perfectly.




    View of the camera from the passenger side-
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    Hidden behind mirror when driving.

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    The view from the outside -

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    It is a pretty discreet camera and hard to see from the outside. You can make out an upside down T to the right of the mirror mount, this is from the tape used in the black dot area. Other than that it's pretty well hidden. I still need to swap out the white velcro on my EZpass, which you can see on the left side of the mirror, to make that less noticeable as well.

    Overall it was a pretty easy install, and should be very easy to remove the wiring if ever needed. Good luck with your install if you choose to do it.

    Hopefully since I now have a dashcam nothing exciting happens to me again!
     
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    How long will the memory card record?
     
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    I believe about 4 - 4.5 hours with the 32GB card that came with the cam. It can support a 64GB card though. It is Full HD 1080P at 30fps @ 15Mbit/sec.

    Once it's full it will just record over the previously stored files unless you specifically locked them (or had an accident).
     
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    I like it.
     
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    Thanks for sharing that install and great photos. I have question that maybe you could help with. I want to install a hardwired hidden gps tracking device in my 2011 prius. Attached is a photo of the hardwire kit. Do you have any recommendations as to the easiest way to wire this? I want it hidden, so someplace inside the dash would be best. Thank you.
     

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    How does the camera adhere to the "dotted area around the R.V.mirror"..???
     
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    It uses a 3M adhesive double sided tape, so it goes right over the dots with no problem and stays put.
     
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    Looks like the A118. How's it holding up so far? Do you use a USB card reader hooked up to your phone to view video files??
     
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    There's a review about the cam in Youtube. Guess what car did I spot there? (the link should go directly to the right time)

     
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    very discreet. very nice. i like the form factor of these cameras although the image quality leaves quite a lot to be desired.
     
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    .....Pulling down the small black cover from the mirror exposed the connector for the mirror...
    Exactly how is the "small black cover" removed..
    Thanks...BTW we have a 2012 "v" 5 and just wish to hardwire a dash cam only
     
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    Hi! I bought a Prius 2015 in November. Does getting a hardwired dashcam void my warranty? Would they note it when I would bring the car into service?
     
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    I've had a hardwired A118C cam in mine for almost 2 years and the dealer never mentioned it when I brought the car in for service and they did replace my 12v battery under warranty when it died at about 9 months.
     
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    OP, I the pin you soldered to the positive, what sort of pin was it? back in the old days Id merely take the insulation off and twist the copper strands and apply some solder then push it into the harness like your pin method, but modern vehicles have tighter holes, hence the pin is a good idea!

    One other thing, the inline fuse, you connected the cam to a device that is already fused , the rear view mirror. Why another fuse? I am thinking if it shorts it will blow your existing fuse in the fuse box if one does not have an inline fuse?

    I am going to be performing this mod on my wife's 2016 Prius 4 soon. Going to get a Viofo A119, I have one fitted in my own vehicle currently and like its value and quality. I was thinking about using the existing "cig" 12v adaptor that steps it down to 5v. The solder it the back of an existing "cig" socket in the prius .
     
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    Probably too late with this answer, but the pin was bought on amazon /SUNKEE-Break-Away-Header-Straight/dp/B00C0Q5XZ4 $6.50 for 40 of them. The black plastic is pretty fragile though and breaks easily when trying to pull them apart.

    The reason I used the inline fuse was for peace of mind, I didn't want to potentially take out the expensive mirror if something happened due to the camera. But you are correct there should be a fuse for the mirror.

    Good luck
     
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    Hey!

    Am planning on doing this same install shortly. Have you had any problems since your did this?
     
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    Great write up, I have one that just routed to the 12v in the dash, this looks a LOT cleaner!
     
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    Does anyone have a GPS module in their Novatek cameras? How can I get the speed showing in the video? GPS is enabled in the settings and speed is visible on the screen but not on the video file itself...
     
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    My EZPass transponder works fine in the upper glove box.
     
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