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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-16-2015, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Camera and Headunit Install

So this past week and weekend, my wife was out of town for a few days, so I was able to take some time to install a new head unit and rear view camera that I had ordered. It wasn't too hard and it was well worth the effort. The mounting bracket has some gaps, which I'm not very happy with, so I found a new one that I ordered to hopefully fix the problem.
Here is the new HU
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After installing the new HU, I went on to mount the new camera. I went with the low profile camera from Esky and since I didnt really want to deal with running wires, I bought the matching Wireless adapter to save some time. The picture twitches a tiny bit, but it's worth the hassle to use it for 5 seconds when backing up.

I really didnt want to see the camera, or have it stick out and look aftermarket, I am really anal about things looking "stock". I decided to mount it in my tailgate handle. It was a little more complicated, having to make a bracket get the angle right, but it came out great IMO. IMG_0153.jpgIMG_0154.jpg

Once i was able to locate the reverse wire, I tapped into that and now it works flawlessly. Counldnt be more happy. I can see what's behind me!!
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I can see the handle, but it only blocks my bumper and the sky, so I am ok with it. The most important thing was it being hard to notice.
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Nice job, thinking about doing the same on my own truck soon.

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Looks good crime dog. Where is the reserve wire to tap into at? Got a project of my own coming up By chance can you explain/show how the camera is mounted behind the tailgate latch?
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Looks good crime dog. Where is the reserve wire to tap into at? Got a project of my own coming up By chance can you explain/show how the camera is mounted behind the tailgate latch?
Pretty slick. I too would like to know how you did that mount behind the tailgate latch. Looks good

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Which mounting kit did you use? Gonna throw a Pioneer FH-X830BHS in my 00 when I get the chance. Then a nice component set and two 8" subs and separate amps.
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I installed a camera in mine a few months ago and I really like it. I used one of the license plate kit which doesn't give you a good perspective IMO. I like the one that is higher up so you can actually see how close you are to something. I might try to hide something in my latch like this.

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Pretty slick. I too would like to know how you did that mount behind the tailgate latch. Looks good
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Re: Rear Camera and Headunit Install

Very nicely done! Now I really want to do this as well. Please post back detailing how you did the camera!
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Re: Rear Camera and Headunit Install

Realize that this is an old post but have my 2006 DC NAV unit out and want to mount a BU camera just like this one in the tailgate latch. Any details on the camera and approach to mounting would be helpful.
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Re: Rear Camera and Headunit Install

Hey Guys!

Sorry for the super long delay. I never got a notification so many people replied until today. Below are the answers to some of your questions, hope its not too late.

The camera i used is linked above, unfortunately i cannot locate the HU mounting bracket I purchased on ebay. It looked like this and it may be this one, metra sounds familiar, LINK. It wont let me go far enough back in my purchase history to confirm. But it definitly made the headunit look more stock.

To mount the camera, I basically took the tailgate latch handle off and used a metal punch to make an indention for my drill bit. Once I drilled the hole close to the size of the camera, I then use a round file to file the hole bigger and at an angle so the camera just pokes through and is pointed at the ground. To mount the camera, my dad and I took a piece of aluminum and custom made a mount. We measured the distance of the screws that hold the tailgate latch on to the tailgate (as this is how we mounted it to the tailgate, using the existing mount). Then cut a piece to size, drilled out the holes and left a strip on the side to mount the camera. I can post a picture later when i get home of the aluminum mount. Once that was made we screwed it in, bent/adjusted the piece holding the camera so it lined up with the hole and done.

My tailgate latch broke about a year ago so I had to do this all over again and it came out just as good. Bought a cheapo tailgate latch since I knew i was drilling a hole in it. $20 compared to $80 for OEM.

Thanks guys and Ill post that picture later.
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Nice information..
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Great information..
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