I finally bought a GPS/DVD/TV combo from eBay and it’s on its way! I can’t wait to install it. In the meantime however, I thought I should get a reversing camera installed.
I backed the car into the garage and removed the rear number plate to see what I was dealing with.
This is what it looks like from low down, looking up. The camera I purchased looked pretty simple to install as it was specially designed to clip into this model of Suzuki Swift, right into the rectangular hole between the number plate lamps.
The camera took 5 seconds to install physically, which was great! The actual wiring part however was a whole different story, as you can see below.
I ended up taking half the back apart trying to find a tidy way to hide the cables, and without making more holes in the car. Cutting holes in the car, combined with salty Slovak roads in winter would be a recipe for rust.
After 20 minutes of dismantling and climbing under the car I decided to run the camera wiring through the vent in the back of the car. I then tapped the camera into the ignition power that feeds my amplifier plug already in the boot, which you can see here.
Then I ran an RCA cable (which was supplied with the camera) from the boot (trunk) up to the front behind the stereo, ready to connect into the new GPS/TV stereo when it arrives.
Unfortunately I had another problem as you can see above. The holder for the number plate wouldn’t fit under the camera, and I didn’t want to add more screw holes into the bumper.
So I got out my soldering iron and gently melted a groove into the plastic number plate holder. That gave me the extra 3 millimetres I needed to fit the plate holder back in.
Now the reversing camera is installed and pre-wired, ready for the TV/GPS unit to arrive. Both the in-dash TV unit have the option to automatically switch on when you put the car in reverse. So no matter what’s on the display, when I put the car in reverse, the backing camera will immediately show on the screen. It sounds like a really cool feature.
The only problem now is that I have to wait for my TV/GPS unit to get to Slovakia from the other side of the world. It’s going to be a long, long three weeks!
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