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Old 10-23-2014, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by ajricker View Post
The camera itself needs the power. Meaning you would have to run the wire all the way up to the ce panel.
Absolutely right - The CE panel is OK for the power to the Head Unit to provide the "Switch" but you still need power to the camera at the rear so the tyrewell option is the best for this.
Always worry about disturbing the CE panel too much anyway. All those wires don't like to be disturbed too much!
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Old 10-23-2014, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Bizman928 View Post
...Always worry about disturbing the CE panel too much anyway. All those wires don't like to be disturbed too much!
A wire is a wire - whether its at the back of the car or connected to the CE panel. In fact it is basically the same wire in this case. It doesn't have any feelings on the matter at either end...

You don't need to remove the panel or even disconnect any plugs - you are making a mountain out of a molehill here.

I assume the camera video feed and power are in the same pigtail cable? and that the reverse trigger goes to the head unit directly - that would be the usual configuration...

I really do understand what I am doing - you asked for easiest and that's what I gave you - but do whatever you want.

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Originally Posted by Alan View Post
A wire is a wire - whether its at the back of the car or connected to the CE panel. In fact it is basically the same wire in this case. It doesn't have any feelings on the matter at either end...

You don't need to remove the panel or even disconnect any plugs - you are making a mountain out of a molehill here.

I assume the camera video feed and power are in the same pigtail cable? and that the reverse trigger goes to the head unit directly - that would be the usual configuration...

I really do understand what I am doing - you asked for easiest and that's what I gave you - but do whatever you want.

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Alan,
Appreciate any help & comments. But if there is another way of getting a wire into the CE panel without pulling it forward and getting to the back - or removing the relay from the front then please let me know

Regards the camera cable - the 2 cables are separate cables - not the same pigtail cable!
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The wires in question connect to the CE panel @ the lower plug connector "U" in either position 21 or 24

U21 is the lower right hand terminal in plug U (Black wire) - U24 is the 2nd from top on the right hand side in plug U (Gray/Yellow, Black/Yellow wires)

Its just a wire in plain view, connecting to it is no different than connecting to the same wire at the back. I don't know why you think I was implying you need to modify the panel in any way... this was never suggested.

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Alan the wire in question doesn't go to the head unit. It goes directly to the camera. So the shortest route is at the back of the car.
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Here's a pic of the reversing switch harness (gray) connector mounted in the spare tire well. I assume (?) it's similarly mounted in an '88.




This is the rearview camera that I may eventually get around to installing on the GTS. The pigtail coming out of the camera is 20" long- it _might_ be enough to snake it in behind the passenger side rear bumperette and up through a drain hole under the right rear tail light housing. and into the passenger compartment along the tail light harness, so that the power and video cable jacks live 'indoors'. Maybe.

Alternatively I might order up one of the Euro GTS trip odometer reset buttons and switch, and use the unused rear fog lamp wiring under the rear bumper cover to control it manually. Maybe.

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Why use it as back up camera?. better served in the grill to keep from damaging the front lip on parking lot curbs.
No matter how hard i try....i always end up hearing that "scrape" at some point.
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Thanks for that clarity! I assumed I had to go behind the CE panel to pick up the feed. So all I have to do is track the plug to the panel and pick out U21 wire.
That sounds clear enough....do you have a photo of the plug/wire as I assume there is no difference between usa & euro version?
I will take a look at the plug & wire over the weekend

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Old 10-24-2014, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Bizman928 View Post
...That sounds clear enough....do you have a photo of the plug/wire as I assume there is no difference between usa & euro version?
I will take a look at the plug & wire over the weekend

Thanks.
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There is no difference USA/ROW - I think you can figure it out from this info.

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Alan the wire in question doesn't go to the head unit. It goes directly to the camera. So the shortest route is at the back of the car.
It has to also go to the head unit so it can switch to rear view camera mode - if the head unit doesn't auto switch, IMO this is not a useful feature.

Assuming the config is similar to what Rob showed - I'd just get a combo extension like this and be done with it... surprised it doesn't come with one like this this - they are very commonly used for connecting security cameras.

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