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Old 06-29-2019, 03:29 PM
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Question How did you route your dashcam?

I have a dashcam I want to put under my mirror. It has a 10 foot long power cable that goes into the cigarette lighter. I'd prefer to route it to the lighter port in the arm rest (I like keeping the ash tray port clean). I was wondering if anyone had any pics and/or tips of a CLEAN way to route into the arm rest port?

Also is there any way I could extent or expand the cigarette light ports? I was thinking I could maybe change the placement to make it easier for a clean cable route.

EDIT: I found a great solution! For $29 on Amazon there is a wire harness adapter for the power mirror that adds a usb port. I just plugged that in and was able to connect my dashcam with a short USB wire to it. No tools required. Check out my last post from 7/3/2019 for the final images and link to the product.

SimpleUSBPort Mirror to Dashcam Power Adapter (10-pin Type A)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KZSBC54/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A1ZURKM38KV5LC&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KZSBC54/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A1ZURKM38KV5LC&psc=1

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Old 06-29-2019, 04:35 PM
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just connect it to the fuse box. You have to buy the fuse adapter but the install is very easy.
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When I installed my dash camera I purchase a cable to hook it up to the fuse box (lighter fuse)
Cable goes under the edge of the liner down the driver side pillar into the fuse box.
The camera sits behind the mirror and you can hardly see it when inside the car.

I like the way it came out and it keeps everything nice and clean.

Here is the stuff I bought:

Camera Camera
Cable Cable
Jumper Jumper

g/l
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Originally Posted by Gio37 View Post
When I installed my dash camera I purchase a cable to hook it up to the fuse box (lighter fuse)
Cable goes under the edge of the liner down the driver side pillar into the fuse box.
The camera sits behind the mirror and you can hardly see it when inside the car.

I like the way it came out and it keeps everything nice and clean.

Here is the stuff I bought:

Camera
Cable
Jumper

g/l

Ahh I see. So you took the hardwire kit, then splice the positive fuse adapter into the positive line so you can now plug it into a fuse. And just splice the negative wire into some other negative line by the fuse box. Is that correct?
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I used Invisicord. A bit overpriced but makes it a very clean install.


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Old 06-30-2019, 01:14 AM
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Originally Posted by antirice View Post
I used Invisicord. A bit overpriced but makes it a very clean install.

Did you wire that into the fuse box or splice it into the cigarette lighter wires?
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Old 06-30-2019, 05:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Mboxer511 View Post
Did you wire that into the fuse box or splice it into the cigarette lighter wires?
use a fuse tap into the fuse box - pull out original fuse, stick it in bottom fuse tap slot, stick fuse for dashcam in upper slot, connect dashcam positive wire to fusetap.

G37 uses "Low Profile Mini" fuses, so buy that type of fusetap.




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Originally Posted by Mboxer511 View Post
Did you wire that into the fuse box or splice it into the cigarette lighter wires?
You stick those 2 prongs into the back of the mirror to get power. No need to run wire all the way down to the fuse box.
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+1 for the Invisicord. I used the MirrorTap when I had a radar detector. The camera can't pull more juice than a radar detector so why run all that unnecessary wire?

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Cameras usually pull 5V, which means you need 12V to 5V.

This is my dashcam:

Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam 2.4" LCD FHD 1080p 170 Wide Angle Dashboard Camera Recorder with G-Sensor, WDR, Loop Recording
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X528FNE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X528FNE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1


It came with a very long USB cable. The dashcam is mounted behind and to the right of the mirror - I can't see it at all from the driver seat. The cable is routed toward the right of the car:

First under the headliner trim, down the right A pillar, then into and behind the glovebox. From there it goes under the center console trim, and into the center console storage. It's plugged into a regular USB adapter, along with my iPhone. No wires visible at all.
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Originally Posted by ILM-NC G37S View Post
+1 for the Invisicord. I used the MirrorTap when I had a radar detector. The camera can't pull more juice than a radar detector so why run all that unnecessary wire?
I didn't even consider tapping into the mirror. Do you need to take off a part of the mirror bezel or something to get access to tap in? Where in the mirror exactly were you able to connect the wires?
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Originally Posted by Mboxer511 View Post
I didn't even consider tapping into the mirror. Do you need to take off a part of the mirror bezel or something to get access to tap in? Where in the mirror exactly were you able to connect the wires?
I did this for my radar detector. You don't have to take the mirror apart and if you're lucky you won't have to splice wires. It's designed so that the pins just slide into the wiring harness (see manufacturer's pic below) but for me it was too tight so I had to splice into the wires instead.


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I found this thing on Amazon. It plugs right into the mirror electrical harness and adds a usb port to it. I'm going to see if this will work with my dashcam if I get a short mini usb cable. I'll report back if it does.

Here is the link to it:
SimpleUSBPort Mirror to Dashcam Power Adapter (10-pin Type A)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KZSBC54/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A1ZURKM38KV5LC&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KZSBC54/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A1ZURKM38KV5LC&psc=1
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Originally Posted by Mboxer511 View Post
I found this thing on Amazon. It plugs right into the mirror electrical harness and adds a usb port to it. I'm going to see if this will work with my dashcam if I get a short mini usb cable. I'll report back if it does.

Here is the link to it:
SimpleUSBPort Mirror to Dashcam Power Adapter (10-pin Type A)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...M38KV5LC&psc=1
That looks like a great solution...would make the whole process so much easier
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Old 07-02-2019, 12:06 PM
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Just tap off mirror same as you do for radar or get rechargeable battery pack and clip to mirror
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