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Old 04-22-2013, 04:27 PM   #1
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License Plate-Mounted Reverse Camera in Hatchback

Hi guys,

I've got an '05 ZX5 that I'd like to add a reverse camera to in the near future. Ideally I would like to get something that I can mount to the license plate, but I'm very strict about not drilling into my car, especially on the body. Whatever I do should be returnable to stock with relative ease. Not to mention that my toolset is relatively limited. Also, I HATE exposed wires with a passion. A few inches can be a necessary evil, but anything else I've got to hide somehow.

Is this even possible? When I was looking around the hatch, I didn't see any easy place I could run wiring through. But I'm also not too familiar with doing this, and may have missed someplace. I was thinking maaaaybe going through the license plate light, but even that was pretty unlikely.

Or am I better off getting a more basic camera and mounting that inside the vehicle and have it look through the glass?

Thanks!
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:01 PM   #2
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If installed around the license plate, I would remove the interior hatch trim panel and that will expose all sorts of detail on where and how to best route the wires. I would think the wires would make entry where the license plate bulbs go, and be routed along the backbone of wires that travel from the hatch, into the cab of the car. You may even want to take the headliner out, but I'm not 100% on that. I believe that harness travels along the pillars between the lower sheet metal and roof sheet metal. Perhaps using wire fish (basically a fishing rod with no holes for a line) might be the trick for getting it along the pillars and down to the front of the car. For that, you may even need to take all three pillar trims off.

Just kinda what I'm thinking anyway. I could actually take a few pics if you want, I drive a ZX3 but the 5 should be pretty close I think. But I have that hatch trim and the rear C pillar panel removed at the moment so it wouldn't be a big deal.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:09 PM   #3
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Hey, thanks for the response! I'm not too worried about getting the wires routed once it's inside the inner panels, I can get creative from there :) ... it's just the camera that has to be outside the car if it's mounted to a license plate and the wiring has to go inside, and getting from A to B may be a little difficult is what I meant. But if you've got some pictures handy, or could get some easily and don't mind posting, I'd certainly be happy to see what you've got!

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Hi,
I also have a ZX5 and want to mount a rear view mirror and camera.
How did you make out?
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Smg1dav I am an installer and have installed rear cameras on my wifes Focus and into many cars at work. If you remove the plastics on the hatch internally, you can route the wiring through the grommet for the number plate lights. No extra holes made and very watertight.

From there you can use electrical tape and a zip tie to take the wiring through the hatch accordian grommet, through to the inside of the car. From there you should be able to figure out how to get to the front of the car.
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I had a rear view camera in my Escort that transmitted a radio signal from the rear of the car to the screen in the front. This made it unnecessary to run wires all the way to the front. I still had to get the wires from the camera to inside the tailgate and to the left rear quarter trim panel.
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