August 30, 2012, 12:18 pm
[quote name='GSM' timestamp='1346146595' post='203715']
It's really easy to do, you won't have any problems, shouldn't be any different from the Fiesta. There will probably be airbags, but they won't cause issues.
Just get an additional 12v socket of eBay for a few quid (really cheap), then you can just tap it into the wires for your existing sockets or into some other 12v source, plug in the cam and route the wire up the pillar and down behind the rear-view mirror.
The only problem I *thought* I had initially was that the 12v sockets on the Focus don't appear to go off with the ignition - they're on constantly, so I thought it might drain the battery to have a cam constantlly plugged in, and I wanted to have a source for my additional socket that DID go off with the ignition for that reason. But first I just left it plugged into my current socket for about 2 weeks overnight permanently as a test, and it didn't drain the battery at all, plus I quite like the idea of just recording 24/7 anyway now, so I just tapped into the same source as the current 12v sockets. No big deal
You don't really need to wire it all the way behind the dash though, you can just have it behind the glove box and tap into the source near the fusebox. Or even just get some piggy-back fuses and plug straight into the fuse box there.
[color=#ff0000]Hi, thanks for taking the time to respond. I have a ford 3 year warranty. Will I void it by adding a socket and running the cable? Never had a car with warranty, so don't know how it works.
I am certain that my sockets go off when you take out the key.[/color]
[quote name='Peejay1977' timestamp='1346154732' post='203743']
I took the lazy option and bought a GoPro Hero 2 camcorder and used the self adhesive mount to stick to the dash, it records for over 2 hours on a single charge which is enough for me and the footage is full HD.
[color=#ff0000]I did think about going for a similar option to you, but I don't think I would use it much as I would forget to charge etc.
Ideally, I would like something which I can just put on record at start of journey and leave running without worrying about batteries etc.
I had seen these:[/color]
[b][color=#ff0000] [/color][url="http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CDQQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.exportprive.com%2Fen%2Fcar-black-box%2F21159-itronics-itb-70g-car-black-box-drive-recorder--0809259830114.html&ei=t0s_UIDYEKyY0QWf24CIBg&usg=AFQjCNFhqE91CrTi6VudpsVCF24bQQTjbg&sig2=6KhnmYaopFplEh4D1o2AlQ&cad=rja"][color=#ff0000][i]ITRONICS ITB[/i]-[i]70G Car Black Box[/i] Drive Recorder[/color][/url][/b]
[color=#ff0000]and also came across the Road Hawk model:[/color]
[color=#ff0000]They are not cheap, however after being involved in one of these suspect rear end shunt scams a few years ago, I would rather spend that money and drive with confidence.
Thanks for all of your advice