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#331 Haz93

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:22 PM

Personally I would like to be able to activate the camera when in reverse, and also anytime I want through the headunit. Is there an option on the headunit to view the camera seperately? If so I would imagine there is also a wire that activates the camera similar to a sub activation wire? Then it would need power while the reverse light is off so that solves your two extra wires I think :S

Sellers should really give a decent manual on what the product does but it's never that simple

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:26 PM

Doesn't appear to be mate.

No manual or instructions came with the camera, and the seller I bought it off doesn't even give any instructions in the listing. Had to find them from a different sellers listing.

I've edited my last post with an image that shows what the 2 little red wires are for.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:30 PM

Ah yeah that's what I thought. Seems like you can either wire it up to the reverse light for reversing function only or have a constant pos and neg ( the 12v socket in the boot maybe?? ) which will then be activated when the car detects reverse gear or headunit camera option through the can bus system

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:37 PM

Yup that's what I was thinking mate. Cause I think using this option:

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You must be able to turn it on whenever you want maybe.

Really silly question lol but I'm tired n feel bit out of it. But what exactly is the can bus system?

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:43 PM

It's basically the cars computer system. Sends and recieves data from the different modules and parts of the car to the GEM (general electronic module) and HEC (dash screen) so if you went into reverse it would sense the movement and alert the gem which would tell the headunit to display the camera on screen or turn on the parking sensors.
Basically like a giant activating cable for the different features

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:47 PM

Yup that's what I thought.

So if I was to splice the little red wire in the boot somewhere so it constantly has power, where would I splice the other little red wire in the dash area?

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:48 PM

The only thing is I don't know if the focus Can Bus system has the right wiring for the camera. I know the cars with a oem camera have a seperate module that plugs in to the Can Bus

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Which you might need if you wanted that feature. Not sure though so might need some reading in to

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:06 AM

The radio has a dedicated camera input so it will handle the camera itself

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:21 AM

Thoughtso, so what you reckon the 2 little red wires are for Clive? Cause they ain't needed

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:30 PM

Fitting kit for the pioneer came today so using the patch lead I plugged it in n made sure it works:

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This is as close as I getting for now as it's now been wrapped up ready for me birthday.

The patch lead plugs into the wiring loom provided with the stereo so you end up with this beast:

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And then that plugs into the existing ford loom so that's a hell of a lot of wiring behind the stereo.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:27 AM

Brigante, this looks exciting. Show the end result.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:54 AM

Brigante, this looks exciting. Show the end result.


I will do mate but gotta wait another 10 days first. Not allowed it till then :unsure:

I'll try n take plenty of photos of the fitting and of wiring in the camera then I'll write up a guide. Really can't wait now knowing I'll soon have a new toy to play with.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:21 AM

I will do mate but gotta wait another 10 days first. Not allowed it till then :unsure:

I'll try n take plenty of photos of the fitting and of wiring in the camera then I'll write up a guide. Really can't wait now knowing I'll soon have a new toy to play with.

Looks cool mate,
Im excited about this one myself,
Lucky the focus has openings inside the dash to allow the bulk of wires rest down behind the climate controls.
While your waiting you could line up the carbon wrap to cover the stereo surround aswell.
Or spray it gloss black to match the stereo.
Also if the reverse camera requires a positive feed to be activated then the inital plan would be to splice in to the reverse light positive.
But on second thoughts a switch and an interior live feed from the heater controls would allow you to activate rear view even when not in reverse.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:33 AM

Started doing the next big ish mod, hydro dipping :P

Few shots of em fitted

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Shortly I'll be finishing off the interior pieces being the head unit surround, demister switch surround and the steering wheel inserts. Then I'll start under the bonnet so watch this space :P

Also started little sub thread where I'll just post the dipping photos as it's an art form in itself and deserves it's own thread

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 05:19 PM

Looking good mate.

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