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Install 12v Socket / Install Dash cam wired in
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Install 12v Socket / Install Dash cam wired in

This guide will show you how to install a dash cam (or other 12v device) with a hidden 12v socket in your car.

First of all I purchased a G1Wh dash cam from Ebay for about 32 and a Kingston 32GB SDHC Class 10 for 12 on Amazon

Place the dash cam on your window like this
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Run the wire along the roof lining of the window, around the A pillar and then down the door rubber like this
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Run the wire out here
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Take off this part of the black plastic (has 3 bits its held on by and then slides back towards the seat, This is also the same place to get at the pollen filter)
Also take off the leather housing for the gear stick by pulling it up by the plastic rim around it.
The wire from the device can then be threaded through a gap and grabbed from the other side under the gear stick area.
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Have a new 12v plug socket and Ebays 'QUICK SPLICE SCOTCH LOCK WIRE CONNECTORS, ELECTRICAL CRIMP TERMINALS CABLE SNAP' 22-16 gauge
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To use the Crimp connectors
Place the red and gray wire leading to the original 12v in one side of the connector and the cut off end of the red wire of the new 12v socket into the other half of the connector.
Then use pliers to squeeze the metal in the connector into the wires.

Do the same for the black wires.

The yellow is the earth on the original 12v socket and does not need to be touched. Yelow is the supply for the light up ring round the cig lighter ((MOD))

You can now test this all works by turning the ignition on and plugging a device into the new 12v socket.

When you know it all works, Turn the car off again and tape the new socket into the gear stick area making sure it does not get in the way.

Replace all trim and cable tie any loose wire up behind the glove box

You are done.

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Thanks. Benefited from this great guide!
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Re: Install 12v Socket / Install Dash cam wired in

Thanks for the guide.

I did it a while back and all seemed well, but shortly after I started having static when using my stereo (only when listening to a radio station). The problem does not occur if I unplug the mini usb from the dashcam or when I simply turn it off.

My guess is that there is a power issue with the camera on when the radio signal gets weak and the stereo tried to boost the power.

Any idea on how I could fix this or what could cause it?
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Re: Install 12v Socket / Install Dash cam wired in

Would it not be better to piggyback fuse the dashcam instead of installing a hidden 12v socket? I love the clarity of the guide, but unless I'm missing something seems like a better way to install a dashcam.

Also... Are there any guides for piggybacking a dashcam?
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Quote Originally Posted by Lambie View Post
Would it not be better to piggyback fuse the dashcam instead of installing a hidden 12v socket? I love the clarity of the guide, but unless I'm missing something seems like a better way to install a dashcam.

Also... Are there any guides for piggybacking a dashcam?
I'd say the main reason would be that the dashcam (or really anything else that uses a mini USB connector eg. sat-nav) runs off of 5v, not 12v, so unless you want to start ripping things apart and soldering and splicing this is the simplest way to do it.
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I'd say the main reason would be that the dashcam (or really anything else that uses a mini USB connector eg. sat-nav) runs off of 5v, not 12v, so unless you want to start ripping things apart and soldering and splicing this is the simplest way to do it.
Wow sorry, thought I'd replied to that ages ago!

Maybe I'm being naive but I thought piggyback you just adjust for the two votages, so you use a 17v fuse (if they even exist) and the piggyback can split to the dashcam and a further 12v fuse (presuming you plug into a previously 12v slot). I imagine you can get a pig to USB power converter, but that ain't from experience.

To be fair I think I might follow half the guide and for now lead the cable round to the cigarette lighter until I'm brave enough to attempt it!
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