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Thread: 120 deg Wide-Angle Rear View Reverse Camera off Ebay - REVIEW

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    Quote Originally Posted by kefka_killer
    Before you go out spending money, I would hook up the camera and see what the picture is like. If its pointing straight out wouldn't you lose your sense of relativity. IE you don't know how close you are to your bumper because you can't see it. Also you would have to rely on depth perception purely, and with a wide angle camera would get tricky and take some getting used to.

    Its been said before but I would go underneath the tailgate handle, or maybe even in the third brake light on the cab. It wouldn't let you see exactly where your bumper is, but the high up perspective plus the wide angle would let you see both corners of the tailgate and you can basically estimate that the bumper is aroud 5in further back from the tailgate, though estimating sort of defeats the purpose of a camera. Just another idea though.
    Thanks for your suggestion - because of what you said, I'm not going to mount the camera in the keyhole anymore. You're right, there is no point to having the camera point forward, it won't show you how close you are to the car behind you when parking. I've purchased a camera similar to the OP with adjustable rings, I'm going to mount the camera above my license plate facing down at an angle so I could see the rear bumper. The problem is getting the camera at the best angle to give me a good mix of seeing what's behind me and the bumper below.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dominik
    If you were willing to ricey and put a wing on the back it would make things easier
    Not a chance....
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    TBird, do u intend to use this as a backup camera or a rear view "mirror". (Mines gonna be a rear view "mirrior, cause that's where my screen is, SUV)
    If you're not gonna use it as a backup camera, put it by the high mount brake light? or "in" the high mount brake light?
    How about putting it inside one of the taillights? (Get a used lens and mess with that)

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    Well my intentions are to help when backing up.. Being that I have a truck it is VERY hard to tell how far away I am from cars when backing into parking spots. I'm not sure if mounting it high in my third brake light will work or not... I plan on mounting it into my hitch for the first try out location..

    I just got back from getting the conduit.. Hopefully I can get that done today. I already have the camera mounted into the hitch cover. It looks great. One problem... The nut it came with doesn't thread tight.. Yea.. Totally sucks.. I go to tighten it and it just keeps turning. Lowe's didn't have a 15/16" nut so I dunno what I'm gonna do about that.
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    Screeeeeeenshots!!!!! (I also can't believe this thread is 95 posts long!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340
    I just got back from getting the conduit.. Hopefully I can get that done today. I already have the camera mounted into the hitch cover. It looks great. One problem... The nut it came with doesn't thread tight.. Yea.. Totally sucks.. I go to tighten it and it just keeps turning. Lowe's didn't have a 15/16" nut so I dunno what I'm gonna do about that.
    If the threads on the cam just end, or if they're stripped at the end, you only have to put a washer in between the hitch cover and the nut so that it still catches the (good) threads. If the threads are just gone, try getting/making a spring clip in place instead but be warned that it might not come off without breaking the hitch cover!
    I'm talking about a plate of spring steel cut with a hole cut just a little bit smaller than the camera body, with radial cuts going away from that hole, and you just push it down over the camera body so that the metal bends up and won't come back off.
    Or you could just glue it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hd54321
    Screeeeeeenshots!!!!! (I also can't believe this thread is 95 posts long!)
    I know... The title says "Review" and I have yet to "review" it..

    I have the conduit run and the camera installed. I just have to go get some wire and then I'll be all set. I'm liking the way it looks in the hitch I just hope the results are useable...
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    hope to see some pics soon, so maybe i can get one too...

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    Two quick questions...

    I'm using an end from an AC adaptor that fits into the camera power. I'm just going to snip the ac end off and strip the two wires back.

    Question 1: How do I tell which one is power and which one is ground?

    Question 2: I'm going to tie the power wire into one of my PSU's YELLOW (12V) wires.. Can I just ground the other wire to my chassis or should I also run a ground wire to one of my PSU's BLACK (ground) wires..

    Thanks
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    If its to near the ground will you get it dirty very quickly and have to keep cleaning it, as flat backed vehicles create a small vacuum behind them and suck up the gunge of a wet road (asuming its outside the motor).
    sorry if this is a repeat not got time to read all the posts just an observation.
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