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Old 09-02-2014, 08:56 AM   #1
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Default Need advice on a backup camera for my Kenwood headunit and surrounding bezel choice

Hello all,
I'm hoping that everyone can help with advice on what backup camera to get.
I have a 2011 wrx hatchback and just bought myself a brand new Kenwood Excelon DNX891HD headunit. I'm currently waiting on getting the radio harness and metra ASWC-1 from SVXdc (David Carter).

My following questions are:
  1. What backup cameras give best low light and daytime picture quality?
  2. Is it better to install a license plate frame camera versus drilling into my trunk lid of my hatchback?
  3. Are there any models of backup cameras that are recommended? I'm looking for a nice hidden look versus bulky and protruding
  4. I've called crutchfield and they have recommended me the Clarion CC510 camera that needs to be drilled into my trunk lid. Does anyone have any experience with this camera?
  5. I've also been looking at Rydeen cameras, Anyone have any experience with this company?
  6. For the surrounding bezel, What is the difference between the JDM bezel surround and the USDM subaru forester bezel? They look the same but I think the JDM is a little more expensive. Will they both fit a 2011 wrx?
  7. If getting a new surround bezel, will I still need to use the Metra double din kit for installation of an aftermarket headunit?
Thanks in advance for all of your input and taking time to read my thread.
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:52 PM   #2
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[*]For the surrounding bezel, What is the difference between the JDM bezel surround and the USDM subaru forester bezel? They look the same but I think the JDM is a little more expensive. Will they both fit a 2011 wrx?[*]If getting a new surround bezel, will I still need to use the Metra double din kit for installation of an aftermarket headunit?
No reason to get the USDM bezel since you already have it. You want the JDM version because it has a smaller cutout that is designed to fit aftermarket stereos. It will eliminate the need for the Metra double din kit.

USDM version (requiring the double din kit):


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Old 09-02-2014, 11:03 PM   #3
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No reason to get the USDM bezel since you already have it. You want the JDM version because it has a smaller cutout that is designed to fit aftermarket stereos. It will eliminate the need for the Metra double din kit.



USDM version (requiring the double din kit):





JDM version:


I was referring to the USDM Subaru FORESTER bezel. Isn't that the same as the JDM version?


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Old 09-03-2014, 12:16 AM   #4
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The USDM Forrester bezel is the same as the USDM WRX/STI bezel...

2012 Subaru Forester:



I'm fairly certain the bezel gets changed out for the "JDM version" only if you get the OEM navigation option.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:44 AM   #5
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The USDM Forrester bezel is the same as the USDM WRX/STI bezel...

2012 Subaru Forester:



I'm fairly certain the bezel gets changed out for the "JDM version" only if you get the OEM navigation option.
Hey Scooter,
I actually was just surfing the web and you're correct that if you bought the OEM navigation option in a 2010-2012 Subaru forester, you get the "JDM version" Subaru bezel.
Here is the following link on the Subaru forester forum regarding the part number for the bezel:
http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...ok-here-88550/
I'm definitely going to call a Subaru dealership around here to see how much I can get this for and return my metra dash kit.

In the meantime, anyone have any recommendations for backup camera? I'm thinking of possibly going the Rydeen route and getting the Rydeen MINy HD and attaching it to their license plate frame so I don't have to do any drilling. It looks like this:

OR...
I can go the OEM look and get a less expensive camera like the Rydeen DUO which looks like this:

and make it look like it came from the factory. The only issue with this is that I would have to drill into my trunk lid.
Any thoughts out there?
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:19 AM   #6
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Step 1: Learn to drive without a backup camera...
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Old 09-03-2014, 11:27 AM   #7
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Step 1: Learn to drive without a backup camera...
Done!
This is not a need, its a want. Just like I didnt need to get a new aftermarket headunit, I WANTED it!
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:24 PM   #8
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Honestly, that is a decision you need to make as you pretty much put out the pluses and minuses for going each route.

So the end of the day, do you want to drill into your car or not? Honestly, the part you would drill into is a "trim piece", so it wouldn't be that hard to return to stock if you wanted to.

Back-up cameras really are a nice safety feature. I had a factory one on my last car and really did like it. It comes in handy more than you would think even on a small car.
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