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Old 07-21-2012, 03:09 AM   #76
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I took the chrome trim piece off. Made it easier for drilling and mounting of the camera.
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Old 07-21-2012, 03:20 AM   #77
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The power connection was done by the installer, so I don't have all the details. To access the backup light to power the camera, remove the two bolts holding the left tail light assembly. Pull the whole harness straight back to get access. You'll see one bundle of wires coming through a rubber boot. Free the boot from the car to route the power wires through the boot hole.


I don't know how the installer did this part, so some how the wire went from the airbag area in the trunk into the tail light area.

Connect the red wire from the back up light to the power connection of the camera. Connect the ground to the black wire going to the backup light.


Well, if you got through all this, the your camera should be working.
You'll want to aim your camera to make sure it's centered.

Put everything back in reverse order. The covers snap back with moderate pressure applied, or you can pound it slightly to get the covers to snap back.

This is it look like.




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Old 07-21-2012, 03:22 AM   #78
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You should contribute this to the how to section.
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:29 PM   #79
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The power connection was done by the installer, so I don't have all the details. To access the backup light to power the camera, remove the two bolts holding the left tail light assembly. Pull the whole harness straight back to get access. You'll see one bundle of wires coming through a rubber boot. Free the boot from the car to route the power wires through the boot hole.

I don't know how the installer did this part, so some how the wire went from the airbag area in the trunk into the tail light area.

Connect the red wire from the back up light to the power connection of the camera. Connect the ground to the black wire going to the backup light.

Well, if you got through all this, the your camera should be working.
You'll want to aim your camera to make sure it's centered.

Put everything back in reverse order. The covers snap back with moderate pressure applied, or you can pound it slightly to get the covers to snap back.

This is it look like.
This is awesome! Thank you for taking the time to show the details!
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:09 AM   #80
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Maybe SVXdc has found a source for the backup camera connector by now? ...
I'm new to this forum & Subaru's...we just bought my Lady a 2012 Legacy Limited which has the Harmon Kardon Premium Audio. She didn't want to spend the big $$$ for the Nav Unit but now wishes she had a back-up camera. Does anyone know if the Harmon Kardon HU has the connectors for a camera feed (not sure if audio units are the same across Subaru Models) and if so does SVXdc have a cable that will work with this vehicle? Also, the new Legacy does not seem to have the same set up as the earlier ones so it does not look like the camera listed as a direct drop in will work. It appears that it has the knock out just like the new Outbacks etc so any source for a factory like camera would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Old 08-07-2012, 09:55 AM   #81
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not trying to be a jerk, but really what is the point of a backup camera any vehicle, let alone the Impreza. you are suppose to turn around when backing up anyway.
This is why, jerk.

http://www.kidsandcars.org/back-overs.html

You can't see for roughly 10 feet behind a car even as small and open as the Impreza. Imagine something like the Focus or Veloster that has a massive blind spot
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:04 PM   #82
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On eBay I've seen a lot of the wireless backup cameras that have the display inside a rear view mirror that clips onto your existing rear view mirror. But that's not that elegant of a solution. Has anyone seen such a setup where you simply replace the whole OEM mirror with one with the display in it?
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:44 AM   #83
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Ok, now I've found some replacement mirrors with a monitor built in. Just what I want except that you have to route power to the mirror. I have a 2012 WRX base without an auto-dimming mirror. I know that other models of WRX are available with an auto-dimming mirrors, which obviously require power. How likely is it that my base WRX has power already routed to the mirror even though i don't have an auto-dimming mirror?
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:22 AM   #84
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Ok, now I've found some replacement mirrors with a monitor built in. Just what I want except that you have to route power to the mirror. I have a 2012 WRX base without an auto-dimming mirror. I know that other models of WRX are available with an auto-dimming mirrors, which obviously require power. How likely is it that my base WRX has power already routed to the mirror even though i don't have an auto-dimming mirror?
It is likely there is a plug in the headliner for it. Do a compare of the mirror versus a different headunit, the oe back up mirror in my buddies '12 Camaro looks cool in concept, but it's almost useless the display is so small. Versus a new headunit that would net you Bluetooth, streaming audio, video, hard drive, HD radio, apps, etc.
Weigh the options before you drop $250 on a mirror, especially as our cars do not incorporate back up sensors or alarms.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:35 AM   #85
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Would you buy the backup camera from a site (I would be able to get a discount of some sort) like this or would you recommend ebay instead?

http://www.uniquetech.ca/

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Ok, now I've found some replacement mirrors with a monitor built in. Just what I want except that you have to route power to the mirror. I have a 2012 WRX base without an auto-dimming mirror. I know that other models of WRX are available with an auto-dimming mirrors, which obviously require power. How likely is it that my base WRX has power already routed to the mirror even though i don't have an auto-dimming mirror?
Do you mean something like this?

http://www.uniquetech.ca/products/UBM300/
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:41 PM   #86
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The new XV has a rear camera option. Will that part fit our 2012 impreza's?
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:09 PM   #87
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I'd be interested in retro-fitting a camera into my sedan, however, I have the NAV and don't know if there's anything I can do.
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:55 AM   #88
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I'd be interested in retro-fitting a camera into my sedan, however, I have the NAV and don't know if there's anything I can do.
The new 2012 nav (made by Fujitsu Ten, model number FW602US printed on the front) does have a rear camera input. See this post.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:56 AM   #89
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The new 2012 nav (made by Fujitsu Ten, model number FW602US printed on the front) does have a rear camera input. See this post.
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:11 AM   #90
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Deleted post..saw I asked a question already answered.
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:30 AM   #91
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Which camera did you get?
I'm interested in getting one like yours.
Did you get this one from ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/180820449184...84.m1423.l2649

If not what was the spec for # of lines for your camera? 400 or 420 lines?

I heard that the 420 line cameras don't work on impreza, and the one in my link looks like your camera, but has 420 lines.
Does it have the parking guide lines? Probably going to get the same one to use on my NAV HU
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:33 AM   #92
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Mine does have the parking guide lines. I preferred to not have them and to use the ones that are built into the radio, but I couldn't find one that looked like the one I bought.

FYI, you can turn off the built in lines.
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:30 PM   #93
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Mine does have the parking guide lines. I preferred to not have them and to use the ones that are built into the radio, but I couldn't find one that looked like the one I bought.

FYI, you can turn off the built in lines.
On the camera? I'm being told on the Subaru NAV unit, the lines cannot be switched off, so I'd need to be able to turn them off on the camera (however you would do that).
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:42 PM   #94
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On the camera? I'm being told on the Subaru NAV unit, the lines cannot be switched off, so I'd need to be able to turn them off on the camera (however you would do that).
Not on the camera. You can on the limited non-nav headunit (not sure about the nav unit), you go into the service menu and you can select different guide lines and turn it off from there.
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:44 PM   #95
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Not on the camera. You can on the limited non-nav headunit (not sure about the nav unit), you go into the service menu and you can select different guide lines and turn it off from there.
Yeah, I've been told by people who have done it on the NAV unit, that it cannot be changed, they're always on. So I guess I need to find a camera that doesn't have them. Bummer because I liked how yours matched the chrome so well.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:42 AM   #96
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I finished about an hour ago, having installed a billion subwoofers, amps and various other components over the years, it was a breeze!
It was only 1 AV cable that ran to the radio, everything else (2 cables) ran to the reverse light, i snaked it all through the factory rubber passages.
It's certainly not OE, but it cost under $60 complete.
I used a $35 camera from a US Ebay seller.

The worst part was dremeling a hole in my brand new car!

Thank you SXVdc for the help and the harness!





Can you tell me (with pictures if possible) how you removed the radio? I really don't want to mess up the trim on my brand new car!
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:44 AM   #97
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Can you tell me (with pictures if possible) how you removed the radio? I really don't want to mess up the trim on my brand new car!
Flat tipped screwdriver, gently prying around the rim.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:46 AM   #98
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Flat tipped screwdriver, gently prying around the rim.
Of the radio itself? It just slides right out or do you need to remove something else first? I have the NAV head unit, but I'm assuming it is similar.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:51 AM   #99
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Of the radio itself? It just slides right out or do you need to remove something else first? I have the NAV head unit, but I'm assuming it is similar.
Around the trim, then 6 phillips screws on the sides of the headunit. Pull the top vents, unplug the hazards
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:54 AM   #100
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I haven't swapped my head unit yet, but from my research, you need to remove the big piece of brushed metal trim around the radio first in order to gain access to the HU itself. I believe that since you have the NAV HU, you won't need to disconnect the HVAC mechanical cables like I will when replacing my Sport Premium HU.

Also, I'm not fond of using a metal screwdriver to accomplish this task. I suggest something made of plastic like this:

http://www.harborfreight.com/5-piece...set-67021.html
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