i appreciate your tips and experiences. i like your idea: finding a good installer to route the wires for you. i have no problems doing the electrical on the hatchback side of things... i just am a bit anxious about causing new rattles and tearing about apart panels to get wires to that back area.
do keep us posted. folks like you and STeye keep encouraging me that this is something i should do. i continue to find it don't ahve a very good diea of the extent of the "backend" of my car. this especially comes from the headrests and being used to driving a car with a trunk, previously.
Originally Posted by bobdole888
Yes, I pull out the HU to hook up the adaptor from svxdc that provided the RCA input jack. The HU was not hard to access. Use a butter knife to pry the cover loose from the top left corner, then the whole thing loose quickly.
While I had the HU pulled out, I did the mod to defeat the stereo setting lockout while the car in motion. Just cut the wire going to pin#19.
This is as much as I did as far as the install. The rest, I paid an installer $40.
I didn't see how the installer route the wires, but I have some idea how he did it.
To swap out the defective camera, I'll only be working on the back hatch section. I'll try to get some picture while I'm at it.
I think the hard part was getting form the back seat area to the trunk.
They took off the cover on the top half of the trunk area and route the wire through that section. I was going to run the wire along the bottom of the trunk, but couldn't figure out how to remove that cover.
They connected the camera power to backup light. Back up light is accessed by taking out the two bolts holding the back light assembly, then pull the assembly straight backward.