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Back up camera

I was thinking on buying the Pioneer AVH-P3100DVD

has anyone put in anything simillar?
well i was doing some research and i know you could put an after market back up camera


and i was thinking where should i put the camera at ?
i want to put the camera where the trunk key hole is


do u guys think this is a good idea ?
 

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not only similar i have the exact same head unit. works great. i didnt install the backup camera, but that was mostly beacuse i was short on cash. it definitely wouldnt hurt anything lol, but on a small car its not necessary. heres a pic of mine installed

if you got any questions about it feel free to message me
 

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not only similar i have the exact same head unit. works great. i didnt install the backup camera, but that was mostly beacuse i was short on cash. it definitely wouldnt hurt anything lol, but on a small car its not necessary. heres a pic of mine installed

if you got any questions about it feel free to message me
thanx, i was looking for a pic of it already install on a cobalt .... and when i stop looking the pic comes to me lol ! wow it looks great !
yeah the back up camera might not be a necessity but its like 20 bucks more and the key hole is an eye sore
 

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I don't recommend putting it where the trunk keyhole is. 2 reasons...1, it's too high and the camera should be about bumper level to give a more accurate view of what's behind you (since your bumper is what sticks out the furthest in the back)....2, you're looking at problems down the road...first you have to make sure it's in there really well...don't want it to leak (don't know where you're from, but water and snow getting on carpet over and over=mold quickly)...also think about down the road for rust...if you want to think further down the road, will you be able to return it to stock easily because another person may not want that if/when you sell your car...also the fact that you just have to custom do it (if you can do it yourself, OK, but if you are going to pay someone to do it...expect a large bill).
 

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thanx, i was looking for a pic of it already install on a cobalt .... and when i stop looking the pic comes to me lol ! wow it looks great !
yeah the back up camera might not be a necessity but its like 20 bucks more and the key hole is an eye sore
yeah i love it. its cool cuz you can change the colors of the keys. so they can be like red, green, blue, amber, or white. or you can put it so it jsut rotates through all of it.
oh, when you put it in, and you wanna watch dvds while driving, you gotta bypass the parking brake switch. if you need any help w/ that let me know i did it to mine too.
 

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I don't recommend putting it where the trunk keyhole is. 2 reasons...1, it's too high and the camera should be about bumper level to give a more accurate view of what's behind you (since your bumper is what sticks out the furthest in the back)....2, you're looking at problems down the road...first you have to make sure it's in there really well...don't want it to leak (don't know where you're from, but water and snow getting on carpet over and over=mold quickly)...also think about down the road for rust...if you want to think further down the road, will you be able to return it to stock easily because another person may not want that if/when you sell your car...also the fact that you just have to custom do it (if you can do it yourself, OK, but if you are going to pay someone to do it...expect a large bill).
the camera is put at an angle and it is sealed tight with water proof o-ringings

of course the camera doesn't have to have to go there and u make good points, i just thought it might of been a good idea .. . where do u suggest i put it ?
any one on this forum have a back up camera ?
 

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you could put it in cutout for the license plate. not sure how you would run the wires, but if you put in in the top there it would work great and look good.
 

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Someone on another site put the backup camera in their keyhole on their cobalt. But like others said, i wouldnt.
 

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You definitely can put the camera in the keyhole then if you have everything figured out. I just wouldn't do it myself. I would somehow install it right around where the light is for the license plate...I guess I would have to see the camera (how big it is and what not to figure out where to put it. If it's big and gaudy and it would really only fit in the keyhole then, go ahead...if it's fairly small and could be concealed in another location, that's what I would do.

Also, one more thing to think about...you have power options I'm guessing....so you have keyless entry meaning trunk button...you also have the handy dandy button in the cabin....what if the battery dies...now how do you get in the trunk? The releases for the seats are in the trunk...if you were to remove the camera from the hole, would it be possible to release the trunk manually? If so, then that is a good way for a thief to get in there...if not, then it doesn't do you any good and you have now locked yourself out of your trunk.
 

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You just need to ground it out...try connecting it to the head unit's ground...should work. If it doesn't work directly, then go to the store and buy a rocker switch (on/off toggle switch) and connect the wire to that, then connect another wire on the other side to the ground....may have to toggle it on and off a couple times for the head unit to think it's the parking brake (shouldn't have to do this though).
 

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I have the Pioneer AVH4000 DVD player which is awesome as well and I do believe its a bit cheaper. I also have the parking brake bypass on the left side of the console, a small red switch, but you cant see it from the angle of the steering wheel. the switch was installed out of generosity from the place I got everything on my car done at, haha.
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Not trying to thread steal or anything but I have another question. Whats the easiest way to hook up the reverse wire? Sorry, this is my first install.
 
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