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jimmyh 04-22-2011 06:11 PM

How to install Ofer's backup camera retrofit
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It took me about 2.5-3 hours. That included several breaks, taking pictures, and basically taking my sweet time. Were I to do this again, I would bet 1.5 hours tops. You need Ofer's camera and harness, and an Onstar LCD mirror. I got mine on ebay.

jimmyh 04-22-2011 06:13 PM

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jimmyh 04-22-2011 06:16 PM

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jimmyh 04-22-2011 06:35 PM

Just a few thoughts:
  • It is not entirely necessary to remove the back seat bottom. You could just tuck the wires away as you see fit. It might not even be necessary to remove the sidewall carpet in the trunk. You could try tucking there too. I removed everything because I don't like loose wires. As should be evident by the thousands of zip-ties I used.
  • Ofer did a great job on the cable length. Whenever I install aftermarket stuff, it seems like the wires are either pulled to the max because there is not enough, or there is 20 feet of extra wire stuffed somewhere. Not the case with this install. Kudos Ofer.
  • ALWAYS bench test. I had a spare cig lighter power plug on hand, so I hooked the camera up to that, and plugged it into the mirror before I began doing ANYTHING else to verify the camera and lcd worked and that my wiring was correct. You don't know how much it sucks to get wires run and mounted, everything in place, then when you turn on your device, it doesn't work.
  • Having some trim removal tools is worth the price. They make it easy to pull trim pieces off without damaging them. They are great for prying stuff like door sills and door panels off.
  • Be careful around the airbag. I didn't have any problems here, but in some other cars I have worked on, simply removing the A-pillar finisher made the airbag service light come on.
  • The green wire on Ofer's custom harness goes to the red wire on the power harness he provided. The black wire goes to ground. I used a little black screw next to the driver's door fuse panel (fig 32).
  • I was concerned about routing the video cable along the battery cable (the big red cable in fig 24) and that it would cause artifacts or distortion in the signal. But it did not. Picture is clear.
I am painting the camera silver, to match my car. Tomorrow when it was dry, I will post pictures of it mounted.

ihaveacamaro 04-22-2011 06:43 PM


Because of your write-up (very detailed) I'm going to order the stuff to make this mod happen! Awesome!

austinjames 04-22-2011 06:48 PM

great job, very helpfull

jimmyh 04-22-2011 07:48 PM

Any questions ask away. I was afraid I went overboard with the pictures. It's really not as complicated as I made it look. This is a very simple install.

2SSRS@Gen5diy 04-22-2011 08:31 PM

Nice job, if it O.K. i will add your DIY to the sale thread.

larryt1026 04-22-2011 08:43 PM

how come this seems so complicated to me..

Sleez 04-22-2011 08:44 PM

great write up, thank you.

Jabs 04-22-2011 09:04 PM

How Much did all the parts cost you?

Great Write up BTW :D Thank you!

WCoolBreeze 04-22-2011 11:23 PM

Great Write Up. This Mod is on the list.

Walt B.

jimmyh 04-23-2011 12:13 AM


Originally Posted by 2SSRS (Post 3129168)
Nice job, if it O.K. i will add your DIY to the sale thread.

be my guest, if it weren't for you, I probably wouldn't have done this mod.

jimmyh 04-23-2011 12:19 AM


Originally Posted by larryt1026 (Post 3129225)
how come this seems so complicated to me..

It really isnt. It basically consists of:

1) ordering ofer's camera and harness, and getting an lcd mirror

2) removing the old mirror, a few trim pieces, and optionally the rear seat cushion

3) drilling a hole in the rear bumper between the license plate lights and screwing the camera there

4) putting up the new mirror, tucking the wiring into the headliner and down the a-pillar

5) running two wires from the license plate opening, into the trunk, into the back seat, and up to the driver's side fuse panel on the dash

6) splicing two 12v wires together, attaching one ground wire to a screw

7) tuck the wires out of sight

8) put the trim pieces (and rear seat cushion) back in place

If you have never done any interior/audio mods, it could be a little tricky, but not terribly so. If you have, it's a piece of cake.

sunsfan 04-23-2011 01:30 AM

Nice write up picture are great.Guess it is on my list too.

boltfan1 04-23-2011 10:54 AM

This is an outstanding write up. I appreciate the time and effort you spent to show all the details. I will be ordering my parts soon.

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