Windshield and Back Glass Camera
Vehicle – 2013 Merccedes-Benz GLK350
Camera – Blackvue DR650GW-2CH
Installation – Front Windshield and Back Glass Camera
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Both camera’s are hard wired to the vehicle and provide 24hr loop recording. The camera has built in Wi-fi that connects to the internet hot-spot in the vehicle. This provides access to watch videos and change camera setting remotely. One feature I really like is the notifications you can receive. There are many to choose from, I selected only to receive a notification when the camera detects an event.
If the is parked and it detects motion or impact, it will send a message letting me know. Using the app, I can view the video, download it or choose “live View” to see and listen to whats happening around the car in real time. It’s basically a web connected nanny cam or baby monitor for you car.
The installation is actually quite easy. This took about 4 hours, but I went very slow and triple checked everything. Now it would take less than two.
First, you need to decide where to mount the front camera on the Mercedes-Benz windshield.
There are really only three spots that work well for this particular camera / vehicle set up.
Using painters tape (Blue masking tape) I secured the camera in each position. Then sat in the drivers seat and evaluated the pro’s and con’s of each position.
- Left of the rear-view mirror flush with the headliner (Pictured above)
- Directly under the mirror
- Right of the rear-view mirror flush with the headliner
On this vehicle when mounted under the mirror the camera is rather distracting. It ends up sitting rather low and in the drivers line of sight.
The best choice is right or left. When mounted to the right of the mirror it is completely hidden from the drivers point of view. I chose to mount on the left side because I felt I would get annoyed leaning over to check if the little record light was on.
There are two cable from the main camera (front windshield), one for power and one for the second camera. I used the fuse box in the rear cargo area for power. So, I simply ran both wires together.
I quickly ran the cables to the rear of the car to make sure there was enough length to make it all the way.
Once confirmed I began tucking the cables into the headliner and down the drivers side of the vehicle. This was actually very quick and easy. There is no need to remove anything.
There are many different options to run the cables once you reach the rear. I personally did not want any wires showing at all. The rear trim plate comes loose with just one screw and the styrofoam jack compartment lifts out easily.
Next came came the fun part. Choosing how to power everything! I opted to use a powermagic pro unit that has a automatic shutoff if the battery reaches a pre-determined level.
You need two sources of power for this type of install.
- Constant power
- ACC Power
I used fuse taps and location Fuse #46 (Alarm, Central locking, interior motion sensor) for the constant power and Fuse #71 (Cigar Lighter)
There are endless possibilities of fuse locations that will work.
- KEYLESS-GO #74
- COMAND #26
- Break lights #21
- Air Bags #8, 15, 37, 77
- Hazard warning flashers #18
- Central display #11
- Glove compartment light #21
- Panoramic Glass Roof #17
Why did I choose those fuse locations? I wanted to use two fuses that did not have direct ties to the operation or safety of the vehicle. (Air bags, Keyless-Go, Break lights).
After connecting everything and testing the system it was time to install the rear camera on the back glass.
Although not difficult, this was the most time consuming. You must remove the entire rear hatch interior trim panel to run the cable properly. the extra cable is easily tucked away between the roof and headliner.
Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think!