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I happened to have a peak performance wireless back up cam that I thought would fit were the clock goes and since my clock was broke I figured why not. I know you guys love detailed pics so here it is.

Peak performance wireless back up camera

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First mounted the camera. Screws in to the top two license plate mount screws. Ran the wire behind the plate and in through the bottom screw hole. Put a small piece of rubber where the wire tucks behind to prevent it from rubbing through. Pull all the slack through and than I sealed it with some liquid tape. Caulking would work too.

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Here you can see where I pulled it through and zip tied the wire to prevent rattling. Also note I left the plastic screw nut and just cut the back off to fit the wire through and protect it.

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Using a coat hanger I fished it up through the hatch. Little trick for stuffing the wires through the rubber piece is to smear a little grease on the wires. Slides right through

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Run wires down behind pillar trim and into the tail light housing. Excess wire was coiled and zip tied. The plug ins for the transmitter are straight forward use a test light if your not sure but splice into the reverse light and a ground. Zip tied everything up so it couldn't rattle loose.

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That was the easy part. Next I had to fit the monitor. As you can see to make it flush requires some trimming of the plastic and a little of the inner dash. A dremmel and hammer/ chisel make easy work of this.

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Trim the top and bottom and part of the side where the power chord plugs in. Here I only have the bottom tab trimmed

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Sits flush between the two long tabs after trimming

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Next I trimmed all the smooth textured plastic in the inside of the front to widen the screen opening. Also made a small round cut for the led. Then glued the monitor to the trim.

Here you can see the "smooth" plastic I'm talking about.

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next run your power wires for your monitor to accessory wire so the monitor isn't on when the cars not. I spliced mine to the cigarette lighter. Wire comes out here. Also in this pic you can see were I had to widen the inner part of the dash. There is a small thin piece of metal on the bottom if you score it on each side with a chisel you can flatten it out to fit the monitor.

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Last pull the chord out just a bit to plug it in and test the monitor. Gently finesse the monitor and plastic into your dash

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Remove screen film and admire your work!

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Over all I would say the screen is a bit small and because it's wireless the screen flickers every time it picks up a random signal. But it was a fun project so I hope you enjoy!

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I did this also but with an ipod. way better than the factory clock.

 

http://www.ultimatesubaru.org/forum/showthread.php?t=132867&page=2

 

I wonder what other things people have stuck in their clock holes:-p

 

As a matter of fact I stopped in the middle of my install to take a break and I had that same question so a little search led me to your thread and I read it and thought the I pod was way more useful and awesome! But I don't have one so I continued with the back up cam lol. Nice job with your iPod install by the way, it looks great.

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Thanks! It was very useful, distracting but useful

 

I sold that car a few months ago, and my current car has a trip computer and it still works. so I have the factory clock and all that other advanced 80's stuff.

 

my friend I sold it to loves it lol

 

back up camera is a good idea though, that was my second idea after my gps didn't fit, but like you i didn't have one so i went with the ipod.:D

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