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Re: This is why you should invest in a dashcam

I feel sorry for you having to suffer due to the actions of that guy. No repaint is as good as the original paint, unless the vehicle is stripped bare and then painted. Therefore, I'd sue him for the cost of replacing it with a new Grand Cherokee.

It probably does not help much, but you are not the only victim of trouble-makers.
Some hit and run fool knocked the mirror of the right side of our Mercedes-Benz C230K. My wife was in a shop and came out to find it that way, with the broken mirror laying on the ground. I was fortunate to find a housing painted the same color from a guy parting-out a rusted car, but there is still some damage to the door behind the mirror. We like that car, and it still looks and drive like new. Shortly before I replaced my 2006 Ford Explorer V8 (most dependable vehicle I've ever owned) with the Grand Cherokee, I discovered a basketball-sized dent in the left rear door which must have been made the previous day when I had been inspecting a supermarket.

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Therefore, I'd sue him for the cost of replacing it with a new Grand Cherokee.
Seriously? Good luck with that one.
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Re: This is why you should invest in a dashcam

That's why I was inspired to finally install my rear dash cam that I've been putting off.

I also recently purchased a dash cam back up battery. It charges from accessory and when you shut off, it powers the dash cam(s) without drawing on the vehicle battery. I'll post how it looks later tonight.
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That's why I was inspired to finally install my rear dash cam that I've been putting off.

I also recently purchased a dash cam back up battery. It charges from accessory and when you shut off, it powers the dash cam(s) without drawing on the vehicle battery. I'll post how it looks later tonight.
What are you using for a backup battery?

I thought about using one of those cell phone charge packs, but they take forever to charge up when used.

Honestly, what I would like is some sort of a timer circuit that would automatically shut power off to the camera after 8-12 hours of the engine being off. That would take care of time while at work, but keep it from running when I'm using the motorcycle on nice days. I'd rather not use voltage detection because I don't want to run the battery down enough for such a thing to kick in.

Further, if I don't use the Jeep for a couple days, I don't want a bunch of footage of the wall of my garage.
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What are you using for a backup battery?

I thought about using one of those cell phone charge packs, but they take forever to charge up when used.

Honestly, what I would like is some sort of a timer circuit that would automatically shut power off to the camera after 8-12 hours of the engine being off. That would take care of time while at work, but keep it from running when I'm using the motorcycle on nice days. I'd rather not use voltage detection because I don't want to run the battery down enough for such a thing to kick in.

Further, if I don't use the Jeep for a couple days, I don't want a bunch of footage of the wall of my garage.
This is what I recently purchased and installed on the JGC from the same website. It's specifically made to power dash cams. This highlight of this device is that:

- it comes with either a cigarette adapter cable AND a hardwire cable.
- the installation to a power source charges the battery pack and provides power to the dash cam at the same time.
- when the power is cut off (i.e. car is turned off) then the battery pack takes over and provides the power to the dash cam.

As for your question, there is no timer on the battery pack. Your dash cam should be able to provide this setting. My main dash cam (Thinkware F750) when in parking mode setting can be configured to only run at your set time - I set mine for 12 hours only or goes below a certain voltage and then shut off.

It's worth noting that different dash cams have different ways of entering parking mode. Some enter parking mode if it detects you aren't moving for a certain amount of time.

Others like my dash cam only activate parking mode by virtue of the wiring - one wire is ground, yellow wire is on the accessory switch, red wire is on the always on. Therefore, if the car is powered on then the accessory switch takes over. When the car is powered off, then the "always on" takes over until a set voltage drop then it shuts off as well to protect the battery from being drained further.

The battery pack has three wires as well to tap into for my dash cam.

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Re: This is why you should invest in a dashcam

Here's the unit which I've checked is the leader is dash cam back up battery for the Korean market which make arguably the best dash cams:
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And where it's installed under the front passenger seat, secured via Velcro:
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This is why you should invest in a dashcam

Why is jeep paint so hard to match? Everything I've needed painted doesn't come back right from the shop. It leads me to believe it's more of a paint quality issue from FCA than the shops faults for using a code and it not matching. Doesn't make sense.


Just for reference I've sent tons of BMW parts to be sprayed off the car with just the paint code and every comes back matching perfect.

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Re: This is why you should invest in a dashcam

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Why is jeep paint so hard to match?
It isn't. Jeep doesn't use "special paint". It depends on the color. If you choose a very light, non metallic color like white, it is far easier to match. Dark non reflective metallic, "metal flake" colors become much more difficult to match. And all but impossible to blend. They also require more skill, and more perfect conditions to be properly applied. (Temperature and humidity). Much like repair shops that don't always have the best mechanics, not all body shops have talented paint people.
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That's not true in the case with a lot of our jeeps. I have a simple "white" jeep and they can never get the color right. The problem is there is so much variance from the factory.

Quality control. They need to work on it.


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I have a simple "white" jeep and they can never get the color right.
The problem isn't the color, or the paint. It's the shop.
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The problem isn't the color, or the paint. It's the shop.
Whatever floats ur boat... Just for reference, how many pieces or panels have you had panted on this jeep? I'm sure you are speaking from experience...

The bubbling edges around the liftgate and hoods on thousands of jeeps, yea it's not a quality issue you must be right.
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Whatever floats ur boat... Just for reference, how many pieces or panels have you had panted on this jeep? I'm sure you are speaking from experience...

The bubbling edges around the liftgate and hoods on thousands of jeeps, yea it's not a quality issue you must be right.
Look, I'm not going to argue with you. Go to ANY body or paint shop, and ask what is the easiest color to match and paint. They'll tell you the same thing I am. Perhaps you will believe them. I don't much care either way. Anyone can screw up a paint job.
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