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Backup Camera Newbie Question

Waiting on my first Wrangler (2017 Sahara Unlimited) to be delivered (expected 10/26). It has 430N, connectivity with GPS nav. I've been searching different forums and I am a little overwhelmed in regards to adding in a backup camera. For the 2017 if I wanted to add a backup camera and want to keep the Jeep as factory as possible do I still (with a 2017) need the dealership to enable the XAC functionality?

Also, what are some of the best/cleanest options for a backup camera? ( I wish it came with that from the factory..don't recall having that option.) Not really looking for the cheapest, but what would be clean and as OEM as possible?

Is it pretty easy to install on your own?

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Re: Backup Camera Newbie Question

The actual install of a backup camera is pretty easy to do on your own. It's basically just running a wire from the tailgate mount to the back of your radio. However, with a 430N, you'll need to have the backup camera feature enabled by an authorized Jeep tech at your dealership. (They'll usually charge somewhere between $20 and $150 for this "service".)

Another option is to install a lockpick unit, which will unlock that functionality as well as some others. However, these can be somewhat unreliable and folks tend to report some bugs with them.

I'd say the "cleanest" option is probably to order a tire-mount camera (Raxiom and Brandmotion both make these). You can wire it up yourself pretty easily, but you'll need a Jeep tech regardless so you might as well see if you can negotiate having them install it for you while they're at it.
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Re: Backup Camera Newbie Question

As far as the camera itself, just go for one of the $20 ones on Amazon, that have great ratings. I have one installed in my wrangler (with the tire mount mentioned above) and it works perfectly. I installed it on an aftermarket radio, so much easier than having the dealer do something with the factory radio. It's super clear, as clear or better than many luxury cameras I've seen


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Re: Backup Camera Newbie Question

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The actual install of a backup camera is pretty easy to do on your own. It's basically just running a wire from the tailgate mount to the back of your radio. However, with a 430N, you'll need to have the backup camera feature enabled by an authorized Jeep tech at your dealership. (They'll usually charge somewhere between $20 and $150 for this "service".)

Another option is to install a lockpick unit, which will unlock that functionality as well as some others. However, these can be somewhat unreliable and folks tend to report some bugs with them.

I'd say the "cleanest" option is probably to order a tire-mount camera (Raxiom and Brandmotion both make these). You can wire it up yourself pretty easily, but you'll need a Jeep tech regardless so you might as well see if you can negotiate having them install it for you while they're at it.
Thanks! I've read that a lot of people have been told you needed the camera installed before they would enable/flash it. How did your experience go?

Also, did you need an aftermarket harness? Any recommendations if so?
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Thanks! I've read that a lot of people have been told you needed the camera installed before they would enable/flash it. How did your experience go?

Also, did you need an aftermarket harness? Any recommendations if so?
No. I had my dealer "flash" (enabled the Parkview option XAC) first, just to make sure it can be done. After the "flash", when you shift into reverse, you'll see a black screen with the words 'Check your surroundings' (or some words like that) briefly displaying. Under settings, there will be a new option, to enable or disable the camera. You an change this to disable until you get around to actually installing the camera.

I ended up making my own harness. Basically just a single female RCA jack (for the camera video), wiring to the proprietary large white connector that plugs into the back of the radio/headunit.

Over in Wrangler Forum, there are dozens of threads, with hundreds of pictures, that can help guide you.
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Thanks! I've read that a lot of people have been told you needed the camera installed before they would enable/flash it. How did your experience go?

Also, did you need an aftermarket harness? Any recommendations if so?
I wound up with an aftermarket head unit myself. I'm just relaying what I learned from my own research into this.

I agree with Walt: check out Wrangler Forum and you'll find TONS of information on this subject.
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Re: Backup Camera Newbie Question

When hooking up the power to the reverse light wiring, which I plan to solder, where is the best place to cut it? Do you do it right behind the light itself or do you trace the wire and do it further up? That is the place I am getting lost...where to route the power from the camera to the reverse light power and ground.
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Re: Backup Camera Newbie Question

No need to solder, that's actually unnecessarily difficult. Just get a wire tap from like Autozone or O'Reillys. It will connect the 2 wires with a little plastic splicer. Very safe, as the little pin cuts both wires and makes a connection, and the plastic insulates it. Do that for both the power and the ground.


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No need to solder, that's actually unnecessarily difficult. Just get a wire tap from like Autozone or O'Reillys. It will connect the 2 wires with a little plastic splicer. Very safe, as the little pin cuts both wires and makes a connection, and the plastic insulates it. Do that for both the power and the ground.


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Is that 2 taps then? The green/white positive from reverse light to the camera positive wire and then do another tap to join the reverse light black ground to the camera ground?
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Yes sir! Don't quote me on colors, but ya basically power to power and ground to ground (all from either reverse light you choose)


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Re: Backup Camera Newbie Question

While you are in there (reverse lights), you should change out the bulbs for LED's. Bright white 3157's. Like $20-25 on Amazon. It will help see things behind you at night/illuminate the camera better. The reverse bulbs that are in there now are crap.

Good thing about those is that you don't need resistors for it. You would if it was the brake lights (which you should also change haha)


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Re: Backup Camera Newbie Question

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As far as the camera itself, just go for one of the $20 ones on Amazon, that have great ratings. I have one installed in my wrangler (with the tire mount mentioned above) and it works perfectly. I installed it on an aftermarket radio, so much easier than having the dealer do something with the factory radio. It's super clear, as clear or better than many luxury cameras I've seen
Which camera did you get? Is it still available on Amazon? I can't figure out which is really a good camera by all the mixed reviews.
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