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Alternative Dashcam

Discussion in 'Model S' started by fieldalias, Aug 1, 2015.

  1. fieldalias

    fieldalias Member

    Jul 22, 2015
    Los Angeles, CA
    I was near the Tesla service center today, so I decided to stop in and ask a few questions.
    One of which was about installation of a Dashcam. His comment was that tesla won't install any aftermarket changes and would suggest against getting a cam that requires cutting into the cars electrical wires (or running them through he headliner for that matter)

    He noted seeing several cars with electrical issues later on from the cams.
    Does anyone have an alternative that still looks good? Or know if the service center is just over exaggerating?


    Taking delivery in sept and getting my ducks in a row.
  2. alternatename

    alternatename Member

    Jan 3, 2015
    Richmond, VA
    I installed my own dash cam using the very helpful instructions here:

    DIY Tesla Dash Cam Installation -

    It was dead simple and didn't require any alterations or modifications to the car, so it's easily removed. Hope it helps and good luck!
  3. David99

    David99 Active Member

    Jan 31, 2014
    Brea, Orange County
    There are two basic ways to do this. One is to hock it up to an existing wire somewhere under the liner or dash board. The other way is to use the 12 Volt outlet and just run the wire to the camera. If someone has some knowledge of electric wiring, they can do it without any issues. Using the 12 Volt outlet definitely has no negative effect on the car or it's electrical system. Of course Tesla will not officially recommend anything that isn't coming from the factory and is officially approved. But that doesn't mean it is harmful to the car.

    Frankly I think car manufacturers should provide 12 Volt ot 5 Volt power at the headliner to easy Dash cam installation. Those cameras can save a lot of trouble and once they are common and people have to assume they are being recorded while driving will make people act more responsible.
  4. supratachophobia

    supratachophobia Active Member

    Sep 24, 2014
    Columbus, Ohio
    I absolutely recommend getting power from the cig lighter. That way they cant come back and say you modified the electrical system; because you didn't. The trick is getting the cable across the headliner, down the A pillar, under the dash, and through the center console. Even if you had the special connector up by the rear-view mirror, I wouldn't use it.

    Now on all cars produced after a certain time period, there is a secret fused wire by the passenger footwell that is for aftermarket installations that need power. Tesla doesn't broadcast this, but they put it in. You can find more info about elsewhere on here.
  5. Nosken

    Nosken Member

    Jan 15, 2015
    Lincoln, CA

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