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BlackVue DS650-S 2 Channel Tesla Model S Install Walkthrough Video

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by BigTonyTones, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. BigTonyTones

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    Quick video I put together on how I ran my camera.

    Questions or comments please let me know
    Hope its of some help
    Thank you
     
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  2. berkeley_ecar

    berkeley_ecar S 90D (fully loaded) delivered 18 Mar 2017

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    #2 berkeley_ecar, Jan 10, 2017
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    Excellent video, many thanks BigTonyTones. Encourages me to do the installation myself. Wish you had created the video at the actual install time, as it would have been good to see you in action with the coat hanger, and actually see all the required panels removed. The part I'm most anxious about at the moment is fishing cable around the airbag, which I certainly would not want to damage in any way. Probably should have mentioned that the links to parts referred to in your posting appear not here but on the YouTube site, reached by selecting the YouTube logo on the video inserted into your posting.
     
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    Your very welcome and thank you for the comments. I wish I had known beforehand what I know now. I spent 2 hours working on that back camera only to find out that you must cut the tip and make a new connector in order to properly route the wire.

    I mentioned the airbag in the video because no one seemed to mention it in any of the online tutorials. Its very simple to go above the airbag. Im no professional but I did not want the wire to get in the way if the airbag needed to deploy. Im sure its enough force to deploy properly but why take the risk. I believe its only that first airbag you have to worry about. The rest of the wire goes along the weather stripping and out of the way of the other airbags.

    I did post links to the items I used in the youtube description.
     
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    I just ran mine back to the pano roof area and then tucked it in along the edge of that to the back. No need to mess with scary airbags. Also for the rubber boot my connector had a straight connector on it, so I fished it through using a grabby snake.

    I removed the back panels and ran the cable all the way down to the tail lights and back up the inside to get to the place the rear camera mounts on the back window. I had a friend hold the back panel up while it was detached so I didn't have to unhook all the speaker wires.
     
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    Informative. But why film in portrait mode? Why didn't you run it near the pano roof to avoid the airbags altogether? I remember someone else (unless it was you) that snipped the cable but was unable to solder the tip himself and ended up getting the person he bought the tips from to do it.
     
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    Sorry about the filming. Never made a YouTube video before but the video gets the point across

    The air bags run all across the top side off the roof. I think we are making too much of my airbag comment . It's not really a big deal. Run the wire however you feel Comfortable with. The path I chose seems to be what everyone else online did. I don't see another way of running it and avoiding moving parts like the sunroof.

    Yes that was me who had the tip made. I didn't posses a thin enough soldering tip at the time. It's easy to make if you have that. If i have some free time tonight ill post a video on it
     
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    Thanks for putting this together. I honestly don't understand why car manufacturers are so boneheaded and not offer dash cams as options. Same with phone mounts and USB near by.
     
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    I have a feeling Tesla will enable some sort of dashcam service in the future. The cameras are already there!
     
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    makes sense I'm sure black and white is easier to process compared to color
     
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    I installed my Dashcam I think in the same day that you did yours @BigTonyTones . I did run the cable to the rear camera thru the roof space and it was super easy. The hard part is really passing the cable from the headline to the boot. I spend hour trying to get the tip to pass the fuselage of the trunk door and it would not work. I did not have the skills to cut the tip. :)
     
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    Thanks for the video Tony!
    I'll try to give it a shot after I order some parts.

    The only part that worries me is cutting and soldering on the new connector.
    I take it you can probably use the old connector?

    Thanks
     
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    Your very welcome. Good luck with the connector. Its extremely tiny. I really did not want to have to cut it but I found no other way.

    You can not use the old connector. You must buy a brand new one

    Actually now that I think of it, maybe it will work if you stirp the power cord. It is COAX but I wonder if you hold them together with some wago clips if it will work. I should have tried that. You might have video quality loss
     
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    You really need to be careful with the rear coax for the 2 channel Blackvue. It is a shielded cable carrying data and power. If it is not really intact, then you can have issues with the data/rear camera quality. More important, is that it can emit noise at a frequency than can interfere with critical systems. Early Blackvues came with a not-so-good cable. Our EU friends with DAB radio had all sort of fits with interference. Blackvue reengineered the cable to fix the issue. Some early owners did not want to pull a new cable, so they bought ferrite cores and installed them at both ends of the cable. BTW, this is also why you should avoid running this cable or other wiring through the left hand/drivers cable boot from the C pillar to the liftgate in an S. There are antenna cables there including GPS--don't want any interference issues.

    While I understand the OPs ability to cut the cable to make fishing easier, and his/her skill in installing a new coax connector, this should not be taken lightly. If you have the skill to fish the cable with the connector intact, do so. YMMV.
     
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    Thanks for the video. I had been leery of popping the black section behind the mirror, but this sounds like an easy way to do it.
     
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    Check this photo of the piece behind the mirror, it can help you find the internal clips.

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    How did you end up getting the tip to pass through to the camera? I had the same problem, once it got wire through the boot, I couldn't get it to the area where I mounted the camera. Finally gave up and have the cable exposed 2" straddling the headliner to the trunk lid. I didn't realize cutting the cable was an option.
     
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    #18 acarlos1000, Jan 14, 2017
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    I probably did exactly what you did, I did not have the courage to cut the cable.

    I covered the cable with a white tape.

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    Any one here installed the blackvue with the Power Magic Pro discharge protection module? I would like to have this for parking and I would like to protect the car's battery with the discharge protection module.
     
  19. BigTonyTones

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    Dont do it as its not needed on the Tesla. The car battery automatically gets charge from the other batteries if it ever gets low
     

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