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Professional Dash Cam Installation in Metro Denver?

Discussion in 'Mountain/Southwest' started by finout, Jan 20, 2016.

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  1. finout

    finout Member

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    I've read LastNLSig's great post about how to install a Blackvue Dash Cam into a Model S. Although I'm an avid DIYer, and would have no qualms about doing something like this to one of my other vehicles, this is a rare project that I'm not interested in taking on in my brand new 85D. That post confirmed it for me!

    So has anyone in Metro Denver actually paid a shop to install a dash cam with that level of integration and discrete wiring? I've contacted one shop that does lots of dash cams, but they've never done a Model S. "We do lots of high end cars, so a Tesla should not be a problem." I'd rather have a recommendation if someone has had it done.

    Thanks for any guidance...
     
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    PDA Roadgear in Littleton did a great job with my radar detector installation. I'm sure they would do the same with a dashcam.
     
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    I would not have a problem with any high-end shop doing this install. If they have worked on high line cars the Tesla is no different. What you want is a quality installation by a shop that isn't going to break bits and pieces taking the interior apart and putting it back together. Nothing in that dash cam installation is out of the ordinary for a shop that does hidden radar detectors, dash cams, high end audio, etc.
     
  4. Brister13

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    Hi Finout
    I will be looking to get a dashcam fitted to my MS 70D later this year. Did you go ahead and get a dash cam fitted? Did you use a local (Colorado) company for the installation? I would be looking to use a company in the Denver metro area also. Interested in any advice/comments you might have
    Thx
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  5. finout

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    Hi Brian,

    Andrew from Elevated Audio did a fantastic job. I got the DR650GW-2CH which has a front and back camera.

    They installed it and powered it using an OBDII connector I kludged myself to get at unswitched 12V.

    They are an all mobile service and their price was reasonable. The wiring is completely hidden and they put the trim back together perfectly.

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    Thx Finout
    Unless something better becomes available inwill also likely get the Blackvue dashcam. Seems to be the cam of choice for an MS. Does the cam work while the car is off and youre away from it (parked at the mall for instance)? Do you find the video quality to be acceptable?
    I will definitely check out Elevated Audio. Sounds perfect
     
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    I ended up installing mine myself. It took about 3 hours and was really easier than I expected. I was lucky to have the 12v collector in the microphone area.
     
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    Matt at Elevated Audio just did my Blackvue front and rear camera. Great job, reasonably priced. When my wife's Model X arrives next week, I'll have them do the same installation.
     
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    The Blackvue is good, not great. Video quality is very good. The newest firmware won't let me turn off the wifi by default. Problem is, if the wifi is on all the time, your phone will connect to it - and won't have internet. It's more handy to be able to turn the wifi on by pressing the side button when you actually want to connect to it, not have your phone connect every time you get in the car.

    You should set up the camera to be -on- all the time, and not use the capacitative battery they will offer to sell you that keeps it on for 10 minutes after the power cuts off. Then make sure you have them connect it to an always-on 12V source. You will NOT drain the battery no matter how long you leave it on. So it will record every second you are parked anywhere, which is good. I got a clear recording of a car that dinged my fender a few weeks after I got it installed.

    Put in a larger SD card. They are cheap, but that way you can keep several days of full HD recordings.
     

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