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:lol: I have finally got round to hard wiring my dash cam.

WARNING. Don't do what I did!
DO NOT turn on the ignition to check if camera is working with the AIrbag switch unplugged!
See pasted reply From Gizmo68 to my query, for which I thank him!

It is costing me a 40mile round trip to Meadens to reset it!
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From: Gizmo68
Recipient: Colin Lambert

I saw your post and thought it was strange that you didn't mention the light had come on!

Unfortunately it's a dealer or someone with VCDS to turn the light off now.

Never turn the ignition on with any part of the airbag system unplugged, as it always puts the light on.

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I thought my comments and pictures may be of use to others who wish to wire in their dash~cam.
First buy a 'piggyback' fuse holder from Ebay. Make sure you get one for the standard size blade fuses & preferably one with the fuse for the feed included. I bought one with a 5amp fuse.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR3.TRC2.A0.H0.Xpiggy+back+fuse+holder.TRS0&_nkw=piggy+back+fuse+holder&_sacat=0
1. Open large glove box.
2. Feel down right (outside)side for the friction opening bar. This can be jiggled out of it's socket.
3. Either side of the lid are two plastic 'blobs' that can be depressed.
Using fingers depress one side and pull the freed side down to stop it re-engaging, then free the other sided by depressing the 'blob'. The lid will then flop open wide exposing the fuses.
4.Using the handbook find fuse for the rear wiper (as this is ignition controlled.
5. Pull the fuse out.
6. Put the removed fuse in the bottom slot under the fuse that cam with the 'piggyback'
7. Having fed the wire round from the camera behind the trim down the near side of the car and up into the fuse box area
8. Separate the live and negative wires by approximately 2 feet.
9.Strip the live wire from the camera and crimp into the connector attached to the 'piggyback'.

the orange fuse is the 5amp for the camera. The blue rear wiper fuse is in the socket underneath the orange one.
10. Strip the negative camera wire and crimp into a connector with a round spade end.[ ensure big enough to go over 13mm bolt.
11. Remove black side panel containing airbag switch with either wall paper scraper or flexible (old fashioned steel table knife blade.
12. Disconnect airbag switch by sliding reddy/brown slider section (see pic)
13. Obtain 13mm hex nut.
14. Crimp wire into connector, place connector on projecting bolt end, screw nut onto bolt and tighten.

15.Replace airbag plug. Turn camera on. Switch on ignition to check all working.
16 .Replace black end panel, tangs first, leaving front edge OVER rubber door trim.
17. Using fingers working up from the bottom pull door seal over black panel edge.
18. Push glove box lid until the 'blobs' engage. Replace friction opening bar. (fiddly.
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Cheers, I'll take a look - I've previously had MiVue's but am currently using the Nextbase Duo (twin lens for front & rear).
 

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The guy who did mine didn't take the side panel off, he just released the glove box so it flapped down using a plastic screwdriver and then fed the wires round inserting them under the trim
 

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So where did he attach the earth?
The Torx bolt just visible when the flap s down is a real bugga to get at. The bolt I used has a long enough tail to not have to remove anything. Just add a 23mm nut.
 

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I just popped out the side panel, not completely removed and no switch unplugging needed. I had just enough room to help the cable to were I needed it . I earthed on the star bolt under the fusebox, with small extension and a torx bit, you can just get onto it. Its threaded into the metal so can be removed completely if you attached an "O" connector to the earth lead like I did.
 

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Just back from Meadens. I owned up that I had turned on the ignition with the switch disconnected and so they charged me £48 (half an hour labour).
The price of honesty! Hey-ho! :roll:
Light now out.
They are doing the software upgrade on Friday and will hopefully get the 3 call buttons ( Customer service, breakdown and 999) activated.
I have not intention of ever connecting to the 'interweb', but at least it will keep the system up to date.
 

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Photobucket changed its policy recently, hence the pictures don't show up.
 

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Just done this on mine. However, I found it was dead easy to access the Torx bolt at the bottom of the fuse box. It just needs slackening off by a turn then it's easy to push a U connector under the head of the bolt and tighten it up. I used a Torx allen key, and the bolt was not so tight as to make it difficult to undo. No need to disturb the side panel.
 

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Here you are.
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[URL=http://i.imgur.com/euHou1U.jpg]http://i.imgur.com/euHou1U.jpg[/URL][/img[img]
[URL=http://i.imgur.com/MEqo40h.jpg]http://i.imgur.com/MEqo40h.jpg[/URL]

Sorry about the last one. It impossible to avoid reflection on the windscreen, proves that it is quite difficult to see though!
The wire is tucked up twixt plastic trim and glass along the top of the screen and down the A pillar.
 

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Had mine fitted ar Halfords with them supplying the hard wire kit. Neat job. The dashcam actually can be placed on the black portion at the top of the windscreen, as unlike some cars the screen portion which is black is actually (unusually) smooth. It hides the wire and the sucker cup quite nicely. The sucker has not fallen off yet.
 

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Colin Lambert said:
Here you are.
Sorry about the last one. It impossible to avoid reflection on the windscreen, proves that it is quite difficult to see though!
The wire is tucked up twixt plastic trim and glass along the top of the screen and down the A pillar.
Colin,
Thanks for followup pics. Installation looks neat and professional. Defo going to do similar.
 

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Installed mine last week using some of the advice from this thread. Was a lot easier than I thought. Getting the wire tucked away into the trim was very easy and could do by hand.

Didn't need to disconnect the airbag panel on the side of the glovebox, just gently removed it which gave enough room to get in and get the earth wire screwed onto an available bolt.

Hardest problem was the fuse splitter I had was at at a right angle so getting to the fuse thats been recommended on here (think its the rear wiper) wasn't possible and the top of my connector was blocked by another bigger fuse. Ended up trying a few trying to find an ignition only one and finally got squeezed in (only just) to the blind spot assist.

Camera is up and running, and get about 8hours of recording using a 64gb card.
 

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Fitted mine today after referring to this very handy post.

All went well .. fitted the fuse splitter in slot 47 for the rear wiper with plenty of room and earthed on the torx bolt visible below.
 

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Colin Lambert said:
Just back from Meadens. I owned up that I had turned on the ignition with the switch disconnected and so they charged me £48 (half an hour labour).
The price of honesty! Hey-ho! :roll:
Light now out.
They are doing the software upgrade on Friday and will hopefully get the 3 call buttons ( Customer service, breakdown and 999) activated.
I have not intention of ever connecting to the 'interweb', but at least it will keep the system up to date.
How do you find out if the 3 call buttons are working or need an update
 

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Colin Lambert said:
Here you are.
[URL=http://i.imgur.com/eoT9nke.jpg]http://i.imgur.com/eoT9nke.jpg[/URL][/img[img]
[URL=http://i.imgur.com/euHou1U.jpg]http://i.imgur.com/euHou1U.jpg[/URL][/img[img]
[URL=http://i.imgur.com/MEqo40h.jpg]http://i.imgur.com/MEqo40h.jpg[/URL]

Sorry about the last one. It impossible to avoid reflection on the windscreen, proves that it is quite difficult to see though!
The wire is tucked up twixt plastic trim and glass along the top of the screen and down the A pillar.
Hi Colin
where did you get the seat covers from :D
 

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Steve,
Amazon.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/EDEALYN-QP012-Beige-M-Front-Protection-Cover/dp/B01KSRKA6I/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1508580260&sr=8-5&keywords=beige+seat+covers
I bought front only but you can get back and front.
Why do you want beige seat cover when you have black leather?
I bought mine because I have beige alcantara and although alcantara can be scrubbed, I don't think it will ever come us as new. and since my back seats will get extremely light use they would end up looking different. \\also being a dog walker I often get soaked and the covers are damp proof.
 
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