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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-11-2016, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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Dashcam Install on 2016 XLE

I purchased a 2016 Sienna XLE and I wanted an easier way to install a dash cam than I had done on my previous car. Having a dashcam feels like an added level of insurance in case someone runs a red light and hits me for example or other random things happen that I want recorded...

So, here are some pictures of the install. The specialized parts I ordered really made the difference. It saved me from long wire runs and adding circuits or in-lines fuses. So far, I've had it installed for 2 months and it's been working very well. No problems. Also, this is my first post ,so if I break rules, or don't do this right.. Sorry, I'll fix it if needed.

First off, I got this camera (a while ago, I think they have a newer one now):
Rexing V1 2.4" LCD FHD 1080p 170 Wide Angle Dashboard Camera Recorder Car Dash Cam with G-Sensor, WDR, Loop Recording
https://www.amazon.com/Rexing-Dashbo.../dp/B00X528FNE

Second, ordered these parts:
SimpleUSB Automotive 12V to USB Adapter & Micro USB cable combo
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AYS4JZ4/
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StarTech Micro USB to Mini USB 2.0 Adapter F/M
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002O1S8IE/

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Next, find the ACC power and Ground on the connector for the auto-dimming rear view mirror. On my car it's the blue wire for ACC and white wire/black stripe for ground. Note, the orange/redish wire is constant power. I used the ACC power wire because it is electrified when the car is on or in ACC mode and turns off when the power is off. The dashcam is designed mostly for that application. It receives power and starts recording immediately, then when it senses the power is off (the car is off), it shuts down safely because it has a small built-in battery/capacitor. It's really "set it and forget it" hands-free and I really like that. I only go to it if I need to save a file off it if something happened on the road.

So, use the tapping pins to tap into the connector.
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Connect the wires together and test it out. It should be working already if you have made a good connection.
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If all is well, mount it up there and you're good to go.
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Note: I tidied up the wires later with zip ties/wire ties. I also moved the camera up a few inches higher on my windshield to hide it more behind the top tinting & black dots. (Of course, making sure the camera lens is facing through clear glass)

Here's how this camera works. Simply, it has about 5 hours of record time. It records 3 minutes loops which over lap slightly so as not to lose any data or frames. When the memory card is full, it automatically deletes the oldest loops first. It's all automatic. If you see something you want to save for later, you press the OK button and it saves that file and nearby files (+ and - 3 minutes) onto a special folder on the memory card which will be saved and not overwritten. If you're in an accident, and cannot hit the button, a G sensor will detect that jolt and automatically do it for you. There's an add-on GPS sensor and rearview sensor that I may add in the future. For now, it works great for my needs.

Basically, I spent enough time on https://www.reddit.com/r/roadcam to realize I want a dashcam!!

I bet you could use these parts for other applications. Phone chargers, radar detectors, etc.. I appreciate how these car forums have helped me in the past, so I figured it's time to contribute. Good luck!

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-11-2016, 02:59 PM
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Nice clean implementation! For mine, I tucked the cable across the roof liner seam, down thru the pillar and thru the dash to an add-a-fuse in the circuit for the upper 12V outlet in the front dash. It always kind of bothered me that I have to keep the fuse box's cover removed to accomodate the add-a-fuse, as it sits quite a bit higher than the rest of the fuses. I thought about using the mirror's power wires but didn't want messy splices in there -- where did you get the tapping pins?

Do you plan on installing a rear camera as well?
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Re: Dashcam Install on 2016 XLE

Thanks graure. The tapping pins come in a kit I got off amazon. Search "SimpleUSB Automotive 12V to USB Adapter & Micro USB cable combo" and you'll find them. It's about $20. Here's the link if it works. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AYS4JZ4/
I don't plan on doing the rear camera anytime soon, but I would like to have it someday.
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Re: Dashcam Install on 2016 XLE

This is EXCELLENT!

I went down this path once as I really wanted one in our DD but the reviews weren't so great, each camera had something about it I didn't like, and eventually, I ran out of time to keep reading/researching on it. This post may get me motivated again
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Not a bad first post.... What do you think, guys. Should we allow him to stay, or should I delete his account? ;-)
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Re: Dashcam Install on 2016 XLE

I have 2 lukas 790 with UPC so it can even record while car is off to a certain point
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Re: Dashcam Install on 2016 XLE

Thanks for this! I have the same dashcam and just bought a 2016 XLE yesterday!
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Thanks for the great write-up, I used these instructions to install on my 2012.
Wiring colors were right on.
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Re: Dashcam Install on 2016 XLE

This is a great write-up. Thanks! Although I didn't see this until after I had already installed my Dash Cam, knowing that I could use the power from the rear view mirror is a pretty cool idea that I didn't even think of. But in any case, the camera I bought had all the wiring for me to simply plug it right into the driver side fuse box. Like graure already mentioned, the only thing I don't like about having the wires plugging into the fuse box is that I can't put the cover back on cuz the fuse taps are too big and stick out.

Just so other guys going thru this thread who might want to know, the pic below is where I plugged the fuse taps that were on the wiring harness that came with my camera.
The red wire is the ACC to trigger the camera on and the yellow wire is for constant power. There's a black wire as well not in the pic that I ran to a gnd screw near by.
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Re: Dashcam Install on 2016 XLE

Or do it the easy way with a beanbag dashcam holder from eBay for about $15. You will have to flip the image upside down in the settings of the camera.


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Or do it the easy way with a beanbag dashcam holder from eBay for about $15. You will have to flip the image upside down in the settings of the camera.
Easy way?? Lol, the way in the original post took me 5 minutes and $20 and looks MUCH better than your beanbag method.

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Re: Dashcam Install on 2016 XLE

Thanks for the guide. I plan to do the same. Do you notice a drop off in range/power of your Homelink when you tap into the mirror power?

I did this on my old car and thought the Dashcam was sucking up power, but not sure if it was in my head or real
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Hi Sienne_doc, I use the homelink daily for the garage door openers and I have not noticed any problems at all. There seems to be plenty of Volts & Amps to spare on this circuit.
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Re: Dashcam Install on 2016 XLE

Just installed my dashcam. The 12V to USB converter pins were a little short making it hard to jam into the electrical harness and make consistent contact. I had to resolder longer pins to get secure contact. Works like a charm!

With the Rexing dashcam, I also bought a LEFT ANGLE mini usb adapter so that the cable would sit inline with the unit rather than protruding out.
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