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Dash Cam Install

Finally got around to installing the Ambarella Mini 0801 dash cam. The Bolt Premier has a 12V ignition switched source at the digital rear view mirror.

Removal of the cover:
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Details of the cover:
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Here's the connector for the digital rear view mirror that I'll be tapping into for 12V IGN and ground:
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Purple is 12V IGN and black is ground:
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A little slicing with a new razor blade:
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All soldered up:
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12V to Left Angle USB
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

A little double sided tape for the 12v USB adapter:
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1st cover back on:
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2nd cover back on:
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Pictures of the finished project:
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The only thing remaining is installing some kind of circular polarizing filter. The slope of the windshield results in a lot of glare.
DaV8or, Spitfire and timeToy like this.

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Thanks for taking the time to detail everything. I'll be tackling this project too, and you just made the whole process pretty simple.
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Nice work, but shouldn't you use a full time power so the camera works when the car is parked?

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Nice work, but shouldn't you use a full time power so the camera works when the car is parked?
I figure it'll put too many miles on the camera. I don't want it to fail when I need it. I had this same camera in my previous car. Worked well for many years.
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OK, that makes sense. I think when I install one I will get q constant power. Hope I don't have to bring one up there

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OK, that makes sense. I think when I install one I will get q constant power. Hope I don't have to bring one up there
You might have to. I'm guessing that last wire (green) is the Reverse signal, so you may have to pull the Onstar / map light console to see if there is a constant 12v.
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I like the setup a lot. I assume though by messing with the wires if something did go wrong GM could void the warranty right? At least for those components in that area, not for the entire car of course.

Am I wrong in that assumption?
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I like the setup a lot. I assume though by messing with the wires if something did go wrong GM could void the warranty right? At least for those components in that area, not for the entire car of course.

Am I wrong in that assumption?
Well, for the wiring I tapped into for sure if there were ever a short or if all of a sudden the 12v no loner supplies 12v. They may have to argue about the downstream mirror that the wiring connects to.

There are risks in modifying a car.

If I break it I expect to pay for it.

This is not a cheap car, so I'll just have to be careful not to screw things up.

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If any of you follow TechMoan his top recommendation on dashcams is this A119.

https://www.amazon.com/SpyTec-Camera...BFG/ref=sr_1_1



At $80 it looks like a no-brainer.

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Well, for the wiring I tapped into for sure if there were ever a short or if all of a sudden the 12v no loner supplies 12v. They may have to argue about the downstream mirror that the wiring connects to.

There are risks in modifying a car.

If I break it I expect to pay for it.

This is not a cheap car, so I'll just have to be careful not to screw things up.
That is what I figured. I just wanted to make sure, i've never really messed with anything in my cars, well far as wiring things in.
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