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Dash cam - Genius DVR-FHD590 - Installation and Review

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Netmonkey, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. Apr 29, 2017 at 1:04 PM
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    Netmonkey

    Netmonkey [OP] Don't be a Dumbass

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    when I had my Tacoma, I installed 2 of these cameras in it. one front facing and one rear facing. since I bought my Tundra, I had been meaning to install the cameras again, but I never got around to it. well, a recent near miss (or near hit :)) encouraged me to get the front facing camera installed.

    I reviewed this camera on the Tacoma world forum, so you can read the complete review of the camera and software there:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/dash-cam-genius-dvr-fhd590-installation-and-review.308400/

    when I bought these cameras, they were about $100 a piece. now, they are $35 each. for that price, I highly recommend this camera:
    https://www.amazon.com/Genius-DVR-F...id=1385520745&sr=8-1&keywords=genius+dash+cam


    so, on to the install. in the 3rd gen, the internal fuse box is located above the drivers side kick panel and next to the emergency brake pedal. you do not have to remove the kick panel to access the fuse box, but it is still a pain to work around. it is a tight space and you have to lay on your side/back to reach it. actually replacing fuses would be annoying and would probably require a fuse puller tool.
    lift the tab on the end of the fuse box cover and it will pop off.
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    on my model, there were several vacant fuse slots. this one happened to be switched with the ignition.
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    on the fuse box cover, this slot is below the washer fuse.
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    the tundra uses the same small ATM fuses as the Tacoma. so, I reused the 12-volt accessory outlet and the fuse tap from my Tacoma install.
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    I wired the fuse tap and a ground to the 12-volt accessory outlet using disconnects.
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    i inserted the fuse tap into the empty slot. the camera draws about 1.5 amps, so I added a 2 amp fuse. with the fuse tap, the fuse box cover wont be able to be reattached to the fuse box. no real harm though :)
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    the 10mm bolt holding the fuse box works as a ground.
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    the accessory outlet is ready for the power cable that came with the camera.
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    the next step is to route the power cable from the outlet to the camera. I chose to go up through the dash, up the pillar, and across the head liner. the 10mm bolt on the pillar trim can be accessed under the airbag logo cover. this cover can be pried open with a small screw driver. you have to be very careful to not scratch or mar the trim.
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    pull the pillar trim piece towards the center of the truck until this clip pops out.
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    then pull the pillar trim piece up to so that the plastic tabs come up and out of the clips in the dash.
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    these are the clips in the dash where the plastic pillar tabs are inserted into.
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    this would also be a good time to replace the pillar trim with the one with a grab handle:
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/for-those-with-no-driver-side-interior-grip-handle.4433/#post-65922

    passing the power cable through the dash was a pain. I didn't have any wire coat hangers so I had to make use of some rubber tubing. with the power cable routed through the dash, I inserted it into the accessory outlet.
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    I bundled up the excess cable and taped any exposed metal from the disconnects and the accessory outlet.
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    the whole wire bundle tucked behind and above the kick panel and below the fuse box.
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    I was able to tuck the power wire up the pillar, into the headliner, and down the rear view mirror. the camera hangs just below rear view mirror, but it is not obtrusive.
    yay, it still works after all these years :)
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    the suction cup and brackets for the camera hide behind the rear view mirror.
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    on my Tacoma, the included power cable barely reached from the fuse box to the rear window of the truck. on the Tundra, I know the power cable will be too short. I would have to splice into the power cable. easy enough, I guess. however, I am not sure were I would mount a rear camera to. maybe to the rear head rest posts? the rear window is out since it rolls down. I would have to fabricate some sort of bracket. but that's another project.

    thanks for looking :)
     
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  2. Sep 15, 2018 at 6:37 PM
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    Freak Show

    Freak Show New Member

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    I've been using this post for my own dash cam install. Strangely, after I bought the required fuse taps and fuses (hard-wiring for parking mode using a Vicovation Vico Power Plus), I popped open my fuse box cover to discover that the 2018s (not sure of any others) use ATM-LP fuses and not the ATMs shown above.
     
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  3. Sep 15, 2018 at 7:53 PM
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    blue16

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    Nice write up. I have been thinking about adding one.
     
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  4. Sep 15, 2018 at 10:55 PM
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    SR5TRDTUNDRA

    SR5TRDTUNDRA El Pickup Azul

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  5. Sep 16, 2018 at 1:00 AM
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    parallax

    parallax Professional Zamboni stunt driver

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    Dash camera
    Thank you for taking the time to do this,, alot of good info..
     
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  6. Sep 17, 2018 at 11:33 AM
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    Freak Show

    Freak Show New Member

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    Hardwire installation completed this weekend. I'll take pics and post in the near future.
     
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