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Need backup camera hack

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by DaveInTexas, May 3, 2021 at 10:21 PM.

  1. May 3, 2021 at 10:21 PM
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    DaveInTexas

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    The 2020 has a Ranch Hand front brushguard/bumper
    I have been towing a lot lately, with a flatbed trailer.
    The load is low, in the center and close to the rear bumper.
    I can see nothing in the rearview mirror.
    I can see maybe 10% in the sideview mirrors.
    Thought occurs to me that I have the perfect tool for keeping an eye on the load Right There in the reversing camera!

    Any ideas on how to get that thing to turn on while going forward?
    It would be perfect to see a tarp come lose or a load shift.
     
  2. May 3, 2021 at 10:34 PM
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    AzureNightmare

    AzureNightmare Geek in a Tundra

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    Type FRAC in the search bar. It is ho people do this, and a front camera.
     
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    APalmTree

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    BrakeDust

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    My Kenwood DMX1057XR HU has a button on the front called 'CAM' If I poke it, I see the rear camera
     
  5. May 4, 2021 at 4:58 AM
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    Tundra234

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    Alot of them
    There is a mod where you add a switch and tap into the wire in the mirror harness. I did it on my 2013. I don't if its the same on the 20/21's.
     
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  6. May 4, 2021 at 5:15 AM
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    TRDFerguson

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    I’ve never had the balls to try this, but supposedly if you’re driving over 30 mph or something, the truck can be safely shifted into reverse and it will activate the backup camera. That research is on you though. I take no responsibility if you blow up your tranny trying this.
     
  7. May 4, 2021 at 6:26 AM
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    blackoutt

    blackoutt YEAH BUDDY!

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    For the 3rd (14-19 for sure) gens with backup camera in the nav display there are two pins you can touch together (with a switch or relay) that will activate the backup camera. Check you specific year wiring harness but I believe it's pins 1 and 2 in the J135 connector (28 pin on the back of the head unit). I might do a small write up on how I did this on my truck for cheap.

    OR for the simple plug and play no headaches easily removeable with more features go with the FRAC system linked above.
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2021 at 6:47 AM
  8. May 4, 2021 at 6:39 AM
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    Rockgate

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    I can confirm this works. When I'm almost home, I'll put it into reverse anywhere between 25 & 30mph. Not all the time, just random. What I'd like to know is, if I leave it there and continue to slow down, will it automatically actual shift when I get down to a certain speed, wait till I come to a full stop and shift, or nothing until I hit park or drive then back to reverse. I've accidentally put it in reverse doing about 5mph coming to a stop and it'll shift but feel awful.
     
  9. May 4, 2021 at 12:35 PM
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    blackoutt

    blackoutt YEAH BUDDY!

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