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I am a fellow pleasant purveyor of a 2017 AWD Touring and Hardwire Installed a Lucas front + rear dashcam.
Photos with details attached
- The model I have also has parking mode / surveillance when the car is off + voltage over-drain safeguards.
- Did NOT need a 12v to 5v in-line convertor for this dash cam model - be aware that you may need one for other models and manufacturers.
- Hard wired directly into driver side fuse box (1 accessory power and 1 constant power).
- Highly recommend an add-a-fuse kit (i used 2).
- The pilot uses low-profile mini fuses, Not regular mini fuses (the metal prongs sit flush with the plastic casing on the fuses)
- Running the wires was a breeze - No trim pieces had to be fully removed. Gently lifted some of the rear trunk roof pieces to snake the rear dash cam wire through.
- Mounted the rear dash cam to the trunk cabin light lens (3M adhesive would not stick well to the regular plastic roof trim) - no regrets, very pleased.

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Very informative and useful! May I ask why two add a fuses were used, one for front cam and one for the rear one?

Also did you open the A pillar cover and other trims to run the cable behind air bags? I saw some old threads mentioned that, not sure if necessary.
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Very informative and helpful. I have been thinking of doing this and it seems easier than I thought. Would like your response on why you used 2 fuses.
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Why would you put a rear camera? Did you install them because you expecting something bad to happen while driving or to record possible accidents when you are on the road?
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I like your install!

For my front dash cam I did the same set up as you but didn't run the wire inside the A pillar, so my wire goes over it and down the side to one of the fuse boxes. You mentioned that you didn't have to pop fully the trim pieces. Was the top of the A pillar easy to pull out? Do I just tug the top off so I can slide the wire in?

I also added a rear camera but it wasn't nicely done like yours. I plugged mine in the rear cigarette lighter and used 3M clips to hold the wire against the trim. It's not firmly held though. I may try what you did.

I installed the rear camera after I got rear ended. The car behind me tried switching to the left lane but got hit by another car which in turn pushed the car into us. Wasn't our fault but it would have been nice to have video evidence of what actually happened.

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Very informative and useful! May I ask why two add a fuses were used, one for front cam and one for the rear one?
Two fuses were used because the Lukas 9750 dash cam has 2 power wires for hard wiring.
Wire 1 - for constant power that supplies the unit when the car is off and you decide to use the car in "parking mode" - unit turns on and records with motion sensing and vibration while the car is off (the unit has voltage over-drain protection built in)
Wire 2 - for accessory power that supplies the unit when the car is on, but shuts power when the car is off (if you decide to use it as a standard dash cam, and don't want to use the "parking mode" feature)

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Also did you open the A pillar cover and other trims to run the cable behind air bags? I saw some old threads mentioned that, not sure if necessary.
I did not need to fully remove any of the trim pieces on either the A, B, or C pillars. Just lifted some corners of the trim pieces in order to fit the wires in better - sometimes this meant popping out at least one retainer clip.
This is where a plastic trim removal / trim installation tool comes in handy.
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Why would you put a rear camera? Did you install them because you expecting something bad to happen while driving or to record possible accidents when you are on the road?
Because if I am going to install a camera / surveillance system, then I want to have my front and rear covered. To each their own, but I am also the type who purchases a half million dollars or more in liability for car insurance.

As ChillyWind has mentioned - we have also had one of our cars rear ended in the past. The driver who hit the vehicle told the police that our vehicle "reversed" into them (...we were on the freeway where that would have been nothing short of asinine...).
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Thanks for making a thread about your dashcam installation. It is informative. In the near future, I will also install one front and one rear, albeit different dashcam - Viofo A119. I want to keep it discreet. Now I just wonder how I would do it for the rear since I can't just stick it to the dome light like you did.

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Why would you put a rear camera? Did you install them because you expecting something bad to happen while driving or to record possible accidents when you are on the road?
There will be people who would fraudulently claim that the other driver reversed into them instead of admitting fault for rear ending the other driver. It's to prevent something stupid like this to happen and resolve the issue quickly who's at fault (audio was also recorded):
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Really nice installation. Thanks for the information.
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Any reason to run direct to the fuse, or can you/should you get to a USB or DC port?

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Any reason to run direct to the fuse, or can you/should you get to a USB or DC port?
You can power the unit however you wish - USB in line adapter, 12v Cigarette port, hardwire into existing power line, direct to fuse, even from battery with relay if you want.

I did the fusebox hardware because it hides the wires very well - seamless.

You can in-line tap 12v power port wiring as well, but that would require more removal of parts and more overall work. A cigarette lighter / usb cable would not hide as well, and takes up accessory slots.

People have even tapped into the wires that power the auto dimming rear view.
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Nicely done. Thanks for the write up. Just to confirm in picture #7 (last one) should the red line you drew should be on drivers side and not passengers side? Just want to avoid confusion for others who use your guide as a resource.

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Clearly, a well designed and well executed installation. Thank you for sharing.
Would a dashboard installation have been more work, or is the view better from behind the rear view mirror?
It appears that the fuse block dust cover was permanently removed. Perhaps an opening in the cover could be done to keep out contamination.
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Clearly, a well designed and well executed installation. Thank you for sharing.
Would a dashboard installation have been more work, or is the view better from behind the rear view mirror?
It appears that the fuse block dust cover was permanently removed. Perhaps an opening in the cover could be done to keep out contamination.
There is no dust cover at this location.
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Question Which Fuses did you use. I need to do this in a 2009 Pilot EX-L.

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Hi everyone
I am a fellow pleasant purveyor of a 2017 AWD Touring and Hardwire Installed a Lucas front + rear dashcam.
Photos with details attached
- The model I have also has parking mode / surveillance when the car is off + voltage over-drain safeguards.
- Did NOT need a 12v to 5v in-line convertor for this dash cam model - be aware that you may need one for other models and manufacturers.
- Hard wired directly into driver side fuse box (1 accessory power and 1 constant power).
- Highly recommend an add-a-fuse kit (i used 2).
- The pilot uses low-profile mini fuses, Not regular mini fuses (the metal prongs sit flush with the plastic casing on the fuses)
- Running the wires was a breeze - No trim pieces had to be fully removed. Gently lifted some of the rear trunk roof pieces to snake the rear dash cam wire through.
- Mounted the rear dash cam to the trunk cabin light lens (3M adhesive would not stick well to the regular plastic roof trim) - no regrets, very pleased.
Hi Which fuses did you use ? I need to do this in a 2009 EX-L and need constant as well as acc power as well just like you. I included my diagram.
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