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    Thread: HOW TO: Passat B7 Rear View Camera Install

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      07-31-2012 05:30 PM #101
      Quote Originally Posted by fingerofg0d View Post
      Is this item on EBay essentially the low line kit in an all-in-one package? Would you just need this item and vagcom to complete the lowline install?

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-VW-...item4cfcab0d82
      Yes. This would do the trick.
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    2. 08-01-2012 12:49 AM #102
      Quote Originally Posted by vw norm View Post
      Yes. This would do the trick.
      Do you have to do all the CECM and wire tapping work with that one? I came across this one as well, which is a little less and appears to contain the same equipment:
      http://www.bold-sport.com/store/inde...product_id=165

      All things considered, $250 for the camera kit and $250 for a vagcom cable, $500 total is not that bad of a total cost.
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      08-01-2012 02:35 AM #103
      You need to buy the interconnection cable too that runs between the camera and the RNS. They're showing on the bottom of the page with the camera. Not sure which one is the one you need though, but its another 60-80 bucks. As far as connections, you can pick up the backup light circuit in the rear. there is a couple of ground studs in the rear compartment as well. For the 12 V hot, that would take a bit of research since I'm not sure that there is an always on 12V hot in the trunk unless you have a V6, as the battery is there. But the simplest way would be to use a fuse buddy in the left side fuse panel since you have to run the harness up to the radio head anyways. From what I've read on the low line camera in the other posts here and other blogs, a reverse signal (usually from CECM - but not necessarily there IMO), a ground and a constant 12V. The beginning of this thread discusses the low-line install very well.
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    4. 08-01-2012 09:54 AM #104
      Quote Originally Posted by vw norm View Post
      You need to buy the interconnection cable too that runs between the camera and the RNS. They're showing on the bottom of the page with the camera. Not sure which one is the one you need though, but its another 60-80 bucks. As far as connections, you can pick up the backup light circuit in the rear. there is a couple of ground studs in the rear compartment as well. For the 12 V hot, that would take a bit of research since I'm not sure that there is an always on 12V hot in the trunk unless you have a V6, as the battery is there. But the simplest way would be to use a fuse buddy in the left side fuse panel since you have to run the harness up to the radio head anyways. From what I've read on the low line camera in the other posts here and other blogs, a reverse signal (usually from CECM - but not necessarily there IMO), a ground and a constant 12V. The beginning of this thread discusses the low-line install very well.
      It appears that interconnection cable is included in both kits, if it's the long coiled cable in both. It looks like it has the connection to the camera and the pinned end for the back of the RNS unit. Thanks for the confirmation.
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    5. 08-01-2012 11:45 AM #105
      I just sent the cash for the camera to Jettys and will order the $60 cable from boldsport, should be a good install, def looking forward to it!

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      08-01-2012 12:00 PM #106
      Quote Originally Posted by fingerofg0d View Post
      It appears that interconnection cable is included in both kits, if it's the long coiled cable in both. It looks like it has the connection to the camera and the pinned end for the back of the RNS unit. Thanks for the confirmation.
      You're right, my bad. For some reason I looked at the bottom of the page, not the thumbs under the camera pic. The harness looks to even have a pin installed on the red wire which appears to be for a mini fuse, and a ring lug on the brown ground. The other must be for the reverse signal.
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      08-01-2012 11:30 PM #107
      Quote Originally Posted by vw norm View Post
      You're right, my bad. For some reason I looked at the bottom of the page, not the thumbs under the camera pic. The harness looks to even have a pin installed on the red wire which appears to be for a mini fuse, and a ring lug on the brown ground. The other must be for the reverse signal.
      The pics wrong, mine did not come with the ring lug. But the rest is correct!

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      08-01-2012 11:42 PM #108
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    9. 08-02-2012 09:28 AM #109
      Quote Originally Posted by pbafire View Post
      The pics wrong, mine did not come with the ring lug. But the rest is correct!
      I emailed boldsport yesterday and they replied late last night indicating that their item is a kit and includes both the RVC and interconnect cable. All you have to do is have vagcom to enable it after installing.
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    10. 08-02-2012 03:08 PM #110
      It sounds like from everyone that the $60 option here will work fine and it says it is similar to the OEM part number (not identical) so I just want to be sure it is the one that will work.

      http://www.bold-sport.com/store/inde...&product_id=82

      http://www.bold-sport.com/store/inde...product_id=144
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      08-02-2012 03:26 PM #111
      The 60 one will work. It has been confirmed to me by several people who have purchased it.
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      08-02-2012 11:50 PM #112
      Quote Originally Posted by fingerofg0d View Post
      It sounds like from everyone that the $60 option here will work fine and it says it is similar to the OEM part number (not identical) so I just want to be sure it is the one that will work.

      http://www.bold-sport.com/store/inde...&product_id=82

      http://www.bold-sport.com/store/inde...product_id=144
      First link yes. (their video end in the pic is wrong, it is the blue four line farka) and that one includes the extra wires for wiring to +12, ground and -12. However you want to route, CECM or rear light tap.

      That second pic does not have the camera black four pin (not farka... But the other 4pin that mates to the camera end.) Not without repair wire and that other connector.

      I found out the hard way, I ordered both.

      Get the top link. They picture and older coax video feed, but it is the same circle/4pin farka.

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      08-02-2012 11:52 PM #113
      The second one is more oem then still needs paired with a custom malooshack or other fabricated cable would work)

      But why bother when the first is cheaper and has everything already!

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      08-03-2012 12:17 AM #114
      I will order set from boldsport really soon (as soon my wifeapproves 300$ ) and in addition I will order all the recommend tools for trim and dash removal. So for the reverse wire in the trunk do you know which one that is? And next I just strip it and connect wire from a camera to it and cover with electrical tape? if that's a case I think I can do it. And how do I know which wire goes for fuse and which one for reverse light from the set provided from blodsport?

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      08-03-2012 12:32 AM #115
      Quote Originally Posted by usarmy132 View Post
      I will order set from boldsport really soon (as soon my wifeapproves 300$ ) and in addition I will order all the recommend tools for trim and dash removal. So for the reverse wire in the trunk do you know which one that is? And next I just strip it and connect wire from a camera to it and cover with electrical tape? if that's a case I think I can do it. And how do I know which wire goes for fuse and which one for reverse light from the set provided from blodsport?
      Can't help you there, went malooshack and CECM tap on the passat. Did the reverse light tap on the Tig. Really wish I did it that way on the Passatt.

      Should be red to red (and fuse), brown to ground, blue to rear tap (I got blue instead of yellow for some reason). But it all checks good!

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      08-03-2012 03:24 AM #116
      The right backup lamp uses a blue/black wire and the left backup lamp uses a blue/violet wire. Grounds are brown. I did some reviewing of the trunk electrical wiring - I believe that the red/blue wire that feeds to the trunk lamp is hot at all times. This comes from the CECM, powers all the interior roof lamps, glove box lamp, and comes from either fuse F12, F29 or F30. When you open the trunk, the switch in the latch tells the CECM to connect the ground from the trunk lamp (brown/blue wire) to ground. The lamp lights since it already has 12V on one side of the bulb that is always on. This wire loom is on the right side behind the carpet. If that is the case, all of the connections needed for the low-line RVC power, reverse and ground are available on the right side of the trunk in the wiring harness that is there, including a factory ground stud on the back side of the wheel well. You just need to unwrap the loom and look for the right color wires. All the more reason to buy that right side hinge cover to run the wires in. Then you can run the video cable up the right side of the car. the left side is quite crowded, and I suspect the right side would be easier.
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      08-03-2012 10:11 AM #117
      Quote Originally Posted by vw norm View Post
      The right backup lamp uses a blue/black wire and the left backup lamp uses a blue/violet wire. Grounds are brown. I did some reviewing of the trunk electrical wiring - I believe that the red/blue wire that feeds to the trunk lamp is hot at all times. This comes from the CECM, powers all the interior roof lamps, glove box lamp, and comes from either fuse F12, F29 or F30. When you open the trunk, the switch in the latch tells the CECM to connect the ground from the trunk lamp (brown/blue wire) to ground. The lamp lights since it already has 12V on one side of the bulb that is always on. This wire loom is on the right side behind the carpet. If that is the case, all of the connections needed for the low-line RVC power, reverse and ground are available on the right side of the trunk in the wiring harness that is there, including a factory ground stud on the back side of the wheel well. You just need to unwrap the loom and look for the right color wires. All the more reason to buy that right side hinge cover to run the wires in. Then you can run the video cable up the right side of the car. the left side is quite crowded, and I suspect the right side would be easier.
      Thank you great info. I will try it. Can you explain about factory grounding stud on the right back side. Not sure where that is. And stoped by dealer and they have no parts for right hinge cover. Part # I provided for 2013 model can not be ordered/found in the system yet.

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      08-03-2012 12:05 PM #118
      Remove the black fasteners that hold the carpet in place by 'unscrewing' the center portion with a T20 bit (it will back out) and once it is out about 1/2", simply pull the whole pin out of the hole. Don't push too hard as you're unscrewing it, or it will push back in. To reinstall, simply put the pin back into the hole and then push in the center portion with your thumb. Pull back the carpet and you should see the wiring loom running down the back side of the right wheel well and along the pinch weld on the left side by the urea tank filler. On the back side of the wheel well structure, you'll see a acorn head nut holding several brown wires down. This is the ground stud. All the OEM grounds throughout the car are studs welded to the structure, with an acorn head nut holding whatever wires are there down. There is one in the engine compartment on the right side near the coolant tank, and another behind the battery for the main ground. This will help you to familiarize yourself with what to look for. I got a 2012 hinge cover to match the left side from Keffer VW. The part# is listed in the trunk LED thread.
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      08-03-2012 06:49 PM #119
      Quote Originally Posted by fingerofg0d View Post
      I emailed boldsport yesterday and they replied late last night indicating that their item is a kit and includes both the RVC and interconnect cable. All you have to do is have vagcom to enable it after installing.
      I ordered the kit from Bold Sport and it should be here next week. Hopefully I will be able to confirm this next weekend.
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      08-03-2012 07:16 PM #120
      So connected vagcom cable. And I see different byte then the one listed. When I activated it and change gear to reverse my 510 unit gets black screen. Just order my camera today. Is that normal what I see?

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      08-03-2012 07:30 PM #121
      Quote Originally Posted by usarmy132 View Post
      So connected vagcom cable. And I see different byte then the one listed. When I activated it and change gear to reverse my 510 unit gets black screen. Just order my camera today. Is that normal what I see?
      Yes normal. Ross tech updates labels here an there, but that's the right byte/bit area.
      What you are seeing means it is coded correctly then. It's just missing the video feed and power. Your VCDS work is done! ( I did that too on both my installs, did the camera handle swap out then VCDS before getting help with the wiring about a week later ...much easier with two sets of hands for those steps)!
      Last edited by pbafire; 08-03-2012 at 07:48 PM.

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      08-06-2012 05:57 PM #123
      Time to tear into her.

      Big thumbs up for the bold sport. Ordered last Thursday night and in my hands early Monday afternoon.

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      08-06-2012 06:46 PM #124
      Quote Originally Posted by markitzero View Post
      Time to tear into her.

      Big thumbs up for the bold sport. Ordered last Thursday night and in my hands early Monday afternoon.

      I ordered last Friday. Hopefully some time this week. Will you install from a fuse or will try a trunk?

    25. 08-07-2012 08:50 PM #125
      The camera i bought from Jetstsys showed up, looks great! Ordered up the cable (plus tpms switch for my 2010 jetta, boldsport had a killer price) everything should be here some time next week. Now I gotta find me some vcds!

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