Install Mini 0906 Dual Dashcam

Accord 03-08

  1. RogerH69
    Difficulty Level:
     
    Intermediate
    This guide will detail the steps used to install a Mini 0906 dual dashcam in a 7th Generation Accord. The same guide, can be used for most cars though, as long as you just cater for differences such as fusebox locations, steps to remove trim etc.

    Assumptions -
    • 7th Generation Accord
    • Mini 0906 Dual Dashcam with hardwire kit
    Parts required -
    • Mini 0906 Dual Dashcam with hardwire kit
    • Male and female spade connectors (if you do what I did)
    • Insulation tape
    • Cable ties
    Tools required (depends on car bit this is what I needed for my CL9) -
    • Size 10 socket
    • Trim removal tool (if you don;t get one in the hardwire kit, like I did)

    I just realized I never actually took any pictures of the dashcam before I installed it, but here's a picture of what it comes with, from Amazon -
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    As we have a hardwire kit, we won't use teh car charger cable, other than for testing the dashcam works before we wire it all in

    This shows the hardwire kit -
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    Connection is very easy -
    • Black - Ground
    • Yellow - Acc. circuit (i.e. something controlled by ignition)
    • Red - 12v power
    Connecting it as above would allow 'parking mode' to work, when the ignition is turned off. If you don't want parking mode, then connect Red and Yellow to the ACC. circuit, as long as that circuit is controlled by ignition

    When using parking modem the hardwire kit has the facility to turn itself off it detects your car battery is getting too low, as shown below
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    (All steps below are specific to the 7th Generation Accord)

    Connect hardwire kit -

    Safety first - DISCONNECT battery - I cannot stress this enough, as you are going to be working very close to airbags as well as in the fusebox

    So to start, we need to find the fusebox, which is just above the bonnet release catch, as shown below. Just slide the fusebox cover towards you
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    Turning the fusebox cover over will show a legend of which fuses control which functions. fuses on left of picture are furthest away from you (i.e. closer towards front of car). The obvious choice for something that is ignition controlled is the cigarette lighter or wiper, as highlighted below
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    Left arrow below points to cigarette lighter fuse, and right arrow points to wiper fuse
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    In the hardwire kit, I also received a fuse puller (very handy) as well as a trim removal tool
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    We need to get a bit more access to the fusebox and it surroundings, so let's remove some trim. I lifted up the trim at the front of the driver's sill
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    And removed the panel covering the fusebox
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    You'll also notice that the hardwire kit (assuming you got the same as me) comes with these little 'add-a-circuits'. The reason there are more than one, is because thet are for different size fuses
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    In the case of the 7th Generation Accord (well mine at least, which is a CL9), the fuse location identified as the cigarette lighter in the fusebox actually has permanent 12v, evenb when ignition is off. This is VERY strange, because cigarette lighter doesn't work when ignition is off (and I know it the right fuse for cigarette lighter, because the lighter doesn't work if I remove this fuse and turn on ignition).

    Sorry I don't have picture for what I am about to explain (because I didn't do this), but I will try and be as detailed as I can

    Using Parking mode on 7th Generation Accord (specifically CL9, but maybe others)
    For parking mode, you need permanent 12v, as well as ignition controlled 12v (ACC.). In all other installation I've done, this usually meant running a cable to battery for permanent 12v. In the case of my CL9, this was not necessary, as I found out that by plugging an add-a-circuit into the fuse used for cigarette lighter, the dashcam worked even when ignition was off. So, if I had wanted to use parking mode, I would have -
    1. Connect RED wire of hardwire kit to an add-a-circuit that went into the fuse location of the cigarette lighter (remember to take the fuse you remove from fusebox and put it in the empty space on the add-a-circuit)
    2. Find another add-a-circuit of the correct size (hardwire kit only comes with one of each size), and then put it in place of the fuse for the window washer (remember to take the fuse you remove from fusebox and put it in the empty space on the add-a-circuit)
    3. Connect the YELLOW wire from the hardwire kit to this second add-a-circuit I put in place of window washer fuse
    4. Connect BLACK wire from hardwire kit to ground (as described below)
    5. Check what battery level setting I want to use for the auto cutoff of the hardwire kit
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      And adjust this switch if necessary
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    6. Skip ahead to mounting cameras

    So, If you want to use parking mode on a CL9, then follow steps above, other wise follow steps below....

    Use the fuse puller to remove the fuse from the location you are using (cigarette lighter fuse in this picture, but I actually pulled window washer fuse in the end)
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    Add that fuse to the empty space in the correct size add-a-circuit (leave the 5 amp fuse that is in the populated space in the add-a-circuit), so you now have 2 fuses in the add-a-circuit
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    Splice the read and yellow wire of the hardwire kit together, and plug them into the add-a-circuit you just used.
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    Put the add-a-circuit in place of the fuse you removed (I recommend positioning it this way up, so the wire does not interfere with the bonnet release handle
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    Next, use your size 10 socket to remove this bolt, which holds the bonnet release handle frame in place
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    Put the bolt through the circle clip that is connected to the ground (black) wire on the hardwire kit, and put the bolt back (sorry but this picture was taken before I spliced red and yellow wires together, which explains the red wire hanging these loose)
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    Mount Cameras -

    Tidy up the hardwire kit so no wires are hanging loose (use insulation tape to properly protect and insulate any wires you joined)
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    Take the front camera and connect it to the base, without sticking the mounting pad on it yet, and find hte location you want to put it, ensuring it's level and as close the center of the car as possible. Remember that the cables coming into it (power and rear camera) connect at the top of the camera, so leave enough space between camera and rear view mirror. Once you have a location, mark it with some insulation tape, so you can align the camera properly when you have the mounting tape on it
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    Even though the rear camera isn't mounted, I'd recommend you connect the cable that goes to it in the front camera, so you can ensure there is sufficient space between camera and rearview mirror (note - camera rotates so you can aim it up / down, so take this into account as well when leaving space)
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    Once you're happy with location of the camera and base, stick the mounting tape on the base and stick it to the windscreen
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    Use the trim removal tool to pry open the plug with the airbag label on the trim of t he driver's side a pillar
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    Don't pull the plug all the way out, just as shown
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    Use the trim removal tool to pull the top of the a pillar trim away from the a pillar
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    Carefully pull the trim away from the a pillar to release the second clip shown below
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    Slide the trim out of the dash
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    Plug the power cable from the hardwire kit and the cable that goes to the rear camera into the front camera
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    Use cable guides that came with dashcam to keep cables in place, and feed the cables through into roof lining
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    Run both cables under the roof lining to the top of the driver's a pillar.

    CAREFULLY, ENSURING YOU STAY AWAY FROM THE AIRBAG AND DO NOT OBSTRUCT THE AIRBAG, fasten the power cable in place (cable tie it to the existing wiring loom cover, or use cable guide if you have them, like I did) and feed it down the side of the dash
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    You'll find that you have a little bit of slack on the power cable as shown
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    So just cable tie it and stick it out of the way
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    Mount the rear camera on the rear window
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    Working from hte driver's side a pillar, feed the cable for the rear camera under the roof lining, ensuring it is rucked away under the roof lining AWAY FROM THE CURTAIN AIRBAGS. Keep doing this until you reach the rear camera
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    Connect the cable to the rear camera and notice the slack you have
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    To hide this, I ran it left and right and then left and then right (you get the idea) under the roof lining, until it was all hidden away
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    Outside view of rear camera
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    And of front camera
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    And how it looks when working
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    Lastly, find a place for the remote button and stick it in place using the round piece double sided tape provided. I put it here to 'balance out' the USB plugs on the left side of dash

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    Replace the trim you removed and the fusebox panel
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    Don't forget to check that the front and rear dashcams and aim them up or down as you see fit. TIP - if you try to keep no more than about 45% of the video (front or rear) showing the sky, then this helps a lot with video quality on really sunny days or when there are a lot of really white clouds (aim it too high and the bright sky / clouds affect the quality of the rest of the video)
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  2. DrSam
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    5/5,
    Great guide @RogerH69, very detailed!
    1. RogerH69
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      Thanks :-)
  3. Nighthawk
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    5/5,
    Another excellent guide to your usual standard. Good work
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      Thanks :-)