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I had a dash cam in my S60 and loved having it... Now that I have an XC40, not sure what you guys are doing for front/ rear dash cam. Anyone do it yet?
 

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I had dashcam (Garmin) on my C30, but on XC40 I don't want to spoil clean, nice look of the dushboard/windshield with the wires.
Though, I liked the dashcam too. I had a couple moments recorded, like when I spin 360 on HWY on black ice, or Porsche cut me doing at least 200km/h.
 

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Run the wires through the headliner and weather stripping.


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Yeap, it's what I did on C30
 

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I just got a dashcam and radar detector hardwired in my Volvo XC40. I'll get pictures uploaded tomorrow but the person who installed it did a clean job. He ran the wires on the top of the headliner and then down the A-pillar. He installed it on the driver side windshield and luckily the fuse box is located on the driver seat side. I have the AUKEY which I got pretty cheap on amazon and is smaller in size as well (https://www.amazon.com/AUKEY-Dashbo...ukey+dash+cam&qid=1557799017&s=gateway&sr=8-6)
 

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I just got a dashcam and radar detector hardwired in my Volvo XC40. I'll get pictures uploaded tomorrow but the person who installed it did a clean job. He ran the wires on the top of the headliner and then down the A-pillar. He installed it on the driver side windshield and luckily the fuse box is located on the driver seat side. I have the AUKEY which I got pretty cheap on amazon and is smaller in size as well (https://www.amazon.com/AUKEY-Dashbo...ukey+dash+cam&qid=1557799017&s=gateway&sr=8-6)
Awesome...looking fwd to seeing pics.
 

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Awesome...looking fwd to seeing pics.
Here are some photos I took:
https://imgur.com/fbT6VRA
https://imgur.com/Agfu9VN
https://imgur.com/08PUC6p

Sorry for not the best quality of pics but as you can see the person routed them above the headliner for the dashcam. The only major disadvantage I see with this route is that the intellisafe cameras take up some of the focal point and because of that the dash cam doesn't fully capture the right lanes of traffic.
 

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Here are some photos I took:
https://imgur.com/fbT6VRA
https://imgur.com/Agfu9VN
https://imgur.com/08PUC6p

Sorry for not the best quality of pics but as you can see the person routed them above the headliner for the dashcam. The only major disadvantage I see with this route is that the intellisafe cameras take up some of the focal point and because of that the dash cam doesn't fully capture the right lanes of traffic.
Can you show pics of the wiring into the fusebox? Which fuses he used?

Thanks!
 

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Here are some photos I took:
https://imgur.com/fbT6VRA
https://imgur.com/Agfu9VN
https://imgur.com/08PUC6p

Sorry for not the best quality of pics but as you can see the person routed them above the headliner for the dashcam. The only major disadvantage I see with this route is that the intellisafe cameras take up some of the focal point and because of that the dash cam doesn't fully capture the right lanes of traffic.
Thanks for the photos.... Is the screen on the cam a distraction?

In my S60 I used a Blackvue and mounted it just under the intellisafe hood. So it was centered. That cam is shaped like a cylinder. Minimalism as its best.
 

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Thanks for the photos.... Is the screen on the cam a distraction?

In my S60 I used a Blackvue and mounted it just under the intellisafe hood. So it was centered. That cam is shaped like a cylinder. Minimalism as its best.
Luckily the screen turns off after a minute or two so it is not a distraction. In retrospect I would have hoped the installer would have mounted the dash cam the same way. I was unsure though if they would be able to wire the cables in the intellisafe case since it seemed tight.

Can you show pics of the wiring into the fusebox? Which fuses he used?

Thanks!
Sure, I can get pictures of that tomorrow and show which fuses were used.

That dashcam looks huge


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It is a little bit bigger but compared to others I saw online it looked the smallest. The good news is I can always get another one as most dash cams use standard mini usb-b so just plug n play hopefully
 

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2 Ch High Res Dash Cam

I had a dash cam in my S60 and loved having it... Now that I have an XC40, not sure what you guys are doing for front/ rear dash cam. Anyone do it yet?

Did you ever get your question answered? I am looking for a subtle looking 2 Ch High Res Dash Cam but there are sooooo many on the market I just can't narrow it down to a singular selection. I want a camera on the back too, but i am a little concerned with the tail gate opening and closing and wire routing.

Any thoughts? Any recs?
 

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HI all...
I've had a cam in my XC60 now for ages (put it in when new, transferred from my other car) it's a Blackvue and mounted beside the Intellisafe unit as close as possible, that way the lens is very close to the centre as well, this unit I have is the DR900s-2ch and is also attached to the rear hatch with the second camera, no screen on this unit which keeps it as small as possible, it works through your phone/computer via wifi really well (cloud function is also available but I don't use this), works a treat, all wires run through headlining and A Pillar (look out for airbags, wired behind them, simple to do) check the XC60 forum for details on how to do the A Pillar stuff it should apply the XC40 as well I expect.

Most reviews point out that the cameras with screens are pretty bulky and ask the question why would you need the screen anyway, I looked at these and yes, they are bigger... do some research on different brands/costs/features and then decide, there's lots of info out there to help you make up your mind which way to go, see dashcam forums as well for comments by owners.

I also run a radar detector Uniden R3 when travelling, I just plug it in the cig lighter socket and sit it on the centre armrest with a non-slip pad, works well in that spot (totally illegal here to use) but saved me a few times.... our fines are up around $1000 and points loss if your caught way above limits, but 10kmh over would earn you around $500 and 3 points, so very useful at times). I'm NOT promoting speeding but sometimes you just drift a bit high.

The other thing is now Blackvue offer a much better way to connect it in with a unit call Power Magic EZ.. it picks up power from the OBD2 port and allows for "parking mode" to operate really well. I'm about to change my wiring over to this unit and again run it through the A-Pillar, that way you don't have to use a battery back-up if you want the "parking mode" feature, check Cellink Neo and Blackvue Power Magic B-124 for best battery solutions if you want this.

Hope it helps...
 

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HI all...

Most reviews point out that the cameras with screens are pretty bulky and ask the question why would you need the screen anyway, I looked at these and yes, they are bigger... do some research on different brands/costs/features and then decide, there's lots of info out there to help you make up your mind which way to go, see dashcam forums as well for comments by owners.

I also run a radar detector Uniden R3 when travelling, I just plug it in the cig lighter socket and sit it on the centre armrest with a non-slip pad, works well in that spot (totally illegal here to use) but saved me a few times.... our fines are up around $1000 and points loss if your caught way above limits, but 10kmh over would earn you around $500 and 3 points, so very useful at times). I'm NOT promoting speeding but sometimes you just drift a bit high.

The other thing is now Blackvue offer a much better way to connect it in with a unit call Power Magic EZ.. it picks up power from the OBD2 port and allows for "parking mode" to operate really well. I'm about to change my wiring over to this unit and again run it through the A-Pillar, that way you don't have to use a battery back-up if you want the "parking mode" feature, check Cellink Neo and Blackvue Power Magic B-124 for best battery solutions if you want this.

Hope it helps...
Very helpful info, thank you! Can you please take pics and doc what you do as you go along when you change over. Uploading and posting the pics can be so valuable.
 

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Hi...
There's a pretty good video link over on the XC90 section that details the steps to install both a detector and dashcam. It's NOT the tidiest install but it gives a good idea of what to expect in the A Piller, 1 expect that all the SPA vehicles are similar in this feature.
The only thing I would point out is that the video "connects the power side of things first and then the ground" I think this should be the other way around as the system is live and could create a spark when doing is "back to front like this". I was always told "ground it first" if in doubt.

The heading to search for is:
Video DIY: hardwiring dash cam and radar detectorHope it helps.
 

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Anyone have a better guide for running the rear dashcam through the floor instead of headliner?

I was told to run the rear dashcam for my XC40 through the floor instead of the headliner where the airbags are by the dealer which refused to install any dashcam. I installed the front camera by removing the driver a pillar but now want to add a rear camera. Does anyone have a guide how to run it? Especially how to run the rear camera from inside the car through the hatch to the back glass?
 
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