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[REVIEW] Esky reversing camera and mirror display

Discussion in 'All Model Vauxhall / Opel / GM / Holden How2' started by George109, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. George109

    George109 Agila "Expert" (apparently...)

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    I can't park to save my life. My Agila is too long, and therefore it is a nightmare to parallel park. Therefore I bought a reversing camera with gridlines from Amazon.

    If this link ever breaks, you just need to search for ESKY EC170-08. Currently it is £11.99 on Amazon. I bought mine on eBay as it was cheaper once you include £3 postage from Amazon.

    I also bought a mirror which clips onto your existing rear view mirror, as I thought this would be a clutter-free way of installing one, instead of messing around with displays on the windscreen or head units and things.

    This is the actual one I bought:
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    However, avoid tomtop_digital. They are useless, and sent me a mirror with a cracked screen inside. When I asked them for help, they told me to "google it" and fix it yourself basically. That's why I haven't provided a link.

    I also bought some crappy skotchlok crimps which turned out to be useless and unnecessary, and ended up being the cause of me wasting hours of my time...

    Installation:

    First of all, I installed the camera. With the camera, you get the actual unit itself and a long cable. I think it's like 4 or 5m long, but it manages to get from the boot of the Agila to the passenger footwell.

    Now, this is where the trouble started. I simply couldn't find the wire for the reversing light. Turns out TIS2000 was lying, and Vauxhall had hidden the wire behind the actual panel in the boot. Took me hours to work this out after crimping every wire underneath the boot seal, and getting nothing.

    So I took the direct route, ripped the left rear lamp off, cut the white wire and twisted them together (please don't flame, it still works 4 weeks later!), and then covered in electrical tape, while I wait for my heatshrink tubing to arrive.

    MAKE SURE YOU WIRE IT UP THE RIGHT WAY! The black and red wire goes to ground, and the solid red wire goes to the +12V source on the reversing light. It comes with a simple power jack.

    If you want to test it before you install it in the car, find a 12V power brick that is centre positive (the inside of the adaptor tip is positive on mine). You will need a multimeter for this, as you don't want to blow it up by plugging it in backwards. Then get the yellow AV cable and plug it into your TV or something.

    Anyway, so then I trial fitted it with some double sided tape to the brake light cover, so things lined up etc etc. Then I pulled off the boot seal, and tucked the wire under there, and split it in half, and folded it over the lip of where the two panels join together. This is very bodgy, I know, but it all works.

    THE MIRROR:

    First route the wire from the mirror in the headlining down to the radio.

    You need to rip out your Head Unit. This was easy for me, as I have a sony one in there, with a Parrot MKI9200, so I tried to snap-lock/crimp it, and it didn't work. So I had to again cut the wires, twist and tape up.

    Now you to hide away the wires, so it doesn't look sh1t. Then route the AV wire through, which I am going to do next weekend, if it warms up. Then it should all work. More to come (y)

    @Boroboy, This might be useful for you :)

    If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask :)

    The mirror looks like a normal mirror and has a slightly dark tint to it. I haven't driven with it properly yet

    Sorry for it being useless. I'll post more when I actually finish fitting it, and sort out hiding away the wiring.
     
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    Can you still operate the anti dazzle knob, on the original mirror??
     
  4. George109

    George109 Agila "Expert" (apparently...)

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    I haven't checked this. I'll check for you tomorrow or on saturday.
     
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