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Crux CDR-02

Rear-view camera for select 2009-up Ram trucks

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About the Crux CDR-02

Specially designed for your Ram

If you're looking for a backup camera for the aftermarket radio in your 2009-up Ram truck, Crux has what you need. This CDR-02 camera is cleverly hidden in a replacement working handle frame, so that you can mount your backup camera without compromising the rugged appeal of your Ram. Crux includes a cable that connects to the back of any aftermarket radio with a composite video input. Once installed, you'll see a generous, well-lit picture of what's behind you on your Ram radio's display, with a 120-degree wide view and excellent visibility for night driving.

Note: A rear-view camera provides an additional view when reversing your vehicle. It is intended to be used in conjuction with your rear- and side-view mirrors to give a fuller picture of what's behind you. It is not intended as a replacement for your mirrors.

Highlights:

  • waterproof CCD camera with 19-1/2' video extension cable
  • NTSC/PAL wide-angle rear view camera compatible with select Ram trucks
  • resolution: 420 TV lines
  • 170° wide viewing angle
  • 0.2 Lux minimum for night driving
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # CDR-02

What's in the box:

  • Handle assembly
  • Rear-view camera (w/ attached 20" power/signal cable)
  • 45" Power/ground cable
  • 19.5' Power/Signal cable
  • 18.5mm hole-saw bit
  • 4 Wire-ties

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2012 ram 1500

Crutchfield customer from Hamden , CT on 8/28/2019

2011 Ram 1500

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Very good fit, quality 4 out of 5

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Almost Perfect

Crutchfield customer from Red Oak, TX on 8/26/2019

2009 Dodge Ram 1500

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Camera is great quality. Easy to install (with the exception of running the cable...but that has nothing to do with the product). Only negative is that there is an additional hole for key lock but it does not come with a cover if you don't have a lock.

Pros: Easy to install, high quality image

Cons: No cover for lock hole if no lock inserted

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Crutchfield customer from Paso Robles, CA on 6/28/2019

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I bought the camera mainly for backing up to my trailer. Works great. I can see the hitch ball at the bottom of the screen. The pic is a little grainy but very good for the price.

Pros: Can turn grid on or off

Cons: The shielding could be a little longer to protect the wiring exiting the tail gate.

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Awsome product

Shawn from Orlando, FL on 5/21/2019

2012 Ram 1500

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Nice easy install. Grounded it straight to the chassis at the rear and hooked the positive up at the JVC head unit. Works flawlessly. I could use this thing for a security camera. More than enough cable to reach the head unit on a 2012 RAM Quad cab 6.5 foot bed. Picture does not jump at all. I installed super bright LED backup lamps so the camera works flawlessly in the dark as well. The grid that comes permanent with the camera is easily disabled by snipping the white wire at the camera. Don't know how I drove without it for so long.

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Cons: not quite enough Protective sheath for the camera lead at the tailgate.

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Crutchfield customer from Northampton, PA on 1/28/2019

2015 Ram 1500

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Super easy to install and setup. I did need to visit the website for additional pics, and videos. Quality is real nice and the camera looks factory. Would have rated 5 stars other than having to look on the Crux website for additional info regarding install.

Pros: looks great, easy setup

Cons: none

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No verticle adjustment.

JOHN C from Vincentown, NJ on 1/22/2019

2009 Dodge Ram 1500

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Nice product, easy to install but the camera is not adjustable. When activated the view is only about 7 feet from the bumper, would be nice if I could rotate the camera up a little more. As always Crutchfield shipped fast.

Pros: Easy install

Cons: No adjustment

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Charles from Moorhead, IA on 12/18/2018

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Works Great, best money spent. Every bit as good as factory, for way less money. Thanks Crutchfield

Pros: Same as factory, Cheap.

Cons: NONE

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Nice aftermarket camera

John from Hernando, MS on 11/26/2018

2015 Ram 1500

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The camera looks great on my tailgate! I gave the camera 4 stars because the rca cable didn't have an insulation tube for extra protection. The camera works and looks good on the screen too.

Pros: Excellent crutchfield support and great screen image.

Cons: RCA cable not in a protective insulation tube.

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Camera works

Crutchfield customer from Houston, TX on 2/28/2018

2012 Ram 1500

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This was installed on a 2012 Ram 1500 crew cab. It comes with a positive lead to the cab which ties into the head unit, this was nice. The camera has a backup grid on it at all times. This was a bit of a disappointment since I'm using the iLx-207 which allows me to move the backup guides on screen for a custom grid. The quality of the camera is fair and I felt it could be better quality for the cost. I didn't use the connectors to tie it into the reverse lamp, instead I soldered and used heatshrink for a more permanent connection.

Pros: Has positive lead with video signal

Cons: Fair quality picture Has backup grid on the camera Noticed a small gap during instillation

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Crutchfield customer from Pompano Beach, FL on 12/23/2017

2009 Dodge Ram 1500

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Installed in a 2009 Dodge Ram Quad-cab, connected to a Sony XAV-V630BT Digital Media Receiver i installed a few months ago. Installing the tailgate handle was a breeze, and running the wires wasn't too bad. The only problem I ran into was that the cable was about 2-3 feet short (probably not meant for full-bed length + Quad-cab distance). However, it's just an RCA connector so a simple coupler & extension cable and now it works flawlessly!

Pros: Easy install, unobtrusive and nearly invisible design.

Cons: Basically useless when the tailgate is down, but I can live with that.

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Crutchfield customer from Citrus Heights, CA on 11/27/2017

2016 Ram 1500

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The camera works great, and it looks just like the OEM camera. The kit was very easy to install, but the instructions could be a bit more detailed. I did have an issue getting the built in grid lines to turn off, but the support guys at Crutchfield were able to help me fix that. Overall, this is a great backup camera for the 4th Gen Ram trucks. It saved me A LOT of money over the factory option.

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Crisp, Works Well W/Aftermarket Stereo

Reagan D from Waco, TX on 4/3/2017

2010 Dodge Ram 1500

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Bought this for my 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad cab. I had the stock stereo with the touch screen but to get kit for it is 350 and has to be reprogrammed by the dealer, so I got this one with a JVC KW-V220BT stereo for 395. Video quality is good and crisp. Decently bright even at night. I wired power to my backup lights for now and it turns on immediately. Camera was already glued in the right place. Had about 2 feet left over from wiring to front. instructions did not say what the red wire sprouting from behind the head of the yellow video port is for. Should include instructions from crutch-field detailing how to install it to specific applications but they didn't. Able to install my old lock and handle in just fine.

Pros: Good handle quality (so far), crisp video.

Cons: Wish it would come with a plastic protective hose to surround cord.

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Joseph from Peru, IL on 3/26/2017

2011 Ram 1500

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Great picture, and installation was easy

Pros: Clear picture during daylight

Cons: Not as good of picture at night

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Great fit and pic!

Eric from Concord, NC on 1/13/2017

2010 Dodge Ram 1500

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Handle fit my son's tailgate on his Dodge truck perfectly. Unlike other reviews, the cable is plenty long. No issues on a crewcab. Good picture as well.

Pros: Located in tailgate, not tag.

Cons: none

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Alan from Pensacola, FL on 12/31/2016

2010 Dodge Ram 1500

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Good back-up camera for the price. Easy installation instructions could have been a little bit better but overall good deal

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Must have...if you do not have a factory installed rear cam!

Allan from Culpeper, VA on 10/5/2016

2006 Subaru Forester

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This is a welcomed addition to my Tradesman that did not have a factory installed rear view camera. I had a Sport model before with the camera and it made hooking up a trailer a piece of cake. The camera was pre-installed and epoxy'd into the handle so I did not have the issue that some earlier buyer's had with the camera orientation. If you have a base RA1 headunit...you will need to upgrade to an aftermarket.

Pros: Factory quality unit.

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Sean k from Port Jefferson, NY on 7/24/2016

2009 Dodge Ram 1500

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Great product.

Pros: Fit is perfect.

Cons: None

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Looks great, easy install, OK camera

Jason B from Bethlehem, PA on 10/20/2015

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Fairly simple to install for a novice. Was helpful to research for an online video but not necessary. Nice OEM look. Camera image quality is OK but a little grainy...not bad for a backup camera. As others stated, the included video wire is about 2 feet short for Quad cab Ram (I bought a double female RCA jack and an additional 6 Ft RCA video cord.) Also it would be nice to have an indicator showing top of cam as others stated.

Pros: Nice OEM look, reasonable price, simple install

Cons: Cord a little too short, video a little grainy, top indicator missing from camera

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Back up camera

Matt from Michigan on 10/11/2015

2012 Ram 1500

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The camera works great. The only problem I saw was the video cable needs to be about 3 feet longer when installing it on a 2012 ram quad cab. Maybe some wiring diagrams. I would recommend it for sure.

Pros: Good picture

Cons: Video cable is short

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Solid Camera

Kevin D. from Tennessee on 9/25/2015

2009 Dodge Ram 1500

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Purchased the Cruz CDR Back-up Camera for my 2009 Dodge Ram and connected it to a Kenwood 6.95 unit. The unit works as advertised, however, doesn't have the greatest picture quality. Additionally, at times when I press the brake, the picture jumps. No big deal for me as the camera does its job. I particularly like the cleanliness of the product as it is hidden well in the handle of the tailgate. Solid unit for the money.

Pros: 1. Looks like factory 2. Connects easily 3. Does the job

Cons: 1. Grainy picture quality at times

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backup camera

Rich from Maryland on 7/18/2015

2012 Ram 1500

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It was very easy too install picture is very good. I had know problem installing the new tail gate handle put in the camera and routed the new wires and hook up to the back of my radio.

Pros: good product

Cons: none

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Better than no camera, but not great.

Mark O. from Lansing, New York on 5/22/2015

2014 Ram 1500

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There are no instructions included, but luckily this isn't the first backup camera I have installed. The video cable is not long enough to reach the radio location. The camera has no indicator where the top is, so it is difficult to get it straight up. The camera fits too loosely in the mounting hole and is only supposed to snap in, so it doesn't stay without hot glue. This unit was less expensive than some others I considered, so I guess you get what you pay for. If I had to do it again, I would probably just drill a hole in the factory tailgate bezel and mount a universal camera in the same spot. Also, FYI, if you connect the power and ground for this camera at the backup light bulb on a 2014 Ram pickup, it wont work at all. Apparently the geniuses at Chrysler corp. decided not to run a steady 12 volt power source to the backup lights in this truck. If you connect it at the trailer wiring harness instead, it works fine.

Pros: Price, relatively easy installation, decent picture, color guide lines

Cons: Poor mounting method of camera to bezel, too short of video cable, no top marked on camera, no instructions included.

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Works but poor quality

iskiharder from Minnesota on 5/4/2015

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In the end it does work and has good low light capability. The rest of the story ... The camera mounts very loosely into the tailgate latch, as noted in other reviews. Absolutely poor design. I added a dab of glue to hold in place. There is no marking to show where top is, so you have to figure that out by looking at the video output. The pig tail from the camera to the connector is too short to reach out of the tailgate, which prevents you from ever easily removing the tailgate unless you add in your own connector outside of the tailgate. The overall cable length was too short to reach all the way to my stereo. I had to splice additional length of wire. The wire itself is very cheap with very thin casing. I ended up wiring it inside the corrugated tubing that came with the electric tailgate lock which I installed at the same time for protection to the wiring. And there is no option for a chrome handle. My original without the camera was chrome. If I wanted chrome I had to buy the chrome trim kit separately from a different source.

Pros: It does the job, has decent video and good low light capability.

Cons: It is very poor quality and poor design. It requires several modifications to install properly as it should be.

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Does not work with factor radio

Jeff from Chambersburg, Pa on 3/26/2015

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When order tech said will work with factory radio, but when I took the head unit out there is no video input, called tech support and they set up the return

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Cons: Doesn't work with factory radio

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Backup camera

Crutchfield customer from Toledo, OH on 2/25/2015

2014 Ram 1500

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The camera is great...but the replacement latch doesn't even hold the camera right it slides right through and has a lip in it that doesn't allow the camera to seat in right.

Pros: Nice camera

Cons: Bad design on the replacement latch

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Looks like Stock

Chris from Ball, LA on 2/24/2015

2012 Ram 1500

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I was kind of hestant on buying this item without any customer reviews and it being a new product, but I wanted to have the rear view camera look more stock than have the camera about the licence plate. First of all there are no instructions on this product. I found some pretty close to it on the company's website. I found out how to remove the tailgate handle and cover on YouTube. Once you remove the tailgate cover it is pretty self explanatory on disconnecting the old handle and swapping them out. Everything works great and I was able to use my existing Video Cable (license plate camera) so long run to the stereo. My only complaint the camera does not feel secure in the handle and you have to have two people to make sure the camera is in line to what you are seeing. The camera should have keyed slot to give you that perfect line, so you would not have to adjust. To give me a better since of security on the camera not falling out, I used a dab of silicone.

Pros: Great for that stock look. Compatiable with other aftermarket rear-view camera's Handle works great, easy change out on the lock

Cons: Camera needs to slotted for better alignment. Camera needs to proprer fitted to allow the spring clips to work properly

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More details on the Crux CDR-02

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Features

Sightline Series Rear-View Camera: The Sightline series CDR-02 rear-view camera by Crux is specifically designed for select Dodge Ram trucks with an aftermarket in-dash multimedia or navigation receiver installed. Your aftermarket receiver must feature an integrated video monitor and a composite video camera input. Now you'll be able to view what's behind you on your in-dash receiver's video monitor when you put your vehicle in reverse

Note: The CDR-02 rear-view camera is meant as a back-up aid only; never solely rely on the rear-view camera when backing-up. In addition to using the rear-view camera, always look behind you to make sure everything is clear when backing up your vehicle.

Vehicle Compatibility: The Sightline series CDR-02 rear-view camera is compatible with the following 2009-2013 Dodge Ram trucks (as of 8/14/14).

Make Model Year
Dodge Ram 2009-2013
Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector for your vehicle's compatibility.

Replacement Handle Assembly: The CDR-02 includes a custom-designed mounting bracket and handle assembly which replaces the factory handle of your truck's tailgate. First you will need to remove the factory handle from the tailgate and then install the CDR-02 camera/handle assembly in place of it. You will also need to drill an 18.5mm (5/8") hole in your truck's tailgate to mount the CDR-02's rear-view camera within the handle assembly and to route the power/signal cable to the front of the vehicle.

Power & Signal Connections: The CDR-02 includes a 19.5' signal cable which plugs into the rear-view camera's attached 20" power/signal cable and your in-dash aftermarket multimedia or navigation receiver's camera input. There is also a 45" power/ground cable which plugs into the rear-view camera's 20" power/signal cable and hardwired to power and ground of your vehicle. In addition, the 19.5' signal cable also features power/ground wires that hardwire to your vehicle's wiring.

Specifications:

  • Resolution: 420 TV Lines
  • Pixels: 656 x 492
  • Viewing Angle: 170-degrees
  • Minimum Illumination: 0.2 Lux
  • Shutter Speed: 1/60s-20us
  • Voltage: 12V

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price, specific for my vehicle [ Michael  Dec 29, 2018 ]
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Fits specific vehicle, good reviews. [ James  Apr 06, 2018 ]
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OEM fit. Replacing the aftermarket license plate camera, which went bad. [ John  Dec 29, 2017 ]
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made for my truck [ Timothy  Jul 21, 2017 ]
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Factory fit [ michael  Jul 22, 2016 ]
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Very good price on this. [ Fred  Jun 28, 2016 ]
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if you don't have back up camera for ram 1500/2500/3500 installed on 2014 ram it was exact fit looks and works just like the factory handle very easy install .make sure you run the wires along the frame away from exhaust /drive shaft/shocks and need to drill hole at firewall their is a plastic piece next to power brake booster. [ NICHOLAS A  Jan 09, 2016 ]
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I have a 7 inch Kenwood DMX 7705S , will this fit ?
[ Rick  Jan 06, 2019 ]
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as long as you have the rca input in the back of the head unit for a backup camera ,and I think that unit does, the connections are pretty much generic and universal for this type of setup, and pretty simple and straight forward...if this is your first backup cam, most important thing is to spend plenty of time under the truck and plan your wire routing carefully..
[ WYATT  Jan 06, 2019 ]
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Is the rear bumper and Trailer hitch in view of the camera? I mainly use this for backing up to trailers.
[ Nate S  Jun 05, 2017 ]
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Yes the hitch is visible while backing.
[ brian  Jun 06, 2017 ]
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On the Dodge pickup the tail gate angles down at the top so yes Im looking right at my hitch. Use it all the time.
[ Okie  Jun 05, 2017 ]
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Yes it is. Works great for me hooking onto my boat and enclosed trailer. You can see the ball hitch and the back part of the bumper.
[ Leroy John  Jun 05, 2017 ]
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Not something I really pay attention to that much ch, the hitch ball is in view. I can't remember if the bumper is or not I want to say yes. Had mine for about 4 months now and no complaints. Easy install took about 45 mins total, ran the wiring up the drivers side frame rail and through a rubber grommet in the floorboard of drivers floor pan.
[ Jb  Jun 05, 2017 ]
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I own a business that is constantly hooking up trailers. this camera gives a perfect view on tongue and ball alignment. Have this camera on two trucks, works great.
[ george  Jun 05, 2017 ]
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Yes I use for backing up to my trailer and it works great
[ Billy Lee  Jun 05, 2017 ]

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