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Crux CFD-03F Rear-View Camera

Backup camera for select 2004-up Ford trucks

Item # 249CFD03F

If you're looking for a backup camera for the aftermarket radio in your 2004-up Ford truck, Crux has what you need.

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If you're looking for a backup camera for the aftermarket radio in your 2004-up Ford truck, Crux has what you need.

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About the Crux CFD-03F Rear-View Camera

Specially designed for your Ford truck

If you're looking for a backup camera for the aftermarket radio in your 2004-up Ford truck, Crux has what you need. This CFD-03F camera is cleverly hidden in a replacement working handle frame, so that you can mount a rear-view camera without compromising the rugged appeal of your Ford truck. Crux includes a cable that connects to the back of an aftermarket radio with a composite video input. Once installed, you'll see a generous, well-lit picture of what's behind you on your radio's display, with a 170-degree wide view and excellent visibility for night driving.

Specially designed for your Ford truck

If you're looking for a backup camera for the aftermarket radio in your 2004-up Ford truck, Crux has what you need. This CFD-03F camera is cleverly hidden in a replacement working handle frame, so that you can mount a rear-view camera without compromising the rugged appeal of your Ford truck. Crux includes a cable that connects to the back of an aftermarket radio with a composite video input. Once installed, you'll see a generous, well-lit picture of what's behind you on your radio's display, with a 170-degree wide view and excellent visibility for night driving.

Installing this camera yourself? Here's what you should know.

What does it do? Unless otherwise noted, a backup camera is only intended for use backing up your vehicle. (If you require a front-view or constant rear-view camera, check for that capability.)

What tools and supplies will I need? A panel tool, a wire cutter/stripper, a soldering iron, and a rosin-core solder with heat shrink tubing are recommended, along with whatever tools are needed to remove the radio from the dash.  

How much wiring is required? Wiring instructions vary from camera to camera. Some cameras have power wiring that can only be connected near the radio. Others let you power the camera at compatible reverse lights. In all cases, the camera must be wired for power and ground, the camera's video output must be connected to the radio/monitor, and the radio/monitor must be connected to a reverse trigger in your vehicle. Some radio replacement interfaces supply a reverse trigger wire for the radio -- using that wire to power your camera will damage the interface.

Will the included video cable be long enough? You'll need to route the camera's video cable from its mounting location outside your vehicle into your vehicle's cabin and all the way to the screen in the dash. This often requires drilling a small hole in your vehicle or filing some metal and or plastic. You'll also need to estimate the length of cable needed to run from the camera to the dash, which will not be a straight shot. Each camera's cable length is listed.

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.



  • waterproof CCD camera with 20' video extension cable
  • NTSC wide-angle rear view camera compatible with select Ford trucks
  • resolution: 480 TV lines
  • 160° wide viewing angle
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # CFD-03F

What's in the box:

  • Rear-view camera w/ integrated mounting bracket/handle (attached 4' cable) 20' Extension cable
  • Rubber gasket
  • Installation Instructions

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The Crux CFD-03F Rear-View Camera replaces these items:

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Sightline Series Rear-View Camera: The Sightline series CFD-03F rear-view camera by Crux is specifically designed for select Ford 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 CFD-03F 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 CFD-03F rear-view camera is compatible with the following 2004-2014 Ford trucks.

Make Model Year
Ford F-150 2004-2014
F-250/350 2008-2014

Park Assist Lines: The CFD-03F provides parking assist lines on the screen of your vehicle's in-dash aftermarket monitor. These parking lines are there to assist you when backing up into a parking space. You can remove the Park Assist Lines by cutting the two white wires of the camera's attached cable.

Replacement Handle Assembly: The CFD-03F rear-view camera is integrated into 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 CFD-03F camera/handle assembly in place of it.

Power & Signal Connections: The CFD-03F includes an attached 4' cable and comes with a pre-installed 20' extension cable terminated by a composite video jack which plugs your in-dash aftermarket multimedia or navigation receiver's composite video camera input. The power (red) & ground (black) wires of th extension cable will need to be hardwired. Power can be obtained from your vehicle's reverse light circuit or from the reverse gear wire of your aftermarket stereo (if applicable). The ground will need to connected to your vehicle's metal chassis.


  • 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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16 questions already asked

Can you adjust the camera angle?
[ Donald  Sep 18, 2022 ]
1 answer
The angle is not adjustable.
[ Arielle  Sep 19, 2022 ]  Staff
Is it compatible with Sony XAV-AX5000 radio?
[ Ethan  Jun 26, 2022 ]
1 answer
If you have a 04 and up Ford truck that this Crux CFD-03F Rear-View Camera fits, then absolutely Ethan! The Sony XAV-AX5000 does have one rear camera input, that you can plug this Crux CFD-03F into, no sweat! If you added a front cam, or additional side cameras you would need to use something like this PAC camera switcher I've linked below for you, since the XAV-AX5000 has only the single input.
[ T  Jun 27, 2022 ]  Staff
dose this camera have a center line when baking up to a hitch ?
[ mike  Jan 04, 2022 ]
1 answer
I don't remember seeing it when I set mine up. I ended up clipping the wires to remove the lines as they were interfering with the ones in my stereo reciever.
[ THEODORE  Jan 06, 2022 ]
What gauge wire does it use?
[ Logan  Jun 20, 2021 ]
2 answers
It uses the thinnest wire known to man. I have to redo the ground every year and have to be careful handling the ultra fine wire.
[ nelson  Jun 20, 2021 ]
It's been a while but I'm thinking 16 gauge. It has been fantastic! One exception is the handle is not as robustas the factory handle. I didn't lube the latches frequently enough and it failed. I had kept the original factory handle and was able to swap parts
[ Garth  Jun 20, 2021 ]
Where can i buy a replacement camera (camera only)?
[ Ty  Jun 19, 2021 ]
1 answer
We do not know of a parts supplier for Crux items and recommend contacting Crux's support by calling 855-822-1348 to check
[ Paul  Jun 22, 2021 ]  Staff
Is the harness from the camera available separately? My cable was damaged
[ Brendon  Oct 25, 2020 ]
2 answers
Unfortunately we don't sell the harness separately. If you bought this from us give us a call at 1-800-324-9695 so we can help with the next steps! If you didn't buy it from us you can contact Crux directly for a replacement harness.
[ Allison  Nov 25, 2020 ]  Staff
Call crutchfield support
[ Garth  Nov 19, 2020 ]
I will need a radio with a view?
[ Ricky  May 30, 2020 ]
3 answers
I'm using a Sony with 6.4" Screen and a video in "rear". I have a trigger wire for "reverse" and when i put the truck in "reverse" the camera signal come right up on the radio screen. So, i'm assuming you will need some device that will project that video in so you can direct the source to the camera. Once connected and in use, it is a very nice camera. Works well as I intended.
[ T  Jun 01, 2020 ]
A radio that has inputs for cameras
[ Nelson  May 30, 2020 ]
You'll need either a radio with a video screen input or a separate video screen. Mine is installed into a JVC KW-M560 head unit and works well.
[ Gary  May 30, 2020 ]
how well does the camera work at night?
[ zachery  May 30, 2020 ]
1 answer
Very well, but I also have LED backup lamps installed on my pickup, so mine is very well lit.
[ Gary  May 30, 2020 ]
Will this work on a 2004 Ford Excursion?
[ Chris  Aug 06, 2019 ]
1 answer
This will not work on a 2004 Ford Excursion. I've looked through my vehicle specific cameras to see if I have any that will work, and got to say I do not have any right now. This may change later so I recommend checking with an advisor by calling 1-800-324-9695 to check if this has changed
[ Paul  Aug 14, 2019 ]  Staff
Can you wire this so that it automatically turns on when you put the truck in reverse?
[ GregPuetz64  Apr 01, 2018 ]
7 answers
Yes. I tapped off one of the backup lamps.
[ Gary  May 30, 2020 ]
Yes you can.
[ Brad  Apr 13, 2018 ]
Yes; but, you will have to connect it to your rear light reverse signal which is usually found under the driver dash. To avoid running a long wire from the end to the front, I spliced the reverse (white) light in back of the bed and tapped into it there. This triggers it to come on automatically in reverse. Has been working just fine for over a year with no issues.
[ Jose  Apr 09, 2018 ]
I installed it and connected it to my stereo and it automatically turns on all the time in reverse. If the radio is off or playing it still shows the camera view.
[ Bart  Apr 02, 2018 ]
Yes, you just have to tie into the back up light wire in the tail light.
[ David  Apr 02, 2018 ]
[ Tony  Apr 01, 2018 ]
Yes. You have to splice into the power wire leading to one of the back up lights. I used the left rear.
[ Kirk  Apr 01, 2018 ]
does it come with enough wire to reach the head unit, factory camera never installed. clarion head unit has video inputs. and it has all associated hook ups ?
[ David  Dec 03, 2017 ]
5 answers
I installed this camera on a F-350 crew cab dually pickup and I was able to run the wire in a way that it reach the head unit,
[ Eric  Dec 04, 2017 ]
Yes, i had plenty of wire, ran it through the tailgate along frame rail, into drivers side grommet along the floor up to head unit on my quad cab FX4 F150.
[ Nicholas  Dec 04, 2017 ]
Yes, it has enough wire to reach the dash board of my Ford pickup.
[ Vincent  Dec 04, 2017 ]
Yes. Great system.
[ EDWARD P  Dec 04, 2017 ]
Yes. It comes with long cable. Not sure how long it was, but I had extra cable stuffed behind dash.
[ Robert  Dec 04, 2017 ]
What are the display and connection requirements?
[ W  Sep 20, 2017 ]
2 answers
The owners manual shows clearly the connections. The manual is available on crutchfield when you look at the product. I'm very pleased with the performance of my unit. It looks stock and has a clear picture. (As long as I keep it clean)
[ Ronald  Sep 20, 2017 ]
Head unit must have a camera in plug on the back of it.
[ Jason  Sep 20, 2017 ]
Can you remove the tailgate once camera is installed?
[ bcreigh  Aug 06, 2017 ]
4 answers
If you add banana clip terminals or the equal for a disconnect and secure wires in a proper way.
[ MICHAEL  Sep 06, 2021 ]
No. You have wire running into the tailgate up to your screen.
[ Austen  Aug 07, 2017 ]
With a basic installation, no. If you asked the installer or are savvy enough yourself you could put connections in at the removal point making it possible.
[ Steven  Aug 07, 2017 ]
Yes. There is a quick connect on the harness just under the tailgate.
[ Jason  Aug 07, 2017 ]
Does this handle allow my existing tailgate key lock to work?
[ Tim  May 02, 2017 ]
7 answers
Yes. This is a high quality full function item I fully recommend. Don't freak out when backing up with the tailgate down but otherwise it's a very clear picture that is centered nicely and you will confidently back up with ease. I have a dark tinted Snug top on my bed and this is a savior to me. Buy it.
[ DAVID C  May 04, 2017 ]
[ Mike  May 02, 2017 ]
Yes. You'll actually put your existing lock in the handle before installing it.
[ JIM  May 02, 2017 ]
Yes, lock snaps into new handle and works the same as it always did.
[ Eric  May 02, 2017 ]
Yes, key snaps into new handle and works the day as the original handle did.
[ Eric  May 02, 2017 ]
Yes, plus you can put an electric lock like I did
[ Cameron  May 02, 2017 ]
A installer removed my lock from my factory handle and installed my factory tailgate lock into this unit. It works PERFECT
[ John  May 02, 2017 ]
Does this have distance lines?
[ Kyle  Apr 20, 2017 ]
5 answers
Yes, and dependent on the type head unit you can actually calibrate it to the actual viewing distance.
[ Gary  May 30, 2020 ]
It does. You can have them on or off. I can't remember how to change setting with out reading instructions. The edge of where they start correspond well with the distance I need to open my tailgate. 2005 f150. But that would be relevant to your veh height and other variables.
[ Steven  Apr 20, 2017 ]
[ Mike  Apr 20, 2017 ]
Yes. I use this mainly for hooking up to my horse trailer. With a little practice you'll be able to get the ball under the cup on the first attempt every time. Instructions say to wire the power to the reverse bulb wire, I use a power switch so I can turn it on while I'm driving to check the trailer & make sure everything is still secure.
[ Joseph  Apr 20, 2017 ]
Yes, the default setting has distance lines. If you don't want the distance lines on your display, you can ground it out by connecting two wires (small white ones) at installation. The white wires are located on the wire loom, near the camera. I kept the distance lines "on" during my installation as I prefer to have them. On my installation, those wires ended up being located inside the tailgate, not far from the handle, just behind the access panel that I used to get to the handle assembly (2004 F150, new body style, not "Heritage").
[ Matthew J.  Apr 20, 2017 ]

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