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Crux CUB-15

Universal bullet backup camera

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Overview

Our take on the Crux CUB-15

Looking for a backup cam worthy of your vehicle's sleek exterior? Crux's CUB-15 rear-view camera mounts cleanly on cars with a lip-style overhang above the license plate.

A seamless addition

Looking for a backup cam worthy of your vehicle's sleek exterior? Crux's CUB-15 rear-view camera mounts cleanly on cars with a lip-style overhang above the license plate.

Everything you need to backup

Crux supplies a flush-mounting system and 23 feet of cable to connect the camera to your receiver. Once installed, you'll gain a full color 170° view of what's behind you. Manual vertical adjustment makes it easy to get the view you're counting on. You also get parking lines for easier reversing into tight spaces. The camera's included video cable plugs into the standard composite video on any car stereo with a compatible video screen.

Product Highlights:

  • bullet rear-view camera with vertical adjustment
  • 23' video cable included
  • flush-mount hardware included
  • 170° wide angle
  • resolution: 480 TV lines
  • waterproof housing
  • parking lines included
  • 0.4 Lux minimum for night driving
  • dimensions: 1-1/8" x 7/8" x 1-1/8"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Rear-view camera (attached 4' cable)
  • 20' Video signal cable w/ attached 3' power/ground wires
  • Hole-saw
  • Wiring Instructions

Easy to install, crisp clear image. Great product!

Dave, Rathdrum, ID

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(27 Reviews)

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Dave from Rathdrum, ID on 2/26/2019

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Easy to install, crisp clear image. Great product!

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Crutchfield customer from San Marcos, CA on 2/11/2019

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The camera has good resolution and a nice "factory look" appearance after it has been installed. I would give five stars if it was not for the supplied hole saw is not capable of cutting through metal, I'm sure it could cut through a plastic bumper cover, but I wouldn't task it for more than that. The pilot bit failed after about five seconds. I then finished the pilot hole with another drill and the hole saw teeth also failed almost immediately. I seriously doubt that this hole saw is bi-metal as it says on the box. I went to Lowe's and bought a 1 inch diameter saw for $10 that cut through the bumper like a knife through hot butter in less than 30 seconds. Rather than supply these worthless hole saws, I would suggest providing a gift card for about $10 to a home improvement store so that someone could buy one that actually works.

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Seeing well to back up

Crutchfield customer from Salem, VA on 2/9/2019

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So far, so good. I am very pleased with my new camera!

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Kevin from Newberry, FL on 2/4/2019

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Amazing!! Great picture.

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Crutchfield customer from Sioux Falls, SD on 2/1/2019

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Installed in daughters jeep liberty as a back up camera as there was no good place to center a back up camera on this vehicle so I had to put it dead center in the hard cover portion of spare tire cover which meant cutting the wiring and putting in plugs for disconnection if cover ever taken off. Took some time soldering to the pins of the connectors and strain relief since such fine wire but it worked out well, just wish there were up and down markings on the camera for easier alignment. The perfect size hole saw was provided with the camera which was great.

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Jim from The Villages, FL on 1/28/2019

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Excellent company and products. You'll have to search long and hard to find a company as good. Customer service is right on target. I put a backup camera/monitor on my golf cart and needed a camera. They didn't sell the cheapest one but when you dismiss the "out of country" look alikes and non-existent customer service, this company shines. Believe me, I have a whole box of worthless and cheap cameras. I rarely recommend a product or company (Retired Teacher) but this is an honest exception. Buy with confidence . Jim

Pros: Excellent Company Excellent Product Excellent Customer Service "As Good As It Gets"

Cons: Sorry, no Cons

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Crutchfield customer from Indianapolis, IN on 1/22/2019

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Works really well! Installation was relatively simple and the fact that it is adjustable allowed me to dial in the picture just right.

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Crutchfield customer from Covington, TN on 12/27/2018

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Easy to install but the picture quality is not what expected

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Kenny from Lake Charles, LA on 12/24/2018

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Price may be a little high, but it's a high quality camera made of metal and has convient wiring and the saw it came with appear to be the correct size

Pros: Metal body Convient wiring

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Awsome camera!

Mike from Seguin, TX on 11/26/2018

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Awsome little camera. Really like the pivot head. Came in handy because the mounting surface was on an angle. I was able to shift the camera lens to get the perfect view.

Pros: Adjustable lens Quick fit

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Crutchfield customer from Ballwin, MO on 11/24/2018

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Instructions leave a bit to be desired. Works well. Easy install.

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Crutchfield customer from Briarwood, NY on 11/18/2018

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Work well on bumper . Wish to don't have the spare tire on back and install camera little higher than the bumper hights. Will give me better view. Even on bumper don't have to worry on rear when back-up.

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Poor instructions, good camera

Walter E from Siloam Springs, AR on 10/8/2018

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Instructions are very sketchy and the wiring diagram isn't clear to understand, but it works fine.

Pros: Camera is adjustable and works fine

Cons: Wiring diagram and instructions are not very helpful

Inexpensive

Christian from Ogden, UT on 10/5/2018

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Simple. Not bad for the price. It's what I expected.

Pros: Inexpensive,

Cons: Poor in low light A little more difficult to install than other options

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Crutchfield customer from Apple Valley, CA on 5/1/2018

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This camera has a great picture. Color is very good also. Makes for easy hitching of a trailer. The camera can easily be aimed also. The reason for the 3 stars is the hole saw included is NOT the right size!! And this has been written up before. C'mon Crutchfield, get with this manufacturer and fix this problem.

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Crutchfield response on 6/6/2018 We're sorry for the hole saw issues with this Crux camera. We took this customer's wise advice, and one of our mobile electronics buyers, Peter, contacted Crux about the issue. Crux sent a representative to Crutchfield and updated every piece of our inventory with the correct hole saw size.

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Crutchfield customer from Spanish Fort, AL on 3/22/2018

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Poor instructions, if you buy it remember to use the positive and the negative wire off the reverse light. A simple ground will not work. Took a little while but I got it. Clear picture on the screen both night and day!

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great pict

Mike from Boise, ID on 2/11/2018

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After calling about left being up and right being down, I was told that the camera had rotated in the housing and all is well now~! Tech advised me that the small red wire at the NEX input was to turn the video on and off so now all seems to work great. I am installing this in a 1967 Camaro and have not used it on the street yet but all seems to work correctly inside the garage. By the way I found the included bit to be perfect size and it drilled through the fiberglass spoiler perfectly. Tech service was really good and appreciated greatly. Might be able to make it a 5 star after I use it on the road.

Pros: Small package and looks more integrated than the tacky license plate cameras.

Cons: Wish it was even smaller ... maybe a 3/8 hole to just allow the camera to peek out of the car.

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Crutchfield customer from Stoughton, MA on 1/30/2018

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A four stars is because a mistake was made in the description. The camera is rated as a 14 lux camera but the description and specs said .4 lux, I called to bring that to the attention of the tech but was told that it is a .4 lux camera. After I installed it the evidence was a 14 lux. On cloudy days, the picture is dark.

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Timothy R from Vail, AZ on 12/31/2017

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1star - unit came with NO instructions. After completely wiring and 2 calls to Crutchfield still was not able to get a picture.

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Crutchfield response on 1/1/2018 Timothy, we're sorry you're having issues with your camera. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team at 1-800-955-9091. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

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Crutchfield customer from Hot Springs, AR on 12/27/2017

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Works really well and customer service was amazing. Only reason it gets a 4 Star and not a 5 is because of the bit that comes with it is to small so it took 45 more minutes to widen the hole to fit the camera

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Crutchfield customer from Okatie, SC on 12/23/2017

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Recived the two cameras that I bought. zero instructions to show how to install this camera. Supplied hole saw is the wrong size and will not cut Metal so it was useless in my application. I still have not finished install for fear of damaging my head unit. not sure which power wire should me energized.

Pros: None

Cons: No way to properly install due to lack of information with product.

Crutchfield response on 12/27/2017 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Tech Support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the camera installed and working! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Brandon from Port Orchard, WA on 12/9/2017

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Nice clear view. Wires were long enough to install on my crew cab long bed dually with out an extension.

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Paul from Little Falls, MN on 12/8/2017

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Simple install, works quite well.

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Great little camera

Christopher r from Thornton, CO on 11/21/2017

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Great little camera for the price with a couple of issues. Mounting, the hole saw that this came with was to small for the housing, maybe the manufacturer sent the wrong one but if you don't have the correct one your left with widening the hole with the old drillbit method which was ok for me as it went on my topper BUT if this was in metal a trip for a hole saw would have been needed. Instructions or lack of instructions, just a little sheet that tells you what the wires are, not a huge deal for me but could be confusing to some. FYI anyone installing this the red wire coming out of the RCA plug can be used if the power source is at the head unit OR you can tap it in the back by the camera at the other end you don't have to use bot which the do not specify in the instructions. Adjusting the camera was an absolute pain, you almost need two people for this but getting the housing tight while keeping the camera straight was very difficult but eventually you will get it but it was not fun AT ALL:) But all in all for 60 bucks it has a clean picture and matches my older pioneer fine, I do think if you have a higher end deck I could see paying more for a higher resolution camera but this is a great budget option to match a budget head unit. If you are a beginner installer I would save this install for the pros, if your pretty good at mounting and you have always done your own stuff you will figure it out:)

Pros: Good picture, small unit and great for flush mounting.

Cons: Lack of instructions and adjusting after mounting is downright tedious. Wrong size holesaw from the factory not a crutchfield issue but needed to be mentioned.

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Edward from Farmingdale, NJ on 11/17/2017

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I love this camera.It was really easy to install.It has great picture . Thee reverse lights of my Frontier are more than enough to get great visibility on the screen at night.Really great buy..

Pros: Great picture at night,easy install

Cons: The bit provided is crappy.

Great size

Michael from Bay City Texas on 10/8/2017

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Fit perfect in the bumper. This is a gift for wife for her jeep. Not hooked up yet due to travels and hurrican. But i have no concerns due to i know crutchfield will walk me thru any issue isf there is any.

Pros: Size and easy install

Cons: N/A

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Crutchfield customer from Guyton, GA on 9/8/2017

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Love it ..

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Features and Specs

Features and Specs
Camera Type Rear
Resolution 480 TV lines
Parking Guidelines Selectable
Lux Rating 0.4 Lux (min)
Selectable Views N
Reversed Image Both
Horizontal Viewing Angle 170 deg
Vertical Viewing Angle 90 deg
Wireless No
Plug type Composite video

Product Research

Features

Rear-View Camera: The Crux CUB-15 rear-view camera can be installed in a variety of vehicles 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. The camera allows you to view what's behind you on your in-dash receiver's video monitor when you put your vehicle in reverse.

Note: The Crux CUB-15 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.

Image Sensor & Lens: The Crux CUB-15 rear-view camera features a CCD image sensor that offers 480 lines of resolution. The bright f/1.2 lens has 170° (horizontal) x 90° (vertical) viewing angle. The minimum illumination is 0.4 Lux.

Normal or Mirror Image: The Crux CUB-15 rear-view camera provides either a mirror or normal image. By default, the camera will display a mirror image. To get a reverse image, you should connect together the two exposed blue wires on the camera's cable.

Park Assist Lines: The rear-view camera 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. There are two vertical lines which help you judge the left and right edges of the parking space and your vehicle. There are also 3 color-coded horizontal lines that are used to distinguish how close you are getting to the end of the parking spot - Green (Clear), Yellow (Getting Close), Red (Very Close).

Note: You can remove the Park Assist Lines by connecting together the two exposed white wires on the camera's cable.

Waterproof Housing: The Crux CUB-15 rear-view camera features a IP67 waterproof housing.

Flush-Mount Installation: You will need to drill a 7/8" (22.5mm) hole in your vehicle's rear exterior panel. The rear-view camera mounts in this opening and features an integrated spring-loaded mounting bracket which secures the camera in place.

Note: Make sure you have the camera orientated correctly so the image is displayed correctly on your receiver's screen.

Connections: The rear-view camera features an attached 4' power/signal cable and comes with a 20' video cable with attached 3' power/ground wires. At the end of the video cable is a male RCA composite video plug, which connects to the composite, rear-view camera input of your head unit. Power & ground wires will need to be hardwired.

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Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

Price and application [ Matthew  Feb 27, 2019 ]
It looks cool [ Kevin  Jan 19, 2019 ]
I think is the better for my Honda Fit [ Sebastian Maxim  Jan 16, 2019 ]
Blind spot camera - simple design for ultimate flexibility in mounting [ Randy  Jan 15, 2019 ]
Simple installation, and good quality for the price. [ Joseph  Jan 02, 2019 ]
Provide back up visibility for new driver while installing new head unit in vehicle. [ Brian  Dec 29, 2018 ]
Price and universal fitment, also adjustable and can be added to factory tail gate handle [ Justin  Dec 26, 2018 ]
Purchased one, liked it [ Ronald  Dec 09, 2018 ]
Universal mounting [ JIM R  Dec 05, 2018 ]
Decent reviews [ Shelley  Nov 03, 2018 ]
Simple and sleek and requires less drilling into the space where rust can start [ Stephen  Sep 17, 2018 ]
compact design [ Walter  Sep 07, 2018 ]
Size !! [ JOHN  Sep 06, 2018 ]
Vertical adjustment to replace my existing non-adjustable camera. [ P  Aug 19, 2018 ]
Sleek design should work real nice where I'm going to place it [ Richard  Apr 23, 2018 ]
Cosmos suggested [ Scott  Feb 27, 2018 ]
replacement for one i order before [ david  Feb 27, 2018 ]
like the way it installs as apposed to plate bracket [ patrick  Nov 28, 2017 ]
Travis's guidance [ Dipak  Nov 20, 2017 ]
Small size, included drill bit to cut hole in vehicle to place the camera where you want to, and got good reviews. [ Mark  Nov 15, 2017 ]
I wanted a back up camera and this had a high customer rating [ S  Nov 14, 2017 ]
clean installation [ JOHN  Nov 08, 2017 ]
I appears quite compact, and I'm hoping to conceal in the trim on the trunk lid. [ DanielC  Sep 04, 2017 ]

8 questions already asked

I think you might need to cut a jumper wire to flip the image, check the instructions. [ Erik  Feb 25, 2019 ]
There is a reverse image jumper wire in the harness near the camera that you can cut. [ Daniel  Feb 25, 2019 ]
I can't remember exactly how this works but that was how mine was when I got it as well. There should have been a little piece of paper that came with the camera. There should be 4 little wires separated from the rest. 2 of them control the guidelines the other 2 control the image. When you change them (pull them apart or put them together) It will flip the picture. I believe the ones that flip the image are blue and the grid lines are white. [ Alex  Feb 25, 2019 ]
Hi Mitch, you should be able to flip the image horizontally by cutting the blue wire -- the details are in the owner's manual PDF linked from the Overview tab on Crutchfield. Please note that you can also rotate the camera lens assembly within the housing to adjust the angle and orientation of the image. Good luck! [ Benjamin  Feb 25, 2019 ]
There is a wire about a foot away from the camera that has a silver tag on it that says cut for reverse image if you cut this wire it reverses the image [ Jodie  Feb 25, 2019 ]
The camera is adjustable after installing so it doesn't really matter. Put the grooves however they look better on your vehicle and then rotate the camera for the best view. [ Adrian  Feb 14, 2019 ]
The camera is adjustable [ Chris  Feb 14, 2019 ]
On mine, the groove is at the bottom (6 O'clock). The camera can be moved around, but to look at the ground, it sits into that groove to keep it from moving around at all. The groove also allows it to look downward a little bit more to see the ground behind you. [ Trenton  Feb 14, 2019 ]
it does not matter ounce u get it mounted u can turn it how u need for it to work to ur preference . It stays realy well in its place wife has had hers on her jeep for about a year now no issues. And she is pretty rough on her jeep. [ Michael  Feb 12, 2019 ]
No [ Jeff  Dec 27, 2018 ]
There is no license plate cover included. [ Holly  Dec 26, 2018 ]
It is a stand alone so it doesnt come with a license plate. This model will be more suitable for installation on the front or rear bumper. [ Armando J. Mene  Dec 26, 2018 ]
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy  Dec 05, 2018 ]  Staff
The camera depth is 1/2 inch with the cord you need a minimum of 5/8 [ Richard  Sep 07, 2018 ]
Have not installed yet [ Jess  Sep 06, 2018 ]
20 ft [ Dean  Aug 31, 2018 ]
Couldn't tell you the exact length, but I can say that I had enough cable to run from my tailgate handle, through the tailgate, the underside of an 8 ft. bed plus screw cab, and up to the radio. It was just enough, but it did make it. And, it works perfect. I couldn't be happier the picture. [ Adrian  Aug 31, 2018 ]
Well I can't honestly answer that. I got a 4 door Toyota. It went frm tailgate latch over to the tail light along the frame up to firewall An to my radio. Had 6in to spare. Wud be nice if it was alil longer.. camera does wrk good tho [ Randy  Aug 30, 2018 ]
I did not remember but it was extra long for my fj cruiser [ tom  Aug 30, 2018 ]
It comes with a drill bit to drill for it but you may need to file in addition because it's very snug. [ KORY K  Apr 08, 2018 ]
It comes with the whole saw that u need.. but it's a lil small so u will have to die grind it out a lil bit [ Randy  Apr 06, 2018 ]
I just finished installing this camera. I connected it to a 10 year old Kenwood monitor and it worked great. As long as your monitor has an RCA video input, it should work. It was very easy to install. It comes with a hole saw but I did have to widen the hole a little more before it would fit. It doesn't require much space to mount it. [ Christopher  Nov 09, 2017 ]
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