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Crux CUL-03

Lip-mount rear-view camera

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About the Crux CUL-03

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Crux's CUL-03 rear-view camera will mount nicely on cars with a lip-style overhang built into the rear. Crux supplies a mount for the camera for a streamlined, flush look and a 21-foot cable to connect the camera to your receiver. Once installed, you'll gain a full color 170° view of what's behind you. You also get the option of parking lines and reverse image capability for easier reversing into tight spaces. And the Crux CUL-03 is a match for any car stereo with a standard composite video input and viewing screen.

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.

Product highlights:

  • CCD rear-view camera with standard composite video connectivity
  • 21' video extension cable included
  • mount included
  • 170-degree wide angle
  • 480 TV lines
  • waterproof metal housing
  • optional parking lines and mirror image
  • 0.4 Lux minimum for night driving
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # CUL-03

What's in the box:

  • Rear-view camera with attached 31" power/signal cable (proprietary 4-pin plug)
  • 20'-4" Extension cable (connected to camera cable)(RCA Composite video plug)
  • Threaded mounting collar
  • Self-adhesive gasket
  • Wiring sheet

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Alpine ILX-650 and Crux cul-03

Crutchfield customer from Danielson, CT on 9/8/2019

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Works really well. Clearer than some of the factory ones I've seen. Don't hesitate to call support if you get stuck. And I highly recommend watching a few YouTube videos before you install. If I had done that this install would have maybe taken an hour instead of 5. This install was intimidating but after a lot of head scratching, video watching and tech support it's done. I made it way worse than it had to be.

Pros: Good field of view. Felt secure after install.

Cons: Instructions weren't very clear. But crutchfield helped me out a lot.

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Not Minivan length

Crutchfield customer from Washington, DC on 8/18/2019

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I installed this in a 2008 Kia Sedona minivan. It works great and looks like it was always there. Very professional looking. I had to purchase an extension cord to reach the front of the van though (why I removed the star). It should work with most cars with requiring any kind of extension. Bigger SUVs might also have a problem

Pros: Quality part, feels heavy and built well

Cons: Not long enough for my van.

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George from Houston on 7/23/2019

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Purchased this to go along with new head unit. I give it 5 stars for construction and design. However, I don't recommend it for a Chevy Tahoe since it's a different angle. I was able to use the hole cutter included and cut the OEM bracket and put this one in for a seamless and stock look. I just wish it could have an adjustment to see more of the skyline instead of the pavement.

Pros: Construction Quality of image Ease of installation

Cons: Angle view for my particular set up

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Crutchfield customer from Vallejo, CA on 7/22/2019

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I enjoy having the camera, and find it to be a decent value. It's mounted on the lip above the license plate of a 2012 Subaru Outback. The fixed angle is a bit low for my taste, but it gets the job done. I have yet to see image quality during the night.

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Don't cut the wires!

Patrick from Maple Grove, MN on 7/21/2019

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This is a nice camera with a good picture, good low-light capabilities. Really easy to install - just a ¾" hole. The only complaint I have is that the instructions are wrong when it comes to the wires. It says to cut a wire loop if you are using it as a backup camera. DON'T! the picture is correct with the wire connected. Wish I'd read the other reviewers an known that ahead of time.

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: Video wire could be longer, instructions for wires are incorrect.

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Solid Camera, easy install with proper tools.

William from Antioch, TN on 7/9/2019

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Camera quality is acceptable at the price point. I would like to see slightly wider FOV, and the ability to change the vertical tilt position, possibly with a shim. It is currently mounted on my bumper above my license plate, and the view is more of the ground than of what I am reversing towards. This is a preference though. The hole saw bit it came with was not effective through metal and I had to buy a proper 7/8" hole saw bit to finish install.

Pros: good build quality and acceptable picture quality

Cons: large hole needed. no adjustability once installed

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Works great

Crutchfield customer from Ada, MI on 6/9/2019

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Used it to replace another camera that does after our brutal Michigan winters

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Crutchfield customer from Orlando, FL on 5/21/2019

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Great camera! Very easy to install!

Pros: Wide range, great quality

Cons: Tool included to cut thru car, not the greatest...

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Excellent Camera, Great Low Light Visibility

aaron from Long Beach, CA on 4/29/2019

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Excellent Camera, Great Low Light Visibility easy install, it is a solid and heavy feeling metal camera enclosure. The wires were a bit funky, it says disconnect the blue to make it rear camera, leave connected for front camera. but in reality it was the opposite. so it works great, just an initial inconvenience during install.

Pros: great wide viewing angle removable parking lines front or rear capability (mirrored image) easy to install

Cons: rear/front camera switching wire is kind of finicky

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Crutchfield customer from Garden City New York on 4/28/2019

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Great camera quality day and night. Hard to install. The drill bit that's included with the product is cheap and actually broke while in use. Highly recommend buying a drill bit the same size at a hardware store before installation

Pros: Great quality for good price oce

Cons: Drill bit sucks

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This a a great little camera!

Crutchfield customer from Tamarac, FL on 4/11/2019

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This camera was exactly what I was looking for - has the factory look, works very well in low light and has the ability to reverse image with or without parking guide lines.

Pros: Includes saw hole cutter drill bit

Cons: Instructions are a bit vague, but all it needs is a power source (tap from your reverse lights), a reliable ground, and somewhere to connect the RCA video cable (the video-in on your headunit). How hard is that?

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Crutchfield customer from Warrenton, VA on 4/9/2019

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Looks good. Pretty easy (but time consuming) to install, especially with the stellar support from Crutchfield. I put it in my wife's 2013 Kia Optima and hooked it up to an aftermarket radio. Good picture, and it looks like it came with the vehicle.

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Crutchfield customer from Gillsville, GA on 4/8/2019

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I really appreciated the hole saw that was included in the kit. Instructions were simple and easy to follow and the grid lines are nice also.

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Crutchfield customer from Springfield, MA on 4/4/2019

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Great little backup camera. Easy to install, inexpensive etc. Very happy with this product.

Pros: Everything I said above.

Cons: Couldn't find any.

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Crutchfield customer from Peoria, AZ on 3/29/2019

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Works good, well built. Would like some adjustment but I knew it wasn't adjustable when I bought it. It looks factory.

Pros: Well built

Cons: No adjustment but aim is good at least on my car

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Great back up cam.

Crutchfield customer from Merced, CA on 3/25/2019

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Awesome back up cam. Real easy to install. The hole saw / drill bit that it came with worked great for me. No issues.

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Crutchfield customer from Georgetown, IN on 3/11/2019

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Pretty easy to install, running the wires is the hardest part. Camera has good daytime image, night time is a bit grainy in low light. Great addition to my 15 year old vehicle though. Would buy from again.

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Easy backup camera

Dowdie from Eagle, CO on 2/22/2019

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Simple to install with just enough wire length to install in my GMC van. This kit even comes with a mini hole saw for the camera. Picture angle is perfect. I would definitely buy this again.

Pros: Easy install, good picture and inexpensive

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from San Diego, CA on 2/19/2019

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Excellent value for the price. Camera appears to be well made. Very good image, even at night with the reverse lights on. I was a little concerned about the RCA jack becoming loose but this was easily solved by wrapping the RCA jack and female coupling with electrical tape. Minimal wiring required.

Pros: Very good image

Cons: Inability to adjust the vertical viewing angle of the camera

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Kyle from Indianapolis, IN on 2/14/2019

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Ordered this camera to go with my new radio. The first camera stopped working after about one month. Crutchfield gladly replaced it free of charge. Now the replacement camera has also stopped working, again after about a month. Seems like either a poor design or a bad lot of cameras.

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Kyle contacted our Customer Support team and exchanged for another camera. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days.

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Matthew ryan from Norwood, PA on 2/5/2019

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Clear picture and easy install!

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Great Camera

Robert from Montclair, NJ on 1/30/2019

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Great little camera. Looks factory on my 2006 Saab 9-7x, image is great and responsive.

Pros: Great picture, you can disable the lines and use any lines present on the head unit (my sony has adjustable guidelines, so i disabled the camera lines).

Cons: The fat connector plug was difficult to squeeze through my hatch grommet. if they could find a way to slim that down, that'd be great - i had to use grease to get it to go through. it was messy, but it worked.

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Great camera for OEM appearance and resolution.

David from Pittsburgh, PA on 1/10/2019

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Good resolution camera that works well in low light. Really liked the wiring harness, with a single small connector attached to the camera wire, and a long harness to the headset. Made it easier to attach the camera to the rear hatch and to route the wire through the boot. Very pleased with the purchase, and the install is tucked away and looks like OEM equipment.

Pros: Wiring harness well suited for installation options, without the need for splicing.

Cons: Wish it came with several tapered rubber washers to slightly adjust the angle position.

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Good choice for a back up camera

Michael from Livermore, CA on 12/17/2018

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Good camera with a clear image and very good picture at night with my Prius C backup lights. Easy to install and providing the hole saw was a nice touch. The cable has two locations for connecting to the reverse signal and I used one to attach to the back up light and the other end to connect to the radio harness. The hard part is removing all of the trim panels and fishing the wire through the door to camera location. The installed camera looks like a factory item and the Kenwood radio has a nice picture.

Pros: Easy installation, good instructions, included hole saw. Low price

Cons: None

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Clear Picture. Limited vertical viewing angle.

David from Napa, CA on 11/11/2018

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Great price. I don't see a reason to pay for a more expensive one. Unless you need more than a 90 degree vertical range. The picture is clear, the camera has a nice solid feel to it, and the support from Crutchfield is exellent as always. The camera is mounted completely horizontally. This the rest of this review is mostly pertinent to Chevy Express/GMC Savana owners. The hole saw had no problems with plastic license plate assembly (removed from door). On my Kenwood I left the parking lines disabled and cut the video flip wires. Test before you install as for me these ended up inacessible once installed. (I pulled the camera cable into the van and made the connection in the van vs in the door). The adjustable parking guide on the Kenwood head unit is adjusted all the way to one side but it does make up for the offset camera location. And you can see the tow hitch!

Pros: price. Feels well built.

Cons: limited 90 degree vertical angle.

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Product is great but the service was even better!!

Crutchfield customer from Moulton, AL on 8/26/2018

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We ordered a stereo and a back up camera for a 2006 Jeep Commander Limited. I paid extra to have Crutchfield do the wiring harness (best $$ I ever spent). Had to call twice and got fast service and each time the advice was perfect. I had everything installed in little of an hour, I am FAR from being an expert in this area! Crutchfield's price was competitive BUT the service is Priceless!!

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Steve from Monroe, GA on 6/26/2018

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Easy to set up. Great video picture.

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Bright, sharp image, OEM look.

Kirk from Henderson, NV on 4/4/2018

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The camera image is sharper and brighter than the OEM unit in my Toyota. I was concerned about the license plate mount camera, thinking that they might not handle a car wash, and might invite a disgruntaled youth walking through the parking lot to mess with it for fun. I looked for and studied OEM cameras on SUV's while waiting on lights, and in stop and go traffic. Most all are lip mount and barely noticeable. This Crux is perfect. It comes with a hole saw that makes the install easy. I mounted it to the left of the hatch latch, in the same position as most newer SUV OEM cameras. If you happen to notice it on the car, you would assume that it came with the car new.

Pros: Great image. Looks like it was factory installed. Hole saw included.

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Soulsbyville, CA on 3/26/2018

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Well, first off, the good....Picture is AWESOME. It is as good as my 2015 Factory Subaru Legacy camera. BETTER than my wife's 2018 GMC Denali camera. Her grid lines move which is cool... these do not (of course) BUT picture quality is beautiful. Wanted my daughter to be able to see behind her at night due to her tinted vehicle windows. The bad and reason for 4 stars not 5. I believe the camera is a 5 star quality camera, it is the cord. I would rate the RCA connection a 3. Fit loosely on the stereo, not snugly. After running the wire from the back to the front of car, even worse to the point the picture was cutting in and out. I feel I am handy and liked the camera enough that I didn't want to return it and have to wait for a replacement and go through running the cable all over again and it ends up being in the same boat anyways. I decided to cut the RCA off and did my own connection. Have spair stuff (cables, wires, etc...) laying around. If you are like me ordering from Crutchfield you too are more than capable of fixing this with an RCA end of your liking. After cutting the RCA off (up at the head unit), 3 wires... red (to stereo trigger for camera - from back up tail light) yellow (camera hot lead - center RCA post) black (ground - outer RCA body). Hopefully this helps someone else out. If the factory had a better RCA it would easily be a 5 star product. I think 4 stars is warranted for my time. Overall all I am still happy with it.

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Good Factory Replacement

Andrew from Bristol, CT on 2/26/2018

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This was an additional purchase to replace my crummy factory cam out of my KIA Sorento. The Sorento has a molded camera housing that this did not fit in, but I plugged that hole with a body plug and installed this on opposite side as a new camera. Work great, better than factory cam actually!

Pros: Good picture even on 7" screen. Quality steel housing.

Cons: Like most cameras, it has average quality at night.

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Crutchfield customer from Brighton, CO on 1/1/2018

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So far it's working good. Not to hard to install. Would be better if it had adjustment for up and down , other than that the view is good.

Pros: It has a factory look to it. Easy to install.

Cons: Would be nice if it had more adjustments.

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SERGIO R LUCEER from Garden Grove , CA on 11/14/2017

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Installed on 2014 ford explorer , High quality image

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NOT MADE FOR PICKUPS!!

David from AL on 11/4/2017

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Hole saw included melted and never penetrated my tailgate! Bought real hole saw at hardware store and installed camera......After mounting and installing, pulled up camera to find upside down image that had {zero=no} adjustment! Why didnt Crutchfield tell me it wasnt made for pickups when i spoke with customer rep.....This was a replacement recommended by rep because first camera i bought from them worked fine for 6 months then melted the wire from the inside out.....Ive paid for installation of rear camera twice! Still do not have functional camera!......Pensacola Florida!

Pros: Nice upside down image!

Cons: Poor instructions, non adjustable image!

Crutchfield response on 11/14/2017
David, we're sorry you're having issues with your camera. Please just reach out to our tech support team. They can either help get camera working the way it should, or possibly return it for an exchange or refund. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

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Crutchfield customer from Cleveland, OH on 5/3/2017

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Overall an excellent backup camera, would buy again if needed.

Pros: Nice quality and easy to install

Cons: Threaded mounting collar appears to be cheap and easy to strip by hand tightening.

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Good quality back up cam. Does not fit my Toyota Tacoma out of the box

Johann from Seattle, WA on 5/1/2017

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See pros/cons below.

Pros: I have 2007 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab and I installed it to my pop 'n lock handle (PL5400). Pop n lock sells a metal mounting bracket designed for the OEM tacoma backup camera. Otherwise, after set up, this camera worked very well with my after market head unit, Sony XAV-AX10", and I love the combination!

Cons: Unfortunately, this universal camera was attached to its own metal backing, so in order for it to fit my pop n lock handle (plus camera mounting clip that I bought from pop n lock as well), I had to remove the metal backing and create my own camera holder which I had to tape into my pop n lock mounting clip. After installing, I realized that my camera was pointing slightly too far upwards, but I will adjust later when I get a chance.

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Quality camera.

Jim from New York on 4/29/2017

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This is a well made product and it works great. A perfect addition to my new radio. I am now part of the 21st century!

Pros: Functions well. Has everything for an easy install.

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Valdosta, GA on 4/16/2017

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Not a big fan of this camera! I am unable to turn the view from being upside down. Not a good choice for a truck.

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Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to this customer to help him with his camera. We'll either help him get it working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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Crutchfield customer from Wentzvile, MO on 4/12/2017

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Great fitments looks good. Out in Titan had to do some internal modification to make point the other way. But once done was great picture

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Fit the bill

Mark from Kalispell, MT on 2/11/2017

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It does the job. Mounted on a horizontal plane rear gate of my 96 4runner. Fairly small connector that is easier to run through the rear gate. Oveal length was fine, but the connector at the camera end was a bit short for my application. It ended up in the rear gate where I felt it should be in the headliner for sevice.

Pros: Small connector. Economical price.

Cons: Not the greatest at night.

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Great picture, OEM look

Nick from Princeton, NJ on 1/12/2017

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I only have experience with OEM cameras, and this seems as good or better than those. I went with this for a 2014 Subaru WRX Wagon to hook up to my Kenwood DDX9903s head unit. I installed it about 8" off center on my hatch. It looks like it came with the car. A few things to note about this camera: 1) The image is not upside down, since it is meant to point toward the ground (~45 degree angle if mounted parallel to the ground). It has a wide angle lens that will show your bumper and about 20 feet back. Who's installing this with the camera pointed at the sky? 2) The image can be mirrored or not (horizontal flip), but not flipped vertically--though my head unit has the option to do this. The parking lines are decent, but not adjustable. But they can be turned off. I use my headunit's parking lines. Otherwise, all metal construction and included hole-saw make this look great and easy to install. It is better quality (480i) than our 2016 GTI reverse camera--though it does not work quite as well in the dark without reverse or other lights on (I can view the camera without being in reverse at any time via my head unit). But, for backing up with my reverse lights, no problem. The included long run of composite video cable has a red power wire included, and then another power and a ground wire further down closer to the camera. After testing, I am just using the red wire at the RCA end, I insulated the other power and ground without any problems.

Pros: Metal construction Included hole-saw and quality double-sided tape Long wires Multiple powering options Parking line/mirror image options

Cons: Camera sensor is lightly cock-eyed in the frame Part of the wire where the second power/ground connections split is larger and harder to run through the car (through grommets and such).

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Crutchfield customer from SC on 11/8/2016

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Added this to a 2004 armada. I installed it in the factory location. This did require a little bit of extra cutting out of sight. I powered the unit with continuous acc power so I can cut it on from the head unit anytime. Also, triggers off of reverse. Works great.

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Crutchfield customer from Cedar Park, TX on 10/11/2016

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Works like a champ. Not HI resolution, however; it fit perfect and works great.

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PERFECT PICTURE

andrew from Tupelo, MS on 9/28/2016

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THE CAMERA WENT PERFECT WITH MY HEAD UNIT

Pros: EASY INSTALL, EASY HOOK UP, CLEAR PICTURE(HAVENT TRIED NIGHT SHOT YET

Cons: CAN ONLY BE MOUNTED UNDER A FLAT SURFACE(POINTING DOWN) I FLUSH MOUNTED AT FIRST AND IMAGE WAS UPSIDE DOWN. STILL 5 STARS BECAUSE THAT WAS MY FAULT FOR NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO TITLE DETAILS

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Quality Camera

Bob from Spring, TX on 4/12/2016

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Very good camera and easy to install. I installed it in my tailgate latch of my Tundra and it was every bit as good as the factory installed cameras with one exception: the picture was upside down. The camera has to be installed on the bottom of the vehicle otherwise the camera is upside down. Crutchfield sent me a different brand to replace the Crux camera and took the old camera back. Unfortunately, the new camera is not as well built and the picture is not near as clear as the Crux camera. It is too bad that the camera cannot be rotated in the housing because this is a fine camera for pickup tailgate latches due to its quality and angle of the housing.

Pros: Great quality and easy to install.

Cons: Has to be mounted on the bottom of the vehicle.

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Works even after the car was rear-ended

C.W. from Bedford, OH on 4/5/2016

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Great camera very rugged, installed it in my parents RAV-4. Works well in at night in the country with dust and no surrounding light sources. Six months after the camera was installed the little SUV was rear-ended hard enough the rear door and bumper support was replaced. The Crux camera is still working great! Just bought another Crux camera for the in-laws car.

Pros: rugged little camera, works well for the price.

Cons: supplied instruction's are horrible, but Crutchfield can explain it the install instructions.

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Nice image, full-featured camera, rugged construction

RG from Knoxville, TN on 3/11/2016

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This camera is great and provides backup guidelines to my Pioneer AVH-X5800HS. It is CCD, weather-tight, and looks much better installed than a bracket-mounted camera. I prefer the fixed angle as I won't have to wonder about it getting bumped and not being accurate. Definitely recommend over the Pioneer ND-BC8 that it replaced.

Pros: Nice clear image Looks OEM with cast housing and semi-recessed mounting Provides optional grid-lines and image-reverse (both configurable via wire jumpers on harness) Fixed 45-degree angle perfect for lip mounting Includes a 22.5mm hole-saw sized for the camera

Cons: Slight, and I mean almost unnoticeable faint lines in image (possibly due to inductive interference from nearby signal lines in vehicle's OEM harness or from Pioneer head-unit). It is almost too insignificant to mention as this not meant to be an HDTV camera.

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Installed in a 2007 toyota sienna

Marcher from north hollywood, CA on 3/7/2016

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easy install, just find the reverse signal wire of your car, pop off some trim, run wires, secure with zip ties and plug to your aftermarket HU.

Pros: the reverse signal wire input for this camera is towards the dashboard, lucky for me, the reverse signal wire of the sienna is very accessible under the steering wheel. found it with the help of google.

Cons: the reverse signal wire input for this camera is towards the dashboard, some people splice off power/signal for the camera from the reverse lights... My tip... do a research if the reverse wire of your vehicle is accessible near the dashboard or driver kick plate, if not i suggest the Crux CLP-12.

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jslacy from Arizona on 10/9/2015

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I put this camera on my 2008 Mustang GT convertible. I also bought the Pioneer head unit that has the Android Auto and Apple Car Play capability at the same time. The camera looks very clean and the picture quality is very good. I like the option to hide the cameras guide lines since my head unit has the ability to add guide lines and even adjust them from the head unit. Installation was easy and very clean. I was originally told I would have to tap into my reverse lights at the back of the car, but that wasn't the case. Plus the wiring of this camera is not setup for that without hacking into cabling. I was able to connect the power to my factory wiring at the head unit using the wiring adapter kit sold by Crutchfield with the Pioneer head unit. So far digging having a backup camera on my older car!

Pros: clean design

Cons: not adjustable, but the default angle works well.

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Pretty good

Donald from New York on 8/26/2015

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This is really a pretty good camera, well made and inexpensive. You can reverse the image for backing up, or leave it regular if that what you need. You can use the included guide lines or not, as you wish. The picture quality is top notch, even at night. The view is wide angle, which means that objects you see are much closer than they appear. The camera when mounted on a horizontal surface, points down at 45 degrees. So the guide lines point into the ground an don't serve their intended function. For a backup camera, it the whole unit needs to be angled at 45 degrees to bring the camera vertical. I had to make an mounting adapter. Otherwise the angle is not adjustable. If 45 degrees down works for you - great. Otherwise you would be better off getting a different camera, one that you can adjust.

Pros: Good quality parts Optional guide line and image reverse Good low light image

Cons: Camera points down at fixed angle

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Broken in the box

Crutchfield customer from Tallahassee Florida on 8/25/2015

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When I took item out of the box the video cable that attaches to the head unit was broken forcing me to field repair and voiding the warranty. Would have sent it bad but couldn't wait that long to install it.

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great camera

George from Palmdale, CA on 8/4/2015

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Great back up camera. Bought it for a 2005 mustang and as soon as they get back in stock I'm buying another one for my truck .

Pros: Great clear picture. Easy installation. Looks oem.

Cons: None so far

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Great camera

Cal from Minnesota on 7/9/2015

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Installed my camera today and was very pleased with the excellent picture it provides. It was a very easy install also with the supplied whole saw which makes it look like a OE camera. The appearance is why I chose the Crux as I wanted and factory appearance and more inconspicuous than some others out there. There was plenty of cable supplied to run from the back of my 2008 Pontiac Torrent to my head unit. I highly recommend this camera!

Pros: Excellent picture and very professional appearance.

Cons: none

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More details on the Crux CUL-03

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Features & 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

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Features

Rear-View Camera: The Crux CUL-03 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 CUL-03 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.

CCD Image Sensor: The Crux CUL-03 rear-view camera features a CCD image sensor that offers 480 lines of resolution.

Lens: The bright f/1.2 lens has 170° (horizontal) x 90° (vertical) viewing angle. The minimum illumination is 0.4 Lux.

Waterproof Housing: The Crux CUL-03 rear-view camera features a IP67 waterproof housing.

Normal or Mirror Image: The Crux CUL-03 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 extension 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 extension cable.

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 a threaded mounting collar which holds the camera in place. A self-adhesive gasket is included for sealing the hole around the camera. The camera should be mounted from underneath the mounting surface with the threaded collar facing up, otherwise image from the camera will not be right side up.

Power & Signal Connections: The rear-view camera features an attached 31" power/signal cable and a 20'-4" extension cable. At the end of the extension cable is a male RCA composite video plug, which connects to the composite, rear-view camera input of your head unit. Power and ground pigtails are included at both ends of the extension cable.

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Customer Q&A

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Your reviews are great. [ Dave  Mar 22, 2019 ]
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Buddy [ Brian  Mar 06, 2019 ]
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Low profile, good field of view, small form factor... not a big clunky thing [ TIMOTHY  Jan 27, 2019 ]
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Based upon my conversation with your expert, Otis, we determined that this product would best meet my needs. I have always been given excellent support when I have asked for help from Crutchfield. What a great company! [ Paul  Jan 13, 2019 ]
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Past experience & trust [ Creighton  Dec 25, 2018 ]
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To install a backup camera. [ Sean  Jun 19, 2018 ]
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I wanted a lip mounted camera. This looks good to be setup with my vehicle. [ Vibhor  Jun 11, 2018 ]
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Factory camera not compatible [ John  May 18, 2018 ]
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Based on reviews I believe it will fit my Mitsubishi Montero Sport. [ Luis  Apr 08, 2018 ]
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Recommended by my Crutchfield advisor and perfect for my application on the Corvette. [ Craig  Mar 29, 2018 ]
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Lip mount for Honda Odyssey and CCD sensor with wide field of view [ Pierce  Dec 16, 2017 ]
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It was recommended by you on the web to use it with my Kenwood Excelon DDX9903S DVD Receiver and fits on my 2014 ford explorer base model , so please double check if your information is correct [ SERGIO R LUCEER  Oct 30, 2017 ]
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I'm hoping this will fit and conceal beneath the trunk lid trim. I believe the quality of this camera may be good, based on the description. I've bought a couple and will test the quality of both. [ DanielC  Sep 04, 2017 ]
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a few Subaru owners recommended this type camera for 2012 impreza [ John  Aug 01, 2017 ]
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Uses CCD lens and includes the cables. Reasonably priced. [ Julie  Jul 05, 2017 ]
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want to add an OEM style backup camera [ Dan  Apr 18, 2017 ]
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Factory look camera. Goes where factory unit would have gone. Protects from theft and neater installation [ Gaylord  Apr 14, 2017 ]
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looks like a quality piece. [ JIM  Apr 04, 2017 ]
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My plan is to install the camera under my side mirror of my MV-1 SUV and use to view my mobility ramp landing area. Hopefully it works as planned. It will be a great help when parking. [ C  Nov 22, 2016 ]
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Wire pinched, and video is upside down. need new one to fix it. [ Terrece  Nov 19, 2016 ]
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great reviews and personally have seen in action [ andrew  Sep 28, 2016 ]
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Appears to have a clean looking factory type looking finish as well as good reviews on camera picture quality [ Scott  Aug 02, 2016 ]
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Makes wiring aftermarket units very simple and retains vital factory installed functions. [ Gilbert  May 28, 2016 ]
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I Trust crutch field for all my audio needs, so I knew they would have quality cameras. I wanted a more stock looking camera. [ frank  Feb 27, 2016 ]
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looks stock [ James  Feb 18, 2016 ]
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price, features, good reviews & oem look. [ John  Dec 21, 2015 ]
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because of the reviews, quality product, and most importantly i trust Crutchfield to see quality. [ Victor  Dec 15, 2015 ]
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Smaller but more secure mounting screw, good reviews, and one of them stated it worked with my receiver. [ Jonathan  Dec 12, 2015 ]
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13 questions already asked

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Can you send me a better wiring diagram for my 2001 Corvette?
[ Dave  Mar 27, 2019 ]
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We have the product manuals available for free under the "what's in the box" header of the product page and our vehicle specific Mastersheet available for free with any car audio purchase. Outside of that our tech support is going to be your best resource for more specific questions. You can reach them here: https://bit.ly/2QNxGQB
[ Cosmo  Apr 10, 2019 ]  Staff
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Does the camera automatically turn on when you put car in reverse?
[ Larry  Aug 09, 2018 ]
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yes, if you wire it correctly.
[ ANDRE  Aug 12, 2018 ]
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Yes, it will, IF you wire it correctly.
[ Nancy  Aug 09, 2018 ]
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THE HEAD UNIT IS WHERE THE SETTINGS ARE SO IT WILL ALL DEPEND ON YOUR OPTIONS ON THAT
[ andrew  Aug 09, 2018 ]
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I wired the camera power source to the reverse light cables. Now the camera picture shows on the head unit as soon as I put the car into reverse, without having to press any other buttons.
[ Christian  Aug 09, 2018 ]
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What is the mounting hole diameter?
[ Nick  Mar 09, 2018 ]
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the mounting hole diameter is 22.5 mm, or about 7/8". the CUL-03 i purchased from Cruthfield came with a hole saw that fit into a standard drill, it was not fancy but it worked fine for me
[ ANDRE  Apr 08, 2018 ]
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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 a threaded mounting collar which holds the camera in place. A self-adhesive gasket is included for sealing the hole around the camera. For more details or to discuss further, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks!
[ Larry  Apr 01, 2018 ]  Staff
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Not sure, but mine came with a hole saw.
[ Chris  Mar 27, 2018 ]
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Anyone had this camera installed for a few years now? Any issues? I installed the much more expensive Accele RVC1150T and it quit working after about a year and a half. I have been without a backup cam for a while now and I miss having it for back in parking in my pickup.
[ Tony S  May 11, 2017 ]
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Stop working after a year do not buy this brand
[ juan  May 14, 2017 ]
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I installed this about a year ago and no issues. High quality camera too.
[ Chris  May 13, 2017 ]
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I have had mine installed for about a year and a half and I have had absolutely no problems with it.
[ Clifford  May 13, 2017 ]
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Installed in my daughters car March 2016. Still working with no issues.
[ Robert  May 12, 2017 ]
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I've had it in for a little over a year now still working fine only problem was not adjustable I had to make an angled base still working good
[ Anthony  May 12, 2017 ]
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Where are people mounting this on Mustangs? I'm assuming in the flat area to the side of the license plate light?
[ Mike  Apr 20, 2017 ]
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On my 2008 Mustang, there's a horizontal piece above the license plate. I mounted my camera there so it looks aft just above the license plate. Works great and it's barely noticeable on the car.
[ Steve  Apr 21, 2017 ]
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Can the camera be mounted on top of pickup cab? I want to view my trailer while towing.
[ Tu  May 18, 2016 ]
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Yeah that should work. I'm guessing you'll mount it inverted (on top of the cab)? I know you can flip the screen from right to left. I'm pretty sure you can also flip it from top to bottom (although I'm not 100% sure).
[ Steve  May 19, 2016 ]
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I do not have a built in monitor. What aftermarket monitor would you recommend to use with this camera?
[ David  Apr 22, 2016 ]
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sorry I can't help you. I chose a new JVC 1 din deck to act as the display.
[ joseph  Apr 23, 2016 ]
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I used a kenwood ddx and it works perfectly with the camera. The picture is really clear and night time visibility is excellent. This unit also is an excellent system which offers tons of features and sound fantastic. You will not be disappointed. Thanks
[ alex  Apr 22, 2016 ]
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Dave I bought the Boss GPS double din and it works great. Good luck!
[ SERGIO F  Apr 22, 2016 ]
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Will this camera work on a Ford Explorer? I have a flat surface above the license plate that is parallel to the ground...I believe this is where the factory camera is usually mounted.
[ David  Apr 22, 2016 ]
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This camera should work as long as its bolted onto a flat surface parallel to the ground (similar to a factory location). It will not work if you bolt it on to a vertical surface. The image will be upside down.
[ Victor  Apr 24, 2016 ]
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I'm not sure, but I will say that I mounted mine on the float spot above the rear license plate on my Corvette, parallel to the ground and it works very well. The lens is angled about 45 degrees down in this mounting position. The camera body is metal and durable and the camera works well in low light in my application. I have disabled the back-up lines on the screen as they are meaningless at the fairly low height my camera is mounted. My head unit is a Pioneer with the pop- screen and the camera operates perfectly with it. A hole saw for installation was even included in the package which was awesome and made installation a piece of cake on the 'vette. If there is enough room to mount the camera securely, it should work well on your vehicle.
[ John  Apr 23, 2016 ]
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What type of lens does this camera have? Plastic or glass?
[ Kevin  Dec 30, 2015 ]
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Feels and looks like glass to me.
[ Victor  Jan 03, 2016 ]
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Glass
[ Christina  Dec 30, 2015 ]
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Where is the best place to mount the cam? I have an F150 pickup and wanted to mount it in the bumper.
[ Rob  Dec 19, 2015 ]
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I would look at another camera as this one is to be mounted horizontally under a licence plate area. Unless you have such and area then it is a waste of time. I would look at one of the specific cameras that integrate or replace the handle in the tail gate. I used this under the lip above the licence plate of my Lexus. You could build a custom bracket, otherwise, you won't like the resulting view.
[ ROBERT  Dec 20, 2015 ]
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I mounted mine in the tailgate handle....fail, image upside down. Next choice would have been in the bumper facing up...may still move it...spare time holds me back. May just see if I can flip the lens.
[ eric  Dec 19, 2015 ]
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will this camera hook up to the factory uconnect 5.0 radio? If so are there instructions or wiring harness
[ Darryl  Oct 31, 2015 ]
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It should hook up to your factory wiring, but you'll need to know the proper connections. Replacing the radio and purchasing the adapter harness makes it easier, but if you can identify reverse power in your harness, it should work. You might also want to hit up the Crutchfield support people with this question.
[ Steve  Nov 02, 2015 ]
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What are the dimensions of the actual camera body?
[ Colin  Aug 03, 2015 ]
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I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Width 1.1875" Height 0.8125" Depth 1.25" If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Krissy  Aug 06, 2015 ]  Staff
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There are 2 blue wires and 2 white wire coming from this camera and camera did not come with wiring diagram. What are these wires for?
[ Don  Jun 08, 2015 ]
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My guess is they are for back up sensor input. I imagine it would display color coded lines or blocks similar to back up systems that come from the factory. My head unit will not power up so I have not been able to test my theory but hope to have a working one soon so I can test it out.
[ jeremy  Jun 13, 2015 ]
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Here is the wiring functions: Red: +12V power (from reverse light) Black: ground Yellow RCA: Video feed White thin wire on camera cable: Guide line delete (connect together and insulate to remove guide lines) Blue thin wire on camera cable: Reverse image (connect together and insulate for horizontal reverse image)
[ Charles  Jun 11, 2015 ]
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
[ Jeff  Jun 10, 2015 ]  Staff
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