Yep me to, I remember wiring stereo, amp etc into car at night in winter in the snow :shock:Cactus4us said:
Ive had a good look at these too. But until i can have a good look at the Cactus wiring/fuse board not too sure what to make of it.Tikii said:Not sure if this will work, but Nextbase do a Car Camera Hardwire kit for their Incar Cam range.
Basically, you remove a 'switched' fuse (rear screen heater, power socket etc) and plug their lead into the fuse socket, then put the fuse you removed from the circuit into the top of the fuse in the lead 'piggy back' fashion. The negative is connected to any suitable earth point. The lead then connects to the camera via usb.
I have not tried this but have been told by a fitter at Halfords that it does not affect the Canbus system! (Hmm?).
Has anybody tried this way of connecting a (Nextbase) dash cam, as I have a cactus on order and would like to put a dash cam in it without having wires dangling down to the power socket.
It seems like a simple solution to a common problem, as the current drawn is negligible and I wouldn't have thought a lot different from just plugging an item into the power socket!
My thought too! Seems a simple solution for a dash cam and probably any other low powered usb connectable device.Even though the car is entirely electrically analogue it should be a damn sight easier than finding correct wires
How do you remove the airbag connector? Mine seems to be stuck fast and I don't want to force anything in case I break it...Tikii said:A quick update on fitting a Nextbase 402G with the Nextbase Hardwire kit.
I've just fitted the above dash cam and it's not too difficult but you need eight inch fingers that are double jointed at all the knuckles! I used the power socket fuse as the heated rear window fuse (as recommended) only comes live when you turn on the rear screen heater whereas the power socket turns on and off with the ignition.
On my cactus the fuses are behind a panel just below the glove box. Remove this panel starting at the top left hand corner and work your way round carefully, you'll need a screwdriver to help to lever it off initially.
Once it's off, locate the left hand fuse board and find (obstructed by two wiring loom cables and an airbag connection which can be unclipped from its holder without disconnecting it) the 'power socket fuse' (small blue 15A on mine, check with the manual) and remove it.
Place the fuse you just removed in to the empty 'piggy back' socket and then plug the 'piggy back' plug back into the socket on the fuse board that you just removed the fuse from. As a double check to make sure you've got the correct fuse after removing It, turn on the ignition (with something plugged into the power socket) to make sure the power socket is off.
Route the usb connecting cable from the camera (I positioned mine slightly to the left of the rear view mirror) under the roof panel, behind the A pillar trim and then behind the door seal feeding the excess in to the space below the fuse box area.
Connect the red wire you connected to the fuse box as above to the red wire on the usb cable and then connect the black wire with the spade connector on the usb cable , behind one of the torx screws near the front area of the fuses. There is space below the fuses to put any spare usb cable you have.
Plug in the usb cable to the camera and turn on the ignition and camera and bingo!
Replace the cover starting at the bottom and gently push the locating clips back in.
It's a fiddly job due to the location of the fuse box and wires in front of it, but not that difficult if you take your time.
Hope you find this helpful.
That's how I have mine. I'm reading the installation ideas with interest, I just plug mine in to the cigarette lighter but the wires in the passenger foot well drive me crazy (I prefer my TomTom satnav over the built in, so I have an Energiser adapter so I can power both items.)MaroonBells said:Scrumdown45
Your cam looks like its positioned fairly low, would you say it is correct having used it?