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Hi everyone.

I'm looking to purchase the Garmin Dash Cam 55 model and also the Escort Redline Ex for my new 2018 Range Rover Sport (5.0 liter Supercharged Dynamic).
Any comments or other suggestions would be appreciated.

I am from Toronto and would like to know if there any shops around here that would hard wire the dash cam and radar detector?

Thanks in advance.
 

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I have a Garmin ( I forget which model) and I like it just fine. I bought the power connector cable for it as well and I actually hard wired mine into the power for the overhead lights/components.
 

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I'm looking at the BlackVue system for the camera. I like that it auto-uploads to the cloud, has solid GPS features and the form factor is pretty small.

I've been an Escort Radar fan for years. I'm using the new Max 360c in my 2018, utilizing the in-vehicle WiFi to connect to the Escort radar reporting system. Take a look at comparison tests to figure out which one is the best for you.
 

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I picked up the blackvue cloud/WiFi cam. Good so far, especially since it can connect to the hotspot. I also have the valentine one radar detector hard wired and on my dash. I highly recommend both.
 

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I have the Blackvue DR750S (2 channel) which i put in the other week and i find to be a fairly solid unit and one of the most unobtrusive options. The fun bit was that I’m one of those DIY types and insisted on installing it myself which can be tricky particularly for the rear cam depending on how particular you are regarding wires, etc. Being that I fall into the “mustn’t see anything” camp, it took me a little longer to install than needed but I’m happy with the outcome. I also added the latest version of Blackvue’s battery (ultra) to the setup which although pricey, gives the parking mode without draining on the vehicle battery... not to mention, as unforgiving as the electronics in the RRS are, last thing I wanted was to risk errors and warnings from battery drain.

Just a quick recap in the event it’s helpful to anyone, I placed the forward cam driver’s side butted up to the lower part of the housing for all the built in cameras/sensors behind the rear view mirror. This allowed me to best hide the wiring since the power and rear channel wires then are out of sight, running just behind the edge of the plastic housing and tucked into the headliner going toward the A pillar. Because of the connections into the cam for the two wires, it leaves just enough space where I can still access the wifi button if needed. Likewise, no matter how you adjust the firmware settings, the GPS, recording and wifi lights do still come on at times, so I ended up covering those with some neurotically cut pieces of black tape since I found the lights distracting.

I pulled off the A pillar trim to be able to route the two wires behind the airbag - power wire then goes down the A pillar behind the soft edge interior trim all the way to the floor, then runs under the edge of the tread plate to just before the B pillar. The carpeting on the floor has a separation where two pieces meet up (under the driver’s seat) which was the easiest place to continue running the wire hidden, under the seat and toward the center console. The fun bit was then getting the power from there into the center storage bin area... so I popped off rear vent facia (just a few bolts and a good yank), then was able to pop the retaining clips for the side trip of the console which gave me space to run the wire up behind that side panel, bringing the wire to hinge area of the storage bin/arm rest. A little dot of glue holds the wire behind the curved arm of the hinge so it won’t get caught when I open/close the arm rest, then the wire discretely goes over the edge of the bin inside. I was tempted to take the bin lining out and make a small hole near the bottom of it to run the wire that way, but decided I didn’t want to cut into the storage bin. In the storage area, I then placed the battery pack on its side up against the back of the bin where it fits snug and put a small piece of adhesive on the top edge of the battery just to avoid it possibly falling forward. This allowed me to then connect the cam power wire (with the cigarette lighter type plug) into the battery pack and likewise then plug the battery pack into the outlet in the console. Since I have the little cover/shelf for the cool box (sans cool box of course), once I put that back in, the battery is hidden beneath it and the only thing you see is the plug of the battery in the outlet... all very neat and tidy without having to do any hard wiring nor cutting, etc. I had considered putting the battery in the glove box and hard wire to the fuse panel behind it but I’m not usually one for hard wiring and the battery charges quickly enough for me from the outlet in the console.

The rear cam was the PITA bit... once I had the rear channel wire behind the airbag at the top of the A pillar, I then popped off the B and C pillar covers too and continued the run toward the back of the vehicle along the edge of the headliner making sure to keep it behind the side airbag the whole length. I got the wire to the back of the vehicle which is where the fun began... trying to get it to the rear window. The easy option would have been to have the wire come out from the back edge of the headliner and then just stick the cam to the window, but that would have left a loop of wire exposed and hanging which would drive me nuts. Instead, I ended up going through the hole at the top (where the rubber conduit between the body and door is attached) which brought the wire technically “outside” the main seal of the tailgate... then was able fish it behind the trim, keeping it protected from the elements and over to the tailgate hinge. The hinge has a cover that easily pops off and the wire is secured in there to avoid getting snagged by the arm when opening/closing the tailgate which brought the wire to the outer edge of the tailgate at the top. At this point I pulled off the side trim to the tailgate (just a few pressure clips holding it), and ran the wire about half way down to where there’s an opening existing that has a rubber fitting and wire going into it... put the wire through there and fished it up through the inside of the tailgate frame to the point where the rear defroster is connected. There’s a square cover here that you can pop off and as long as the fitting on the end of the wire is small enough, you can just get it through the notch between the trim and the glass next to the defroster connection (being very careful not to break that connection to the glass). At that point, I mounted the cam on the top edge of the glass just off center (since the trim is lower in the center and I didn’t want the cam to obstruct my view looking out the back)... and finished it up by running the wire from where the defroster access cover is, along the edge of the glass to the cam. There was just enough space between the glass and trim on the top edge for the wire to be wedged in behind it part of the way, meaning I didn’t have to use any type of adhesive to keep it in place.

Overall it’s about the cleanest install I think I (or even a paid installer) could possibly do and easily done in a couple hours with minimal tools. I’ll say I was tempted by the integrated cams some have noted online that replace the housing where the rear view mirror is but I decided against it because I wasn’t sold on the quality and reliability of a no-name brand and lack of features. Plus I really wasn’t keen on the idea of digging into the housing where the cams are housed on the vehicle and possibly screwing something up there.

So with that long winded explanation (hopefully it’s helpful to someone), here are a few pictures of the final install - sorry, black on black on black in a semi dark garage doesn’t make for the best quality images!
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I have the Blackvue DR650S (2 channel) myself and have had it for couple years. You are correct it is solid unit and one of the most unobtrusive options. I love mine too and two accidents later (caught both of them on camera ) I can tell you excellent choice. Saved me he said she said drama as video doesn't lie. Now mine is hardwired to the switched power fuse in the glove compartment. I couldnt locate the fuse with power that stays on after the car goes to sleep. I have same camaeras in my C63S but with cable taped to fuse with power that stay on so I can record in parking mode after turning off and locking the car then it cuts off at 12.4 volts. Thats the ideal set up, if anyone knows the fuse number to tap. Been wanting to go by car stereo place to have it done by the pros but cant make time so far.
 
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