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Those are some very cool mods that seem to be worth the effort!
 

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Pmanchuk what brand name and model number dash cam are you using?
 

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Pmanchuk what brand name and model number dash cam are you using?
Mark, I have the Blackvue DR750S-2CH cam... there is the newer DR900S available which is 4K (the front and rear cams I think are pretty much the same size as the 750, although a friend has one of those and I find his tends to run warmer than mine)... for my purposes, what I have is perfectly fine.
 

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I’ll add myself to the list of DIYers... picked up a new 2019 HSE last month (moved from a 2017 RRSport) and rather quickly took to a few little projects which were items I had done on the Sport previously so I was fairly comfortable tackling them.

First was a charging stand in one of the cup holders since I use Apple CarPlay quite a bit and can’t stand my phone just laying around.

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Doing it this time was definitely easier - was able to pop out the usb/sim unit just in front of the cooler box which allowed me to fish the charging wire down and under the center storage beneath the cup holders and pulled through where the usb power outlet is down there - then was able to make a small hole in one of the rubber “grip” bits in the cup holder itself to fish get the wire through and the base sits in place by pressure. I made sure to leave a suitable amount of excess wire in the lower storage area so the cup holders can still be moved forward all the way without trouble and the wire is thin enough that it doesn’t get caught or bind anything up - and of course it's low profile so that when not in use, the cup holder can be closed without issue.

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The only “modification” needed was two little notches next to the usb outlet in the lower storage space and next to the usb/sim unit as well so that the wire wouldn’t be pinched when both were put back into place. Have to say in terms of usability, this is by far my favourite mod as it’s used every time I’m in the vehicle.

Next was swapping out the front grille and lower trim as well as the tailgate trim for black - this was the quickest of the modifications as everything is held with pressure clips of one sort or another and just had to be popped off and replaced with the new pieces. Definitely changes the appearance of the vehicle and love the look.

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The last and most involved was front and rear dash cams - I reused the same equipment I had in the Sport and initially did the front first since that was easier. It’s mounted on the driver’s side of the rear view mirror and I think blends in very well... unless you’re looking for it, most people won’t even notice it and it doesn’t affect view out the windshield since it’s quite compact.

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I was initially concerned about the backup battery pack as I had it in the empty storage space under the center arm rest in the Sport but as the new vehicle has the cooler box, I wasn’t sure where to place it. Ultimately I opted to put it in the upper glovebox where it fits well and likewise has the benefit of a power outlet right there. The power wire from the cam is tucked into the headliner to the driver’s side door then down the A-pillar, under the dash to the passenger side and then up into the upper glove box where it plugs into the battery pack. Similar to when I had installed it in the Sport, I did remove the A-pillar trim to make sure the wire for power (and also the one that goes to the rear cam) were routed behind the side airbags.

As for the rear cam, that had me most worried since the previous Sport install was quite challenging as the interior trim panel on that vehicle couldn’t be removed... luckily though on the full size, it was possible to pop off the interior trim panel (again pressure clips). So once I had the wire run the length of the vehicle it’s then fished through one of the two weather proof conduits that you see at the top of the opening when the tailgate is open. From there it comes through near the support/hinge mechanism, runs down the outside edge of the tailgate (behind the removable black trim piece) basically next to the support strut, then goes through the small opening where there’s a rubber gasket and wire already going in - which brings the cable back “inside” into the area pretty much behind the license plate. With the interior trim panel of the tailgate popped and the round sensor pulled out (which sits at the bottom of the rear window - not sure what that's for to be honest) I was able to pull the end of the cable through the hole where the sensor is mounted and then re-seat the sensor - there’s just enough space that I didn’t need to make the opening any larger but making sure the cable was positioned just so as I pushed the sensor back into that opening was key to getting everything to fit. After that, it was as simple as plugging the wire into the cam and mounting it on the rear glass.

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The nice part is that from inside, partly due to the interior trim angling down toward the rear glass, the cam is hidden and doesn’t affect the view at all when looking in the rear view mirror. Because of the tint on the vehicle, the rear cam is also very hard to see from outside unless lighting is just right.
You didn't happen to post any video of these installs on YouTube or anywhere else? I really want to install the BlackVue but it seems a bit challenging.
 

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You didn't happen to post any video of these installs on YouTube or anywhere else? I really want to install the BlackVue but it seems a bit challenging.
Hi Rastaman, I didn’t video the install but it’s actually not nearly as challenging as it sounds - if there are any particular areas/parts you’re curious about, let me know and I’ll be happy to try to write up a step by step description and include some pics of those areas and how I did things on mine.
 

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Thanks, do you really like the BlackVue best or are their other dash cams you prefer? Once I buy something I may hit you up for instructions on installation. Thanks again.
 

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I just upgraded yesterday from my MY2011 l322 SC to a MY2016 TD6. I prefer to do most maintenance and mods DIY, but this will be the first diesel. The first projects i’m researching are getting the merryway Android 10.5” from Ray, and then remapping the ecu probably through my iid tool. Being in Colorado, I do a fair amount of off-road, so I’m starting to look at roof rack options as well.
 
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