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2018 Dash Cam Install

Anyone done a dash cam install on a 2018 with eye sight?

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I believe there are many threads on dash cams in the Gen 5. I have a Blackvue DR900S dual camera on my 2018. The front camera is directly under the rear view mirror with no impact to the Eyesight system. I like the 900 as it is completely hidden from my view by the mirror and offered more options than I need. Is there a specific question you have on the install?

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I was just thinking the same thing since I have one in my Legacy. Gotta do some forum searching now
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I have this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 for a couple years now. It's snugged up against the Eyesight pod on the driver's side with small velcro pads. Looks like it's part of the Eyesight from the outside. Ran the power cord through the headliner trim, down the A-pillar and plugged into the fuse box. No Eyesight issues, very good clarity.
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I have this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 for a couple years now. It's snugged up against the Eyesight pod on the driver's side with small velcro pads. Looks like it's part of the Eyesight from the outside. Ran the power cord through the headliner trim, down the A-pillar and plugged into the fuse box. No Eyesight issues, very good clarity.
Just curious, did you remove the A-pillar trim and run the wire under the side curtain airbag? Mine currently crosses over the airbag at the top of the A-pillar trim and I have been waiting for a nice day to go out and change the routing. Mine is mounted next to the passenger side of the Eysight pod and runs down that side A-pillar.


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No, just tucked it in under the edge of the trim. I'll have to check if I went on the windshield side or window side of the trim. I figure (based on the unfortunate use of the airbag in my 2015 Crosstrek) that the cable will be released regardless of whether it's in front or behind the bag and won't interfere with the deployment.
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No, just tucked it in under the edge of the trim. I'll have to check if I went on the windshield side or window side of the trim. I figure (based on the unfortunate use of the airbag in my 2015 Crosstrek) that the cable will be released regardless of whether it's in front or behind the bag and won't interfere with the deployment.
I tend to agree that it wouldn't interfere, but then again I would hate to put somebody's life on the line because I was wrong. I seldom have anybody in the passenger seat anyway but I will probably run the wire behind the bag when I get a chance just to be safe. Kind of the same category as people mounting things in the restricted areas for Eyesight and determining that it doesn't interfere with the Eyesight system just because they don't get any warnings. I spend a lot of time outside of the rules, but when it comes to safety items I hate to take unnecessary risks.
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Absolutely. I just checked and I did run it on the front of the A-pillar trim, next to the windshield. If the airbag deploys it'll leave the wire behind. I feel better already!
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Absolutely. I just checked and I did run it on the front of the A-pillar trim, next to the windshield. If the airbag deploys it'll leave the wire behind. I feel better already!
That should work as well. How did you run it at the bottom? I didn't see an easy way to hide it to get it under the dash. Mine is on the passenger side so maybe it is different. I still have the problem of running the wire to the back for the rear camera so I will probably keep my same plan of running them under the curtain bag at the top of the A-pillar.


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That should work as well. How did you run it at the bottom? I didn't see an easy way to hide it to get it under the dash. Mine is on the passenger side so maybe it is different. I still have the problem of running the wire to the back for the rear camera so I will probably keep my same plan of running them under the curtain bag at the top of the A-pillar.
Well, this subject coming up got me inspired to just fix it. I've been waiting for a warmer day but 35F and drizzly was just going to have to be good enough. It took all of about 10 seconds to pop the A-pillar trim off. Another 5 to 10 minutes of re-routing wires and taking pictures and it is all done and back together.


This was where the wires originally had ended up when I just tucked them in under the A-pillar trim without removing it. You can see they run over the side curtain airbag. It could be argued that they wouldn't interfere with deployment, but it could also be argued that they might.











This pic shows where I had the gps antenna for the dash cam with the wire laying across the dash. I had three wires to work with including the front and rear cameras and the gps antenna.











After pic with the two camera wires now running behind the side curtain airbag and the gps antenna wire running along the existing car wiring harness down the A-pillar.











I turned the gps antenna 180 degrees and now the wire is completely hidden.











Accidentally clicked this picture but the strange angle shows how my front camera is located next to and slightly behind the Eyesight camera. The location works well but it might be a little annoying for someone riding in the passenger seat.








This is on my 2017 but should be pretty much identical to the 2018 and other Gen 5 Outbacks.

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