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Hey Has anyone put a dash cam system in their car? If so, what is your solution? What product did you go for? Is it hard to DIY? I've seen some folks mentioned putting dash cams in. How did they work out? Thanks!
 

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Just research. Get one that continuous loop records. It will save in 5 minute blocks if something happened. Otherwise memory card will fill up and stop recording until you manually say yes to deleting stored data.

Get a front and rear set. (this will catch tailgaters before they cut you off)

Mounting location is personal preference

Worst part is corralling the wire. In my Frontier, I just stuff it in the headliner toward the rear and I trimmed down/reattach for the front.
 

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I installed this one a couple weeks after I got my Taos. Be VERY careful if you choose to do a self-install. If you're fussy about hiding wires like I am, the install involves routing the wires behind the weather stripping. It's extremely difficult to put the weather stripping back into place. Took me at least an hour to do so, but eventually got it.

Other than that, the camera works great. Straps right to the rearview mirror with a couple rubber straps. I chose to install mine using the 12V Accessory Power. Camera turns on when the car turns on, and then turns off when the car turns off. Does also include a rear camera.
 

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I installed this one a couple weeks after I got my Taos. Be VERY careful if you choose to do a self-install. If you're fussy about hiding wires like I am, the install involves routing the wires behind the weather stripping. It's extremely difficult to put the weather stripping back into place. Took me at least an hour to do so, but eventually got it.

Other than that, the camera works great. Straps right to the rearview mirror with a couple rubber straps. I chose to install mine using the 12V Accessory Power. Camera turns on when the car turns on, and then turns off when the car turns off. Does also include a rear camera.
Good for you! Please do tell me how it works out.

I just need a simple camera recording what is happening outside of the car. I like the garmin mini dash cams, but it only records the front of the car, not the rear. I haven't seen any front+rear systems as small as the Garmin minis yet.
 

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Just research. Get one that continuous loop records. It will save in 5 minute blocks if something happened. Otherwise memory card will fill up and stop recording until you manually say yes to deleting stored data.

Get a front and rear set. (this will catch tailgaters before they cut you off)

Mounting location is personal preference

Worst part is corralling the wire. In my Frontier, I just stuff it in the headliner toward the rear and I trimmed down/reattach for the front.
Yea, I want to be able to install a system myself, but I'm also scared of the wire management. Probably need to go to a shop for it.
 

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Just be aware, the dash cam will reveal your driving habits as well. So, don't give in to road rage temptations or run through stop signs. Let the other fools perform for the camera.

Also, dash cam can help somebody else (not at fault) and assist police.
 

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Good for you! Please do tell me how it works out.

I just need a simple camera recording what is happening outside of the car. I like the garmin mini dash cams, but it only records the front of the car, not the rear. I haven't seen any front+rear systems as small as the Garmin minis yet.
I've learned over the years that if I'm not 100% confident in doing a self-install, it's well worth having a professional complete the installation.

I'm not sure what your preferences are for cameras, like whether you prefer the camera to have a screen or whatnot, or budget related preferences. But here are a couple recommendations I received from Geek Squad representatives when I was looking for a camera. These both have front and rear facing cameras.

With Screen Option

Screenless Option
 

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I maintain 45 of these set up on forklifts for Incident investigation in a warehouse. They work well and are reasonably priced. A GPS enabled mount is an extra accessory and would let the camera record speed and co-ordinates.

 
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