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This is for a US market S trim with no IQ stuff, no idea how it works with RHD cars but maybe everything is the same but opposite... no idea

So I got around to moving my dashcam from my old car to this one and figured I would give some tips on what I ended up doing in case anyone is wondering.

I have a 70mai 1S dashcam, it's $40 on amazon and pretty good, you need a micro SD card of some amount.

You will need a dashcam hardwire kit, i bought the cheapest one I could find, they are just USB connectors with 12v to 5v buck converters inside. Know if your camera is Mini or Micro (maybe C but I have not seen one yet), and if it is RIGHT or LEFT facing because your camera plug will face one or the other way and it just looks nicer. The 1S needs a right angle USB.

Mount the dashcam accordingly. Mine has no screen and I chose to stick it up behind the mirror so I don't have to see it. It has one button on the left side to enable the WIFI so you just need to be able to tap it. If you have a screen or multiple buttons you may want to plan accordingly for access.

The best route in my opinion for the wire is to go straight up the windshield and under the headliner. You can push a little slack into the right side of the overhead console to hold the wire up and then pull it across the console and continue tucking it in the headliner. I have not yet attempted to remove it yet. Keep in mind I only have the crap S model so I don't know if you will have issues with the sensors and wire routing.

So you have tucked the wire under the headliner edge and gotten to the corner, you can carefully pull down the A pillar from the side with the rubber trim and tuck the wire in to the A piller where it covers the headliner. I only pulled it a little bit to expose the cavity inside - you will see the airbag inside, don't mess with it.

Now you are moving down towards the dash board corner. Pry the side corner piece away from the side of the dash. I have no idea what this is called but it is where the fusebox used to be on other VW cars so.... triangular trim piece? If you have a plastic pryer you should be able to pop it out from the bottom and front. I just sort of got my fingers behind the forward side of it under the rubber trim and did a grip-and-rip. No screws, just clips.

Under the steering column, there is a panel - this is the inside fuse panel cover. Pull from the right side because it hinges on the left. Now there is a hole to pass the wire through from the left side to the fuse panel.

There is a bolt on the left side that I used for a ground, it's 12mm or something. Unbolt it and side the wire behind it and crank it back down.

The fuse slot I used was #46, it says something about USB accessory power. You can buy a fuse tap kit, buy for an ATC style fuse and make sure you buy another fuse for the dashcam (5 amps or less). My USB power cord has an inline fuse so I just wrapped the wire around the bottom of the fuse and pushed it back in.

Clean up your wires with a ziptie and verify the dashcam gets power. You should be good. If not verify power to the fuse and make sure you have 12v to ground.

Hook the left side of the fuse cover and push the right side on. Push the side cover on and pull the rubber gasket around it. It was sort of a pain to get the rubber back over the front edge but not bad.

All in all it probably took me about half an hour and you can only see the bit that goes across the overhead control panel if you look for it. One day I will take it off and stick the wire inside it. It is entirely possible that there is power in there but I did not look. The information for fuse 46 says:

SC46Fuse 46 on fuse holder C -SC46-7.5AUSB charging socket 1 -U37- 18)
USB charging socket in headlining -U104- 10)

So maybe there is or was a factory dashcam kit that plugs in up there.
 

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Nice writeup.
I've seen some discussion about running the wire behind the airbag in the A-pillar. I suppose so it can still inflate properly. I can't find the discussion now, but it included a diagram of how the A-pillar trim hinged open when the airbag deployed. I also can't remember if it was necessary to unbolt the airbag to get the wire behind it.
It would be really nice if there was USB power in the overhead console. Might have to pay to download the service manuals and wiring diagrams sometime. :)
 

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Nice writeup.
I've seen some discussion about running the wire behind the airbag in the A-pillar. I suppose so it can still inflate properly. I can't find the discussion now, but it included a diagram of how the A-pillar trim hinged open when the airbag deployed. I also can't remember if it was necessary to unbolt the airbag to get the wire behind it.
It would be really nice if there was USB power in the overhead console. Might have to pay to download the service manuals and wiring diagrams sometime. :)

Thanks! Yeah I was going to go through the A pillar towards the windshield but it wasn't budging and I pulled the rubber away from the door side and I could pull it down enough to easily get it in there. I suppose it is possible that it could interfere with airbag deployment but it shouldn't (no expert).

I would like to tap into the speaker output of the radio and add high level outputs from the head unit harness to the rear for a subwoofer and eventually change out the speakers in the doors for separates up front and 2 ways in the back. It is very annoying that information like the speaker sizes and no-cut adapters are non-existant.
 

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I love reading about the pioneering of things regarding the Taos knowing there’s slim to no information available.

Keep up the good work. It will all end up as pinned posts or stickied in the future.
 

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I love reading about the pioneering of things regarding the Taos knowing there’s slim to no information available.

Keep up the good work. It will all end up as pinned posts or stickied in the future.
Thanks, there's barely any of them on the road for that matter. I have seen two besides mine and one was today.
 
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