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#41 OFFLINE   mkhan01

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 04:39 PM

Thanks @dumbcomputers - I do have the plastic trim all off - I only saw 2 nuts - I will peek around for 2 more today -

 

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 04:59 PM

I only saw 3 originally and couldn't figure out why it wasn't coming off :D

 

Thanks @dumbcomputers - I do have the plastic trim all off - I only saw 2 nuts - I will peek around for 2 more today -

 

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 08:06 PM


3. Since I will have a free license plate camera - I was thinking about mounting it on the front - I did temporarily wire the video to the front port of the lockpick - it fired up just fine. I am considering using the 2.4ghz video transmitter rigs for the front side so as not to have to punch holes in the firewall. Any suggestions on what to tap for power on the front side?

 

FYI, you can't use a rear camera on the front. The image will be reversed unless it has a toggle on the camera to switch from mirror view to non-mirror view.

 

I finally hooked up my Lockpick today and it works GREAT!!!! I'm surprised how quickly the video turns on once put into reverse. My only issue is I am unable to toggle the rear camera on while I'm driving forward...got to call them on this. I read on the Focus forums that this was a firmware issue with newer cars and a firmware update might fix this.



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 01:51 AM

And...here she is....

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 02:43 AM

Fixed the issue with not being able to turn on the camera in any gear (*even when parked). It would have help if I read the directions before I installed it..LOL. On a Cmax you have to set the vehicle selector switch from "0" to "1" and set dip switch 11 on. Once I did that it enabled the steering wheel control to manually enable the camera when not in reverse:D

 

Lockpick is the bomb!!! Highly Recommended.


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Posted 21 February 2014 - 09:18 PM

http://www.youtube.c...eature=youtu.be

 


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 02:56 AM

hello @dumbcomputers, just received the backup camera which goes in the license plate light bracket along with the correct color led light for the other side light.

 

i have a question - what did you tap into to power the little LED license plate light in the backup camera unit.. i tapped into the yellow/black wires tied to the now unused license plate light bulb housing on that side.. however the backup camera LED light seems to have 2 modes - bright and dim - when the car is off - after a few seconds it goes into dim state whereas the other side license plate light turns off completely - but the backup camera LED stays in dim state w/o shutting off.. 

 

have you seen this.

 

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 10:12 PM

hello @dumbcomputers, just received the backup camera which goes in the license plate light bracket along with the correct color led light for the other side light.

 

i have a question - what did you tap into to power the little LED license plate light in the backup camera unit.. i tapped into the yellow/black wires tied to the now unused license plate light bulb housing on that side.. however the backup camera LED light seems to have 2 modes - bright and dim - when the car is off - after a few seconds it goes into dim state whereas the other side license plate light turns off completely - but the backup camera LED stays in dim state w/o shutting off.. 

 

have you seen this.

 

thanks 

 

moe k

 

 

I tapped the LED to the original license plate light for the left side. I'm not sure if it is really 2 modes...my guess is that since the LED's are so small they are running from the power left in the line. My LED actually broke after a few weeks....I already got a replacement from the seller but I haven't replaced the original on yet.

 

When I swap it I'm thinking about tapping both LED lights to the same lead to see what happens. I'm hoping that the right side LED will pull enough power to turn both off.



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 12:26 AM

I tapped the LED to the original license plate light for the left side. I'm not sure if it is really 2 modes...my guess is that since the LED's are so small they are running from the power left in the line. My LED actually broke after a few weeks....I already got a replacement from the seller but I haven't replaced the original on yet.

 

When I swap it I'm thinking about tapping both LED lights to the same lead to see what happens. I'm hoping that the right side LED will pull enough power to turn both off.

 

Hello, I can confirm that the light goes off after a while - not sure exactly how long -- so for now I will leave it alone - next project when i get some time is the front rig.



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Posted 03 April 2014 - 01:48 AM

FYI, you can't use a rear camera on the front. The image will be reversed unless it has a toggle on the camera to switch from mirror view to non-mirror view.

 

I finally hooked up my Lockpick today and it works GREAT!!!! I'm surprised how quickly the video turns on once put into reverse. My only issue is I am unable to toggle the rear camera on while I'm driving forward...got to call them on this. I read on the Focus forums that this was a firmware issue with newer cars and a firmware update might fix this.

Thanks for being the guinea pig for this  :clapping:

 

Ordered a Lockpick and the same camera that you did.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 06:03 PM

Got mine installed today. Only problem is that the camera is aiming a bit high so the top is showing the hatch handle area that sticks out from above the license plate. I need to figure out a shim or something to tilt it down a bit.

 

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 04:31 PM

Ford won't be able to run the "you must buy lots of other options to get a backup camera" scam too much longer:

 

http://www.latimes.c...0,6716850.story



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 07:08 PM

Hello everyone,

 

Just finished hooking up a rear cam to the lockpick in my c-max. As others have mentioned - running the video wire can be tedious - I used an RG6 wire w/ RCA heads as my camera didn't come w/ an RCA video cable.

The major issue w/ my install is that the camera is a license plate model - and it blocks finger access to the hatch release.

 

I have placed an order for the same camera as @dumbcomputers and also the LED light - I will replace the licence plate rig once it comes in (and seal the hole I drilled behind the license plate!). Btw, @dumbcomputers - any suggestions on how to route the video/powercables from this camera - do you have to take the license light/trunk handle piece off? if so how do you do this..

 

Some notes:

1. I did tap into +/- power from the LH side reverse light vs running power all the way back to the lockpick - seems to work fine - camera fires right up when I hit reverse.

 

2. after noting all the 12V issues in various threads - I wanted to ensure the lockpick did not constantly draw power - it seems to light up a red/green light when it is on - and it sees to click and turn off a few seconds after the ignition is off and interior lights go out - I cannot be 100% sure that it is not drawing power other than the audible click and LED light going off. Of course once you put the dash back together - it is not possible to see the lockpick's light.

 

3. Since I will have a free license plate camera - I was thinking about mounting it on the front - I did temporarily wire the video to the front port of the lockpick - it fired up just fine. I am considering using the 2.4ghz video transmitter rigs for the front side so as not to have to punch holes in the firewall. Any suggestions on what to tap for power on the front side?

 

4. While installing, I did take some pictures and can post them if folks are interested.

 

Thanks

 

moe k

Please do post the pics. I have managed to get into the video console in the dash but need particulars on how to remove the panels on the lift gate and in the luggage compartment. Thanks in advance



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Posted 18 May 2014 - 01:26 AM

I got some tips from this video as far as the liftgate is concerned. I didn't route my cable the same way as they did to the front. I ended up running the cable (once I got it into the cabin side from the hatch side) down the passenger side and under the molding along the door opening until I got to the driver's seat. I then crossed over (under the driver's seat) and tucked the cable under the plastic center console and up to the dashboard.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=yCwud9FyGd4 (liftgate discussion in the second half of the video I think)


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Posted 04 August 2014 - 01:58 PM

Sorry to revisit an old thread, but this interests me as my SE with MFT (and Nav) didn't come with a backup camera although I thought it would.  I wouldn't mind doing what a couple of folks here have done with Lockpik and a camera but just to be clear:

 

1) Does the camera actually show automagically when you put it into reverse (and a factory installed one would) or do you have to switch the MFT system to use it?  (That would likely be a deal breaker, as my wife would be the biggest user of something like this and she can't even operate TiVo let alone switch any inputs around).

 

2) Does it or does it not void warranty?  What, exactly, are you modding here with Lockpik?  (I'm not going to do anything that even *slightly* messes with the warranty, at least for three years).

 

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 03:06 PM

1) Does the camera actually show automagically when you put it into reverse (and a factory installed one would) or do you have to switch the MFT system to use it?  (That would likely be a deal breaker, as my wife would be the biggest user of something like this and she can't even operate TiVo let alone switch any inputs around).

 

2) Does it or does it not void warranty?  What, exactly, are you modding here with Lockpik?  (I'm not going to do anything that even *slightly* messes with the warranty, at least for three years).

 

1) Yes it automatically shows the camera in reverse. You can also have lockpick display the camera in any gear if you want, something you can't do with the stock system.

 

2) It's like with any after-market equipment, Ford would have to prove that it caused the fault.

 

The main thing the lockpick does is to take the place of the computer module in the back of the car that is part of the stock system. It connects to one of the CAN busses and let's the display unit (called APIM) know there is a camera in the car. It does some other things like allow multiple cameras. Two things it won't do that the stock system will do is to generate lines on the screen that move depending on where your steering wheel is pointed (the cameras come with fixed lines) and there is no Zoom function.



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 03:29 PM

Thanks for the explanation and quick response.

 

Zoom and lines I can do without.  Not to flog a deceased equine, but when you say "take the place of the computer module" you mean (I assume) only the function that deals with cameras?  Surely not the entire computer function (which does a ton of other things and wouldn't be something I'd want to mess with -- heck, I had them put some NAV TSBs on so my GPS wouldn't *wander* as it is, and don't want anything to stop working with MFT as it currently does).

 

I've installed my own car stereos and bass expanders and feel comfortable with such things (although running wires is never all that much fun).  But I wouldn't say I'm a "great" DIY type guy, just fair to middling.  On a scale of 1-10 (10 being something that really requires someone who does it for a living, and 1 being my wife who, as I say, can't operate TiVo) how difficult would you rate installing the camera and Lockpick?  Any "gotchas" that, having done it, you wouldn't do it that way again? (Or do it differently).

 

In my old age I'm not above paying someone to install things but I kind of doubt I could find anyone in this area who'd have even a clue on how to do something like this, so I suspect it would all be up to me.  And if I messed up the look of our new car my wife... well, let's just say it wouldn't be a pleasant thing for my continued existence. 



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 06:43 PM

Thanks for the explanation and quick response.

 

Zoom and lines I can do without.  Not to flog a deceased equine, but when you say "take the place of the computer module" you mean (I assume) only the function that deals with cameras?  Surely not the entire computer function (which does a ton of other things and wouldn't be something I'd want to mess with -- heck, I had them put some NAV TSBs on so my GPS wouldn't *wander* as it is, and don't want anything to stop working with MFT as it currently does).

 

I've installed my own car stereos and bass expanders and feel comfortable with such things (although running wires is never all that much fun).  But I wouldn't say I'm a "great" DIY type guy, just fair to middling.  On a scale of 1-10 (10 being something that really requires someone who does it for a living, and 1 being my wife who, as I say, can't operate TiVo) how difficult would you rate installing the camera and Lockpick?  Any "gotchas" that, having done it, you wouldn't do it that way again? (Or do it differently).

 

In my old age I'm not above paying someone to install things but I kind of doubt I could find anyone in this area who'd have even a clue on how to do something like this, so I suspect it would all be up to me.  And if I messed up the look of our new car my wife... well, let's just say it wouldn't be a pleasant thing for my continued existence. 

 

There is a computer module called the "Image Processing Module - B (IPM-B)" that is used to send configuration (what sort of guidelines, whether to zoom, etc.) to the camera itself. As far as I can tell from the workshop manual it doesn't appear to do any actual image processing. But in any case the lockpick appears to "impersonate" that module so the car's display knows it needs to accept video input when put into reverse. It shouldn't be interfering with any other functions.

 

The hardest part is wiring in the camera and running the wire to the front. Getting access behind the screen is pretty straightforward and their video is good. There is a video on youtube that shows opening up the tailgate to install a camera on a similar vehicle, there's probably a link to it in this thread someplace. On a scale of 1-10 I would rate it a 7. 



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Posted 29 September 2014 - 11:14 AM

I'd love a backup camera too, I'll add Lockpick and finding a good camera to my list.  This is beyond my mechanical skills though, but I know people who'd help me. 



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Posted 01 August 2015 - 12:35 PM

Coastal tech has a video showing how it is done, how to easily take apart the dashboard trim, plug in their harness, etc. So, as I understand it, I need to buy a loooong video cable and a camera that replaces the license plate light?

 

http://www.coastalet...maxlockpick.htm








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