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Best approach to add backup camera?

Just got an 06 Commander with no backup camera. Now I realize how much I need one. Trying to decide what is the best approach to add one. I have the REC radio with nav system already installed.

My preference is for a stock camera setup just as if it came with a camera when new. I see kits are available to install an OEM camera which plug into the REC radio. I found instructions on line which show how to install the kit. Looks like a PITA to run the cable but not overly difficult. If I go this route, I have several questions
1) Any reason I should not pull the camera and all the parts needed out of another Commander?
2) Is same camera and parts used in all years of the Commanders or another vehicle that could be the donor? Grand Cherokee? Dodge product?
3) Any links to helpful instructions or YouTube videos?

Another option is to go aftermarket and get a kit that uses a license plate mounted camera and a separate dash display. Cost less but I do not like the added display on the dash. If I decide to go this route, can anyone recommend a kit to do this. Seems like there are a ton on the market.

Any guidance would help me move in right direction.

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You ever figure this out??
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The OEM back-up cameras themselves are cheap enough only $100.00 bucks or so - I know because I have already replaced mine.

Not sure why the OP doesn't just buy the camera and have the dealership install it - the whole job might cost $200.00 tops - maybe less.


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I think the main issue is that on '06 Commanders, the REC radio didn't have an input for a backup camera. Not to mention the trim required to integrate the backup camera into the tailgate is pretty tough to find.

I researched adding an OEM camera to mine, and I never did find a part number for the proper tailgate trim. Ultimately, installing a camera isn't too difficult, depending on where you choose to run your wiring, but if you're trying to integrate it into a REC radio, it's worth checking that you have an input for a camera to begin with.

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I purchased this Pioneer double din unit: AVIC-6201NEX - In-Dash Navigation AV Receiver with 6.2? WVGA Touchscreen Display and included ND-BC8 back up camera | Pioneer Electronics USA but haven't installed it yet. Seeing what is currently in there, I might just take it to a shop to have them create a proper opening for the radio and have them do all the wiring.

Also, the OP stated his car doesn't come with a stock rearview camera, which means he has no clot on the lift gate handle for the OEM camera, same situation I'm in. I haven't looked so I'm not sure if the OEM camera can be mounted differently.
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I purchased this Pioneer double din unit: AVIC-6201NEX - In-Dash Navigation AV Receiver with 6.2? WVGA Touchscreen Display and included ND-BC8 back up camera | Pioneer Electronics USA but haven't installed it yet. Seeing what is currently in there, I might just take it to a shop to have them create a proper opening for the radio and have them do all the wiring.
I did a similar install on mine. I used an older Pioneer AVIC X920BT with an ND-BC5 for mine, and used a Metro installation kit to properly fit the radio into the hole left by my REC. I also used a couple of PAC converters to hook up to the stock amp and steering wheel controls. I also found that the space between the tailgate trim piece and the license plate is perfectly sized to fit a camera, and even used the opening for the handle to run the wiring for the backup camera. It's not a difficult install if you're comfortable working with wiring, and I'm happy to give tips if you want to give it a try yourself.

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I purchased this Pioneer double din unit: AVIC-6201NEX - In-Dash Navigation AV Receiver with 6.2? WVGA Touchscreen Display and included ND-BC8 back up camera | Pioneer Electronics USA but haven't installed it yet. Seeing what is currently in there, I might just take it to a shop to have them create a proper opening for the radio and have them do all the wiring.
I did a similar install on mine. I used an older Pioneer AVIC X920BT with an ND-BC5 for mine, and used a Metro installation kit to properly fit the radio into the hole left by my REC. I also used a couple of PAC converters to hook up to the stock amp and steering wheel controls. I also found that the space between the tailgate trim piece and the license plate is perfectly sized to fit a camera, and even used the opening for the handle to run the wiring for the backup camera. It's not a difficult install if you're comfortable working with wiring, and I'm happy to give tips if you want to give it a try yourself.
Nice! My problem is the current radio is a single din; the stock unit was not the REC radio. So, the radio bezel/slot will need to be modified and the liftgate handle will need some work as well.

Wiring work isn’t terrible. Curious, how’d you run your camera cable to the head unit?
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Nice! My problem is the current radio is a single din; the stock unit was not the REC radio. So, the radio bezel/slot will need to be modified and the liftgate handle will need some work as well.

Wiring work isn’t terrible. Curious, how’d you run your camera cable to the head unit?
O.K. I'm not trying to hi-jack the thread - but help me out here.

I always hear the terms single din and double din when talking about factory radios and was never 100% sure of exactly what it means - other than I think the single din is smaller than the double din?

Here is a pic of my 2008 MyGIG Media Center 430 CD/DVD/MP3/HDD Factory radio.



Am I correct in assuming that this is a double din unit?
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O.K. I'm not trying to hi-jack the thread - but help me out here.

I always hear the terms single din and double din when talking about factory radios and was never 100% sure of exactly what it means - other than I think the single din is smaller than the double din?

Here is a pic of my 2008 MyGIG Media Center 430 CD/DVD/MP3/HDD Factory radio.



Am I correct in assuming that this is a double din unit?
That would be a double din...If you car has a*single DIN*head unit, the front faceplate should be about 7 x 2 in. (180 x 50 mm.) If it has a*single DIN*head unit, the front face plate will be twice as tall. Since “2*DIN*car stereo” is a colloquial term for doubleDIN, the head unit in your car will measure roughly 7 x 4 in.

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Lucky as well BB...the 2006/7 radio trim is all one piece with the dash making it much easier to add a double din. ;(
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