Dash Cam Installation

Discussion in '458 Italia/488/F8' started by dhurlbert, May 8, 2019.

  1. dhurlbert

    dhurlbert Karting

    Sep 25, 2016
    Austin, Texas
    One of the first things I wanted installed when I bought my 458 was a dash cam. I think they are cheap insurance against a false claim in an accident, vandalism, or even just re-living a moment that happened. I've tried many different brands of cameras and settled on BlackVue as being the best option. They aren't cheap, but they're damn good.

    I was having the headliner repaired in my 458 so I took the opportunity while the upper trim was already removed to install the camera and get the wires run. It's definitely a job that you can DIY if you set aside a couple of hours and some patience. It would be even faster if you're only installing a single camera instead of front and rear, or installing just the camera and no battery backup. But, I highly recommend the battery system if you ever plan to park the car somewhere other than at home. I've already had "parking mode" come in handy when a jerk put gum on my F430.

    If you don't fell like DIY installation, there's likely shops near you that will do an install. The DashCam Store here in Austin charges in the $3-500 range for an installation I believe (don't quote me on that).


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  3. RayJohns

    RayJohns F1 Veteran
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    May 21, 2006
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    Thanks for the review - I'm shopping around for a cam for my truck right now.

    I've actually seen some of your other videos on YouTube before; always interesting

  4. 350MH83

    350MH83 Formula Junior

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    Hey Dan! Long time follower of your YT channel, great to see you in here! Agreed, Blackvues are the best, got them mounted in all my cars (including company cars). Keep the videos coming and send my regards to Meg!

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    @dhurlbert, a few questions i was hoping you could you help answer:
    • did you find any other locations in the interior to put the battery besides where you mounted it?
    • i have it mounted on the interior of our family car so that the temps stay under control. wonder if high temp exposure (esp. on hot days) been an issue for you since the install.
    • when you look in the rear view mirror, can you see the rear facing camera? i'm curious if you looked at installing it in the engine bay?
    your videos are always super entertaining and informative. thanks for making them.
  6. Terrence

    Terrence Karting
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    I use Owl Cam. So far so good! Love the live connection and warnings.
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  8. dhurlbert

    dhurlbert Karting

    Sep 25, 2016
    Austin, Texas
    I don't know there's many places to mount the battery in the interior. Having it in the front area behind the frunk tub seems to be working fairly well for me. I don't think the heat has had any affect on the battery as it's technically a capacitor not a battery.
    I can see the rear camera in my rear view mirror but it's so tiny it doesn't really matter.

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