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I find the idea of having a camera in the grille area very appealing, especially when dealing with parking lots that are full since the bumpers on the Gen 4s stick out about 4" - 6" from the hood line.

So, I have some questions for those that have done it to a Gen 4:

1. Where did you mount the camera?
2. Got any pics of how its mounted?
3. Anyone done a write up/how-to on installing one in the front?
4. Did you put a switch in the center bezel or other place to activate the camera?

5. How does it tie into your stock head unit that the back-up camera ties into, in other words, how do you get both working on the same head unit?

6. Where did you get the camera? I'm guessing its just a back-up camera mounted in front, but could be wrong.
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Thats a great question. I used a BOYO license plate camera on my rear and have a after marked stereo with two video inputs. The reverse camera comes on automatically and I would need to use my video two on my head unit to turn on the front camera. I am thinking of installing one on the front myself.
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Thats a great question. I used a BOYO license plate camera on my rear and have a after marked stereo with two video inputs. The reverse camera comes on automatically and I would need to use my video two on my head unit to turn on the front camera. I am thinking of installing one on the front myself.
I think this would be the only way to do it. Most H/U use a signal or change in the currency to flip to the camera. This is normally done once it goes into revers which would be no good pulling into a spot. You could probably put the camera on a switch and just flip to that source once you pull in.

The only other thing I could think of would be some type of A/B switch if you dont have multiple inputs for the video in on the radio.
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One issue with a front mounted camera is they are very prone to rock/debris damage. Cadillac tried this a while ago with their FLIR system and they had to discontinue it due to replacing lenses constantly. IF you could get the camera somewhere it won't get damaged and still have full view, then more power to you.
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Mine is mounted in that section below the grille, it is just a plastic area drilled in the center and I use lockpick so it controls the front camera I can have it on when you slow down to 8mph automatically or put it on anytime, same with the rear. You get your power for both cams from your lockpick and you get the extra harness so you can hook up the RCA from the camera then you plug your lock pick in via the instructions and all should work well. You do need to run a power,ground and video cable from each camera to the lock pick box which I installed behind or actually more like in the center console. Sorry no pic and truck is filthy, It would be nice if they let the radio record, but you can hook up another video cam and you could mount it on your dash or one of those nice little HD ones they have now.
Talked my kid into going out and getting a pic the red circle below license plate is the camera.
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One issue with a front mounted camera is they are very prone to rock/debris damage. Cadillac tried this a while ago with their FLIR system and they had to discontinue it due to replacing lenses constantly. IF you could get the camera somewhere it won't get damaged and still have full view, then more power to you.
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Nope my wife turned off the camera in the front........no wonder it doesnt' work, you know even when filthy they still show up a fairly good pic.
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Just a thought, but what about aftermarket proximity sensors instead. They would be more durable, and you could have one on each corner and in the middle. It would let you know if you were too close, you just wouldn't be able to see it. They even make them in chrome so that they would blend right in.
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All is well my wife was messin with the settings and turned off the front I thought it was somethign else.
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