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Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera Installation - 2006 Ford F-150

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How to Install the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera on a 2006 Ford F-150

Today on our 2006 Ford F-150, we'll be installing the Hopkins Smart Hitch Camera and Sensor System for hassle-free hook-ups, part number HM50002. As you will see here with the engine running, whenever you put the vehicle into reverse, the monitor automatically comes on. When you shift into neutral, or drive, or park, anything but reverse, the monitor automatically goes off. Now, you will see here, it's backing up to a trailer. The closer you get, the louder the beeps get, and it also goes from green into the red. Now to begin with, we've already removed the license plate from this particular vehicle. First, we're going to go ahead and install the camera and the backup sensors where the license plate will go.

To begin with, you'll need to unfold the backup sensors from each side of the bracket. Make sure when you unfold them that you don't pinch the wire. You'll also take the lead and fish it over the back of the bumper on this particular vehicle, down in between the spare tire and the back of the bumper. When installing the camera and backup system, you will use two existing hole where your license plate was removed from your vehicle. You will just use a longer Phillips head screws that are supplied with the kit. You will slide the license plate into the grooves lining up with the holes and the bracket, and then put the Phillips head screws in.

In this case, we didn't actually install a license plate. We just put the bracket on the vehicle, but we did use the same holes that we removed the existing license plate from. Now, we're ready to go underneath the vehicle. Next, we'll need to go ahead and disconnect the factory 7-way from this vehicle. To do this, we'll remove the small gray locking tab on the 7-way at the plug.

A small flathead screwdriver or in this case, we actually used the golf tee to help push the center of the locking tab in, working it all slowly. Be careful here because these tabs do break very easily. Once you have the gray locking tab out, go ahead and squeeze the tab on the black part of the wiring harness, and pull off the bracket. You want to make sure that when you make the new 7-way connections that you use a little dielectric grease on each of the connections which is part number 11755. You'll go ahead and connect the male end to the female end with your factory wiring harness to the new wiring harness with the backup camera. You want to make sure when you connect it that you hear the locking tabs click into place.

I'll go ahead and connect the other side where it is teed off. Again, making sure that you hear the locking tabs lock into place. Now that we have our 7-way connected, we're going to go ahead and make the connection with the camera and the wiring harness that will run up through the front to the monitor. To do this, you will line up the two white tabs on the connection. You want to push it firmly in place, making sure that the outer ring sits. I like to add a little electrical tape to make sure that the connection stays together. It also gives it a little extra protection from dirt and debris. Now since we have some extra red and black wire, we're going to go ahead and bundle that up, and tape it into the line. This will just keep it from being snagged or damaged. We're also going to use a few zip ties to help secure the line underneath the vehicle to other existing wiring. Next, we're going to go ahead and plan out a routing for the wire up to the front of the vehicle. Before we route our wire up to the front of the vehicle, we're going to go ahead and put a little electrical tape over the end of it to keep any dirt and debris out of it while we route it up. As we'll be mounting the monitor on the dash, we will need to find the best way to route the wire up. We found here that there's an electrical grommet that has other wiring just underneath the driver side threshold. To remove the threshold, we use a trim panel tool. You'll just work underneath and pop up. Once you have the threshold removed, you can see here where the grommet comes in from the underside of the vehicle. We're going to go ahead and put a small slit in this with a razor knife to allow us to push our wiring through. Now, we'll go ahead and continue running our wire up from the rear of the vehicle up to this grommet. We used a section of old air line tubing to help us in our routing. We also used zip ties to help secure it to other lines that we're already ran along the channel. Now, we're ready to go ahead and push our connection through the grommet and into the vehicle. We'll go ahead and pick our location where we'll want to mount our monitor. As you will see here, we're going to have a little extra wire, so we're going to go ahead and make our connection with the monitor and the wiring harness. We'll line up the two white arrows to push the connection together. We're going to go ahead and add some electrical tape to make sure the connections stay put as well as protecting it. Now that we have that done, we're going to go ahead and feed the wire in behind the door molding down to the door cell or the threshold area. The extra wire will bundle up and put in with the existing factory wiring harness that's in the threshold. Once that's done, we'll go ahead and put the threshold cover back in place. Now, we're ready to go ahead and mount our monitor on our dash. Before we do this, we're going to use a little rubbing alcohol and a clean paper towel to clean off any dirt, or oil, or grease that may be on the dash. Once that's done, we'll just peel the back of the two-sided tape off. We'll stick the monitor in place. To adjust the backup sensors as well as the camera, there's a small Phillips head screw on either side. You'll just need to loosen them and change the angle. With that, that will do it for the installation of our Hopkins Smart Hitch Camera and Sensor System for hassle-free hook-ups, part number HM50002, on our 2006 Ford F-150. .

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