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K-Source Backup Camera with Rearview Mirror Installation - 2014 Ram 3500

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How to Install the K-Source Backup Camera with Rearview Mirror on a 2014 Ram 3500

Speaker 1: Today on our 2014 Ram 3500, we're going to be taking at a look at, and showing you how to install the K-Source Vision System backup camera, part number KSVS-8. Whether we put our vehicle in reverse, we're going to have the monitor right here and we'll be able to see what's behind us. If we put it in park, the monitor will go out. If we come to the center, we can push the button and that'll manually turn on our monitor. If we push it again, it'll turn it off. Our backup camera's going to come into play and help us whether we're backing up and we don't want to hit something, or somebody.

Now we turn all the lights off and close all the doors so you can clearly see that the night vision does work on our camera.Our camera's going to mount here at the back of our license plate. In this case, we're going to use the existing hardware to hold our plate in place. We're going to be able to adjust the angle by turning it up or down to get that perfect view. Our camera's going to feature an anti-glare lens, which means we're going to have a clear picture all the time. Now our camera is watertight as well, so we don't have to worry about any rain, or the weather affecting it.Our backup camera's going to feature eight LED lights, which is going to aid us in seeing at night because it has built-in night vision.

Now, our system is a wired system, which is nice because we don't have to worry about any interference between our camera and the monitor inside. Since the monitor is built-in to the mirror, it's going to serve two purposes. Not only is it going to keep us from putting more monitors or anything extra on our dash, but it's also going to prevent thieves from seeing it and wanting to take it.Now that we've gone over some of the features and benefits of our backup camera, let's show you how we get it installed. So, here's everything our K-Source backup camera's going to come with. It's going to come with a couple wire splices, zip ties, a wiring harness, the camera itself, a camera cable, and our mirror that has our monitor built-in.

Now, for our installation, since it is a long bed truck, it's a rather large truck, we have an extension camera cable that's going to be an extra 12 feet. You can pick one of these up on our website using part number KSVS8-12.Now, in beginning our installation, we're going to need to mount our mirror so we're going to have to remove our factory mirror first. Now if we come to the plastic trim piece here, pulling towards the roof, if we move our mirror out of the way we can kind of squeeze it, which will release the tabs inside and we can pull it out of the way. Now for this lower section here, we're going to rotate our mirror up. We can actually just kind of grab the inside edge and pull away from the mirror.

Then you'll be able to slide it off.Now on the back of our mirror here, we are going to have a connector. We're going to push in on the tab, which will release our harness, and we're going to unplug it. Now, to release the mirror from the mounting point, we're going to grab the base of the mirror and we're going to rotate the whole mirror to the left. Now we're just going to have that wire on this clip here, so we need to pull that out. If you are having a little trouble you can grab a trim panel tool or even a flathead screwdriver, whatever you have to help you pry that clip out of there. We're going to set our mirror aside for right now.We grab our replacement mirror. We're going to notice that we're going to have a small screw right here. That's going to hold that plate in place. Now, we're going to need to loosen that so we can take the plate out. We'll just slide the plate out. I do want to mention, you want to pay attention to how the plate is sitting. Should have the beveled edge going towards the top, and the thicker, bigger section should be going towards the bottom. Which that's going to come into play once we get ready to mount our mirror. Once we find a suitable location, which it should be fine to mount right below our factory mount here. I do want to mention you don't want to try to remove this. You don't want to really mess with the factory mount at all because if you do try to scrape it off, or pry it off, there's a good chance that you will damage the windshield.Since our mirror's not going to attach using the factory mounting point, we're going to have to glue on the included anchor that's in our kit. Now, I'm going to be using some window glue. You can pick some up on our website using part number LT37438. We're going to take our windshield adhesive promoter, and following the instructions we're going to put a little bit of the adhesive promoter on the tab that's going to be going on the windshield. The rest I'm going to be putting on the windshield where the tab's going to be going.While we're waiting for the adhesive promoter to set up, let's go ahead and move to the back and start mounting our camera. The way our camera's going to attach is it's going to attach using the existing holes in our license plate, and the existing hardware. I'm going to mount mine slightly to the right, or using the right mounting hole in my license plate. I'm going to remove my license plate bolt. I'm going to take my camera, then I just need to reinstall my hardware. The wires I'm just going to drop behind the license plate so we can meet up with them behind our bumper here.Now we can take the actual adhesive from our kit and we're going to put a liberal amount on the tab, then we'll put just a small amount on the windshield to make sure it has good contact. We can take the tab, and we're going to push it firmly against the windshield, we're going to let it set up. I do want to mention, you want to make sure that the curved part is towards the top, that way we have enough angle and adjustment in our mirror to get the angle right. Since the glue's still drying, I'm going to give it as much time as I can to let it set up. We're going to get ready to start running our wires.Now, we should have a bundle of wires. It should be black, red, and white, should have a pigtail on the end like this. We're going to go ahead and plug it in to our mirror till it locks in nice and tight. Then the other end here, the camera cable end, we're actually going to take the extension cable first and plug it into our monitor. They do have arrows on them. If you line up the arrows, it should lock into place. I'm going to come back and I'm going to put a little bit of electrical tape around both of my connections, just to keep them a little more secure.Now we're going to start with our red, black, and white wire here. Now, I'm just going to take a little bit of my wire, move it up, and tuck it up underneath my headliner here just to help keep it secure while my mirror is not mounted yet. We're going to run this over all the way to the edge here. We're going to pull back on this panel so we can tuck all our wires behind, and we're going to drop it down beneath our dash. I'm actually going to go backwards a little bit. Since our mirror's not mounted yet, we don't have to worry about tugging on anything too much. We just need to make sure we have enough room once we get to the other side that we have enough room to mount the mirror.Just start tucking the wires underneath the headliner. Just going to start tucking the wire behind this panel here. Now, I do want to mention, we're going to go ahead and leave all these panels loose until the very end because we are going to be routing several different wires, and we're going to have to route our wire from our camera up front. I just routed my wire down and over, and I have it coming out at the bottom of the dash here. Now we're going to need it to go under the hood. We're going to need to get those wires from the inside to inside our engine bay. Now, in order to help us get our wires there, I'm going to have a piece of airline tube that I had laying around, and you can use whatever you have so long as it's going to keep its shape, such as a coat hanger or anything else like that.Now, at the very left-hand side of our underneath the hood here, we're going to see this large grommet. Ours already has a few wires for something else on our vehicle going through, but we're going to take our airline tube and we're going to push it through the grommet going to the inside of our cab, and then we'll grab it on the inside and attach our wires. Here's where my airline tube came out just right to the left of my brake pedal against the firewall. Now I'm going to take my three wires that I routed over, and I'm going to put them inside my airline tube. I'm going to take a little bit of electrical tape to make sure it stays secure when I start pulling it through.Now we can move back to the engine and starting to pull our pull wire back. You're going to want to make sure you pull out as much of the excess wire as you can. It's always a good idea to double check on the inside to make sure there isn't any knots or kinks in your line. We're going to start with our black wire. We're going to have to ground this, so I'm going to ahead and trim back the excess wire, and I'm going to ground it right here at the negative post on my battery. I'm going to give myself a little bit of extra room. I'm going to cut my wire, then we can strip back the end.Now I'm going to be attaching a 3/8 ring terminal. It's not provided in our kit, but you can pick one up using part number DW06705-1. Since this is rather small wire, I stripped back a little bit extra and I'm actually going to fold my wire in half. That way the ring terminal has a little bit more to bite onto. So fold it in half, we can put our wire in place, and then we can crimp it in place. I'm going to be using a 13 millimeter socket to remove the nut on top. Once we have the nut removed, we can go ahead and slide our ring terminal over the post, and then reinstall the nut.We can now bring our attention to our red wire. We're going to need to attach this to a 12-volt power source that only gets power when the key is on. That's where our fuse tap that we mentioned earlier is going to come into play. We're going to open up our fuse panel, and we're going to need to find a fuse that is only powered when we have our key in the on position. Our fuse here is for a cigarette lighter. As you can see, there's no light on my tester so we know that this fuse isn't getting any power right now. Let me run in the truck and turn the key on, and we can test it to make sure it does get power when we turn it on.Now we can see with the light coming on on my tester, this fuse is getting power. There's one more thing we're going to need to do. You can either grab your fuse puller that's in your truck, or you can grab a pair of needle-nosed pliers, but we're going to need to pull that fuse that we just tested out. Once we pull the fuse, now we're going to leave the key on the on position and we're going to check which side of the fuse is getting power. Looks the side closest to the front is going to be the side that's getting power. That's going to be our hot side. In order to get our red wire attached to our fuse, we're going to be using a mini fuse tap and a female spade connector. You can pick up the fuse tap using part number 294-0807, and you can pick up the female spade using DW01899-1.The way the fuse tap is going to work is there's a small notch on the bottom, we're going to slide that over the post on our fuse, and we're going to slide it all the way on. Once we have it over the top like that, we can go ahead and reinsert our fuse. I'm going to go ahead and route my red wire loosely over to where my fuse tap is, making sure that I have enough wire to get there, then I'm going to cut it back and strip back the end. Just like I did with my ground wire, I'm going to fold my wire in half giving it a little bit more to bite onto.Now I can take my female spade connector and insert my wire and crimp it into place. Now simply just take your spade connector and plug it into the fuse tap on your fuse. Now we're going to take our white wire, and we're going to need to find our reverse light signal and attach our white wire to it. Now the easiest way to do that is drop our wire down, and we're going to run it back to the taillights. Before we route this to our reverse lights, we're going to grab the camera cable from the inside and route it through our grommet as well, that way we can both of our wires running right next to each other.I'm just going to route my camera cable the same way that I routed my three wire harness. Just going to tuck it up underneath the headliner just to secure it for now before we mount the mirror, then I'm going to run it over to the side and run it down the pillar. I'm just going to take a little bit of tape, putting it over both of my wires, that help keep them together when I start routing them. Now I'm going to take both of my wires and I'm going to drop them down so they come out underneath my engine. I just want to mention, you want to be careful of any heat sources or moving parts like the steering shaft. You want to try your best to avoid any of those areas.Here's where my wires dropped down. Now, we're going to need to start routing these towards the back where our camera is, and so we can tap into our reverse light. Obviously, we're not going to have enough wire here, but since this is the extension, we should have just enough wire to reach the back of our camera. As far as the wire for our reverse signal, we are going to need to pick up some extra wire. Since this is a rather long truck, I would recommend getting about 20 feet of wire. You can pick up some wire on our website using part number DW02359-1 and that's by the foot.Now we're also going to need some butt connectors to connect our wires together. This blue heat-shrink butt connector, you can pick some up on our website using part number DW05744-5 and that's for a pack of 5 of them. We can go ahead and strip back the end of our white wire here. Again, I'm going to fold it over just so it has a little bit more to grab onto. I'm going to attach it to one end of my butt connector. Now we can take our green wire, or whatever color extra wire that you have and we're going to strip back one end of that and we'll put it in the other end of our butt connector.Now I'm going to be using a heat gun to shrink down my connector. I just want to mention if you are using an open flame such as a lighter, or a torch, you want to be extra careful not to char the connector or the wires themselves. Now the two ends of our camera cable, we can connect them, and again making sure that the arrows are facing each other. I'm going to put a little bit of electrical tape over there when we're done. Now, everybody's going to route these a little bit different, but we're going to need to get to the back of our vehicle so we can connect not only our camera cable, but we can tap into our reverse signal. Let me run these and I'll show you how I got it done.I routed my wires along the frame rail here, went over the cross member, continued down the frame rail behind this panel, continuing along the frame behind the fuel tank, went over my axle, tying it to some existing lines, and then finally came back right here right at the back of my bumper. We can go in and connect our wires. You'll notice that the wire with the male end on it on the yellow wire is going to connect to the yellow connector. The other one with the black wire is going to connect to the black connector. Now, again, I'm going to put a little bit of electrical tape to help secure these, as well as help keep any moisture and debris from getting inside the connection points.For now, we're just going to leave our camera wires loose right now. We can tie them up when we're finished. We are going to need to run our green wire that we extended up to our taillight. So, we're going to go ahead and remove our taillight and I'll show you how we're going to get the wire up there. To remove our taillight, we're going to go ahead and open up our tailgate. We're going to have two fasteners holding our taillight in place. I'm going to be using a t20 torx bit to remove those. Now we can pull our taillight out. We're going to go ahead and disconnect all the lights or harnesses coming off the back of our light.We come up to the top, there's going to be a red tab. We're going to pull that away from the taillight to unlock it, then we can push on this tab right here, which will release the clip and we can pull the socket out. The one on the bottom here, to make it a little bit easier, we're just going to turn it which should unlock it and we can pull it out. We'll sit the taillight aside for right now. Now, we have an extra set of hands in the vehicle and they have the reverse lights on as you can see. I'm going to go ahead and push on this tab to release the bulb from the socket. We need to find a good grounding point, and then we can test to see which one of our wires is going to be our power wire.I don't know if you're going to be able to see it or not, but this wire here on this terminal, which is going to be our white wire with a brown stripe, that's going to be our power wire for our reverse signal. We're going to need to tap into this and attach the green wire to that. I'm going to drop down my airline tube, all the way down till it comes out the bottom side of my bumper. I'm going to take my green wire, I'm going to slide it into my airline tube. I'm just going to leave it like that and start pulling it through.You're going to want to pull all the excess out, and we can trim as needed. We're going to need to pull back as much of this loom as we can on our reverse wire so we can get a little bit more room. Once we have a little bit pulled back, enough to work with, we're going to cut our reverse wire and strip back both ends. I'm going to take a little bit, and make sure to be extra careful, but I'm going to cut this loom back a little bit so I have a little more room. Now our green wire, we're going to cut pretty close to about how long that our reverse wire is. We can strip back the end of that as well.Now we're going to take our reverse wire away from the socket, and attach it and twist it together with our wire that we ran from up front. We can take one of our butt connectors, and insert the two wires into one end and we'll crimp it in place. On the other end, we can take the reverse wire coming off of our socket, and crimp it into place on the butt connector. With our connections made, we can go ahead and plug our lights back in. We'll go ahead and have the person up front go ahead and put it back in park and turn the vehicle off.Now with all our connections made, we can reinstall our lights and put our taillight back in place. Just want to make sure to lock the tabs on both of your connectors, that way they don't come loose. With all of our connections made, all we have left to do is put our mirror in place. So I'm going to take it and slide it over the plate. I'm going to rotate it slightly out of the way so I can access the screw right here and screw it in place. Now we can start replacing our weather stripping and any panels that we had taken off.We'll just tuck up our wires coming from our mirror, along with the other wires that we routed underneath our headliner. Now I'm just going to take the excess wire from my camera cable and I'm going to tie it up behind my bumper here, and tie it to some existing wiring. One last step we have is to put our vehicle in reverse and make sure that it comes on. There we clearly see a picture of what's behind us, so we know our backup camera's working. That'll finish up our look at the K-Source Vision System backup camera, part number KSVS-8, on our 2014 Ram 3500.