5th Gen 4Runner Rear Camera Relocation: Step by Step Install on How to Relocate the Rear Back-Up Camera
Do you have a custom rear bumper or a swing out of some type? Does your spare tire cover your back-up camera? Relocation
If you answered yes to either one of these, odds are you need to relocate your back-up camera.
After installing a custom rear bumper, or even something like the RIGd UltraSwing, your back-up camera is essentially useless.
So, what do you do? …Relocate it!
Preferred Tools for Project:
- One Drill Bit ½”
- One Drill Bit 1/16”
- Wire Stripper
- Glue Gun
- Lock Tight Glue (Gorilla Glue)
- Picking Tool or Panel Remover
- 10mm Socket
- 10mm Open Socket Wrench
- Chisel (smaller than ½” Drill Bit)
- 22-28 Gauge Wire at Least 6 Feet (I used the one from my lightbar)
- 2-3mm Heat Shrink Tubing
- A Heat Gun or Lighter
- Electrical Tape
- OE color matched Paint (depends What Color Your Rigs)
- Painters Tape & Newspaper
- Sheet Cutter
- The Old License Plate or Aluminum Plate
- Self-Tapping Screw
5th Gen 4Runner Rear Camera Relocation
- Open Rear Hatch Door & Remove Grommet & Bolts
- Close Hatch & Remove Spoiler
- Unplug Wire For Brake Lights
- Open Hatch & Take Out Handle
- Remove Door Panel & Remove Bracket
- Remove Plastic Cover & Find (x6) Bolts
- Remove Bolts & Loosen with Socket Wrench
- Unplug Camera Power Line
- Cut Wires in Half
- Fish Wire Through Grommet Along Brake Light Wires
- Tuck Wires Using Metal Spacing
- Connect the Wires
- Secure Old Camera Hole using Glue Gun
- Drill Hole For Camera Bracket
- Create a Custom Bracket (Optional)
- Position & Secure Camera Angle
- Replace Panels, Bolts & Plastic Cover
1. Open Rear Hatch Door & Remove Grommets & Bolts
Open the rear hatch door and look for the four grommets on the top. Remove the grommets and unbolt the four bolts.
2. Close the hatch & Remove Spoiler
3. Unplug Wire For Brake Lights
4. Open the Hatch & Take Out Handle
5. Remove Door Panel & Remove Bracket
6. Remove Plastic Cover & Find (x6) Bolts
Remove the plastic cover. But, do not remove it all the way through.
7. Remove Bolts & Loosen with Socket Wrench
Once you find the 6 bolts after removing the plastic cover, remove them with a 10mm socket wrench, in the next step.
8. Unplug Camera Power Line
9. Cut Wires in Half
10. Fish Wire Through Grommet Alongside Brake Light Wires
Next, fish the wire from the left pillar all the way up until it comes out of the wire grommet (facing left, while the hatch is open).
Use that wire grommet to route your wire and place it with the brake light wire (leave it for now).
11. Tuck Wires Using Metal Spacing
It’s important to ensure that the wires do not interfere with the rear window.
12. Connect the Wires
Start connecting the wires. One from to power source and the other one to the camera. Use 2-3mm heat shrink tubing.
13. Secure Old Camera Hole using Glue Gun
14. Drill Hole For Camera Bracket
Now it’s time to drill.
15. Create a Custom Bracket (Optional)
I made a custom bracket to mount my camera.
To do this, I used my old license plate and cut a small piece, bent it to have it tilted.
16. Position & Secure the Camera Angle
Note: Make sure that your runner is not running when you put it on the reverse. Chock the wheels and apply the foot brake.
Once you are satisfied with the camera angle or position, then you can secure it by using a self-tapping screw.
Wait until the glue dries up and put painters tape on the side and the camera itself, and then spray paint to cover the aluminum.
Disclaimer: Blue line from the camera will not be stock accurate. You need to measure the blue line and mark your own marker for the accuracy or desired distance when backing up.
Relocation of the Rear Camera on the 5th Gen 4Runner
Personally, I do not use the line. I use the camera just to see what is behind me.
And, always, check your surroundings before backing up.