Dongar Technologies Dashcam Adapter for 5th Gen 4Runner – Install, Review & Overview

Dongar Technologies Dashcam Adapter Step-By-Step Install For 5th Gen 4Runner

How To: Clean Wiring For Dash Cam on Toyota 4Runner – Introducing the Dongar Technologies Dashcam Adapter

The Dongar Technologies Dashcam Adapter for the 5th Gen 4Runner is finally here and ready to clean up the nest of wires a lot of us have under the kick panel.

This adapter is able to power up your dashcam by intercepting the power that goes to the rearview mirror. The kit includes the dongle and a short micro USB cable (only if you order it through their website). The installation process for this product is quick and easy to do!

If you are looking to run a dash camera in your 4Runner with ultra-clean and low profile wiring, this is the solution for you. Until now, you had to run wires for a dash camera along the headliner, down the a-pillar, behind the kick panel and into your center console. You can see a previous dash camera install here. Though the process works, it can be quite the task. Not only does this process take longer, but you also have to deal with power slots being permanently taken up.

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For the most straightforward and streamlined installation of a dash camera in your 4Runner, follow along!

Tools & Materials

Dongar Technologies Dashcam Adapter Install - 5th Gen 4Runner

You will need the following tools and materials for this install:

  • Plastic Pry Tool
  • Small Flat Head
  • Scissors
  • Velcro
  • Optional: USB adapter

There is not much to this installation to get your dash cam up and running. If you have 20 spare minutes and some basic shop tools, you can get this wrapped up on your lunch break.

Step 1. Remove & Disconnect Clip

Dongar Technologies Dashcam Adapter Install - 5th Gen 4Runner

First, start by removing the connector that is attached to the rearview mirror.

Note: Be careful in removing the connector, if you accidentally pull any wires out of the connector you’ll be in for a bad time. I recommend you use a combination of a pocket screwdriver and a plastic pry tool. I had a plastic pry tool from an iPhone repair kit I had laying around.

Next, remove any mounts and any existing camera that may get in the way of installing the adaptor.

Step 2. Installation

Dongar Technologies Dashcam Adapter Install - 5th Gen 4Runner

After removing the connector from the rearview, begin to install the dashcam adaptor. The connector can only go in one way so there is no chance of messing up the orientation of the adaptor.

Next, attach the camera and mount it back onto the windshield.

If you ordered the adaptor from their website, they should have included a short micro USB cable. In my situation, I needed to purchase an adaptor to go from micro USB to mini USB. Once the camera, adaptor, and cable have all been attached, make sure that the camera is being powered on when the key is turned to ignition.

Now that you made sure that the camera is operational, you can secure the USB adaptor to the mirror by attaching a piece of Velcro. I had to take my Velcro off because of the extreme temperatures we experience here in Vegas.

Final Thoughts

Dongar Technologies Dashcam Adapter Install
This is a straight forward installation with little to no hiccups that took me about 20 minutes to do.

I’d recommend this if you want an easy way to get power to your dashcam and want to minimize the rat’s nest of wires a lot of us end up acquiring over many projects.

The build quality is good for what it is built to do, but I do wish they made it more robust by adding a plastic housing around the USB port. I’ve had this installed for two weeks now and so far I am happy with the product and would still recommend.

I wish I found a better solution to securing the excess wiring coming from the set up because it does hang a little bit. If you are anything like me, it’s little things like this that bother me!

Overall it does its job and I think it is better than dragging a long USB all the way to the armrest.

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Chris
Chris
5 months ago

no more stock for SimpleUSBPort Mirror to Dashcam Power Adapter (2003-2019 Toyota 4Runner)??

Melina
Melina
8 months ago

I purchased this when I upgraded to an SR5 premium and love it! It saved me running cables all over and made it easier to only have to run one cable to the trunk for my rear camera.

Milton Navarro
Milton Navarro
8 months ago
Reply to  Melina

Glad to hear!

Corey
Corey
10 months ago

Does this cut power to this circuit once the ignition is off? I have a similar rearview mirror tap setup on my F150 but it is powered all the time so my camera is always on. I have to unplug it if I park the truck for an extended period of time.

Milton Navarro
Milton Navarro
10 months ago
Reply to  Corey

Yea it cuts off once you shut the car off

Christopher Morimoto
Christopher Morimoto
11 months ago

I have 2018 4runner what camera are you using? Thank you!

Milton Navarro
Milton Navarro
11 months ago

Im currently using the first version of nexar camera but looking to upgrade. The video is good and can record to both the cloud and on your phone and it works using your phones gyro to start recording the event (i.e. a hard stop) but I need to get in contact with them to see if can get the newest version to review. Thanks

Christopher Morimoto
Christopher Morimoto
11 months ago
Reply to  Milton Navarro

should i wait for the newest version. it looks clean!

Milton Navarro
Milton Navarro
11 months ago

I just got a response back from nexar I should be getting a review unit soon!

Milton Navarro
Milton Navarro
11 months ago

Id wait i honestly don’t know when I can get the newest variation of the camera in for review.

Carlo
Carlo
11 months ago

This is great, thanks! I can finally get rid of that ugly hanging cable.

Milton Navarro
Milton Navarro
11 months ago
Reply to  Carlo

Im glad everyone is responding well to my post! And I’m glad I can help.

Dale Clough
Dale Clough
11 months ago

Sadly no 2021 fitment (yet?)…

Last edited 11 months ago by Dale Clough
Ben L
Ben L
11 months ago

Any idea how to get this installed on a 2020 4Runner ORP? My mirror doesn’t have the plug for that 🙁

steve p
steve p
11 months ago
Reply to  Ben L

Their 10-pin type B adapter works. It’s a very very tight fit though because it has to hide under the plastic wire cover at the mount of the mirror going up the windshield.

The guy running the company said it was designed for other Toyota vehicles that have a ton more space up there and the 2020 t4r just happened to adopt the same mirror but smaller plastic cover… he said he would try to come up with a new version with a longer break out wire. https://www.amazon.com/SimpleUSBPort-Mirror-Dashcam-Adapter-10-pin/dp/B07BH4G1NW/

Milton Navarro
Milton Navarro
11 months ago
Reply to  Ben L

Unfortunately the website only list the connector up to 2019. The only other way is to buy there diy self connector where you tap into the harness yourself but in my opinion defeats the purpose of it being plug and play i recommend waiting until they make this connector.

Ben L
Ben L
11 months ago
Reply to  Milton Navarro

Darn it.. thanks for the response! I had the Dongar for my old car, and I loved how clean it was.

Jon F
Jon F
11 months ago
Reply to  Ben L

You can always give these a try. Like Milton mentioned, it’s basically taping into your existing wiring harness.

https://www.mirrortap.com/index.html

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