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
You will need the following tools and materials for this install:
- Plastic Pry Tool
- Small Flat Head
- 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
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
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.
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.