Anytime Backup & Front Camera Kit Review

Anytime Front Camera Installed on 5th Gen 4Runner

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Add Visibility Using A Front/Rear Camera With a Selectable Switch

For those tight off-road obstacles or navigating a fully built rig through the city, front and rear cameras are a pivotal enhancement. One in the front can help save your front bumper or pick the best line without needing a spotter or getting out of your vehicle. Meanwhile, a good rear setup can help with towing and, backing into tight spaces.

What sets the aptly named, Anytime Camera system apart, is that it allows you to activate them at any time, not just when you’re trying to park. That’s a welcome addition to the factory rear one that only activates only in reverse and earlier 4Runner model years that didn’t have the option for a front one.

Note: I am doing this install on a 2020+ 4Runner. It may vary for earlier years.


Anytime Camera Switch Mounted In 5th Gen 4Runner

This is a relatively simple installation that integrates well with the factory head unit. The installation steps will mainly revolve around the front camera, as this kit utilizes the factory rear backup camera. The additional wiring just allows you to activate it on demand.

Tools Required:

  • 5/32″ drill bit
  • 5/16″ drill bit
  • Box knife
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Wire crimpers & strippers
  • Heat gun
  • 10mm socket & ratchet
  • Zip ties
  • Drill
  • Coat hanger
  • Tape

Step 1. Mount Front Camera

Mounting New Front Camera For 5th Gen 4Runner

To mount the front camera, you’ll need to remove the upper grille insert.

Remove 4Runner Radiator Cover

First, remove the radiator cover via the 13 pop clips.

Remove 4Runner Front Grille Insert

Next, I removed the four plastic tabs with a flathead screwdriver. Then, I removed the 10mm bolt in the middle.

4Runner Front Camera Mount

After that, I drilled a small hole in the designated area to feed the wires through and then drilled another hole for mounting the camera. I made sure to find the center point and drilled a hole for the vertical positioning. Once satisfied with the placement, secure the it in place.

4Runner Front Camera Wiring

With the camera mounted, the next step was to guide the wires into the cab. I used a coat hanger, taped the wires onto it, and pushed it through.

I ran the wires through the passenger side behind the air box and zip-tied everything loosely for now until everything was finalized.

Step 2. Disassemble Dash

4Runner Dash Trim Plastic Removal

You’ll need to remove the center console to access the wiring for the head unit. To begin, gently pull the front side plastic trim pieces towards you, which will release the locking tabs, and set it aside.

Remove 5th Gen 4Runner Head Unit

Next, remove the four 10mm bolts as indicated in the picture above.

Remove 4Runner Head Unit

Now, all that’s left to do is to pull the radio head unit towards you, and it should come out smoothly.

Ensure you support the unit to avoid putting any stress on the wiring harnesses located behind the radio.

Step 3. Head Unit Wiring

Anytime Camera Wire Harnesses

The kit comes with a bunch of wiring harnesses. To simplify the installation process, let’s quickly differentiate between them.

  • Video harness – Comprises 2 male RCA connectors, 1 female RCA connector, a blue wire, and a grey wire.
  • Override harness – This harness includes only 2 wires, one red and one orange.
  • Relay harness – Has 2 female RCA connectors (one with a sharpie mark and one without), 1 male RCA connector, a green wire, and a black wire.
  • Switch harness – Comprises 6 wires: red, orange, green, black, blue, and grey.
  • Front camera harness – Has 1 male RCA connector, a red wire, an orange wire, and a green wire.

OEM Camera Harness 5th Gen 4Runner

Let’s begin with the RCA connections. Find the OEM harness shown above. It’s located in the middle beneath the white and grey connectors on top. Plug the male end of the anytime video RCA harness into the radio and connect the female end to the OEM harness.

Anytime Camera Relay Harness

Next, we need to link a part of the relay harness to the video RCA harness we just installed on the radio head unit.

RCA Connections Anytime Camera

The relay RCA harness has two female ends (one with a sharpie mark and one without) and one male end.

Connect the male RCA from the video RCA harness (the one plugged into the head unit) to the sharpie-marked female RCA in the relay harness. Then, connect the female RCA from the video harness to the only male RCA in the relay harness.

4Runner Camera Override Harness

Moving on to the override harness with the red and orange wires, connect it to the back of the head unit. This harness should be positioned under the green connector shown above and beside the first harness we installed in the earlier step.

Plug the male OEM harness connector into the female part of the override harness and the male part of the anytime harness into the back of the radio unit.

RCA Connections

Finally, the remaining female RCA on the relay harness should be connected to the male harness coming from the front camera harness that we guided inside the cabin.

Step 4. Wiring The Switch

Anytime Camera Ground Wire

First, you’ll need to attach a ring terminal to both the black ground wires from the switch harness and the relay harness. Then, secure them to the side of the head unit, following the reference in the provided picture.

Camera Wiring 5th Gen 4Runner

Next, take the green wires from the relay, switch, and front camera harnesses, twist them together, and crimp them together. Disregard the other two wires from the front camera harness as they are not necessary for this setup.

Anytime Camera Wiring 5th Gen 4Runner

Next, crimp the red and orange wires from the override harness to the corresponding red and orange wires on the switch harness.

Anytime Camera Wiring

Then, crimp the blue wire from the video harness to the blue wire on the switch harness. Lastly, crimp the grey wire from the video harness to the grey wire on the switch harness.

Once all the connections are made, I recommend using heat shrink tubing over the butt connectors for added security and weather resistance.

Step 5. Switch Install

4Runner Anytime Camera Switch Installation

I opted for the OEM empty switch located below the start/stop button for the Anytime Camera switch.

Before installing the switch, gently remove the plastic trim piece covering the area by pulling it toward you. Take care during this step to avoid damaging any other wiring harnesses behind it.

Once the trim piece is removed, push the blank switch from behind and insert the switch.

Anytime Camera Switch Harness

Next, take the male part of the switch harness and insert it firmly into the switch until you hear a solid click. This would be an ideal time to test everything. Start the truck and toggle the switch for the front and rear cameras, ensuring that the feed is visible on your head unit.

Additionally, check that the radio and HVAC function normally.

Step 6. Reassemble Dash

4Runner Head Unit Bolt - Reassembling The Dash

Zip-tie and tuck all of the wires back into the dash making sure that none of them get pinched when you reinstall the head unit. Don’t forget to reinstall the four 10mm bolts.

Anytime Camera For 5th Gen 4Runner Installation

After securing the radio unit, reattach the plastic trim pieces. Zip-tie any excess wires behind the trim pieces to keep them organized and out of the way. Lastly, snap the trim piece with the camera switch back into place.

Final Thoughts

Anytime Camera Kit Install & Review For 5th Gen 4Runner

This project involves a decent amount of wiring, but don’t let that intimidate you. The color-coded connections make it relatively straightforward. Take your time with the wire connections and crimps and do them right the first time to avoid any of them coming loose in the future.

The Anytime Camera system is truly a game-changer! The convenience of switching between the front and rear with a simple flick of a switch is incredibly handy. I find the front one most useful off-road in tight-squeeze situations. Additionally, for those towing trailers, being about to use the rear for real-time monitoring is extremely useful.

Overall, I would highly recommend this upgrade to give your 4Runner some modern technology that’s actually useful.

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4 months ago

I had this mod for almost 3 years and it has been really helpful for additional peace of mind, especially when rock crawling and on shelf road. It took a while to figure out the installation but it’s really worth it!

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