I installed the rear camera last night, now I just need to finish putting things back together.
It's a major job to remove all the trim and the back seats just to be able to route the wires up to the nav system under the driver's seat.
Some tips (in no general order)
-Once the rear bumper is unclipped, peel the sides from the body before trying to pull the bumper rearward.
- To remove the cab side bed panel, also remove the right upper tie down hook (the manual only says the left)
-To remove the electrical connector for the taillights, press the back tab to remove the connector from the body, then press the unlock tab on the connector to seperate.
- The nutserts are rubber so no install tool is needed, however the screws are 1-2 mm too short so you have to press firmly when starting to screw them in. They spec 8mm drill bit but 5/16 works (7.94mm).
- The metal on the tailgate is very, very thin. Be careful when center punching and drilling so you don't dent the tailgate.
I slightly dented the tailgate when center punching.
- Add a bit of protection to the wire where it exits the top "tube" inside the tailgate (about 2" from the camera itself) You'll see where it might chafe.
- I am debating if replacing all the clips and holders for the third brakelight is a good idea. Honda has new clips with the kit, however I wonder if prying the old holders (yellow) does more damage then only replacing damaged ones.
- Apply a bit of silicone when seating the camera gromet in the tailgate, the touchup paint you applied to the hole may be abraded from the wire running through the hole, plus the silicone acts like a lube, making the seating easier.
- Apply electrical tape to the camera lens before starting work, for protection.
- The rear upper trim is removed by prying the 1" side airbag logo clip out, but only about 1". The clip doesn't remove completely from the trim.
-On the B pillar trim, peel the sides out when removing it.
-The upper hooks for the back seat are about 3" long so the seat has to be lifted up at least 3" after unbolting.
-The seat is heavy and requires 2 people. Trust me on this.
- Be careful when routing the wiring by the rear side impact sensor.
- If you can't remove the rear bed light, it's OK to remove the entire panel first and then disconnect the light.
- Unplug the battery since you are working near the airbags, seat belt pretensioners, etc.
-The camera housing is a dark gray and has a slight texture to the surface. Something to consider if you are thinking of painting it.
That's it for the comments and suggestions. It's a fairly involved project so if you aren't comfortable removing lots of trim, the bed sides, bumper, seat, seat belts, etc you may want to buy the kit and bring to an independent mechanic.
You will need a torque wrench for the seat belt bolts, T40 and T50 torx bits. and trim pullers in addition to the standard tools. You will also want an air ratchet as there are lots of bolts to unbolt.