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I had my rear camera installed yesterday and went to pick up my truck.

I noticed right away a bulge/dent/crmimple in the bumper. I ask my rep to come and look at it and they acknowledged the problem. I have 414 miles on my truck and have one small scatch on the side of the bumper about the size of a finger nale that i was aware of so i knew this was new.

They said right away we will have to order a bumper or have it painted I just kept my big mouth shut and smiled waiting for the first hand to be played.


After 5 guys looked at it in dismay the guy that does the accesories decided to take it back to the installer to get it looked at, it turned out to be a wire routed through the bumper that caused the bulge. Evidently he move it and completly resolved the issue. I was completly satisified and love my new camera. Besides I had just put my new USCF,NORB, and USA TRIATHLON stickers on my bumper and did not want to have to replicate the perfection on my cosmos...


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Isn't the camera awesome? It's one of our favorite things to show off. People are amazed to see how great it works.

I'm glad your issue was an easy one to fix.
 

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Its more than awesome, I have had 2 collisions in 20 years of driving both with the Chevy Avlalance and backing it up.

Complete inability to see anything in the rear with the chevy so i went with the camera on the Honda. Not only is the vision from the Honda about 100 percent better than the Chevy the Camera make it Dumb and Dumber proof.
If I back up into someone now please take my keys from me.

IT IS AWESOME>>>>>>


I love this truck...

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wouldn't it be nice if the camera mounted inside the tailgate? Maybe with the lens poking through where the handle is?

Mounting the camera on the outside is a sylistic wart, but a cheap way for Honda to allow a camera.

-W

(yes, I do have the camera)
 

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Who needs a backup camera? Just roll down the back windows and backup by ear! Actually, although I consider myself quite capable of backing into most any tight space, I will be installing a camera too. The sight lines are taking some getting accustomed to. I will be much more confidant after the camera is installed. Until it is installed I am concerned about what I might hear.

Here are some web sites that may be helpful for those of us that will be installing something other than the Honda OEM camera. Be aware that not all cameras will provide the "reversed image" so that when you are looking frontward but the camera is looking backward, the right will be on the right and the left will be on the left of the LCD display. I think that is safe to say that any of the mobile systems that are designed as a backup camera system will show the image correctly. If you buy the camera only from a system for use with the Ridgelines nav system, you will need to check and confirm with the manufacturers tech support to see if the camera or the monitor reverses the image. I do not know yet which way it is on the Ridgeline. When I find out I will post the results. If someone else already knows, please let us know.

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http://www.mobilevideo4less.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=MV&Product_Code=CCDHC&Category_Code=BKSYS
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http://www.sigmaautomotive.com/autodax/backupcamera.php
 

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vertrkr said:
I almost did just that, but I'd have to make my own mounting bracket which I didn't want to do at the time. I still might tackle that in the future.
I'm going to paint mine the same as the RL... then it should look alittle less obtrusive :rolleyes:
 

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TheRidgester said:
I'm going to paint mine the same as the RL... then it should look alittle less obtrusive :rolleyes:
Me too, but I'm going to have my dealers body shop do it. I have not inquired about it yet but I'm sure it can't cost much being such a small job and not having to mask anything off as you can just give them the cover. Wish they sold touch up paint in spray cans, I'd do it myself.
 

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Rear-view cameras w/reverse images can be had for cheap these days, though you have to be careful to get one with a wide angle. Does anyone know what the Honda camera's field-of-view is? This 120 degree keyhole camera is only $50:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=32826&item=5776478639&rd=1

Of course, there is no shroud for it, but who goes out w/their Ridge in bad weather anyway? :D
 

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Laserfan,

Thanks! That looks like a great deal on a nice camera. I may get one myself. The resolution is 380 TVL which is not real high resolution but will provide a good image. I really can not tell how the low light performance will be but 2 Lux is reasonable. If you put your foot on the brake, the backup lights will give you far more than enough light to get a good picture. The 2.8 mm lens is ideal and will give a nice wide angle view. If you intend to use it for lineing up the trailer hitch it will need to be mounted quite low. All in all, it looks like a great deal. I think that you would need to spend considerably more to gain an appreciable gain in performance. For those that want a higher end camera, check the FLIR camera that I posted a link to earlier. I hope that it would be somewhat better. Just remember that you will need to at least double the price, then add three more digits. Kinda cool though...
 

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I bought a visor LCD/light/mirror a couple months ago now, and even bought a new driver's visor to build it into, but haven't pulled the trigger on a camera yet. But I was watching that kawacam when it was $49 plus shipping, now it's $39 I think due to competition i.e. another importer.

Seems like the specs are right--ya never know of course til you get it. I will post of course if I get 'round to doing anything. I have too many projects, and too little energy...
 

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Be aware that not all cameras will provide the "reversed image" so that when you are looking frontward but the camera is looking backward, the right will be on the right and the left will be on the left of the LCD display.
The Honda OEM is a reverse image type. It gives you the same image you would see in your rear view mirror. You can see pics I posted of what you see in the display compared to the real view at this link:

http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=563&page=2&pp=10&highlight=back+camera

(I hope that works, I've never attached a link before. If it doesn't just do a search for "Camera Install" or look under "Accessories." This is a topic that still needs to be moved to the Mod's, Installs and How-To thread.)
 

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Had a funny driving experiance today... I did not activate the Nav system, then the screen goes blank, as it should. a couple minutes later I hit the Nav radio display to come on and I get a rear camera when I was driving :eek:
I was pretty neat, only I can see why they dont have this feature standard.. while you drive & watch the screen at the same time, it feels like the camera speeds everything up, causing ones sense of balance to be abit altered... thay say driving with cell phones are bad... this would be bad, times 2:)
Anyway it went away after I shut the motor off & re-started...
 

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Anyway it went away after I shut the motor off & re-started...
Of course. It's powered by Windows CE. :)
 

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Of course. It's powered by Windows CE. :)
I thought the capture someone showed was it was running Windows XP embedded, although I heard it was CE too so not sure what that was about. Either way it is yucky ;). Should run Linux Embedded, at least then hacking it wouldn't be such a hassle.
 

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No. Honda did not pre-install any harness for this. I have not done the install myself but I have read in detail the installation from Honda. It takes a lot of work and disassembly of many parts of the truck such as the tail gate, side and front panel of the bed, back seat, side kick guards to mention a few. Anyway here is a link to the Honda installation from HandA for your review. HandA has the kit if interested.

http://www.handa-accessories.com/ridgeline/backupcamera.pdf
 

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Can anyone tell me if all the cable harnesses for the camera is in place. Is it plug and play. Has anyone installed themselves and if so how hard was it?
I installed the Honda OEM backup camera myself with an electronic tailgate lock. Took me about 8 hours in total. It is a pretty lengthy process for sure but doable. Drilling into your tailgate can definitely be scarey. I did not remove the rear bumper.
 
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