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I purchased the 2011 Arcadia mirror with screen and backup camera. I took all instructions to an installer...it failed. Took it to another installer with instructions. It also failed. Called Hoosier (Glen) and had him speak with my installer. He was on the cell for over an hour...pictures, you name it. Hoosier is terrific....although the installation failed. I will not be installing a backup mirror in my SKY. It was not meant to be. If anyone is interested in the Gentex 657...50 dollars plus shipping. UGH!

Thank u HOOSIER. You know your stuff. You were terrific today.
 

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Damn, MM, you should've asked!

The LCD Mirror I used in my car is from a Cadillac SRX, but I would be pretty sure it's wired the same. Below is my wiring comparison - original Sol harness on the left, vs. the wires reqd for the LCD mirror on the right. You will have to swap some wires around in the mirror connector (as well as ADD wires for the camera input and Accessory 12V)...

 

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That is terrific...but I am finished....

John...it is 15 dollars for Postage. A total of 65 dollars...call me. Sent u a PM.
 

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I want to put a LCD mirror in my GPX Solstice. The stock mirror just has two wires (Blue and Gray). No On-Star, no buttons, just map lights. Can this be done? I have an extra 16 pin plug. What donor mirror should I get? Has anybody done this swap successfully? Any specific back up camera to buy? Thanks for responding and advising.
 

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I want to put a LCD mirror in my GPX Solstice. The stock mirror just has two wires (Blue and Gray). No On-Star, no buttons, just map lights. Can this be done? I have an extra 16 pin plug. What donor mirror should I get? Has anybody done this swap successfully? Any specific back up camera to buy? Thanks for responding and advising.
BC-30 Garmin backup camera is a good place to look.

My BC-30 WiFi camera does a good job. I do need to get used to the camera's view as it is new to me. But when I shift to reverse, the operation is flawless and the picture is clear.

I have two GPS units from Garmin (nuvi55LM & GarminDriveSmart51, both compatible with the BC-30). The existing front dash area only needs the new power cord used, which includes the WiFi module. This cord comes with the BC-30 (see product code below).

I paid a shop $50 to install the rear unit as it was more than I wanted to try and tackle. Thus, I don't have a video, but do have still shots of the results.

I found my BC-30 on eBay. If you pursue that source, you can be assured of the right unit (not an additional camera) by asking the seller if the PRODUCT CODE on the box is: 010-12242-10.

Do an Advanced Search under TOOLS from the top of this webpage and you will find under the topic that photos have been posted of the system.
 

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I want to put a LCD mirror in my GPX Solstice. The stock mirror just has two wires (Blue and Gray). No On-Star, no buttons, just map lights. Can this be done? I have an extra 16 pin plug. What donor mirror should I get? Has anybody done this swap successfully? Any specific back up camera to buy? Thanks for responding and advising.
You can do anything you want, just takes time, money and effort!

First you should read through this entire thread: http://www.skyroadster.com/forums/f2/backup-camera-rear-view-mirror-install-39815/

But I will summarize some caveats and notes:

- This is not easy, so I hope you are comfortable with electrical work, running wires, general wiring and soldering.
- You will not find a donor mirror with map lights, so you will have to install and wire replacements. Easiest place is in the top window surround.
- Most (if not all) GM donor mirrors with come with OnStar buttons. Doesn't matter if they do, but they are there and looks odd if you don't have OnStar.
- You could get a non-GM mirror without OnStar, but would need a different connector with unknown pin wiring - so you'd need to research.
- You will need to wire the camera inputs, so may as well wire the camera in yourself too - all the way from the back. You can get a much cheaper eBay camera then, rather than Garmin as mentioned above.
- The LCD mirrors will usually come with auto-dim (which is GREAT!). But you'll need to wire in switched-accessory power to take advantage of this.

Good luck!
 

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An option to running a camera wire from front to rear is to get a wireless adapter. I bought a Boss Audio (Model LPCWTR30) from AutoZone for about $70 to go with the LCD mirror that I got from Mike. The camera mounts to the license plate and comes with a wireless transmitter and receiver pair. I have only bench tested it, mainly to make sure that the mirror is OK, but it seems to work pretty well.
 

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An option to running a camera wire from front to rear is to get a wireless adapter. I bought a Boss Audio (Model LPCWTR30) from AutoZone for about $50 to go with the LCD mirror that I got from Mike. The camera mounts to the license plate and comes with a wireless transmitter and receiver pair. I have only bench tested it, mainly to make sure that the mirror is OK, but it seems to work pretty well.
Some pics with instructions...please.
 

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The connection is fairly simple, which is a good thing because the kit came with no instructions, and some extra pieces. It is actually set up to be able to use wired or wireless.

Starting with the transmitter: The power cable has a red and a black wire in it. The red connects to the backup light and the black to ground. The RCA plug and the coaxial power plug connect to the camera, and the camera is screwed to the face of the license plate. The camera cable is about a foot long so that you can get the transmitter and the connectors into the body of the car, and the power cable is several feet long.

The receiver, assuming you are connecting to a mirror with LCD: The power cable has a red and a black wire in it. The red connects to the backup light signal that also goes to the mirror, and the black connects to ground. The RCA plug gets connected to the mirror. In my case I had a cable with an RCA plug, so I used a coupler. Alternatively you could use an RCA jack, or maybe even cut the plug off of the transmitter cable. The coaxial power plug is not used. The power cable is several feet long, and you can make the video cable about as long as you want, so placement of the receiver shouldn't be a problem

To go wired instead of wireless: The power cable has a red and a black wire in it. The red connects to the backup light and the black to ground. The coaxial power plug connects to the camera, and the camera is screwed to the face of the license plate. The long cable has an RCA plug and a red wire at each end. The RCA plugs connect the same way the ones on the transmitter and receiver do, and the red wire can be used to get the reverse signal to the mirror.
 

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I tried a Pyle (I think) wireless camera a couple of years ago that I bought from Autozone. It was fine in the garage, but when in store parking lots it got tons of noise on the display - I assume from the store 'radar' door openers. I gave up on it.

Not to say that other brands/models will have the same problem, but I won't take the risk to bother with one again.
 

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John, do you expect this approach to have the normal view image lines of the sides, depth lines green, yellow, and red to guide the backing vehicle driver? In my experience, I think I would be lost without those guiding lines. Also, I have my camera tipped down giving me a closer view to the rear of my vehicle, but just a personal preference. With that idea, does your license plate camera have tilting capabilities? Just some thoughts.
 

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My Equinox doesn't have the lines, so I have never gotten used to having them. That said, this camera does have two lines, although I don't know how they relate to the actual track of the car. They obviously do not warp to match the steering input, so they only work for backing in a straight line. The camera does have a tilt adjustment.

I wouldn't expect the 2.5 GHz transceiver to pick up a 10.5 GHz radar signal, but it certainly might. It is definitely something to check, so I will take it around to a few shopping centers before I do any installation.
 
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