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Jeep Wrangler JK Alpine Spare Tire Rear View Camera & Light System Review & Install

Jeep Wrangler JK Alpine Spare Tire Rear View Camera & Light System Review & Install

Ryan: This Alpine spare tire rear view camera
and light system is for those of you that have a 2007 to 2018 JK, that either has a
factory navigation system and backup camera, or maybe you have one of the upgraded Alpine
aftermarket systems in the dash and you’re looking for a camera that’s going to go along
with that. This is going to be an incredibly high-quality,
well thought out, very well engineered piece, that has the price tag to go along with it. This is going to be a pretty easy two out
of three wrenches for the installation. Of course, there’s a little bit of wiring
that you have to do whenever you’re working with electronics like this, but, overall,
very very simple to get this installed, and we’re gonna show you how to do it in just
a second. So, again, if you have the factory navigation,
you have a factory backup camera and you just wanna change out the camera, or you have the
Alpine system and you wanna go with a camera system like this, this is incredibly high-quality
stuff. This is designed to mount directly in the
center of your spare tire, on that spare tire carrier, whether it’s a tub mounted tire carrier
or a bumper mounted tire carrier, as you can see here you have a couple of different size
pieces here that allow, depending on the back spacing of the wheel, the width of the tire,
all that stuff, you’re going to be able to make this fit and make this work. This right here is really the star of the
show. This is, again, a very well engineered, very
well put together piece. What you have on the bottom here is your camera. In the center you have a third brake light. So, this is going to eliminate the need for
an additional third brake light. If you already have one, this is going to
add a third brake light for additional visibility built right in there. And then this up here is actually a white
LED light. So that’s going to work as an additional reverse
light, throwing a little bit more light for this camera to pick up. So, even in a low light situation, you’re
going to have a really crisp and clean picture on the screen. Of course, you’re going to have all the wiring
that you need to get everything set up and everything working properly. So, I said it couple times now the engineering
that goes into something like this, the fact that this is so well thought out, it’s so
well put together, everything is very very high quality. All of that does come at a price. This is going to be about $400 for this system
here. Do I think it’s worth it? I do, for the quality and all the features
that you’re getting here. But if you are on a budget, you can get yourself
set up with a camera system for less. So, if this is something where you’re willing
to just splurge a little bit, you have the budget, you are going to get a nicer piece
with this system from Alpine than you would with some of the less expensive systems, but
again, you have to have the budget for it to be able to purchase something like this. But if you do, you’re not going to be disappointed
in the quality. This thing, when you pick it up, you can just
feel how well it’s put together, and you can just see how well it’s designed and how well
it’s thought out with all the features that are included. So like we said before, two out of three wrenches,
let’s show you how to get it installed. Man: Tools required for this install: a 3/8,
a 1/4-inch drive with various extensions, a T25 Torx bit, 7-mil, 10, 19, and a 21, depending
on your lug size. We used side cutters for our zip ties, a small
Allen key for our hardware, a push pin removal tool, trim panel removal tools, and optional
is an impact. So to start off our Alpine reverse camera
installation, we are going to make a clear way to run our wire. Starting with our glove box, we’re gonna remove
that and the two trim pieces right here for our B panel and our A. So as I was explaining
with the glove box, you’re just gonna open it up, take two ends here, and move them inward
until these prongs go past the edge there, then they’ll just slip right out. So what we’re going gonna do now is take a
push pin removal tool, and just remove our five push pins holding our interior trim piece
panels down. There are two on this side of the B pillar
and then two more on the back side here. All right. Now I’m gonna move my seat forward and get
this lower portion of the B pillar out of here. We’re just trying to create enough room that
we can access that wiring loom and run our wire beside it. So, as you can see, following the door sill
back, you can just peel it back and you can follow that wiring harness all the way to
the back where we’re gonna run our new backup wire. All right. Now moving onto the rear, you can see we have
an aftermarket wheel and tire setup here. So I’m gonna use a 21-millimeter socket and
get my lug nuts out of here, and get my spare tire off of here. So, now we’re gonna go ahead and open up our
tailgate as well as our glass here, and then you’ll see two trim pieces right here. We will be removing these to access the wiring
harness through here. So as you can see, I have a trim panel removal
tool here, I’m just sliding back and releasing these clips. So as you can see, ours has been spliced into
already. We’re not gonna have to splice into any wires
here, we’re just gonna be running our cable with these, through here, and then into this
interior trim, through our carpet, and up to the front. All right. Now, using a T25 Torx bit, we’re gonna be
removing these two bolts that actually hold our little tie downs and secure this panel
in place. We can separate our roll bar and seat belt
here. So, take our trim panel removal tool, get
underneath our seat belt here, pry up, and then we can separate these two pieces. To make this a little easier, you’re gonna
lift up on your little trunk tray here, gain a little clearance here, take this out, and
then you’re gonna have a 10-millimeter hidden right behind here. So I just have a extension with my 10-mil,
and I’m gonna get this. We should be able to lift this up and off. So, with that panel removed, that’s going
to expose the route that we need to run our wire. To start off our wiring process, we’re gonna
start at the head unit. Now to remove your head unit, we need to start
off with the window switch here.So I’m just going to pop this out of the way, remove my
wiring harness in the back, there’s going to be a red locking tab, move that to the
side, depress, and pull. After that, you’ll see a 7-millimeter bolt
right behind those window controls, let’s remove that. And then on the top here you’re gonna have
a cover, remove that cover. All right. So there’s another 7-millimeter bolt in this
little cubby, get that out of here. Underneath your steering wheel there’s going
to be a little panel, just pull that straight back and remove that. So, just past your ignition cylinder there’s
going to be another 7-millimeter, remove that. Now we’re going to remove the screw on the
left-hand side of the steering column, and this is the one on the top. All right. So what we’re gonna do now is lower our steering
wheel to the bottommost position, and then pull straight back on the top portion of our
dash, just like that. So as you can see, we’re using an Alpine head
unit to install our Alpine backup camera with as our Jeep did not come factory with that
touchscreen. If yours did come with that touchscreen it
will work. So, we’re just gonna move the four screws
holding in our head unit here, and then we’re gonna pull straight back on this, there’s
gonna be a lot of wires and even a little black box called a Maestro, which helps us
control a lot of our factory stuff, like our steering wheel controls, and stuff like that. What we’re gonna do now is run our video wire,
and I’m going my underneath my glove box right now. I’m gonna find a route into my center stack
here. I’m gonna go right behind these vents here,
I’ll grab that one while I can, and then that video should follow, just like that. All right. While we’re in here, let’s go ahead and make
our video connection and then our backup camera which is right here. This Alpine wiring harness is really nicely
laid out and labelled. So let’s make sure that that’s not going to
interfere with anything, and it should be good. So let’s reinstall our radio, then we’ll just
leave our head unit in place while we actually test out our backup camera. So I’m gonna plug this in now, then I’m going
to key on the ignition, and have someone hit the brake for me. So the brake light function’s working. Put it in reverse. There’s our light and there’s the picture
right there. So, there’s me, Hi. It’s working just fine. All right, cool. Let’s put this back in park, and let’s see
if the camera will shut off, and there it goes. Perfect. So now we’re ready to install. So, with our rear view camera wired up to
our head unit, now it’s time to route the wire all the way to the back. Now, as you can see, we already did expose
that factory wiring loom. I’m going to leave enough slack up front here
that I can still tuck it up behind my dashboard, and run this factory wiring loom. So let’s go ahead and take our electrical
connector and get it through this B pillar over here, go right behind our seat belt,
and then it should be popping out on this other side. There it is. And then, again, we’re going be following
it all the way up and back. So let’s get this wire and all the slack back
here. We’re gonna go back in a minute here and start
zip tying. Right up to the striker plate. All right. Now we’re gonna take some zip ties. We’re gonna use zip tying about every six
inches to a foot, just depending on what kind of turns you got and where you need this cable
to go. Let’s go ahead and cinch down this zip tie. So let’s get a couple on. Then I like to have my side cutters available
so I can just get the end off real nice and easy. We’re gonna have to back around and make sure
we get every one. So let’s go ahead and do that for the rest
of way and I’ll meet you in the back. So now that you have your wire all the way
back here to your tailgate, we’re gonna start working on mounting our light bracket itself,
then we’re start working on mounting the backup camera, third brake light, and light itself. So let’s go ahead and disconnect our old third
brake light, that’s this electrical connector here. Then we’re actually going to semi close the
door here, remove our old grommet. Then I’m actually gonna get another zip tie
and zip tie this out of the way right here. So I have this really small zip tie, just
going to keep this out of the way, and it’ll be nice and hidden behind our spare tire,
so no one will see it. All right. Let’s get rid of that [inaudible 00:12:01]
there, then after that we can actually start running our camera wire through that hole. So let’s go ahead and run our camera wire
right through this loom that’ll be hidden by that trim piece. And for this, we’re gonna be putting zip ties
about every 3 to 6 inches. Let’s go ahead and get our camera wire through
that hole back there, pick it up, [inaudible 00:12:40] here, and we’ll be able to leave
our slack right here in the tailgate. Let’s get this through that grommet hole. So let me show you how this grommet works. We’re just gonna take our wire, open up the
grommet, and slip it in, make sure it seats evenly, then we’re gonna take our slack here,
run it back between our tire carrier, and have it available just like that. So what we’re gonna do now is start assembling
the bracket for our reverse camera and new backup light. So we’re just going to make sure that our
wire goes through the post there. And now we’re gonna start our Allen head bolts
through this little spacer here. It’s a little tough to see the threads, but
once you get a couple started you can pivot it off of that. All right. So as you can see, I have my bracket in place
here, I have a spacer, and then this is what goes over our wheels studs. So let’s just get this in line, make sure
our wire is run through there, get a couple more of these Allen screws started. Just go ahead and tighten up all these Allen
bolts on the back of our plate here. All right. So let’s go ahead and place this on our wheel
studs. And you’ll see I have plenty of slack to get
into my camera and to get my next piece on. So let’s go ahead and get the last part of
our bracket on here. Start our Allen keys in this one. There’s one. I’m gonna start the other one on the corner
here, just to lock my cable in place. So with our mount in place and our wire routed
to the proper location, we’re actually gonna put our spare tire on first before our backup
camera. Let’s get our lug started on this. All right. I’m just gonna hit this with my impact and
tighten it up. Pull out that wire a little bit, then we can
install our camera. All right. So what we’re gonna do first is, of course,
plug our camera in, then we’re gonna go ahead and mount it up. I already did take that center cap out, that
little plastic rubber cap. And we’re going to start our new little lug
washer here. So this lug nut is a 19-mil. If you want, you actually could put a lock
nut on there just to secure everything in there, to make sure no one steals this. So I’m gonna tighten this up, make sure it
is centered. That looks good there, and I’ll just place
my cap back on. So with our camera installed and ready to
go, let’s replace all of our trim panel pieces. So this is just going to slide back in to
the top here, make sure our wiring loom is nice from in there. And this piece over here. All right. Then we’re gonna get our side compartment
over here for our roll bar. You’re gonna need this up. Make sure that 10-millimeter’s back on top. Yep. And then the T25 with the cargo hooks back
in place. All right. Now moving onto the front, let’s go ahead
and replace our interior panels. Our kick panel first, then our glove box,
and the side B pillar here. This actually goes underneath, like that. And we’ll get the glove box, get that in. So for the glove box, we’re just going to
set these little clips onto the bottom portion here, and then press in, and reinstall. Let’s get our push pins into our B pillar
next, and then one for our kick panel right here. All right. As you can see, I got my bolts back into my
head unit. I’m going to slide over our dash interior
trim piece, making sure not to hit anything, and there we go. Make sure my window switch is where it needs
to be, and that all my clips are lined up, and then I can start pushing, making sure
all those clips are set. So let’s go ahead and get all of these 7-millimeter
screws back into place. One over here next to our key. There’s another one over here on the other
side of the steering column. And of course, there is one at the top here. Let’s go ahead and reinstall our kick panel
underneath our steering wheel here, and you’ll see it just clicks right into place. And then lastly, our window switch. Plug that in first. Once hear that click, lock it in place, and
then just press into place. That’s gonna wrap up my install of the Alpine
rear view camera and light system for your Jeep JK. And for all things Wrangler, keep it here

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