So I decided I needed a 'rear view mirror' equivalent in my Exige, if only soI can spot a police cruiser when it is right behind me
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7 inch 480 line screen. Many of the cheap car screens are only 240 line. There are some nice looking monitors that will divide into 2 3 and 4 sections to use multiple cameras[my car came with a wide angle plate mounted camera that I plan on aiming hard right for backing out of parking spaces] but they are all from mainland China, and it is such a crapshoot without a US person to harass if it doesn't work
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this is the camera. The seller 'ragecams' is pretty good and custom fits the lens. Shown is the image for the 16mm lens. I might have gone down to a 12, or maybe the 16 with a smaller screen would be ok. It is slightly magnified, so I have to keep telling myself that the guy is not tailgating me. Seems a decent piece of work, sealed with orings.
In the image, the visible part of the trailer is about 20-25 feet away, just out of the lane behind the car. The near curb is about 40-45 away, the fence is 20 feet behind that. The right mirror shot is pretty crappy but you can just see the curb for perspective. When I get a chance I will get some better pictures.
I bent up a bracket and turned a small bushing to mount it to the center roof trim cover screw. If I take the roof off I have to find a way to mount it. I have since flipped the mount around so it is high but closer. My old eyes have trouble focusing that close but it tucks a little higher that way. In the picture you can see that it is really no worse than the rear view, and in reality it is much better as you can lean forward to see around it, not possible with the mirror [now removed and just set in place for the pic]
Some if the rearview cameras have the coolest and tiniest connector that fits through the mesh. My previous iteration used this so I cut the wires to this camera and soldered them to the tiny connector so it can come out and no mod to the car. It is held on with black ty wraps.
It vibrates a bit when the car is running so I may make a stiffer mount, but it is probably the whole hatch moving.