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How Do I Bury Dash Cam Wire in Headliner?

Recently bought a dash cam and I’d like to mount it fairly permanently near the rear view mirror with 3M adhesive. To make the install look as good as possible, I want to bury the power wire out of sight. I’ve figured out the A-pillar trim can be pulled away fairly easily because it’s only held on with Christmas tree fasteners and the panel below that is a screw and two more trees, but I’m afraid of breaking the headliner. I tried just pushing the USB cable into the small gap between the headliner and the roof, but the headliner didn’t seem to want to move away and let the wire in. Is there any sort of fastening on that leading edge that’s preventing the wire from sliding between the layers? Is the headliner made out of something so stiff that if I force the wire in, the stiff backer might crack or break? I honestly don’t know what holds it up and from where, so if someone else has buried a radar detector or dash cam power wire in the headliner, let me know so I can either uninstall the front edge correctly or stop being such a wimp and force the wire in. Thanks!

Edit: I should mention my car is a 2013 Evora.

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I installed both front and rear dash cams. And, the front one feeds the power to rear. So, I ran the wires/cables up the A-pillars and across the headliner. I was able tuck both cables under the trim and headliner (with a plastic trim tool) without removing any interior trim pieces.

I used the plastic trim tool to gently pull the trim away from the window, just enough so I could tuck the cables. I used the tool about an inch or two in front of the cable as I worked the cable under. And, I slowly worked my way around the car. They have held in place, out of sight and firmly since the install with no issues. So, it should be doable....
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Are you using a trim tool? It makes the job much easier. I hardwired my radar detector and had no problem running under headliner. Once though on my Toyota FJ I cracked the windshield trying to get cable under a-pillar

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I was not using a trim tool. I was going off just how easy it would have been on my past cars like my Eclipse or my Cougar. Those were easy to pry away with my fingers.

The Evora just seems so tight that I thought maybe they used some Velcro on the leading edge to get that fit so tight. Iíll give it another try, this time using some trim tools.

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........... @2011 chrome orange Thatís awesome you hit 2000 posts! You should celebrate when you hit 2011, you know, because of the model year and your username. I suggest a photo shoot tribute of your car, maybe a Then and Now type of post!
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Let me know what fuse you tapped for the camera.

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Let me know what fuse you tapped for the camera.
Personally, I cheated. I just swapped my head unit to the Pioneer AVIC-W8400NEX and it had two usb plugs in the back and even came with a usb extension cord in the box. When I installed the stereo, I routed the extension cord into the passenger footwell and Iím now looking to install my camera. The head unit usb plugs switch on and off with the ignition so they donít drain the battery. I figure if the usb can charge a phone, it can power my camera. One of the others might have tapped a fuse for the install, as Iíd have the same question had I not swapped the HU.

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I did it, finally. Got the dash cam positioned, adhered, cable run and buried. I used one of the blunt ended trim tools to force the wire in the gap. It really did take a bit of force to get that wire in! I did that because prying with one of the tools that looks like a crow bar wasnít working for me and putting more pressure on the windshield than Iíd have preferred. But itís installed, the wire is buried and you canít tell anything was done from the interior of the car. I also still have use of both of my 12V adaptors for phones and GPS units. I positioned it where I used to have my I-Pass because itís covered by the rear view, so Iíll have to add the I-Pass on the driverís side of the mirror. I like how it all turned out and so does my car show co-pilot, Foxy. Not a bad stealthy look for only a $100 little camera.
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Looks good. Glad it worked out
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