Aston Martin – Front/Rear Camera

I repeatedly damaged the front valence, so I installed cameras to see the curb. The valence profile is hook shaped which catches on the curb when pulling away and rips off of the car.

The SolidWorks CAD model of the frame for the LCD monitor. I bought 3 on eBay for $14.96 ea. They are 800×480 dual input and have a pretty good display. I printed the part on my home-made FDM printer.

The frame has a slot and opening for a tie wrap to hold the power/video cable in place. The first print did not work because the screw holes were too large and interfered with the installation.

The Cubby box with +12VDC outlet is removed for the LCD monitor. There is another +12VDC outlet under the arm rest that I can use if needed. I’ll loose the storage area though.

The housing that comes with the monitor is removed and the LCD is installed in the 3D printed bracket using 3M VHB tape.

The controls set the image parameters to FLASH memory. I’ll set these and will never need to change the settings (hopefully).

Yellow and white RCA jacks for front/rear camera inputs. The red is for +12VDC

When I pulled the center console away, the springs popped out of the GPS carrier. So I never really knew how this is supposed to work.

With the console lifted away, there’s access to the parking sensor disable and reverse switches.

Now with access to the rear of the connectors, I can add the wiring. Obeying my “Never Make Permanent Mods” philosophy, I Install the wires into the rear of the contact housings so that there is compression between the wire and existing contact. If this fails, it will fail in a safe manner so that existing functionality is not impacted.

Wire routing for the front camera.

The wire is taped alongside the existing harness where possible using 3M 33+ electrical tape which will stay in place for many years.

The 170 degree camera costs $4.81 from eBay.

Front Camera is held in place with Black VHB 5908 0.008″ thick double sided tape.

Front camera is wired and ready to go. Rear wiring to the reverse switch is ready for the rear camera install to be done at a later time.

Rear Camera Install

Rear Camera Install

I ran the power/video cable through the tail light and behind the bumper cover to the license plate holder.

Using 3M VHB tape to hold the camera to the aluminum bracket, The bracket is held in place to the bumper cover. A second strip of tape is used as a safety and will retain the release liner.

The rear camera from eBay costs $11.99.

The camera is no noticeable from most angles.

I routed the rear camera cable thru the trunk and to the center console from the driver side.

The rear camera requires two relays which are available on ebay for $9.98 for qty. 2.

This is the wiring diagram which is part of the modification/maintenance binder I keep for the car. Below is the color code (resistor color code).

0Black5Green
1Brown6Blue
2Red7Violet
3Orange8White
4Yellow9Gray

Power to the monitor/cameras are normally switched off. To activate the front camera, press the “Parking sensor disable” button. To activate the rear camera, put the car in reverse. Reverse will override the front camera. Both the front and rear images are reversed which is ok for the rear but takes getting used to for the front.

Ever since I installed the cameras and nose lift, I have not damaged the valence any more than it already is. It’s in miserable shape and I have a new one but you hardly notice so I’ll just leave it since the minute I install the new one, it’ll be wrecked.

Download the LCD Bracket Zip with SLDPRT and STL – LINK

 

Image of the front camera.

Image of the rear camera (garage door).

Minus my time and the printed parts, my costs for this project were under $50. I could have gone for a higher cost solution all of which seem to use the Nav screen which I don’t like and like to keep it closed. I did later buy some spare parts (2 extra monitors).

My poor valence.

Flap protector / warning (curb feeler). I was wearing these down when entering the driveway so I made some aluminum protectors that also make some noise I can hear when I’m scraping.

Side view of the protectors. I bent each corner inward to dig into the plastic to hold in place. The aluminum is about 0.040″ since that’s what I had in my stock drawer. 1/16″ would be nice but somehow that’s the size I don’t have. I used the sheet metal shear and took about 10 minutes to cut and install.

 

So, now I should be ok with the front valence. Maybe I’ll get around to putting my new one on before I step on it or get it caught in the door or something.