2007-2013 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra Fullsize Pickup Truck Backup Camera Installation Write Up.
You assume sole responsibility for your installation, or any problems you may have. Please be aware that you are working with Electrical Components, so make sure you are comfortable working on such systems, and if you are not please consult a professional.**
This is a photo of a Chevy Silverado LTZ Truck without the Rear Camera, the goal is to Install a OEM Style Backup Camera.
You can see the OEM Configuration of this 2008 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck without the Camera Kit.
Drop the Tailgate and Unbolt the Lower Center Bolt (13mm Socket), this bolt is responsible for holding on the Tailgate Bezel.
Remove the Tailgate from the Truck and place it on a set of Secure Sawhorses or Table.
As illustrated lay a towel near your tailgate handle, and use a small trim tool to pop the tailgate bezel loose (it has 3 clips which hold it in place). Becareful not to apply to much pressure to avoid denting the gate or damaging the finish.
Drill a Hole as Illustrated in the Bottom Center of the Tailgate. A step bit works very well for this.
Once your hole is drilled you can then feed the Camera Wires through.
- I’d fish a long wire up thru the hole you drilled and with a little bit of maneuvering this wire should come out in the opening where the tailgate handle is located.
- At this point I’d take the end of the Tailgate Camera Harness and attach it to your wire securely and then bring the wire back down thru the bottom of the tailgate, letting it hang out the bottom.
Push the Tailgate Handle Bezel Securely Back into Place on the Tailgate and reattach the Bezel by reinstalling the 13mm bolt that you removed in Step 2.
- If you have a Tailgate Lock, you need to move this over to the New Tailgate Bezel with the Camera.
- Please note that on this truck I did add the Tailgate Lock Kit, it is NOT INCLUDED with the Camera Kit. The camera kit does come with a plug for the hole though if your truck doesn’t have the Locking Tailgate and Do Not Desire to add it.
You may need to drill a hole in the bottom edge of your bed (most 2009 and up trucks have this hole already provided from the factory) I drilled this hole in the dead center of the bed and a bit higher that way it wouldn’t show when the tailgate is reinstalled.
Reinstall the Tailgate and Feed the Wires through the drilled or provided holes.
At this point you are about 1/2 way through the project. If your license plate is still installed you will want to remove it at this time, as this is where your Chassis Harness and Tailgate Harness Connect.
Please view some of the attached photo’s and you can see that there is a connector that will allow you the flexibility of removing the camera and tailgate if you ever need to. This connector shows you the proper way to install the ends together, as there are two arrows, one on each plug end, please match those up and securely connect it together.
Next is routing the wiring up to where it will enter the cab. The harness is used for several different lengths of trucks and you may find that you have a little excess if your truck is of a shorter configuration, you may lay the harness out next to your truck to determine the excess and tie it up at the back of the truck if you wish to do so that way you don’t have a bunch of extra wiring in the cab. I typically put the extra wire up above the spare tire near the trailer wiring. I also route this harness along with the Chassis Harness that is on the truck from the factory to give everything a clean and professional look. (Please See Photos)
You will now want to enter the cab, as you can see in the photos I run the wire up through the transmission shift boot. I have found this the easiest point of access, but please be sure to make sure to apply plenty of RTV Silicone once you have came through this gromment to prevent any water entering your cab after the install.
Run the wire up to the Electrical Center.
- For your Red Wire connect it to an Accessory Power Supply of your choice that is suitable for your particular vehicle.
- For your Black Wire you can ground it on a Stud that holds the Electrical Center in Place (See Photo)
Take the RCA Plug and Connect it to the appropriate connector.
- This truck actually had the Factory Navigation, and after having the OEM Radio Programmed to recognize the Camera we simply plugged it into the back of the factory radio with the supplied harness.
- Some Trucks have an aftermarket radio with an RCA Provided for your Camera, please consult with your aftermarket radio installation guide for instructions on how to make your connection
- Some 2009 and Up Trucks will utilize the OnStar Auto Dimming Camera Mirror for this Installation. This installation requires only about 2 more steps if your truck is properly equipped (Please consult with me on this)
- Replace the OEM Mirror with the OnStar Auto Dimming Camera Mirror
- Plug in the Provided Connector the Dash Harness, and begin enjoying your Back Up Camera
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