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I have poured over threads and threads about cameras and flashing and OBD readers. My head hurts, and I don't have a complete plan.

I found the OBD Jscan android app (sells for $21 now) and I tried it with my old OBDII reader in trial mode. The free trial app seemed to work, but I understand my reader isn't on the "approved list", so I might need to buy another one (about $25-$30) to actually turn on the camera's display. I'm ok with that if it turns out that I need another reader. That seems to be the big deal, getting my U730N radio to see the camera. I think I understand that.

But now I see simple cameras are all over the board for pricing. Like $20-$400! I want to get a camera with lines as I have grown used to them on other vehicles, but I know even $20 cameras worked well with my old S10.

Can someone give me a good recommendation where to buy a reasonable camera for my 2015 JKU? The spare wheel is stock, and mounting the camera there seems most appealing...except for a $389 price tag that makes no sense to me.

Thanks for any help!
 

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I used this camera from Amazon with good success.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074P45P7G/ref=psdc_2230642011_t1_B004HJ9D4Y

Initially I tried to go with the AEV CHSMSL mount, but my wheels did not support that setup. Temporarily attached it to some magnets and slapped it on the rear bumper to see what angles I liked and it has been ghetto rigged on there since. The rayoo has lines you can turn on and off. Quality is good enough.

You should probably get this adapter as well.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XYSMB7N/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


These two threads are bookmarked I set a while ago that helped me activate my camera.
https://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/programing-430n-to-activate-backup-camera-1521817.html

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/back-up-or-reverse-camera-all-you-need-is-three-parts-915529.html
 

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I used this camera from Amazon with good success.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074P45P7G/ref=psdc_2230642011_t1_B004HJ9D4Y

Initially I tried to go with the AEV CHSMSL mount, but my wheels did not support that setup. Temporarily attached it to some magnets and slapped it on the rear bumper to see what angles I liked and it has been ghetto rigged on there since. The rayoo has lines you can turn on and off. Quality is good enough.

You should probably get this adapter as well.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XYSMB7N/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



These two threads are bookmarked I set a while ago that helped me activate my camera.
https://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/programing-430n-to-activate-backup-camera-1521817.html

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/back-up-or-reverse-camera-all-you-need-is-three-parts-915529.html
I actually have a very similar extra camera from when I was setting up my 2003 S10. But no lines, if I recall. So it looks like many cameras can be used. I do like this one with the lines, tho.

With regard to the adaptor... Are you saying I should expect there is no RCA video input already on the back of my 2015 730N radio? I haven't taken it apart yet to look. I guess I could buy the cable and return it to Amazon if I found I did not need it. Some videos I saw looked like there was a female RCA plug back there already.

After my research here and Youtube, it looks like this really is a lot simpler that the $389 sellers make it out to be. The hardest part being making a mount to peek the camera out between my standard spare's spokes (got the template, thanks!), and then to get the radio to "see" it. I plan on getting the paid version of the OBD JSCAN app ($21?) to be able to turn it on. I think folks have had success with that app. I do not have a relationship with any dealer yet to ask about them doing the adjustment.
 

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There is no RCAs on the back of the stock radio, there are adapters to plug into the wire harness to give you an RCA.
Also be sure your camera has the right resolution, most are all 720x480 which is SD
Don't try to hook up any HD cams to the stock radio no 720p or 1080 or 4k
 

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There is no RCAs on the back of the stock radio, there are adapters to plug into the wire harness to give you an RCA.
Also be sure your camera has the right resolution, most are all 720x480 which is SD
Don't try to hook up any HD cams to the stock radio no 720p or 1080 or 4k
This looks like it solves all my issues except programming: Adaptor, steel mount, wiring and camera. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tire-Mount-Backup-RearView-Camera-For-Jeep-Wrangler-JK-2007-15-Parking-Safety/273759974559

You have to scroll through the pictures at the top to see there is an adaptor, it isn't pictured elsewhere. What do you think?
 

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This looks like it solves all my issues except programming: Adaptor, steel mount, wiring and camera. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tire-Mount-Backup-RearView-Camera-For-Jeep-Wrangler-JK-2007-15-Parking-Safety/273759974559

You have to scroll through the pictures at the top to see there is an adaptor, it isn't pictured elsewhere. What do you think?

I haven't personally had any issues with ebay cause I've never bought anything on ebay but I've never really heard a great story about anything there.
I'd say stick with Crutchfield or Amazon if you are going to do it all yourself.
Instructions are not normally anything you get with an ebay buy, or they are in a different language, let alone any wiring products that could screw up a $1k radio, thats what it'll cost to replace your stock radio if the ebay harness fries it.
 

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I haven't personally had any issues with ebay cause I've never bought anything on ebay but I've never really heard a great story about anything there.
I'd say stick with Crutchfield or Amazon if you are going to do it all yourself.
Instructions are not normally anything you get with an ebay buy, or they are in a different language, let alone any wiring products that could screw up a $1k radio, thats what it'll cost to replace your stock radio if the ebay harness fries it.
I've got 21 years of ebay purchases and sales....with no bad issue. I received a couple of small refunds over that time, but no issues.

This adaptor consists of a 50 cent RCA plug, wired into 2 terminals on a connector that is $1.50 at most. If I had a good source for the connectors, I'd make one (or maybe more to sell for $10!). I've got 57 years history of Ham radio soldering and circuitry, so it isn't hard for me to check the 2 connections, just in case some sloppy soldering went on in manufacturing as can be common...but that could just as easily be the case with an Amazon or Crutchfield connector.

It is always wise to closely examine these things, as probably ALL versions of it being sold are made in China. I'm going to search for a good description of that plug to see if I can get some to solder up!
 

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Ebay has worked reliably for me for years without a single issue.


I've had the $20 cams and I have had the $400 cams. There is no difference so don't bother wasting money on a cam with the big brand name. They're just sucking you along. The one I have now cost 10 bucks plus shipping. The quality is just as good as the $200 Kenwood cam I had.


They have 140, 170 and 180 degree viewing angles. Stick with 170.
The 180's distort the pic too much while the 140's are not quite enough
 

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Update: I paid the $20.99 to buy the OBD JSCAN app. I used it with a $10.98 OBDII reader (bluetooth) and it worked. It is NOT one of the listed readers on the OBD JSCAN website, but it does work. https://smile.amazon.com/Panlong-Bluetooth-Diagnostic-Scanner-Android/dp/B00PJPHEBO

I first told it to raise my idle speed to 1000 while running (it did) and then I dropped it back down. Hooray! I tried several of the options for DRLs (high beams, low beams, front turn signals, etc) and all worked...then I found the backup camera setting and enabled it. The app is a little odd at times, requiring extra confirmations, and sometimes confirming things that are yet to actually happen in the ECU. Because of my incorrect taps...or the app being a little unclear, I had to tell it there was a backup camera active more than once. After I was finished, when I put the car into reverse, I got the black screen with "Check Your Surroundings" written on top. Hooray! It now knows to look for a camera.

I feared getting the radio to recognize the camera was going to be the hardest part, and that is done. I'll probably turn it back off until I actually do connect one.
 

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Ebay has worked reliably for me for years without a single issue.


I've had the $20 cams and I have had the $400 cams. There is no difference so don't bother wasting money on a cam with the big brand name. They're just sucking you along. The one I have now cost 10 bucks plus shipping. The quality is just as good as the $200 Kenwood cam I had.


They have 140, 170 and 180 degree viewing angles. Stick with 170.
The 180's distort the pic too much while the 140's are not quite enough
Thanks for the tip. I am not sure what I have (it is 1000 miles away right now), but I did check and realize that the cheapie I have DOES have lines in my S10. It is too vertical, so I might find another for it and use its camera on the Jeep where I can bend its mount to accommodate the right angle. Thanks for the tip on the 170!
Used to be that you got what you paid for. Not any more with things like this. I replaced my S10 radio with a BOSS for about $150 and picked up navigation and rear camera while I was at it. Now it is just branding and labeling you have to pay for on many items. (But there is only one Wrangler, right?) I love this Jeep more every day!
 

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same kit but cheaper -- https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-Jeep-Wrangler-Black-Reversing-Backup-Rear-View-Camera-Spare-Tire-Mount/133140622420?_trkparms=aid=555018&algo=PL.SIM&ao=1&asc=40719&meid=6a7df29a6bc84373ab3278cedddce016&pid=100005&rk=3&rkt=12&sd=273759974559&itm=133140622420&pmt=1&noa=0&pg=2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851


i bought 2 of these 3-1/8 x 7 in plates - glued and stuck them together and drilled 1/5 inch holes in them to mount to rear tire carrier. Don't have the camera connected yet, but the camera is attached and mounted to it. I was looking for a pre-fab t-bracket, but couldn't find anything quite right and I don't have the tools to cut sheets of metal.
I ended up not buying a complete package, so I have everything coming between Thursday and Saturday, I think. I plan on putting it all together and, if it works, I'll post all the pieces and where they came from. I didn't want to be patient enough to wait for an arrival from China, and I don't have enough tools here to deal with trying to cut metal on my own. For the mount, I bought this one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Jeep-Wrangler-Spare-Tire-Back-Up-Camera-Bracket-RC1-RC3-Rydeen-Roadgear-Mobile/123315673539 for $31.50 No camera there, just the mount from this seller. (His cheap camera that goes with this cost $39 if I recall, and so I found one this one for $13.99 on Amazon. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VXPN4SV

People complain that there are no "push nuts" with the mount to lock the plate to the tire mount, but my plan is to just use external E-clips instead, which should make it easier to remove if needed, but still hold the plate in place when the wheel is removed. I bought a couple of sizes from Ace to see which will work better on the studs.

If it all comes together, my complete purchase will total about $95, including the Jscan app that already has my non-existent camera turned on in the MyGig radio.
 

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I bought one from a local shop (Westminster Speed and Sound) because I was in a rush to install. Here's a web page to show you the similar model. Sorry I could not locate the manufacturer or model number. WSS didn't list their parts on the web site, or on the receipt, so I cant look it up either.

https://www.westminsterspeed.com/jeep-backup-camera-tint-added-2016-wrangler-unlimited/

The camera holder rusted out in the first year. If you buy one similar to this link, I highly recommend you apply a coat of paint to it. I had to POR15 mine to keep it from continuing its decline.

I connected this camera to a Sony XAVAX100. Looked like a nice stereo, has nice sound, but is flaky when turning the car on each day. Some days I get a normal screen, other days no screen at all. I would NOT recommend this stereo to anyone.

I'm in agreement with the others on this thread- cost of the camera does not imply quality. They are all similar in manufacture and design.
 
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For the mount, I bought this one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Jeep-Wrangler-Spare-Tire-Back-Up-Camera-Bracket-RC1-RC3-Rydeen-Roadgear-Mobile/123315673539 for $31.50 No camera there, just the mount from this seller.
Mount arrived. Seems great, and is all painted.

It came with a couple of adaptor pieces and even the screws to put on the adaptor brackets. I got 3 - 5/8" ID E-clips for the lugs on the carrier and it is now mounted as securely as with push nuts...but the E-clips are much easier to remove. Wish the camera had arrived so quickly!
 

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This is what I did 2 years ago when there wasn't the cheaper version of the camera mount on ebay (or I didn't see it).
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I just drilled and tapped a hole in the top of the carrier and then mounted an old Tom Tom window mount to it. It is very adjustable forward and back and the head swivels as well.
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I have tried several different cameras and I think that 150° is the best field of view. Keep in mind that most of the cameras sold have misleading numbers and usually turn out to be less than advertised. If you want to know the actual field of view of your camera you will have to measure it. I turned off the lines on mine. The problem with them is they are only accurate with the camera at a certain angle which didn't match the downward angle that the camera wound up being set at with it out so far away from the tailgate on the spare tire.
 
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