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I am considering fitting a dash cam to my EOS. I would really like rear view as well. Obviously fitting a camera to the rear windscreen is out of the question.

My local fitter has advised me that he can fit a camera to the back of one of the rear headrests. Now we both realise that the headrests have safety skids that pop out if you roll the car, but his argument is that if you are ever in that position, saving the dash cam is the least of your problems.

the argument does seem logical to me, but something is telling me that it isn't a good idea. I am interested in peoples views on this. Has anyone actually fitted dual camera dash cam - if so - which one. If not, what do you think about fitting it to the rear head rest.

Appreciate anyone's thoughts on the matter
 

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The rear of the headrest is a cover that pops off when the roll over protection bars are released. See www.iihs.org for Eos crash test videos and you will see the covers pop off in their video.

Perhaps look into a camera that has a rear facing camera as well?
 

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It wasn't a dashcam but I did try out a CCTV zoom box camera between the 2 rear headrests. You have to get the lens angle right to get the best view and you will get sunlight reflections coming back from the rear screen. The camera needs fixing to something solid else you will get wobbly pictures. I would buy one camera first and try it out just taping it to a headrest to see if the angles and picture quality are good enough.

Your aim on a rearview camera should be to get a readable licence plate. The next alternative is to consider a dashcam that can be integrated into the trunk flap as both a reversing and recording camera. The plastic headrest covers are probably not too expensive to replace if you had to put a hole in one for the lense
 

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Thanks guys. This is very helpful. I hadn't considered the fixing stability of the camera. I think all in all a rear facing camera on the front windscreen may be the best option (after considering the comments), although I am a little cautious on adding anything that will get in the way of my view. I am not sure it will work too well anyway unless the rear windscreen is spotless (which mine isn't). I have looked at the badge reversing camera, but that is rather too pricey for me (I am just about to upgrade the audio to the Kenwood system) and I am not convinced it will make a very good rear dash cam anyway.
 

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The badge camera would always have to be "open" in order for it to work. I suppose you could do it, but it would take a lot of customizing, IMHO. And the badge mounted cameras are cool, but expensive!!!

If you just want the plate # of the person who hits you from behind, a license plate mounted camera might be your best bet. <shrug>
 

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Until recently I had a Mini 0805 Camera installed on an ABS plastic bridge that I connected between the 2 rear headrests.
VHB tape held all in place reasonably well and with the top up it worked nicely .
Top down however the vibration at speed was unnerving and I felt the camera prone to breaking loose at super legal velocity.

When the weather warms my intention is to install the camera inside the passenger rear headrest.
The camera will shoot through a hole finished with a grommet.

BTW
The headrest cover is actually called a ROLL BAR COVER and can be found in the parts category AIR BAG COMPONENTS. RESTRAINT SYSTEMS
The part #below is for 2007 Grey Passenger Side: About $25 at PARTS.com & other online retailers
1Q0880514AE46

Hope you find this helpful
Best
Edward
 

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Thanks everyone for your comments. This is all really helpful. I guess an even more basic question I have is how to power it. I really don't want wires trailing everywhere going to the cigarette lighter socket. I want to hard wire it. I would like to take it to the little interior lighting cluster above the mirror. Does anyone know if there is power there, and if there is, is it switched by the ignition key. Has anyone actually done this ?
 

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Thanks everyone for your comments. This is all really helpful. I guess an even more basic question I have is how to power it. I really don't want wires trailing everywhere going to the cigarette lighter socket. I want to hard wire it. I would like to take it to the little interior lighting cluster above the mirror. Does anyone know if there is power there, and if there is, is it switched by the ignition key. Has anyone actually done this ?
Is this for the front cam or the rear cam. If it's rear one why not run it from the power for the rear cigaret lighter in the arm rest as it would be closer than the interior lamps. My front cam has the wires hidden in the A pillar cover and the front screen top cover, no wires are visible except about 3 inches to the cam.

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All you need is an inline 12volt socket with enough wire to feed from the cigarette lighter and space to hide the joint.
 

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Hi Mick. To answer your question I am talking about the front camera. Actually I am going off the idea of a rear one. Too many issues I think
 

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I am considering fitting a dash cam to my EOS. I would really like rear view as well. Obviously fitting a camera to the rear windscreen is out of the question.

My local fitter has advised me that he can fit a camera to the back of one of the rear headrests. Now we both realise that the headrests have safety skids that pop out if you roll the car, but his argument is that if you are ever in that position, saving the dash cam is the least of your problems.

the argument does seem logical to me, but something is telling me that it isn't a good idea. I am interested in peoples views on this. Has anyone actually fitted dual camera dash cam - if so - which one. If not, what do you think about fitting it to the rear head rest.


Appreciate anyone's thoughts on the matter
Here is a link to retrofit specialist Kufatec.
There are 5 different options for the purchase of camera & wiring that would install behind the trunk lid emblem

IMO not inexpensive,
But quality is not always cheap

https://www.kufatec.de/shop/en/rear-view-camera-solution/vw-emblem-rear-view-camara-retrofit-vw-eos
 

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Use a fuse tap and wire the dash cam permanently. A much better install in my opinion. Hide the wires in the a-pillar and under the windshield rubber seal.
 

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When the weather warms my intention is to install the camera inside the passenger rear headrest.
The camera will shoot through a hole finished with a grommet.
Be careful if you plan on installing inside the headrest. These cameras get hot when in use. With no ventilation in the headrest, your camera will not last a summer.
 

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Be careful if you plan on installing inside the headrest. These cameras get hot when in use. With no ventilation in the headrest, your camera will not last a summer.
GOOD POINT!!
Thank you SCUBATDI
 
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