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Did anyone install a dashcam? Which dashcam do you use?

I brought Thinkware U1000 and a dashcam battery pack. Today I finished the wiring of the battery pack and front dashcam, but I still struggle with which is the best position to place the cam. I am thinking to put it on the car's front cam (the black box at the center), instead of the windshield.

Is anyone also using U1000? Do you mind sharing where you put your cam?

Btw, thanks to Kia that there is a spare 15A fuse (ACC) which I can use it without worrying about any impact.

However, if you need to use parking mode and not using any dashcam battery, then you will need to use another fuse that has power after ignition is off.

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I can't help with the best spot on the front cam as I have the one that slides over the mirror and have a camera in the back also. But thanks for the spare 15a fuse spot as I'm wiring it up this weekend and was curious if there was a spare fuse
 

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I just use USB powered cams. Not as elegant but gets the job done for what matters most to me... STUPID DRIVERS
 

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I just use USB powered cams. Not as elegant but gets the job done for what matters most to me... STUPID DRIVERS
I'm actually using it now with the USB cable just so it's recording until I can hook up the power cable to the fuse box. Just want that extra USB port open and plus less of a mess trying to run it to the center rather than the fuse box near the door
 

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I'm actually using it now with the USB cable just so it's recording until I can hook up the power cable to the fuse box. Just want that extra USB port open and plus less of a mess trying to run it to the center rather than the fuse box near the door
It wasn't until I tried to plug in my dash cam that I realized there are absolutely NO 12V ports anywhere in the front of the vehicle. This is the first and only car I've ever driven that didn't have a 12V port up front. This kinda sucks because they're so versatile and you can add more USB ports using a 12V adapter.

On another note, anyone have any success mounting their dash cam to the plastic shroud around the rear view mirror? It's kinda slick and 3M adhesives don't stick reliably. I really don't want to drill any holes if I don't have to.
 

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It wasn't until I tried to plug in my dash cam that I realized there are absolutely NO 12V ports anywhere in the front of the vehicle. This is the first and only car I've ever driven that didn't have a 12V port up front. This kinda sucks because they're so versatile and you can add more USB ports using a 12V adapter.

On another note, anyone have any success mounting their dash cam to the plastic shroud around the rear view mirror? It's kinda slick and 3M adhesives don't stick reliably. I really don't want to drill any holes if I don't have to.
I did. It fell off few times not because it is not reliable but I think probably because of the hot weather as my car usually parked outdoor. Because I also mounted the rear dash cam to the plastic shroud at the back at the same time but it didn't fall off. I brought some other adhesives which stating can be used up to 80'C (around 176'F) to replace the original 3M recently, it looks better now but let's see.



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It wasn't until I tried to plug in my dash cam that I realized there are absolutely NO 12V ports anywhere in the front of the vehicle. This is the first and only car I've ever driven that didn't have a 12V port up front. This kinda sucks because they're so versatile and you can add more USB ports using a 12V adapter.

On another note, anyone have any success mounting their dash cam to the plastic shroud around the rear view mirror? It's kinda slick and 3M adhesives don't stick reliably. I really don't want to drill any holes if I don't have to.
Not sure but I believe the manual recommends that you don't put anything (or at least an EZpass transponder there because that may interfere with the camera/sensors there... I would confirm before sticking anything there and/or drilling...
 

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Not sure but I believe the manual recommends that you don't put anything (or at least an EZpass transponder there because that may interfere with the camera/sensors there... I would confirm before sticking anything there and/or drilling...
Oh.. I am not aware of that. But I don't see any problem at the moment, it still reminds me to keep in lane. Anyway, thanks for the reminder, will keep monitoring it and see whether any problem.
 

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Not sure but I believe the manual recommends that you don't put anything (or at least an EZpass transponder there because that may interfere with the camera/sensors there... I would confirm before sticking anything there and/or drilling...
I managed to install my dash cam up there using 3M command strips and haven't seen any adverse effects. I'll try my EZ Tag once it arrives and report back.

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Been using my EZ-Tag right next to the shroud for a few weeks without a single issue. My CC gets charged at every toll and the lane keep system works like a charm.
 

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I did. It fell off few times not because it is not reliable but I think probably because of the hot weather as my car usually parked outdoor. Because I also mounted the rear dash cam to the plastic shroud at the back at the same time but it didn't fall off. I brought some other adhesives which stating can be used up to 80'C (around 176'F) to replace the original 3M recently, it looks better now but let's see.



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what did you do to get power to the rear camera? Are you tied into the dome light?
 

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Newbie question here, where do you plug the dashcam in ? Is there USB on the rear vision mirror or do I need run a cable down?
 

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Newbie question here, where do you plug the dashcam in ? Is there USB on the rear vision mirror or do I need run a cable down?
I ran a cable down to the center console. The headliner holds the cable pretty well without removing it, but you have to pop off the trim on the A-pillar to hide the cable before running it behind the glove box. I've got about 1 ft of cable showing from the glove box to the center console, so it doesn't look too bad with a black interior and black cable.
 

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I ran a cable down to the center console. The headliner holds the cable pretty well without removing it, but you have to pop off the trim on the A-pillar to hide the cable before running it behind the glove box. I've got about 1 ft of cable showing from the glove box to the center console, so it doesn't look too bad with a black interior and black cable.
Thanks for the detailed reply , I’m not brave enough to pop anything out, is it possible to run the cables down the pillars and under the glove box fairly cleanly without popping anything out?
 

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Thanks for the detailed reply , I’m not brave enough to pop anything out, is it possible to run the cables down the pillars and under the glove box fairly cleanly without popping anything out?
I'll give Kia credit here: there are very few gaps between the trim pieces to allow for a clean cable run without removing the A-pillar trim. If it makes you feel any better, you don't need any tools. Just work your fingers behind the top of the trim and give it a good pull straight out. There are a couple of metal retaining clips that will pop out, and then you can run the wire behind the trim and push the pins back in to re-seat the panel. Once you get past the A-pillar, just run the wire around the dash through the glove box and it's a pretty straight shot to the center console. Takes 5 min.
 
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