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Old 11-07-2009, 08:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rear Camera in keyhole

I want to install a rear camera in the keyhole. Are there any issues that i need to be aware of? Are there any sensors that may be affected in removing the keylock?
i have a 02 325i.
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Old 11-08-2009, 02:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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does your car have an internal trunk opener?

mine doesn't and several other bimmers i have driven have not had an internal trunk opener.

make sure your car has one before you take out the lock.

plus how are you going to secure your trunk? does it include another locking mechanism?
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It has been done before: http://e46.mit.edu/2006-02-03%20Reve...i%20Camera.htm

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that looks horrible...

plus, how do they open the trunk?

i mean, they have to have some way to open the trunk...i'm just wondering how they do it?
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does your car have an internal trunk opener?

mine doesn't and several other bimmers i have driven have not had an internal trunk opener.

make sure your car has one before you take out the lock.

plus how are you going to secure your trunk? does it include another locking mechanism?
The trunk opener is an electric switch in the trunk lid handle. the key lock just locks or unlocks it, but i want to make sure there are no sensors attched to the key lock.
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It has been done before: DISCLAIMER

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nice installation. They have smaller units though so that you don't have to enlarge the keyhole. so I guess theres no sensor on the lock.

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that looks horrible...

plus, how do they open the trunk?

i mean, they have to have some way to open the trunk...i'm just wondering how they do it?
There is a trunk release button inside teh car and one on the key. There is also a button underneath the trunk handle (right in between the license plate lights), which you press for a couple of seconds to open the trunk (which works only when you have unlocked the doors). So opening the trunk is more than covered. In fact, in over one year of owning my car, I don't think I have ever opened the trunk via the keyhole.
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There is a trunk release button inside teh car and one on the key. There is also a button underneath the trunk handle (right in between the license plate lights), which you press for a couple of seconds to open the trunk (which works only when you have unlocked the doors). So opening the trunk is more than covered. In fact, in over one year of owning my car, I don't think I have ever opened the trunk via the keyhole.
oh right on then. i have an older model bimmer so i wasn't sure how the trunk would open.

i still don't think it looks very good, but i guess it's functional.
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Unhappy Key hole cam

Hey! if you have not perform the work yet, I found out there's other option you could try like:licence plate cam instead of punching a hole to your loveley car one of the site you could try is Car DVD GPS Navigation System Wholesaler, Car DVD GPS Navigation System Wholesaler or search on Ebay or so....
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although they would be waaaaaay to easily stolen....i think that looks so much nicer
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Thanks, but i had that in my honda and didn't like how it looked. there were still other options but the key hole camera still looked cleaner.
Just tried to have it done again today, but the shop was wary on any sensor that might be affected with the remote lock feature. I guess i just have to remove the inner cover to see if there are any connections on the keylock. thanks again.
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