STEALTH Rear camera Street Guardian SGZC12RC, Panorama X2 Custom made set-up for VW Passat B6 / 3C

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  1. niko

    niko Well-Known Member Retailer

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    Panorama X2 rear camera ( 1080p ) is small in size and with factory bracket / mount can be installed quite discretely.
    However, I wanted to get even more maximum stealth.

    You can see below "before and after" set-up in my Volkswagen Passat B6 ( 3C )
    P.S. - I am sure similar custom made set-up can be used on many other cars as well.

    VW B6 Custom made X2 setup (1).jpg


    This is step by step project.

    1.

    I took broken fridge freezer box flap and cut off "handle"-part which can "accommodate" 100% ( 1:1) Panorama X2 rear camera. It took me over 1 week to go trough test'n'try of different objects to find exact fit and shape what I needed, but finally found it and my project began :)

    - cut needed length, which is matching the length of my VW B6 rear brake light, so after installation it will blend in and will be maximum stealth.

    - filed down "ruff" edges.

    - used fine grade sandpaper to remove gloss.

    VW B6 Custom made X2 setup (2).jpg


    2.

    - removed original factory clear bracket / mount from camera housing ( for this you need to unscrew plastic "nut" on the side of camera body ).

    - added small piece of paper hand-towel to the circle-cut electrical tape and "attached" it to the lens part to protect from scratches and other damage during rest steps of DIY.

    VW B6 Custom made X2 setup (3).jpg


    3.

    - drilled centre hole
    - using different file sizes / types I have achieved perfect fit of X2 rear camera into stealth custom housing.

    VW B6 Custom made X2 setup (4).jpg


    4.

    - 1 layer of primer
    - 2 layers of black matte paint

    VW B6 Custom made X2 setup (5).jpg


    5.

    - painted

    VW B6 Custom made X2 setup (6).jpg


    6.

    - ready for in-car installation.

    VW B6 Custom made X2 setup (7).jpg


    7.

    Installed in-car

    VW B6 Custom made X2 setup (8).jpg


    VW B6 Custom made X2 setup (9).jpg


    VW B6 Custom made X2 setup (10).jpg
     
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  2. Street Guardian USA

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    Wow that's fantastic @niko! You've outdone yourself once again.
     
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    Like a pro!
     
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    That looks absolutely superb - as if it came like that from the factory!
     
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    very nice, although the piece across the back is obviously larger I would actually find that much less distracting when looking in the mirror than it is without any cover, it's all about perception, not sight, top job!
     
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    Wow!!! NICE
     
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    i need to start looking at every day objects through the eyes of niko. you always fine such perfect solutions with random objects.
     
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    Amazing Niko, it looks as if it came from the factory like that.
     
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    Amazing work! Love it!
     
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    Brilliant!! You're amazing.
    Gives me ideas to do something similar to cover my mobius. I'm afraid the wife will hate me after I have scavenged our kitchen appliances though.
     
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    Wow! That's very impressive. I love it. Very creative and resourceful.
     
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    Wow this is stunning you should manufacture this mount :D
     
  14. niko

    niko Well-Known Member Retailer

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    I can make exactly the same as pictured ( or shorter ) upon request ;)
     
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    Very nice
     
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    very well done!
     
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    I would love to do this but I don't know where I'd get the weird little plastic piece you crafted. It looks great!
     
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    niko Well-Known Member Retailer

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    Thanks. Its from old broken fridge fruit box / freezer flap. I believe if go and look around in some garage-sale or flea-market, or check your attic you will be able to find some similar "raw material" which will suit this project.
     
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    First, thank you for allowing me to join. I would love to do the same thing but have a problem. The camera can't see through the limo tint on the back window. Can I trim out just enough for the camera lens to "see" out the back?
    I have a 2006 Honda Element, Pioneer AVH 4100NEX and Clarion CC520 camera. The camera does not allow for adjustments. Any ideas appreciated.
     
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    There is no EV adjustment on this model (Zoran chipset SDK limitation) but the Sony IMX322 sensor does ok with light tint. (but not through heavy dark limo tint)
     
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