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My apologies if this is in the wrong forum. It could easily fit into several categories. It's what I did in my 2013 Accent GS, but it's probably applicable to many similar vehicles. Short of it, I stuck an inexpensive blackbox style dashcam in my Accent.

So I have commitment issues. I don't like making permanent changes to my cars. I don't like doing something which, if I change my mind later, would take a lot of effort to change back or would leave behind permanent potentially negative traces of what I did.

So it's a big deal for me to stick even a 3M tape pad to the part of the windshield where the little dots are around the rearview mirror area. I worry that if I have to remove what I've stuck on there, it will take some of the little dotted stuff with it. What if in a year I want to put in a different bracket? LOL! Silliness, I know. Consequently, I tend to use suction cup mounts for items that would be less obtrusive with a permanent mount.

But anyway, over the weekend I got out my plastic tools and ran the USB power cord for my dashcam in the Accent. I tucked the cable into the headliner, ran it down the A pillar, inside the edge of the door molding, then under the dash across the driver's side, along the side of the center console tunnel, across the tunnel just aft of the gear shift knob to the passenger side, out that side of the plastic and then into the little accessories area on the dash where the 12 volt power socket is. I did this without having to remove any panels and only by fishing or tucking the wire. It did require a little bit of contortionism though when it came to securing a zip tie under the driver's side dash. Anyway, I'm reasonably happy with the results and no holes were drilled or anything.

With that done, now I knew I needed to finally make that last bit of commitment and adhere the permanent mount to the windshield. I know for a fact it won't come off easily, so now that it's in... . Body shop guy really had to go after it on the Yaris to get my other mount (same 3M tape too) off of it after the Yaris was totaled. Anyway, there it is... done now. And I'm happy with the results.

From inside the car in the driver's seat, you can't even see the camera so you can't be distracted by it and a cop can't ticket me for having a "driver facing" video device since it isn't physically viewable (plus it's within the specified area where you can mount stuff on the windshield). From the outside, all you can see is the silver areas on the camera which I think I'll be taking a Sharpie to this evening.













Next installment... you say I don't have Torque? Well, I say I DO! The Torque app, that is. On my phone... and paired up to the bluetooth OBD2 reader which can tell me all sorts of stuff about my car and log it too. Very cool sh!t. Actually, I can't wait to hook it up to the S2000 or the Lotus (particularly the Lotus, actually) and see what it tells me.
 

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That's great.. Very neat.. I have a dash cam, but right now it's in my little 'winter beater' Ford Escort because I don't drive the Accent that much in the winter. We have lots of salt on the roads here and when it's really cold and slippery there's always the risk of someone sliding in to you..

I really like the mount you have... It's very compact. My dash cam mount is more like a GPS mount with a suction cup and a fairly long stalk. What model dash cam do you have?
 

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Well, as it happens, I live in Los Angeles. No snow here. No salt. And lately, not even much rain (that is actually bad, and we are in a drought). :) Weather isn't really much of an issue here and I thank my lucky stars for that every winter. People still drive into you though. LOL!

The daschcam pictured is a generic one that I bought after watching a review on a site called techmoan.com. Here is a link to the version of the camera which I ended up getting on Amazon (note that there are many different generic manufacturers of this camera so you can find it on ebay and elsewhere for varying prices and varying levels of quality; buyer beware). Amazon.com: NEW Dual Lens Hd 720p Car Cam Ir LED G Sensor Video Camera Recorder Camcorder DVR: Camera & Photo

Now, I got that cam in November 2012. It's capable of dual input. I haven't run the cable for the secondary cam in the Accent yet. Not sure if I will, although I know I should. It would be a bigger job than running the power cable, that's for sure. Anyway, I got that in November 2012, which is only a little over a year ago at this point. But the technology in this sector is advancing quickly and if I were buying one today, I would get either the Mobius or the Mini 0801 with GPS (see techmoan's reviews). Anyway, I have a second one of these units as pictured above and I also have a Blackvue DR500GW. I like the Blackvue but the audio on my particular unit is poor and, relative to what is available now, I feel it was generally overpriced. It is rather large in size too.

I have three cars so I want a camera of some sort in each one. I also do a lot of canyon drives and I like to have footage of the drives. These aren't GoPro quality. It's really just to have an impartial witness if an accident occurs and for protection from the occasional overzealous law enforcement individual. My other cars are kind of cop magnets so it is prudent to take a few extra precautions. It doesn't help that I drive them how God intended them to be driven either. LOL!

I was using a suction cup mount with the above pictured camera, but it's a much smaller footprint when used with the more permanent mount. Plus, the 3M tape can go over the little sunscreen dots whereas the suction cup mounts want nothing to do with those little dots and you end up with your camera on the floor at inopportune moments... like in a hard right hander. Unpleasant results sometimes occur in those situations. ;)
 

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Why I have dashcams (WARNING!!! I USE THE F WORD IN THIS VIDEO, SO DO TURN YOUR VOLUME DOWN SOME, or off altogether):

And the only thing that keeps me sane (no cussing here, but lots of wind noise):
 

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That first video looked like decker canyon rd, or mulholland highway just north of LA.
You're in the right neighborhood. Latigo Canyon. I organize monthly canyon drives in Malibu and we do include Mulholland Highway and Decker Canyon.
 

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Back in '99 that would have been me you were cussing at. My buds and I used to cruise decker at 70+ on the weekends.
Surprised you aren't dead then. LOL! Speed wasn't the problem. The problem was the guy was fully across the double yellow in my lane on a blind corner. That's not a wise choice if one prefers to maintain all body parts in normal working condition.

I have this funny expectation that folks will keep to their side of the line and I'll keep to mine unless there is some extenuating circumstance (avoiding a deer, for instance) which requires leaving the lane. Silly. I know. :rolleyes:

I don't cuss anyone out for driving or riding fast. Go as fast as you want. Just keep it on your side of the line so neither of us ends up damaged or dead.
 
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