How to Install a Backup Camera on a Ford F-150 (With Videos)

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Ready to take your F150 truck to the next level of safety, convenience, and performance? It’s easy to install Ford F150 backup camera kit. You can follow along to these step by step instructions and before you know it, you’ll have a nice, new tailgate emblem backup camera on your Ford F-150.

How To Install A Backup Camera On A Ford F150

The following instructions work especially well with the F-150 backup mirror kit CS-FTR-F35. This kit will only work with trucks with an existing 16-pin mirror connector. If you do not have a connector, it is best to use kit CS-FTRa-332

Preparing The Area

Step 1

Remove the rear view mirror glass prior to starting the project. We recommend working with a professional. The glass breaks very easily and most auto glass companies can do this for free.

Step 2

Use fishing line to remove the Ford emblem from the tailgate.

Step 3

Locate the center hole with your finger. Use a razor knife to cut away tape from center hole as a square.

Step 4

Locate the square holes to the left and right of the center hole. They are currently behind the tape. These are not the holes that the decal fits into. Cut the tape away from these holes in a square shape.

Step 5

Use the kit’s two included body nut clips and push them into the left and right side square openings.

Installing The Wiring

Step 6

Fish the kit’s included camera cable through the tailgate and out the opening in the bottom of the Ford F150.

Step 7

Pull the cord all the way through and connect the emblem to the body nut clips.

Step 8

Fasten the emblem to the tailgate using the kit’s included body bolts.

Step 9

Open the tailgate up and lay flat. Fish the wire through the opening in the back of the bed. The opening is located between the bed of the truck and the tailgate.

Connecting The Camera

Step 10

Carefully connect the camera to the chassis harness. It is keyed and only goes together one way. Push it in as tight as you can to ensure a good connection.

Step 11

Cut off the alternate power supply sure and tuck it inside the harness. From here we are going to make all of the connections in the cab.

Important Note: Remember that the red wire at the rear of the harness is only to be used if you do not want to locate a power source inside the cab. Both red wires are live when power is applied.

Step 12

Route the chassis harness along the frame and come up into the engine compartment next to the brake booster.

Step 13

Push the harness through the main wiring grommet by putting a slit in the nipple at the top of the grommet.

Step 14

Peel back the loom and feed the wire through the grommet. Be careful not to damage the RCA end.

Step 15

Cut the excess loom to fit. The harness should pull nicely through the indented hole in grommet.

Step 16

Remove the overhead trim panel with a hard tug or tool and disconnect the wires.

Step 17

Remove the terminal lock from the connector and pull off the face of the connector.

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