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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-28-2013, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Back up camera for 2014 Forester

I recently bought the 2014 base model Forester. It came without the backup camera and display, and I'd like to get it installed. Any suggestions on best kind? I assume a Subaru dealership can do it, but looking for suggestions for a good unit at a reasonable price. Any advice is appreciated.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-01-2013, 02:35 AM
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Based on personal experience, I prefer the sensors.
I had a close call few months ago, I was backing up slowly, checked the camera and it was all clear, then, I heard a loud scream. A mother yelling at a little girl runnig behind my car. Never seen her.

So, I just got a Foz with a camera but will install the sensors in few weeks.

You can also do, rear camera and sensors using a rear view mirror as a camera.

So many choices.
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2014 subaru forester camera cover?

I have trouble using the camera during rain. The OEM camera is so protruded and it collects water droplets which blurs the vision. Kinda annoying when you are used to backup with camera. is there any camera visor/cover available? I wish they had some system like the backup cam of BMW, like the cam comes out of a hole (like a cookoo clock) when needed. I am thinking about applying a light film of petroleum jelly on its borders, but that will invite dust to stick to it. any thoughts?
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-31-2013, 01:51 PM
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I, too, have the base model 2014 Subaru Forester and would like to install the rear vision camera. Last month, the service department told me that they had not yet received any instructions on how to do so.

If anyone learns that Subaru service departments now have access to the necessary parts and instructions to do this, please post.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 11:27 PM
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Where do you buy aftermarket sensors? Can you install them yourself?
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-02-2013, 12:41 PM
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Where do you buy aftermarket sensors? Can you install them yourself?
There are MANY companies that sell back-up sensor (piezo ultrasonic) systems. Just google "car backup alarms". Many of these systems come complete with the four bumper-mounted sending units, a hole saw, an electronics module, and an alerting module (LED lights and buzzer). Some of these add-on kits are actually sold with a replacement rear-view mirror with the RYG indicators in the mirror.

On this subject, these sensors do NOT like to be mounted in metal, which should not be a problem for most Subarus.

I personally installed a new Kenwood head-end stereo (love it for hands-free calling plus Pandora Bluetooth music from smartphone) and bought a $35 backup license plate camera for it....Easy to install.
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I installed one of these aftermarket systems in our Honda Odyssey recently and was impressed by how well it works considering it cost only about $13.00 at the time, shipping included!

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Rather than mount the display unit on the dash I mounted it on the ceiling just ahead of the rear hatch lamp facing forward so it's visible in the rearview mirror. To compensate for the facing-forward vs. facing-backward issue I plugged the 4 sensors into the control unit from right to left rather than left to right.

I'm going to consider adding a similar system in our Forester next.

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To those in the snowy areas, doesn't your backup camera become somewhat useless in the winter season ? I know regular hatchbacks and universal body cars over here get really snowy and dirty near the numberplate in the winter season (and sometimes that season is 7 months). And i don't mean getting dirty within a weak but within 30 minutes of driving on a snowing day.

I'm also thinking about going for the aftermarket sensors.
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I have trouble using the camera during rain. The OEM camera is so protruded and it collects water droplets which blurs the vision. Kinda annoying when you are used to backup with camera. is there any camera visor/cover available? I wish they had some system like the backup cam of BMW, like the cam comes out of a hole (like a cookoo clock) when needed. I am thinking about applying a light film of petroleum jelly on its borders, but that will invite dust to stick to it. any thoughts?
Yep already been there.

I'm wondering if rain-x would help. I'm thinking of trying it.
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Someone said Rain-X worked but never remembered to put it on. I just redid the application on my front and rear windshields the other day too. Forgot all about the camera.
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Yep already been there.

I'm wondering if rain-x would help. I'm thinking of trying it.
Rain-X might work... I've been using Aquapel on most of our vehicles, and it lasts much longer. I never thought using either on the backup camera though.. I hope I remember next time I go over the windshield!
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