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So what did you do Steve? Or did I miss it?
Mine is a whole new radio system with aftermarket backup & front video cameras. The cameras are integrated right into the new Kenwood radios screen ...
 
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I am curious about this as well, it's been a while since this was posted. Has anybody upgraded the stock camera to a better one by now? And if yes, which one and how hard was it to swap? Thanks.
I also would like to know. The backup camera on this car is one of the worst I've seen. I know there were safety requirements for backup cameras around then, so it looks to me like they slapped the bare minimum passing requirement in there. It was also 2012, so I guess I can't expect camera tech to be all that great back then either.
 

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I just upgraded the camera in my '12 Wagon. From what I understand the camera PN is different for sedans and wagons, but here's what I did:

Since I searched for this information and couldn’t find it. I wanted to post this along to anyone tired of the crappy OEM camera. So these three pictures below consist of 3 different part numbers. The first picture is the original part that came with the car. The image quality is crap. The 2nd image is from a 2016 CTS and has much better detail and the colors are quite a bit more clear and crisp... the problem is that it doesn’t fit the housing... the third picture is of the new part I got from GM. Fits the original wagon housing and has even better color, clarity, and crispness than either of the other two cameras.
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As you can see the color, clarity and crispness of the new PN for my '12 Wagon was a HUGE improvement over the original OEM camera.
 
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I just upgraded the camera in my '12 Wagon. From what I understand the camera PN is different for sedans and wagons, but here's what I did:

Since I searched for this information and couldn’t find it. I wanted to post this along to anyone tired of the crappy OEM camera. So these three pictures below consist of 3 different part numbers. The first picture is the original part that came with the car. The image quality is crap. The 2nd image is from a 2016 CTS and has much better detail and the colors are quite a bit more clear and crisp... the problem is that it doesn’t fit the housing... the third picture is of the new part I got from GM. Fits the original wagon housing and has even better color, clarity, and crispness than either of the other two cameras.
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As you can see the color, clarity and crispness of the new PN for my '12 Wagon was a HUGE improvement over the original OEM camera.
Oh you have a first gen taco too? Are you on TW? I'm same screen name over there.
Me thinks I may need to upgrade my camera to the 2016 CTS one. Was it plug and play?
 

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Oh you have a first gen taco too? Are you on TW? I'm same screen name over there.
Me thinks I may need to upgrade my camera to the 2016 CTS one. Was it plug and play?
Yes, The chassis and drivetrain are Stock 97 Tacoma, The rear diff is from a 98 (Electric locker), front axle is a 77 F100/F150 Dana 44 shortened. This has the Original Tacoma Marlin Crawler (MC09 Serial number 001) I body swapped it for a 2004 double cab (I had kids). and now it sits in the garage most of the time. I take it out and enjoy it from time to time. I'm not on any of the forums anymore for Taco's, I was a pretty heavy contributor to Tacomaterritory back in the day (same screenname). I was the first in the country to body swap an extra cab to a double cab, but too many trolls and people being assholes to each other chased me away).

All 3 cameras physically plugged into the stock wagon harness. Mounting the cameras was a different story. I had heard that some people plugged in the V3 camera and it worked great. it would NOT fit the wagon housing. I still have the '16 camera if you want to give it a go.
 

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Yes, The chassis and drivetrain are Stock 97 Tacoma, The rear diff is from a 98 (Electric locker), front axle is a 77 F100/F150 Dana 44 shortened. This has the Original Tacoma Marlin Crawler (MC09 Serial number 001) I body swapped it for a 2004 double cab (I had kids). and now it sits in the garage most of the time. I take it out and enjoy it from time to time. I'm not on any of the forums anymore for Taco's, I was a pretty heavy contributor to Tacomaterritory back in the day (same screenname). I was the first in the country to body swap an extra cab to a double cab, but too many trolls and people being assholes to each other chased me away).

All 3 cameras physically plugged into the stock wagon harness. Mounting the cameras was a different story. I had heard that some people plugged in the V3 camera and it worked great. it would NOT fit the wagon housing. I still have the '16 camera if you want to give it a go.
I was on TTORA for a while too, not sure what happened but the forum took a nosedive sometime in 2014 or so.. then it was a ghost town. You've done a lot of work to that truck! I'm still in the process of building mine.. next mod will be putting a crawl box in. Been sitting on the shelf for a while now lol.


Hmm I might give it a try, I don't know if the camera housing would be any different than mine though. (sedan) so the 22922659 is some sort of updated camera for our generation?

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I was on TTORA for a while too, not sure what happened but the forum took a nosedive sometime in 2014 or so.. then it was a ghost town. You've done a lot of work to that truck! I'm still in the process of building mine.. next mod will be putting a crawl box in. Been sitting on the shelf for a while now lol.


Hmm I might give it a try, I don't know if the camera housing would be any different than mine though. (sedan) so the 22922659 is some sort of updated camera for our generation?

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It looks like there have been 2 part # supercessions and this part number also fits the sedan. For $111 it looks like a worthwhile investment.
 

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Yes, The chassis and drivetrain are Stock 97 Tacoma, The rear diff is from a 98 (Electric locker), front axle is a 77 F100/F150 Dana 44 shortened. This has the Original Tacoma Marlin Crawler (MC09 Serial number 001) I body swapped it for a 2004 double cab (I had kids). and now it sits in the garage most of the time. I take it out and enjoy it from time to time. I'm not on any of the forums anymore for Taco's, I was a pretty heavy contributor to Tacomaterritory back in the day (same screenname). I was the first in the country to body swap an extra cab to a double cab, but too many trolls and people being assholes to each other chased me away).

All 3 cameras physically plugged into the stock wagon harness. Mounting the cameras was a different story. I had heard that some people plugged in the V3 camera and it worked great. it would NOT fit the wagon housing. I still have the '16 camera if you want to give it a go.
Dumb question but I'm assuming you need to remove the camera from the inside of the trunk? I haven't taken a look yet
 

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Dumb question but I'm assuming you need to remove the camera from the inside of the trunk? I haven't taken a look yet
I did (wagon so I had to remove the interior from the hatch) I removed the chrome trim (4 bolts on the back, and two screws under the license plate lights). Removing the old camera was a bitch. And even with a pic, I was getting pissed because there is not a lot of space.
 
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