The Phantom ICU Car Camera is the Premium rear view system, but recently we designed The Cylon ICU Car Camera for a new C8 Vette, C7 and C6, as well as other exotic coupes with minimal spacing on the roof between the targa top and rear hatch. They Cylon incorporates the exact same camera system as the Phantom. There are two installation type of ICU Car Cameras: “Bolt” Mount and “Sticky” Mount. “Bolt” mount means you need a hole on the top surface of the roof or trunk for the bolt to secure and run the wire into the vehicle. We also have the “Sticky” mount type of camera that can installed on a rear hatch/trunk with 2-way tape in order to mount the camera next to a gap between the body and the hatch/trunk lid, by running the wire from outside the vehicle surface down the gap into the interior, no need for any holes. Below is a pic of The Cylon ICU Car Camera installed on an 2021 Chevrolet Corette (using the “Sticky” mount system). At the bottom is a picture of a 2007 Nissan Frontier with a Phantom ICU Car Camera (installed using the “Bolt mount system).
Most vehicles will have different needs and configurations to consider when it comes to choosing a Rear View Car Camera. We have wide variety or ICU Car Cameras to suit most vehicles and drivers, such as smaller or larger sizes, and even wired or wireless systems. Some vehicles may require the removal of their Rooftop Antenna, inwhich case you have some options as well. For instance, if you don’t actually use your vehicle’s radio because you use a smart phone as your entertainment system, you can actually remove the rooftop antenna and install the ICU Car Camera in it’s place. Same will apply for a satellite antenna that is mounted on the roof near the rear window. Not all vehicles come with a factory roof antenna, but those that do have one will vary in size and mounting holes. For those vehicles with No Factory Roof Antenna or Small Factory Roof Antenna, we recommend installing our standard Phantom ICU Car Camera. For those with large Factory Roof Antennas, we recommend the PhantomW ICU Car Camera (wide body), which has a wider footprint to cover more area that may have a large mounting hole or multiple holes. For tall vehicles such as utility vans like the Ford Transit, we recommend the PhantomX ICU Car Camera, with it’s taller stance the camera angle allows you to see over the end of your roof and down closer behind your vehicle. See Dimension Diagrams below to give you an idea of which can fit your roof top best for installation.
The installation procedure is actually pretty simple if you have the right tools. This information is for The Blackbird ICU Car Cam System which is mounted on the roof. First make sure you have a screw driver(type may vary depending on car manufacturer), a trim removal tool, wire crimp tool, a step drill bit (if there is no factory hole for the camera), and vehicle manual (for electrical system schematics). The hardest part of installation is removing some of the vehicles trim to get access to inside the roof liner, where you have to run the camera and monitor wires. The entire installation process may take 1-2 hours.
- Remove all trim necessary to allow partial removal of the roof liner on one side of the vehicle, typically this will be the driver’s side due to the location of a power source such as your fuse box or electrical wiring. Trim removal usually includes front and side pillar, sun visor, coat hangars, roof grab handles, etc.
- Once the roof interior is accessible, you can access the Sirius/radio antenna and remove it (if applicable), or carefully drill a hole for the ICU Car Camera on top of the roof near the rear window.
- Once you mount the camera connect the extension cable to it and run the cable all the way to the rear view mirror and leave about 4 inches of cable dangling from the roof where it connects to the video monitor.
- Attach the ICU Video Monitor to the face of your rear view mirror with the spring loaded fingers that will grip the mirror.
- Connect the video monitor cable to the monitor, then run the cable down to the location of the power source, typically this will be along the front windshield and down driver’s side front pillar to the side of the dashboard.
- Then connect the ICU Video Monitor cable to a power source by connecting the power wires using the provided splice taps to a 12V switchable source such as your radio, A/C, etc. Optionally you can connect the power wires to a 10A-20A fuse with a fuse tap adapter.
- Once all the cables are in place you can replace the roof liner and all trim that was removed.
After installation your ICU Car Cam System is ready for use and should turn on automatically when you turn on your vehicle’s power.
Got the Blackbird ICU Car Camera installed on my 2007 Cadillac Escalade and I can tell you I can see behind me so much better than in the rear view mirror. I feel much safer knowing I can see cars all around me now, even in my blind spots. Plus at night I can see way more in parking lots when back out than with just my backup camera. I love it!
I also got the ICU Trap Door so I can change out the camera for different designs whenever I want. The trap door makes it fast and easy to change ICU Car Cameras which is cool since I will be getting a Star Wars custom cam very soon!
Drilling a hole on vehicle is not difficult or damaging to your vehicle if done right.