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Rick Hunter 07-26-2008 11:52 PM

*DIY* I've Unleashed a Cyclops!
 
Oooohhh... guess what I received in the mail...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3033/...89273d4c_o.jpg

Yes... it's the Midcity Engineering MM204VK package that includes a backup camera! Delivery of this item to the West Coast took about a week, and was packed very well.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3232/...3584c9d9_o.jpg
So I finally had time to do the install this weekend, and I must say... HOW COULD I HAVE GONE WITHOUT THIS??? :D For the price (and quality), this definitely beats out the Quickpark OEM system.

So before I detail my DIY... here's the specs:
2008 C300 4MATIC with P1, P2, MM Packages. No TeleAid or Sirius subscriptions present @ time of install.

Disclaimer: I'm sharing this DIY in the hopes that there may be more interest in doing your own DIYs. It is definitely a great learning experience, but I am in no way responsible for any consequences (positive or negative) as a result of you reading this DIY thread. If you choose to do this DIY yourself, you are solely responsible for whatever that happens. You have been warned. :y

Kewl... now onwards!

I found this document online re: removing the Trunk Lid trim:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3004/...5cffcdbb_o.jpg

In colour, it looks like this:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3022/...4ec09440_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3008/...2d5caf65_o.jpg

Regarding the Handle Strip (#7 in diagram), there's a couple of other screws that I had to remove before I yanked the sucker off the trunk (and I mean YANKED). I was careful not to scratch the surrounding paint, though...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3171/...c69deda9_o.jpg

Thereafter, I followed the Midcity Engineering video very closely (Thanks, Midcity Engineering!!!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_5Fkawy-_g

As far as hiding the video cables, I was able to access the Head Unit from underneath the passenger side panel.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2276/...c7ed788b_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3252/...5dabff5f_o.jpg

After feeding the wire under the passenger side sills through to the back, I proceeded to mount the camera. I had to cut a hole in the Handle Strip, right at the predetermined hole. The plastic's thick, so it was a PITA. I then fed the camera wires down the Trunk Lid and down towards the tail light.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3082/...5c85042e_o.jpg

The last thing that needed to be done was to splice the proper wires so that the camera would have power. After spending hours and hours scouring for info, I was able to figure out the right ones.

Brown = Ground
Grey/Yellow = Reverse Light

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3250/...c32b43d1_o.jpg

So... does it work? The moment of truth...



http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3085/...bfbca1b1_o.jpg

SWEET!!! After putting everything back together, I took some final pics.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3109/...f816a829_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3089/...83496e3a_o.jpg

-fin-

trial0r 07-27-2008 12:02 AM

sweeeeeeet. wish i had mm.

Azn_C300 07-27-2008 12:06 AM

nicely done :y

got_thang? 07-27-2008 12:35 AM

Very nice diy man:y

cjh. 07-27-2008 01:57 AM

Great DIY, even though I'm not nearly smart enough to do this. :y:y

Nola 07-27-2008 07:03 AM

That's awesome. Do you engage it manually or is it somehow tied to putting it in reverse?

Will617 07-27-2008 09:35 AM

Looks good :y Is it sealed well? Any chance of moisture getting in?


" You never walk alone "
Liverpool

Krytech 07-27-2008 10:15 AM

That's awesome, I'm looking forward to adding this. Thanks for the detailed pictures, I'm sure I'll be referencing them when I do my install!

Rick Hunter 07-27-2008 02:06 PM

Thanks for the props, guys. :D

The COMAND unit is pre-programmed to display the aux video input when you throw your shifter into [R]everse (but it's dormant since the car doesn't come with backup camera). You just have to activate the programming once after you've installed the camera, and that's it. Pretty ingenious.

The instructions from Midcity Engineering include what needs to be done to activate the programming.:y


Originally Posted by Will617 (Post 2959869)
Looks good :y Is it sealed well? Any chance of moisture getting in?


" You never walk alone "
Liverpool

The individual camera components are sealed and rugged. The hole is relatively safe from moisture, although I'm sure you can blast it good with a pressure washer and get water in it. I don't perceive I'll be doing that though.:eek:

Flame3g 07-27-2008 02:10 PM

nice man :y

verbtheory 07-27-2008 02:25 PM

saweeet
 
Does the mid-city engineering mod allow you to enter addresses while driving?

Sorry if this has been answered in other threads (did a search but was inconclusive, mostly about dvd's which i dont care about)...

Rick Hunter 07-27-2008 02:37 PM

https://mbworld.org/forums/c-class-w204/243855-added-bonus-those-us-vim.html

marakbai 07-27-2008 07:16 PM

I love love love this mod ... my car is on lease, but if I keep it, I'll do this. Damn, wish I could do this now!

Just awesome, congrats

Cygnus X1 07-27-2008 07:22 PM

A great "How To" probably one of the best step by step instructions i've seen....THX

Chino 07-27-2008 07:27 PM

Great Instructions! Just emailed them for a quote, should organize a group buy or something if there is alot of us interested in getting this. :y

micropower99 07-27-2008 07:56 PM


Originally Posted by Chino (Post 2960561)
Great Instructions! Just emailed them for a quote, should organize a group buy or something if there is alot of us interested in getting this. :y

+1

W211 BEAST 07-27-2008 08:53 PM

Will this work on the "old" COMAND system? My 06 E class for example?

RLE 07-27-2008 11:02 PM

Install instructions
 
<<The instructions from Midcity Engineering include what needs to be done to activate the programming>>

Thanks for all the work you went to. I don't have much excuse not to do this, now. Aside from prying open my wallet.

I cringed while watching the video since the installer was so rough on the car. Bang crash bam etc.

delirium 07-27-2008 11:48 PM


Originally Posted by Rick Hunter (Post 2960159)
Thanks for the props, guys. :D

The COMAND unit is pre-programmed to display the aux video input when you throw your shifter into [R]everse (but it's dormant since the car doesn't come with backup camera). You just have to activate the programming once after you've installed the camera, and that's it. Pretty ingenious.

The instructions from Midcity Engineering include what needs to be done to activate the programming.:y


The individual camera components are sealed and rugged. The hole is relatively safe from moisture, although I'm sure you can blast it good with a pressure washer and get water in it. I don't perceive I'll be doing that though.:eek:

Does this mean that if you connected say, a Playstation to AUX video, it will display ur PS when u put it into reverse? Not that i would do that, but just wondering.

cvkatigbak 07-27-2008 11:57 PM

nice.. wish i had stock navi to do this to..

rb23lb 07-28-2008 02:26 AM


Originally Posted by micropower99 (Post 2960626)
+1

+1 I am in for sure on a group buy! let me know Yalll

rb23lb 07-28-2008 02:28 AM

your reverse cam setup dowsbnt come with VIM module right?

How much more to add the VIM module to this setup?

Rick Hunter 07-28-2008 03:03 AM


Originally Posted by W211 BEAST (Post 2960697)
Will this work on the "old" COMAND system? My 06 E class for example?

:nix::nix::nix:


Originally Posted by RLE (Post 2960865)
Thanks for all the work you went to. I don't have much excuse not to do this, now. Aside from prying open my wallet.

I cringed while watching the video since the installer was so rough on the car. Bang crash bam etc.

My pleasure. If you didn't ask for a writeup on that other thread, I probably wouldn't have posted my DIY. :D Now... go and get yers, mate.


Originally Posted by delirium (Post 2960950)
Does this mean that if you connected say, a Playstation to AUX video, it will display ur PS when u put it into reverse? Not that i would do that, but just wondering.

The possibilities are... well you know how that statement ends.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfF0HdezCCk


Originally Posted by rb23lb (Post 2961188)
+1 I am in for sure on a group buy! let me know Yalll


Originally Posted by rb23lb (Post 2961189)
your reverse cam setup doesn't come with VIM module right?

How much more to add the VIM module to this setup?

Dang... I should apply to work for Midcity Engineering... whaddya think?:D Or at the least ask them for some commission off of my unintended advertisement :naughty:

Total cost to me was $750 (this kit IS a VIM kit + the Backup Camera) I was more interested in the backup camera function rather than the VIM function, though. VIM is the bonus :y

rb23lb 07-28-2008 03:18 AM


Originally Posted by Rick Hunter (Post 2961228)
:nix::nix::nix:


My pleasure. If you didn't ask for a writeup on that other thread, I probably wouldn't have posted my DIY. :D Now... go and get yers, mate.


The possibilities are... well you know how that statement ends.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfF0HdezCCk



Dang... I should apply to work for Midcity Engineering... whaddya think?:D Or at the least ask them for some commission off of my unintended advertisement :naughty:

Total cost to me was $750 (this kit IS a VIM kit + the Backup Camera) I was more interested in the backup camera function rather than the VIM function, though. VIM is the bonus :y


lets get a group biy price for $500 out the door... i will contact a rep and see what they say... probably wanty like 50 p[eople for that low of a price... worth a shot though and a good starting point i think... will let you know what i hear

Eddy_tj 07-28-2008 03:36 AM

thanks for all the pics and instruction you'v done for us!

im really intereasted in the stuff. so where did you buy it? or how can i get it too?

thank you !



:)


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