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How to Install a Reverse Camera in an Astra J with Navi 900
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Here is an installation guide for fitting a reverse camera to an Astra J with Navi 900. If you have the DVD 800, the installation is similar but you will probably need a You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. instead of the You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. used in the Navi 900.  I presume Navi 600 is the same as Navi 900 as far as reverse camera's go but I cant be sure about that. You could also try installing the genuine Opel/VX camera without an interface box directly into the stereo head end unit but that is more expensive and will require a VCI code from the dealer and many owners including myself found dealers less than helpful for this.
You will need:
- GVIF interface box (mine was manufactured by You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. purchased from You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.)
- reverse You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. with 6m cable
- socket (7mm & 10mm)
- Philips head screwdriver
- drill for camera hole
- soldering iron and solder (or crimp fittings and crimping tool)
- heat-shrink and heat gun or tape
- large cable ties
- wire cutters
- silicone and possibly a You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. for camera mounting depending on the camera chosen
- multimeter for checking for 12v
- You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. or coat-hanger for routing the cable

You need to decide where to fit the interface box. I chose above the glove box under the passenger airbag. It won’t interfere with the airbag (which fires upwards) and is close enough to the screen.
To remove the glove box there are 4 screws (7mm hex). 3 are visible when you open the glove box and you will need to remove the small trim panel next to the glove box to expose the 4th. The small trim panel can be removed just by pulling firmly on it – there are clips that need to snap away – you won’t break it. (For those who have an airbag deactivation switch on this panel it may be more complicated).
There is a thread You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. by @tucpal.

After removing the glove box screws, pull out the glove box, disconnect the wiring to the glove box light and remove the glove box.
Now you need to remove the stereo to get to the connectors behind the screen. There is a excellent thread You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. by @Rusty2009 on how to do that.

Or there is also a helpful video You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view..

A few tips for removing the dash
- be really careful not to drop the screws as you are removing or inserting them. I was very careful but still dropped one into the back of the dash and will probably never find it again.
- pull the main facia off gently but firmly working your way from bottom to top. The only two screws for the facia are below the gear shift. When re-installing go from top to bottom
- the flaps under the air vents expose two hidden screws. Gently swing the flaps back from the centre of the dash outwards
- assuming you don’t want to use the CANBUS for any fancy features, the goal is just to get to the GVIF connector on the back of the screen so you don’t need to disconnect the main stereo unit – just pull it out enough to get to the screen.
You need to disconnect the light blue GVIF connector on the back of the screen and insert the light blue GVIF connector from the interface box into the screen. The cable that was going to the screen now goes to the interface box. So the interface box is now intercepting the signal going to the screen.
[ATTACH=CONFIG]73[/ATTACH]
You will be routing the cables around the back of the dash, I used an old bicycle tube to provide a bit more protection for these cables so they don’t rub against anything and damage.
[ATTACH=CONFIG]74[/ATTACH]
To power the interface box, tap into the +ve power cable leading into the back of the 12v socket in the console. You can also tap the negative cable here also but I chose to get the –ve from a nut on the steel chassis bar above the glove box.
The interface box will have a wire input (trigger) to tell it that reverse is selected and the camera image needs to be sent to the screen. For my box it was the green wire.
My GVIF interface came with a CANBUS box but it didn’t work (and you don’t need it) so I had to cut some of the wires on the loom between the boxes to get directly to the +ve, -ve and trigger wire.
Now the camera. You can choose a number plate light replacement (lots on ebay) or a small one like You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. which fits into the hatch handle. Either way they are very cheap.

Make sure you chose a camera that is a ‘reverse camera’ so that this image is inverted left to right (most are). A front camera will not have this inverted image although some cameras are switchable for either.
For those with a 3 door (VXR/OPC or GTC) the hatch handle is not really an option so you may need to choose the number plate light.
It’s a good idea to connect the camera up before installing it to check everything works. My first interface box was faulty and it is easier to diagnose this when you haven’t installed the camera into panels etc. The interface box will come with instructions on how to configure and connect it so you’ll need to read those. It’s not rocket science though so don’t be put off.
I used the genuine Opel reverse camera installation instructions as a guide for the camera installation. This is very useful even though you are not using the genuine camera.
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As per the Opel instructions there are lots of panels to remove to route the camera cable. Note the hatch lining has a screw behind each of the interior grab handles. Once these 2 screws are removed you just need to pry the lining of the hatch body. SeeYou are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view..

Remove the small hatch panel with the six 10mm nuts and disconnect the wire to the hatch release switch. Gently pull the hatch panel from the car body.
To fit the camera into the hatch handle you will need to drill a hole into the handle for the cable.
[ATTACH=CONFIG]75[/ATTACH]
Once you have fitted the camera to the panel, refit the panel and you now need to get a 12v power to the camera.
The camera will be powered from the reverse light and as per the Opel instructions you tap the green/white wire going to the light assembly. I initially used a wire-tap connector that pierces the wire with no need to cut the existing wiring but that proved to be a very poor contact so I cut the green/white wire and soldered the camera +ve power to it. My camera got its –ve from the RCA video connector to the interface box so I had no need to find an earth (negative) for the camera.
When fitting the camera to the hatch handle I found that the camera needed a wedge under it to push the camera into the optimal position so that the car body panel didn’t show up on the image. I cut a rubber wedge from a You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. that I happened to have at hand – drilled a hole in the rubber so it slid over the screw on the back of the camera.
[ATTACH=CONFIG]76[/ATTACH]
It will help if you have something to help thread the cables through the various cavities. I used a You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. from chipboard flooring as used by most electricians. Tape the camera video cable to one end and pull it through. A coat-hanger wire could also do but could also scratch paint.
After removing the door sill panel, you will notice that there are plastic wiring boxes protecting the cabling under each door sill. They are tricky to open but you need to in order to route the video cable safely through. Some installers just tuck the wire under panels but I did it the hard (err... proper) way.
Once you have routed the video cable up to the front of the car, under the dash, connect it to the interface box. The camera video cable will also have a wire for sending power from the camera to the interface box. Connect this wire as the trigger wire on the interface box (so power from the reverse light powers the camera which triggers the interface box to switch the video signal to camera). Heat shrink or tape over all soldering points.
I cable-tied the interface box to the large round steel bar traversing under the dash. You will need to position the box at just the optimal angle (not quite level – tilted forward) to squeeze in under the glove box.
[ATTACH=CONFIG]77[/ATTACH]
A final stage is aligning the camera. Once in the optimal position, tighten the nut holding it and apply some silicone around the base to seal it. Reinstall all the trims back on the car.
End result..

[Image: 20140322_154132_s.jpg]


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if you have the silver multimedia video interface box from xcarlink follow this how to

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#2
excellent a real well done how to looks like this is the way to go for the reverse camera
thank you Thumbs
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#3
Very good mate. I'm hoping to get something sorted for us 3dr owners

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#4
OMG this is awesome, very nice tut fella..

wish i had the same unit as tucpal for this...
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#5
Quote:My GVIF interface came with a CANBUS box but it didn’t work (and you don’t need it) so I had to cut some of the wires on the loom between the boxes to get directly to the +ve, -ve and trigger wire.
Few hints about those can decoders
- Reverse trigger from decoder will work only with the engine on, so remember that when init testing your fresh installation
- In some cases you might find picture losing synchronization, especially when in reverse and turning. It's can decoder fault. In mine, bought from fosp.cn I had to cut one of the wires between decoder and interface. As per instruction, wire was described as not used... Apparently it was causing the issue. I'am not giving wire color, cause it might be different, depending on manufacturer. Just try one by one, starting with the ones you don't know their purpose.
- In case of stripes traveling over the screen when on reverse - it might be due to testing signal sent by cars computer to check reverse light bulb. You would need to get separate acc and gnd, i.e. from rear power socket, and additional relay triggered by reverse light positive wire (green-white). Such relays were available at aliexpress or you can make one yourself. Ali ones in most cases had power connector in place, compatible with most of aftermarket reverse cameras.
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#6
have you got a link for this relay is it like this one ???

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or this one

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also summit did you just not use the decoder for the box did it still work ok without it ??
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#7
ok i have found a better relay and everything is now on order
i will add more detail about fitting the box here next week.

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pin 87.. 12 volt feed from rear fuse box with 5 amp inline fuse.
pin 85.. ground car body.
pin 30.. live wire from reverse camera.
pin 86.. reverse wire from rear light.
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For longer operation times it is also recommended to use LM7812


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#9
thanks where does that go please and any link to buy
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IN - to rear lamp wire (also behind relay to pin 30.. live wire from reverse camera)
OUT - to camera positive wire

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thankyou
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#13
i will be installing it next friday
i will add a bit more info on the install here also
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#14
Cant wait Tucpal :-)
You able to add photos etc on this :-)

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yes mate i will add the missing info here on fitting etc
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#16
Hi I see on your page about reversing camera , we're did you buy the camera and what on did you use ? Thanks
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#17
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Hello every one. Please can anyone give me some advise. I have a 2015 astra j 2.0 eco elite with navi650 & parking sensors. I have just fitted a xcarlink modem & reversing camera but am unable to get them to work properly. I fitted it exactly as the instructions on the site including the relay. the both lights are on but when I put in reverse with the ignition on either the screen goes blank or it stays on and the sensors start sounding. I have checked the connections loads of times. I have tried two wired cameras & one wireless camera but it makes no difference. Is it down to voltage amperage canbus ore something else. Hope some body can help. Best Regards, kipper [geriatric boy racer]
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#18
if the screen goes blank then it's not getting the camera video feed
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(2:nd-Jul-2018, 08:36:48)vocky Wrote: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.if the screen goes blank then it's not getting the camera video feed

Thanks for quick reply vocky. My problem is after trying so many wired  cameras & cables & one wireless camera I am beginning to think that my modem might be faulty & I am not able or capable to check it. Both lights are green & switch 5 is on. are any of the other switches supposed to be on ore is any certain wires to be disconnected. many thanks
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(16:th-Apr-2014, 13:42:45)Summit Wrote: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.Here is an installation guide for fitting a reverse camera to an Astra J with Navi 900. If you have the DVD 800, the installation is similar but you will probably need a You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. instead of the You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. used in the Navi 900.  I presume Navi 600 is the same as Navi 900 as far as reverse camera's go but I cant be sure about that. You could also try installing the genuine Opel/VX camera without an interface box directly into the stereo head end unit but that is more expensive and will require a VCI code from the dealer and many owners including myself found dealers less than helpful for this.
You will need:
- GVIF interface box (mine was manufactured by You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. purchased from You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.)
- reverse You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. with 6m cable
- socket (7mm & 10mm)
- Philips head screwdriver
- drill for camera hole
- soldering iron and solder (or crimp fittings and crimping tool)
- heat-shrink and heat gun or tape
- large cable ties
- wire cutters
- silicone and possibly a You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. for camera mounting depending on the camera chosen
- multimeter for checking for 12v
- You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. or coat-hanger for routing the cable

You need to decide where to fit the interface box. I chose above the glove box under the passenger airbag. It won’t interfere with the airbag (which fires upwards) and is close enough to the screen.
To remove the glove box there are 4 screws (7mm hex). 3 are visible when you open the glove box and you will need to remove the small trim panel next to the glove box to expose the 4th. The small trim panel can be removed just by pulling firmly on it – there are clips that need to snap away – you won’t break it. (For those who have an airbag deactivation switch on this panel it may be more complicated).
There is a thread You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. by @tucpal.

After removing the glove box screws, pull out the glove box, disconnect the wiring to the glove box light and remove the glove box.
Now you need to remove the stereo to get to the connectors behind the screen. There is a excellent thread You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. by @Rusty2009 on how to do that.

Or there is also a helpful video You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view..

A few tips for removing the dash
- be really careful not to drop the screws as you are removing or inserting them. I was very careful but still dropped one into the back of the dash and will probably never find it again.
- pull the main facia off gently but firmly working your way from bottom to top. The only two screws for the facia are below the gear shift. When re-installing go from top to bottom
- the flaps under the air vents expose two hidden screws. Gently swing the flaps back from the centre of the dash outwards
- assuming you don’t want to use the CANBUS for any fancy features, the goal is just to get to the GVIF connector on the back of the screen so you don’t need to disconnect the main stereo unit – just pull it out enough to get to the screen.
You need to disconnect the light blue GVIF connector on the back of the screen and insert the light blue GVIF connector from the interface box into the screen. The cable that was going to the screen now goes to the interface box. So the interface box is now intercepting the signal going to the screen.
[ATTACH=CONFIG]73[/ATTACH]
You will be routing the cables around the back of the dash, I used an old bicycle tube to provide a bit more protection for these cables so they don’t rub against anything and damage.
[ATTACH=CONFIG]74[/ATTACH]
To power the interface box, tap into the +ve power cable leading into the back of the 12v socket in the console. You can also tap the negative cable here also but I chose to get the –ve from a nut on the steel chassis bar above the glove box.
The interface box will have a wire input (trigger) to tell it that reverse is selected and the camera image needs to be sent to the screen. For my box it was the green wire.
My GVIF interface came with a CANBUS box but it didn’t work (and you don’t need it) so I had to cut some of the wires on the loom between the boxes to get directly to the +ve, -ve and trigger wire.
Now the camera. You can choose a number plate light replacement (lots on ebay) or a small one like You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. which fits into the hatch handle. Either way they are very cheap.

Make sure you chose a camera that is a ‘reverse camera’ so that this image is inverted left to right (most are). A front camera will not have this inverted image although some cameras are switchable for either.
For those with a 3 door (VXR/OPC or GTC) the hatch handle is not really an option so you may need to choose the number plate light.
It’s a good idea to connect the camera up before installing it to check everything works. My first interface box was faulty and it is easier to diagnose this when you haven’t installed the camera into panels etc. The interface box will come with instructions on how to configure and connect it so you’ll need to read those. It’s not rocket science though so don’t be put off.
I used the genuine Opel reverse camera installation instructions as a guide for the camera installation. This is very useful even though you are not using the genuine camera.
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.
As per the Opel instructions there are lots of panels to remove to route the camera cable. Note the hatch lining has a screw behind each of the interior grab handles. Once these 2 screws are removed you just need to pry the lining of the hatch body. SeeYou are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view..

Remove the small hatch panel with the six 10mm nuts and disconnect the wire to the hatch release switch. Gently pull the hatch panel from the car body.
To fit the camera into the hatch handle you will need to drill a hole into the handle for the cable.
[ATTACH=CONFIG]75[/ATTACH]
Once you have fitted the camera to the panel, refit the panel and you now need to get a 12v power to the camera.
The camera will be powered from the reverse light and as per the Opel instructions you tap the green/white wire going to the light assembly. I initially used a wire-tap connector that pierces the wire with no need to cut the existing wiring but that proved to be a very poor contact so I cut the green/white wire and soldered the camera +ve power to it. My camera got its –ve from the RCA video connector to the interface box so I had no need to find an earth (negative) for the camera.
When fitting the camera to the hatch handle I found that the camera needed a wedge under it to push the camera into the optimal position so that the car body panel didn’t show up on the image. I cut a rubber wedge from a You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. that I happened to have at hand – drilled a hole in the rubber so it slid over the screw on the back of the camera.
[ATTACH=CONFIG]76[/ATTACH]
It will help if you have something to help thread the cables through the various cavities. I used a You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view. from chipboard flooring as used by most electricians. Tape the camera video cable to one end and pull it through. A coat-hanger wire could also do but could also scratch paint.
After removing the door sill panel, you will notice that there are plastic wiring boxes protecting the cabling under each door sill. They are tricky to open but you need to in order to route the video cable safely through. Some installers just tuck the wire under panels but I did it the hard (err... proper) way.
Once you have routed the video cable up to the front of the car, under the dash, connect it to the interface box. The camera video cable will also have a wire for sending power from the camera to the interface box. Connect this wire as the trigger wire on the interface box (so power from the reverse light powers the camera which triggers the interface box to switch the video signal to camera). Heat shrink or tape over all soldering points.
I cable-tied the interface box to the large round steel bar traversing under the dash. You will need to position the box at just the optimal angle (not quite level – tilted forward) to squeeze in under the glove box.
[ATTACH=CONFIG]77[/ATTACH]
A final stage is aligning the camera. Once in the optimal position, tighten the nut holding it and apply some silicone around the base to seal it. Reinstall all the trims back on the car.
End result..

[Image: 20140322_154132_s.jpg]


[Image: 20140322_153416_s.jpg]



if you have the silver multimedia video interface box from xcarlink follow this how to

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Hello from Turkey, I made the same installation with the camera in the link everything good. But the only problem my view angle isn't good as yours. I can only see 2,5 meter depth. Could you post a photo of camera installation, how it's looks like now. Have a good day.
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Here is my installation with rubber, and plastic for give angle Smile.
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