Install The Wiring For A Dashcam on a Nissan Leaf
With the number of drivers on the road, the question of whether something bad will happen is when, not if.
To backup your case when it's your word against another, a dashcam is a perfect tool to keep your insurance in check, as well as keep police from making false claims about a traffic violation.
Plus, it makes for great roadcam videos!
This process is easy with the right camera; just tuck the cord in along the edges of the car. I've included step-by-step photos and notes to help along the way.
This can be done on a leased car, as it does no damage to the car and requires no disassembly.
- A flat-edged object. Preferably not a knife or a metal screwdriver, as those can easily scrap the interior plastic of the car and leave marks.
- For this guide, we'll be using the G1W-H dashcam. It's one of the highest rated on Amazon, has a wide viewing angle, and is trusted and used by many, including Reddit Roadcam and members of Leaf forums. It also comes with a cable that happens to be the perfect length for the tuck we're about to do.
- A microSD memory card for above. It supports up to 64gb. Here's the one I use.
Prepare the dashcam
Insert the microSD card
Suction-cup the camera onto the windshield. I place mine on the right of the rear-view mirror, which keeps it out of my sight but with a good view of the entire road.
Tuck in the cable
Start at the end that is connected to the camera, and tuck it into the top headliner. There's plenty of space between the headliner and the glass to fit a cable or two. You should be able to stick it in their with your fingers, but a small plastic tool might help secure it. Avoid using anything sharp (no screwdrivers, knives, etc), as the materials in this car are very easy to scratch.
Bring it down the pillar. It's near impossible to get a photo of it, but you're going to stuck it down the support beam towards the dash. Be very careful not to tuck the cable behind where the side airbag is, as we certainly don't want a cable to impede its operation. I left mine sticking out a little bit for that portion, which isn't noticeable.
Bring it around the gap on the dash
Tuck it into this panel that covers the side-window HVAC vent
And out the other side, then tuck into the gap between the glove compartment and the pillar
Route the cable through the natural gap towards the weather striping on the door
Tuck it into the weather striping gap. It should fit in there well, but you may need a blunt object to tuck it in with.
Wrap it through the platform on the bottom of the glove compartment near the air intake
Bring it back around to where the outlet is. I taped the connector in place, but you could also just leave it on the floor or let it dangle off the plug
Optional: I used a splitter so I would still have an available 12V outlet for other accessories.
Enjoy the results!
No cables obscuring the view
In the end, it looks pretty good! Much cleaner than having the cords dangle around over the infotainment system like before.
The camera will automatically cycle through the video files when the SD card is full, so you can just leave it plugged in and forget about it until something bad happens. Then just remove the SD card, put it in your computer, and enjoy the footage or use it to wrap up your next traffic court case.