Porsche Backup Camera Kit for PCM 3.1 Boxster Cayman Carrera Panamera Cayenne 981/991 VERSION 4
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Porsche 981 Boxster 2013-2016 (All models) with PCM Software Version 4.3+
Porsche 981 Cayman 2014-2016 (All Models) with PCM Software Version 4.3+
Porsche 991 Carrera 2012.5-2016 (all Models) with PCM Software Version 4.3+
Porsche Panamera 2011-2016 (All Models) with PCM Software Version 4.3+ (See Special Note on the FAQ Section)
Porsche Cayenne 2011-2016 (All Models) with PCM Software Version 4.3+
Porsche Macan 2015+ (ALl Models) with PCM Software Version 4.3+
WARRANTY: 1 Year
RETURN POLICY: Please see our return policy here
WHAT'S INCLUDED: PCM 3.1 Radio Harness w/emulator, Video Cable from PCM to Backup Camera, Rear Backup Camera with license plate light or Center mounted Camera (Installation instructions PDF download)
INSTALLATION LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Porsche Cayman 981 4/10
Porsche Boxster 981 5.5/10
Porsche 911 Coupe 5/10
Porsche 911 Convertible 6.5/10
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ OUR ENTIRE DESCRIPTION BELOW. PLEASE REVIEW OUR VIDEOS AND REMEMBER TO DOWNLOAD THE INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS.
INFORMATION UPDATED AS OF January 5TH 2019
(please note that version history has no changes to the functionality of the camera just improvements for installation)
Version 1: Kit wasn't plug n play, required tapping into factory wiring
version 2: same as version 1 kit but now plug n play kit, added pcm harness and license plate light connector
version 3: same as version 2, now added an optional center mounted camera
version 4: same as version 3, now added an Male/female locking connector connector for the power cable running from the pcm harness to the power/video cable . now optional you can purchase the pcm 3.1 software update dvd
BEFORE GETTING TO THE DESCRIPTION AND FEATURES OF OUR BACKUP CAMERA KIT PLEASE READ BELOW.
Before purchasing this Camera Kit you must verify your pcm software version. with the ignition TO THE “ON” POSITION you must press the SOURCE & INFO button SIMULTANEOUSLY on your PCM 3.1 Radio and make sure that your software version is 4.3 and up. If it isn’t please don’t purchase this kit. IF YOU HAVE A CDR RADIO IT LOOKS ALMOST THE SAME AS A PCM 3.1 OUR CAMERA KIT WILL NOT WORK. PLEASE SEE EXAMPLES BELOW.
if you plan on installing this backup camera kit yourself please review the installation instructions AND VIDEOS below, you can download a copy and review the installation instructions. the installation can be challenging especially on the 911 (991) Convertible model.
IN ORDER FOR THIS BACKUP CAMERA TO WORK YOUR PCM 3.1 WILL REQUIRE CODING IN OTHER WORDS YOU HAVE TO LET THE PCM 3.1 KNOW THAT A CAMERA HAS BEEN INSTALLED. PLEASE READ MORE BELOW TO FIND HOW THIS IS DONE.
If you owned or own other vehicles with Backup Cameras you probably wish you had one in your Porsche. Unfortunately most Porsche 911/Cayman/Boxster models from 2012.5 to 2016 don't have a backup camera, the Cayenne and Panamera will have a Backup Camera 95% of the time.
Look no further, once you experience our backup camera in your Porsche it will be like "this should have been standard equipment".
This is by far one of the coolest gadget available for your Porsche that is very close to the factory Porsche Backup Camera. It's a no brainer, once you install this Backup Camera you won't be able to live without it. Thanks to our PLUG N PLAY kit Installation is easy and the quality is exceptional.
The quality of the image is superior to many OEM Cameras out there, we have the opportunity to work on many exotics at Maxspeed in our service center, and the camera resolution with the PCM 3.1 screen is an almost perfect marriage, the image is CLEAR. In fact it's our Backup Camera image is more clear than the factory Porsche Backup Camera.
This camera kit will integrate into your PCM and you will have the option to access camera settings via your PCM 3.1 by pressing the “CAR” button followed by the “OPTION” and "SET CAR" button to access backup camera settings. So this kit is just like having the original , the difference with our license plate light mounted camera vs the factory Porsche camera is the grid lines on our kit the grid lines are fixed they will not move (curve) when you turn the steering wheel, If you chose to have the center mounted camera there are no grid lines available, just an image.
There are currently two different types of Backup Camera Kits available.
Complete PLUG N PLAY kit with camera mounted on the right side License Plate Light location with built-in LED Lighting
Not PLUG N PLAY Center mounted Backup Camera. Not PLUG N PLAY as it requires drilling a hole into the bumper.
What are the main differences between both?
License Plate Light Camera is easily reversible with no trace of installation. This camera has the grid lines to evaluate distance however it is off centered, it doesn't matter much to be honest, its difficult to tell the offset when the image is projected to your PCM Screen, finally it doesn't require bumper removal.
The center mounted camera will require bumper removal so that you can secure the camera via a nut, also you want to drill the hole perfectly in the center of the bumper. There are no grid lines on the center mounted camera. But this camera will be centered if you're looking for a symmetrical look.
Once you install our Backup Camera kit you will have to code the PCM. Normally coding is done via the Porsche Factory Scanner called "PIWIS" if you don't code the PCM your camera kit will not work. There are 3 ways to deal with this.
1- Contact your local Porsche Dealer and ask them if they can code your PCM. They will normally charge you a fee, we have heard from customers anywhere from $100 to $250 to get it coded. The truth is it only takes 5-10 minutes but they charge big $$$ for that. Some dealers are clueless about coding they refuse to do any coding.
2- If you know of an Indy Shop that does have a Porsche "PIWIS" Scanner your chances are better to deal with an indy shop.
3- Rent our "self coding tool" for a low fee you can code it yourself without having to deal with a Porsche Dealer or Indy Shop. HOWEVER you must be patient it may take up to 3-4 weeks for your kit to ship out. Or it can ship the very same day We only have a few of these tools available. Up to 4 weeks means all our tools our out, it may ship before. If you have patience you will be rewarded by coding it yourself.
How does the self coding tool work?
Its very simple and takes approx 1 to 10 minutes to code, an instruction sheet will be provided with the tool, all you have to do is plug it to the OBDII port of the car, press a button and let it do it's magic, yes it's that simple. Watch the video below (at the end of this page)
What is the additional cost for the self coding OBDII tool?
You will be charged a $65 Fee (Includes Pre-Paid Return Label) to use our tool + a $150 Deposit until we get the tool back, that's way better than what the dealer normally charges and there is no appointments or waste of time and energy. The Deposit will be returned to you once you send us back the tool, a pre-paid return label and packaging will be included for you to return it to us for your convenience. So your total will be $299.95 for the camera kit + $65.00 + $150.00 = $514.95 , once you return the tool to us you will get $150 back so in reality the cost is $514.95 minus your $150 deposit = $364.95
FEATURES OF OUR BACKUP CAMERA KITS
Includes a PLUG N PLAY PCM Harness, absolutely no splicing to the factory PCM Harness.
If you chose the Backup Camera that installs in the license plate light it has integrated Led Lighting for your license plate, it comes with the connector to connect it directly to the factory license plate light harness connector, this eliminates splicing into the factory wiring harness.
The power wire to power the camera is buit-in to our harness that runs from the PCM all the way back to the camera.
Our Camera kits our compatible with the following models as long as your PCM as version 4.3 and above.
2013-2016 Porsche Boxster (All Models)
2014-2016 Porsche Cayman (All Models)
2012.5-2016 Porsche 911 (All Models)
2011-2016 Porsche Cayenne All Models
2015+ Porsche Macan All Models
2010-2015 Porsche Panamera ALL Models (Please note that for the Panamera you will have to splice into the license plate light harness for the lighting to work on the camera for the license plate lighting our camera for the panamera does not come with a license plate light connector)
Kit includes the following
- Backup Camera mounted on License Plate housing with built in Led Lights or Center Mounted Backup Camera
- PCM Wiring Harness Adapter for PCM 3.1 with integrated backup camera module
- Electrical wiring harness from PCM 3.1 to Backup Camera
- Image Sensor: ¼” Color Sensor
- Waterproof rating: IP67
- Lens Angle: 170 Degrees
- Resolution: 420TV Lines
- Effective Pixels: 580 x 540
- Night Vision
Q- My software version is below 4.3, what can I do?
A- If your PCM Version is below 4.3 you wont be able to enable the reverse camera in the PCM, we have tried many different ways to try and make it work and we were not successful. Apparently its not possible to upgrade the PCM version above 4.3 of your version is below 4.3 I have yet to see that done. This problem applies to most 2012.5 and 2013 models only.
Q- My current software version is above 4.3, can i update it to the latest version 4.76?
A- Yes we now offer the Porsche Genuine DVD Disc to update the software to the latest version, you can read more about it here.
Q- Will the backup camera work with Manual Transmission?
Q- Can I have the PCM coded before or after the installation
A- Yes you can install the backup camera kit and code it after, it doesn't matter if you code it before or after.
Q-What is the difference between your kit and other kits like NAV-TV?
A-We didn’t explore all of the options available from other sources however one thing is for sure our kit cost way less, our goal is to provide you with a solution for integrating a Backup Camera to your Porsche with the least effort and complications possible and make it look and feel OEM as much as possible. We don’t care about playing a DVD while your driving like other kits may provide so if your goal is to have a Backup Camera that works perfectly look no further.
Q- How long should it take to install this kit?
A- Depending on the installers experience it can vary from 2 to 4 hours, however it is completely normal to get a 3 to 4 Hour labor charge.
Q-Can you install my Backup Camera Kit?
A-Yes if you happen to live a couple minutes away, or a few hours away It will be our pleasure to install it for you. Installation costs including coding for our customers is anywhere $255.00. Call us to schedule an appointment.
Q-I like the license Plate Camera rather than the centered one the camera will the offset affect accuracy?
A-The camera will be offset from the center of the car by 3 inches, which means that when seeing objects keep in mind that you are offset by 3 inches. This is because the backup camera is installed in the license plate light position, this avoids drilling or modifying your bumper, however its hard to tell the offset when the image is projected to your screen.
Q-Can I install this myself?
A-Yes of course its possible difficulty level is 4/10 but time consuming, it will probably take you 5-6 Hours to complete the job.
Q-I have the parking sensors, will this work and what happens on reverse do I still see the parking sensor display?
A-Yes it will work, and your display will overlap the backup camera image, so you get a combination of both on your screen. (Watch the video at the end of this page)
Q- I have a Panamera or Cayenne the license plate lights are on the rear latch and not the bumper do I have to pass the wiring through the rear hatch?
A- Yes on the Panamera and Cayenne you will have to pass the wiring through the rear hatch.
Q-Will you include installation instructions?
A-Yes Please download below.
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Porsche PCM 3.1 Software Update DVD
If you have a PCM 3.1 this will update it to Version 4.76 if you're currently on Software Version 4.3 and Up normally on late 2013 Models up to 2016 you should be above 4.3. For early models 2013 if you have software version 3.XX this will not update it above 4.3 but it will update it to the latest software for the early 2013 PCM 3.1
These are factory originals. Do not use a copy to update your PCM you will risk to Brick and Damage your PCM 3.1 only use Genuine Porsche DVD.
If you have purchased or are purchasing our Backup Camera kit this is a great time to proceed with the update.
Many have some issues with Bluetooth and Audio Streaming this should fix all the bugs along with some other improvements.