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How to Install a Thinkware F200 Pro 2-CH Dash Cam in a 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E

How to Install a Thinkware F200 Pro 2-CH Dash Cam in a 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E

For the past few months, we’ve noticed that more and more hybrid and EV owners are booking professional dash cam installation services here in our Richmond office. From the Audi Q4 E-Tron, BMW i8, Tesla S, Volkswagen Taos and more, we’ve had the chance to get them set up for driving safety with dash cams.

We’ve just had the opportunity to add another new and fresh model to the list. In this blog, we will show you how to install a two-channel dash cam in this electrifying vehicle model, the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E. This has a rear liftgate, so installing the rear dash cam would require more steps compared to installing one in a standard sedan. Learn more about rear dash cam installations here.

For this vehicle, we are installing a Thinkware classic – the F200 Pro. If you’re on the lookout for a straightforward, small dash cam with the essential features, this full HD camera has you covered, front and rear. While it doesn’t have a screen, the F200 Pro is designed compatible with the Thinkware Dash Cam Link mobile app, where you can live-view, share, and download footage through its WiFi.

Now, before we install this two-channel dash cam in the Ford Mustang Mach-E, note that if you don't want to use parking mode, you can use the included cigarette lighter adapter for a simpler installation. Thinkware dash cams also have the option of an OBD-II power cable installation. This is another plug-and-play solution that enables parking mode.

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However, for us, hardwiring is still the best as it’s neater, and more professional. We’ve also had some issues with OBD cables and the Mach-E specifically in the past as well. Hardwiring is the way to go, especially to provide parking mode, providing 24/7 coverage of your vehicle, and protecting it even while you’re away.

To make this process simpler and more convenient, we’d also recommend the BlackboxMyCar Essential Installation Kit, as it’ll contain all the necessary tools you need if you’re installing a dash cam yourself for the first time. Every package includes a BlackboxMyCar Circuit Tester, a Trim Removal Tool, Zip Ties, a Microfibre Towel for wiping the windshield before mounting, and something new – our exclusive BlackboxMyCar Decals! Just something to remind other drivers that this vehicle is protected!

Step 1: Locate the Fusebox

When hardwiring, the first step is to locate your car's fuse box, which power to the vehicle is routed through. For this Ford Mustang Mach-E, the fuse panel is located directly beneath the glove compartment, right in the passenger side’s footwell, also known as the passenger’s kick panel.

To access this, carefully remove its plastic panel cover, which is held on by 6 plastic clips. Look for the small nudge, then pull the cover using the trim tool. Here, you’ll need the Thinkware Hardwiring Kit, which is included in the F200 Pro dual-channel package.

While we’ll cover the differences of this unique install, please check out our recent in-depth tutorial on the hardwiring process for detailed information on how to wire it yourself.

Using a circuit tester, like the one that comes with the essential install package, test out different fuses to determine which would be ideal for each connection type. Look for an ACC and Constant fuse – you can easily differentiate these fuse types. If it lights up when pressed with the circuit tester - even when your car ignition is turned off - it’s a Constant. If it doesn’t light up, then it’s ACC.

For this install, we used the 10 Amp Cigarette socket fuse for the ACC connection. The fuse tap that you choose is dependent on the car, from ATO, Micro2, Low-Profile and Mini. For this Ford Mustang Mach-E, we used Micro-2 Fuses. While add-a-fuses aren’t required, they are quite helpful for an easy install, making it easier to piggyback off of existing fuses. Learn more about Add-a-Fuses here.

Step 2: Mounting the Camera on the windshield

After wiring to the fusebox, the next step is to mount the F200 Pro’s front dash cam. Now, if you’re wondering about the best location to mount a front camera, our recommendation is behind the rearview mirror on the passenger side, to conceal the dash cam from the driver's view.

Before mounting the camera, please clean the windshield first - you don’t want your footage to be blurry with dust, or the mount not adhering properly. Use a microfibre towel and Windex on the inside of the windshield. Remove any marks or smears that may impact your footage's video quality on the outside too. After cleaning the windshield, carefully remove the adhesive covers from the Thinkware F200 Pro and mount it in your best-angled position, checking the positioning lines in the Thinkware Dash Cam Link app live-view first.

Step 3: Running the front camera cables

For the third step, it’s time for the wires. Run your power cable from the fusebox up to the front dash cam. You’ll need to route it up to and through the A-pillar, across the headliner and to the dash cam. The easy part will be taking off the plastic trim of the vehicle, and running the cable up the side of your vehicle door to the A-Pillar.

Working our way up, now we have to go through the A-pillar over to the headliner. With the trim removal tool, we pry at the A-pillar just enough to slide the cable across. Here, you can see we ran up the A-pillar on the passenger side, and as the pillar was rather tight, we ran the cable with a precision hook tool. Remember, make sure it’s not blocking any airbags, either avoiding them or running behind them.

From the headliner, it should be smooth sailing over to the camera, as the lip of your headliner should be very easy to tuck the cable into. Since we are running up the passenger side, and mounting to the passenger side as well, we won’t need to wire past the center console. Next, plug in the camera, and the front cam is finished!

Step 4: Wiring the Rear Camera

Next, we move on to the rear camera. You’re going to need the rear connecting cable here. Plug the rear connecting cable into the front unit, run the cable along the headliner, and straight across the length of the car past the A, B, and C pillars. To get past the B and C pillars, we wedged in our pry tool along the trim, and easily slid the cable in, repeating this all along the way to the rear of the camera itself.

Then, it’s time to mount the rear camera itself. Since this is a hatchback, we’re going to need to wire through the grommet connecting the rear hatch to the rest of the vehicle. Start by removing the rear body panel right next to the rear windshield. Using the trim tool and a bit of force, the internal clamps should pop right off, exposing the exit of the connecting grommets. On the main vehicle side, we’ll peel the felt trim at the top of the vehicle to give us access to the bottom of the connecting grommet. This will let us start snaking up the cable, though, for an easier angle to access the cable, you can pull up the bottom of the grommet itself from the exterior, snaking the cable further from there. The same goes for the top of the grommet, which we can pull the cable through.

Sometimes they can be rather tight, so loosening it with some lubricant is advised, and for this install, we fished the cable through by wrapping a zip-tie to the end of the cable. This allowed us to pull the cable out the other end. Now, if you have any extra slack or excess cabling in your rear cable, now’s the time to bundle it up, and stash it in the rear roof of the car, storing it up between the frame and the headliner.

Next, install the rear camera in place on the windshield, right at the center. This should not be installed with the rear defroster lines blocking its view If you want to check the angles again, we recommend using the in-app live view of the camera to make sure the rear view is as clear as can be.

Of course, after the mounting and wiring, test the F200 Pro to make sure it's working properly. Turn on the car and check if the dash cam turns on automatically, as well as noting if it goes into parking mode when the car is off, which will need to be enabled in the settings of the Thinkware app. If it doesn't turn on, check the power connections and make sure the dash cam is properly mounted. Beyond that, make sure everything is nicely put back and tucked away, closing up the side panels to the fusebox and rear panels.

And We’re Done!

And that’s how easy and quick it is! The Thinkware F200 Pro is ready to give this Ford Mustang Mach-E the dash cam protection it needs for its fast and furious journeys – front and rear! If you think the Thinkware F200 Pro is perfect for your EV, sedan, RV, or your daily driver, do let us know! This is also compatible for a five-channel dash cam transformation through the Multiplexer Box, and also available in the BlackboxMyCar New Driver bundle!

If you need help from our professional installers, our team at BlackboxMyCar will be happy to help! If you’re in the Richmond area, give us a call to schedule an appointment or directly book here.

Hardwire dash cam installation guide

Planning on installing a dash cam in your car? Check out our Step-by-Step Dash Cam Installation Guide  and our selection of handy installation accessories. And if you ever need a hand during the installation process, just call us; our dash cam specialists are available to help!

Looking to have your dash cam professionally installed, we do offer installation services at our Richmond BC location.

Please see some of our other dash cam installations in the BlackboxMyCar Dash Cam Installation Gallery.

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