Back Up Camera and CarPlay Install

If anyone is interested, today I installed both Carplay and the OEM backup camera in my 2016 GT. Overall it took about a few hours requiring only fours screws and two 10mm bolts to be removed. The rest of the dash comes apart like a Lego set. The bumper requires cutting with a utility knife and drilling of the dense foam to make space for the camera.

The two scariest parts was doing the firmware update (could brick the CMU) and cutting the rear bumper for the camera. Note, the OEM camera requires a much larger hole than the Ventura camera.

Saved myself a bit of money as the dealer wanted $400 plus tax for the Carplay and probably another $200-$300 in labor for the camera. If you do the Carplay, you really should do the backup camera since you have already removed all the parts you need. To me, that was the easiest thing to do.

Ordered Carplay parts from Ebay (Mazda OEM parts) for $155 including shipping and the camera and cables from Amayama for around $326, although is could have been $16 cheaper had I waited another week or two. Both arrived within 2 weeks.

Last weekend, I added sound proofing material to the trunk and rear bulkhead wall. About a five to seven pounds of material yet it makes a significant difference in reducing noise in the cabin with the top up, about 5-7 dB per my meter. That doesn’t sound like much, but it is quite noticeable. Planning on doing the floor boards and doors soon.

Andrew