In this guide, I show you one of the ways you can install a Yi Mirror Dashcam on an old Perodua Myvi. This guide will cover the steps from start to test drive.
If you’re unable to watch videos — because you have poor internet or have to save data — I will list the steps I take below with screen grabs from the video to illustrate the process. Keep in mind that you should follow this guide at your own risk and we will not be held responsible for any damages that may occur or if anything goes wrong.
Next, I’m not saying that this is the only way to install this kind of dashcam, nor am I saying that this is the best way to install a dashcam. But it is how I installed the dashcam and so far I have not run into any major issues.
Also, this guide is specific to a Perodua Myvi so your mileage may vary. That said, this is a pretty generic guide so it should be applicable to most cars in this range. You should, however, be extra careful if your vehicle has airbags in the pillars. As with all DIY projects, it is always wiser to seek professional assistance.
This dashcam was provided to us by 11street. We’re also giving one away to one lucky person, so watch the video or scroll to the bottom of this article for more details on how to win.
STEP 1: Attach the Yi Mirror Dashcam to your mirror
Grab the Yi Mirror Dashcam out of the box and pull the four tabs out. Your dashcam should look like the image above.
Attach the two rubber straps that came in the box to two of the tabs.
Then, attach the Yi Mirror Dashcam to your current rearview mirror. Pull the rubber straps around your mirror and attach them to the tabs at the bottom. Adjust the Yi Mirror Dashcam so it is centred.
You’re good to go. Next step.
STEP 2: Connect the cable to the mirror and route it
Grab the mini USB to USB-A (full sized) cable from the box.
Attach the mini USB end to the mirror. A wise move would be to attach it to the mirror before strapping the mirror to your own mirror. Don’t be an idiot like me here.
Now, tuck the cables into the roof lining. Just a gentle tuck will suffice, you don’t need to use too much force.
Now you need to remove the A pillar cover so you can route the cables into the footwell.
On a Myvi, you can remove the rubber seal first so you get easier access. Once you’ve done that, it’s just a matter of hooking your fingers on the plastic panel and tugging. Be careful not break the clips, though.
It should just pop right out and reveal an exposed portion of the A pillar.
Then, just route the cables neatly along it…
…and down into the gap that leads to the footwell.
The cable should come out the other side. If not, you’ll need to do a little digging to get it.
Now, reattach the A pillar cover.
And put your rubber seal back.
And you’re good! Next step.
STEP 3: Plug the dashcam into power
Locate the USB adapter that plugs into your cigarette lighter that came included in the box.
Plug the USB Type-A end of that cable into the adapter and stick it into your cigarette lighter. Alternatively, if your car already has a USB port that provides power, you can stick it into that too.
STEP 4: Install the rear camera
Grab the big bag of black and red cables.
Find the end that looks like a 3.5mm headphone jack and stick it into the corresponding port at the back of the Yi Mirror Dashcam.
Begin routing cables to to the other side of the car. You can also route it to the same side as the first cable, it’s really up to you.
Now, you have two choices. You can either send it down the A pillar (like the other cable) and route it to the back via the bottom of your car, or route it through the top.
To do that, remove the rubber seal like you did earlier, and loosen the plastic cover a little. You don’t have to remove it, just loosen it enough to tuck the cables in.
Then, remove the rest of the rubber seal that’s connected to the top of the frame and route the cables to the B pillar. Tuck the cables into the top end of the B pillar’s plastic cover.
Reattach the rubber seals to keep the cable in place.
Move to the back, rinse and repeat until you reach the C pillar.
Tuck it behind the plastic case of the C pillar like you did with the B pillar.
If you did it right, you should end up with a cable situation that looks like this, and this derp face.
Now, you can remove your rubber seals at the back.
And tuck along the roof lining.
You should end up with one cable coming out the back like this.
Great! Time for the next step.
STEP 5: Connect the rear camera
You will notice that there’s actually a second slim red cable that runs alongside the main thick black cable. This is actually to be connected to your reverse light so the Yi Mirror Dashcam knows to switch to the back camera when you switch into reverse.
But I don’t recommend doing this yourself unless you’re very confident in your abilities. I didn’t hook this up because you can actually switch between the front and rear cameras right in the mirror’s UI.
Now, realise that you should have thought of a better way to manage the cables at the back and begin questioning your life’s decisions.
Then, remember that masking tape solves everything and just tape the excess cables to the top of your roof.
Marvel at your handiwork because you’re actually a genius.
Now, connect the rear camera to this end of the cable that you just routed.
Line up the indentation to the cutout on the cable that’s attached to the rear camera then stick it in.
You should end up with something like this.
Good job so far! But it’s time for the next step.
STEP 6: Stick the rear camera to your car
Locate the yellow sticky tape that Yi includes with the dashcam. It’s cut in the shape of the the reverse camera’s base plate. It also comes in a bag with two screws should you prefer to screw it in.
Where you choose to stick this is really up to you, but I decided to stick it on my rear third brake light because my cables have been routed to the top.
Peel off one side of the sticker and attach it to your rear camera, then peel of the other and attach your real camera to whatever location you want.
Now, it’s time for the final step.
STEP 7: Calibrating and testing
Casually ignore the change of location, and start your engine. If you did everything right, the Yi Mirror Dashcam should boot up and show you a live feed of both the front and rear camera. Remember to put in your microSD card before you boot it up for a smoother startup.
You can adjust the front camera by simply moving the camera module. The rear camera needs a little more work.
It is attached to a hinge so you can tilt it into the angle that you want, then tighten the screws on either side with a screwdriver so it stays in place.
Now that you’re mostly happy with the angles. It’s time to take it for a test drive.
STEP 8 (optional): Go for a test drive
Grab your boys (or whoever else) and go for a drive. You can also attach a GoPro to the front, film the whole process, and pretend you’re the Worth It boys.
Marvel at the fact that you now have a dashcam installed and can begin your streak of viral Facebook videos. Yi’s Mirror Dashcam also has a companion app that you can download (Android, iOS) so you can pull footage wirelessly via WiFi Direct.
BONUS STEP: Win a Yi Mirror Dashcam yourself!
Thanks to 11street, we’ve got an extra Yi Mirror Dashcam to giveaway to one lucky viewer/reader. All you need to do is leave a comment on our YouTube video telling us why you need this dashcam in the most creative way possible. You can also leave a comment on our Facebook video too, if you prefer.
This giveaway will run for two weeks (23rd November – 7th December, 11:59pm) and at the end of it, we will pick one winner. Terms and Conditions apply.