Do you have a Nissan Leaf and wish you had the around view monitor like the Tekna does? Well you’re in luck, as I have developed a precisely fitting mount to fit a standard car reversing camera to the mirrors on either side of the Leaf, giving you a great view of the curb and other obstacles, see the photos! All this without permanently modifying the car at all, so great for if you’re leasing the Leaf.
If you don't have a 3D printer but would like one, please leave a comment :)
Print the mount side on to give strength in the clamp.
1) First you’ll need a camera, I based the design on a common circular based camera. You’ll also need a screen if your kit didn’t come with one, but I had one spare. I’m assuming you’ll be OK to connect this. Below are a few links, with examples with the camera and screen, for reference. I don’t sell these, these are just a few examples of the same type.
Camera (round): http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291552705393 or http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/231558568622
Screen (you may also wish to attach a car 12V connector to plug it in with): http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/371230987620
2) Download the .STL file. I printed on the Hobbyking Fabrikator on 0.2mm layer with 20% infill using Craftware 1.13 beta with natural (no black left :( ) 1.75mm PLA filament , and it printed well. I suggest printing side on, as this provides the best strength for the part (due to layer direction).
3) Protect the Leaf with some sticky tape, as whatever material you print with can easily scratch the car.
4) Once the print is finished remove all the support materials using pliers or a knife. Insert the camera’s cable through the hole at the back of the mount and then slide it into the mount, it should be a tight friction fit.
5) Routing cables is described in the image descriptions, but it wasn't difficult.
I hope this works well for you, if you have any problems, please leave a comment, and I’ll try to assist. Enjoy!
Thanks for reading all this, check out my other listing for the Nissan Leaf for the front camera mount and screen mount to complete this project.
What I describe here will be following the order of the pictures.
1-2) The image from the camera, showing the best camera position, to see an overlapping field of view for the front (see my other mount) and back cameras, great to curb positioning.
3-4) The camera mounted on the wing mirror, the cable is routed along natural creases in the bodywork into the car, and then along the headliner to the passenger side and into the glovebox to connect to the screen.
5-12) The view outside the car with some reference markers, look back at the first two images and spot the overlap front and back with the side cameras, so it covers all sides of the car.