This project shows how to hardwire a DOD dashboard camera in a 2017 Kia Sorento using the DOD DP4 Hardwiring Kit. I upgraded from a DOD LS430W (now discontinued) to the latest DOD LS470W+ model and decided to hardwire the camera to the fuse box for a cleaner looking installation by hiding the wires behind the dashboard, windshield/door trim pillar and headliner. The only exposed cable runs from the headliner to the camera because I chose not to disturb the front camera & defog sensor cover above the rearview mirror:

DOD LS470W Plus Dashcam Mounted in 2017 Kia Sorento

DOD LS470W Plus Dashcam Mounted in 2017 Kia Sorento

How to Hardwire a DOD Dashboard Camera – 2017 Kia Sorento

The dash camera hardwiring components are:

I also bought an ADATA 64GB microSDHC Class 10 Memory Card (not shown) for the camera:

DOD LS470W Plus with DP4 Hardwiring Kit and Lumision Add-A-Circuit ATR ATP MICRO2 Fuse Tap

DOD LS470W Plus with DP4 Hardwiring Kit and Lumision Add-A-Circuit ATR ATP MICRO2 Fuse Tap

The DOD DP4 Hardwiring Kit contains:

  • Installation User Manual
  • Power cable with a battery failure protection module.
  • ATO, Mini Fuse and Low-Profile fuse adapters with 2 AMP fuses to fit various car or truck makes/models.
  • Double-sided sticky tape for mounting.
DOD DP4 Dashcam Hardwire Kit

DOD DP4 Dashcam Hardwire Kit

The DP4 battery failure protection module cuts power to the camera if the voltage drops to 11.5V or 23.5V to prevent draining the car battery:

DOD DP4 Battery Failure Protection Module

DOD DP4 Battery Failure Protection Module

The front of the DP4 module has a 12 volt, Off and 24 volt selector switch. Nearly all passenger cars and trucks in the USA have 12 volt electrical systems, so I set the switch to 12 volts. The LED is green when power is On and operating at 12 volts:

DOD DP4 Battery Failure Protection 12V 24V Switch

DOD DP4 Battery Failure Protection 12V 24V Switch

Kia Sorento MICRO2 Fuse Tap

The 2017 Kia Sorento has MICRO2 fuses which doesn’t match the ATO, Mini and Low-Profile fuse adapters included with the DOD DP4 hardwire kit, so I bought a Lumision MICRO2 APT ATR Add-A-Circuit Fuse Tap from Amazon.com:

Lumision Add-A-Circuit ATR ATP MICRO2 Fuse Tap compared to DOD DP4 Fuse Plugs

Lumision Add-A-Circuit ATR ATP MICRO2 Fuse Tap compared to DOD DP4 Fuse Plugs

The issue with the Lumision MICRO2 fuse tap is the female bullet connector is smaller compared to the DOD DP4 fuse adapter.  I need to fix this so I can use the Lumision tap with the DOD DP4:

Lumision MICRO2 Fuse Tap Female Plug vs DOD DP4 Plug

Lumision MICRO2 Fuse Tap Female Plug vs DOD DP4 Plug

The solution is to splice the DOD female bullet connector onto the Lumision MICRO2 fuse tap. I cut off both bullet connectors, slipped a section of 600 volt rated heat shrink insulation over the wire, then soldered the DOD connector to the Lumision fuse tap. Solder the joint with rosin core electronics solder:

Lumision Add-A-Circuit MICRO2 Fuse Tap Soldered to DOD DP4 Plug

Lumision Add-A-Circuit MICRO2 Fuse Tap Soldered to DOD DP4 Plug

Let the solder joint cool then slide the heat shrink insulation over the solder joint and shrink it with an electric heat gun. A butane lighter will also do if you don’t have a heat gun:

Lumision Add-A-Circuit MICRO2 Fuse Tap Soldered and Sealed with Heat Shrink Insulation to DOD DP4 Plug

Lumision Add-A-Circuit MICRO2 Fuse Tap Soldered and Sealed with Heat Shrink Insulation to DOD DP4 Plug

The Lumision MICRO2 fuse tap now fits the DOD DP4:

Lumision Add-A-Circuit MICRO2 Fuse Tap Mated to DOD DP4 Hardwire Kit

Lumision Add-A-Circuit MICRO2 Fuse Tap Mated to DOD DP4 Hardwire Kit

2017 Kia Sorento Fuse Box Tap

I used my digital multi-meter to determine which unoccupied fuse sockets had power. I discovered the two fuse positions at the bottom left of the panel are:

  • Not powered when the car is Off.
    This is good so the camera won’t drain the car battery when the car parked and unattended.
    The DOD DP4 power adapter has an 11.5 volt low voltage cutoff but I prefer not having to rely on it.
  • Powered with 12 volts when the car in Accessory (ACC) mode.
  • Powered with 12 volts in START/RUN modes when the engine is running.
DOD DP4 Dash Camera Hardwire Install in 2017 Kia Sorento - Interior Fuse Panel

DOD DP4 Dash Camera Hardwire Install in 2017 Kia Sorento – Interior Fuse Panel

DOD Dashcam DP4 Hardwiring Kit Installation

I bought an ABN Auto Trim Removal Tool Kit to avoid marring the interior trim and paint but you can remove the trim without a set. Lot’s of tools for almost any occasion:

ABN Automobile Interior Trim Removal Tool Set

ABN Automobile Interior Trim Removal Tool Set

Remove the Windshield A Pillar Trim

The camera power cable will be routed from the fuse box behind the dashboard and windshield A-Pillar trim, then across the headliner to the rearview mirror. The trick is knowing how to remove the A-Pillar interior trim. With the car Off and in Park, begin by pulling the door weatherstrip off by the top of the A-Pillar and down the length of the A-Pillar:

2017 Kia Sorento - Pull Off Door Weather Strip to Remove A Pillar

2017 Kia Sorento – Pull Off Door Weather Strip to Remove A Pillar

Using a plastic trim removal tool, I worked it between the door frame and A-Pillar until I could grasp the trim with my fingers. Be careful not to disturb the airbag. The airbag is disabled when the car is Off but it’s expensive to replace if damaged.

Once you’ve got your fingers behind the A-Pillar on both sides near the top, pull firmly and it will suddenly pop out about an inch. Pull with your fingers only and not your arms so you don’t pull it out too far breaking the trim clip:

2017 Kia Sorento - Pull Out A-Pillar Trim

2017 Kia Sorento – Pull Out A-Pillar Trim

Looking inside the A-Pillar trim from the driver’s seat is the trim clip fastener. Use 90-Degree Bent Long Nose Pliers wrapped in tape (to avoid scratching the paint) and squeeze the two tabs inward (red arrows) about 1/8″ of an inch to release the trim clip while lightly pulling on the A-Pillar:

2017 Kia Sorento Windshield A Pillar Removal - Trim Clip

2017 Kia Sorento Windshield A Pillar Removal – Trim Clip

When the trim clip come out of the door frame, wiggle the A-Pillar up and out from the dashboard.

2017 Kia Sorento A-Pillar Trim Clip

The following closeups of the A-Pillar trim clip explains how it works. When the trim is pulled off with your fingers it pops out catching on the barb. The two tabs must then be pressed inward to release the clip from the door frame:

2017 Kia Sorent - Windshield A Pillar Removal - Trim Clip and Barb Details

2017 Kia Sorent – Windshield A Pillar Removal – Trim Clip and Barb Details

The trim clip in the extended position held by the barb:

2017 Kia Sorento - Windshield A Pillar Trim Clip Extended

2017 Kia Sorento – Windshield A Pillar Trim Clip Extended

And the entire driver’s side A-Pillar trim piece:

2017 Kia Sorento - Windshield A Pillar Trim Detail

2017 Kia Sorento – Windshield A Pillar Trim Detail

The green stud is just for alignment:

2017 Kia Sorento - Windshield A Pillar Trim Green Alignment Stud

2017 Kia Sorento – Windshield A Pillar Trim Green Alignment Stud

The bottom of the A-Pillar trim with the air duct. It just slots into the dashboard:

2017 Kia Sorento - Windshield A Pillar Trim Lower Section

2017 Kia Sorento – Windshield A Pillar Trim Lower Section

This project is continued in How to Install a DOD DP4 Dashcam Hardwire Kit.

Thanks for reading,

Bob Jackson

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