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Video: Two ways to add a backup camera to your Jeep Wrangler

Get a wide-angle rear view in select 2007-up Wranglers

A rear-view or backup camera is a great way to enhance the safety in your 2007-up Wrangler, but Jeeps are different from most vehicles and present some mounting challenges. Fortunately, Crux and Brandmotion each make a backup camera designed to fit your Jeep.

There are two good places on the back of these Jeeps to mount a camera. First is behind the spare tire, peeking out through the spokes. That's where the Brandmotion camera mounts, and it's adjustable to see through most aftermarket wheels. This is the most central location, and has the advantage of being up high for an all-encompassing view. Check it out in the short video below.

But what if you have a wheel cover? That's where the Crux system comes in. It's mounted on the license plate, which is on the far left side of the Jeep. The camera sees past the spare tire and gives you a wide, if slightly offset view. We tested it out and found the view clear, sharp, and plenty wide. You can see more about it in the video below.

If you have any questions about adding a rear-view camera to your Jeep or any other vehicle, give us a call or contact us via email or chat. Our advisors will be happy to help you find the best way to add this safety feature to whatever you drive.

Please share your thoughts below.

  • Kevin from Woodstock

    Posted on 9/21/2020

    Just another 1 minute explanation that doesnt explain anything. Wow, it just gets better the more you search.

  • Nicholas

    Posted on 4/20/2020

    Are the backup cameras mounted inside the spare wheel more accurate than the ones mounted in the license plate. What I mean is are the lines accurate or do I have to take into account the camera is on the left side of the jeep and that the lines will be slightly off?

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 4/23/2020

    Nicholas, generally the spare tire cam will provide a more "natural" experience, simply because it is centered in the back of your Jeep. If a spare tire-mounted cam makes sense for you, I'd choose that vs. the Jeep license plate cam. If you prefer the license plate-style mount, there is no way to adjust the parking lines, other than to angle the camera angle itself. However, if you have a head unit with built-in, adjustable parking lines, you could defeat the parking lines in the camera and use the parking lines provided by your compatible stereo.
  • Billy from Swampscott

    Posted on 5/1/2019

    my jeep did not come with a screen where I can use it for the back up camera? Can that be installed?

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 5/3/2019

    Billy, I've passed your question along to our advisors for the best answer. Someone will contact you soon to help find a good solution for you. In the meantime, check out this article that outlines options for adding a monitor and backup cam.
  • Engie

    Posted on 6/6/2018

    What if my jeep did not come with a screen where I can use it for the back up camera? Can that be installed?

    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    on 6/7/2018

    Hi Engie, I've passed your question along to our Advisors. Someone will contact you soon to help. The good news is you have a number of options between some single-DIN radios and an array of external monitors.
  • John Valenti from bel air

    Posted on 10/2/2017

    I heard that you need the dealer flash the software so this is enabled, is the correct?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/18/2017

    Howard, I've passed your question along to our Advisors. Someone will contact you soon to ensure you order the right camera for your UConnect stereo.

  • Howard from Spring Hill

    Posted on 9/15/2017

    I have a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sort with UConnect. Can i just add the camera to the existing setup using the OEM screen and controller?

  • kunney kato from cathedrel ca 92234

    Posted on 4/15/2017

    i have a alpine jeep back up camera and -3light what do i need to hook up to my jku with nav and and blue tooth

  • Bill from Woodland park

    Posted on 1/8/2017

    I have a 2013 Jeep Wrangler unlimited Sahara. Can I add a backup camera to my stock navigation unit?

  • Sean from Western Springs

    Posted on 10/1/2016

    I have a Pioneer AppRadio 4 installed in an Automatic 2008 Jeep Wrangler XL unlimited. Is there a way to have rear camera only come on when in reverse?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/19/2016

    Jim, yes, give us a call for recommendations on the best backup package for you.

  • Jim Bodenmiller from Babylon, New York

    Posted on 9/15/2016

    I have a 2013 Sahara with the nav system can the stock navigation system work with the backup camera

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/24/2016

    Alan, give us a call for the best answer on a particular backup camera you may have in mind. With certain cameras using an aftermarket receiver or monitor, a switch can be installed to manually activate the camera at will.

  • alan durbin from Louisville

    Posted on 8/17/2016

    Can the camera be on to watch what you are towing behind your jeep or is it only on when backing up?

  • Rhett Dill from Wyoming De

    Posted on 12/26/2015

    Just installed system9002-8847 on 2015 Rubicon and for over $500 the camera is not that clear it looks like low Pixels