Drilling the mounting and cabling holes for your wheel-imaging camera - SharpZ3 | SharpOS 13.0

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When you have selected the location for the wheel-imaging cameras, drill holes for mounting the camera and for passing the camera cable.

What you should know

  • Three 4.8 mm (3/16 in.) holes are required for mounting the camera.
  • One 12.7 mm (1/2 in.) hole is required to pass the camera cable.
  • In later steps, the camera cable hole is sealed using butyl tape. For additional cable protection, or if a water-tight seal is not required, install a grommet in the cable hole. Adjust the camera cable hole size accordingly.
  • The instructions for mounting the wheel-imaging camera instruct you to seal the camera cable from the inside using butyl tape. This method is acceptable for installations on the vehicle wheel well where a waterproof seal is not required. To provide a better seal, run the cable through the cable gap in the camera base and create a cable hole near the camera.


  1. Access the back of the panel you are mounting the camera on.
    • For side-mount installations, remove the tail light assembly so that you can access the inside of the panel. Ensure that nothing will be damaged when you drill the mounting holes. You may also need to remove the liners from inside the trunk and drill an additional 12.7 mm (1/2 in.) hole in the liner to pass the camera cable.
    • For trunk-mount installations, remove any liners inside the trunk lid. Ensure that nothing will be damaged when you drill the mounting holes.
  2. Mark the mounting holes and cable hole.
    1. A paper template is included with the camera hardware. Tape the template to the installation location on the vehicle.
      IMPORTANT: Make sure one of the mounting holes is at the top.
    2. Verify that there are no obstacles, wires, or braces that will prevent the installation of the camera.
    3. Using a center punch, mark the three mounting holes and cable penetration.
  3. Drill the mounting holes using a 12.7 mm (1/2 in.) drill bit.
  4. Drill the cable penetration using a fine-toothed hole saw.
    For cable penetrations 1.3 cm (½ in.) or smaller, you can use a stepping drill bit. For larger holes, use a fine-toothed hole saw that is designed for vehicle body panels. It should be depth-regulated and include a pilot drill bit.