Required tools and parts for a SharpZ3 installation - SharpZ3 | SharpOS 13.0

AutoVu SharpZ3 Deployment Guide 13.0

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Before installing SharpZ3 hardware, make sure that you have the tools and parts required to successfully complete the installation process.


There are a number of additional required tools and parts that are not included with the AutoVu™ installation kit.
AutoVu Alignment Kit
Includes several tools that are recommended for AutoVu™ installations.
Electric or battery powered drill and drill bits
Required when running cables through the vehicle roof or body panels.
Required for measuring electrical current in the OEM fuse box.
Digital level
Used for measuring the camera tilt.
Depth-controlled cable jacket stripper
Recommended for stripping the cable jacket to avoid damage to the internal conductors. The Cyclops stripping tool is included with the AutoVu™ Alignment Kit.
Wire stripper
Required for stripping wire insulation.
RJ45 crimp tool
Use a professional quality tool for proper crimping. The EZ-RJPRO® HD Crimp Tool is included with the AutoVu™ Alignment Kit.
Panel removal tool
Use the correct panel removal tools to ensure that the vehicle panels are not damaged during the installation.
NOTE: You might also need a Philips, Torx, or flat blade screwdriver.
2.5 mm flat-tip screwdriver
Used for pushing in tension clamps and securing screws.
Hex key wrenches
Required when mounting the cameras on the patrol vehicle.
Torque wrench
Required to ensure connections are not over-tightened or under-tightened.
Wire ferrule crimping tool
Ferrules are included for all wire connections and are recommended, but not mandatory. A crimping tool is included with the AutoVu™ Alignment Kit.
Phillips screwdriver
Required when installing hardware such as expansion modules, and wire racks.
Adjustable wrench
Required when mounting the base unit in the patrol vehicle.
Center punch
Used to mark drilling locations on the roof of the vehicle.
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.
Grease pencil
Used to mark support locations on the roof of the vehicle.
Roll of tape
Required when installing the odometry sensor and when mounting cameras.


Wires (stranded)
  • Base unit 12V power: 14 AWG (red) and 14 AWG (black)
  • I/O connector: 22 to 18 AWG
  • Ignition signal: 22 to 18 AWG (yellow)
  • Navigation expansion module:
    • Reverse signal (REV): 24 to 18 AWG
    • Chassis ground (CGND): 18 AWG (black)
    • VSS (ODO +/-): 24 to 20 AWG shielded, twisted pair
    • Odometry sensor (ODO +/-): 22 to 20 AWG jumper wire
20A ATO/ATC in-line fuse
Required at the source of the vehicle’s 12-24V system tapping point.
0.5A fuse
In-line or in the OEM fuse box using a tap fuse adapter.
Ring terminal
A ring terminal with incorporated internal locking teeth is required at the chassis grounding screw location.
Heat-shrink tubing
Required for the protection of soldered wire connections.
Convolute wire loom
Required to protect cables from potential damage from heat or abrasion.
Cable glands
Required when sealing wire holes drilled in the vehicle’s roof.
NOTE: Cable glands are required for all cable penetrations. Ensure that you have the appropriate glands in installing a cellular antenna or satellite navigation antenna.
Butyl tape and isopropyl alcohol
Required for sealing any cable penetrations that do not use a cable gland.
Base unit mounting screws
Use appropriate screws to attach the bracket to the vehicle: ¼"-20 or M6. The screws must be long enough to secure the hardware, but short enough not to damage any vehicle components under the mounting location.