Step 1: FJ Cruiser Backup Camera Bezel- the Problem
Anyway, to alleviate the rear visibility issue, I had an Alpine rear view camera installed (along with an updated radio with 7” touchscreen display). The logical place to install it was at the center hub location of the spare tire.
The camera worked great, but in order to install it, I had to remove the center hub cap exposing the black bracket that holds the tire to the rear door. That made the whole thing look unfinished, so I decided I needed to make some kind of bezel to trim it up a bit.
Step 2: FJ Cruiser Backup Camera Bezel- Parts
I started by removing the metal overlay and the Toyota logo (on the right). These caps are typically made from ABS plastic so I also bought an ABS plumbing joiner (lower left) to form the cylinder around the camera.
I sanded off the raised center section which opened a hole in the center of the cap. I snapped it on the spare and took some measurements on the location of the camera in relation to the cap and marked it on the cap.
Step 3: FJ Cruiser Backup Camera Bezel- Aligning the Tube and Trim Ring
I also added a block of scrap ABS (not shown) to strengthen the area where I was going to add a security screw to prevent someone from popping the bezel off and walking away with it.
After I sanded the step away in the beginning, the remaining plastic was a little thin, so I made a trim ring out of some scrap ABS to strengthen the front and glued it in place.
Step 4: FJ Cruiser Backup Camera Bezel- Security Block on the Spare Tire Bracket
Step 5: FJ Cruiser Backup Camera Bezel- Filling and Sanding
Step 6: FJ Cruiser Backup Camera Bezel- Final Paint
I think the bezel looks a lot better than the bare hole I had before, and the bezel leaves plenty of visibility around the very wide-angle lens of the backup camera. Hope you enjoyed the instructable!