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The biggest blind spot on most vehicles is right behind the vehicle; just using a rear-view mirror or glancing over your shoulder sometimes won't help in letting you know it's safe to back up. Rear-view camera systems, like those from Crux and Brandmotion, let you see what's behind you and keep tabs on anything you're towing, directly from the factory radio display. They include tough cameras that can withstand the environment and integrate into the rear of the vehicle for a seamless look. They can also provide a clear, wide viewing angle on your factory display, and, in some cases, include park-assist lines - handy when backing out of the driveway or into tight parking spots. Rear-view camera systems Backup camera systems work directly with the factory systems in select Dodge, Toyota, Jeep, Ford, and VW vehicles. They include waterproof cameras with wide viewing angles, and all wiring needed for installation. Prices range from $89.99 - $529.99 See our rear-view camera systems at crutchfield.com/backup POWER AND BASS: Adding an audio impact Focal DSA 500 RT Focal includes a digital processor, a powered subwoofer, and a 2-channel amp you can use to power two more speakers - all in one powerful box. #091DSA500R $1199.99 When the rear-view mirror ISN'T ENOUGH A plug-and-play audio boost Bass response and power generally aren't a factory system's strengths. Adding additional oomph to your speakers with an amplifier and more bass with a subwoofer helps round out your system's sound. Unlike many amp-and-subwoofer upgrade systems that require some minor wire splicing, the Kicker VSS Powerstage system upgrade offers direct plug-in harnesses that work with the factory wiring - a huge benefit for drivers concerned with vehicle warranties or returning a leased vehicle. It sounds pretty darn good, too. The VSS Powerstage system includes a vehicle-specific subwoofer enclosure with a built-in Kicker sub and amplifier. A 4-channel amp mounted to a custom bracket bumps up the power to the factory speakers, allowing them to deliver more detail and depth out of your music. Kicker VSS Powerstage systems Custom brackets are integrated with the amp-and-sub enclosure to help mount it in a specific spot. Kicker offers these systems for select Ford, Chevy, GMC, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles. Priced at $1249.99 A sub-and-amp option for just about any vehicle Some amp-and-sub upgrades aren't restricted to certain vehicles. While they're not plug-and-play, you can splice into the factory speaker wire to get the audio signal you need. A great example is Focal's DSA 500 RT, which includes a digital processor, amplifier, and subwoofer. When Focal came to demonstrate it, we weren't quite sure what to expect from this box installed in their show car. But once they cranked it on, we quickly learned how this unique piece could benefit any vehicle with a factory radio. See our full selection of factory system upgrades at crutchfield.com/upgrademyride This Crux rear- view camera system replaces the tailgate handle in select trucks. 36 Free lifetime tech support on everything you buy from us. See crutchfield.com/tech

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