Axxess XSVI-6523-NAV Wiring Interface

Connect a new stereo and retain Retained Accessory Power in select 2013-up Ram 1500 models without the factory touchscreen display

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The XSVI-6523-NAV interface from Axxess lets you connect your new car stereo to your Ram's factory wiring harness. It provides the power, ground, and speaker connections for hooking up your new car stereo. This interface also supports Retained Accessory Power (RAP) which keeps the music going until the door is opened.

If you're installing a navigation receiver, the XSVI-6523-NAV wiring interface also offers the parking brake, reverse, mute, and Vehicle Speed Sensor (V.S.S.) outputs that you'll need. You can plug the Axxess steering wheel interface (sold separately) direclty into this interface, and keep your steering wheel audio controls working with your new car stereo. Warranty: 1 year.

Compatibility note: The Axxess XSVI-6523-NAV interface will not work with Ram models that have the factory 8" touchscreen display. If the factory Alpine audio system is present, this interface can be used although new speaker wires must be run to the output section of the factory amplifier.

Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts — please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so. You can also call an Advisor for more information.

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Plug and play?

Written By Wgreer, Hawaii on Sunday, November 01, 2015

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Plugged directly into my vehicles wiring harness. The amount of extra wiring not needed by my new head unit made the install confusing and the directions need to be more detailed. The output wire colors did not match the wire colors on the head unit. I ended up splicing into the 12 volt accessory plug in order to power the head unit. if you have navigation and steering wheel controls this is the one for you I only needed a much more basic harness.

Pros: Plugged right in and the price was right

Cons: Too many extra wires for a basic head unit without navigation or steering wheel controls

2015 Ram 1500

Written By Doug, California on Monday, October 12, 2015

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I installed this in my 2015 Ram 1500 along with the Pioneer 4000-NEX stereo. My truck did not have steering wheel controls, and did not have Bluetooth. This plugged right into the factory harness, and was able to retain the factory lock to hold the two pieces together. The stereo works perfectly just like the factory stereo.

Pros: Creates a plug and play application, and retains factory features.

Cons: Nothing

Great product. Directions need help

Written By Joseph ranch, Halfway OR on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Great product. Works across application.

Pros: Fits great. All wires that you could possibly bed are there.

Cons: Directions could use some help. They are fine for an experienced user. But may prove difficult to a new installer


Written By Digger D, West Virginia on Monday, April 06, 2015

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The adapter works well but it takes more time to figure out how to hook it up than to actually to do the required work. The directions are useless and I had to call Crutchfield. Also, if you think this is all you need, there is no included adapter for the Sirius connection from my Dodge Ram to the Sony receiver. This must be sold separately. I also lost my factory installed clock on the vehicle dash with this adapter.

Pros: It works.

Cons: The directions are horrible. I had to call Crutchfield and fortunately they have wonderful customer service. This DOES NOT include an adapter for the Sirius connection.

worked perfectly

Written By chris, columbus oh on Friday, April 03, 2015

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Worked perfectly. Easy to install.

Pros: Works

Cons: None

2013 dodge dart

Written By bob, ohio on Friday, April 03, 2015

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It worked well, was a little confusing at first. It just took some time to figure out how to wire it all up.

Pros: Works

Cons: A little confusing

Overkill for my application

Written By Chris, Matthews, NC on Monday, March 30, 2015

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For my application this was total overkill. I cut off and chucked most of it, I just needed the big Connector. Also instructions are worthless.

Pros: It worked.

Cons: Way too expensive, but it is everywhere, not just Crutchfield.

Axxess XSVI-6523-NAV Wiring Interface

Written By Thomas, Georgia on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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This product was awesome! easy to install and worked perfectly!!

Pros: Easy installation, did not have to cut original wiring harness, step by step instructions

Cons: None what so ever!

Excellent produgt

Written By user1234, Maryland on Saturday, January 24, 2015

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Worked great in my 2014 Ram 1500. It even has leads for reverse (for backup camera) and parking break. Fantastic not to cut into any factory wiring.

Made Easy

Written By Mike H., Chandler, Arizona on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Great unit to adapt to your vehicle wiring. I cut a good 5" off the leads as I didn't want all that wire behind the dash, instructions tell you what color wire to where. Very easy! Did this in the house and then wrapped it in electrical tape and it looked factory. Simple, real clean install.

Pros: Everything you need and nothing more wire leads are long if you need the added length of wire - can cut shorter as I did

Cons: none.

Works Perfectly

Written By Mike F., Houston, TX on Monday, September 15, 2014

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This wiring harness works perfectly, as expected. I installed it in a 2014 Ram 1500.

Pros: Works great.

Cons: None

Axxess XSVI-6523-NAV Wiring Interface

Written By Norman, coatwsville, pa on Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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Great product

Axxess XSVI-6523-NAV Wiring Interface

Written By D.terry, Oswego, ny on Sunday, July 27, 2014

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Quality adapter. Although extra wires for navigation can make the wiring look confusing and also be a mess.

Pros: Direct fir

Cons: Navigation extra wiring makes it look like a mess


Written By Chad, wellford,SC on Saturday, June 14, 2014

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the device itself works great but the instructions were a little less user friendly. if you have installed before its no big deal but for a novice it may seem difficult.

Pros: works great

Cons: Bad installation instructions

Phantom Effects?

Written By JethroS, Los Alamos, NM on Monday, March 10, 2014

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Unit works flawlessly, but makes me question the sanity of the makers. Unit is for UConnect 3.0 radios (Base model non touch screen) yet has outputs for things like Navigation and Backup Camera?! You can't get those options with a base model stereo...

Pros: Wires up easily and works perfectly for RAS.

Cons: This unit is bulky. I understand the factory connector is rather large to begin with, but the additional box with external wiring loops and other unusable outputs is annoying to stash in the dash.

2013 Dodge Dart

Written By Kent, Caroline County, VA on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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I used this adapter for the 2013 Dodge Dart and it worked perfect.

Pros: Works

Cons: Instructions wasn't detailed enough about this random box that attached to it. I don't Even know what it is for.

Worked great on RAM 1500 with base unit.

Written By preachp, CT on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Worked great and made tie-in of aftermarket head unit a piece of cake.

Pros: none

Cons: instructions could be a little clearer

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  • Replacement radio interface module (attached vehicle/radio/swc harness)
  • Application/Wiring sheet

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Vehicle Compatibility: The XSVI-6523-NAV radio replacement interface module allows you to replace the factory radio in select Dodge vehicles (non-amplified factory system or when replacing amplified system) with an aftermarket head unit. Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle and aftermarket head unit is compatible.

Make Model Year
Chrysler 200 LX 2015-up
Dodge Dart (small screen option) 2013-up
Fiat 500L 2014-up
Jeep Cherokee Sport 2014-up
Renegade 2015-up
RAM 1500, 2500, 3500
(small screen option)
Chassis cab 3500, 4500, 5500
(small screen option)
Promaster (with 5" screen or NAV) 2014-up
Promaster City 2015-up
Note: The XSVI-6523-NAV interface is designed to be used in vehicles without a factory amplified sound system or when replacing the entire factory amplifier system. The XSVI-6523-NAV does not retain your vehicle's factory amplifiers.

Product Features: The XSVI-6523-NAV retains your vehicle's factory R.A.P. (Retained Accessory Power), factory Aux input, and factory rear-view camera. The XSVI-6523-NAV also provides accessory/illumination outputs, plus navigation outputs (parking brake/reverse/VSS) for aftermarket head unit installation. In addition, the radio replacement interface supports your factory steering wheel controls via an optional interface module (sold separately).

  • Accessory + Illumination Outputs: There is no 12-volt accessory wire in the factory harness, which requires the installer to run an accessory wire to the fuse box or underneath the steering column when installing an aftermarket radio. The XSVI-6523-NAV is designed to provide a 12-volt, 10-amp switched accessory output (red wire), along with a illumination output (orange/white wire) to make installation simpler.
  • Navigation Outputs: The XSVI-6523-NAV provides essential wires required for aftermarket radios that have navigation. VSS (Vehicle Speed Sense), Reverse, and Parking Brake wires are provided. This helps to cut down the installation time, since the installer does not have to look for these wires in the vehicle.
  • Retained Accessory Power (R.A.P.): The Retained Accessory Power (R.A.P.) function supplies power to the radio after the ignition is shut off until one of the front doors are opened. This function is retained by the XSVI-6523-NAV interface.
  • OEM Aux/Back Up Camera: The XSVI-6523-NAV's harness features stereo RCA connectors which plug into your aftermarket head unit's rear-panel auxiliary input in order to keep your vehicle's factory Aux input. The harness also features a composite video connector which plugs into your aftermarket head unit's rear-view camera input in order to retain your vehicle's factory back up camera.
  • OEM Steering Wheel Control Compatible (optional): The XSVI-6523-NAV interface features a right-angle 3.5mm connector that lets you keep your vehicle's OEM steering wheel controls via the optional Axxess Steering Wheel Control Interface (120ASWC1, sold separately).

Color Codes: Wiring up the XSVI-6523-NAV is like wiring up any other wire harness that would attach to an aftermarket radio's harness. The Metra/EIA wire code can be found on the back of the interface's package that will aid you in the wiring of your aftermarket radio The XSVI-6523-NAV interface contains the following wire leads.

Wiring Color Function
Power/Ground Red Accessory
Yellow Battery
Black Ground
Illumination Orange/white Illumination
Gray Right Front +
Gray/Black Right Front  -
White Left Front +
White/Black Left Front -
Violet Right Rear +
Violet/Black Right Rear -
Green Left Rear +
Green/Black Left Rear -
Navigation Blue/Pink VSS (Vehicle Speed Sense)
Green/Violet Reverse
Bright Green Parking Brake

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