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PAC SWI-JACK

Steering wheel control interface for Alpine, Clarion, JVC, and Kenwood

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What does a steering wheel audio control adapter do?

Many people aren't thrilled with the sound of their car's factory radio, but don't want to replace it because they'll lose those convenient audio controls on the steering wheel. For most vehicles, you can purchase an adapter that allows you to use those controls to run a new car stereo, so now you can have great sound and convenience too. Even cooler, if your new stereo has iPod controls, you can use your steering wheel controls to run your iPod.

Installation Note: Some newer vehicles require a special interface for this installation. Click here or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to see if you need an interface to install this steering wheel control adapter in your vehicle.

You want to install a brand-name stereo in your vehicle, but you hate to give up the convenience of your factory steering wheel radio controls? No problem. The SWI-JACK interface from PAC allows you to use the steering wheel controls in a wide variety of vehicles to command select brand-name radios.

Installation is straightforward — connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and your stereo, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. The direct connection to the stereo eliminates the need for an infrared emitter, allowing the interface to function even in bright sunlight. Step-by-step LED confirmation makes programming easy. Once connected, the SWI-JACK's failsafe memory will learn up to 12 stereo functions, retaining them even if battery power is interrupted. Dimensions: 3-5/8"W x 1"H x 1-9/16"D. Warranty: 1 year.

Important Note: On some vehicles, you may need a voltmeter to locate the correct wires to connect to the SWI-JACK. If you have no car audio installation experience, you should consider professional installation. The SWI-JACK works with most Alpine, Clarion, JVC, and Kenwood stereos that have a wired remote control input port or a dedicated steering wheel input, but please call or email us to confirm compatibility with your radio.

Wiring Advisory: You'll usually have to tap into one to three wires in your vehicle at the radio location to connect this interface. If you're using a PAC OEM integration adapter to connect your new car stereo to your vehicle, then it most likely will have a prewired connector for this PAC steering wheel audio control adapter. In these cases, no additional wiring in required. PAC does provide custom wiring instructions for all confirmed compatible vehicles on their website.

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  • Steering wheel radio control interface with attached 10" blue/yellow wire and 34" cable (with 3.5mm miniplug)
  • 24" Wiring harness
  • Packet of 8 resistors (includes 47 ohms/100 ohms/150 ohms/560 ohms/1000 ohms/1500 ohms/3900 ohms/5100 ohms)
  • Installation Instructions
  • Vehicle Application Guide
  • Vehicle Connector Chart
  • On-line vehicle specific instructions note

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Features

Product Overview: The PAC SWI-JACK interface allows you to retain the use of your steering wheel and/or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit in select vehicles with an Alpine, JVC, Kenwood, or Clarion head unit with wired remote capability. In some GM vehicles, you can retain the use of heater control buttons as well.

Wiring Advisory: You'll usually have to hardwire this adapter into your vehicle's wiring. In most vehicles, the factory radio plug does not have a wire dedicated to the steering wheel audio controls, so splicing is often required. PAC does provide custom wiring instructions for all confirmed compatible vehicles on their website.

Vehicle Compatibility: The SWI-JACK is compatible with over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to the present. Compatible vehicles include many Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hummer, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen vehicles. Please consult "Outfit My Car" to see if your vehicle is compatible.

Known Incompatible Vehicles: The following list includes the vehicles that are known to not be compatible:

  • BMW:
    • All with factory-activated cellular phones
    • All with 5-volt SWC data wire at the steering column
  • Toyota: 1998-2003 Sienna vans
  • Volvo: All Volvo models

Head Unit Compatibility: The SWI-JACK works with Alpine, Clarion, and JVC radios with the 1/8" steering wheel input jack, and Kenwood radios with the blue/yellow remote input wire. It is also compatible with Blaupunkt radios having the input for an optional wireless remote, but the adapter plug necessary to interface with the Blaupunkt is not included.

Easily Programmable: The SWI-JACK can be easily programmed. You can assign the buttons on the steering wheel to any of these specific functions:

  • Alpine: Volume Up, Volume Down, Mute, Preset Up, Preset Down, Source, Track Up, Track Down, Power, Ent/Play and Band/Program
  • JVC: Volume Up, Volume Down, Mute/Power, Preset Up, Source, Seek Up, Seek Down, Select, and Band
  • Kenwood: Volume Up, Volume Down, Mute, Source, Seek Up, Track Up, Track Down, Disc Up/FM, and Disc Down/AM
  • Clarion: Volume Up, Volume Down, Mute, Track Up, Track Down, Band, and Source
  • Blaupunkt: Volume Up, Volume Down, Mute, Source, Track Up, Track Down, Disc Up, Disc Down, and OK

Note: The SWI-JACK has a non-volatile memory which keeps all programming in memory, even if the vehicle's battery is disconnected.

Resistor Kit: Some vehicles have a separate wire for each of the steering wheel buttons. Use the resistor kit for steering wheel push buttons that do not already have a resistor network connected to them. The resistor kit includes the following resistors:

  • 47 Ohms (yellow, purple, black, and gold bands)
  • 100 Ohms (brown, black, brown, and gold bands)
  • 150 Ohms (brown, green, brown, and gold bands)
  • 560 Ohms (green, blue, brown, and gold bands)
  • 1000 Ohms (brown, black, red, and gold bands)
  • 1500 Ohms (brown, green, red, and gold bands)
  • 3900 Ohms (orange, white, red, and gold bands)
  • 5100 Ohms (green, brown, red, and gold bands)
 
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4 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Mike M, Perth Amboy, NJ on Tuesday, July 03, 2012
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The PAC SWI-JACK does what it's supposed to do. I installed it on my 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan with the PAC C2R-CHY4 and new radio. The PAC was simple to configure. It would be nice is the PAC modules were a bit smaller though.
Pros:
The PAC SWI-JACK does what it's supposed to do.
Cons:
None
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2 out of 5

Too much delay

Written By Fullum, Hyde Park, NY on Tuesday, July 03, 2012
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It works but the delay from when you hit the button to the actual volume increasing is way too slow. Then after you have hit the button it goes really fast up or down. I would buy this product again.
Pros:
It works
Cons:
Too much of a delay between pressing the button and the result on the head unit.
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3 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By rhodesra52, Willis, TX on Tuesday, June 05, 2012
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Instructions for wiring are hard to understand had to get help stil have not been able to program.
Pros:
none haven't got it to program yet.
Cons:
haven't got it to program yet. instruction are hard to understand
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5 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By hc, Hot Springs VA on Thursday, May 31, 2012
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just follow the instruction you will be okay if not call your crutchfield advisor they will walk you through the installation
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3 out of 5

Needs some refinement

Written By Tim H., Wakeman Ohio on Tuesday, May 08, 2012
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Easy enough to install but hard to program for a beginner
Pros:
Does every thing avertised
Cons:
Slow on response and if you don't concentrate it flips passed your wanted target (ie volume or channel selection)
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2 out of 5

Poor Instructions

Written By Steve, Huntingtown Maryland on Saturday, April 28, 2012
 
Poor instructions to install , voulme up down and mute work but no mode control on rav4
Pros:
none
Cons:
poor install instructions , mode on stering wheel does nothing
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4 out of 5

works okay

Written By jem, Chicago, IL on Friday, April 27, 2012
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This controller works well in my F150. The volume control work perfect. The seek function works okay. I could not find a setting were seek would jump to my preset stations for both radio & XM. It will either do jump to my next station for radio and the next higher station in XM or visa verse. Toss out the instruction that come with the unit & go to their web site. The programming is straight forward but does have several steps. Read them a couple times before trying to program the unit.
Pros:
My steering wheel controls work.
Cons:
As mentioned above seek only works on my pre-programmed settions for XM or Radio. NOT BOTH.
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5 out of 5

Works well, easy to program, great support

Written By Wayne, South Jersey on Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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I purchased this device together with a C2R-CHY4. The only issue I ran into was that my specific setup needed version 2 of the firmware, and the device shipped with version 1 as the default. After a quick call to PAC support, I had the instructions I needed to switch to version 2. Programming was straight forward (I recommend getting model specific instructions from the PAC website).
Pros:
easy to program, inexpensive, works well with C2R-CHY4
Cons:
none
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1 out of 5

To Complicated compared to AXXESS ASWC

Written By Nick, MN on Monday, April 16, 2012
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Sent it back. Too complicated. AXXESS ASWC self-programs, this thing you have to do by yourself.
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1 out of 5

Worthless

Written By KL, Wisconsin on Wednesday, April 04, 2012
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Product did not work at all with my 2002 Jetta. Instructions did not match how unit actually worked, would not program, wiring completely unclear. Several calls to tech service did not resolve. Threw out unit.
Pros:
no pros as it didn't work
Cons:
Complete waste of time and money
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5 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Anonymous, naples fl on Tuesday, April 03, 2012
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it works great the only thing is that there is a little delay when you use the steering wheel controls other than that it pretty good....and i have toyota tuner 04..
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1 out of 5

Not for 2003 Land Rover Discovery

Written By Anonymous, Chattanooga, TN on Monday, April 02, 2012
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Two installers found that it doesn't match the existing wiring on my 2003 Land Rover Discovery. One called PAC and spoke with "Tony" and his diagrams didn't match either.
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4 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Anonymous, Sandy, UT on Friday, March 30, 2012
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This thing does pretty much what it is advertised to do, but it is hard to set up, needs to have a wire run to the steering wheel column in my Grand Cherokee, and is still a little touchy to detect the button pushes.
Pros:
If you like the steering wheel controls and get an after market radio, you need it
Cons:
Hard to install and configure, doesn't work perfect
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5 out of 5

Easy-peezy... :o)

Written By J.T., Riverside, CA on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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Read the directions, take your time and this works AWESOME!
Pros:
Being able to keep all steering wheel controls in my 2012 Fusion SEL.
Cons:
No complaints from me!
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5 out of 5

Not hard to install

Written By Darren, Augusta,GA on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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If you go to this website you can get a very good explanation on how to prepare this kit for installation with pictures. http://g35driver.com/forums/audio-video-electronics/254692-diy-pac-steering-wheel-controls-w-pics.html When I finally found this info, after intense research, it made everything very simple. The manufactures website is terrible and the video is not complete so don't even bother going there. I got this thing to work first time with NO problems in my 2006 Nissan Altima. Programming is also easy so don't let other reviewers scare you away from getting this, because it does work. Make sure all wires and resistors are tightly connected or it will glitch from time to time. Do it right the first time and you shouldn't have any problems.
Pros:
Easy install with FULL instructions
Cons:
Hard to find info on proper FULL installation steps
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4 out of 5

Works for me with no problems

Written By MikeD, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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The directions must be followed. They are not difficult, if you follow them. Once wired, programming was not too bad either; just make sure to take your time on programming. While you're programming, you will get a confirmation light after you press a steering wheel control button. Make sure to wait for the light to indicate that your command took. It is a nice addition to my aftermarket head unit. I did not want to lose my steering wheel controls and this did the trick!
Pros:
Works well. Does the job it says it will do.
Cons:
Take your time and read the directions in the installation. It is not difficult, it just requires proper execution of following the directions.
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2 out of 5

Not impressed

Written By Tom, So Cal on Monday, March 12, 2012
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Well...the installation was ok. I didn't have any real issues with that, but I just found the divide to be glitchy. I installed this on a '06 Toyota Tundra. I found that the biggest problem was I would have to either press the steering wheel button multiple times for the unit to change the channel or raise/lower the volume or hold the switch down. Many times this resulted in the volume raising/lowering too much or going past the intended station preset I was attempting to locate. Overall it worked, but it's a far cry from the factory set-up.
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5 out of 5

Works great 07 Dodge Ram 2500

Written By bhoth, Utah on Friday, February 10, 2012
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Works great in 07 Dodge Ram 2500. using with alpine cde-133bt all 6 buttons are working as desired. Instructions were not that clear, i had to call PAC support twice but once i got the correct info, i was able to get the programming done.
Pros:
works good once it's programmed.
Cons:
instructions could be better
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4 out of 5

If you have a 04+ Ram, you need this!

Written By Brian, Tucson, AZ on Thursday, February 09, 2012
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If you take your time with this, its not difficult. Crutchfield offered to help me over the phone but was able to program it myself. Tried the Metra unit before, doesn't work with the Ram's databus. Got blinking lights, door chimes, killed my gauges. Spliced three wires with this kit, did the programming, bam. Done. Slight delay on commands sent but may be more my old switches.
Pros:
Works where Metra SWC did not.
Cons:
Little complicated but if you take your time, read the directions, its easy.
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1 out of 5

In '06 Passat

Written By MarkK, Osceola, WI on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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Non functional with the PAC C2R-VW2
Pros:
None
Cons:
Haven't gotten around to returning it yet.
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4 out of 5

This is the one for me!

Written By First Time DIYer, Waldorf, Md on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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PAC SWC - This one worked for me. Returned METRA and switched interfaces over a week ago and no mysterious goings-on's. I'd give this 5 stars but it's true what I'd heard, the response to button presses requires deliberate timing. It seems to go into sleep-mode between uses. But it does WORK!!!
Pros:
It works!!!
Cons:
Needs auto programming. Needs better/quicker response to steering wheel controls.
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5 out of 5

Don't take away my steering wheel controls!

Written By R-L, Los Angeles, CA. on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
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I was a little dissapointed to learn that my new car stereo would not work directly with my car's controls. This little jem solved that problem. Translates the resistor network controls in the steering wheel to digital remote commmands that your car stereo will understand. I'm using mine in a Mazda with a Kenwood KDC-x395. In my application I had to move a pin in the harness adapter to make this work (that's an issue with the harness). The internet is very useful when working with this product.
Pros:
Works as advertised.
Cons:
Programming can be frustrating but stick with it, It will work. The response will not be quick as the controls with the old OEM stereo (you may have no alternatives).
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4 out of 5

Steering Wheel Controls Adapter

Written By Robert, Lee's Summit, MO on Thursday, January 26, 2012
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Fairly easy to install. I had a little trouble with the programming of the unit for my '03 Chevy Silverado. It works great once I got it all programmed. I just zip tied it in place under the dash once I finished the programming.
Pros:
Reasonable way to keep about 80% of steering wheel controls function!
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4 out of 5

Works ok on '02 Ford

Written By Dan, Austin, TX on Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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I'm glad I could replace my old factory stereo with a shiny new one, and still use my steering wheel buttons. I believe it makes for safer driving.

Getting this unit installed was easier than I expected. I was alarmed to find all the wires in the package, but in the end only 3 wires were required. I was glad to see it doesn't forget its settings when the battery is disconnected.

Programming it was the hardest part. I really had to plan my steps to get through all the button presses in the right order. I think the instructions could be improved a bit here -- it would have been nicer to just have separate groups of steps, like for "version 4" or not, rather than mixing if-then-else stuff into one list.

The worst thing about it for me is that the volume up/down are not very fast for a single press, and I have to hold the button for almost a second. But if I hold the volume button it blasts through the volume range way too fast.
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1 out of 5

06 Dodge? Don't bother.

Written By Kris H, Shreveport, LA on Saturday, November 19, 2011
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I recently had to replace my OEM radio for a new sat nav unit, and wanted to keep the functionality of the steering wheel controls. The answer from Crutchfield was the PAC SWI-JACK, which was easy to install and fairly easy to program (although the 7 sec timeout for programming new buttons was frustrating at first). The major issue was that it simply doesn't work as advertised. I was able to program only 2 of the 6 buttons that controlled my OEM radio - the volume buttons. The PAC SWI-JACK simply does not allow use of the seek, source or preset buttons for my 2006 Dodge.

Bottom line - it's not worth the money, find something else as this product is basically useless.
Pros:
Ease of installation and programming
Cons:
Simply doesn't work as advertised.
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3 out of 5

All of my factory buttons do not function.

Written By sgd, Kansas City on Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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I installed this with the pac adaptor for 2006 dodge vehicles and only 4 out of 6 of my steering wheel buttons function properly. I reprogrammed the module 3 or 4 times and even called tech support and never got any better.
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1 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Paul, Albuquerque, NM on Friday, October 21, 2011
 
After making my way through the contradicting instructions that came with the unit and the instructions online, I got the unit installed, just to realize that the steering wheel controls did not react anything like they did with the factory stereo. Volume would jump from silent to blaring with one touch, and then not turn down. I eventually removed the device from my car and returned it to Crutchfield.
Cons:
There is nothing to like about this product. It is difficult to install (soldering resistors and capacitors inline) and works intermitently, if at all.
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3 out of 5

Works

Written By DL, PA on Thursday, October 06, 2011
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Works but don't call manufacturer for support. I called and they basically told me I was out of luck.
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3 out of 5

It works...

Written By Richard I, Lake Havasu City, AZ on Monday, October 03, 2011
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Vehicle: 1999 Land Rover Discovery 2 Head Unit: Kenwood KIV-701

The Pros: Once this unit installed in does in deed work! I'm able to use Vol Up, Vol Down, Mode (Source), Skip Up, Skip Down... The unit appears to have more functions and is only limited by my steering wheel as those features listed are the only buttons on my wheel.

The Cons: The instructions leave a little to be desired. Thank goodness for Crutchfield Tech Support in helping me find the correct wire for my year vehicle (my year was oddly omitted from the instructions). Kuddos to Tech Support! Programming the unit took the longest, only because I made a few mistakes and had to keep starting over. I suggest you read the entire instructions a couple times before starting the process so you don't land up having to start over a couple times...

My last issue and it may be a minor one is the adapter seems delayed... I press Vol Up and nothing happens... I hold the vol up and a split second later the volume moves up 5 notches... Hold it down too long and it pushes the volume to the limit. I'm getting used to the delay but it sure surprises you when you're not expecting full volume...
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4 out of 5

Simple, see instructions on PAC's website

Written By kinukawa, Petersburg, VA on Friday, September 23, 2011
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I highly reccommend using the application guide from the PAC-audio website as opposed to the one shipped with the SWI-JACK. The programming instructions and picture of the wire you need to splice into for steering wheel controls is much clearer in the online instructions as opposed "Lt Green wire" in the instructions that came with it... There were more than one in my 05 GMC Sierra w/ Bose. Crutchfield Tech Support said the Axxcess version utilized the steering wheel interface connections from the GMOS04 adapter - that would have been a bit simpler I think rather than tapping the steering wheel controls at the steering column. Took about two minutes to program once I supplemented the instructions with those from PAC's website. Works great; no complaints.
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3 out of 5

ok, but not great

Written By tom, sacto, ca on Friday, September 16, 2011
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Bought this with my new stereo and dash kit for my G35. It is a bit expensive for what it does. Install is not that easy but the instructions were great. you have to soldier a couple of resisters to wires you cut from the factory harness and then cut a random wire from the harness and connect to the ground. This is for my car and every car has a different set of resisters (or not) and cuts...you get the picture. The steering wheel volume button now has a slight delay so that if you hold it too short there is no volume change and if you hold it slightly too long, you blast your ears out. After a few weeks I have still not gotten use to the delay and I rarely use the steering wheel buttons anymore, BUT, they all work and I guess that is better than dead buttons....but for the price???? I could have had a nice subwoofer. I bought this with a new HU and free install gear which are great, so overall I extremely pleased with Crutchfield and would purchase all the same again, even the PAC SW1.
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3 out of 5

Conflicting instructions, limited operation

Written By Brad E, Sarasota, FL on Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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I've worked on every aspect of a car and a computer, and I read instructions thoroughly before I start on projects. Even so, this was a frustrating install for two reasons: 1) the in-package instructions conflicted with the online vehicle- specific instructions, with the actual solution being somewhere in-between, and 2) the steering wheel buttons on my Honda Ridgeline are only partially supported, as some of the original functions do not have a corresponding function with the PAC module.

I'm certainly not going to tear my dash apart again simply to remove this item, but I will definitely put more consideration into whether I REALLY need steering wheel controls for any future vehicles. I actually find myself relying on the head unit's remote more often than the steering wheel controls, because it's just not the same.
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2 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Kathy, Gillette,WY on Sunday, September 11, 2011
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The instructions for the Swi-jack for my 2007 Hyundai Azera were awful. They said to wire it two different ways. Should have called Crutchfield right away rather than trying to muddle through them. After hours of frustration and taking the stereo apart three times got it to work. This is not for a beginner with resistors needing to be soldered into the wires. My suggestion is to use the remote and forget the steering wheel controls. Thank you crutchfield for good support and being open on Sunday!
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2 out of 5

Not for the average DIY'er

Written By MidloRichard, Midlothian, TX on Sunday, September 04, 2011
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Instructions for my specific vehicle didn't make sense. It called for grounding a PIN on the connector that had nothing going to it. Gave it 2 stars because I assume it works as prescribed when the instructions and application are compatible. I aborted this option and decided to do without the steering wheel controls. Unit came with a remote, so that will have to work. Good luck.
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4 out of 5

Steering Wheel Control harness

Written By Desert Fox, Colorado on Sunday, August 28, 2011
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The harness works great and is easy to install, actually easier than I expected it to be.

It is a little hard to program. You have to follow the instructions exactly. I had Crutchfield tech support on the phone with me and it works fine now.
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3 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Rob, Spinnerstown PA on Friday, July 08, 2011
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The PAC SWI-JACK was fairly easy to install, although soldering resistors into a wire harness was at the threshold of my comfort level. Programming instructions did not apply to my vehicle, contact with PAC was of little help. I probably should have called Crutchfield, but I guess in my Flux induced haze, I got through it on my own.
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4 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Anonymous, grand raoids MI on Saturday, July 02, 2011
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it works pretty good, but im a little bit disappointed because I paid this much to retain the function of 5 buttons when the steering wheel has 8 thats why I think its a little overpriced, I installed it myself in a 2006 trailblazer therefore i can say it easy to install after a little bit of reading.I also like the fact that it comes with a web link with instructions and a picture specific of your car.
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2 out of 5

1 year after install

Written By 2006 Magnum, Mass. on Thursday, June 02, 2011
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This is not an install for a beginner, leave it to the pro or semi pro's I installed this 1 year ago, long story short, I have a 2006 Dodge Magnum with an AMP but no sub. I installed an Alpine GPS Blue Tooth radio. Out of the blue, I would shut the car off and the AMP would shut off, as it should but the radio would stay on. Further review of re checking my install (which was working fine for a year) everything is hooked up the way it should be. Well the culprit was the RED WIRE to the PAC. There is no need for this wire to be hooked up. I cut the RED wire to the PAC and all is working as it should. Radio stays on until I open my door. No more dead car battery. This info could have been useful for most newer Dodge vehicles, if they would have done some testing.

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3 out of 5

A necessary evil

Written By Chris, Lehi, UT on Wednesday, June 01, 2011
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I gave it a relatively high three stars, because it does work as advertised. I won't go into the merits of why I needed this, as that is obvious.

People have trouble setting it up, because the directions are confusing. They take eight pages to explain what should take two. I spent about 20 minutes trying to figure out what a step was wanting me to do when I realized it wasn't telling me to do anything! It was just rehashing previous steps and "preparing" me for what was next. Here's a hint: read through ALL of the instructions before you even start. If a step confuses you, move on, as it will most likely be explained better in the next step. Then, once you feel you understand, write down your own short instructions. If you do that, it'll take you 10 minutes to set up.

My other complaint is that it's definitely NOT as good as the factory system. My factory radio (Mazda) responded instantly to every little button press. So, one quick press of Vol+ instantly increased the volume by one. With this device, there is a hesitation, so you have to press and hold it. Then, of course, the volume goes up several notches. So I find myself in a constant battle of holding it for a 1/2 second at a time, hoping it will only go up one or two notches. Ultimately I reach for the radio knob for volume adjustments.

I'm glad this product exists, and it was worth it. Just don't expect it to function as well as your factory unit, unless the description above describes your factory radio.
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5 out of 5

It does what I need it to do! YAY!!!

Written By Paul S., Greenville, SC, USA on Sunday, May 29, 2011
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I would actually give this 4½ stars for these three deficiencies: (1) the wires were just the right length, but needed to be just a little bit longer and (2) the hardcopy instructions that came with this were in microscopic print and (3) the car-specific online instructions did not include pictures or diagrams.

Once I got out the magnifying glass, the microscopic instructions did help. However, this installation is NOT for total newbies or people who are afraid to cut a wire! Fortunately, I found the right wire in the factory harness in the steering column and was able to verify it was the right wire before cutting it and splicing the SWI-JACK in. Programming instructions were spot-on. It works wonderfully with all six of my Jeep Gr Cherokee's steering wheel controls! That's what I needed!

I round up to 5 stars.
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1 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Art, Vancouver, WA on Sunday, May 22, 2011
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I tried to follow the instructions for installing this product. 1st it states that you will only use 3 wires, but 4 are necessary; Red, Black, yellow/green, and 4 my Jeep GC a white one. Next it tells you to remove covers on the steering column, yea right one torx screw (I have torx;s from size T5 thru T60). It was a phillips head screw but the bottom cover of the steering column would not come off. I tried sliding, prying, pushing, etc After over an hour, I gave up. There was no way I was going to ruin the Leather pieces. So I cut the other 3 wires I had soIder together & have the PAC-jack parts in the house just sitting there possibly forever. OK, Don't think I am a complete incompetent, I have managed to install amplifiers and sub woofers in 2 PU trucks, and 2 Jeeps and a Honda Accord coupe. Also new radios into the same Jeeps and PU trucks. including Sony Explode and Kenwood receivers and new speakers, etc etc. So I am driving the Jeep with the new blue tooth radio without steering wheel controls.
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4 out of 5

Works!

Written By Wright936, Pittsburg, TX on Wednesday, May 04, 2011
 
I bought this in order to keep my steering wheel controls in my '05 Silverado when I bought my Kenwood XDC-X935 receiver. The installation was a bit of a pain, but it wasn't too difficult. The most confusing thing was that it included several resistors in a little bag. This made me a little nervous, and it actually said that my vehicle required me to use them to get it to work. There wasn't much of an explanation of how to wire them, so I just figured I would try it without using them and see how it went. It worked just fine! Not exactly sure what they are for, but apparently I didn't need them.

The programming took me a few minutes, but it was fairly painless. I do not experience the lag that other people mention in other reviews. When I push the volume or track button on my steering wheel, it does it instantly. It works great! I just gave it 4 stars for the confusing installation.
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4 out of 5

Saved my steering wheel controls!

Written By DanD, Atanta, GA on Monday, April 11, 2011
 
Works as advertised. It was a bit challenging to install and configure, but the
directions were very complete and accurate. You could use an extra pair of
hands to push the programming button, while you are ready at the steering wheel
controls. One gotcha is that it is a bit slow to respond. You have to hold the
steering wheel control down for about 1/2 second for the head unit to respond.
Only problem is for volume, it does nothing for that 1/2 second, then shoots up
abruptly. Also, for "next track", it often goes to fast forward instead because
of the delay.

On the plus side, you can assign any remote function that you want to any
button, so it gives you some freedom. And, freedom is good!
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3 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Steve, San Francisco, CA on Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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The controls work fine, but I notice I have to push my steering wheel controls a lot
harder for any of the functions to work. For example, with the factory stock radio I
was able to tap the volume button up and down. Now I have to firmly press the
button down for the volume to change.
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1 out of 5

Get the one from Axxess

Written By Carl, San Antonio, TX on Saturday, March 26, 2011
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I had this controller first as it was "recommended" on the site. the install was a nightmare. I should had known when it came with resistors that is going to be a no go. PAC support wasn't much help so I returned for the one from Axxess (AKA Metra) steering wheel controler for the same price.
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1 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Jeff, Forest Hill, MD on Thursday, March 24, 2011
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Was not able to program. Worked with tech support and still was not able to program. Physical install was easy only 3 wires. Unit was returned for a full credit without issue.
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3 out of 5

Works, but involved

Written By Andrew, Ypsilanti, MI on Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Controller works ok. The installed is can be very confusing with all of the wires
involved. Over all it works on my F150 with just a little delay when the button is
pushed.
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1 out of 5

Not as easy as you think...

Written By Jim, South Jersey on Monday, March 07, 2011
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This item is more universal than I thought. This was bought for a Toyota Tundra, maybe I should have researched deeper... Included are resistors that may need to be wired into all sorts of different wiring schemes. I've installed several head units, amps, sat. radios, but this was my first steering wheel contol unit. I will never buy another one. Best of luck to anyone who buys this.
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3 out of 5

if you can get it to work... must be awesome

Written By jonny, winston salem, nc on Saturday, February 26, 2011
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works?
Included directions were terrible, online directions worse, provided wrong diagram for connector in my truck. after multiple emails and calls to PAC, got it sorted...following frying of the oem bluetooth module. awesome. luckily, new kenwood headunit works better with bt anyway. check PAC website for your instructions on your car before you buy!
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3 out of 5

Worked alright once wired correctly

Written By Ol' Beaks, Raleigh NC on Monday, February 21, 2011
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This product worked ok once I wired it up correctly. Having my steering wheel
buttons back is very nice. The only drawback to this product is that there is
around a 250ms delay before a button is registered as pushed. This means that
you must hold down the button for around 1/4 second before it detects you have
pushed it. You get used to this quickly, and it is not a major problem.

I'm very glad this product exists, and I'd recommend it, even with its minor flaw.
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3 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Andy, Adjuntas, PR on Monday, February 14, 2011
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This steering wheel control adapter is quite good since it allows you to use this factory feature with an aftermarket stereo. I had issues while programming it and had to call a Crutchfield Tech for assistance, but even then I can only access volume and tuner controls. There are two buttons that I was unable to program.
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1 out of 5

Not the best

Written By Anonymous, Green Bay, WI on Saturday, February 12, 2011
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Well this is the only component that I have yet to get to work. Sure wish I hadn't spent
the money on it. Every time I attempt to program it the light stays on and then after about
20secs flashes three times and goes off signifying that it has been programed even
though it won't accept anything. Very dissapointing.
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3 out of 5

Not plug and play

Written By Steve, Corpus Christi, TX on Wednesday, February 09, 2011
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This is not a plug and play type controller. Every steering wheel control has to be
programmed in order. Not all that diffcult...just frustrating, because I thought it would be
plug and play.
Dont be affraid of the crazy instructions that it comes with, just go to the website
(address is included in the packaging) and use those directions. They are vehicle
specific. You do have to use the packaged instruction to find out which Resistor to use.
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2 out of 5

Does some of what it is supposed to...

Written By BK, Tallahassee, FL on Tuesday, February 08, 2011
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It took me a long time to install this item. I had to go to the store and purchase solder to
install the resistor in one of the wires. In the end I am dissappointed. The volume
control works. I can change the input from FM to CD to USB, etc. I can't get the track to
change. I can't get the radio stations to change. Most of the functionality of the original
Toyota radio is gone. I wish I had not spent the money on this item.
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2 out of 5

At least they work sometimes

Written By Paul, Illinois on Monday, February 07, 2011
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We have messed with it a couple of times, unfortunately the steering wheel controls only work about 60% of the time.
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4 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Jim, Cosmos,MN on Sunday, February 06, 2011
 
Need to read instructions for programing before you start. Goes a little quick
if you are not ready. Otherwise it works without hesitation.
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4 out of 5

Would Recommend

Written By Anonymous, Kingwood,WV on Saturday, February 05, 2011
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There is a little delay but not real bad. I use it and like it. Make sure when hooking it up
you use the ground wire at wiring harness steering wheel and combine it with the
chasis ground. The directions are not real clear. I used this on Toyota Tacoma and the
wiring for the steering was located by the car audio wiring harness.
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5 out of 5

Works like a charm

Written By Mike C., New Orleans, LA on Friday, February 04, 2011
 
The hardest part in installing this device was taking off the panels to get to the wire that I
needed to jump. Once I got to that wire and tied this device in, it was a piece of cake. On
my '06 Tahoe, one wire to jumper, one hot, one common, and plug it into the radio.
Programming was ridiculously easy. I was concerned about this installation from the
beginning, until I read the manual and actually performed it. Don't hesitate, it's so easy
you'll be shocked.
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4 out of 5

Good Product

Written By Mike S., LaPlata, MD on Thursday, February 03, 2011
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Good product, works as advertised.
Hookup was a little more difficult than anticipated, due
to the need to put resistors inline with the wiring.
Works great though once installed.
Programming was easy.
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3 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Christine, Reston, VA on Monday, January 31, 2011
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This item provides the remote control access from my steering wheel to my new HD
radio. There is a slight lag but I have adapted. I hope the manufacturer
improves the product for future customers. Overall I'm glad to have this
feature available to me.
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3 out of 5

Mostly works

Written By Dan S., Chardon, OH on Sunday, January 30, 2011
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I installed this when I upgraded the factory stereo in my Jeep Grand Cherokee. I wanted
to retain the use of the steering wheel controls. After installing it and doing the best I
could, I contacted the Crutchfield phone guys. They were knowledgeable and the best
we could do was retain volume control and "seek up" on the wheel. This is mostly what
I use anyway, but not all of the steering wheel buttons are now usable. It's not as good
as factory, but better than no controls at all.
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5 out of 5

Great Option

Written By Jim P, Medford, NJ on Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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Loved this product, did not know you could do this. Easy to install. Works great
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2 out of 5

Not cool

Written By Lubbz, FPO Bahrain on Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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This seemed like it would be great, but not paying attention to what it works with I bought it because it matched my truck. After buying it, and taking to installers who diced it up trying to get it to work, I found it would not work with pioneer. ultimately it is my fault for over looking this, but I am still upset to have bought a complete installation kit for my truck + pioneer, and this was suggested. Granted, this may not justify two stars, which may have been different under other circumstances. The reason I did give only two is because I was expecting something less complicated, without added resistors to be soldered in with no explanation of when to use them.
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1 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Rich, Sarasota Fl on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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The worst product ever. Wish I could get my money back. Slow and unresponsive, use
the remote that comes with the stereo.
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3 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Anonymous, beaverdam, va on Monday, January 17, 2011
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it works, but there is a significant delay in each function.
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5 out of 5

Works for me

Written By mitchell, austin,tx on Monday, December 27, 2010
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I just installed the SWI-Jack in my 2006 SE 4Runner and it works great. It
plugged into the PAC TATO unit I needed for my install so that part was a breeze.
As some reviewers say, there is a tiny pause between your press and the
reaction -- less than half a second. Very trivial to me compared to not having
steering wheel controls. Other items from Crutchfield for the install:
Kenwood DNX-6960
Kenwood Sirius Cable
Sirius SCC1 Radio Receiver
Kenwood iPod adapter cable
PAC TATO (JBL stereo harness/interface)
PAC SWI-JACK
It all works great and sounds fantastic.
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4 out of 5

Great product - install sheet needs work

Written By Idaho nagodac, Meridian, Idaho on Monday, December 20, 2010
 
Great product and easy to program once you actually figure out how to program it and
where to splice it in, the install sheets that came with it are about 90% product. Installed
in a 2005 yukon, trying to find the pin wire to splice was actually under the steering
column shield, would have been easy to add this tidbit to the install sheet and where the
pin is actually at. Check out the webpage for PAC, they have easy pictures and I would
have NEVER figured it out without it. Once on the page, what a breeze.
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4 out of 5

PAC SWI-SWITCH

Written By Matt K., Macedonia, Ohio on Sunday, December 05, 2010
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Unit does what it claims and no problems with it since installed. Only negative is that
you have to press steering control buttons with slightly more pressure.
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4 out of 5

Not too bad

Written By Yuri, Bellevue, WA on Thursday, December 02, 2010
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Contrary to what I read in these reviews, the device was very easy to install and configure.
It didn't come with very clear instructions (in fact, they were confusing) but if you go to their
website you'll be able to get extremely detailed (with pictures) instructions for your specific
vehicle and stereo. So that wasn't the problem.

I'd give it 5 stars, but the device introduced a delay into my steering wheel controls. With
the stock stereo I could tap the button and something would happen immediately, with this
unit I have to hold the button for about half a second for anything to happen, and
sometimes I have to press the button two or three times. It's better than not having steering
wheel controls at all, but the delay can be frustrating.

It seems that most people don't experience a delay with their vehicles, I would
recommend looking around to see if somebody with your particular vehicle had any
complaints, and if they didn't, I'd buy this device in a heartbeat.
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2 out of 5

Slow

Written By MikeF, Palatine, Il on Monday, November 15, 2010
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If you are determined to keep your steering wheel controls functioning no matter what this is
the product for you but if you don't have an abundance of patience you will regret the
purchase. I paired the PAC SWI-JACK with a Kenwood DNX 6160 Navigation Receiver and
installed them in a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While the PAC SWI-JACK does work there is a
delay between pressing the steering wheel control and anything occurring on the radio.
Since I'm a man with little patience I tend to just reach over and use the volume knob
instead.
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2 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By rc, spencer.wv on Tuesday, November 09, 2010
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This product is easy to install,but almost impossible to program,even with vehicle specific instructions, so unless you just have to have it I would skip it
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1 out of 5

Save your money

Written By z100, Pittsburgh, Pa. on Monday, November 08, 2010
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I recently installed this steering wheel interface in my 2000 Chevy Blazer with a Kennwood head unit and I am dissaponted. The interface is not cappable of scaning
down, it can only scan up, and it can only track up on a cd not down. The volume control is very touchy and is hard to control. I would have rather saved my money instead of having bought something that does not work properly, or as presented.
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2 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Anonymous, PA on Monday, November 01, 2010
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This unit will work in the end however if you can't solder inside your dash stay clear of
this unit. You have to solder in 5 different resitors under 2K ohms. This for me wasn't
hard however I didn't have a list for the color bands on the resistors at home and the unit
doesn't come with direction for you specific vehicle. You can get the directions by way of
a download. Thanks to the great people at crutchfield for thr great support of this unit as
the dwonloaded directions were not complete.
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5 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By John, Indianapolis on Thursday, October 21, 2010
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Worth every penny...works great.
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5 out of 5

2005 Ford Five Hundred Hot-Setup

Written By PTN, Abington, Pennsylvania on Monday, October 18, 2010
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This is certainly an excellent product. Being able to properly solder and insulate all connections between this harness and the harness of the head unit (Kenwood KIV-700) while in the comfort of my workshop is without a doubt the way to go. Once the connections are made, installation of the unit itself was only about an hour or so. Instructions / diagrams are pretty good. Most of the wire's color codes actually matched up with the head unit. It was all too easy. Triple checked for mistakes and it worked perfectly.

I'm not a big fan of an extra set of "connectors" between the head unit and everything else, but the time and aggravation saved with this set up is well worth it. Now, when I want to re-install the stock double-din head unit, it should only take a few minutes. Make sure you order this harness WITH (at the same time) your new head unit as the price will be half. I did not, however Crutchfield graciously refunded the difference.

Finally - if you have steering wheel controls like I do on the Five Hundred Limited - order the PAC SWI-JACK and perform the install at the same time. Most of the original steering wheel functions will be preserved. This complemented the installation making it truly the "Hot-Setup
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4 out of 5

Works great!

Written By Anonymous, Owensboro KY on Saturday, October 16, 2010
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Did not get adequate instructions from Crutchfield so I had another local shop install. I like the product though.
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2 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By Doc Russ, Griffin, GA on Saturday, October 16, 2010
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The biggest piece of junk I have ever bought in 35 years of being in the audio world.
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5 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By JG Rush, Von Ormy, TX on Wednesday, October 13, 2010
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Great to have steering wheel controls back. Can be a little tuff to program for proper
operation with your vehicle
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5 out of 5

Don't Let it Scare You

Written By Michael, Phx, AZ on Tuesday, October 05, 2010
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At first it might seem a little scary reading the instructions for installing. Actually it was a
piece of cake and works like a dream. It does everything it says it does and you can even
tweak it to your liking, at least on my 2005 Tacoma you could.

Great product.
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2 out of 5

What they don't tell you

Written By BBKing, LA,CA on Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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Strike 1. So they don't realy mention up front that you will be cutting 3 wires instead of having a simple plug in adapter and having to solder resistor(s) into said cut wires. I wish Crutchfield would ma a cheap adapter harness. I woudl be much happier soldering outside the car instead of under the dash. The whole unit could almost be plug and play.

Strike 2. The programming is a nightmare. 7 seconds to press the buttons in a certain order and if you want to skip you have to push a button on the side of the unit. I wish it was a simple jumper setting like a universal remote for TVs. Not some crazy button pressing.

Strike 3. Not a huge issue, but the program settings I used said Preset Up and I pushed the Preset Button Up on Steering Wheel. All was good on the programming side. Then I went to use the steering wheel controls and the adapter decided to go Preset Down. The bug was that Preset Down was not even an option in the program for my vehicle.

I started way too late in the evening and severly underestimted Item 2 above. Let's just say I like plug and play. Maybe if it were jumpers or switches my experience would have been a 5 star.

Bottom line not for a novice and be reasy to solder.

Well the real bottomline my wife likes it ... She could not live without it. Enough said.





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4 out of 5

Tough to set up

Written By Bender85, Goffstown, NH on Saturday, September 11, 2010
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Directions are not very good. However, you you go on the site that is listed in
the directions for your specific car then it goes on much easier. The only other
issue is that I have to press the buttons down a lot harder that I did with my
stock stereo.
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3 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK

Written By BDW, Arkansas on Thursday, September 09, 2010
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not 100% compatible with Clarion NX500 and (or) 04 Ford F150 Lariat. Directions for
programming and installation documentation could be better, unit works but I did loose
some OEM features my stock steering wheel controls has..
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4 out of 5

PAC SWI-JACK<