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PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Connects your car's steering wheel audio controls to select aftermarket car stereos

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Installation Note: Some newer vehicles require a special interface for this installation. Click here to see if you need an interface to install the SWI-RC adapter in your vehicle. If you see one, add it to your cart along with this adapter.

You want to install an aftermarket stereo in your vehicle, but you hate to give up the convenience of your factory steering wheel radio controls? No problem. PAC's SWI-RC adapter allows you to use the steering wheel audio controls in a wide variety of vehicles to command select radios from Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony.

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-RC's failsafe memory will learn up to 12 stereo functions, retaining them even if battery power is interrupted. Dimensions: 2"W x 7/8"H x 2-7/8"D. Warranty: 1 year.

Important Note: On some vehicles, you may need a voltmeter to locate the correct wires to connect to the SWI-RC. If you have no car audio installation experience, you should consider professional installation. The SWI-RC works with most Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony 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.

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.

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It works

Written By AS, California on Sunday, November 29, 2015

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I was concerned It wouldn't work as advertised, but it does. I use my steering wheel controls 95% of the time so this was a very important part of my aftermarket head unit, speaker and sub upgrade.

Pros: I maintain the controls via the steering wheel.

Cons: none.

Worked great

Written By jtan, Georgia on Sunday, November 29, 2015

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Wired up fairly easily & allowed me to keep my factory steering wheel controls in my '05 4Runner. Instructions were a little sketchy, but with a little google searching, I got it figured out & working great.

Pros: Simple & it just works

Cons: instructions not clear at times

Kinda works

Written By Pfluff, Oklahoma on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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Does not work fully with Sony XAV-68BT. This was my second steering wheel control adapter from Crutchfield and the second one with problems.

Pros: Mostly works if you don't need a volume up - you can map volume up to another command.

Cons: Tech support is hit or miss. Apparently steering wheel controls don't work well.

Very useful

Written By MAK, Oregon on Saturday, November 21, 2015

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I find this very useful to continue to have the steering wheel functions that I had with my factory installed unit. It goes for safer driving as one does not have to take your eyes off the road while driving.

Pros: Good device

Cons: None

Don't bother

Written By Kevin K, Nebraska on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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Wanted to retain steering wheel controls but after having messed with itI could have just as easily done without. You have to manually splice into the vehicle wiring harness. Pain. Then you have to program it. Pain. If you ever disconnect the battery you will have to reprogram it. Pain. And worst of all it is not near as functional as the OEM set-up. Save your money.

Pros: Few if any

Cons: Not user friendly. PITB installing. Does not work well

Great for a year... Then stopped working

Written By Wes, Georgia on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Was a pain in the butt to install in my 2010 Tacoma and kenwood dx371. I finally got it running after some connection issues. After a year it just stopped working. I have reprogrammed it according to the instructions. Everything lit up on the controller as intended but it had no effect on the radio. I was really pleased while it worked but it doesn't anymore so it's a waste. I wish I could get it working again.

Pros: Great while it lasted.

Cons: Pain to put in Stopped working for no reason after 1 year

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By TJ, Indiana on Monday, November 16, 2015

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works perfectly, instructions were spot on

Not very good

Written By Tim, Idaho on Friday, November 13, 2015

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I am very disappointed in this product. Programming was a hassle. Now I've had it installed for about 2 weeks, the steering control buttons only work intermittently, seems like only after the truck has warmed. I have not attempted to reprogram it yet as it will require taking the dash apart again. It was a waste of money!!

Cons: Is only working intermittently after about 10 days. :-(

Figured it out

Written By Matt, Virginia on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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OK, i wrote a long review that told you how I got it to work....then it I turned car to On position, held down program button and disconnected the female end (all wires are attached) to reset the switch, BECAUSE nothing else worked. Once disconnected with program button down, i reconnected and let go of the program button. IT WORKED. Then programmed, because shutting the car to off position never reset the switch...good luck..sorry shorter this time.

Pros: finally worked

Cons: Took forever to get to work.

Easy to install.

Written By warpedscout, Mississippi on Sunday, November 08, 2015

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Little confusing at first but read over instructions several times, wired into aftermarket harness and installed. You have to install module before you can install the head unit. You have to follow instructions on setup and programming steering wheel buttons. Works great and very satisfied.

Pros: Little confusing but read several times prior to installing. Make sure to installing into aftermarket wiring.

Cons: Instructions somewhat confusing but as I mentioned in pros, read read read.

Hard to program

Written By Jwerl, Michigan on Sunday, November 08, 2015

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It was a bit hard to program. I had to cal 4 times to the right answer from Crutchfield as to which vehicle # I needed

Pros: small and easy to connect

Cons: hard to program


Written By jewels, Georgia on Sunday, November 01, 2015

It won't work.

Pros: none. waste of time and money.

Cons: Followed the directions. Called for help. It doesn't work.

Works great

Written By chirowolf, Illinois on Sunday, November 01, 2015

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Worked perfectly on my sons Honda S2000 with Pioneer heed unit

Pros: Works Easy to wire with new headunit

Cons: Directions can be a bit confusing.


Written By Anonymous, Florida on Sunday, November 01, 2015

This thing stinks, i want to return it !

Pros: Non

Cons: The instructions are horrible and they didn't match my car

Crutchfield response on Monday, November 16, 2015 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

More of a pain than it was worth

Written By CC, Ohio on Sunday, November 01, 2015

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I bought this because the radio in our old Audi broke. The car is a back up car used in winter so after installing all the other parts I decided programming the steering wheel controller just wasn't worth the time.

Pros: Nice feature to add if it is important to you.

Cons: Installation is not straight forward and tedious.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Indiana on Sunday, November 01, 2015

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Works as advertised. Makes for a nice installation.

Pros: Simple after the learning curve.

Cons: Be sure to download your specific instructions 1st, don't rely on enclosed material.


Written By Steering Wheel Control Adapter, Florida on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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Easy to install and program and have my steering wheel control

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: None