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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Perfect!

Written By HB, North Carolina on Thursday, August 27, 2015

Great instructions, pretty simple to make the connections and program. Ensure you get posi-connectors to simplify connections. Now my steering wheel controls work exactly the way I want!

Pros: Steering wheel controls work perfectly. Easy installation and programming.

Cons: None

Works Well

Written By DaveR, New Mexico on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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Although there are myriad directions, and I had to call Crutchfield a few times, this thing works great. What I like best is that you can assign whatever function you want to a particular button. So, I have volume up and down, skip track forward and backward, and answer phone. Very cool. If you have a SONY radio you might have to go to the menu and set the steering wheel control to remote. Crutchfield can walk you through that.

Pros: works well, can assign different functions to buttons

Cons: complicated to set up, not sure if I have to reprogram if the battery ever gets disconnected/dies

Works great

Written By Prius 05 Ren, Pennsylvania on Thursday, August 20, 2015

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Was a bit confusing to install but I don't have too much experiences with wiring stuff. With help from Cruthfield and a bit of time I was able to get full use and am very happy with the steering wheel controls.

Pros: Works as intended and even more useful than stock steering wheel controls.

Cons: Difficult install

Still not working....

Written By Jmz, Missouri on Sunday, August 16, 2015

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Well installation was pretty easy but it is still not working. Need to spend more time on set up and see if I can get it.

Pros: If/When it works will be safer and easier for my daughter.

Cons: Set up is not the easiest.

Crutchfield response on Monday, August 17, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Tom, Houston, Tx on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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Working good, easy to set up.

Almost controls what you need

Written By Ed H, New York on Monday, August 10, 2015

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OK, you have to strip wires in the middle of the wire (be careful) and do some under the dash soldering. Hooked it up and programmed it (using the Mode function to select the source). It would not operate the source control from the steering wheel. Reprogrammed it to use the the Select function on the menu. No good. Still cannot control the source. There were only two choices for this function in the programming menu. All other functions work. Volume, Track/ Radio Station Up/Down are good.

Pros: Works most of the functions for my Prius.

Cons: Programming this is not fun. Works most of the steering wheel functions on my Prius but not all.

Crutchfield response on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

So far a good product

Written By citrus, Maine on Wednesday, August 05, 2015

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So far this piece is working well for me. It was easy to program to my steering wheel. The only issue I had was with the wiring, but that was me misreading the instructions. I contacted the support team for this product and quickly realized my mistake. After I corrected the wiring, it took only a couple minutes to program the device properly.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By WDP, Pennsylvania on Sunday, August 02, 2015

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Nice feature for vehicles with steering wheel radio controls.

Pros: Nice, easy to follow, step by step instructions.

Cons: Not all features on the steering wheel were programmable with this unit. Should include quick connect wire splices.

Works As Advertised & Beyond

Written By Black_Coffee, Maryland on Sunday, August 02, 2015

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I am going to give this a five. I went to the website and printed out the vehicle specific instructions for install. Everything worked as advertised. This basically senses a button push and transforms it into a command for the receiver.

Considerations: I have both steering wheel and rear remote controls. The instructions only allow programming for one option. Rear required different program code from front so both could not be used. Since there is only one radio input, you can't get two and combine. An option to accept two remote inputs would have been nice. You can also change button applications. I had a memorize button on the steering wheel which I hardly ever use, following the program sequence I assigned it to the hands free phone and can now call up the phone from the steering wheel.

Pros: Wire length good and website vehicle specific instruction help with install. Recommend mounting where you can gain access to program button after install without removing trim or behind glove box.

Cons: Only one remote input. Also, no adaptor plug for installation. I had a third plug (OEM on vehicle) that only needed a female connector with pigtails to make the installation the same quality you get from Crutchfield. Had to cut the wire from the back of the plug and splice into unit. No big deal, but would have liked a connector.

Great but not perfect

Written By NateS, Idaho Falls, ID on Saturday, August 01, 2015

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This is another product that really made me glad I shopped through Crutchfield. Looking at the manufacturer's instructions made me want to throw up. But Crutchfield already did most of the complicated work for me, and there were several wires I didn't even needed, so reading Crutchfield's instructions made me realize installation wasn't going to be that difficult. It was just a few solder connections and I was done. Programming it to my steering wheel was pretty straightforward as well, especially since my car doesn't have a million buttons on it. It works as it's supposed to and I'm glad I bought it, but my only complaint is that there is a brief delay for me when pressing buttons. Adjusting the volume from the steering wheel takes about half a second to register the command, and skipping tracks takes 2-3 seconds after I pushed the button to actually register the command. Thus I give it 4/5.

Pros: Gets the job done, easy to install, easy to program, straightforward if you have the Crutchfield instructions

Cons: Delay between button push and registering of command

Steering wheel control adapter

Written By JVC KW-R710apabearj, Texas on Friday, July 31, 2015

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Was glade that I was able to keep my steering wheel controls. I am pleased with Crutchfield for hooking me with the correct adapter

Pros: Able to keep both hands on steering wheel and eyes on the road while changing radio stations or songs on any of the stereo's inputs

Cons: Hard to figure how to splice, first timer, but all it took was a phone call to Crutchfield support and they guided me through the correct procedure

Vague instructions

Written By Rick, Michigan on Friday, July 31, 2015

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In hind-site I would have saved the extra money on this, I probably will end up not installing it on the 2002 Honda van that my son drives. All of the instructions that I have gotten from Crutchfield in the past are very well done and clearly written.

This additional feature is a little cloudy as to which wire on the harness you are to connect to, the pin on the adapter is open and the wire color on the factory side does not match up with the wire color either.

Pros: Don't know since I decided not to take a chance on messing things up by splicing a wrong wire.

Cons: If they the manufacturer of this device would take a cue from the Crutchfield directions it would have been an easy install.

Works, but some problems

Written By ohiogeorge, Avon, Ohio on Monday, July 27, 2015

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Small problem with wiring, almost spliced into wrong factory wiring, but Crutchfield support easily guided me to the correct area. Programming was more difficult than I expected. Timing on pressing the programming buttons is very crucial. If your timing is off, your steering wheel controls are off. In order to reprogram you need to do the entire program all over again. It took me quite a few trys to get it almost correct. I got my volume controls and mode controls to work, but my forward and reverse control buttons are not working. I was satisfied with that and did not want to try programming again and possibly lose what I already got correct.

Pros: Relatively easy installation. Happy to have my major steering controls working

Cons: Programming a little more difficult than expected. Might be easier if two people were involved.

Works for 1998 Grand Cherokee

Written By Keith, Florida on Monday, July 20, 2015

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Worked great! Although the Crutchfield website said it was not compatible with my vehicle, the PAC website showed that it was. I had to use the programming instructions for "All Other Vehicles" under Jeep for 1998 instead of specifically Grand Cherokee, but it works great!

Pros: Functions exactly as advertised.

Cons: None.

Crutchfield response on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Thanks to this customer's feedback, our Vehicle Research team confirmed the PAC's functionality and updated our vehicle database.

READ PAC'S INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR WEBSITE

Written By Pete, Louisiana on Saturday, July 18, 2015

Go to pac's website and print the instructions for your vehicle. Read and follow them carefully. I had a problem programming when it came to skipping a funtcion I did not want, all I had to do was to READ CAREFULLY the instructions, told me what to do on the next line. Works perfect, Alpine CDE-143 BT / 1999 Dodge Dakota

Pretty good

Written By TexasLynn, Texas on Sunday, July 12, 2015

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Instructions were decipherable, and after a few missteps in programming which required starting again, it works. Unfortunately, hubby accidentally tapped the programming button while installing the unit (after I programmed it), which then erased all the commands. This required removing the newly-installed head unit again, soldering a longer wire onto the module so I could SEE it while my fingers danced across steering wheel buttons in a particular order within a specified number of seconds, and then reinstalling everything again. Overall, would say I'm pleased, but the steering wheel controls don't work "exactly" like they did with the OEM radio. The "up" and "down" buttons used to step through whatever radio stations were programmed into the buttons on the head unit; now they just "scroll" through radio stations, without regard to what is programmed. Oh well, I can still tap the buttons on the front of the radio easily enough. Bottom line: Good enough that I would recommend, with the caveat that it may not work EXACTLY like it did prior to head unit replacement. Programming button placement is difficult to use for programming, but apparently extremely easy to inadvertently push while trying to secure it inside the dashboard. It would have been very helpful if the wiring had been just a little bit longer, to allow easier access for "reprogramming." You might need it. :)

Pros: Works, beats the heck out of "dead" steering wheel controls.

Cons: May not exactly duplicate prior actions of buttons on steering wheel; we found that wiring attached to module needed to be a foot or two longer.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By DaveB, California on Thursday, July 09, 2015

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The bottom line is that it works. Installing and programming isn't easy. The directions could be better. Once installed it took two of us to program it right. One to read the directions and another to push the buttons.

Pros: Works as advertised

Cons: Installing and programming isn't intuitive.

Nice product

Written By Clint, North Carolina on Thursday, July 09, 2015

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This was a little tricky to program but I ended up getting what I wanted for the most part.

Works great

Written By JGB78, California on Thursday, July 09, 2015

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Works great. Easy setup but you need to go on to their website for proper setup. There you will find your make and model of deck and vehicle.

Pros: Works on every model under the sun

Cons: Setup can be a pain if you don't use their website.

Ford Focus interface

Written By Steve S, Ohio on Thursday, July 09, 2015

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It took me awhile and a phone call to PAC to figure out the correct connections to the Focus wiring harness. But after that it worked flawlessly.

Pros: Affordable in comparison to other units

Somewhat works.....

Written By pbrmerfn, Medford, WI on Sunday, July 05, 2015

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Should have chosen a different brand....then again this product should have been advertised that it ALMOST works to control your radio.....could not program to skip CD tracks AND skip thru FM presets, one or the other

Cons: No dual(hold) functions of buttons allowed in programming, does not work like OEM did 2011 toyota Camry

Crutchfield response on Monday, July 06, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Works great!

Written By Chris, Washington on Friday, July 03, 2015

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Excellent product. Works great in my '11 Impreza Outback Sport. Had to call Crutchfield to help me with the install at one point because my harnesses didn't match what PAC said I should have. They were able to help me figure it out and get things working on the first try! After that, programming and install was nice and easy.

Pros: Straightforward install. Works great!

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Austin, TX on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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It took me a while to figure it out how to connect the cables for my car (Suzuki Grand Vitara 2006). Connectivity varies a lot depending on your car and model and year built. They have pretty extensive list of cars and how to setup, but it was a bit confusing for me. The pre-configuration did not work for my car (however, I might have powered connected at the beginning using the wrong code setup, which might have messed up the programming for the wheel controls). I had to re-program the buttons, which it works fine, although sometimes (very few times) does not respond. It could be because of a loosen cable connection or I need to re-program the buttons correctly.

Gets The Job Done With Additional Support

Written By Kkoppy, Missouri on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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The installation instructions as related to the wiring are simple but the programming instructions are terrible. Contained within the box are pages and pages of indecipherable information for various vehicles. I went to the online site and after step seven, the instructions lack sensible clarity and left me gnashing my teeth. The instructions online are different than the instructions contained in the box so I called Crutchfield for support. I received the help I needed and everything is working correctly. The solution was very simple but the instructions led me no where near the final resolution. Thank you Crutchfield, I went from significant frustration to complete satisfaction.

Pros: Works great and as hoped.

Cons: The programing instructions are much more difficult and confusing than necessary. A simple rewrite by the manufacturer could easily fix the problem.

Pros and Cons

Written By Paul, Montana on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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The elephant in the room that we need to talk about is programming this controller. That can be a bit of a pain in the rear and try your patience while wishing you had opposable thumbs on your feet to get the job done. The first time did not go well for me because I was trying to double assign buttons to the thing. Yeah, it does not like that. So programming it.... well, that can be a bit of a pain.

The upside is that it is programmable so you can program different functions for the steering wheel buttons. Really, once you figure out how to program the module it is not that big of a deal to get it going. The thing I learned.... make sure YOU SET THE VEHICLE program correctly. You will want to throw thing out the window. Instead of breaking something I just put it away and went to bed. The next morning I realized I forgot to turn over the page where it tells you to program the vehicle.... duh! Now, it works like a champ.

Pros: You can program it to use the steering wheel buttons as you desire.

Cons: You have to program it and splice wires while standing on your head.... okay not that bad, but it feels like it at times.

Once figured out wiring and programming works very good!

Written By JMartinez, Puerto Rico on Monday, June 29, 2015

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At first, item and wiring looks intimidating, but once instructions are followed step by step, no problem. Takes patience and time plus the ability to have an assistant help with the instructions so you keep track of where you are, especially with the programming of the functions.

Pros: Keeping the steering wheel controls is great. Once helped via email from Crutchfield for detailed instructions, wiring is simplified.

Cons: Lots of splicing and technical knowledge necessary.

Would not wotk

Written By Russ-Mazda3, South Windsot, CT on Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Could not get to work in a 2005 Mazda 3. Vauge instructions and simply would not program after a couple hours of frustration. Gave up.

Crutchfield response on Monday, June 29, 2015 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get this installed and working! We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Excellent Product

Written By Dave U., Willoughby, OH on Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Installed on 2008 Hyundai Veracruz. Worked great. Retained all functions of radio controls in steering wheel. Highly recommend.

Pros: Easy to install and works as described. Excellent product.

Cons: Would have liked to see longer wires. Make sure to read installation and configuration instructions completely. Made mistake of not connecting ground wire. Identified problem after reviewing instructions again in detail. After correct connection, worked fine.

Works, but complicated install

Written By Morsk, California on Thursday, June 25, 2015

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It works, but my Nissan required resistors which for one weren't labeled so I had to discern color bands (is that a black or a blue?), then the instructions said to "stick resistor into connector". Well that doesn't hold, so I had to cut off the factory connector and solder the resistor in place. If things are that complicated then a Nissan wiring harness should have been made available. Programming the device was clunky, but in the end it worked.

Pros: It works and is reasonably priced.

Cons: Having to sort through a packet of resistors and then solder them in place is a bit much. Had I known what I was getting into I would have abandoned the steering wheel controls.

great adapter

Written By reival, Massachusetts on Thursday, June 25, 2015

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works great

Pros: love this product replaced factory head unit, this product allowed me to keep my steering wheel controls with after market radio

Cons: difficult to install, even worse to to program...

It worked with some work

Written By Eric, Florida on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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I did get it to work properly with all the buttons and no delay. I did have to call tech support twice to get info that was not included in the manual or on the manufactures website. There were two wires I had to loop. They guys from TS were great! They exactly what I was doing and how to fix it. Call support if you need help and you will have it working in no time

Pros: Works well, no big delay

Cons: Instructions can be confusing- Call tech support for help they are the best

turbod22

Written By Mike, Florida on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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The instructions said follow number 9 for my vehicle, went from 8 to 10. OK so says go to website for further information after searching for quite some time I finally clicked on a link for vehicle Specific instructions put in a few things and was able to print step by step instructions. Website needs some work. Then get to install process and the Metra harness doesn't provide wire to steering wheel buttons so had to tap into vehicle harness. Programming went pretty well. I was successful retaining all buttons.

Pros: Works well

Cons: Web page not very easy to navigate. Instructions for my vehicle skipped. Had to cut into factory harness to install due to Metra harness missing wire.

Nice...

Written By Don G., California on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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When I first opened the box for this ans saw the wires and all the instructions and diagrams I was thinking "ah $h!t, what did I do?" but after going online and and entering the vehicle type and system, it was a very easy set up. I actually read it a few times because I couldn't believe it was that simple and thought I was missing something. One connection and some programming and it was done. I would highly recommend this if you want your steering wheel controls to work.

Pros: So easy to hook up.

Cons: None yet.

stearing wheel

Written By randyj, Washington on Monday, June 22, 2015

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once i figured it out it works great

Pros: down loadable instructions work great

Cons: very confusing instructions that came with unit out of the box. programing was a pain once i figured it out it wasn't too bad

Works well

Written By Alan, North Carolina on Monday, June 22, 2015

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Not the easiest thing in the world to install. Make sure you follow the instructions exactly, never skipping any steps. I screwed up a few times, but Crutchfield helped me figure it out with a couple of quick phone calls.

Pros: Works, that's all you can ask

Cons: Not the easiest of installs. Must follow instructions exactly.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Ed, New York on Sunday, June 21, 2015

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Was told that this would work with my 2003 Excursion - does not. After a dozen attempts - forget it . . . . . . . the only feature that was allowed was the volume and it never took the commands. Now I have NO volume control on my sterring wheel. It's going back.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, South Carolina on Sunday, June 21, 2015

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thought I would be able to keep using my subwoofer but now have to buy a separate amp. Not the wiring fault but I assumed I would be able to run all the speakers of the new head.

Works As Advertised

Written By John, New Jersey on Sunday, June 21, 2015

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Used this to adapt 07 Sedona's steering wheel controls to new JVC stereo. Came with all sorts of resistors and confusing instructions. Looked online and found easy vehicle specific instructions. Hooked up plugged in and have steering wheel controls!

Pros: Works as good as oem 4 wire hookup for my application easy to program

Cons: Wire color in instructions didnt match vehicle Could be complicated install if resistors are required unclear instructions

Easier to install than I feared!

Written By Andy S., Denver, CO on Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Prior to ordering this, I looked up the process on PAC's webpage, and looking at the instructions without the unit right there in front of me made installation look intimidating. However, when I got it and the new JVC head unit I put into my 2006 Scion Xb, I found that the installation process was surprisingly quick and easy! There are a good amount of extra/unused wires that had to be wrapped up and tucked behind the dash (it must look like a rat's nest behind my stereo), but the unit is working great, and it's nice to be able to keep my steering wheel controls.

Pros: Relatively easy to install, works great!

Cons: A lot of extra unused wiring taking up space

New to me but great perform

Written By Ale L, Ewa Beach, Hawaii on Thursday, June 18, 2015

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All new to me...buy great. product!

Pros: Tricky instructions but able to do it in time

PAC SWI-RC Steering wheel control adapter

Written By Anonymous, Memphis,Tn. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Instructions where bad and conflicting

Cons: I still do not have it working yet.

Crutchfield response on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

SWI-RC

Written By Ed, Crawfordsville IN on Monday, June 15, 2015

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Cake install. Instructions easily laid out for people if they've never installed one before. Had an awkward year of vehicle. Called manufacturer and they told me in my year only was a while a different color. All years prior and after were wire as listed in instructions.

Pros: Retains most (selectable) steering wheel controls.

Cons: Dumb auto manufacturer changed wire color for one year. Must have been a drought on red with black wire insulation. Wasn't a problem on the SWI-RC though.

Great Product

Written By Zach, Pampa, Tx on Sunday, June 14, 2015

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Bought this for my 2012 Lancer Gt, head unit was the Pioneer FH-X720BT easy to install. Instructions was easy to follow just needed to plug in 5 wires, 2 of them plug is to factory wires the rest was ground and pluged in back of radio. Controls works good no problem setting up controls to work like factory. Would recommend this.

Poor performance

Written By IvanLN, Florida on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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The PAC SWI-RC is not worth the cost. The control is difficult to install mainly because of the poor instructions it comes with but also it is technically complex. I consider myself better than average in electronics matters; I am an electronics engineer but the instructions are very poorly written. It is sold as compatible but it does not come with compatible connectors. Cutting OEM connectors and soldering are necessary for the installation. Functionality is also bad. The control would not correctly program the seek or the preset functions. Two calls to tech support and no resolution. The best they could offer was to "try programming again". This is definitely a do not buy. Would give a negative star if possible.

Pros: None.

Cons: Installation difficulty. Poor performance. No OEM connector interface.

2006 F150

Written By Deadeye, Georgia on Monday, June 08, 2015

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The adapter worked well, but installation was a little cumbersome. I can see where it would frustrate some. I cannot stress enough the need to solder all of the wire splices rather than using any type of quick connectors.

Pros: Works well once installed.

Cons: The need to test after installation and add (by soldering) a capacitor if not operating properly and test again. I needed the capacitor, which was provided with the unit. Must be programed manually.

Probably Great but...

Written By Delaware, Delaware on Monday, June 08, 2015

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Funny story. When I ordered my equipment I forgot this particular car did not have factory steering wheel controls. Crutchfield offered refund but I had already prepped soldered and snipped.

It works - mostly

Written By Skylark, KC Metro Area on Monday, June 08, 2015

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I purchased a Pioneer FH-X720BT for my 2005 Honda CRV, with appropriate wiring harness and dash adapter kit. Of all the stages of this install, I was least confident about installing the Steering Wheel Interface. The instructions provided by the manufacturer were very brief and not entirely helpful. After attaching the red and black wires, I was supposed to attached the white wire(s) to the correct wire matching Pin #3 in the Honda 20-pin. I didn't fully understand which wire they were talking about, and certainly didn't understand I needed to splice into the factory wire harness (Green wire with red stripe). I called Crutchfield Tech Support and they confirmed what I needed to do. The product allows most of the steering wheel controls I had with my factory 6-disc radio, but I was not able to capture all of them except what I decided was most important - volume up/down, mode, and the channel up. Channel up does not seem to move through the preset channels but actually moves up the tuner and will scan if held up.

Pros: I was able to keep the most important functions of my steering wheel controls.

Cons: Installation instructions were a bit vague, and programming the unit was tiresome and took several tries to get it right. My previous channel up/down control allowed me to cycle through AM/FM presets, as well as tracks on a cd. I seem to have a scan capability only with the radio, but have not tried a CD yet. It doesn't appear you can assign more than one function to the same control - like using channel up/down for track up/down, etc.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Chris D., Pennsylvania on Monday, June 08, 2015

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Installed in my daughters 2006 Mercury, although I had to read through the directions a couple times, and it took 2 times to program, in the end it works very well. We are very happy with our purchase from Crutchfield........Again!

Pros: Works as advertised.

Cons: Lots of extra wires that I would have liked to cut but not sure I could.

Steering wheel control adapter

Written By R.vaughan, Springerville, AZ on Sunday, June 07, 2015

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Works well. Made a call to crutchfield for a wiring question, got it working perfectly.

Pros: steering wheel controls work well

Cons: Received out dated install instructions. Only one quick call and got my question answered. Thanks crutchfield!

PAC SWI-RC

Written By buddy, orlando,Florida on Thursday, June 04, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Directions can be confusing, on the expensive side.

Pros: Allows retention of steering wheel controls.

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