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CRUX SWRVW-52 Wiring Interface

Connect a new car stereo and retain the factory amp and steering wheel audio controls in select 2002-up Volkswagen models

Item # 249SWRVW52

Crux's SWRVW-52 interface ensures that you can keep the steering wheel audio controls and the factory amplifier (if...

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About the CRUX SWRVW-52 Wiring Interface

Wire in a new radio

Crux's SWRVW-52 interface ensures that you can keep the steering wheel audio controls and the factory amplifier (if present) in your Volkswagen when you replace the factory radio. Once you connect this interface to the wires on your new stereo's wiring harness, you've covered the power, ground, and factory speaker connections for your new stereo.

You'll only be able to retain your steering wheel audio controls with a compatible car stereo made by Alpine, Blaupunkt, Clarion, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, or Sony. No other brands are currently compatible. Check the Details tab to see if steering wheel audio controls are retained in your vehicle.

Wire in a new radio

Crux's SWRVW-52 interface ensures that you can keep the steering wheel audio controls and the factory amplifier (if present) in your Volkswagen when you replace the factory radio. Once you connect this interface to the wires on your new stereo's wiring harness, you've covered the power, ground, and factory speaker connections for your new stereo.

The SWRVW-52 interface also offers the reverse, illumination, and Vehicle Speed Sensor (V.S.S.) outputs that you'll need if you're installing a navigation receiver. The Crux interface is designed to work with the factory Volkswagen CAN-bus systems.

Note: This interface will retain steering wheel audio controls when used with Alpine, Clarion, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, or Sony receivers.

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Product highlights:

  • connect a new stereo in select 2002-13 VW models
  • retain your steering wheel audio controls with select car stereos
  • provides connections for Vehicle Speed Sensor (V.S.S.), reverse gear, and illumination for installing navigation receivers
  • works with factory amplified systems
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # SWRVW-52
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What's in the box:

  • Radio replacement interface module (for Volkswagen)
  • Wiring harness
  • SWC harness
  • Installation Instructions

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Features

Volkswagen Radio Replacement Interface: The CRUX SWRVW-52 is a radio replacement interface for select 2002-up Volkswagen vehicles (w/ CAN bus systems). It facilitates the integration of an aftermarket radio to enable retention of factory features when replacing a factory installed radio in select Volkswagen cars (with or without factory-installed amps). This interface is also pre-programmed for retention of steering wheel controls.

Compatibility: The CRUX SWRVW-52 is supported by the following 2002-up Volkswagen vehicles with CAN bus systems and non-amplified or amplified factory audio systems.

Make Model  Year
Volkswagen Beetle 2012-2013
CC 2009-2013
EOS 2006-2012
Golf 2002-2013
GTI 2006-2013
Jetta 2002-2013
Passat 2002-2013
Rabbit 2006-2011
Tiguan 2009-2013
Touareg 2004-2010

Steering Wheel Control Retention: The CRUX SWRVW-52 also features a steering wheel control output for Pioneer, Sony, Alpine, Clarion, Kenwood, JVC, and Blaupunkt aftermarket head units. The steering wheel control output consists of a right-angle 3.5mm connector and a light blue/yellow wire (use the connection that your aftermarket head unit is fitted with). The SWRVW-52 interface module will work with any of the listed aftermarket head units, by setting its three dip-switches (see owner's manual for appropriate setting).

Note: The steering wheel control harness features two 4-pin connectors, two 3.5mm connectors (labeled Pioneer/Sony and Alpine/Clarion), and one blue/yellow wire (labeled Kenwood/JVC). You will only plug in one of the 4-pin connectors to the interface module and one of the 3.5mm connectors or blue/yellow wire into your aftermarket head unit you are installing.

Navigation Outputs: The CRUX SWRVW-52 radio replacement interface module provides a VSS (vehicle speed sense) and a Reverse Gear output to make installing an aftermarket Navigation radio simpler and less time consuming.

Amp Turn-On: The CRUX SWRVW-52 provides an amplifier turn-on lead for your vehicle's factory amplifiers (if equipped).

RAP: In most vehicles your aftermarket head unit will continue to operate with the vehicle's RAP (Retained Accessory Power) system; the aftermarket radio will stay on until the key is fully removed from the ignition switch. However, in 2010-up vehicles with premium sound the RAP feature will not be retained; the radio will shut off when the key is turned off

Wiring Harness: The included wiring harness features a 40-pin connector which plugs into your vehicle's factory radio harness, plus a 12-pin connector which plugs into the SWRVW-52 interface module. The wiring harness also provides the following bare-wire leads which will need to be hardwired to your aftermarket head unit's wiring harness.

Wire Color Function
Black Chassis Ground
Red +12 Volt Accessory
Yellow +12 Volt Constant
Orange Illumination
Blue Amp Turn-On
White Left Front Speaker +
White/black Left Front Speaker -
Gray Right Front Speaker +
Gray/black Right Front Speaker -
Green Left Rear Speaker +
Green/black Left Rear Speaker -
Purple Right Rear Speaker +
Purple/black Right Rear Speaker -
Orange/white VSS (vehicle speed sensor)
Red/white Reverse

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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because it should fit my car. [ charles  Dec 02, 2018 ]
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This was a recommended purchase for installation. [ Jamie  Aug 25, 2018 ]
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needed [ Warren  Jul 18, 2018 ]
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Ease of connecting to the factory wiring harness [ Richard Gonchar  Jun 27, 2018 ]
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That is what technician said I needed [ Sheridan  Nov 26, 2017 ]
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was using pac products, one went bad , this will replace three interfaces [ william  Oct 31, 2017 ]
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to connect my old cables with the new receiver with ease [ Aaron O.  Sep 28, 2017 ]
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Allowed for integration of steering wheel controls. [ MATTHEW D  Jul 24, 2017 ]
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I missed having steering wheel controls. gives it that factory feel [ andrew  Jun 22, 2017 ]
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to keep steering wheel controls [ Kerry  Jun 07, 2017 ]
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Recommended by Crutchfield Technician [ Gary  May 09, 2017 ]
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was needed [ Robert  Mar 16, 2017 ]
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Recommended [ Cal  Feb 08, 2017 ]
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You WILL need a wiring harness to install any aftermarket Stereo. This one will work for the one I purchased to bridge the factory wiring and the aftermarket deck. [ Hardt  Jan 23, 2017 ]
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Item chosen to work with the installation. [ Aaron  Dec 04, 2016 ]
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needed [ Chrisyln M.  Nov 23, 2016 ]
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Want to retain steering wheel controls. [ SANJAY  Nov 20, 2016 ]
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Keep steering wheel functions working with replacement radio. [ Jeffrey Jay  Sep 17, 2016 ]
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Easier to install. [ MARLON T  Jul 08, 2016 ]
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necessary component [ Ian  May 02, 2016 ]
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My advisor Buzz suggested this item, as it is both a wiring harness and an adapter to let me keep my steering wheel controls. Buzz's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=53 [ Jeremy  Apr 20, 2016 ]
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Keep controls [ Broderick  Mar 11, 2016 ]
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Part of the kit to keep steering controls [ Kittura  Feb 11, 2016 ]
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4 questions already asked

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Will I need an additional adapter to connect to my car's factory Sirius radio antenna?
[ Andrew  May 17, 2017 ]
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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
[ Kenny  May 17, 2017 ]  Staff
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Has anyone used this with a 2004 Touareg with Navigation?
[ JohnF  Jul 27, 2016 ]
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I cannot see our records to know if anyone has actually bought it for that vehicle, but I know it is the only harness we offer for a 2004 VW Touareg that came with factory installed navigation. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101
[ Paul  Aug 01, 2016 ]  Staff
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what controls are retained? I think I only have volume controls in my 2003 passat wagon. are any options/functions added?
[ don  Jun 27, 2016 ]
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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
[ Krissy  Jun 28, 2016 ]  Staff
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does it work with kenwood head unit? I have '11 jetta tdi
[ Tony  Jun 23, 2016 ]
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For additional details on compatibility or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will work and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
[ Kenny  Jun 24, 2016 ]  Staff

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