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Steering wheel control interface use your factory steering wheel controls with an aftermarket stereo
Our take on the PAC SWI-X by Crutchfield's Charlie Pastorfield
Installation Note: Click here or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to see if the SWI-X adapter is compatible with your vehicle.
You want to install a non-factory replacement radio in your vehicle, but you hate to give up the convenience of your factory steering wheel radio controls. PAC's SWI-X interface allows you to connect your steering wheel controls in a wide variety of vehicles to almost any aftermarket stereo with wireless remote capability.
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 SWI-X uses an infrared beam to communicate with your stereo. Step-by-step LED confirmation makes programming easy. Once connected, the adapter's memory will learn up to 12 functions from your receiver's wireless remote, retaining them even if battery power is interrupted. Dimensions: 3-3/4"W x 1-1/16"H x 1-9/16"D. Warranty: 1 year.
Important Note: You'll want to make sure that your stereo and your vehicle are both compatible. If you have no car audio installation experience, you should consider professional installation. The SWI-X uses an infrared beam to communicate with your stereo's remote eye check "Details" for a list of incompatible remote controls or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to see if this adapter is compatible with your stereo.
What's in the Box:
- Steering wheel radio control interface with attached 46" IR cable
- 23" Wiring harness
- One 47 ohm resistor
- One 150 ohm resistor
- One 560 ohm resistor
- One 1000 ohm resistor
- One 1500 ohm resistor
- Installation Instructions
- Vehicle Wire Color and Pin Location sheet
- Resistor kit sheet
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Compatibility: The SWI-X interface allows you to retain the use of your steering wheel radio controls when replacing the factory head unit with an aftermarket radio with IR remote control in select GMC, Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick, Cadillac, Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Acura, Honda, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Range Rover, Saab, Volkswagen and Harley Davidson vehicles. The interface allows you to use the radio controls in compatible vehicles to command most aftermarket radios with wireless remote capability. The SWI-X interface will only work with infrared remotes that use a 38-40kHz carrier frequency.
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.
Incompatible Remote Models: The SWI-X interface in known to be incompatible with the JVC RM-RK230 remote (included with the JVC KD-AVX1 and KD-DV5100 head units), the JVC RM-RK240 remote (included with KD-AVX2), RM-RK241, and RM-RK250, and the Sony RM-X110, RM-X112, RM-X131, RM-X143A, and RM-X145A infrared remotes.
Easily Programmable: The SWI-X is easily programmed or reprogrammed using the factory controls and the head unit's remote control. During programming, step-by-step LED confirmation will guide you. Once connected, the SWI-X's memory will learn up to 12 functions from your receiver's wireless remote, retaining them even if battery power is interrupted.
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)
- 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)
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