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PAC SWI-JACKv1 (New Version of SWI-JACK)

Steering Wheel Interface Adapter that Works with JVC, Alpine, Clarion and Kenwood Car Radios with a Wired Remote Input

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PAC SWI-JACKv1 (New Version of SWI-JACK)

Steering Wheel Interface Adapter that Works with JVC, Alpine, Clarion and Kenwood Car Radios with a Wired Remote Input

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The SWI-JACK allows the customer to retain the use of their steering wheel or rear seat radio controls when replacing the factory head unit. Works with Alpine's OEM Steering Remote Ready radios. The SWI-JACK also retains the use of heater control buttons on GM vehicles. The SWI-JACK features just can't be beat...

New Updated Version! The SWI-JACK rev. 1.4.16 or higher, now controls JVC and Kenwood, Clarion and Blaupunkt radios with wired remote inputs.

The SWI-JACK is so universal that you only need one SKU# to cover over 95% of the vehicles made from 1986 to current. New vehicles coming out every year? No problem! Never be stuck with a vehicle specific type interface.

Assign the buttons on the steering wheel to any of the aftermarket radios available functions:

  1. Alpine: Volume Up, Volume Down, Mute, Track Up, Track Down, Preset Up, Preset Down and Band.
  2. Kenwood: Vol Up, Vol Down, Mute, Source, Seek Up, Track Up, Track Down, Disc Up/FM, Disc Down/AM.
  3. JVC: Vol Up, Vol Down, Mute/Power, Preset Up, Source, Seek Up, Seek Down, Select, Band.
  4. Clarion: Vol Up, Vol Down, Mute, Seek Up, Seek Down, Band, Source.

Compatible with:

  1. JVC headunits with a wired remote input
  2. Alpine headunits with a wired remote input
  3. Clarion headunits with a wired remote input
  4. Kenwood headunits with a wired remote input
  5. Blaubunkt headunits with a wired remote input
Additionally...
  • The SWI-JACK has non-volatile memory which keeps all programming in memory even if the vehicle Battery is disconnected.
  • Great for convertibles. Unlike the SWI-X, the SWI-JACK is not affected by sunlight.
  • The SWI-JACK not only covers Ford, GM or Chrysler/Dodge but also it covers Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chysler, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saab, Toyota and Volkswagan. Oh, did we also say it covers Harley Davidson motorcycles?
  • Ability to use Mode button on newer vehicles
  • Check the Installation Instructions to see basic instructions for the PAC SWI-JACKV1
  • You may also check the Vehicle Specific Wiring to see your cars wiring instructions

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Steering Wheel Control Specifications

Aftermarket Receiver Compatibility
These are the brands of aftermarket receivers that the unit is capable of working with.
Alpine
Blaupunkt
Clarion
JVC
Kenwood
Vehicle Manufacturer Compatibility
These are the vehicle manufacturer's that the item is compatible with. Although a manufacturer might be listed here, please verify that your specific vehicle will accept the item or part.
Acura
Audi
BMW
Buick
Cadillac
Chevrolet
Chrysler
Dodge
Ford
GM
Harley Davidson
Honda
Hummer
Hyundai
Infiniti
Isuzu
Jaguar
Kia
Land Rover
Lincoln
Mazda
Mercedes Benz
Mercury
Mitsubishi
Nissan
Oldsmobile
Plymouth
Pontiac
Saab
Saturn
Toyota
Volkswagen
Volvo

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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
45%
4 Star
26%
3 Star
16%
2 Star
10%
1 Star
3%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.3
Value
4.0
Features
4.1
Design
4.2
Usability
3.7
Niels

Germany

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Great Value!

February 17, 2012

Very easy installation and works great. The communication and shipping to Germany were just perfect. Thank you.

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Billtr

Telford, PA

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Excellent Product

September 3, 2013

Worked first time. Unlike a competitor's product, this steering wheel control is solid and reliable. Don't fall for the automatic setup ruse: all these products require some form of setup and car-specific wiring. This one was clear and it has worked perfectly ever since I installed it in a 2004 Buick Century to control an Alpine car stereo.

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Jeremy

orem, UT

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Installed it but haven't used it because....

September 26, 2011

In order for this unit to work on a 2010 Scion XB, you have to install the little dampener in one of the wires that connects to your steering wheel controls. Well it only came with one of those little guys, which was very small and got lost even after an hour long search. So i would assume that the product is fabulous if you don't lose that little guy and can make it all work!

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hd

louisburg, nc

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pac swi

September 14, 2010

Works great. My steering wheel buttons control my new head unit just like they did the factory one. Setup is easy. Response is a little slower than with the factory head unit but once you get used to it there are no problems.

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Spyke

Melissa, TX

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what?!?

March 30, 2010

really difficult to install. i recommend going to the the website and getting the vehicle specific diagram.

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andre

jacksonville, FL

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Great adapter

July 2, 2011

Simple to install. Idiot proof as the PAC-4 has a direct connect for it.

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Curtis

Huntsville, AL

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SWI-JACK --> good, but could be better!

November 1, 2010

I bought this unit to adapt my Tacoma's steering wheel controls to my new Kenwood receiver. Here's what I'd say:
PRO'S:
It works as advertised (most of the time).
Very thorough instructions.
CON's:
Tedious--> you have to determine what resistor you need (if any), pick it out of the kit via deciphering the resistor's color bars, break into the wiring, and solder the resistor/wiring into the harness. Why don't they just have a few pre-soldered & heat-shrink'd resistor assemblies with connectors on the ends that you "plug in" to the device. This could be as easy setting a DIP switch or even jumpers.
Needs to be "smarter" --> it doesn't seem to have the ability to interpret a "hold" vs a "tap." Many car's steering wheel switches/oem radios do have that functionality, giving each button more than one function.
Regardless, I love having the steering wheel buttons functional, and would definitely buy this again.

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Ty

Aurora, CO

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Great Product

September 10, 2012

So a few months ago i had purchased this item for a customer because another would not integrate with the analog system in a 96' cherokee i would deffinently recomend this for an alternative product for installers to use on the job or even consumers!

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daniel

chicago, IL

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don't waste your time

January 6, 2010

this thing was a pain to hook up. all the instruction are there and if you follow them it does work, but it was like schematics for a nasa space ship. i bought it for two bottons on my steering wheel to continue to work but if i had to do it all over again.... i wouldn't. it took me longer to install this than soldering my wiring harness, mounting a dash kit, and installing the radio.... it's kind of like when you have to do all programing on a car alarm.

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Rodney

Havelock, NC

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Great Product

September 13, 2011

This product worked as advertised. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to keep their OnStar.

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Wassim

Al-Manar, Riyadh,

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good vlaue

July 23, 2010

took time to hook but did the job it is supposed to do... very good overall.

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Reinaldo

Brazil

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Producto de primera calidad

January 30, 2012

Easy installation and easy handling, recommended 100% compatibility with the functions of the steering wheel.

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Gervais

Canada

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PAC SWI-JACKv1 (New Version of SWI-JACK)

October 24, 2012

Great product fast delivery will not hesitate to order again more products from SONIC.

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Dean

Paducah, KY

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Junk

March 12, 2012

Junk, gave out 30 seconds after connected.

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ENOX

Donna, TX

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SWI

August 17, 2010

Probably not the easiest device to install as an amplifier or a speaker but still can be installed by anyone, just follow the instructions and you'll be fine.

I installed this on a friends 06 impala SS, he had never complained about it not working nor malfunctioning, in fact he is a bit on the show off side. :P

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CK

Santa Clarita, CA

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Unit gets confused

April 13, 2010

The installation was EZ. The unit worked perfect for 2 months, after that the unit gets confused. What I mean I like to control the volume and down on the steering wheel controls but it will skip tracks or go to the next track instead. Playing with it a few more times it goes back to working right. It seems that the unit needs to relearn the function over and over again. It does this by its self.

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Chris

Gainesville, FL

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decent (only thing on the market)

February 25, 2010

This adapter is incredibly laggy. not impossible to use once you get used to it; but definitely not like factory.

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Cyrus

Baltimore, MD

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Turns 3 very useless buttons to 3 very useful ones...

February 2, 2010

I added the SWI-JACK to my new Clarion NX409 in my 2000 Acura 3.5RL. Installation was not very difficult, even for a novice such as myself. Programming, however, was quite a feat. Mostly user error, but partly a finicky device - it did take me many days to program it successfully. In the end, the volume up and down buttons work perfectly, and the track up button seeks the next station up on my radio. I'd prefer if the latter would change presets like it used to before, but perhaps I'm asking for too much (let this be a warning to all CLARION owners, it will probably do the same for you). It does change tracks on my Ipod as it should. Delay at first was a pain, but I was used to it after 5 minutes. I am so happy to have these buttons back again, this device is absolutely worth the money to me. To save yourself hassle, it is best if you install it while you install the radio.

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James

Canada

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Does the trick - sort of...

December 1, 2009

I can't speak for the install as I had someone install this. The functionality is ok at best. There are delays for every function pretty much. I am told that is how they work. Bluetooth functionality would have been nice too as my car has buttons for that too that are now non-functional. I am told by PAC that they have an updated version out now that allows for minimal Bluetooth functions now but too late for me now. Sonic was cheapest out there and their service was speedy and reliable.

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Mark

Canada

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Great product for the money

October 12, 2012

I'm not recommending this product for a car with steering wheel controls. I had to trade this in for another product to make them work. Other than that, no complaints.

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Dustin

Boaz, AL

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Costs to much to have so many problems

April 25, 2011

This adapter is one of the most aggravating things I have ever had to use. I had one go completely bad and am on my second one now. Both have randomly quit working just to start back 5 minutes later. I've tried reprogramming it several times and the problem always comes back. It seems to happen if the temperature changes or if I turn the volume on the radio up more than half way. It will then start doing random things such as the volume button skips tracks, the seek button will mute the radio, or none of the buttons work at all. Other than the times I want to rip it out and throw it out the window it works fine.

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David

Little Rock, AR

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It works

June 14, 2011

Setup is a little tricky. You must follow the instructions. A little geeky, but it has worked trouble free for the 6 months.

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Russ

Pulaski, VA

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Great item

June 7, 2010

I was worried about keeping the factory steering controls by using an aftermarket radio. This unit is easy to install and program. I highly recommend it.

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LRobb

Canada

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Great Purchase

August 26, 2013

This is an awesome device that has a huge compatibility list, I've been using it for the past couple months and loving it. One caution, from time to time the wiring causes to trigger the mute button or menu button. But barely noticeable and otherwise awesome!

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Ed

Shelby twp. Michigan

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Not bad

February 10, 2013

A good after market product but reaction time is slow.

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Omar m García

Riverside ca

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Lo recomiendo

February 15, 2012

Don't lose control from steering wheel. Works good, I recommend.

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CISCO

NEW YORK, NY

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u will have to call the pac tech line

April 22, 2009

the instructions that come with it are all wrong. u have to go to their website or call them so they can tell u what wire is what..at the end of the day after all the headaches it did work.

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Anthony

Canada

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Sonic make shopping easy

June 29, 2011

With Sonic reps i got the right parts.
PAC is a great name and with Sonic you get a great price

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jacob

Spring Valley, CA

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works great but a little slow

November 7, 2010

I have had this in my car for about 6-7 months or so. I would say that it works pretty good. Though it was a chore figuring out how to program and install. It also doesn't react very quick to button taps on my steering wheel. I have to hold the button down versus simply tapping it with my stock radio.

Other than that though I like it alot and does all the features I need it to do.

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Rik

Hinesville, GA

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Easy to use.

March 11, 2012

The instructions are straight forward, easy to understand. I wanted to keep my steering wheel controls as factory as possible, mission completed! Unless I missed something, when you program it while the vehicle is running, that is how it will remember the programming. While the vehicle is off and in the "time out mode", the controls do not work the same as when the vehicle is running. Using the controls during the "time out mode" seems to erase the memory some how. Like I said, I may have missed something, but that seems to be the only flaw the unit has. Other than that, I am very pleased and would recommend this item.

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ISAAC

CHICAGO, IL

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GREAT VALUE

September 2, 2011

This product is wonderful. It works just the same as my factory steering wheel controls. Great price and very fast shipping. Will recommend to others and will use again.

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Bought an alpine stereo to replace oem, burnt out, for 2010 nissan frontier
Paul L on Apr 21, 2015
will this work in a 2002 bmw 325ci and a kenwood excelon kdc-x995 ?
if not, what stereo will work with the car steering wheel buttons?
A shopper on Jun 21, 2015
Best Answer: The best way to answer this is to got to the manufacture's website were they list all the compatibilities. They also have excellent phone customer service. It works great in my vehicle. (2008 4runner with an alpine nav unit)
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Is this swi-jackv1 canbus unit for digital or analog?
A shopper on Apr 13, 2015
Best Answer: I used this on my 2002 Nissan Altima, digital radio with volume control. Took no more than a minute to get it configured.

Great product.
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

SWI-JACKv1

Weight

0.50lbs

Internal SKU

swijackv1

Internal Product ID

17946

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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