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Old 06-08-2014, 12:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Steering wheel controls for an aftermarket headunit

Hey guys, I noticed the PAC SWI unit gets recommended alot for installation of an aftermarket headunit whilst keeping the stock steering wheel controls.

I just bought a Sony XAV-612BT double DIN unit, already have ordered the Metra fasica installation kit and now I need to get a harness.

Saw this one on eBay for $130 and it seems like an okay deal, everything is plug and play and seems like a very straight forward installation, and no need for soldering is definitely a bonus.

Is there anything I should know about them, how the perform? eg, delay between steering wheel controls and the headunit? etc..
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Old 06-08-2014, 11:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Steering wheel controls for an aftermarket headunit.

I use the PAC SWI in my Grand Vitara. It works and never fails. Its about 3 years old.
I install PAC controllers in other cars and has been good.

The eBay item i haven't used, i like how it all just plugs up.
I will have to say, use the PAC. Because i know it works and using it in my car.
There is no lag or delay when pressing buttons.
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I have the exact same kit (its an Aerpro kit) in my car running a Pioneer unit, works perfectly fine and has for a few years now. Fitted many of these to different cars (its my job) and rarely get an issue.
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Ah that's great dude, just searching around and it seems like I can build my own kit with a PAC SWI-RC for much cheaper so I'm thinking I might go down that route.

Does anybody have the pinout for the OEM radio connector for my 2006 GV? Struggling to find anything on the net and I don't particularly want to be cramped in the car chasing wirings and referencing a wiring diagram.
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I have a cheap Chinese double din unit (Eonon)

Has sat-nav, BT CD Player, can connect your ipod iphone (lead supplied) USB etc.

Also comes with an SD card pre-loaded with AU & NZ maps.

Reversing camera included.

Works with steering wheel controls (no expensive adapters needed)

All this for +/- $300 AU delivered to my door in less than 48 hours!

Probably not as good as Alpine (my favorite) Sony etc, but for $300.....

Had mine for a year with no problems.

Also has a motorised screen, which is incredibly useful when the sun hassles the screen. Has about 6 different angle settings.
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Ah that's great dude, just searching around and it seems like I can build my own kit with a PAC SWI-RC for much cheaper so I'm thinking I might go down that route.

Does anybody have the pinout for the OEM radio connector for my 2006 GV? Struggling to find anything on the net and I don't particularly want to be cramped in the car chasing wirings and referencing a wiring diagram.
I included a pinout in the post I made of of my 2DIN navi installation in my 2010GV:

http://www.suzuki-forums.com/2g-2006...i-install.html

This is for a 2010MY, but I think everything is exactly the same for the 2006.

As far as the SW interface, I highly recommend the iDatalink if for no other reason than the fact that it can be programmed by flashing the module firmware on a PC to a specific vehicle, making it totally plug and play with no flashing-light button-press stuff that all the others require. Yes, it costs about $10 more than the PAC or AXXIS, but it also offers a lot of optional settings for the SW buttons and everything works exactly like you expect with no lag time.
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Does anybody have the issue where the steering wheel controls only attenuates the audio and doesn't completely mute it?

I ended up getting the Aerpro just because it was local and it was convenient, I didn't particularly want to wait 3 weeks for all the parts to get to my door from the US.
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The attenuation thing might be to do with the Sony headunit.
My JVC unit completely mutes.
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This is the reply I get from Sony

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The only way to adjust the volume on the unit itself is to use the volume control on the front panel or the remote commander. when using this function is the volume reduced fully? Unfortunately I cannot explain why the mute feature on the steering wheel does not operate fully due to the use of a third party accessory
So I emailed Aerpro, it has been a couple of days now and still haven't heard anything from them.
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When the mute button is pressed, is the volume reduced significantly?
Not all headunits totally mute.
My Pioneer unit has attenuation which only reduces the intensity of the music.
In the Suzuki i have a JVC unit in it and it fully mutes.
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