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Aftermarket Head Unit

I would like to replace the factory unit. want to keep the sync and steering wheel controls. want a plug and play unit. any suggestion? Cost?
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You will need a PAC MS-FRD1 to retain the SYNC and brand specific SWI interface.

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You will need a PAC MS-FRD1 to retain the SYNC and brand specific SWI interface.

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So aftermarket head units with Bluetooth will not work with the steering wheel controls? thats really all I am after is bluetooth and the volume and station controls.
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most aftermarket headunits use there own interface for bluetooth and you can add teh steering wheel control module.

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Or get an iDatalink Maestro RR and a compatible Kewnood deck. If you get on the iDatalink Maestro website it has a vehicle chooser and everything. With a compatible head unit this should give you all the features of Sync and retain your steering wheel controls with no extra screens or controllers.

http://maestro.idatalink.com/product...product_id/102

I have read mixed reviews on it though, so make sure you do a bunch of research before you get anything.

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The steering wheel controls will still work for the SYNC features, but have no control over the radio without a SWI interface.

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Or get an iDatalink Maestro RR and a compatible Kewnood deck. If you get on the iDatalink Maestro website it has a vehicle chooser and everything. With a compatible head unit this should give you all the features of Sync and retain your steering wheel controls with no extra screens or controllers.

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I have read mixed reviews on it though, so make sure you do a bunch of research before you get anything.
I bought the Maestro after saying I wouldn't because the company screwed around so long releasing it....I pulled out my other controller...to me, the Maestro wasn't worth it....the steering wheel controls were nicer but the kenwood's bluetooth controls I like better than Sync....though I have iPhone 5 with Siri that I like better than sync...so maybe that is why I didn't like the maestro....I ended up pulling it back out

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The steering wheel controls will still work for the SYNC features, but have no control over the radio without a SWI interface.
How would you plan to integrate Sync with an aftermarket headunit? You may not be understanding the way Sync works....

Edit: I see your credintials....I'm assuming I am missing something here because you most likely do know what you are talking about....

Edit 2: nevermind...I see you were the same as posted above...I see what you are meaning....sorry for that....

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How would you plan to integrate Sync with an aftermarket headunit? You may not be understanding the way Sync works....
I know a little bit about SYNC. We (PAC) take the audio from the SYNC system and route it through the AUX input of the radio.To access SYNC, press the media/source button on the steering wheel, put the radio to AUX mode, use the display to access SYNCH features.


I should also add even with a SWI interface, you will not be able to program ANY SYNC buttons to control the aftermarket radio. You can program the vol +- or seek up/down.If you want to use the SYNC buttons as buttons to control the aftermarket radio, you will have to disconnect the SYNC module.

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I know a little bit about SYNC. We (PAC) take the audio from the SYNC system and route it through the AUX input of the radio.To access SYNC, press the media/source button on the steering wheel, put the radio to AUX mode, use the display to access SYNCH features.


I should also add even with a SWI interface, you will not be able to program ANY SYNC buttons to control the aftermarket radio. You can program the vol +- or seek up/down.If you want to use the SYNC buttons as buttons to control the aftermarket radio, you will have to disconnect the SYNC module.
Yup...didn't see that you were the one posting about the PAC MSFRD1 above...understand what you mean now...apologies for being a db

If you don't mind, can you elaborate on the last comment about programming the sync buttons by disconnecting the sync module... that is the issue I am currently having....I want my phone button on the steering wheel to activate the telephone on the Kenwood head unit....is it as easy as completely disconnecting the sync module and following directions to program it through the PAC SWI?

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