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2.3L ('02-'11) Cruise control in non CC truck


Abe.Early

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Im hoping to add cruise control. I know the engine harness and clock spring is different, but do I also need to swap the dash/cab harness? Truck is a 2003 2.3 5spd RWD
 


Bgunner

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I can not say for sure but my experience with adding in options that were not factory on my 94 ranger is that the interior harness is missing some of the wires and connectors for the options.
 

scotts90ranger

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There was a post on this not too long ago, but there's also an aftermarket option that is about $400 I think, at some point I'd like to add it to my '97 Ranger, it kinda sounds like the system isn't too complicated.
 

Mark Chapmon

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Years ago, I installed an aftermarket cruise control on a 1979 Malibu station wagon, then a number of years later another aftermarket cruise control on a 1989 Ranger, 2.3l with a 5 speed. In both cases, none of the wiring had anything to do with the factory wiring, unless you count finding an unused key turned on circuit in the fuse box. When I plugged a spade connector into the fuse box, I used an inline fuse. It took a few hours the first time, but a lot less time the second time. All that was needed was to run their wire harness, find a vacuum source that had a big enough hose to provide the suction, mount the cruise control unit in the engine compartment, attach magnets to the driveshaft and a sensor close enough to read them. It was easy enough that I'll likely put one on my '90 model at some point in time.
 

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