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Unread 12-30-2009, 03:37 PM   #1
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Installing cruise control in my Jeep

Hello, I'm not a "real" newbie. I was on this board for 4 yrs underneath another name and now I'm back. I just bought a 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport with 5 spd 4x4 and it has everything but cruise control. I bought this jeep to replace my 97 Jeep Cherokee sport 5 spd 2wd so I'm very familiar with this vehicle

The question i have after reading this thread is that there are no real instructions lol. I was wondering if I can pull the switches by themselves off my 97 or I have to pull the whole steering wheel and switch them. I'd rather not do that If I didn't have to. There are a couple screws on the back of the wheel that looks like they hold the switches in place. Am I correct in thinking this? I read that the lines and everything should be run already but not sure how to locate the correct plugs. Can someone send me instructions or post pictures for this install. Thank you for any help you can give me.
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Unread 12-31-2009, 11:49 AM   #2
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bump. anyone got an advice?
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Unread 12-31-2009, 12:44 PM   #3
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Disconnect both battery terminals and wait 15 minutes for the airbag system to become safe before you do any work on the steering column or airbag parts.

The little fill in plates where the switches go should come right off and your answer will be underneath. The steering wheel should be set up with a place for the switches.

Post a picture of your steering wheel.

There have been some threads that claim the 1997 cruise control switches are different than the 99-01. I don't know what the 98 switches are like, 97 vs. 99.


If you already have the correct airbag in the steering wheel, than you just disconnect the parts needed ( Installing factory Cruise control questions - NAXJA Forums -::- North American XJ Association ) and install them on your Cherokee. Take notes or cell phone pics at the junkyard when you are getting your parts.
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Unread 01-05-2010, 10:12 PM   #4
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My New steering wheel-1998 No cruise control


My old cherokee-1997 with cruise control


No junkyard needed since I'm taking what I want off the 97 then junking it. Anyone need parts? Willing to part it out before i sell it.

It looks like they changed the steering wheel but not sure if I can remove the front face of the old one just for the switches. Not sure how the steering wheel is put together. Is the switches separate from the steering wheel or is the front just one whole piece?
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Read through this. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/w...-97-xj-906542/

The entire steering wheel should swap right over. You will need the clock spring from the 97 XJ though.

My writeup should help in your swap. Post up any other questions you may have!
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Unread 01-05-2010, 10:44 PM   #6
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You sir are the man.

I tried searching but def didn't see your thread. This is def going to help tremendously. What year was ur XJ, the 01 in ur sig bc it looks like my 97 that you installed? My button was sometimes hard to push on my old Jeep to get the GREEN light for cruise control on. I'm hoping this won't be an issue when i put it on my 98. Maybe a loose connection or button sticking?
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Mine is an 01. I actually have a spare set of switches for you year of cherokee if you do end up needing a new set of switches.
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Unread 01-05-2010, 10:57 PM   #8
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I'll keep that in mind when I take the old ones off. Did you end up using the whole new steering wheel or just the front face? It wasn't discussed in ur thread but looks like you reused you old steering wheel and pretty much used the old clockspring and switches (even though u replaced them for the newer switches).
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Unread 01-18-2010, 12:43 PM   #9
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nvmd I got the lock cylinder ears off. Now trying to remove the clockspring

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