This Writeup will try to explain how to install the cruise control setup in XJs not already equipped with cruise control.
The same steps can be used for removing the cruise control setup from the donor XJ.
- 5/16" Deep Socket
- Torx Bits
- Steering Wheel Puller
Parts Needed from a donor XJ
DISCONNECT THE GROUND WIRE AND HOT WIRE FROM THE BATTERY FOR AT LEAST 30 MINS BEFORE BEGINNING WORK
- Vaccum Actuator (located on passenger side fender behing battery)
- Cable Setup that runs from the actuator to the TB
- Clock Spring from an XJ with the switches (airbag can not be deployed from donor)
- Both Switches from steering wheel
1) Remove the above parts from the donor XJ
**Switches vary from 97-98 and 99-01**
2) Attach the actuator to the passenger side of the engine compartment. The actuator attaches with three 5/16" bolts. The holes are already in the side of the fender. (Jeep was nice enough to do that for us.)
3) Run the actuator cable around the back side of the cooling bottle. The cable is secured using one of the coolant bottle support bolts
4) Squeeze the plastic mount through the center hole of the cable mounting bracket (noted byORANGE BOX
). The cable will mount on the knob on the throttle body bracket between the throttle cable and the other cable closest to the throttle body (noted by the RED BOX
5) Move into the cabin of the jeep. Remove the Airbag by removing the two 5/16" bolts from the backside of the steering wheel.
6) Using your torx screwdriver remove the two torx head screws from the back side of the "blank" switches (where your new switches will mount)
7) Remove the airbag pack and the "blank" switches. Unplug the wiring going to the air bag.
8) Using the steering wheel puller (which you can rent from any auto parts place) follow the instructions for the puller. Screw the supplied bolts into the two holes on the steering wheel. using the correct sized socket, tighten the shaft until the steering wheel pops off the shaft. The steering wheel should only mounton the shaft one way.
here is how the steering wheel puller should mount.
here is what it will look like without a steering wheel
9) With the steering wheel removed remove the plastic cover along the bottom of the ignition so you can get to the wiring of the clock spring. Unplug all wiring going to the clock spring.
10) Pull out the stock clockspring and replace it with the new clockspring with the wiring for the switches.
Make sure you put the new clockspring in the same way the old one came out.
11) Remount the steering wheel and slide the wiring through the steering wheel. To remount the wheel just slide it over the shaft and tighten down the wheel as tight as you can.
Make sure you put the plastic shield in behind the steering wheel (between the wheel and the clockspring, otherwise you will have to take the wheel back off to put this cover on, ask me how i know lol
12) Attach the wiring to each switch, the longer wires go to the left side of the wheel (the switch that says ON-OFF and Set) the shorter of the wires go to the right.
13) Using the torx screw from before attach the switches to each side.
Your steering wheel should look like this at this point
14) Reattach the airbag pack to the center of the wheel the exact same way it came out. Reuse the same 5/16" bolts. When you are done you should have a wheel that looks like this
You should be all set. reattach the battery cables start the jeep from the passenger side to ensure the airbag doesnt accidentaly deploy for any freak reason. Hit the on button on the switch and a green "Cruise" should light up at the top left of the dash.
Hope this helps someone out at some point
post up any questions you may have and i will do my best to answer them