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Unread 04-20-2013, 06:49 AM   #1
highred
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1979 CJ7 Cruise Control Question

Has anyone ever attempted to install a accelerator cruise control on this vehicle/setup? I would like to add cruise to my CJ.


Mine is a 1979 CJ7
258 inline 6
manual 3-Speed T-150 transmission
MotorCraft 2100 carb upgrade
HEI distributor

Thanks!

Rob Caldwell

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Unread 04-20-2013, 08:39 AM   #2
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Cruise in a standard trans and a carb was not done much.
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Unread 04-20-2013, 08:41 AM   #3
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At one time there was an aftermarket kit out there - I just saw an '82 Jambo, 5spd 258 with an aftermarket set up just this past week.
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Unread 04-20-2013, 11:00 AM   #5
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I added cruise to my 76 with a V8 and automatic. It being a manual transmission doesn't make it harder, in some ways it makes it easier as you don't have to use a driveshaft sensor, it can judge speed just off the ignition pulses, and the same sensor will prevent over-reving the engine. I was even able to use the cruise switch I already had on my steering column from a 80's Waggy.

I found cruise made my Jeep a lot more pleasant on 3-4 hour drives to the mountains.
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Unread 04-20-2013, 05:54 PM   #6
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I added it to my 77 with a 258. Summit sells a rostra universal unit rpc-250-1223 that goes under the hood. On the column there is a generic GM turn signal switch that looks like an original switch model number rpc-250-3020. I already had a speed sensor because I have an electronic speedometer but its a simple GM sensor with cable passthrough.
I agree with the previous post, adding cruise control completely changes long distance driving in the jeep. No more dead leg after an hour or so and no constant looking down to see how fast I'm going. It has been one of the best upgrades I have done on the jeep and well worth the price. You can go cheaper than the rostra kits but they have a nice stock look.
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Unread 04-21-2013, 08:04 AM   #7
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I added it to my 77 with a 258. Summit sells a rostra universal unit rpc-250-1223 that goes under the hood. On the column there is a generic GM turn signal switch that looks like an original switch model number rpc-250-3020. I already had a speed sensor because I have an electronic speedometer but its a simple GM sensor with cable passthrough.
I agree with the previous post, adding cruise control completely changes long distance driving in the jeep. No more dead leg after an hour or so and no constant looking down to see how fast I'm going. It has been one of the best upgrades I have done on the jeep and well worth the price. You can go cheaper than the rostra kits but they have a nice stock look.
This is EXACTLY what I am looking for! Thanks!
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