Just wanted to post my experience.... Without this thread it wouldn't have been possible, so thanks all!!! The above is true, if you dont smack yourself in the face with the steering wheel, you didnt pull hard enough...
Mine is a 2008 patriot sport with FD II. Manual locks, manual windows, basicaly no options other than FDII and A/C.....
I bought just the switch and harness for around $100 i think (using the part numbers posted above), and cut the hole in my stock wheel with an exacto knife. It takes a little trimming, and doesnt look perfect if you really look at it, but honestly how often do you or anyone else look at the BACK of your steering wheel?
The first time I tried to install it, I could NOT get the wheel off. it would start to move, then STOP with a thunk. I could move it back and forth about 3/8 of an inch, but no more.... I gave up....
Some time later, I borrowed a steering wheel puller from a buddy, got the airbag off again, and then noticed it was the WRONG kind of puller.... well I was already in there, so i tried the pulling route again.... My wife was "helping" and I was pulling so hard she kept saying "dont break it" and "dont hurt yourself".... Y
You really do have to pull really REALLY REALLY REALLY
hard to get it off. If its not coming off, you're not pulling hard enough, thats all there is too it. You arent going to break anything so dont worry about that (other than your face when it finally DOES come off....)
I looked and couldn't see why it was so hard... its a mystery....
Anyway, I ended up completly disassembling the wheel once I got it off.
The screws had me worried, I was just hoping I had something that would fit... Turns out there is nothing to worry about. There are no threaded holes you have to match, Its just a smooth hole in soft metal, so just about ANY screw of about the right diameter will cut its own threads when you install it. I just grabbed the first two I could find that looked about right and they worked great, they were button head machine screws, not even self tapping, but they still cut their own threads and worked great, so as long as you have a halfway decent collection of screws to pick from (and my collection couldn't really even be called halfway decent) you will be fine......
Anyway, I then put everything back together with the new harness (old went in the trash) and as soon as I hooked the battery back up and started the engine, I pushed the on/off button and "cruise" illuminated on the dash. SUCCESS!!!! Its so nice to have cruise now... I wish I had done two years ago!
99 WJ Laredo
2.5" Budget boost, 265/75/16 tires, K&N air filter
1992 YJ 4.0, 5 speed 6", lift 33's
1992 XJ 4.0, auto, 3" lift, 31's
1999 XJ 4.0, auto, 3" lift, 31's
1985 XJ 2.5, 5 speed, no lift, 255/70/15's