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Old 11-01-2005, 00:00   #1 (permalink)
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Cruise control.........been done?

Hi all, has anyone here fitted cruise to their clevo powered car?
What do you recommend? Did it work as well as you'ed hoped?
Any info would be great!
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Old 11-01-2005, 17:10   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Cruise control.........been done?

Just the basic unit you can get from your local Autobarn. Does a nice job, easy to setup, has been very reliable, and makes the old girl an absolute breeze to cruise on the highway with. A very worthwhile mod if you do a lot of constant speed cruising.
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Just the basic unit you can get from your local Autobarn. Does a nice job, easy to setup, has been very reliable, and makes the old girl an absolute breeze to cruise on the highway with. A very worthwhile mod if you do a lot of constant speed cruising.
Thanks for that. Is yours the one with the magnetic pickup on the tailshaft
or runs off the tacho/dissy?
Will be doing mainly country miles in the car and I'm old enough
to NEED all the creature comforts!
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Old 11-01-2005, 21:25   #4 (permalink)
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Hi all, has anyone here fitted cruise to their clevo powered car?
What do you recommend? Did it work as well as you'ed hoped?
Any info would be great!
Thanks.
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i fit a few cruise contol systems in my shop. have not put one on a clevo but they all fit up much the same.

it should be no problem to hook up to the clevo, the actuator cable just conects to your throttle cable or carby which every fits best.

you can get full electric or vacuum operated systems.

if it is a relatively stock motor with good engine vacuum ,then the vacuum type should be ok. you can get small vacuum storage tanks to help as a back up if needed.

if your engine is a bit on the tuff side with low / inconsistant vacuum ( big solid cam ,etc) you might be better off looking at a full electric type.

also if you have a hi performace motor that is a bit peaky it can be hard to get it all tuned to run steady on the cruise. had this problem with an old porche 911 . it did not like sitting at 100k.

the speed pickup can be either magnetic or from a electronic speedo sensor or from a tacho imput . the tacho pick up would work ok , better if its a manual gearbox.
the speedo sensor is the most reliable but will not be available on your XC .


you can buy the basic DIY kits from most auto parts shops or you could get a higher quality profesional system . most car security , car audio shops should be able to supply .

some good brands i have used are Command AP300 (vacuum ) , Command AP500 (electric) , SCS/Frigette (vac or elec ).
you should check before buying that the model you pick has the option to read the speed from your avalable sorce,( magnets,speedo,tacho).

hope that this helps you.
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I've got a Command Vacuum one on the ute and I'm very happy with it. Easy to fit, the only glitch was I needed to cut a link wire on the control box to get it to work at more than about 70 Km/h. May have been the effects of a 3.55 diff, the instructions were a little vague about the link wire though.
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I've got a Command Vacuum one on the ute and I'm very happy with it. Easy to fit, the only glitch was I needed to cut a link wire on the control box to get it to work at more than about 70 Km/h. May have been the effects of a 3.55 diff, the instructions were a little vague about the link wire though.
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was that the basic model that you buy at K Mart , Autobahn , etc.

i have heard of other people having similar problems with these.

i have not used them myself.
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That's the one, I think it was about $160 at autobarn a couple of years ago. Once I got it sorted it works very well.
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Thanks heaps guys!

I was a little sceptical about the Autobarn types and looked at the
VDO product on their web site, seemed like very detailed specs
and fitting instructions meant for professional installers.

I'm glad it can be a relatively straight foward install as I will be
doing it all myself.....I read instructions till I can memorise them!
The car will run an FMX (possibly BTR 4 speed if I can nut it out)
factory electronic dizzy and running straight gas, Impco 425 etc.

Controllers??? What are you using ie-toggle, column mount?
Can late model (EF wheel mount) controls be made to trigger
signal responses?

Sorry for 101 questions and thanks again!
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Is the Autobarn/KMart cheapie a small column mounted unit; black, with a slide switch and 2 buttons?
Can you post a pic of it?
I used this one on a turbo diesel for 13 yrs and it was very good.

But at 107 kph or more it was erratic; I think because of the lack of vacuum signal caused by turbo.
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the VDO unit shoul be a good thing. thats what BMW etc use as factory fit so i guess thats a good sign.

i think you should be able to buy VDO from REPCO .
not sure of the $$$$.

most of the professional type systems come with a choice of operating controls. steering colum stalk, dash mounted switch pad or steering wheel mounted controls.

i doubt that ford factory controls would work the after market systems.
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