Not all cars, trucks or motorcycles come with cruise control from the factory. Cruise control on some cars is standard but many cars have it as an option. Some cars, like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution don’t even have it as an option. Luckily, there are companies out there that create aftermarket cruise control kits make it easy to add this feature to virtually any vehicle.
I have a manual transmission, will these kits work for me?
Depending on the vehicle, you might need an extra switch to disengage the cruise control when you press on the clutch. A clutch disengagement switch is relatively inexpensive, and is easy to install. If you are not sure if you need one, please ask us in the comments below.
My vehicle is drive-by-wire, do I need a special kit?
If your car or truck is the new drive-by-wire throttle system, the cruise control kit you order will already take that into account. Most of the older types of throttle systems are based on a throttle cable. You push on the gas pedal, and a cable pulls open the throttle body. This is still the majority of throttle systems available today. However, there are some vehicles where in the middle of the year, the manufacture switched to a drive-by-wire system, and for those vehicles, you would need to select which one you have.
What about wireless cruise control switches?
For some vehicles, it would make installation much easier if you could add a wireless cruise control switch. With this system, it saves having to run wires and makes the overall install cleaner.
What kind of switches are available?
The most popular are handles that attach to your steering column, usually on the left hand side, and sometimes on the right hand side for European models. For some vehicles such as a motorcycle or an RV or camper, it might make more sense to get a dash mounted switch.
Do I need any extra sensors like a vehicle speed sensor?
Usually, the complete kits come with everything you need. For universal kits, depending on the vehicle, you might also need a VSS or a Vehicle Speed Signal Generator. If you are not sure, please ask us in the comments below and we can help you identify what you need.
Do these kits void your warranty?
By law, an aftermarket part can not void your warranty unless if it directly caused damage to your vehicle. If you install an aftermarket cruise control kit, and for example your transmission fails, they would have to prove that it failed due to the installation and operation of the cruise control. Please check your local and national laws for more information.
Some kits say they require dealer activation. What does this mean?
If your system says it requires dealer activation, it means that the computer in your vehicle (also known as the ECU, PCM or ECM), has to be activated for cruise control, so your vehicle allows you to maintain a stable speed from an aftermarket unit. The process is usually painless. You take your vehicle to the dealer, and they set your vehicle’s computer to accept cruise control. For any costs associated with this, please contact your dealer.
Where can I get these systems installed? Do you recommend someone?
Many of our customers do the install themselves. We always recommend professional installation, and for those who go this route, we recommend to call a local repair shop. Many people have had good luck calling stereo install places as they seem to have done these before, but it does depend on the specific shop.
I want a complete system, is there something available?
Depending on your vehicle, there might be a complete cruise control system available that includes all the required switches and sensors. For those who have older vehicles, there are also universal cruise control kits available, but with those you would need to also buy a separate switch. If you need a universal kit, click here and see the options available at the bottom of the page.
Do you have install instructions available?
Install instructions vary from vehicle to vehicle. We do not have any for a motorcycle, but for a car or truck, there are universal instructions as well as vehicle specific instructions. Please ask us in the comments below and we can provide you information.
Where can I buy a kit for my vehicle?
Please check our full listing here: Rostra Cruise Control. Here are all of the switches available: cruise switches and handles. If you do not see your vehicle listed, and are not sure what kit to order, please ask us in the comments below or send us an email.