How to add cruise control to your car, truck or motorcycle

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.

74 comments
  1. hi wanna ask on cruise control.. well i stay in Malaysia and i wish to install this features to my car which is not equipped with this features..is it costly to install it and do you some idea where should i get services to install this features.thank you

  2. Could you please forward me some basic installation instructions to install a cruise contol device to my auto. I want to get an idea of the proceedure. I’d like to install it on a 1993 isuze trooper with mannual shifter
    Thanks
    Mike

  3. I have 2004 Dodge Dakota pick up truck with a manual transmission. What would I need to order for aftermarket cruise control.

  4. Hi,
    I have corolla 2012 in gulf area Dubai, i was planning to buy Rostra 250-1836 but after downloading the manual, i found my A50 connecter wires color are totally different than in Rostra diagram, and when i short the cruise pins in the steering wheel no any lamp flashes, so my question is in worst case that my car has no drive by wire what i have to do to make it works?

    Please advise.

  5. I have a 2002 nissan frontier xe 2.4 liter man transmission. Will i need the extra switch for the clutch?

  6. Have 2005 Jeep Wrangler. There is no ABS system, standard breaking system, 4.0 engine, 6 cylinder. What system will work? …. magnets?? Automatic, 2 & 4-wheel drive. Thanks, tom

  7. I have a 1981 Standard Corvette. What type of Cruise Control Kit would I need?
    Thanks for your explanation of how cruise controls work Thanks
    Rick Jordan

  8. I have a 1957 Chevrolet pick up. It has 305 CI with 4 barrel holley. Is there a cruise control available or do I need to install a throttle?

  9. Hey, i have a nissan navara 2013 diesel (its same as nissan frontier only difference is gasoline) what if a buy an original steering wheel from the nissan frontier that has cruise control and install it on my navara…let me know.

  10. I have a 1985 nissan d720 King cab 4 wheel drive pickup, do I need a switch to turn off an add on aftermarket cruise control. And is it possible to add a cruise control to my pickup.

  11. I have a 1967 GMC 950/thomas body school bus with a 4-speed manual transmission(6-gear counting neutral and reverse) and would like to install cruise control, what should i do?

  12. Hi. I have a case header 2166 and can a cruise control kit be fitted to a header. It would need to be installed onto the engine speed so as the load goes on to the engine it will slow down when it does this the cruise control need to slow the header down as the header runs be hydro drive.

  13. 02 f 350 4×4 7.3 diesel what does the truck need to run the cruise control we bought a oem cruise system and it won’t work we added the brake master cylinder for a vehicle with cruise and it still won’t work

  14. I have a FIAT 500 POP 2012 – Manual Transmission, I was wondering if I need a clutch disengage switch and if you have a suggested cruise control switch?

    let me know.

    thanks.

  15. Hi, I have a 2011 Chevrolet celta / Suzuki Fun (both are the same, they are sild on Argentina, Brasil and other south american countries). It hás Drive by wire. And I believe the mostra bassic control unit possible for a Chevrolet. Would you have a system for this car?

  16. Hi, I have a 2006 Suzuki GSX1400K6 and I’m after a cruise control kit for it. Would you have a kit to fit and which one? I would have to use the Universal Cruise Control Switch (Dash Mount w/ Engaged LED) Rostra 250-3592 because being a motorcycle it doesn’t have an indicator stalk. Thanks for your help.

  17. I have a 2015 Chevrolet Utility , the UTE Force , its a small pick-up. Sold here in South Africa.
    It has a 1.4 engine with a manual transmission and drive by wire technology.
    Which cruise control kit will work for me?

  18. Dear
    I have honda accord 2006 2.4L with automatic transmission and i don’t have cruise control and want to install cruise control in my car

  19. I need a picture information on how a original factory cruise control mounts and hooked ti the acelerater on my 2003 S-10 pick-up truck… thank you !

  20. I am looking to pull a cruise control system off of an 01 Dodge Neon with an automatic transmission and put it on my 97 Dodge Neon with a manual transmission. The dealer has told me that they are interchangeable. I’ve deduced that I need the servo, clockspring, steering wheel, and brake switch. Is there anything else I would need? Do you have any tips?

  21. I have an 09 Chevy Cobalt, 2.2L engine, manual transmission. Do I need a clutch disengagement switch? Is there anything else I need with this model of car?

  22. I have a 2014 nissan versa manual transmission and i would like to know what kind of cruise control kit i would need and where i can get it from… Thank you

  23. I have a 1956 ford pick up with a carburator gm 350.It has a tv cable operated 700r automatic overdrive trans.It has a after market instrument cluster made by Dakota Digital that is totally electronic.What Im saying is it has a electronic speedometer.What Rostra cruise control kit would I need for this set up.Thanks,David Miller

  24. Hi, I have a manual 2008 Ford focus and was wondering how much it might cost to install a kit and if I need to get a specific kit? Thanks for your time by the way.

  25. have a 85 berlinetta with digital dash doesn’t have the cable under the hood there is just rubber boot need the cable i guess. it is the 2.8 multiport five speed need help

  26. I have premio car model 2009. 1500cc. I want to install cruise control in my car how i can make the installation n from where in pakistan lahore

  27. Hi. I would like to install wireless cruise control in my 1997 Mitsibishi Pajero. Could you please let me know which kits I need if you have them available? Thanks

  28. Looking to install a cruise control system in my 1993 honda accord dx but unsure of what to do or what parts I need please help

  29. Hi, my car is a hyundai sonata 2006 automatic transmission, it doesn’t have cruise control, do you have any kit for my car?

  30. Hi, i have a 2007 Chevrolet Captiva(C100) A/T and i couldnt find any kit that suited. Please recommend a kit for my vehicle.
    Thanks for your time

  31. hi i have Toyota fortuner 2015 2.7 vvit liter 4 cylinder can i add cruise control and what is the parts required

  32. Hi, I need a cruise control kit for my 2004 volkswagen golf tdi. It is an automatic transmission. Can’t seem to find a complete kit available for it. So if i need to get the universal kit, which control switch should i purchase?

    Thanks
    Coleman

  33. I want to aske about the ability to install the cruise control system on my Nissan Sentra 2013.
    What are the things that should be replaced.
    Knowing that i will buy it from a damaged car.
    Some of the people say that i have to replace the computer and the throttle body . Is it true?
    Thanks

  34. I would like to add a cruise control unit for my daughter’s car. She drives a 2011 Chevy Cruze. What’s your location and what would be the cost of installation? Thank you. Phil

  35. I would like to have a cruise control system installed on my Renault Duster 2013.
    I am currently based in the UAE. Could you advise the what would be the cost,recommended brand and contents of this installation kit?

    You inputs would be useful…
    Thanks

  36. Well, I am from UAE, I have Pajero Sport 2010 model base model, built on L200. Can advise whether I can install cruise control on this vehicle.

  37. I would like to install an aftermarket cruise in an ’04 Ford Crown Vic (P71)
    Would it be possible to get a list of all the parts I need to get, and if possible associated installation instructions?

  38. Need a system for 2001 Nissan Pulsar N16 5 speed manual …qoute cost to supply with complete instuctions please

  39. Do you have cruise control unit for toyota fortuner with 1kd engine. Mine is a 2011-2013 model. Do you have the installation manual? How hard is the installation?

  40. Is there an adaptive cruise control kit for 2012 Subaru legacy gt 6 speed manual? I already have cruise control, but would love adaptive for long car trips.

  41. Hi,
    I have a 2012 Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 Diesel, automatic gearbox. Car didn’t have cruise control and I have bought the original switch which fitted perfectly on the steering wheel. It goes lit when you turn the lights on, activates the CRUISE indicator in board when you press on/off but does not keep the speed constant. Can you please help me on indicating what else I may need? Would that be just a computer setting?
    Many thanks!

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