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 Post subject: Cruise control?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:33 am 
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I'm assuming from a search of the forums that no-one has fitted cruise control to a Dolomite/Sprint, but given my right leg issues, I'm trying to find something that I can use that isn't too expensive. Best I've found so far is a "Speed controller Dynad EAGLE". Pretty basic but reviews are okay.

Only supplier I can find is Conrad Electronics who have a minimum freight of 54euro to NZ, so freight trebles the cost of something that appears to be the size of a matchbox!

Has anyone fitted a cruise control unit. Does anyone know of another suitable unit or another supplier for this Dynad Eagle?

Any help or ideas appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Cruise control?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:44 am 
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That's not really a cruise control unit, just holds the throttle in one place, which might be fine if everywhere around you is flat. Have a look for motorbike cruise control units, or see if you can find an Audiovox CCS-100 (or clones) for sale locally, I know someone who fitted that to an old Volvo 240 and spoke highly of it.

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 Post subject: Re: Cruise control?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:03 pm 
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A proper unit needs throttle cut off when the brakes are touched, do these units have that?

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 Post subject: Re: Cruise control?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:40 pm 
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I can recommend a Waeco MS-50 if you can still find one.
It has over-rides for clutch and brakes.
Trickiest part of fitting one to a Dolomite would be the speed sensor. It has a magnetic pick up one that fits to a driveshaft or propshaft ,but it's far easier if there is an electronic speedometer to tap into.


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 Post subject: Re: Cruise control?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:28 pm 
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Look around the scrappies for an old (pre 95) Mitsubishi Shogun/Pajero. Loads of these in the UK, particularly grey import Pajeros from Japan have an electro mechanical cruise control that works mainly from a splitter block in the throttle cable. I've not actually taken one off a car, but since it is a stand alone option/accessory on the cars, my bet is that it will have it's own discrete wiring loom, rather than being buried in the main loom as they are on more modern vehicles. They seem to be pretty bulletproof too, my old 91 Shogun had it and it still worked perfectly when I sold the car with just over 200K miles on the clock!

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 Post subject: Re: Cruise control?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:18 pm 
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I have the Audiovox unit in my MGB V8. It works by simply holding the revs steady by "counting" the number of pulses on the negative side of the coil. It is cancelled by touching the brake pedal or by switching it off. It works well, although it takes a few seconds to pull the throttle cable. However, I think it has been out of production for a number of years now.

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