Update on Cruise Control :-
When i scouting for a SUV, CC was a mandatory feature for me, but both my shortlists Fortuner and Pajero Sport dont have CC (in manual versions) - so i had to look for a kit (ideally OEM
) which could be an easy fit. After some research and thanks to some friends i succeeded in doing so!
In this link
i found a DIY from a gentlemen from thailand , that was useful but his Pajero was an autobox , so will this work for a manual was the big question!
Since the DIY includes a brake switch as well, i was about 80% confident it would work with the manual Pajero Sport as well, I believe (not sure) that the SA Pajero Sport has cruise control in manual version. From a driver's perspective i always advocated that the CC is the single most relaxing feature, it helps you stretch your legs in long journeys and move around that little bit, improving circulation - in expressways if you want to enjoy a leisurely drive a CC comes very handy. I use it for most of the Mumbai-Pune stretch regularly except for the ghat part off course.
Since our Pajero Sport is CKD and imported from Thailand, i bought the part from Thailand(i have part numbers with me for brake switch and steering module and yes you also require the clutch switch) - having it all OEM
is the best option than after market CC in my view.
The process is fairly simple :-
To stay on the safer side, i disconnected the battery terminal before starting the process. First turn the wheel and remove the two screws on the right side of the steering, if you remove the other two on the left you will get even ore space to work as the CC terminal on the steering is very short and it will be hard to work with just one side opened.
Once that right silver placeholder on the steering is removed (just pry it out) , you will see a blue cable inside, plug in the cable in the procured CC module and fix it back in the same silver slot - it is a direct fit. Then screw back the screws you opened beside the steering. Connect back the battery terminals if case you disconnected it.
Put the ignition key and keep it on on position. Press the on/off switch once and viola you will see cruise control green light on the dashboard - that is good news!
Next step is to replace the brake switch under the dash, you will need to unscrew the driver side under dashboard black cover (alongside steering column) and just replace the existing 2 pin brake switch with this new brake switch. Once you have done that, check if the brake light comes up business as usual once you press the brake pedal. This brake switch is essential to ensure the CC disengages when brake is pressed.
Screw the cover back and you are done! Here is how the steering looks after the job.
The cruise control works over 40kmph - its a very basic setup with no facilities to increase and decrease speeds using the buttons. There is a cancel and resume button which works just as intended. There is one catch though, i noticed when the CC is engaged and the clutch is pressed, the CC gets disengaged(which is obviously intended) however the rpm goes up very briefly by about 300-600rpm depending on the speed you are in and revert backs to normal then, this happens in a microsecond really - my suggestion is the clutch should not be used to disengage CC, use the brakes or the cancel button. As far as functionality goes everything works as intended, operational successful and patient alive too! EDIT :-
I was wrong, the ACC RES and COAST SET buttons are polymorphic in nature and do the function of + and - respectively, single click increments by 1 kmph or so, continuous pressing leads to adrenalin rush, so in short CC has all features as normal. EDIT :-
So as i mentioned elsewhere in the review my experience of installing the CC has been great with just the one hiccup of RPM going up every time you use the clutch to disengage the CC - it was pretty apparent that there was missing kink in the chain, further discussions with our new member A.G confirmed this thought process that there ought to be a clutch switch as well similar to the brake switch, exchanged part numbers with AG and thanks to his confirmation went ahead and procured it from Thailand, the installation is pretty simple and all it needs is to open up the lowest plastic component below the steering underneath the dashboard and requires long deft hands to place in the clutch switch connector and tighten the nuts, the nut position should be same as before to ensure clutch play remains similar
, the existing connector would be just a bolt it is replaced by a bolt with black housing holding the 2 pin connector - so what essentially this does is it disengages the CC without a shift in RPM when you press the clutch. It takes hardly 10 mins to install this. This is a must have component for Manual vehicles if you are installing a CC, please note this component is not required in the AT vehicle for obvious reasons.
Installation diagram (pic courtesy AG)
Clutch Switch installed underneath the clutch pedal accessed from the driver side footwell - sorry for image quality will take a fresh one later
Picture of the brake switch which was installed previously
All 3 components pictured - photo courtesy AG again.