I purchased my used Ranger a few weeks ago to replace my aging explorer that i owned for over 200,000 miles. I had a long list of things in my head that needed to be addressed given the amount of time i spend driving it.
First and most importantly, adding in Cruise Control
regarding this thread...
Adding Cruise Control to 2007 Ranger, with this aftermark unit
I purchased this device for $200 from "the cruise control store" (M&R Electronics of Michigan), and handed it over to my tech.
I had it installed by a tech that I use for all my automotive electronics. The company is Unexpected Creations in Edison NJ. As usual they did an amazing job on all the work.
The kit was comprehensive and complete. The unit, switch and wires felt like they are made well and will hold up over time. The instructions were well laid out. The job isnt small by any means but its just a lot of wires to connect into and finding a good home for the servo box.
The control stalk can be used or a switch on the dash (sold separately). I picked the stalk (included) and we mounted it at the 8:30 position on the steering wheel so it can be seen through the steering wheel spoke when the wheel is centered.
The job took my installers several hours, they were doing a host of other things while adding the cruise on so its hard to determine exactly how much time just the cruise took. Id say it was at least 4, but probably not more than 6.
Once i picked the truck up and drove it home the Cruise Control definitely had a bit of a 'aftermarket' feel to it. While it held speed, it wasnt totally smooth. some hunting on RPMs and the initial engagement had a bit of a surge. That said, I figured id spend some time taking a closer look to the many settings the control box needs. Its configured through 12 on off dip switches. I had my installers on a pretty tight time deadline so i didnt give them much time, if any, for extensive road testing.
I adjusted the settings to;
Gain: Extra Low; Engine: 6 cyl low sensitivity; 8000 pulses (
once i made those adjustments, and test drove it, the cruise control immediately felt like it came from the factory. It is very smooth, and im shocked after getting the settings right how perfectly it integrates with the truck. Its behaves just as you would expect factory cruise control to work. Im so relieved that i have cruise control again. (im coming into the ranger from a XLT explorer) Im really impressed with the unit overall.
The servo unit was mounted to the passenger side behind the washer reservoir. The cable is routed around and to the throttle body where the factory cable attaches. I was under the impression that this unit fits the ranger particularly well as this part of the install is usually the hardest. I was told that when they went to install it, it fit like it was just made to go there.
The people I spoke with at M&R Electronics made me feel very comfortable before buying the unit from them. They were very knowledgeable and were very willing to help if there were any difficulties during the install, just a phone call away.
Instead of adding an over head console from an explorer, I picked the mirror route. We added a Gentex 30 auto dimming mirror. This mirror works awesome! LED Map lights are a welcome addition, the auto dimming works fantastically. The direction and temp readouts are great to have. The map lights work with the dome light or independently if you need them.
The other work i had done was a remote start (yawn). The cool part about this one over my last, is that i can control it with my phone. Also means you can continue to use factory remote if you choose. The one it comes with is a low profile controller that isnt tacky. This was a Directed Electronics model 1.2
I wanted to integrate the ipod into the factory head unit and stash it away in the glove box. where it would charge, and be controlled from the ford HU. The 2006 headunit gave some headaches to my installer. While swapping head units to a 2007 might have given us better results it wasnt a certainty. I ended up just having them install a new headunit. We picked the Kenwood KDC-X995 based on its display features of being able to dim super low with the instrument lights to reduce eye fatigue on long drives. It controls the ipod smartly and intuitively. I gained bluetooth which was welcome. Im not a fan of aftermarket head units, i like to stay stock, but im impressed by this unit. One draw back is that it doesnt control first and second gen ipods (the ones that are like 10 years old), only the more recent ones (last 6 years). The headunit illumination can be set to a ton of different settings, it matches the factory lighting perfectly and auto dims. Another perk was we retained the factory "aux in jack" if ever needed.
Ford Keypad Entry system
I added a keyless keypad entry as well. this was super easy, did this myself. Ordered the part from Ford, programmed it and attached. Its a 15 minute job. I use the truck for windsurfing, taking my keys with me in my wet suit isnt an option during the winter. so this was a must have.
had to be done. :)
I used Coastal Window tinting of Toms River NJ. He did a perfect job.
we picked very light up front only 75%, you can hardly tell its tinted, just a smoked looked. Then used Privacy dark on rear quarters and back glass, 15%
That about sums it up. I feel like the truck now offers everything my explorer did, while handling my windsurfing and snowboarding activities (obsessions? :) ) with ease and more convenience than the explorer. I really enjoy the Ranger!