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added cruise control, auto dim mirror, headunit and a few other mods, photos

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...
https://www.ranger-forums.com/general-technical-electrical-18/adding-cruise-control-2007-ranger-aftermark-unit-123779/

I purchased this device for $200 from "the cruise control store" (M&R Electronics of Michigan), and handed it over to my tech.
http://www.thecruisecontrolstore.com...014/ranger9609
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 (<very important, special thanks to Rentz for posting that setting!)

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.









Mirror
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.



Remote Start
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



Ipod, Stereo
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.


Tint
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!


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Very cool mods you had done. Where did you get the Gentex 30 Auto dim mirror, and also how much did it cost.
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very nice.

can you change display colors on the head unit?
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the Gentex30 was around $200, give or take. i didnt supply it though, my installer did. Although i wanted Homelink (offered in Gentex 50) for the garage doors, the 50 didnt offer map lights. Given our dome light situation, i wanted map lights more. The map lights that come with the Gen30, are LEDs, they are very focused (& bright) on the passenger and drivers lap area only.

That headunit was selected solely because of its display properties. i was happy to see a host of other nice features come along with it. i was not happy about switching from the factory HU, i always prefer stock headunit appearances. That said, this HU has so many color and dimming configurations it matches the green in my 2007 perfectly. best of all, it dims as low as the instrument lights or can be set with one button push to "lights out" where the entire unit blacks out. Right out of the box, the HU also adds, Bluetooth cell phone link, pandora stream from your phone, a separate iPod link in the armrest and HD radio, as reluctant as i was going into it, im really happy that my installer 'talked me into it'.

Part of the roll for ranger is hauling me and my stuff to VT during the winter. The drive is 5 hours one way, three or 4 times a month. Which is why i needed the temp read out, and why im so particular about the instrument lights and HU display, not causing eye fatigue. The HU doest have any 'blingly' animations either, its a very well behaved, subtle unit.

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The Kenwood Excelon series are great headunits.

I have the KDC 794 and I love it
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Can you find out where I can Gentex 50 I don't need the map lights because I installed a Mustang dome light and it has the map lights. I've been interested in doing a OHC but this rear view mirror looks better.
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the 50 was a really nice unit, esp with the homelink, would be the same mirror thats in my BMW from the factory. but the homelink upgrade was steep, around $100, bringing the mirror right around $300, i couldnt muster up the 100 bones and give up the map lights...

I will ask my installer what the source is for the GENTEX, i think he gets them from long island or something. The mirror works so well auto dimming, its always comfortable, no matter how bright the lights are behind you. plus its a very clean look adding in the temp and direction which is the only reason i had wanted the OHC. I will report back
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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.


This is the exact mirror i am about to install in my 02 Ranger and I was wondering how you hooked up the DOMELIGHT feature of this mirror.

The mirror's domelights are controlled with a switched ground, not a switched positive. It looks like the factory domelight is a switched positive, but the mirror requires a switched ground.

Where did you find a switched ground to make this part work? Anyone know?
Here is the wiring diag for the mirror connector...


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I had mine installed at a shop... I wonder if there's something i can check for you when i get home later?

I know the mirror LED flood lights turn on and off with the interior dome light but they can also be turned on when the truck is off by just hitting the button as well, then they will time out.

This mirror is really the way to go rather than hacking up headliners and non matching parts from the explorer. Its so clean and self contained. I depend on the temp read out and have found it to be very accurate. The auto dimming works great and makes me wish my side mirrors auto dimmed too now :)

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Thanks for the quick reply!

Yeah, it is a really beautiful mirror. I have one in my 03 Jeep TJ Rubicon and I love it. I got this mirror from a wrecked 03 Jeep Rubicon. (was a great parts vehicle for any worn interior parts for my Jeep too) In my last ranger I put in a OHC, but I did not want to hack up this ones headliner. This mirror would give me everything the OHC would give me but without all the roof liner work.

I am wondering if the GEM module has a wire I could tap into from the door switches or such.

I know this is an older thread, but it is VERY current for me :)
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I should state more info about my truck... it is a 02 ranger FX4 Level II

looking at the GEM module's connector views I see the left and right door ajar switches coming it. Those would probably be switched grounds. I am going to go check those shortly. The only thing with tapping those wires would be that the mirror domelights would not be protected under the battery saver module. Which is OK, as they are LED lights and would take a hell of a long time to run down the battery. Also my remote will not be turning them on and off like the gem controlled domelight when I unlock the doors.

Hmmm...
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Ok, comparing the 2 vehicles instrument cluster wiring diagrams...

03 Jeep Rubicon: The jeep sends its door ajar sensing grounded-open to the instrument cluster which in turn lights the door ajar light.

02 Ranger: Would the ranger be the same? Looking at its instrument cluster connector 1 pin 11 Door Ajar Indicator, Control wire... I wonder if that is also a ground sense wire to the cluster. Aka... the light always receives switched power and when the switched ground sensing wire supplies ground it illuminates the light.

I see it didnt attach the 2 wiring diagrams... I will try again. Ok.... my bad.. i forgot to hit upload.
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Looking at the GEM module I see 2 courtesy Lamps which look like switched grounds.

Has anybody ever put in a switched ground courtesy lamp in a ranger before hahah.
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Just followed link to purchase. It has changed to this ;

1988-2011 Ford Ranger Rostra Complete Cruise Control Kit - The Cruise Control Store
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I know this is old, but I intend to add a Rostra kit to my 2011.

I thought of buying a steering wheel from a same year Ranger that had the cruise control buttons already on it, do you think I could tap into the wires and use the OEM switches rather than Rostra's switch?
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I have my doubts about that. Would depend mostly on how the Rostra kit works.
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I have my doubts about that. Would depend mostly on how the Rostra kit works.
I contacted the guys at TheCruiseControlStore.com, they said it wouldn't work with stock controls. That's fine, just figured I'd ask.
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Rigger, before you buy that kit, have you considered installing OEM from a salvage yard?
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If you haven't already, go here and read this. You may be able to have factory cruise pretty easy. How To: Cruise control install - Discussion thread | Ranger Forum - Ford Truck Fans

I wasn't so lucky. I had to build a factory harness myself and do it the hard way. LOL
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Rigger, before you buy that kit, have you considered installing OEM from a salvage yard?
Originally, that's what I wanted to do. I read about needing a factory harness that takes hours to strip from a junk yard truck and even more to install. Plus all of the parts (new anyway) are really expensive.

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If you haven't already, go here and read this. You may be able to have factory cruise pretty easy. How To: Cruise control install - Discussion thread | Ranger Forum - Ford Truck Fans

I wasn't so lucky. I had to build a factory harness myself and do it the hard way. LOL
I think my truck is bare bones as well. No power windows or locks, no tilt wheel, no cruise, no power mirrors. I checked out the link and I'll try to get under the dash this weekend to see if I'm prewired. I sure hope so. If so, then I'll buy a steering column with the wheel already installed with the cruise buttons and all. It'll also give me tilt, which is a plus. Thank you for that link, I hope I'm pre-wired!

If you don't mind posting, how much did you spend to get yours up to par without being pre wired?
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The prewire check is under the hood, right side by the washer solvent reservoir. I checked my build log; Cost me $112 total for the parts and a weekend to do it. My truck also didn't have tilt, so I bought a tilt/cruise ready column as well as the servo and cable out of a 2000 Explorer. The steering wheel pods I bought new and those were $80 (included in the above price). Later, I bought a leather wrapped 2004 steering wheel and air bag with pods (for $75) so the $80 pods were a waste of money. Anyway, if you are prewired, you can do this in one day on a weekend. Bare bones doesn't seem to matter on prewired or not. I have seen posts about XLT trucks that have no cruise and aren't prewired, yet the next guy will post that his truck has NO fancy options but is prewired for cruise. Ford seemed to be throwing darts at the board for determining whether to prewire or not, so definitely worth it to check.

EDIT: My truck is a 2003 EDGE that came with power windows, locks and mirrors, better stereo head unit and fog lights... but no f-ing tilt or cruise. Go figure!
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The prewire check is under the hood, right side by the washer solvent reservoir.
Yeah I'll pop the hood tomorrow and check for it, that's where the servo plugs in right?

$112 doesn't seem so bad. I don't have any junk yards around here so I'd have to piece it together from Ebay or guys scrapping their trucks on here. I would imagine that will run me a little more. Either way, worth it!
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Looks like I'm not pre-wired. Aftermarket it is!
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Well, that sucks. Ya know, you COULD do it the hard way like me! I know, though, you have no salvage places near you. That's a shame too, cause it is REALLY fun to go to a Pick&Pull yard. SOOOOO much stuff to look at and drool over (or buy).
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