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Old 10-10-2011
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Removing Cruise control from a 98 Ranger and installing in a 99 Ranger

Ok so I have a 1999 Ford Ranger, ext cab, 4x4 3.0ffv. I don't have power windows/locks, power mirrors, tilt, or cruise control.

I bought a 98 Ranger ext cab, 4x4, 3.0 with all the power windows/locks, power mirrors, tilt, and cruise control.

How hard will it be to switch the cruise control from the 98 to the 99?
After looking at it, it looks like the connector for the cruise control is already in the 99.
Also the buttons for the cruise control (the left side) are broken off the wheel, looks like the plastic brackets broke. How hard will that be able to replace onto my 99?

I wonder if the wiring harnesses are already there for the power windows/locks, and mirrors.

Has anyone ever installed power mirrors, locks/windows on a ranger that didn't previously have power items??

I wonder if they used the same wiring kit/harness for all the rangers, but didnt install the actual items on some?

Anyway, any help, suggestions, would be great.
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Old 10-30-2011
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It depends. I have added power windows and locks to my 1st Ranger and I am adding them to my 2nd. I also added a/c to the 1st. I never added cruise.
Some Rangers are pre wired for the accessories and some are not. Try doing a search on the various Ranger forums on adding power windows and locks. It's been discussed many times. There is a way to tell if you have the accessory wiring package or not. I don't remember how at the moment.
Cruise is an option that is available for dealer install, so I doubt that it would be too difficult.
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Old 06-23-2012
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An after-market cruise control (e.g. Rostra) is not difficult to install. Added one to my 93. The most
time-consuming part of the install is laying out the wire routing and mounting spot under the hood.
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Old 06-23-2012
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I dono about your swap but on my 87 I have swapped power windows and locks,tilt steering,and cruise control. The power windows I had to swap the harness and the doors from an 88 to my 87 same for the cruise control. All I had to do was fallow the wiring harness from the component I wanted and stopped when I found common connections between the two trucks so everything was plug and play. The only thing I needed to buy was a vss for a man tranny because the 88 was an auto and my 87 was not.
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