A50 Cruise Control

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 00:03
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KMart currently have the AP50 cruise control on sale for $169. Was thinking about installing cruise control on the poverty pack Pathy. Has anyone had any experience with the AP50?? If so, what are your thoughts - good or bad??? ThanksMoggs ( Normanhurst NSW)
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Reply By: joc45 - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 00:58

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 00:58
Hi Moggs, I have one on my GU 4.2TD and it works well. It comes with an impressive array of assorted bits to make it fit almost any vehicle.
The only downside is that you have to fix magnets onto your tailshaft for the speed sensor, whereas the more expensive ones work off the speedo sensor. The wire they supply to attach the magnets to the tailshaft is not really sufficient, and you should araldite the magnets on as well. They can suffer damage; ie, get knocked off by hitting the pickup sensor if the tailshaft shakes around a fair bit. There seems to be an optimum distance to space the sensor from the tailshaft.
If you have a manual vehicle, it is a good idea to also fit a switch to the clutch (in conjuction with the brake switch) to stop the engine over-revving when de-clutching. I recall the makers sell this as an option, but I made one up.
Gerry
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Follow Up By: chrisfrd - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 03:12

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 03:12
You can interface it to a magnetic pickup unit. All Jap cars are such.

All you do it connect it to the ungrounded side of the pickup.
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Follow Up By: joc45 - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 12:48

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 12:48
Yeh, tried that, but the pulse rate was too high for the CC. Had to build a divider (div 2) to interface it, and it works fine. Now I don't have to worry about magnets falling off.
Gerry
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Follow Up By: chrisfrd - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 14:59

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 14:59
Bonza mate!

This is the sorta stuff I do for fun... Sad eh?

Next cab on the rank is to work out putting a CC system in the 3.0 Patrol, without being ripped off for the new electronic units.

Chris
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Follow Up By: joc45 - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 21:29

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 21:29
Yeh, the 3.0L is a bit of a problem. When you see the cost of the upmarket CCs, then the Kmart AP50 is a bargain.
I left the old unused magnets and pickup in place, despite having an electronic interface between the speedo sensor and the CC. That way it looks like nothing has been tampered with. Whilst having a service, the techy asked if I had connected the CC into the vehicle electrics (apparently hoping that I may have voided the warranty). I told him that only the 12v was connected, everything else was stand-alone.
Heh Heh....
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Reply By: Hendo - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 06:48

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 06:48
Moggs

I have that unit fitted to a GQ diesel, and it works well - basic but effective. I waited for a sale price, but had to pay full price - $200 or so. The magnet on the tailshaft is held on by a very sturdy cable tie these days, and I have had it over very rough roads (eg track between Maryvale HS and Finke, out to Dalhousie etc) and it is all still there (much to my surprise). Took me about a day to fit, as even though all the bits are there, you are doing a one-off fitting, and it takes a while to work it all out. My kit has spare magnets, in case one is lost.

It is the best $200 I've spent. Takes a lot of the stress out of the longer trips.

Oh, and with the clutch disengage kit, I'd go for the brake light switch on the clutch pedal - if you can do that on a Pathfinder (you'll see what I mean when you get your kit). I went the other way, with a reed switch, and it was a pain to fit.

Hendo
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Reply By: David N. - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 07:30

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 07:30
I too have fitted the AP 50 on a GQ Diesel TD42. Have had it about 2 years and can't fault it. Don't know how I lived without it!!!
You can, if you want, get an adapter for your speedo(a friend has), but I haven't and find the magnet on the tailshaft works just fine.
Cheers
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Reply By: flappan - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 09:25

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 09:25
Giday Moggs.

Got one on my Pajero. Works a treat. Easy to install, Easy to operate.

Getting the magnets to stay put , is the hardest bit.
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Follow Up By: joc45 - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 12:51

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 12:51
Scrape the paint off the tailshaft, dob some araldite on the underside of the magnets, then wire them on as well. Then run araldite along the length of the wire to make sure that doesn't vibrate or come loose.
Never a problem after that.
Gerry
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Reply By: Hatcher - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 09:50

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 09:50
G'day,
Had the AP50 on my 4Runner and worked great. Only problem I found was when I was under the truck one day greasing the tail shaft and noticed the supplied bracked for the speed sensor had sheared straight through at the bend and was now swaying in the breeze by the sensor wire. Good thing I noticed it before it was lost for good. I would reccomend you use/make a better bracket.
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