C5 Manual Cruise Installation
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    Tadpole
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    Colleagues,

    I've just acquired a 2003 C5 Estate with the 2.0 petrol engine and manual transmission.

    Being so obsessed checking for "faults", I ignored what "features" were or weren't present. My Xantia has (aftermarket) cruise, but the C5 has none, not even the blanking plate on the steering column housing where it would have been fitted.

    So I'm contemplating fitting an aftermarket unit. The throttle is still mechanical in this beast, so many vacuum activated kits may be usable.

    Has anyone else tackled this exercise? I have a background in electronics, so that aspect is not too much of a worry.

    Greg Segal

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    Fellow Frogger
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    I would have thought you will find you just need the extra stalk from a similar car that's been wrecked. Everything else should be there (BSI, engine ECU, harness, stop switch, motorised throttle), but it may need to be enabled in the car's configuration (BSI settings via Citroen diagnostic tools) to make it work. You'd need to see if there is a switch already fitted for the clutch pedal to disengage the cruise control.

    I'd ask a dealer and price the stalk/kit as a first step. Fathergoose here (aka Bruce) may well still have a stalk from a similar car (but auto) he wrecked a while ago. He's in Sydney. Otherwise, talk to French Connection in Melbourne and others like BM Spares. There was a person with leftovers from a similar wagon on eBay recently. I think he was near Wollongong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregx View Post
    Colleagues,

    I've just acquired a 2003 C5 Estate with the 2.0 petrol engine and manual transmission.

    Being so obsessed checking for "faults", I ignored what "features" were or weren't present. My Xantia has (aftermarket) cruise, but the C5 has none, not even the blanking plate on the steering column housing where it would have been fitted.

    So I'm contemplating fitting an aftermarket unit. The throttle is still mechanical in this beast, so many vacuum activated kits may be usable.

    Has anyone else tackled this exercise? I have a background in electronics, so that aspect is not too much of a worry.

    Greg Segal
    I have fitted these (AP 60) http://www.tcag.com.au/products.html?p=5446
    to two vehicles. Never missed a beat.

    Ebay sells them around $160 on occasions.

    You can get the vehicle speed input from the VSS or speedo drive pulses if your vehicle has an electronic speedo.

    You can get the engine speed input from the tacho.

    This saves the stuff around with magnets and sensors off drive shafts.

    On the vehicles I've fitted them to, the ECU connector was the easiest place to connect to.
    A 'scope makes makes it easy to find the inputs.

    I always fit a dash mounted mechanical switch which interrupts power to the whole system. The switch on the stalk is an "electronic" switch. I like the idea of something fool proof and fail safe.

    Not very difficult to fit and work very well.

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    I've just fitted an AP60 to the CX Familaile - automatic
    Only driven it 600km but has been great.
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