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Old 05-25-2013, 09:33 PM   #31
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It is my understanding that there is a difference between the radio installed with the buttons on the steering wheel and the radio installed without those buttons.

I have no first hand experience, but I seem to remember a thread where someone tried the same thing and they were not able to get the radio or sync buttons to work.

If you decide to give it a try please let us know if it works! I commute 124 miles each day, and the cruise control has worked flawlessly for the past year after the install!
Update on my wheel swap.

I ended up installing a wheel that has both cruise and sync buttons on my car which was originally equipped with a steering wheel without any buttons.

Took it to the local dealership and they enabled speed control and charged ~ $85 to do so.

The cruise functions normally, but the sync buttons do not control anything. Like others have stated, the radio needs to be swapped in order for the radio buttons to function.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:10 PM   #32
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Here's a little twist

I just picked up my first Focus. A 2009 with cruise control. The steering wheel is really in rough shape. Looks badly aged and decomposing. I found some brand new OEM steering wheels for just $50, but they don't have the cruise option. I was wondering if I could buy one and then do some precision cutting of the left side so that I could put in the cruise controls from my original wheel. Anyone have enough experience comparing the two wheels to know if this is possible? I would really like to have a brand new wheel but I don't want to spend the $332 my dealer quoted me. If I have to, I'll get a wheel wrap, but that is also my second choice to having a brand new OEM wheel for just $50.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:52 AM   #33
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I just picked up my first Focus. A 2009 with cruise control. The steering wheel is really in rough shape. Looks badly aged and decomposing. I found some brand new OEM steering wheels for just $50, but they don't have the cruise option. I was wondering if I could buy one and then do some precision cutting of the left side so that I could put in the cruise controls from my original wheel. Anyone have enough experience comparing the two wheels to know if this is possible? I would really like to have a brand new wheel but I don't want to spend the $332 my dealer quoted me. If I have to, I'll get a wheel wrap, but that is also my second choice to having a brand new OEM wheel for just $50.
I plan to do this with mine that didn't come with Cruise, it looks like you should be able to!
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:13 PM   #34
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saw this on another forum seems you can enable cruise control yourself (and other features too) not tried it myself but feedback from other members seems good you need an elm cable and to download some freeware

http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums...d-ff2-program/

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DO NOT TRY TO DO THIS ^ PROGRAMMING ON YOUR OWN - for American cars, this will not work, and you will spend your time and $ for naught.

Secondly, I do not recommend renting a steering wheel removal kit from an autoparts store - the Gen II focus steering wheel was designed to be removed with a small 2-jaw puller (which can also be rented from an autoparts store):


I hope these corrections save others the time and agony I recently went through.

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Old 10-14-2013, 01:33 PM   #35
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I completed this upgrade in like 20 minutes, It was hard to find the right puller, had to modifiy the one I got from O'Reilly's, other than that it was a snap, This thread was great, thanks for the great pictures. I was able to have the cruise turned on for like 30 dollars at Parks Ford in Tampa, no hassle no fuss.
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Old 10-26-2013, 02:38 PM   #36
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Extremely helpful thread! Cruise installed and works perfectly!
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DO NOT TRY TO DO THIS ^ PROGRAMMING ON YOUR OWN - for American cars, this will not work, and you will spend your time and $ for naught.


I hope these corrections save others the time and agony I recently went through.
Ya, I've been reading about that and wondered. Did you actually try it?
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