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Just finished my cruise control install, and wanted to share a couple of pics.

When I installed my cruise last week, I was going to use the dash switch
for a CVT style steering wheel as my cruise control buttons. (I have the manua transmissionl)
I left the car about half way thorough the cruise install for lunch, and walked by an
S2000 on the way into a resturant and saw that the S2000 uses the same
style switch on the wheel for cruise, so I place an order for that part.
It is in fact the exact same switch, only with different lettering.

I ordered the S2000 switch, cord guide, brackets, screws, and housing for the wheel and finished the install last night.

Here are the pics, and you can get a closeup by clicking on the picture.
http://www.atheos.net/insight/cruise1.jpg
http://www.atheos.net/insight/thumb/cruise1.jpg
http://www.atheos.net/insight/cruise2.jpg
http://www.atheos.net/insight/thumb/cruise2.jpg

I mounted my cruise unit below the battery, and ran the wires with the
factory ingnition wires, that run through the driver side fender well.
I'll take more pictures later this week, and link them to this thread.
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Dang, you beat me to that one. I had the same exact idea to use the S2000 buttons as I had noticed they were the same as well. I think the button pod is like $25 or so, is the right? The only difference I had in mind was to get the rostra remote control stick and take it apart and make it work inside the button pod for the S if possible.

It looks good though, factory like. Good job.
 

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Rick said:
I think the button pod is like $25 or so, is the right? The only difference I had in mind was to get the rostra remote control stick and take it apart and make it work inside the button pod for the S if possible.
Rick,
The S2000 switch lists for 45.10, but I was able to get it for 34.17.
Here's a list of the parts you need from honda to do this:
36770-S2A-A81 dash mounted switch - 45.10
78525-S2A-A81 cord guide (not required) - 3.42
78518-S2A-A81ZA body cover (not required) - 9.36
78517-S2A-A81 Bracket - 6.46
93892-05016-08 Screws for switch - 1.12
90171-SK7-003 screws for bracket - 3.40
these are list prices, and your cost may vary.
You can use the old body cover, if you are skilled
with a drimmel. (The outline of the switch is in the inside
of the cover)
My total cost including the Rostra cruise control: 197.87
My total time: 4 hours
Other expenses:
steering wheel remover aprox ($20)
case of beer ($12)
Currently the switch has power whenever the key is energized.
To complete the install, I will mount a cruise power button above the
left dash pocket, as soon as I can find what year/make
honda used a similar size switch. (I know there is one that will drop right in)
I may leave it out altogether, cause I have never needed to shut
of the power for the cruise switch in any of my vehicles.

My idea for CVT install is to have the cruise power button external, and
use relays to alternate the function of the CVT steering wheel buttons.
When the cruise switch is enabled, the two button will work the cruise.
When the cruise switch is disabled, the two buttons can do whatever they
are designed to do.
I don't know enough about the CVT insight to know if you need access
to the features while in cruising speed, but I'm sure someone will tell me.

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WOW you got a heck of a deal. I paid $34,000 for my S2000 switch. Luckily the rest of the car was still attached, hehe. My cruise in the Insight is a different switch. Mine is a turn signal stalk type. Your's will look much better, good luck.
 

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Thanks for the parts list, I might have to go shopping here soon. As far as price I can get everything wholesale plus the tax. I'm deffinitely going to do at least something similar to that on mine before I got on another long trip. $200 for cruise control is a lot cheaper now than knee surgery in the long run is.

It looks very nice.
 

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cruise switch

i do use the transmission switch while driving, expecially when traveling up long hills, just like you have in indy. while driving up a long hill, in regular mode, the car looses a lot of speed. if you touch the transmission into sport mode right when the car is starting up the hill, then you loose no speed.
switch looks great, will it fit on the left side? remember the air bag connection is on that side.
talk to you soon.
 

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that's what I was afraid of nnielsen.

There is room for the switch on the left side (must relocate airbag wire)
but then you have the problem of getting 3 more wires down the steering
column, which isn't possible.
Not enough room to add the wireless guts either, so the only other possiblity
is a multiplexer circuit which would be more trouble than it's worth.
 

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Atheos said:
I don't know enough about the CVT insight to know if you need access
to the features while in cruising speed, but I'm sure someone will tell me.

I'll let you be the first to experiment with a CVT if you'd like. I've been planning to get cruise control installed, but I just haven't had the money to get the parts yet. If at all possible, you can tell me what I would need, I'll get them, and I can set up a date to have you install it.
 

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I'll let you be the first to experiment with a CVT if you'd like.
Ok, Here's how it will work.
Go get a switch similar to this one:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... 2415621040

When the switch is in the on position, your CVT buttons will
control your cruise control. (set/resume) and the LED on the
cruise switch will light up. It should also fit right into the center
blank switch cover above your left dash pocket.
When the switch is in the off position, the cruise will remain in
whatever state it was in (until you press brake) and the CVT buttons
will operate as they should.
PM me for more details!
 

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...but then you have the problem of getting 3 more wires down the steering column, which isn't possible.
Not enough room to add the wireless guts either, so the only other possiblity
is a multiplexer circuit which would be more trouble than it's worth.
For the install did you run wires down the steering column, or were you able to use existing wires? Are there extra wires on the reel assembly?

I am planning to do the same thing on my 2000 5MT Insight. I have the switch (D/S) and Rostra unit. The car is in the shop at the moment, so I can not check.

What does the mode select switch connector connect to in a CVT insight (a reel assembly connector or a harness running down the steering column)?
 

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how difficult is it to use the s2000 switch vs the rostra?

Hi,

I'm in the process of buying the Rostra cruise control setup and am trying to decide which steering wheel switch to use. I think I'd prefer the s2000 switch, but is it a nightmare to hook up to the rostra unit? The rf unit seems a lot easier, but I'm willing to put a little more time into the install to get the s2000 switch in there. I just don't know how difficult it is to remove the steering wheel and run the wires down to the rostra. Plus, would it be apparent which wires go where? I haven't yet seen the installation manual for the rostra, but is it easy to wire in the s2000 switch? Is there a problem with not having an OFF button for the cruise control? I believe someone mentioned that the ON/OFF button would require another switch.

Thank you.

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rostra

I got it off ebay for $110 (used including stalk mounted control switch). I need to get the throttle adapter bracket and a steering wheel mounted switch. The adapter is $27 at Brandon Distributing. They also sell the rostra rf switch for $62.

I would *prefer* to buy this throttle adapter and then purchase the s2000 switch from HondaPartsCheap.com. They have all the required parts for a pretty good price ($27.79 for the switch, and similar discounts off the other parts).

So, if anyone has installed the s2000 switch with the rostra universal cruise control unit, would you share your experiences with the installation? Is it difficult or dangerous to remove the steering wheel because of the airbag? I'm not an auto mechanic but I am able to do things like install a car stereo, change the oil. The pretty mundane stuff.

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I am probably going to buy a 5-speed this week.
As you know, it does not come with CC and I do 90% highway.

What is the cost for me to do it, and how many hours would it take?
What would be a reasonable price to pay a dealer to do the install?
How about options other than the compant listed here ( which I know nothing about )?

Thank you.

While you are at it ( experts ) :) how much should I pay for a 2000 with 74,000 miles? Thanks.
-John
 
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