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Radio FittingIf you've got an Elise without the radio fitting kit, then all is not lost. It will cost you more money and about six hours of your time but, it can be done. These wiring instructions are correct as far as I know. Make sure you check all wiring before plugging in your head unit.
The AerialThe aerial is costs £28 and the aerial base £78 from a Lotus dealer but, both parts are from a Vauxhall Corsa and cost considerably less if purchased from a Vauxhall dealer. The aerial has as short flying lead with a plug on.
SpeakersThe speaker pods need to be fitted and this involves taking out both seats. These are fixed with velcro and a single screw. A hole needs to be made in each one for the speaker to fit into. There are now two types of speaker pod for the Elise.
WiringAll of the necessary wiring is pre-fitted to the Elise and the aerial co-axial lead is tied back on the left, inside the boot. It has a female socket pre-fitted. The head unit wiring ends in standard ISO multiway connector. It requires a convertor for other makes of head unit and on some the switcheded and permanent power circuits need to be swapped.
Head UnitIf you don't have the radio fitting kit fitted you will need to replace the single dash strip with the two extra pieces provided with the radio fitting kit. New cars are now shipped with these two strips as standard. These two pieces cost about £50 each.
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