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Dash Removal

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by Pantera Dude, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Pantera Dude

    Pantera Dude Member

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    Have any of you removed the dash on your roadster, any tips on how to? I've got several issues I'm going to work on: I'm going to connect an
    ipod cable to the usb port on the back of my new stereo, I'm installing an new boosted antenna, I wan't disable the buzzers, bells, gongs
    etc., and I have a rattle to eliminate.
     
  2. djp

    djp Roadster 2.0 VIN939

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    I haven't done it myself, but the interior is close enough to a Lotus Elise that you should be able to use the Elise Service Manual.
     
  3. smorgasbord

    smorgasbord Active Member

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    Not for the faint of heart:

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  4. Pantera Dude

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    Thank you guys. I found some instructions on the elisetalk forum. I've almost got it done but without the instructions, I would have never got it without destroying the car.
     
  5. wiztecy

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    #5 wiztecy, Dec 23, 2015
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    To help others so they won't break things, here's a good Lotus link on how to remove the dash:

    1st Link:
    Elise Dash Removal Instructions By EliseTalk’s Buzzy

    2nd Link:

    My Dash Removal Instructions - LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community



    Copied from the 2nd link location in case any of those links goes dead:

    My Dash Removal Instructions
    I took my dash apart today for fun and to also find some clips that were sliding around inside.

    1. Disconnect Battery!

    2. Pull Passenger Airbag Cover off.
    Pull it directly towards you.
    You'll break 4 plastic clips which will need to be replaced.

    3. Remove steering column cowling.
    Remove 2 screws from the bottom and 4 from the sides.
    Pull the bottom part downwards and disconnect the trip reset button cable. A small pick or eyeglasses screwdriver inserted into the clip will release it.


    Pull this piece off, it's loose:
    6284-02cowling_thumb.jpg

    Now time to remove the upper cowling. It's held on with 4 metal clips (highlighted in blue, 2 on each side) and some velcro (green).
    6284-03cowling_thumb.jpg
    Lift the back of the cowling up to the sky to loosen the velcro, then pull the whole thing forward towards the back of the car. The metal part of the clips might fall into the dash but you should be able to get those later.

    Here's what the metal clips look like, all the remaining parts are held on with them and screws.
    6284-04clip_thumb.jpg

    4. Remove center vents and radio
    If you want, you can use the radio removal tools to take the radio out first. I don't have mine so I took this part off whole.

    Remove the 3 or 4 screws (highlighted in red) and then pull the piece directly towards you, it's held on with one clip (blue)
    6284-05centervent_thumb.jpg

    5. Side sills and side vents.
    The side sill and side vent is all one piece.

    Remove the small screw towards the back of the side sill.

    Lift up the rubber mat and remove the 2 screws at each side:
    6284-06sidesill_thumb.jpg

    Remove these 2 screws:
    6284-07sidepanel_thumb.jpg

    Pull out the plastic trim that holds the start button and disconnect it.
    6284-01cable_thumb.jpg

    The vent area is held on with 2 clips here:
    6284-08sidepanelclips_thumb.jpg

    Lift the side sill up from the rear and pull back to release the 2 clips. It might be stuck down so pull it.

    Do the same for the other side.

    6. Loosen Tachometer
    To get the dash top off you'll need to loosen the tachometer and lean it towards the back of the car.
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    7. Remove Dash Top
    It's screwed down with 4 or 5 screws.
    Lift up slightly and disconnect the speakers.
    Pull towards the back of the car to remove.

    Finished:
    6284-10finished_thumb.jpg

    Overall I wouldn't say this was too hard at all, I was pretty scared to do it but it ended up being a lot of fun.

    I hope this is useful for some people.

    Luke
     
  6. bpangburn

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    Tackled this over the weekend. Haven't gotten to reassembly yet, but not too terrible.

    Any idea what the tape over the clips is? It seems like double sided tape, but mine had a lot of pink/salmon transparent backing over the tape. Seem like they added double sided tape to make it stick, but then left the backing so that it would just snug the clips and not be so sticky that it would be hard to remove. Any idea if this is special tape and where to get it?
     
  7. wiztecy

    wiztecy Active Member

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    Please update the thread if anything was different than documented above. It helps everyone :) As for the tape/colored tape, I suspect its to prevent vibration of the clip against plastic and such.
     
  8. supersnoop

    supersnoop Tesla Roadster #334

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    I used these instructions when I swapped the radio in my 1.5. I will note that you need to pay particular attention to the trim pieces in the trinket tray, and the rubber boots on the wiper and signal stalks. It's easy to end up with those misaligned.
     
  9. bpangburn

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    Will do. Found a few spots where the plastic tabs on the console panels that screw into the dash were cracked or broken. Clamping/gluing to repair and then reinforcing by gluing a thin metal washer to the damaged area.
     

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