Esprit head unit replacement - LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 7
Esprit head unit replacement

I'm set to pick up my first Esprit (a 2001) in a few weeks, and one of the few mods I'm toying with is replacing the head unit with a screen that can accomodate a backup camera. I've seen a few for sale recently with this mod --- see the pic below as one example. I'm sure this is harder than it looks, as it requires moving the air controls and switches down a bit to accommodate the size of the unit. Has anyone on the forums done this sort of mod? Any helpful info would be appreciated.
Attached Images
 
Wilsoch is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 01:16 PM
Wingless Wonder
 
carbuff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: In the Back of your Mind
Posts: 5,243
Garage
@JennasEspritTurbo put a backup camera on an '83.

Have you talked to an auto stereo shop? An alternative might be to install a head unit with a retractable screen. You could specify what features you want.

We have a good auto sound guy here in north NJ that owns a V8 Esprit. (Par-Troy Audio in Newton, NJ)

Atwell Haines
'88 Esprit
Succasunna, NJ USA


"Not all angels have wings." - Turbo R
carbuff is offline  
post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 03:34 PM
Integrator
 
MRDANGERUS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: N-East Central USA
Posts: 2,545
Garage
MRDANGERUS is offline  
 
post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 05:25 PM
Scott M
 
Molez93's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 184
Related question... Any suggestions on how to shop for a simple, direct swap replacement for the OE Alpine unit in my 2003 Esprit? Mine has consistently had issues which seem related to the connection of the detachable face plate.

The usual searching on LT and outside produced only unrelated results when I tried (again) moments ago. Thx!

'03 Lotus Esprit
'17 Ford Focus RS
'13 Subaru BRZ
'11 BMW X5M
'06 BMW M Roadster
Molez93 is online now  
post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 06:15 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 2,996
Call Crutchfield.com They sell all kinds of audio stuff and they specialize in auto.
jtrealty is offline  
post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 08:22 PM
Dreaded Prior Owner
 
snowrx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Far from another Esprit.....
Posts: 582
Seems like someone just posted a detailed double DIN console frame mod in the last month or so, but I can't find it. Maybe it was on TheLotusForums. Minor welding to relocate heater controls if I recall correctly.

Esprit ICE Installation

1985 BRG Turbo Esprit
Chargecooled w/Megasquirt EFI
snowrx is online now  
post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-15-2019, 10:52 AM
Registered User
 
yellow hornet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Bergen County, NJ
Posts: 118
Esprit head unit replacement

I would look into those license plate frames with the backup camera built in. Buddy of mine installed one and it took him no time at all.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Dominick Munofo
Lotus Ltd. Senior Advisor/Past President
1995 Norfolk Mustard Yellow Lotus Esprit S4s:

SS Cat Bypass Pipe, Micklewright Exhaust, Ram Air mod, 104 deg MOP Cam Wheel, HKS SSQV BOV, K&N Air Filter, Carbotech Race Brakes, SS Brake and Clutch Lines.
yellow hornet is offline  
post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-15-2019, 02:41 PM
Scott M
 
Molez93's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 184
Quote:
Originally Posted by jtrealty View Post
Call Crutchfield.com They sell all kinds of audio stuff and they specialize in auto.
No dice.
The knowledge of Esprit by their customer service team mirrors that of their manufacturer drop-down list: nothing there.
She suggested I take it to a custom car audio place although that is not going to happen.

'03 Lotus Esprit
'17 Ford Focus RS
'13 Subaru BRZ
'11 BMW X5M
'06 BMW M Roadster
Molez93 is online now  
post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-15-2019, 04:27 PM
Dreaded Prior Owner
 
snowrx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Far from another Esprit.....
Posts: 582
Later model double DIN fabrication-
https://www.thelotusforums.com/forum...comment-765362

1985 BRG Turbo Esprit
Chargecooled w/Megasquirt EFI
snowrx is online now  
post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-15-2019, 06:30 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 2,996
Even if they can't give you specific installation advice, they can help you decide what equipment to buy to do what you want. Installation is going to be up to you (or a custom shop).
jtrealty is offline  
post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-16-2019, 06:01 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Fort Mill, SC
Posts: 26
Yes, unfortunately this is not a simple mod on the Esprit (just like many other things), they made this much harder than it needed to be. I've replaced a dozen car stereos in my life but am actual scared to start this project on my own 1997 V8. The heating controls are welded to a frame, so first you need break those spot welds, move the heating controls to the desired location, and then spot weld it back into place. Also, the space taken up by a double-DIN head unit and heating controls does not take up the entire frame, so then you also need to fabricate some type of cover for the remaining opening. My plan is to take it to a professional installer (as recommended above) and have them do the labor. Also, for the cover that needs to be fabricated, I want them to integrate the three input ports for my headunit (2 USB and 1 HDMI) into this cover, so I don't have wires coming out of the dash or footwells.

Regarding what headunit to select, I've used the Pioneer AVH-NEX series in 2 vehicles so far (specifically the 4200NEX) and love them. Has Apple CarPlay and/or Android control, Pandora, HDMI input, backup camera input, satellite radio, Bluetooth, etc. Nice screen that's easy to see except in very direct sunlight (i.e. if sun is setting directly behind you). Have one car using it with an amp (GM Bose system with subwoofer) and one without an amp but headunit power is adequate to give decent sound. There is a newer version with wireless Apple CarPlay but I don't have experience with that model, and I don't mind the wired version because I want to charge the phone anyway as GPS and Pandora drains the battery quickly. Always purchased thru Crutchfield as their prices are usually better than the local big box stores.
flopshotgolf is offline  
post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-16-2019, 06:22 AM
Registered User
 
mieczkow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: St. Petersburg Florida
Posts: 1,208
I have installed a Boss head unit with a backup camera using a license plate surround camera. Boss is one of the few single DIN units with a decent screen. It certainly is adequate for the backup function - good viewing for functional purposes. Probably be a bit of a stretch to watch video on it though.

Tom Mieczkowski
1989 Esprit Turbo
mieczkow is offline  
post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-16-2019, 07:06 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 2,996
Pioneer just came out with a unit that has a remote touch screen so now you don't need a din or double din to install a head unit. The control unit can be hidden and the screen can be anywhere convenient.
jtrealty is offline  
post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-16-2019, 07:39 AM
Registered User
 
G8nightman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NYC
Posts: 501
If you are good with radio installs itís pretty easy to do.




Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Esprit S4
BMW 850I
BMW 850CSI
BMW M5 Sold
MB CLS
Corvette ZR1
G8nightman is offline  
post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-17-2019, 05:51 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Fort Mill, SC
Posts: 26
Did you just cover up the open gap with a new surround? Is that fabric or a hard material like plastic?
flopshotgolf is offline  
post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-17-2019, 06:04 AM
Registered User
 
G8nightman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NYC
Posts: 501
It is metal wrapped with a carbon wrap


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Esprit S4
BMW 850I
BMW 850CSI
BMW M5 Sold
MB CLS
Corvette ZR1
G8nightman is offline  
post #17 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-17-2019, 08:37 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Fort Mill, SC
Posts: 26
Carbon surround

Quote:
Originally Posted by G8nightman View Post
It is metal wrapped with a carbon wrap
That looks fantastic, did you have that custom made, or is there a store link that you can share? Would love to get one. Even if custom made, I would pay whoever made it to make one for me.
flopshotgolf is offline  
post #18 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-17-2019, 08:39 AM
Registered User
 
G8nightman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NYC
Posts: 501
It was custom made I donít think I will be removing it anytime soon to make another one.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Esprit S4
BMW 850I
BMW 850CSI
BMW M5 Sold
MB CLS
Corvette ZR1
G8nightman is offline  
post #19 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-17-2019, 12:40 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 2
I just finished replacing all the dash leather in my 2001. So decided to upgrade the stereo to provide a backup camera. I used a Pioneer AVH-3500NEX from Crutchfield. I first tried an Alpine Halo, it would not allow access to controls. Crutchfield took it back, for a full refund.
Attached Images
   
Mjmechanical is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community > Lotus Discussions > Lotus Esprit

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
fs elise/exige steering wheel/airbag unit, passenger side airbag, srs unit kulotus Parts For Sale 12 07-30-2016 09:13 AM
Please help!. alternator replacement for motorola unit- 1983 turbo esprit dief Lotus Esprit 5 11-14-2011 07:20 PM
2010- Head Unit Replacement Done Barryhund Lotus Evora 11 06-14-2011 06:33 PM
Need advice on replacement head unit and speakers ItsThaMonsta Audio, Video, GPS, Radar Detectors & Other Accessories 1 04-01-2008 06:07 AM
Head to Head to Head comparison... help me compile the data... jdl8r Lotus Elise 15 04-07-2004 03:16 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome