Elise Center Console Removal

Stan on EliseTalk.com

In a nut shell this is how you remove the console.

  1. Remove the one screw holding the black cup thing out back between the seats. Remove the item.
  2. Then remove the two screws holding in the gray piece that lives between the cup and the console. The screws are down in the part near where the first screw you removed came from. The lighter unplugs with goof-proof connectors and there is enough wire slack to do this easily. Now you can remove this part, the second. All of the plugs are one way, no need to write anything down or remember wire colors or whatever, no adjustments.
  3. Unscrew the 6-point screw on either side of the console near the front of it. An allen wrench will work in a pinch if you don't have a torx set. So that is two screws to remove up front - the shiny silver ones you may have already noticed.
  4. Yank the hand-brake handle up really high and hard. Raise the front of the cover and jostle the rear.
  5. When you have enough room, you can disconnect the Hazard light and Lock Switches.
  6. The Hazard Light Switch has a plug-ended cable leading to it...if you grasp the plug and squeeze the release-tongue that is on its LHS it can be removed.
  7. The Lock Switch has a lead coming from it that is about 6 inches long. At the end of that is the plug and socket to disconnect. I can't recall if there is a lock, most likely there is but it's duck soup.
  8. Now the main console piece has only the shifter and hand-brake retaining it.
  9. Lift the console and get the shift boot to go upward...the portion that stays on the shift lever is retained by a zip-tie which you cut off. The boot can now be slowly slid off of the shifter. The base of the boot is still clipped onto the console. The console will come off when raised upward if you have the e-brake pulled hard enough so that it's lever is as high as possible. If the e-brake is off, you can't get the console cover off.
  10. The lighter, hazard and lock switch units all can be popped out of the console pieces in which they reside by squeezing their spring loaded elements which are located along their sides. They can go in only one way, nothing to remember or mark. All of them come out toward the outside.
  11. Make sure your car is on level ground when you are doing this project as the car will tend to start rolling with the e-brake on and off and shift lever moving as you go through the process. I discovered this as I was rolling along!
  12. Reassembly is straightforward and you will need another tiewrap to retain the shift boot on the shift lever in it's designated collar area. The boot may need to be repositioned a bit.
  13. The boot is attached to a lip around the hole in the console cover be a series of 6 push on spring clips that are u-shaped. They are not hard to remove and replace with the console out. Eventually when they come out with the alloy gate for opur cars, I'd imagine that a similar retention method will be used. The boot perimeter only goes on one way and the scratches in the console rim (hidden from the outside) indicate where they go so there is again no need to keep track of this detail.