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New radio time for 11477!!
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One thing that’s bugged me since I got 11477 roadworthy was the lack of sounds.

Don’t get me wrong - I’ve enjoyed without any radio, I enjoy driving the D.
But having a non functioning radio is annoying. So I wanted to address that.

Enter the Retrosound Santa Barbara. I toiled for a few months over this as I’ve read reviews fitted to DeLoreans and the older model 1 didn’t seem great. But this newest model seems to have it sorted.

On to the fitting.... firstly I removed the old ARA tape deck which I’d hoped to have used but there was literally no saving it. Static was loud and tapes extremely quiet.
I was presented with a load of disgusting wiring..... and yes those scotch locks had to go!!!
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As you can see in this next pic, the 80s aftermarket radio installer scotch locked the ARA’s loom to the ASI loom. Naaaaaaasty.
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The old ARA “professional series”
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Scotch locks removed and loom is now tidy.
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Time to unbox the radio to see what I’m dealing with.....(pictured with the ASI loom)
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The ASI loom is now soldered and insulated to the ISO loom supplied with the radio.
Also the ignition and constant feed soldered to the other side of the ISO plug.
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Then the radio could be built. All quite easy, but time consuming as you need to line up the spindles with the old radio and bend the brackets to fit in the car.

Further adjustment was made when fitting to the car.
I used the supplied fascia behind the dash in order to fill the gap for the smaller radio face.
Then used the ARA radio face to finish the look.

I’m really pleased with this. Not least because I now have 4 functioning speakers, DAB radio, 2 aux inputs, Bluetooth music streaming, hands free calling, usb flash drive input and 32,000 colour options for the screen!!! (I opted for green lol)
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And the radio saves the colour option and the radio presets once power is removed from the car. So it’s perfect when hibernating your D!

All in all. I love it..... can’t wait to fit my newly recovered (Lee Pattison) seats and go for a drive!!!

Tris
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VIN 11477 Jan '82
2013 Jaguar XF-S

Tristan J Carroll
South Wales
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#2
That looks the Business...well done Tris....I really mean that!         I'm dead envious!
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#3
Thanks Chris Smile

I love the original look combined with modern tech.
They are a little on the pricey side..... but when eBay had a 10% off voucher the other day, I had to take it!! Big Grin
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VIN 11477 Jan '82
2013 Jaguar XF-S

Tristan J Carroll
South Wales
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#4
Nice upgrade there Tris!

The radio in 16723 doesn't work and looks out of place so I would be very interested to follow suit and get something similar to yours. Catch up soon buddy. 

Stu
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VIN 6237 Grey Interior, Manual
VIN 16723 Black Interior, Auto
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(22 Dec 2018, 12:51)Stuart Rees Wrote: Nice upgrade there Tris!

The radio in 16723 doesn't work and looks out of place so I would be very interested to follow suit and get something similar to yours. Catch up soon buddy. 

Stu

Cheers Stu.
Yeah we’ll have to have a look together mate.
If there’s a din opening already cut, you can get a din adaptor for these shaft radios Smile
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VIN 11477 Jan '82
2013 Jaguar XF-S

Tristan J Carroll
South Wales
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#6
That looks great Tris. Really suits the 'age' of the car
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