Go Back  North American Motoring > 2nd Generation MINIs > Modifications > Interior/Exterior
R56 Pre-LCI to LCI Interior Swap/Conversion >

R56 Pre-LCI to LCI Interior Swap/Conversion

Interior/Exterior Interior and exterior modifications for Clubman (R55), Cooper and Cooper S (R56), and Cabrio (R57) MINIs.

R56 Pre-LCI to LCI Interior Swap/Conversion

  #1  
Old 03-12-2019, 05:50 AM
Alex Rose
Alex Rose is offline
Neutral
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 9
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
R56 Pre-LCI to LCI Interior Swap/Conversion

Hey everyone,

I don't have any pictures of the swap in-progress, but I can confirm that this does indeed work - with some serious fiddling. You'll need to buy the following 3 parts, but I recommend also switching out your tach/speedo for the black one at the same time for convenience:The swap is as easy as take apart the dash, unplug and plug-in EXCEPT FOR THE A/C CONTROLS & SWITCH PANEL. This is not for the faint of heart. You're going to have to swap the circuit board, screen, and backing from your old controls to your new ones because the internal components are different. You can use everything else from the new unit. You'll need to cut the middle of the new unit's rubber backing for the screen to fit, just make sure you don't cut where it pushes down onto the circuit board or else your buttons won't work. I probably took the circuit board out close to 10 times before I got this right, but I had zero guidance whatsoever. There are little white plastic pieces that are going to fall out...DO NOT LOSE THEM- your A/C and front/rear defroster will not work if you don't have them sitting inside the back of the button.

If I had one piece of advice, TEST, TEST, TEST, and don't break your battery terminal T-bolt...Happy to help anyone who is considering doing this swap - just post here! I'll keep this forum alive because I know that more and more people will start doing this as time goes on and more of the LCI interior parts become available. To all those that try this, good luck!

-Alex

EDIT: AUX is not working. Will troubleshoot...eventually. I want to figure out how it works first - not sure what exactly my Aux cable goes to back there, and I really don't want to start messing with the wiring.
 

Last edited by Alex Rose; 03-25-2019 at 08:13 AM. Reason: FOUND AUX ISSUE
  #2  
Old 03-14-2019, 08:07 AM
BMC_Kid
BMC_Kid is offline
4th Gear
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 457
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Why do this swap?
 
  #3  
Old 03-14-2019, 06:03 PM
Alex Rose
Alex Rose is offline
Neutral
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 9
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Why do this swap?
No money for a new car any time soon, and I like the look of the black interior.
 

Last edited by Alex Rose; 03-22-2019 at 09:58 AM.
  #4  
Old 03-16-2019, 09:42 AM
PEneoark
PEneoark is offline
1st Gear
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Holley, NY
Posts: 45
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
What is LCI? Maybe I am just ignorant lol
 
  #5  
Old 03-17-2019, 04:41 PM
Kalibdor
Kalibdor is offline
4th Gear
iTrader: (1)
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Athens, GA
Posts: 335
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
So I did this a little while back and had some interesting results. Everything worked except I'd lost front/rear fogs as the donor car/ihks panel did not have them. I went to program them back in after transferring the toggles over and found that communication was closed due to a gateway issue. The stereo/radio unit still thought it was in the donor car, and therefore wouldn't communicate with the other modules. I'm sure this would be different were you to buy new units and code them accordingly, but just thought I'd share this for anyone that plans to do this with used parts. I ended up compromising by keeping the lci ihks panel, switching gauge faces to lci jcw faces, and using my original pre-lci stereo/radio module.
 
  #6  
Old 03-17-2019, 11:32 PM
BMC_Kid
BMC_Kid is offline
4th Gear
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 457
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Originally Posted by Alex Rose View Post
No money for a new car any time soon, and I like the look of the black interior.
OK, cool. Its just that in all of your write-up, I didn't see the reason why this swap was done. Thought maybe you were having some issues.

Whatever floats your boat and makes the experience of owning your MINI even better. Trust me, I've done all kinds of things to mine for no other reason that I could, and I wanted to. And I could even afford a new one but I much prefer the R56 anyway.


 
  #7  
Old 03-22-2019, 09:55 AM
Alex Rose
Alex Rose is offline
Neutral
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 9
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by PEneoark View Post
What is LCI? Maybe I am just ignorant lol
LCI is the updated R56. You have to check VIN's, but generally speaking 2007-2010 is pre-LCI and 2011-2013 is LCI.
 
  #8  
Old 03-22-2019, 09:56 AM
Alex Rose
Alex Rose is offline
Neutral
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 9
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Kalibdor View Post
So I did this a little while back and had some interesting results. Everything worked except I'd lost front/rear fogs as the donor car/ihks panel did not have them. I went to program them back in after transferring the toggles over and found that communication was closed due to a gateway issue. The stereo/radio unit still thought it was in the donor car, and therefore wouldn't communicate with the other modules. I'm sure this would be different were you to buy new units and code them accordingly, but just thought I'd share this for anyone that plans to do this with used parts. I ended up compromising by keeping the lci ihks panel, switching gauge faces to lci jcw faces, and using my original pre-lci stereo/radio module.
Interesting, I did not have this issue. I don't have rear fogs, and it's going to cost me $$$ for wiring and coding. It's pretty much the only upgrade that I'm going to straight pass on. It does annoy me that I don't have that 4th switch though...
 
  #9  
Old 03-22-2019, 09:57 AM
Alex Rose
Alex Rose is offline
Neutral
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 9
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by BMC_Kid View Post
OK, cool. Its just that in all of your write-up, I didn't see the reason why this swap was done. Thought maybe you were having some issues.

Whatever floats your boat and makes the experience of owning your MINI even better. Trust me, I've done all kinds of things to mine for no other reason that I could, and I wanted to. And I could even afford a new one but I much prefer the R56 anyway.
Good point - I should have added the reason in. I'll probably update it later. I like your style! This is my first and last MINI...I much prefer the R56 as well.
 
  #10  
Old 04-06-2019, 12:28 PM
Alex Rose
Alex Rose is offline
Neutral
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 9
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Kalibdor View Post
So I did this a little while back and had some interesting results. Everything worked except I'd lost front/rear fogs as the donor car/ihks panel did not have them. I went to program them back in after transferring the toggles over and found that communication was closed due to a gateway issue. The stereo/radio unit still thought it was in the donor car, and therefore wouldn't communicate with the other modules. I'm sure this would be different were you to buy new units and code them accordingly, but just thought I'd share this for anyone that plans to do this with used parts. I ended up compromising by keeping the lci ihks panel, switching gauge faces to lci jcw faces, and using my original pre-lci stereo/radio module.
I forgot to mention that I did mine with used parts from multiple donor vehicles too...
 
  #11  
Old 04-06-2019, 02:56 PM
Kalibdor
Kalibdor is offline
4th Gear
iTrader: (1)
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Athens, GA
Posts: 335
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally Posted by Alex Rose View Post
I forgot to mention that I did mine with used parts from multiple donor vehicles too...
And you've successfully coded the vehicle since the retrofit? Just curious. If you haven't, would be interested to see if you have the same results when trying to get in to code the ihks/ihka panel.
 
  #12  
Old 04-09-2019, 11:56 AM
slademan's Avatar
slademan
slademan is offline
2nd Gear
iTrader: (16)
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Pacific Northwest Coast
Posts: 108
Received 10 Likes on 6 Posts
Found this post and thought I'd add up some info for the readers. I originally did this and sent the photos to Dustin at Allmag. I'd be willing to bet that Alex got to see the photos I sent. When I bought my climate control I bought one that had all 5 buttons due to the fact that it's how my own car was configured, with the fog lights in the back of the JCW aero bumper.

The new climate control has pins on the back of the circuit board and the plug sleeves are mounted on the back of the climate control "carrier". I used my old backing because the pins and plug sleeves are mounted directly to the board in the old models. I basically just used the front of the LCI black climate control and all the other components are my original ones. The radio itself works fine but I lost my iPod plug function, USB direct to stereo function, the aux input and microphone for the Bluetooth phone connect. I never used the voice function in my car so that didn't matter to me and almost never used my phone in the car so that doesn't matter either. I carried CD's in the car for years and have a nice collection of music so I really don't mind that I have less function. I'm doing a new stereo install with a nice Helix DSP unit. The "Director" has USB input and the DSP has Bluetooth connect so I won't be missing too much once it's all said and done.

I've ordered my car and picked it up in December of 09. It's a 2010 car. I've been looking at the silver controls for a long time and really like the look of the LCI cars. I wanted the change desperately but didn't have any interest in selling my car. There was only one way to do the climate control and that was to just swap out the guts and just use the outside black box control unit "carrier". I bought the exact match to the one I had in my car so it was just an easy swap. All the buttons work their normal function. Alex was good in saying that I did cut out the old LCD screen from the chrome ring. I gently pulled apart my old one to get the display out but was concerned about the new chrome ring so I just cut out the old display to save the tabs from breaking. If you want all 5 buttons just keep looking until you find the right unit and you won't need coding for the fogs in back.

Here's the photos.

Here's what it looked like before I started the process. Not stock but still have the silver controls and radio.

This is the 2011+ post LCI climate control board. You can see the pins on either side of the large board at the bottom and ribbon cable that comes from the display at the top.

Both displays, my old one is already in the new carrier chrome ring ready to be put back in. Wires and plugs from the old, ribbon cable from the new.

Old board and display with a new facelift.

You can see the old white plug sleeve on the left there and this is my old backing. The new backing had the plug sleeves attached to it directly to fit over the pins on the board.

Finished with those mods and here's the outcome. Everything works. I bought black faces from Outmotoring for my tach and speedometer some time ago and can thank Alpha Motoring for selling me the GP2 Dash. My 2010 now has a 2011 LCI facelift with some really nice extras. Even with a little less function on the CD player, the radio works great as does the CD player so I can listen to music just like I always did just not from my iPod at the moment.
 
  #13  
Old 04-23-2019, 04:19 AM
Alex Rose
Alex Rose is offline
Neutral
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 9
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I wish I'd seen the pictures! That would have made things easier I sourced parts from Dustin as well!

Originally Posted by slademan View Post
Found this post and thought I'd add up some info for the readers. I originally did this and sent the photos to Dustin at Allmag. I'd be willing to bet that Alex got to see the photos I sent. When I bought my climate control I bought one that had all 5 buttons due to the fact that it's how my own car was configured, with the fog lights in the back of the JCW aero bumper.

The new climate control has pins on the back of the circuit board and the plug sleeves are mounted on the back of the climate control "carrier". I used my old backing because the pins and plug sleeves are mounted directly to the board in the old models. I basically just used the front of the LCI black climate control and all the other components are my original ones. The radio itself works fine but I lost my iPod plug function, USB direct to stereo function, the aux input and microphone for the Bluetooth phone connect. I never used the voice function in my car so that didn't matter to me and almost never used my phone in the car so that doesn't matter either. I carried CD's in the car for years and have a nice collection of music so I really don't mind that I have less function. I'm doing a new stereo install with a nice Helix DSP unit. The "Director" has USB input and the DSP has Bluetooth connect so I won't be missing too much once it's all said and done.

I've ordered my car and picked it up in December of 09. It's a 2010 car. I've been looking at the silver controls for a long time and really like the look of the LCI cars. I wanted the change desperately but didn't have any interest in selling my car. There was only one way to do the climate control and that was to just swap out the guts and just use the outside black box control unit "carrier". I bought the exact match to the one I had in my car so it was just an easy swap. All the buttons work their normal function. Alex was good in saying that I did cut out the old LCD screen from the chrome ring. I gently pulled apart my old one to get the display out but was concerned about the new chrome ring so I just cut out the old display to save the tabs from breaking. If you want all 5 buttons just keep looking until you find the right unit and you won't need coding for the fogs in back.

Here's the photos.

Here's what it looked like before I started the process. Not stock but still have the silver controls and radio.

This is the 2011+ post LCI climate control board. You can see the pins on either side of the large board at the bottom and ribbon cable that comes from the display at the top.

Both displays, my old one is already in the new carrier chrome ring ready to be put back in. Wires and plugs from the old, ribbon cable from the new.

Old board and display with a new facelift.

You can see the old white plug sleeve on the left there and this is my old backing. The new backing had the plug sleeves attached to it directly to fit over the pins on the board.

Finished with those mods and here's the outcome. Everything works. I bought black faces from Outmotoring for my tach and speedometer some time ago and can thank Alpha Motoring for selling me the GP2 Dash. My 2010 now has a 2011 LCI facelift with some really nice extras. Even with a little less function on the CD player, the radio works great as does the CD player so I can listen to music just like I always did just not from my iPod at the moment.
 
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Ardvb
Navigation & Audio
1
02-09-2019 01:43 AM
Alpha Motoring
MINI Parts for Sale
1
04-26-2014 05:55 AM
Alpha Motoring
MINI Parts for Sale
0
02-15-2014 06:23 PM
kimilein
R56 :: Hatch Talk (2007+)
18
07-03-2013 10:14 PM
iSuni
R56 :: Hatch Talk (2007+)
0
05-06-2013 12:54 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: R56 Pre-LCI to LCI Interior Swap/Conversion


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: