MINI Cooper (2018-2022) DRL BOARDS - INSTALLATION GUIDE

MINI Cooper (2018-2022) DRL BOARDS - INSTALLATION GUIDE

Welcome to our guide on installing the your new DRL boards on your Mini Cooper. If you're looking to enhance the style and functionality of your Mini Cooper, these DRL modules are a market-first upgrade that will surely catch attention. In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the installation process, providing detailed instructions and valuable tips to ensure a successful installation.

 

Tools and Materials Needed

Before we dive into the installation process, let's gather all the necessary tools and materials:

  1. DRL boards
  2. T20 Torx screwdriver
  3. Flathead screwdriver (slim and larger)
  4. Blade or scraper
  5. Thermal paste (if not pre-applied)
  6. Clean cloth or paper towel

 

Ensure that you have all these items ready before starting the installation to streamline the process and avoid any unnecessary delays.

 

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

 

Step 1: Preparation

  1. Begin by gathering the necessary tools and materials listed above.
  2. Park your Mini Cooper in a well-lit and safe working area.
  3. Open the vehicle's hood and locate the headlights.

 

Step 2: Removing the Heat Sink Modules

  1. Using the T20 Torx screwdriver, carefully remove the four T20 bolts that secure the heat sink modules in place.
  2. Take your time during this step, as the clearance behind the headlight may be limited. If needed, create a shallow socket tool with a T20 bit to facilitate easy removal.

 

Step 3: Disconnecting the DRL Plug

  1. Once the heat sink is removed, locate the DRL plug for the board.
  2. Press the clip on the DRL plug to release it from the board.
  3. Exercise caution while disconnecting the plug to avoid any damage to the components.

 

Step 4: Removing the OEM DRL Boards & Thermal Paste

  1. Start by using a very flathead screwdriver or a slim screwdriver to insert a corner on the bottom edge of the DRL board.
  2. Gently twist the screwdriver to create some space, allowing you to switch to a larger screwdriver.
  3. Gradually work your way around the DRL board, using the larger screwdriver to pop it off.
  4. Carefully remove the old thermal paste from the heat sink using a blade or scraper. Take your time to ensure thorough cleaning.

 

Step 5: Installing the New DRL Boards

  1. Take the new DRL boards and applie new thermal paste.
  2. Align the pegs of the DRL boards with the corresponding slots on the heat sink.
  3. Press the modules firmly, ensuring not to touch any of the LED chips.
  4. The thermal paste will secure the modules in place, but remind to let them dry.

 

Step 6: Reassembling and Finalizing the Installation

  1. Connect the DRL plug back into the board, ensuring a secure connection.
  2. Refit the heat sink onto the DRL modules and align it properly.
  3. Fasten the four T20 Torx screws to secure the heat sink in place.
  4. Double-check all connections and ensure everything is properly aligned.
  5. Turn on the vehicle's lights to verify that the DRLs are functioning correctly.

 

Post-Installation Tips

After completing the installation, it's essential to follow these post-installation tips to maximize the performance and longevity DRLs:

  1. Run the DRLs for at least 15 minutes immediately after the install. This helps secure the initial bond of the thermal adhesive, ensuring the DRLs stay in place.
  2. Avoid touching the LED chips or applying excessive force to the DRL modules during and after the installation.
  3. The thermal adhesive will reach its full adhesion after approximately 72 hours. During this time, avoid any unnecessary tampering with the DRLs.
  4. If you encounter any issues or have questions during or after the installation, consult the manufacturer's instructions or seek professional assistance.

 

Installation Of RGB DRL Boards

If you're installing RGB boards, the process remains largely the same as described above. However, additional steps are required due to the color-changing feature inherent to RGB boards.

 

Board Installation:

  1. Install the RGB boards following the same steps outlined in the general installation guide above.

 

Power Connection:

  1. After installing the RGB boards, connect the harness and Bluetooth module to a switched power source located in the engine bay fuse box.

 

Setting Up The Controller:

  1. Once the power connection is established, extend the wiring harness from the boards to the RGB controller. This controller is the hub for controlling the RGB feature.

 

App Setup:

  1. A QR code is provided on the back of the RGB controller. Scan this QR code to download the corresponding app for controlling the RGB lights.

 

By adhering to these steps, you'll be equipped to successfully install and enjoy the features of your new RGB boards. Handle all components with care to ensure the best results and longevity of your new LED lights.

 

Conclusion

Congratulations on successfully installing the DRL boards on your Mini Cooper! By following this guide, you've not only enhanced the style of your vehicle but also added a touch of sportiness and uniqueness.

Note: The installation instructions provided here are a general guideline. It's crucial to refer to the manufacturer's specific instructions and recommendations for your particular DRL modules and vehicle model. Always prioritize safety and consult professionals when needed.

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