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Standard 2 spoke to multifunction 3 spoke

Hi all I was just wondering if any one can help me I have got an r53 cooper s with a basic 2 spoke steering wheel on it (just horn buttons) and I would like to change it to the multifunction 3 spoke (cruise control and radio controls) and also information stalk. I have the steering wheel and air bag, slip ring with switches and I have a parts car that I have got the steering wheel and other parts out of

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Iíve spoken to the Mini guru who works magic on my car about this and he said itís bloody difficult and not at all worth the money and hassle involved. Iíve never come across anyone whoís done it


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That parts for it are not an issue an I have a parts car which the steering wheel and parts come off
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Iíve spoken to the Mini guru who works magic on my car about this and he said itís bloody difficult and not at all worth the money and hassle involved. Iíve never come across anyone whoís done it
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Agree. A mission ....... impossible. Just not worth it.
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This was a common question back in the day when this website first came to life. It is possible and I have seen instructions (many, many years ago), but it is a ball-ache and not easy. Here are the original instructions for dealer retrofit: https://new.minimania.com/images/ins...ng%20Wheel.pdf

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I found a list somewhere of the parts you need to do the conversion, so here it is, with the MINI part numbers:
1 x Slip Ring 61316800997
1 x Brake light switch 61316967601
1 x Clutch Safety module 61319122702(61316905900?)
1 x Clutch Sensor plate 35316765622
16 x clips 51437048911
1 x Cable set 61120136522
1 x Double connection 61138364566
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I found a list somewhere of the parts you need to do the conversion, so here it is, with the MINI part numbers:
1 x Slip Ring 61316800997
1 x Brake light switch 61316967601
1 x Clutch Safety module 61319122702(61316905900?)
1 x Clutch Sensor plate 35316765622
16 x clips 51437048911
1 x Cable set 61120136522
1 x Double connection 61138364566
Does seem hardly worth the hassle just looking at the parts needed
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All the parts are available from main stealers, got these prices last year:
1 x Slip Ring 61316800997 £158.00
1 x Brake light switch 61316967601 £37.46
1 x Clutch Safety module61319122702(61316905900?)£43.98
1 x Clutch Sensor plate 35316765622 £5.51
16 x clips 51437048911 £11.66
1 x Cable set 61120136522 £50.51
1 x Double connection 61138364566 £1.55
Things like the slip ring you can no doubt get off a breaker.
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Quick questions for the people that already did this:

Are the steering wheel buttons iluminated? I retrofitted the buttons and the slip ring, but have yet to put in the cable set. The radio buttons aren't working and the steering wheel controls do not light up. Is that normal?

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Problem solved: After I put in the entire retrofit wiring harness the radio buttons started working and are illuminated. Now all that's left is the coding to get cruise control working.

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Ok so I have everything wired up and coded, but cruise control does not work.
The indicator light goes green, but it will not keep speed.
INPA tells me the clutch switch is active all the time, which would prevent cruise control to engage.

I've wired it up according to the facelift wiring diagram (had to change the pinout on the clutch switch, from the factory the wiring harness was made for preFL cars) and checked ground and +12V are ok.
I've now tried two clutch modules / sensors (part no: 61319231129 / FACET 7.1314) but with the same result: clutch switch always active

I've then tried to highjack the signal out from the brake switch (pins 3 and 4). For pre facelift cars it's the same type hall effect sensor on both clutch and brake. That got me a "clutch switch signal out of range" fault code in the DME. Also the brake switch has 2 circuits as a failsafe and if I tap into one of them, the are not in sync, also prohibiting cruise control activation.

Now I'm running out of ideas. Could try a preFL clutch switch, but I don't see how that would change things. I'd be ok with faking the switch too, as long as I can get cruise control working.
Hope someone can help!

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Turns out I made a mistake on the ECU connector, leading to the clutch signal pin not seating right and shorting out on the pin beside it. If you stick to the guide this is a cheap nice upgrade to your car!
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Well done for doing this. One of the reasons I eventually sold my R53 after 15 years was that I wanted cruise control. I looked to change the wheel early on but it cost (at the time) a lot to get it done by Mini and I didn't feel confident enough to do it myself (fear of exploding airbags). I also looked at a third party solution from a company called Conrad. I guess changing to the F56 has ultimately cost a lot more...

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It was actually fairly cheap to do and not too difficult. Just timeconsuming. I did it with a mix of new and used components. Mind you im located in Germany.

Here's my cost breakdown:

Wiring Harness 61120136522: new - 21,50€
3 spoke steering wheel with multifunction controls: used - 125€
I took the buttons out of it and fitted them to my 3 spoke wheel because it was in better condition and ended up selling it again for 50€, so total cost was 75€
clock spring 61316800997: used - 35€
clutch switch for FL cars 61319231129 / FACET 7.1314: new - 17€

Total spent was less than 150€

Because I have an aftermarkt JVC radio to enable radio controls oin the steering wheel another 30€ adaptor was needed.

Coding was done by a friend of mine for free, but it's only "mit_MFL" in BC1 and cruise_control in EMS.
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