THANK YOU for purchasing the MINI F60 Aux Driving Light Kit from CravenSpeed. This product is made from the highest grade materials, and is guaranteed to be free from defects.
- 1 kit PIAA 5 LP550 High Intensity LED Driving Lamps
- 1 pr CravenSpeed F60 Aux Light Brackets (Powdercoated Stainless)
- 1 pr Threaded Dog Bone Clamps (Powdercoated Aluminum)
- 8 ea ¼-20 x 1.25 Stainless Hex Cap Screws
- ¼-20 x ½ Stainless Button Head Screw w/ Locknut
- Add-a-Circuit Fuse Holder w/1ma Mini Fuse
- 5 ea Zipties
- Ratchet Wrench w/ 8mm 10mm and 13mm Sockets
- 19mm Box End Wrench
- T20 and T30 Torx Driver
- 3/16 Hex Key Wrench
- Wire Terminal Crimper Tool
- Wire Stripper/ Cutters
- Trim Panel Removal Tool (a screwdriver will also work if careful)
Please read through these instructions completely to get an idea of what is involved before starting.
Mount the Brackets to your MINI
- Locate a level, clean, and well-lit location to perform this installation. Pop your hood, open your battery compartment, and disconnect your negative (-) battery terminal. The rain tray needs to be lifted slightly prior to opening the battery box, but in order to do this some things need to be removed. Peel up half the rubber seal that separates the rain tray from the engine compartment.
- Once the seal is removed, you’ll now want to remove the short ‘S’ shaped plastic trim piece since you’ll be running some wiring under it.
- Battery box lid is held on by (2) 8mm screws. Remove lid and disconnect the negative (-) battery terminal with a 10mm wrench. Secure the cable so that it cannot contact the negative (-) terminal over the course of this install.
- These are slots below the grill that the brackets will utilize for the install.
- Unless you have really small hands and can fit them through the grill openings, you’re going to need to completely remove the grill for this install. Remove the (7) T30 torx screws across the top and side of the grill and you should be able to gently flex the grill forward just enough so that you can access the molded-in tab clips along the inside bottom edge of the grill.
- Gently press down on the tab clips as you wiggle/pull the grill and it should disengage without too much effort.
- Once the grill has been removed, you’ll see the core support bars that we will be affixing our light brackets to. The brackets are side-specific and the images below show their intended orientation.
- Take a bracket in hand and insert (4) of the ¼-20 x 1.25 stainless cap screws through the bar mounting portion of the light brackets with the cap heads facing up. Set the bracket into place on the bar with the ‘dog bone’ shaped clamp on the backside and finger tighten them for now.
- There’s a bit of adjustment to take care of before the final tightening sequence. Once both the brackets are in place and hand-tight, adjust them so that the inside edge of the light tabs are approx 21 inches apart and centered on the MINI. Once level, this should set them about an inch off the top surface of the bumper.
- Take the grill and temporarily set it back into place and check fitment. Once you’re satisfied with the brackets positioning, tighten the cap screws evenly with your 3/16 hex key wrench. Hand-tight is fine.. do not deform or crush the support bars.
- Before we reinstall the grill, break out the PIAA light wiring harness and straighten it out to get a good visual of the various components. Take the two light leads (one short, one long) and feed them through the opening in the top right corner of the space behind the grill.
- Send the longer of the two light leads over to the passenger side and zip tie the plug near the light bracket. Do the same with the driver side.
- With the light brackets mounted and PIAA light wiring leads installed, set the grill back into place. Use the palm of your hand a gently bump the grill along the bottom edge listening for the telltale sound of the tab clips clicking back into place. Go ahead and reinstall the (7) T30 Torx screws along the top and side of the grill.
Install the Auxiliary Lights
- Open the PIAA 5 LP550 high intensity LED driving lamp kit and lay out the rest of its contents. You should have (2) driving lamps w/ their respective hardware, some remaining components of the wiring harness, and a set of installation instructions. Please read through the PIAA instructions in addition to what is presented here to have a broader scope of the process.
- Mount the PIAA lights to the CravenSpeed brackets utilizing your 19mm box wrench. We left off the rectangular rubber pads on the bottom of the PIAA light mounts to minimize any vibrations and make for a more solid attachment. Reach into the grill and grab the plugs on the end of the PIAA light harness and connect them to the plugs on the LED lights. Tuck the excess wiring into the grill and they should drop back down behind the bumper out of sight.
Install the Light Wiring Harness
- With the light leads already installed, we’ll now need to locate a suitable location for the PIAA light harness relay. It needs to be mounted vertically so that water won’t be able to collect inside of it. Our F60 has an unused tab just behind the driver side headlight so we took advantage of this and mounted the PIAA relay to it with the included ¼-20 button head screw and locknut. Coil up any excess wiring between the relay and the lights and ziptie them out of the way.
- There is an accessory attachment point on your positive (+) battery terminal clamp that we’ll connect the PIAA relay power lead to (white wire with inline fuse). Strategically snake the wire over and use your 13mm socket and ratchet to attach the ring terminal to it. Mount your relay ground (black wire with ring terminal) to the battery ground bolt attached to the body of the vehicle. It’s a 13mm nut here as well.
- Next, we’ll need to send the PIAA on/off switch through the firewall and into the interior of the MINI so you can activate the LED driving lights. If you peek back to the firewall behind the driver side hood hinge, you should see a wiring loom harness (big rubber plug) and a wee round plastic cap just above and to the left of it.
- If you can reach it from the inside of the engine compartment, go ahead and pull it out. The flanges of the cap are fairly difficult to get a good grip on, so you may have to go in through the back of the dash and push it out. NOTE: If you happen to drop this cap once it pops out, it can be extremely frustrating retrieving it out from behind the brake booster (ask me how I know). Have an assistant reach in from the engine side to grab it as you’re pushing it out from the inside. Once you’ve got it in your hand, use a razor knife and create a small slit across the face of the cap that the PIAA on/off switch wiring plug can fit through.
- Feed the PIAA on/off switch plug and related wiring through the firewall hole and replace the plastic cap. Pull the wires through to take up any slack and use a couple zip ties to keep them tidy.
- How do you pull the wires though the cap, you say? Well, the easiest way is to remove some interior panels first. Here’s what you do. Begin by utilizing a trim panel removal tool and popping up the driver side door sill trim. It’s a pretty good bet that the grey clips underneath will remain in the body of the car and you’ll have to pull them out one at a time and reinstall them back onto the sill piece you just removed.
- Next, remove the driver side footwell kick panel (the one with the hood release). Utilize your T20 torx driver and remove the hood release lever. Once that is removed it will expose an additional T20 screw so remove that one too.
- Pull off some of the rubber seal along the sill that covers the kick panel and pop the panel off by pulling it toward the center of the car. Again, the clips inside may stay attached to the body, so pull them off and reinstall them onto the kick panel if necessary.
- Pop the lower steering column panel off by pulling it straight towards the seat.
- Pop the side dash panel off.
- You should now be able to look back behind the dash and see where the PIAA on/off plug is coming through the firewall plastic cap. Reach inside and pull enough of the wires through so that there is no slack inside the engine compartment.
- Next up is finding a switched (ignition) power source from the MINI to power the PIAA relay. There is an extra white wire lead coming out of the PIAA on/off switch plug lead that will reach over to the fuse panel located above the passenger footwell and against the firewall. You’ll need to tap into a switched power source and we’ve included an ‘Add-a-Circuit’ with a 1mA mini fuse that should simplify this procedure.
- Take the extra white wire lead coming off the PIAA on/off switch plug and feed the length of wire behind the dash and over to the interior fuse panel. The route we utilized was; under the steering column>(remove driver side kick panel)>down behind kick panel (avoid the heater core tubes)>through the center console>(remove pass side kick panel) up behind kick panel>over to the fuse panel behind the glove box. NOTE: A simple trick we used to send the wire through the center console was to take a length of rigid wire (coat hanger wire) and tape the PIAA switched power lead onto the end of it. Probe around with the wire and send it through. Head around to the passenger side and when you see the end of the wire, continue to pull it through.
- Located on the back wall of your glove box should be an access hatch to the interior fuse panel. Take a look at the image below and take note of the switched (ignition) power locations.
- Place the 1mA mini fuse into the top location on the ‘Add-a-Circuit’ and crimp the included length of wire to its tail. Install the ‘Add-a-Circuit’ into one of the designated switched power locations on the fuse panel.
- Once you have your switched (ignition) power wire sorted out, secure the wires under the dash with a couple zip ties and replace all your interior kick panels. Loop up the excess wires and plug in the PIAA on/off switch.
- Before installing the driver side panels, reconnect your MINIs battery to test the functionality of the lights. If everything checks out and your driving lights function normally, button everything back up and proceed to aiming your beam patterns as shown in the PIAA instruction manual. If they don’t light up on the first try, double check your connections and ensure that you have proper ground for the PIAA relay. Locate a suitable spot for the PIAA on/off switch and affix with the included double-sided tape.
PLEASE NOTE: These lights are intended to be used in rain and during foggy or snowy conditions where visibility is diminished. Do not use the lights during normal driving conditions and please be courteous to oncoming traffic.