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MINI Icon Black Headlights - 24th September 2017, 08:43 PM

I have a 2011 R56 Cooper S.

Didnt think much of the headlights on full beam until I was given a 2016 courtesy car, Mini Cooper SD.

It's like night and day.........literally!
Such a difference with the headlights on the courtesy car at night than on mine.

Any ideas if its just the lamps that are different and therefore easy to update mine......or has there been a complete overhaul on the newer model?


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Default 24th September 2017, 09:25 PM

It's the LED headlights which projects a white beam, like this.

I presume you have halogen headlights that projects a yellow beam? There are aftermarket LED headlights for your MINI similar to those found on the F56 but not cheap. The good news is no extra wiring required, you just need to swap around. Here's an example.

Another cheaper option is to replace the bulbs, Phillips White Vision is very popular.

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Default 25th September 2017, 12:00 PM

headlights are completely different.
they are amazing LED's
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Default 28th September 2017, 11:00 PM

My countryman came with the halogen headlamps. But I've changed them to LEDs. My lamps are H7 and the LEDs are a straight change over. But I need to install a resistor on them, they draw way less power and the Mini quickly flashes the lights trying to understand the system. They stop after roughly 12-15 flashes. The resistors will stop this. My total cost will be roughly $230.00 (US Dollars). But way cheaper than any other way.

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Default 21st March 2018, 10:35 AM

I have a 2011 Cooper SD was looking to upgrade to Xenon headlights is it just a straight kit swap when replacing the genuine replacement headlights or need some other kit?

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Default 21st March 2018, 11:49 AM

No you cannot put any F series headlight (2014+) onto a 2011

Completely different generation of car and completely different in sizes

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