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F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016)
The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 12-14-2019, 12:27 PM
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'14 F10 Mod's in this order:
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- Change Wood Trim Color - Done
- Change 2-Zone to 4-Zone climate control (Stage I) - Done
- Change 2-Zone to 4-zone climate control front HVAC flap control assembly (Stage II) - Current Effort
- Upgrade vinyl dashboard to BMW Merino leather covered dashboard
- Change Black Interior Dakota Black Seat Leather/Center Console to Merino Leather Silverstone
- Upgrade to M Tri-Color Heated Steering Wheel w / Paddle Shifter
- Add active cooling front seats (part of leather color change but need center controller console change)

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2-ZONE TO 4-ZONE PARTS LIST
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The Climate Control mod requires:
1. Upgrade the Center Front Vent from single to duel temp control
2. Upgrade of the center console housing to support rear fan motor and rear floor vents (not required as you can cut the holes into your existing console)
3. Upgrade of the center console storage bin (shallow version to fit over rear fan motor)
4. Upgrade the center console rear vent assembly for temp control and stratification
5. Add the center console rear digital climate control assembly
6. Add the center console vent mount/gasket
7. Add the right rear passenger ducting from center console to B-pillar
8. Add the left rear passenger ducting from center console to B-pillar
9. Add the right B-pillar vent and vertical duct
10. Add the left B-pillar vent and vertical duct
11. Replace right rear passenger floor vent (adds heat, temp sensor and flap)
12. Replace the left rear passenger floor vent (adds heat, temp sensor and flap)
13. Modified rear carpet to accommodate items 2, 6, 7 and 8 above
14. Added wiring harness for 4-climate and Rear Heated Seats

In order to facilitate 14:
15. Updated Rear Seat bottom cushion with heated version and color change from black Dakota leather to Silverstone Merino
16. Updated Rear Seat split fold-down cushion with heated version and color change from black Dakota leather to Silverstone Merino
17. Updated Rear Seat Bolsters color change from black Dakota leather to Silverstone Merino

The hardest part and most important change for 2-zone to 4-zone retro (will be done in 2nd stage - not done yet) so have 2.5 zone control:
18: Replace front HVAC evaporator and stratification assembly (requires A/C Freon evacuation)
- - This must be done to add the additional stratification to support rear climate control, w/o this change over, you'll never achieve full 4-zone climate
- - This must be done to remove the errors that will occur if not done and VO code to 4-zone is done

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PROCEDURE: Stage 1 - 4 days to complete
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Step 1: Extract wiring for 4-climate and rear heated seats from a full BMW interior wiring harness, which required a pin extraction tool on 6 connector assemblies and 4 chassis ground assemblies, and cutting a lot of wiring loom tape

Step 2: Disconnect vehicle Battery and continue to remove additional trunk trim and carpet panels right rear to access fuse box and route wiring harness later on)

Step 3: Remove front and rear seats, lower door plastic trim - front and rear doors, rear carpet and center console

Step 4: Remove under dash panels passenger and driver side

Step 5: Install wiring harness starting from rear fuse panel to front fuse panel
- - Floor heaters and seat heater controllers +12VDC is from the rear fuse panel
- - Rear controller +12VDC is from the front fuse panel

Step 6: Continue wiring harness routing to rear heated seats, to floor vents right and left, and to center console

Step 7: Tie wiring harness into main wiring harness for
- - CAN Bus wiring nodes (green and orange twisted pair)
- - LIN Bus wring nodes (solid yellow wires for rear heated seats)
- - Rear Controller and floor vent wiring nodes (grey w black and brown stipes)
- - Rear Controller night lighting wiring nodes
(Note: Wiring node = several wires twisted together and electrically isolated with heat shrink - BMW has several locations - under the carpet front drivers firewall, front passengers firewall, and center console)

Step 8: Install all ground wires to existing ground combs
- - Rear seat wiring loom chassis ground comb is located under the right rear seat bolster
- - Center Controller and right floor vent ground comb is located at front right cabin (under front right door harness)
- - Left floor vent ground comb is located at front left cabin (under front left door harness)

Step 9: Install Rear Vents and modified rear carpet

Step 10: Install all other items removed from vehicle

Step 11: Connect Battery

Step 12: Apply power to vehicle and run ISTA-D

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PROCEDURE: Stage 2 - HKA to IHKA + FKA
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Step 13: To be continued.....

NOTE: Harness came from a donor '13 F10 M5, and both interior harnesses (main and audio) were provided.
- The audio harness can be separated from the main at the rear door left and rear door right connectors, which are for the hi-end stereos for the rear door tweeters (requires the connector to be disassembled - easily done by hand in a few minutes time)
- Separating out the wires from the main for the 4-zone and rear heating required cutting 4 wires (when assembling the loom, the wires were not kept together, so they interleaved other wires several times as the wires were assembled from the front center console to the rear fuse box by the original supplier)

NOTE: If your car did not come with heated seats, the wires are NOT part of your installed main harness - you will need to run your own wires/connectors/pins

NOTE: If your car did not come with 4-zone HVAC, the wires are NOT part of your installed main harness - you will need to run your own wires/connectors/pins

NOTE: If you want to upgrade your audio, the harness is easily replaceable, and runs from the left rear trunk, down the left side rear door, crosses over to the center console under the driver's seat, and into the front dashboard, with minimal effort. Power for this harness is fed by a single wire that is fed from the left rear trunk over to the right rear fuse box

My installation is "factory" with the exception of the harness tape. I used zip-ties instead. The BMW OEM wire harness tape is very messy (although water soluble)

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Old 12-14-2019, 01:45 PM
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Wow..... that is an impressive DIY mod list. You must be very very talented to tackle it. Please, keep us posted and the best of luck!
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Old 12-14-2019, 03:21 PM
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Here is the new trim installed. Required a good polish (similar to paint correction) to remove all the scratches....
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Old 12-14-2019, 03:23 PM
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Here is the start of the new Silverstone interior installation.

Rear seats were easy......once installed, touch up of "wear" areas will be required.
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Old 12-14-2019, 03:25 PM
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Center Console Silverstone installed.....
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Old 12-14-2019, 03:29 PM
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Center vents for 4-zone installed and new buttons for active cooling seats installed.....
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Next are the front seats, still waiting for new belt buckles and active headrest SRS pyros….currently both activate the SRS light ("too high of a resistance" code). Both are easy fixes.....
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Old 12-14-2019, 03:38 PM
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And finally the new all leather dashboard installation...the upper and lower A/C distribution housing to support 4-zone, and the evaporator, will be changed out during Christmas break...a quick way to determine if the distribution housing is 2 zone or 4 zone, the front bottom flaps will either have a right-only installed flap actuator, while the 4 zone will have flap actuators on both sides (see picture - bottom)
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Old 12-14-2019, 05:23 PM
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Rear Heated Seat Mod

Rear Cabin Temperature Controls installed and functional.

Rear heated seat coded and working.....
Under Junction Box Passenger ECU
- 3050: sitzheizung_fond = aktiv

I also VO Coded other rear heated seat features, but will not bore you …..
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Old 12-14-2019, 06:07 PM
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Silverstone Door Cards

Next, the Silverstone Door Cards will be installed once I clean them up with a Mr. Clean eraser and warm water....
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Old 12-14-2019, 07:01 PM
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To each his own, I think the combination will look odd.
But it does brighten up the interior.
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Old 12-14-2019, 07:35 PM
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After it's all done, I will evaluate for color, but if the colors don't match, I have several options:

Option 1: Replace "Individual" wood trim with the M5 aluminum mesh (as seen on the door card) and installed in my X5M (then re-sell the Individual trim)

Option 2: Keep the "Individual" wood trim and re-dye the leather to "white"...the Silverstone is a bit too gray for me, but we'll see. I have a LeatherWorld restoration kit in Silverstone that I will use on the lower part of the "all-leather" dashboard. I can always re-dye the leather

I'll keep posting progress...
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Old 12-15-2019, 07:32 AM
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Cudo, that is a lot of work.
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That is a ton of work you've done. Very good. Keep the progress coming.
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Old 12-15-2019, 09:45 PM
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F10 Door Card LEDs Aren't The Same pre-LCI vs LCI

Learned something new....

LCI door cards use different connector LEDs (white casing) and courtesy lights over the pre-LCI's versions (black casing). Harness connectors are a completely different connector shape for each LED connection.

Required removing the door trim light guide along with the LED SMT assembly, and the door pocket light guide along with the LED SMT assembly. I could not separate the light guides from the LED assemblies....what a PI

Want to look into how to get the LEDs a bit brighter.....the pre-LCI is a two module, while the LCI uses three pins....I will focus only on the 3 pin version....

The pictures attached are the pre-LCI versions.....
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Old 12-16-2019, 03:43 AM
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Nice. The two tone grey and black goes well together. Not feeling the wood trim but may be better in person.

I replaced wood trim in the E39 with Anthracite Birch which was a BMW Individual color/texture and it significantly upped the interior.

Amazing work though, keep posting.



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Old 12-16-2019, 01:34 PM
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Here is the first if several pictures that show the trim and leather colors together...more to come....but the picture attached is a bit dark and plan retake it in full daylight later, but I like the wood color to help transition between black and light gray....
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:14 PM
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Interior

Holidays have slowed me down to almost a crawl...but two items:

1. I do NOT need to evacuate my A/C to change out the air distribution box to support 4-zone climate control as initially planned. Essentially I only have to change out the upper distribution assembly (64119290824) and the lower distribution assembly (64119241198) from the filter assembly (64119241190), which I got all three, including the evaporator and heater radiator, and all 13 flap actuators for $200. I do need to remove the heater radiator, but that is very easy, requires draining some coolant so it doesn't sill out in the cabin
- A/C evaporator sits in the filter assembly and is the same P/N for all F10's
- Heater radiator sits in the lower distribution assembly which is different depending on 2-zone vs. 4-zone. As soon as I can get the M-sport air bag out of the steering wheel, I'll remove the dash and get this installed

2. I'm not able to get all the interior leather in the color for the dash (lower portion), door panels, seats, center console, etc in the Silverstone, so I've decided to recover the door panels, door handles, and lower dash in 1mm white leather, then redye the seats to white from Silverstone

I did strip a door panel completely down into it's individual parts (as seen in the picture) and plan to cover appropriate parts in either black leather or white leather, and should be pretty straight forward. Just still deciding if I should line inside the lower door card pocket in leather (in white leather). No sewing required, just a lot of contact cement. I've ordered 1/2 hide in each color and will post pictures as I complete. Leather panels will be reattached to the door card using #8-1/2" Truss screws ($10 for 150 on Amazon). Going this route will set my mod completion back by 2 months.
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Old 12-30-2019, 06:01 PM
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Stage II Update to 4-Zone Conversion

Started this morning and 7 hrs later, I'm ready to start assembly.

- Removed all assemblies from dashboard
- Removed Steering Wheel and Clock Spring
- Removed Center Console
- Removed front seats
- Removed Dashboard
- Removed Dashboard steel frame (very, very sharp edges)
- Removed Main A/C fan from engine bay (part of harness for vent control)
- Removed side flaps (left and right)
- Removed heater radiator (had to drain a cup or two of coolant)
- Removed front flap assembly

…...Now ready to assemble the flap assembly with additional flap actuators which will provide full 4-zone HVAC.

Assembly will go a bit slower, since I will be installing a full-leather dashboard from a donor M5, and installing Silverstone Leather front seats from the same donor M5.

Hopefully my dashboard squeak will go away once assembled.

(Two of the pictures are upside down...anyone know how to make them rightside up?)
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Old 12-31-2019, 10:44 PM
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Leather Dashboard Retrofit

Now that my HVAC distribution box is complete, as I assemble the car back together, I will be completing the following mods:

1. Leather dashboard
- Requires top leather to be repaired
- Dye bottom leather trim on dashboard to "Silverstone"
- Dye glovebox leather to "Silverstone"

2. Add wiring and switch for rear blind

3. Replace rear parcel with rear blind

4. Install new "comfort" seats with active cooling, heating, and massage

5. Install "gentleman's" switch on driver's side door

6. Install rear door trim to support rear door blind hooks

7. Complete by coding for 4-zone, new seats, rear blind, and "gentleman's" switch

8. Touch up all seats and door panels with "Silverstone" dye using air brush/hair dryer

9. Heated steering wheel retrofit (already have new button on steering column trim), but need to source an M-Sport Steering with Heating


…..so I repaired the leather dashboard and it's ready for installation after I change over the trim with the VIN sticker so that the new leather dash board VIN matches my vehicle's VIN. The sticker cannot be transferred since it is a "tamper" sticker. Changing the trim is very, very easy to do.....the dashboard had lots of "bubbles" in the leather and very dried out. This was a rather inexpensive upgrade and well worth it.

Started Nov 24th and should be complete with all MODS (except heated steering wheel) by Jan 6th.

End in sight for this list of mod's to my '14 F10 w/ 29K miles....when complete, I will have +100K miles of "enjoyment" (another 10 years)...
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4-Zonce Climate MOD Final Details

The 4-zone retrofit requires a few more tasks to make it work completely.

So along with the rear cabin items most are aware of for 4-zone,long with changing out the front center vent assembly for independent stratification, the following must also be done:

1. Front left dashboard vent upgraded to add driver's stratification control (else you get a potentiometer error) - side vent has dual chrome trim that matches the center vent chrome trim - looks great.

2. Front right dashboard vent upgraded to add passenger's stratification control (else you get a potentiometer error) - side vent has duel chrome trim that matches the center vent chrome trim - looks great.

3. Extra wiring from item 1 down to the left side connector on the HVAC control panel (part of the audio/dashboard OEM harness)

4. Extra wiring from item 2 down to the left side connector on the HVAC control panel (part of the audio/dashboard OEM harness)

5. Extra wiring from the center vent connector down to the left side connector on the HVAC control panel (part of the audio/dashboard OEM harness)

Note: The Rear Climate control, rear motor, rear floor heaters left/right, rear temp sensors and rear stratification left/right wires are all part of the chassis main harness, which is a separate harness than the audio/dashboard OEM harness (realOEM F10 interior cabin harness = two harnesses, both required for this mod)

This was just revealed while trying to get the 4-zone fault codes cleared... not a big deal to string 4 wires in the dashboard, it's just another thing to slow completion.

I also have to resolve the motor control addressing issue, which I think it's a connector I didn't engage fully on address 4, but it does require me to pull the dashboard again. Since the motors are daisy chained, the first motor that faults, then faults all the remaining motors inline behind the faulted address (motor).

BTW, with so many wanting this in their F10 (similar system is in the following chassis' - F01/F02/F03/F10/F11/F13 - vents in some are lit with LEDs, while other aren't - per the TIS), a KIT wouldn't be too hard to pull together, nor would it costs a lot...I think the hardest part would be crimping the numerous unique pins for the for the variety of connectors required for this mod...

While it would have been cheaper to get this as a factory option, unfortunately the year I bought my F10 (2014), the 4-zone was not an option with the N55 engine. Will probably never buy a 6 cylinder engine again. I hate that BMW restricts options based on engine size.

This was a "heavy" mod and I wouldn't undertake this again....learned at lot though so anyone wanting to do this mod, I can provide a lot of help.
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Old 01-11-2020, 08:53 PM
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This Thread Is Closed (O.P. MODS complete)

OK, outside of the heated steering wheel, this MOD is complete

1. Full 4-zone climate control is complete (will add front left and right vents with stratification control when they arrive from eBay this week, but system is 100%) using factory harness

2. Full Black Merino leather dashboard installed and looks outstanding

3. B-Pillar vents left and right installed and working

4. Pre-LCI M5 comfort front seats in Silverstone Merino Leather installed and working (including active cooling)

5. Rear heated seats in Silverstone installed and working using factory harness

6. Rear Window Blind installed with factory harness, and coded (waiting for switch - front driver's door)

7. Rear Door blinds installed and door cards replaced with Silverstone Merino Leather

8. Front Door cards replaced with Silverstone Leather

9. Center console replaced to support rear climate control and updated with Silverstone Merino Leather arm rest

These mods are now complete.....Picture will be posted soon on a new thread after I:

1. Add black merino leather on the top of each door over the current Dakota leather
2. Add black merino leather on the bottom of each door card over the current fake leather textured pleather
3. Add white merino leather inside each door card pocket
4. Add Silverstone merino leather to the bottom sides of the center console that has the same black Dakota leather textured pleather as the door cards
5. Dye the bottom of the dashboard merino leather to Silverstone (currently black merino)
6. Dye the back panels on the front seats to Silverstone (currently black merino)

…..Just remembered, I will be updating the rearview mirror with the "new" version of the compass mirror (it doesn't have the right top window for the compass readout, rather it is displayed through the reflective coating on the rear view mirror)

This thread is closed.....cheers!!!!
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