Official R56 JCW Shift Lever, E-Brake Grip DIY

DIY Friday is back with one of the most interfaced parts of a manual transmission equipped MINI; the shift lever. And as you would expect it’s also one of the most upgraded parts of a MINI as well. One of our favorites we’ve found is the JCW Shift lever. While we were initially skeptical of the design, it didn’t take more than a couple of miles of driving with one before we were won over.

Installation is relatively straight forward however it is important to note that process for removing the lever is different than the previous generation of MINI’s. Due to this the the shift levers are not interchangeable between the first and second generation cars.

Also included in the PDF below are instruction for the e-brake grip (not one we find as essential as the shift knob mind you) and shift and e-brake boots.

[ R55/R56/R57 Shift Lever & E-Brake Grip ] Official MINI PDF
  • maximusGeek

    I recently install the shift knob, e-brake handle, and both leather boots. I really love the feel of the shift knob and to boots really are a big upgrade from the OEM vinyl. Didn’t like the idea of gluing the e-break handle on but I wanted a complete look so I went with it anyway.

  • Modnar

    There seems to be only a parts list for the boots (which is more what I was interested in), but no actual install instructions. Or maybe I’m just on the crack again.

  • Dr Obnxs

    What a joke of a how to from Mini. The only hard part is geting the clips off the e-brake boot thing, and there’s no information on that.

    So not Modnar, you’re not on crack…


  • I think they assume anyone attempting this (and remember this is meant for technicians) that they already know how to remove and replace both for the most part.

  • Dr Obnxs

    No they don’t. That’s what the eye graphic looking at the TIS is for. It means look at the service database….

    And if they assume people know how to do the swap, why make a how to at all? I guess it’s so you know where to place the sticker.


  • I was trying to be nice. They’re on crack.

  • maximusGeek

    I used a plastic trim removal tool to get the e-brake boot out. You will probably break at least a couple clips, your first try but if your replacing it, no big deal. The shift boot is pretty easy. If you feel around the lip of the boot you will find 3-4 clips. Once you get one of them undone, the rest are easy.

    Check out this website, this guy did a nice job on a HOW TO for them both.