Move all 5S components to a new shell?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sonicrobby, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    Im new playing with the insides of Apple hardware, especially the iPhone. Im curious, is it possible to remove all of the components from a 5S whose shell is in a less than fair condition, and put it all into a 3rd party shell

    I browsed through the iFixit website and it seems the only thing I would need to get additionally would be the battery adhesive. Im curious if anyone else has any experience with this and advice they can spare.
  2. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
  3. localboy28 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    If you're new to iPhone repairs I'd avoid it

    There's about 2 billion tiny screws, I think all are different sizes.
    You'll struggle fitting it onto a new shell
    Parts always get bigger when I try this lol.

    Also your warranty will be screwed.
  4. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY

    I see what you did there...
  5. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    I think it comes down if you are good at tinkering with things like this. If you are, I have no doubt you can follow say an ifixit guide and strip an iphone down.
  6. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    Would be much easier to put a case on it.
  7. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    um...Why? And no it cant be done don't even waste your time on it.
  8. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014
    There's great freedom in having a beat up phone. Still works great but don't have to worry about scratches and can go case free. I haven't had one since my RAZR flip phone (because cases didn't really work on that phone) and it was wonderful. It got beat to hell, was so small to be unnoticeable, and survived probably two dozen drops and kept ticking. A totally awesome experience.
  9. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Take it to one of those screen replace people and ask them if they would do it and work out a deal with them.
  10. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    It'll be fun to try and it isn't impossible...

    But sometimes things are also glued which means you need to transfer or replace the parts and re-glue...

    And my experience with third party parts is they don't always fit together like they should - sometimes screw holes are slightly off so things don't screw in properly.

    It's REALLY easy to break a part of the phone without knowing, just but bending or tapping something with the screwdriver... and you won't know it's broken until you re-assemble everything.

    But if you don't NEED your phone working, it's a fun experiment.
  11. hansonjohn590 macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2013
    Uh, have you heard of a little site called iFixit? Of course it can be done...

    The question is if its worth your time and how experienced/patient you are.
  12. BeeJee macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2011
    Long Island/North Jersey
    Ignorant comment.You shouldn't act like you know what you're talking about when you obviously have no experience in the field.

    OP, it can be done if you're the type of person that understands how things work by looking at them. The screws are VERY small, so I recommend buying the OPTech mat. I used it when replacing my housing and it kept all the screws from moving which is very important. Because even if some of the screws look the same, it isn't always the case. The mat is also anti static which prevents damage to the logic board and other electrical components. I would also recommend getting the Belkin anti-static wrist strap. Heres a link to the mat I purchased

    And here was my champagne/black iPhone 5 I did around 5 months ago, I ended up selling it for double what other iPhone 5's were going for.

  13. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    you're basically just doing a case swap... so if ur comfortable with your skills. iFixit is a great site to follow step by step.

    Reference: I'm a tech and done several iphone repairs :)


    LOL @ people paid double.. I can see why

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