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Thread: Best of the OEM/OEM+ mods

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    Best of the OEM/OEM+ mods

    Just thought I'd start a thread on what people thought were the best OEM/OEM+ mods on their A3/S3. Can include mods from similar VAG cars. Maybe even add a guide.

    Mine are:

    MK4 Golf aero wipers
    R32 rear ARB
    Ambient LED lighting

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    Havent done it but the LCR front splitter has been something i have meant to do for ages now
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    R32 ARB`s front & rear
    8p S3 gear knob
    Mk4 golf aero arms and wipers
    Audi torch in cig lighter.
    Stubby ariel from a honda s2000 (I think it was anyhow lol)
    red to red black to black blue to bits

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    My whole car is OEM+

    The engine bay is something I am quite pleased with...



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    Good stuff guys, lovely lovely bay there tufty!!!

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    The r32 rear bar as got to be one of the best noticable bang per buck....(apart from remap)

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    OEM+ has to be the Cupra r splitter allthough I looking to be joey modding my lights soon so it's possibly going to be that.

    Btw has anyone seen an a3 specific guide? If not I'll have to make one
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    I love the interior mods on mine. I think most of us 8L owners are in agreement that the 8L looks better than the 8P but the newer car has much better interior equipment, Audi Bluetooth, RNSE, iPod connectivity etc. Doing the conversion really makes the car feel bang up to date.


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    I'm going for the spliter soon but the r32 arb for me so for Liking the stering wheel Andyc mint I'd go for the 8p gear nob too but bit dear for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyC-S3 View Post
    Are those MTM rims? They look *superb*
    '01 AMK, completely standard except for the Ambient Lighting Pack.

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    andy C I'm loving those OEM+ interior mods
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiGainey View Post
    Are those MTM rims? They look *superb*
    Yes Si, I bought them off FazS3 about 18mths ago. I think they really suit the S3 and still look kinda OEM?

    Quote Originally Posted by moredoor View Post
    andy C I'm loving those OEM+ interior mods
    Thanks moredoor, it's made me want a newer car less and less since doing it. Just the engine left to tinker with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by <tuffty/> View Post
    My whole car is OEM+

    The engine bay is something I am quite pleased with...



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    Paul what type of hose clips are those on the hose on the manifold please.

    Thanks, Chris.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhubarb4 View Post
    Paul what type of hose clips are those on the hose on the manifold please.

    Thanks, Chris.
    Murray Corp's turbo constant tension clamps

    SFS Performance - Silicone Hoses

    They are ok but I don't use them any more though, I prefer JCS Hi-Grips...

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    Loving that bay tuffty and si them upgrades make so much Difference.

    Mine would have to be the S4 avus III's, LCR splitter and OE shark fin.




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    Quote Originally Posted by damo.h View Post
    Loving that bay tuffty and si them upgrades make so much Difference.

    Mine would have to be the S4 avus III's, LCR splitter and OE shark fin.




    Very nice!!!!

    Where did you get the shark fin by the way? I like it a lot!

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    Please how did you get the shark fin to work? audi told me they wouldnt fit and they need a live feed? some advice much appricated

    great looking cars here!!

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    Cheers mate. Fin I got off my mate buckshee, he fit it as that's what he does. All i know is he chopped the original coax cable from the feed in the boot and jointed it in the roof lining. He did have some problems getting a reception on auto if i remember but i never use the radio so ill have to check on that their is two versions I believe one with power feed and one without. This one only had a coax feed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damo.h View Post
    Cheers mate. Fin I got off my mate buckshee, he fit it as that's what he does. All i know is he chopped the original coax cable from the feed in the boot and jointed it in the roof lining. He did have some problems getting a reception on auto if i remember but i never use the radio so ill have to check on that their is two versions I believe one with power feed and one without. This one only had a coax feed.
    Damo I looked at doing this mod but was told that the Audi shark fin was only for GPS signal and that AM/FM reception was taken from an aerial in the rear windscreen. I've found that with just a stubby original aerial the AM reception is rubbish, do you know any more of this 'other version'? I'm guessing you need to have an aerial in the rear windscreen if you want to use a shark fin?

    Your car looks great by the way, how is the vinyl holding up to stone chips etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyC-S3 View Post

    Interior is awesome mate.

    Every time i look at it, I think it's a different car!!

    Chris

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    Looks great Im so tempted to change the wheel and radio but I bet its not cheap ...........

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyC-S3 View Post
    I love the interior mods on mine. I think most of us 8L owners are in agreement that the 8L looks better than the 8P but the newer car has much better interior equipment, Audi Bluetooth, RNSE, iPod connectivity etc. Doing the conversion really makes the car feel bang up to date.


    red to red black to black blue to bits

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    Lcr splitter and powder coating the original avus alloys, to a slightly
    Brighter silver and slight speckly, sounds tacky , but looks cool in the sun( 5 days in the year in Ireland)

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    Absolutely loving the 8p steering wheel!

    On mine so far my favourite OEM+ mod (and my only one so far ha!) has to be my boost gauge





    Good times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fingermouse View Post
    Looks great Im so tempted to change the wheel and radio but I bet its not cheap ...........

    eBay is your friend......... ; )

    Mirror is a cheap mod and very easy to do, RNSE is easy to fit, bit more complicated to wire in (but nothing like some of the stereo installs people have done on here - Tuffty for example) and wheel is a PITA but possible.

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    Boost gauge looks brilliant, even at night with the red. Where did you pick that up?
    I want one! NOW!!!!!!

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    Got any more details on the mirror?
    '01 AMK, completely standard except for the Ambient Lighting Pack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiGainey View Post
    Got any more details on the mirror?
    Got mine on eBay, £25. Simply swap over and connect the loom that came with mine to the connector in the roof console. When Hazzy Dayz fitted the wheel they added a connection in the lower A pillar so the mirror reverts to normal when selecting reverse.

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    If we are doing boost gauges too... OEM+ ;P






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    Quote Originally Posted by <tuffty/> View Post
    If we are doing boost gauges too... OEM+ ;P






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    I like the white needles, are they OEM+ or standard on the S3???
    Wanted KO4 Turbo.... Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyh View Post
    I like the white needles, are they OEM+ or standard on the S3???
    Std on facelift S3's, don't know on pre-facelift though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by <tuffty/> View Post
    Std on facelift S3's, don't know on pre-facelift though...

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    cheers, they are all red in my 99 A3, i think if i took my clocks apart again i would keep the fade the bulbs around the rev counter and speedo from white to red
    Wanted KO4 Turbo.... Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzer View Post
    Boost gauge looks brilliant, even at night with the red. Where did you pick that up?
    I want one! NOW!!!!!!
    Haha cheers buddy! Yeah I love it, excellent quality too! Got it all from SWG Motorsport.

    Here's the links mate, bit pricey but worth every penny IMO

    The vent pod
    Audi S3/A3 Air Vent Gauge Pod 41.04 VW Accessories & Styling , Worldwide Mailorder

    The gauge
    New South Performance Spectrum Boost Gauge 66.84 VW Accessories & Styling , Worldwide Mailorder

    It is a little bit brighter than the clocks however this didn't bug me but the red light colour matches the clocks spot on. There's a small button on the back of the gauge that you press to cycle through all the different shades of colours.

    Hope this helps!

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    All 8l S3's have white needles as far as I know, very early ones with analog clock may not.

 

 

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