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    Lightbulb Cheap Mods for those tight months

    Following on from a thread on another forum, I thought I'd try to start a thread where people can post up the cheap/free mods you can do when the urge to modify strikes, but you've blown all your money 2 weeks before pay day.
    Obviously not everyone will like every mod, but the idea is to create a list that people can flick through either when they've just bought an A3, or when they find themselves at a loose end on Sunday afternoon and want to tinker with their pride and joy.

    I'll start with a few I can think of off the top of my head.


    Debadging the tailgate - Free

    Lamin-X the headlights - £30 approx. (correct me if I'm wrong, I haven't bought mine yet)

    Painted calipers - £10 for some VHT enamel paint from Halfords

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    Vinyl wrap grill surround
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    They're good ones. Do you have an idea on rough costs?

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    No more than £5 or so for a meter square of vinyl I would assume - depends who you know lol

    PIAA bulbs are expensive but are well worth it - I think the side light pair are around £28 and the DRL lights are £30 for the pair!

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    De wiping the rear always a good move. Any one know the gromment size think it may be 32mm?
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    Silvatec bulbs in the front indicators to get rid of the orangey effect. About £12
    (assuming they're a standard orange bulb)

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    Alloy Audi foot rest of eBay

    that's all i can think of everything else is expensive lol


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    If you havent done already, nitrogen in your tyres. £4, kwik fit. Free top up, or maybe a quid all round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dc240969 View Post
    If you havent done already, nitrogen in your tyres. £4, kwik fit. Free top up, or maybe a quid all round.
    Free if your bro works there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boydie View Post
    No more than £5 or so for a meter square of vinyl I would assume - depends who you know lol

    PIAA bulbs are expensive but are well worth it - I think the side light pair are around £28 and the DRL lights are £30 for the pair!
    Good shout which are the best ones?? And where is the best place to buy them from??
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    nitrogen in your tyres? Never heard of that before!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roston100 View Post
    nitrogen in your tyres? Never heard of that before!
    Or Helium if you want to make the car lighter and handle better


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    Fan type washer jets.


    Exhaust tips. I just bought some off ebay that look the same style as the genuine ones and are exactly the same dimensions too, but were listed as muffler tips so they were probably getting overlooked. Paid £4.99 for the pair + £8.00 shipping from (you guessed it) Hong Kong. They say they're stainless steel and not chrome, so they shouldn't rot. For £12.99 I thought I'd take the risk.

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    led number plate lights cost me £8 off ebay been in there for 8 months not a problem as of yet
    ​She is back on the road yay!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FranA3 View Post
    led number plate lights cost me £8 off ebay been in there for 8 months not a problem as of yet
    It's probably been answered elsewhere, but do they set off a 'bulb out' warning? Or do you just disable this with VCDS like you do with the LED tail lights?
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    yeah prob has been but thought i would add my 2p worth lol ,nope nowt at all never had one either very much worth the 8 quid mate , plug in and play 100%
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    Quote Originally Posted by FranA3 View Post
    yeah prob has been but thought i would add my 2p worth lol ,nope nowt at all never had one either very much worth the 8 quid mate , plug in and play 100%
    Don't worry, I didn't mean the number plate LED's had been mentioned previously, I meant my question about them had probably been answered by somebody previously.
    Thanks for adding to the list. I've got some of these bulbs in my Golf that I'm selling, so I might swap them with the ones in the Audi.

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    oh right i get ya mate lol , yeah do it man you know it makes sense lol
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    Danb, any links for the tips you bought? What car were they for?

    Euro style plates are cheap and look good on VAG cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1inchpunch View Post
    Danb, any links for the tips you bought? What car were they for?
    These are the same as what I bought. I probably won't use the brackets they come with, it depends on whether they're visible from behind or not.
    I ignored the vehicle fitments they list as it covers most Audi's apparently. I just went with the dimensions and the inwardly rolled and slightly slash backed style. I haven't received them yet, but from the dimensions and photo's I thought I'd give them a go at that price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah's A3 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah's A3 View Post
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    Yeah, on just about any modified VW/Audi for the last 10 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by danb986 View Post
    Fan type washer jets.


    Exhaust tips. I just bought some off ebay that look the same style as the genuine ones and are exactly the same dimensions too, but were listed as muffler tips so they were probably getting overlooked. Paid £4.99 for the pair + £8.00 shipping from (you guessed it) Hong Kong. They say they're stainless steel and not chrome, so they shouldn't rot. For £12.99 I thought I'd take the risk.
    Will keep an eye on these when you get them. I wouldnt mind some tips on my TDI for this kinda money.

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    Some fancy tyre valve caps


    About £3 off Ebay

    Number plate holders - £10 or so


    Tax disc holder - £15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhyso View Post
    Some fancy tyre valve caps


    About £3 off Ebay
    Thought I'd have a look at these £3 valve caps. Found these instead:

    Tyre Valve Caps for Audi sline S-Line a2 a3 a4 a5 C9H | eBay UK

    Free delivery as well. Bargain! FFS!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBird View Post
    Thought I'd have a look at these £3 valve caps. Found these instead:

    Tyre Valve Caps for Audi sline S-Line a2 a3 a4 a5 C9H | eBay UK

    Free delivery as well. Bargain! FFS!!!!
    Damn, I was robbed.....
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    tyre valve caps are a headache....they seize as they are aluminium and the stem is brass, Happened to me prior to putting them on coat in copper grease.
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    I can see it now...You tear off your rear wiper and badges, paint ya calipers red and stick some 1950s crap pressed plates on it and think............bugger ! i messed up my nice car.

    Come on guys this is a premium car that needs premium mods if you must but this is all max power crap. Yea i know its cheap and there is a good reason for that ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by paddy View Post
    I can see it now...You tear off your rear wiper and badges, paint ya calipers red and stick some 1950s crap pressed plates on it and think............bugger ! i messed up my nice car.

    Come on guys this is a premium car that needs premium mods if you must but this is all max power crap. Yea i know its cheap and there is a good reason for that ..
    Just you wait Paddy - once you've got the S3 with the pipe holder you hanker for, you'll be after the Richbrook carbon fibre tax disc holder. You know you want to.

    You want premium, then buy some of the valve caps on my linky before - that's premium pricing for you. I've bought 2 sets.

    I did succumb to some white LED side lights though - I hated the std yellow ones. £10 well spent IMHO...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBird View Post
    Just you wait Paddy - once you've got the S3 with the pipe holder you hanker for, you'll be after the Richbrook carbon fibre tax disc holder. You know you want to.

    You want premium, then buy some of the valve caps on my linky before - that's premium pricing for you. I've bought 2 sets.

    I did succumb to some white LED side lights though - I hated the std yellow ones. £10 well spent IMHO...
    Yea i see all the other makes he sells were £2.80 ..Pipe holder might be useful though Bad enough paying £250 for the tax disc...bloody well not paying another £10 for a Poxy holder

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    Nout wrong with a de-badge and a de wipe. Plenty of motors on here with the same and there far from chavvy

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    Quote Originally Posted by paddy View Post
    I can see it now...You tear off your rear wiper and badges, paint ya calipers red and stick some 1950s crap pressed plates on it and think............bugger ! i messed up my nice car.

    Come on guys this is a premium car that needs premium mods if you must but this is all max power crap. Yea i know its cheap and there is a good reason for that ..
    I think you're missing the point Paddy. Nobody is saying you have to do all or any of these mods, they're just suggestions. Some will be tacky to some people, but others will be a nice touch that keeps the car looking original while improving comfort or just making driving more enjoyable.
    Like fan washer jets. These won't even be visible, but they are a vast improvement and cover the screen better while using less water meaning you won't be topping it up every five minutes in the winter.

    I personally will be painting my calipers BLACK because the ones on the car are 4 years old and looking a bit scabby. Surely there's nothing chavvy about this? If I was painting the standard calipers red and sticking Porsche badges on them then fair enough, I'd deserve some stick, but not for wanting to keep the car I love looking smart.
    I've done other mods too, but my focus is on keeping the car looking like it came from Audi this way. E.g. Sportback LED rear lights, cruise control retrofit.

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    ive painted my callipers black they look so much better than rust coloured ones
    ​She is back on the road yay!!

 

 
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