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    B Pillar Cover Help....

    Hi There.

    I was wondering if someone that has removed these could help,

    i have looked in the searches but cant find what im looking for

    When reattaching the covers do u need to take off the interior b pillar to get at the rivets?

    i have an A3 3 door.

    any information would be much appreciated.

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    Hi Stuart, I swapped the matte black B pillars on my S3 over to the MY11 gloss black ones and I didn't need to remove any parts other tha the external B pillars themselves. I drilled the existing rivets out and held the door seals out of the way of the drill using an old credit card. When refitting, I used the credit card again to hold the door seals out of the way of the rivet gun. The re-fitting was the easy part, ..it was the drilling out of the rivets that was a real PITA. Hope this helps, Buddy. If you need any more info, PM me. xx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paullie View Post
    Hi Stuart, I swapped the matte black B pillars on my S3 over to the MY11 gloss black ones and I didn't need to remove any parts other tha the external B pillars themselves. I drilled the existing rivets out and held the door seals out of the way of the drill using an old credit card. When refitting, I used the credit card again to hold the door seals out of the way of the rivet gun. The re-fitting was the easy part, ..it was the drilling out of the rivets that was a real PITA. Hope this helps, Buddy. If you need any more info, PM me. xx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paullie View Post
    Hi Stuart, I swapped the matte black B pillars on my S3 over to the MY11 gloss black ones and I didn't need to remove any parts other tha the external B pillars themselves. I drilled the existing rivets out and held the door seals out of the way of the drill using an old credit card. When refitting, I used the credit card again to hold the door seals out of the way of the rivet gun. The re-fitting was the easy part, ..it was the drilling out of the rivets that was a real PITA. Hope this helps, Buddy. If you need any more info, PM me. xx
    Where did you get the MY11 trims and how much where they? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paullie View Post
    Hi Stuart, I swapped the matte black B pillars on my S3 over to the MY11 gloss black ones and I didn't need to remove any parts other tha the external B pillars themselves. I drilled the existing rivets out and held the door seals out of the way of the drill using an old credit card. When refitting, I used the credit card again to hold the door seals out of the way of the rivet gun. The re-fitting was the easy part, ..it was the drilling out of the rivets that was a real PITA. Hope this helps, Buddy. If you need any more info, PM me. xx
    thank you very much Paullie, I just didn't want to start taking them off if I couldn't get them back on lol
    as they have peeled and starting to go white now :-( just seems to ruin the look.

    What size rivets did you use for refitting?

    Again thanks for you info, if I get stuck ill drop you a message :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aidy06 View Post
    Where did you get the MY11 trims and how much where they? Thanks
    All Audi dealers stock them or try Dave from Stoke Audi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aidy06 View Post
    Where did you get the MY11 trims and how much where they? Thanks
    Hi Aidy, they cost £34.46 each inclusive of VAT (though that was in 2011 when I bought mine) and the part numbers are -
    8P3 853 289 D Y9B
    8P3 853 290 D Y9B

    As L1ARR says, drop Dave at Stoke Audi a PM, that's where I got mine from and he will give you by far the best deal on them. Hope this helps. Paula xx
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuartm View Post
    thank you very much Paullie, I just didn't want to start taking them off if I couldn't get them back on lol
    as they have peeled and starting to go white now :-( just seems to ruin the look.

    What size rivets did you use for refitting?


    Again thanks for you info, if I get stuck ill drop you a message :-)
    No worries Dude. Now I can't remember what size they were, sorry . I know the part number for the Audi ones which I used are as follows AN 016 185 7 and you obvisouly need 6 of them. They are pennies.

    Update on the price of these, have a look at this thread I started a couple of years ago. The last post from Dave quoting price is £40.37 including VAT and rivets, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paullie View Post
    Hi Stuart, I swapped the matte black B pillars on my S3 over to the MY11 gloss black ones and I didn't need to remove any parts other tha the external B pillars themselves. I drilled the existing rivets out and held the door seals out of the way of the drill using an old credit card. When refitting, I used the credit card again to hold the door seals out of the way of the rivet gun. The re-fitting was the easy part, ..it was the drilling out of the rivets that was a real PITA. Hope this helps, Buddy. If you need any more info, PM me. xx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paullie View Post
    No worries Dude. Now I can't remember what size they were, sorry . I know the part number for the Audi ones which I used are as follows AN 016 185 7 and you obvisouly need 6 of them. They are pennies.

    Update on the price of these, have a look at this thread I started a couple of years ago. The last post from Dave quoting price is £40.37 including VAT and rivets, lol.

    Price Please For Piano Black Outer B Pillar Covers S3 8P3 3dr

    Paula xx
    That's brilliant I will get the rivet gun from eBay and that could be my next weekends job, as long as this weather holds up.
    Im glad you don't have to do the interior pillars as that would be a nightmare I think.
    I'm sure the prices will have increased slightly since then hehe

    now I can't wait to get it done, now that I have an idea in what I'm doing just hope I use the right rivets don't want it to be slack lol
    many thanks for all your info Paullie

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    Any pictures? I have no idea what youre talking about

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    Quote Originally Posted by s3reptdi View Post
    Any pictures? I have no idea what youre talking about
    yea no problems mate ill get pics up later when I'm home from work

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    Just done this on mine. I chose to keep the matt black look. Drilling the rivets is a bit of a pain. If you have a spare pair of hands that will help. Also, when you are putting the rivet on, try not to smack yourself in the face with the rivet gun when it snaps the rivet....................
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADi Nuff Valves View Post
    Just done this on mine. I chose to keep the matt black look. Drilling the rivets is a bit of a pain. If you have a spare pair of hands that will help. Also, when you are putting the rivet on, try not to smack yourself in the face with the rivet gun when it snaps the rivet....................
    thanks for the advice mate, ill watch out for that. Don't want a black eye lol, I'm going for the carbon wrap as I'm changing the front grille to carbon too.

    Off topic have you by any chance lowered your car on coilovers, if so how did you get into the rear adjusters once fitted to the car
    any advice would be much appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by s3reptdi View Post
    Any pictures? I have no idea what youre talking about
    This is the covers im talking about mate. the one between the door and rear side windows

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    Any body tried having these wrapped, mine are starting to peel and I don't have a spare £90 knocking around right now
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan77 View Post
    Any body tried having these wrapped, mine are starting to peel and I don't have a spare £90 knocking around right now

    Yeah I have seen them wrapped in carbon on this site. I think the car I saw had the number plate area wrapped in carbon too.

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    Slightly off topic but does anybody know if there's anyway to do the small black triangles on the rear doors of a sportback to match these or is it a spray job? thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan77 View Post
    Any body tried having these wrapped, mine are starting to peel and I don't have a spare £90 knocking around right now
    i carbon wrapped my own pillars mate, wasn't the hardest job, but difficult to get those covers off tho. I can put pics up if you wanted.

 

 

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