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    Lava Grey / Black Optics Grille

    Hello all,

    I have ponderd for weeks over this and thought i would ask the opinions of the group.

    I have a lava grey a3 3dr and wondered what you thought of me putting the Black optics S line grille on, or the standard S line Grille?

    I know they look good on the white and even silver a3's but not sure what to do, theres not alot of difference in the price so that make no odds what do you think?

    anyone done this and have pics

    Thanks

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    Mike optic grill i'm going for looks the business on lava grey A3. Blazin got one on his lava grey 5door. There should be a picture of another member A3 in the photo thread.
    But the chrome surround does also look rather good aswell.
    Check out this link...Got a few photos in there mate Black os Lava Grey S line?
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    optics. I almost bought a used Lava Grey A3 with optics pack, looked very good.

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    Thanks alot chaps, theres only 10.00 difference in the two

    I cant view any pics at work so im off home to look... b*stard intranet!! lol

    Cheers guys

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    Just out of interest, whats the difference between an Sline grill and a black optics grill, if i just spray my black grill, is that not the same thing?
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    Black optics grill will look awesome on a lava grey a3, get it bought!

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    Ash

    The pictures look awesome its an inspiration, maybe a chance i have to take! im at the begining of the cars transformation.

    As someone said on the forum the car is on stilts and on standard wheels, so it a long road eh!

    Thanks tommy cheers for the support

    Just017 maybe someone can give you advice on the spraying, personally if your going to do that stoke audi do a black surround so maybe something to consider
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    Here's mine... It's an S3 grill though.


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    Thanks grubble for the picture the decision has been made im gonna go for it

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    goood laaadddd

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike1628 View Post
    Thanks grubble for the picture the decision has been made im gonna go for it
    You're welcome! Be careful pulling the old grill from the bumper. Make sure you have enough flathead screwdrivers (about 2-3) and a mate to help you take that off.

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    Im thinking of the S Line grille on a Dark Grey A3 TDI 2003. Will this fit or is the whole bumper needed, as it looks identical?

    Are there any options of replicas or are genuine Grilles a must?

    Will the B7 S Line Grille fit like this one: http://audi-sport.net/classifieds/sh...p?product=3893

    Thanks in advance.

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    Karbonk

    Give Dave at Stoke Audi a call he is very helpful and can def steer you in the right direction with b7, part numbers etc, i got fecked about alot with second hand parts so decided to buy new.

    Up to you in the end maybe post a pic or 2 so we can see more experienced members might save you a call
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike1628 View Post
    Karbonk

    Give Dave at Stoke Audi a call he is very helpful and can def steer you in the right direction with b7, part numbers etc, i got fecked about alot with second hand parts so decided to buy new.
    Do you have a contact for this Dave? is it a cheap mod, did you go this route?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike1628 View Post
    Karbonk

    Up to you in the end maybe post a pic or 2 so we can see more experienced members might save you a call
    What do you mean?

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    I did indeed

    Grille 120.00 s line but the s3 is alot more expensive i believe over 200.00
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike1628 View Post
    I did indeed

    Grille 120.00 s line but the s3 is alot more expensive i believe over 200.00
    Not the 1000 kit that I read earlier then, thats not too bad 120. Cant see the difference between the S3 one anyway.

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    Karbonk

    The S3 grille will only fit the S3 bumper = more money and the s line grille, the Sline bumper

    S3 front is a costly upgrade if you try and fit a s3 bumper to your front (assuming you have the onepiece grille) Benskin will tell you that it will leave a gap of around 10mm at the bottom so you shoud be careful, as with pre face lift (up to 2004) you willneed the bonnet as well, do you have the two piece grille at the mo?

    For the S line front, if you have the same bumper as i have at the mo it will only cost you the grille
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    If you got a 2003 A3 and it looks like this

    Then you will need a new bumper, grill and bonnet. So it will look like this:
    S-line Front Bumper/Grill and New Bonnet

    S3 Front Bumper/Grill and Old Style Bonnet (Still need a new one)

    A4 B7 grill wont fit an A3/S3 bumper. If your gonna do the conversion try ebay there an s-line bumper on there for 110 or try Dave at Stoke Audi cheaper than most dealers and helpful. He one of the sponsor's on the site. Hope that helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by benskin07 View Post
    If you got a 2003 A3 and it looks like this

    Then you will need a new bumper and bonnet. So it will look like this:
    S-line Front Bumper/Grill

    A4 B7 grill wont fit an A3/S3 bumper. If your gonna do the conversion try ebay there an s-line bumper on there for 110 or try Dave at Stoke Audi cheaper than most dealers and helpful. He one of the sponsor's on the site. Hope that helps
    I have a 2003 exactly like that, infact is that mine? Cheers for that. I see the pic above, the grill doesnt sit flush with the bonnet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike1628 View Post
    Karbonk

    The S3 grille will only fit the S3 bumper = more money and the s line grille, the Sline bumper

    S3 front is a costly upgrade if you try and fit a s3 bumper to your front (assuming you have the onepiece grille) Benskin will tell you that it will leave a gap of around 10mm at the bottom so you shoud be careful, as with pre face lift (up to 2004) you willneed the bonnet as well, do you have the two piece grille at the mo?

    For the S line front, if you have the same bumper as i have at the mo it will only cost you the grille
    All I want is the one piece grille, I have the 2 piece and just wanted to make it an S line front.

    So all I need is a s line front grille, no bumper etc your saying?

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    You need:

    Bumper
    Grille
    Bonnet

    Sorry mate
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    Take a look at this link and all will beacome clear mate


    Conversion from pre-facelift double grill bumper to facelift S-line bumper
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    Ooohh not manyNate

    A set of 19's, i really want to sell my 5x100 Atp's 1st they are in the classified's but i cant wait Grrr

    Also lowered not sure how low to go what do you think? i can only afford springs so im gonna give DPM a shout this week and discuss it i cant slam the car as the roads arn't forgiving round here any more.

    Window tints, light front fade to dark back i dont like all this black rears and everyone can see you in the front whats the point " i dont sit in the back "

    Lastly Stereo not going with the Oem cant afford RNSE " think thats how you say it" so Alpine Head with hands free now and later next year a built in sub.

    And thats me done

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    i know but you did ask lol
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    Hi guys first post so go easy,

    i have a 2006 A3 2.0tdi 3dr sport. had it for a couple of weeks now and i really want to get the black optics grille but cant find them anywhere in the uk.

    would appreciate anyone who could point me in the right direction.

    cheers

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    They are very rare 2nd hand and when they do come up they comand a high resale value. TBH, i'd bite the bullet & go to Audi unless you have a long time to wait.
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    cheers mate,

    patients is a virtue i never had. looks like it will be the audi route

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    How much is the S3 optics grill from Audi?
    Currently driving a 55 plate Ford Mondeo ST. But as Arnie once said...


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    i got quoted 176 inc vat for just the black optics grille dont know if the s3 version would be slightly more or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu_88 View Post
    i got quoted 176 inc vat for just the black optics grille dont know if the s3 version would be slightly more or not
    I would imagine so...
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    Quote Originally Posted by smudge_don View Post
    I would imagine so...

    Last time i checked Don it was about 240
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    Quote Originally Posted by benskin07 View Post
    Last time i checked Don it was about 240
    ouch
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    Quote Originally Posted by smudge_don View Post
    ouch
    I know thats alot just for a grill!
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