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2010+ Number Plate LED's - Sorted

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Silky-S3, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. Silky-S3

    Silky-S3 Is loving his new 8V S3!

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    Hi guys,

    As you may know the bulb warning system on the 2010+ cars is much more sensitive to LEDs, as such normal LED number plate bulbs (even with resistors) put a bulb out message on the DIS. However some guys over in the USA have fixed this issue by using a LED load equalizer - see here for the details: Fourtitude.com - DIY - The $17 LED License Plate Fix

    So I bought all the required parts from the same place as in the link (came to about £23, and the shipping from the USA only took 5 days) and got on with it. The outcome is I have great LED lights and no errors on the DIS or in VCDS logs. I've been driving around for a week with them in and no issues at all. The LEDs just look so much better, just need to do my fogs now and I'm all LED'ed up!

    Just a few tips for anyone doing this:
    • The equalizer gets hot, crazy hot so make sure you mount it away from anything
    • The wire to the lights is thiner then the equalizer wire, so make sure you really push down on the connectors so it bridges both wires, at first I dint do this, and got errors.
    • Go easy on the screw for the bulb holders, its hard to get to them with the angle and they are as soft as anything, don't round them off!
    • The hardest bit is refitting the boot panel, best way is top on first then slide it over the boot lock.
    Here's some pics:

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    Any questions let me know :)
     
    #1 Silky-S3, Sep 3, 2011
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  3. Chappy

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    Looks good mate!
    Will I have problems on my MY09 car do you think?
     
  4. Silky-S3

    Silky-S3 Is loving his new 8V S3!

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    With standard LED's? Not sure really only way to know is to try. If they do you can always do what Ive done above.
     
  5. NHN

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    So they put a resistance circuit with heatsink across the wires, yeah I can imagine it gets very hot, my only concern would be, do the wires get hot at all?
     
  6. Silky-S3

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    Yer, that was my concern. However I drove round for 4 hours a few days ago with the lights on and the boot panel off, and the wire only gets slightly warm to the touch.
     
  7. Cruiser89

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    Awesome. Maybe its worth adding a bigger heatsink or do something to protect anything catching fire?
     
  8. Paullie

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    Great job, Silky! I have all the bits for this mod too, but haven't given it a go yet. Your post has just given me the much needed kick up the backside to get the job done, lol. Thanks for all the tips! :wub: x
     
  9. Silky-S3

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    Really don't think its needed mate, the guy over in the US ran the setup for 3+ years on A4 with no issues. :)
     
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    Heatsink isnt the main issue mate, its the wire gauge so it doesnt get warm/hot & no fire, if at all possible, also location of heatsink making sure its secured properly so it doesnt full of onto something that can burn easily.
     
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    :hi:to you for doing this, I bailed on this as I thought it was too risky for a novice like me :laugh:
     
  12. Jambo26

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    Do you know if I use the Audi plate LEDs with the load resisters will I achieve the same results as I get errors with or without coding. Also do I need 2 resisters or 1?

    Cheers

    Jamie
     

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