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A3 Sport to S-Line - done!

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by jb111s, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. jb111s
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    I've finally finished messing around with my A3!

    When I bought it, it was a Sport with cloth interior, symphony stereo & double grill front-end.

    Over the last few months I've installed a complete S-Line interior (including black headlining), put S-Line steering wheel & gearknob in, installed RNS-E, done a single grill conversion & fitted a proper s-line rear spoiler.

    It's just had new OEM RS6 alloys & Eibachs pro's put on, so I felt justified in putting S-Line badges on it as it has 100% audi parts.

    A hell of a lot of work, but I'm really happy with the old girl now. 90% of the parts all obtained through ebay over the last few months (only thing I couldn't get was the bonnet). With the Eibach's & nice new interior it looks and feels like a brand new car. Only thing left is a new auto dimming rear view mirror as I couldn't get a grey replacement rear one so it's still beige!

    Photo's are a bit **** as taken on camera phone but good enough. So anyone out there who wants to upgrade their sport, it can be done!

    I may give in and fit a multifunction steering wheel & newer s-line bumpers but think I'll give the modding a rest for a while now!

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    Good work, bet you're happy with the result!
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    Nice!

    I'm on the same journey as you! I have the bumper, just need the grill and bonnet... and wheels... and springs, DOH!
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    Are they the RS6 Alloys on there? I love them, your motor looks gorgeous!
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    Cheers guys, yep they're the rs6 audi alloys. I was contemplating rs4's, but at the right ride height I think the rs6 suit the shape the best.
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    Eibach pro's are the 35mm spring yes? Got any side on pics?
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    looks good mate! are the parts genuine audi?! such as spoiler and alloys?

    how much was all the interior? i got the gear knob, just contemplating on the steering wheel and brushed aluminum trim? where did you get the trim and wheel from
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    [Jun 24, 2009]
    Nice work.
    But the bumpers still seem to have the rub strips?? :uhm:
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    its the sport grill thats why don or the old sline if you want to call it that ....
    good work though mate :arco:
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    Yes indeed, they made the S-line for 3 whole years with them bumpers! ;)
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    Yep, all genuine audi parts. Everything from ebay ;)

    I paid around £70 for the wheel, unused! Gearknob brand new for around £40.

    Headlining I got for £50 with internal lights!! I had to buy additional a & b pillars I got off people breaking for around £80, the aluminium trim came with the leather seats & door cards as a set. S-line badges cost me nearly £60 though!!

    Spoiler was genuine as well, only paid £40. Just had to dremel off the bits it screws into the tailgate with & then stuck it on good with sikaflex.
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    Surely not in single grill format?
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    nice work mate! but should have done the newer s-line conversion, much better! if u want to do it all u will need is a s-line bumper, fogs and fogs grill.
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    I really like the Sport/big grille/old S-line combo.

    Need side pic please!
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    Good work on the interior mate, that picture looks showroom fresh! :o.k:
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    how hard is it to fit the steering wheel, i have been looking at the same wheel but i have heard some people say you may need new airbag and new slip ring?

    is it same size as the one you had before?!

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    Steering wheel was quite straightforward. Just unplug the battery, remove the airbag (carefully) unscrew the wheel & put the new one in.

    You don't need a new slip ring etc for the older style ones, it's just a straight replacement. The only hassle was the circuit board & the buttons for the horn. I got a bit confused by it, but it makes sense when you see it infront of you.

    Shouldn't take longer than 1hr, just make sure you have a spline set.

    If you want to fit the newer style wheels then it's the expense of a new airbag, slip ring & also another small circuit board I believe.

    The old style s-line one doesn't look quite as nice, but its got the nice perforated leather & feels much better than the shiny one I had before.
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    Anything can be done LOL. The only thing is apart from the engine you would also need intercooler & pipes, exhaust, airbox, ECU etc.

    If you got it cheap enough it could be tempting LOL
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    Mate how hard was it to change the interior headlining? i really want black in mine
    cheers
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    Wasn't actually that hard tbh, everything just pulls out & slots back in.

    The only annoying parts are the b pillars as you have to remove the rear door cards & take the seatbelt out from the trim at the bottom.

    Also be aware that the older a3's had the passenger airbag light in the roof light & the newer ones didn't. If you try and use the newer lights then it trips off the airbag warning light on the dash!

    This is easily fixed by just taking off the new black plastic trim & switch cover from the new light & putting ontop of the old one.

    You also have to be aware that the alcantara door seals are also white. I couldn't be arsed to replace these & audi wanted £70!! I bought some magix dark grey shoe spray (on ebay) & sprayed these & they look perfect, spot on match! You can just see these in my interior pics towards the front.

    All in, replacing the headlining took around 3 hours & lots of swearing, but well worth it. It looks much better in black. :arco:
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