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B Pillar Cover Help....

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by stuartm, May 7, 2013.

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    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. :wub: xx
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    Wow, Paullie is in da house. Good to see you back girl. No more going awol, we have all missed you so. :) xx
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    Where did you get the MY11 trims and how much where they? Thanks
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    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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    All Audi dealers stock them or try Dave from Stoke Audi.
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    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 :wub: xx
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    No worries Dude. Now I can't remember what size they were, sorry :unsure: . 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.

    http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/parts-...o-black-outer-b-pillar-covers-s3-8p3-3dr.html

    Paula :wub: xx
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    Woaaaaah! Paulie is back.... Special Dance! :)
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    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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    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....................:slapped:
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    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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    This is the covers im talking about mate. the one between the door and rear side windows

    941556_10152806243815541_252983812_n.jpg 394304_10152806243995541_1927862037_n.jpg
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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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    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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    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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    Alright mate, don't suppose you can remember what size rivets you needed for the b pillars? Any help would be appreciated.

    Paul.
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    Quick Question
    will the B Pillar Fit S3 3 Door 2007 Pre Face lift ?
    8P3 853 289 D Y9B
    8P3 853 290 D Y9B
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    Yes they will mate
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    I did this a couple days ago, easy enough, drill rivets, unclip and slide old trim off. Slide new gloss black in place and rivet back on (with black rivets) :-D
    Fitted to 3 door 2007 S3. I will get a pic up for you to see :)
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    Worth £90 if you ask me!

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    Looks very smart mate. Just thought I'd add though that for the members that can't afford or justify spending the £90 there is a cheaper alternative and that is vinyl wrap. You can get enough to do both sides for less than £10 and it's very easy to do and took me about half an hour. I did mine the other day using 4d carbon fibre vinyl but not too keen on it now it's on the car so will be re-doing them gloss black in the next week or so. I'll post pics on this thread when done incase anybody else is interested in going down this route and want to see how it looks first.
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