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Conversion from pre-facelift double grill bumper to facelift S-line bumper

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by mattandrew, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. Khufu
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    It really makes a difference. Here's my A3 with S3 bumper at the campsite at the foot of Ben Nevis

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    will the s3 bumper go straight onto 04 plate
  3. Ash B
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    Yes the S3 bumper will but same as the S-line will need a new bonnet but with this will need to trim the reinforcement bar on the edge so the bumper can fit on. Only a few cm i believe


    Ashley
  4. Khufu
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    yes its the same job as fitting s-line except costs more LOL. For the S3 bumper, as Ash says, you need to trim the lower edges of the reinforcement bar to clear the larger foglight cutouts of the bumper. I marked & used an angle grinder LOL
  5. Hellz
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    If I already have a pre-facelift S-Line do I still need to buy the fogs if I go with:

    A. The S-Line facelift bumper
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    B. The S3 bumper

    Also, is the Side impact reinforcement/carrier (8P0807113B) needed for all conversions? It's just I havent seen this particular part mentioned before... not too keen on the idea of angle grinding parts down! :p
  6. Ash B
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    Would need new fog lights surround im guessing due to its change when we had the face lift and the S3 fog light surrounds different to the A3 design anyway. Not 100% sure you need to change the fog lights might still be the same size with the S-lines. But im sure some one will correct me now.

    No you dont need to change the reinforcement bar really, just some people change it as they dont want to cut, sand or grind down the edges :)

    Thanks

    Ashley
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    Hi mate the fog surrounds and fogs have to be changed there different fogs, and the surrounds are quit a bit bigger that pre facelift slines as i had to do mine i also bought the new reinforfment bar but as mine was a s line they were the same on some models they differ and you either have to grind them of fit new for 50 quid its a no brainer ( idea for classifieds sell reinforcer) cheers Ian
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    Hello All

    Benskin, you live the closest to me as im in Bristol and wondered if you could be my mentor lol.

    I've got a lava grey 04 3dr and im saving up for the parts at the mo when get them all
    can i call on you.

    Cheers Mike
  9. Ash B
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    Mike more than welcome mate! Lol Same colour as me good choice:arco:

    Yes more than welcome to give me a call, still in the middle of doing mine, if you need parts fitted can get my uncle or friend to do it quite cheap. As they will be doing mine with no choice :) I'm just waiting to get mine painted as i dont have much any at the moment pay day soon though :). Drop me a PM and i'll send you my number.

    Thanks


  10. mike1628
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    Nice one pm'd
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    Could I keep that in mind too? (im in Weston-super-mare)
  12. Ash B
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    Yeah mate thats fine. Weston-super-mare not that far from me either.

    Thanks

    Ashley

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    Thank you. I'll probably never be able to afford it, but thanks. :friends:
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    Thats fine mate, what you going for s-line upgrade or s3?
    Thanks


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    Probably just an early single grille bumper but I need Washer holes in it. I also heard the earlier bumpers should be compatible with the the double grille fogs? I would then just get the bump strips smoothed over.

    There is one on Ebay for £130, but would rather pay Under £100 as I'll also need the bonnet, and get them sprayed up!

    Need to get some new wheels on first though and get it lowered a little.
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    Are all of the facelift (2005-2008) bonnets the same?

    For instance, if i bought the S3 bumper and grille would I also need to source a bonnet specific to the S3 or would any of the facelift bonnets fit?
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    Correct! There are 3 bonnets

    2003-2005 (no sportbacks with this bonnet)
    2005-2008
    2009 onwards
  18. MattyV5
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    Hi,

    Does the 3dr facelift Sline lower rear bumper bit fit a pre-facelift 3dr?

    i.e are the rear bumpers the same on a pre-facelift and facelift models?
  19. Lee_R
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    The bumpers are different (No trim on the facelift S line, its all smooth) The valance is not a direct fit to the earlier bumper but it has been done with some minor mods.
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    Ok, thanks for that. I would replace it all but I have rear p.sensors and don't want to start messing about with them!
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    I have the Bumper! I got a non sline facelift bumper with washer holes on ebay for £90 delivered. Not too bad. I went for the non sline bumper jut to try and make it as easy as poss!!! Just got to get to get the grill now. Should be no more than £50?

    With regards to the bonnet, could i just get a bodyshop to weld 2 plates in to make it line up with the bumper?
  22. Khufu
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    To do it properly & then match the paint up could cost you more than the bonnet. The bonnet is so noticable on a car it would have to be perfect. IIRC, my bonnet was £158+vat new from Audi.
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    Agreed. Just buy a new bonnet. The lines on the bonnet are also different so it matches the different width of the new grill. I couldn't find a bonnet either, so ended up buying through audi.

    I've just finally finished my a3 sport full s-line conversion. Now have the facelifted front-end, s-line spoiler & complete s-line trim inside (including headlining), wheels, suspension etc.

    It looks so much better. Ebay is your friend for all things s-line.
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    Does anyone know if the fog lamps on the facelift A3's (2005-2008) are the same fitment across the range?

    For example - I'm just about to buy an S-Line bumper and I'm able to get the fog lamps from a facelifted sportback A3 or a standard 3dr A3.

    Will the fog lamps from the sportback/standard 3dr A3's fit OK with the 3dr Sline bumper?

    Thanks in advance y'all
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    I think i am going to go ahead with the conversion in the near future. it looks to much better with the single grille rather than the split ones
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    is there someone that can get me the the parts i need to upgrade my 2004 (dualframe) to 2006 singleframe s-line or s3 front. The best is if the parts could be painted lavagrey and shipped to norway. these parts are hard to get!
    Send me a pm and we can talk price ;)
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    Was this pic before or after it was lowered on the eibachs? (before I hope?)

    Thanks

    Matty
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    Hi can anyone pm as how and who can do the whole conversion to the big single grille! Thanks
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    The how is in this thread mate!
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    hi, i am just new to this site. i seen that you have done the s line facelift, i have a 53 plate a3, is it possible to do the facelift with this car? tanks
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    Yes it's possible. The info is in this thread.
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    As leon has said all the info is in this thread
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    :think:
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    Whats wrong ash?

    You still confused abouts grills?

    :)
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    Lol nothing wrong mate:icon_thumright:. Was just thinking about the last two questions asked in this thread. Made me laugh:laugh: As the answers are all over this thread! :happy:
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    Hi guys, im thinking about doing this conversion but im unsure if i need the reinforcement bar? Can anyone confirm if i do or not? My car is an 04 1.6 3dr

    Thanks
  37. Ash B
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    If your doing an s-line conversion you wont need to. Only if your doing an S3 conversion.
    Good luck

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    Its one of the old facelift bumpers, its not a sline, its not got fog grills, Its got the horrible rub strips in the bumper
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    Ok. So I'm looking to do a conversion. I have a 05 preface lift 2.0 fsi. I live in Croydon Surrey and am looking for parts and someone to this for me at a reasonable price. I'm open to both s-line or S3 bumpers.

    Thanks!!!!

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