1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Front bumper mod...

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by leecs3, Sep 1, 2006.

  1. 1ndy
    Offline

    1ndy Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2006
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Sep 24, 2006]
    OK - I just fitted the splitter and after blood, sweat and tears!!!! I came across some small issues.

    1. 10mm self tappers were too small - I used 20mm.

    2. After cutting back some of the splitter I realised that the ends were not great looking - so I used the end bits from the previously cut flaps that I trimmed off and glued them to the ends of the splitter to give a nicer finish!

    3. I used a heat gun to soften the splitter and mould to the contours of the bumper - this really helped near to the arches.

    hope this helps anyone else who is planning of doing this mod.

    :)
    #81
  2. jojo
    Online

    jojo S3 Drift King! Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2003
    Messages:
    26,168
    Likes Received:
    1,644
  3. garratt83
    Offline

    garratt83 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2006
    Messages:
    244
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Sep 25, 2006]
    Yeah fitted mine on Sat

    Was a bit of a pain to do the endsbut Icut mine then smoothed them with some wet&dry. Will use a heat gun to mould them good idea.

    How did you attach the middle bit of the spliter mine flaps about a bit

    I used 20mm selftappers and 6x nut and bots, it aint coming off.

    :thumbsup:
    #83
  4. theitalian3
    Offline

    theitalian3 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2006
    Messages:
    114
    Likes Received:
    2
    [Sep 25, 2006]
    iv just got mine. but after reading all this im worried lol

    definately taking it down to my mates workshop tonight and get it up on the ramps, no way am i doing this in my driveway

    ill post up pics once its done to show you how bad it is lol
    #84
  5. Tallpaul
    Offline

    Tallpaul Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    835
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Sep 25, 2006]
    lol, are there any cars left on this forum that don't have this splitter fitted?

    I think i'll whip mine off again, keep it looking more individual ;)
    #85
  6. 1ndy
    Offline

    1ndy Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2006
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Sep 25, 2006]
    will try and take some pics - prob on the weekend.

    the middle bit needs work its not connected at the moment - dont know how to fit that at the moment.

    The ramp is def the best place to do this - i struggled in my garage needed assistance from my little brother!!

    Where did you guys put the bolts??
    #86
  7. Tallpaul
    Offline

    Tallpaul Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    835
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Sep 26, 2006]
    i used 2 50mm bolts, one for each of the middle bits.
    #87
  8. ash_s3
    Offline

    ash_s3 Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2006
    Messages:
    1,016
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Nov 20, 2006]
    anyone got pics of the ends near the wheel arches??
    just ordered mine today, £16.99 + vat

    Ash
    #88
  9. dultanur
    Offline

    dultanur all promises, no action :)

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2006
    Messages:
    407
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Nov 20, 2006]
    great thread, just what i was wondering. :rock:

    more pics please! :D
    #89
  10. portsA318T
    Offline

    portsA318T 'The boat can leave now, tell the crew'

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2006
    Messages:
    51
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Nov 20, 2006]
    Second that. Maybe a quick guide on how to fit for all those less imaginative, rather than having to piece it together from all the posts? Where to cut? etc
    Thanks
    #90
  11. SwedeS3
    Offline

    SwedeS3 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2003
    Messages:
    73
    Likes Received:
    1
    [Nov 20, 2006]
    seriosly thinking about doing this mod and an idiots guide would be great for me :uhm:

    Its looking good on all your cars guys.

    Cheers
    #91
  12. pablo
    Offline

    pablo Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2006
    Messages:
    801
    Likes Received:
    33
    [Nov 20, 2006]
    the way I done it was - start at the front in the middle.

    There are 2 little towers in the middle - these both need to be trimmed down as they are too tall. so you set the splitter against the bumper and trim the towers down till they sit flush. get the splitter centred and fire in a couple of self tappers. (do with masking tape if not sure)

    so you have the middle front sitting right and secured then work your way back. get the front corners (just to the sides of the foglights) secured then hold the ends of the splitter up to the end of the bumper (back at the wheel arch). The ends will need trimmed so hold them up and mark them. I cut mine so they sat nice and flush up against the little flaps of the arch liners.

    thats it. 4 cuts required. the 2 towers at the front and the 2 ends.
    #92
  13. ash_s3
    Offline

    ash_s3 Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2006
    Messages:
    1,016
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Nov 22, 2006]
    Just done mine today!
    Wasn't too bad, as pablo says - start at the front middle and work your way around, i put masking tape across the bumper and a little bit on the splitter in-between the two 'towers' both with centre line marks on them and lined them up, banged in a few self tappers just to hold it together
    the corners and ends do require a bit of heat just to make them more pliable then you can whack your self tappers in to hold in place.
    I then went round taking each self tapper out, re drilling the hole and fitting a nut and bolt with a washer on either side as i found some of the self tappers wasn't quite gripping enough to pull the splitter in-line with the bumper.

    i did it with the bumper off which made my life a bit easier but its not necessary, only takes 5mins to whip it off so i thought why not!

    overall im happy with the result, makes the front end look a bit 'meaner' and just finishes it off imo.

    some pics below!

    What it looks like before hacking it up!
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    LOTS of fixings! :laugh:
    [​IMG]

    Finished result! :yahoo:
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    #93
  14. dultanur
    Offline

    dultanur all promises, no action :)

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2006
    Messages:
    407
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Nov 22, 2006]
    looks great ash! i'll post pics when i'm done :)
    #94
  15. fingermouse
    Offline

    fingermouse thats me

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2004
    Messages:
    3,771
    Likes Received:
    13
    [Nov 23, 2006]
    OUCH!!!!! on the bonnett
    #95
  16. dultanur
    Offline

    dultanur all promises, no action :)

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2006
    Messages:
    407
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Nov 23, 2006]
    i'm concerned that if i fix it too well, if it gets stuck on something at speed it will rip the bolts and selftappers off, damaging the bumper... what do you guys think? i don't wanna mess up my bumper.
    #96
  17. ash_s3
    Offline

    ash_s3 Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2006
    Messages:
    1,016
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Nov 23, 2006]
    i thought that! cant see it getting too stuck on anything, most it would do is damage the splitter i think
    #97
  18. 1ndy
    Offline

    1ndy Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2006
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Nov 24, 2006]
    I have scraped mine a couple of times - its not too bad (as long as you are not doing 50mph over a speed bump) At first I was really concerned about it coming off, but now Im quite confident that its secure.
    #98
  19. aidank1981
    Offline

    aidank1981 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2006
    Messages:
    252
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Nov 25, 2006]
    hey guys, i've just found this cupra-r plan, looks great! i was sourcing a RS4 style bumper for my S3 from germany (s3-tuning.de) ta try an beef it up, this might do the trick for a fraction of the price and hassle!:beerchug:
    #99
  20. Jaywoo_A3
    Offline

    Jaywoo_A3 Audi dead, 2.0T all the way!

    Joined:
    May 17, 2006
    Messages:
    518
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Nov 26, 2006]
    Why not get the RS4 style front bumper and then put LCR spltter on like i did to mine?
  21. S3_Pricey
    Offline

    S3_Pricey Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2006
    Messages:
    302
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Mar 1, 2008]
    does anybody have any pics of this splitter on an A3 bumper rather than the S3 bumper? the earlier ones dont seem to work...
  22. theitalian3
    Offline

    theitalian3 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2006
    Messages:
    114
    Likes Received:
    2
    [Mar 1, 2008]
    [​IMG]
  23. theitalian3
    Offline

    theitalian3 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2006
    Messages:
    114
    Likes Received:
    2
    [Mar 1, 2008]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
  24. S3_Pricey
    Offline

    S3_Pricey Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2006
    Messages:
    302
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Mar 2, 2008]
    cheers for the pics, i think the splitter looks good on the A3 bumper, just adds a bit more to the front end. thinking about this mod for my A3 :icon_thumright:
  25. Bobt
    Offline

    Bobt Member VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2007
    Messages:
    57
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Mar 6, 2008]
    Pic of my black grill and LCR spliter
    [​IMG]
  26. S3_Pricey
    Offline

    S3_Pricey Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2006
    Messages:
    302
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Apr 16, 2008]
    I was just thinking...of the people who have fitted the LCR splitter, has anybody had the splitter painted? I think this would possibly only suit a black car tho. If anybody has any pics would be much appreciated...:meeting:
  27. jonS3
    Offline

    jonS3 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2006
    Messages:
    719
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Apr 16, 2008]
    paint would come off in 2mins with kerbs, speed bumps etc..
  28. 1animal1
    Offline

    1animal1 The Clar!! it mouves!!! VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2007
    Messages:
    9,981
    Likes Received:
    31
    [Apr 16, 2008]
    yup, does appaer too soft i think for paint
  29. S3_Pricey
    Offline

    S3_Pricey Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2006
    Messages:
    302
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Apr 16, 2008]
    yeh, your probably right, just wondered what it might look like is all...

Share This Page