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GUIDE: How to install/replace your front Grille - Facelift (8P3)

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    [Dec 4, 2012]
    I thought i'd share the following intructions I produced when I decided to replace the front grille on my Facelift A3 with the Black Edition version (in this case). I hope they are helpful.

    If you want the Black Edition/Optics front grille, PM me and I can help.

    Tools Used
    Short/Stubby Phillips Screwdriver
    Torx 20 & 27
    10mm Socket with long extension (pref flexible)

    Stage 1
    Remove 3x Torx 27 Screws as highlighted with red circles below:
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    Stage 2 -
    Tip: Lay out an old cloth sheet on the ground for comfort and also to put the bumper onto when removed.

    Remove 7x Phillips Screws from underneath bumper (Note that these have self-tapper threads for plastic so keep them separate) – The picture below shows 2x screws from one side, you will need to remove 2x from the other side too and then 3x from the front spoiler location (no need to remove the actual spoiler though).

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    Stages 3 and 4 describe how to remove screws from within one front wheel arch lining, you will need to do exactly the same for the other front wheel arch lining too.

    Make sure you have your steering at full lock to access the front section of the wheel arch.

    Stage 3
    Remove 4x Torx 20 Screws from locations highlighted with a red circle below

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    Stage 4
    You will need to hold the wheel arch lining away with your other hand to remove these 2 fixings. Remove the Torx 20 Screw from the location with the red arrow pointing upwards (Note that this screw is longer than the others screws removed from the wheel arch lining). Now remove the 6mm nut with the 10mm socket located in the higher of the 2 red circles. You may need a torch to locate this nut and then you will need a fairly long extension on the end of your 10mm socket.

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    Now do the same on the other front wheel arch.

    Stage 5
    Your bumper should now come away from your car with a bit of easing it off in tighter areas. The grab strip at the end of the bumper where it joins the wing needs a little coaxing away by hand only - do not use any metal tools. You will need to disconnect your Fog Lights. Place the bumper/grille assembly carefully on the sheet on the ground. Now remove the expanded polystyrene section from the rear of your bumper by simply pulling 2 plastic sections on either end away enough so that the polystyrene can be removed.

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    Stage 6
    You may choose not to do this stage at your own risk as you may think the part has no use. It is a radiator cover although it doesn’t cover the entire radiator, just the top section.
    This item is permanently heat staked to the old grille, but can be removed and re-used. Remove the radiator cover from the rear of the grille highlighted below. You will need to drill all the plastic sections (circled) so that it can come away from the grille.

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    Stage 7
    Now remove 11x screws from locations circled below and keep these screws separate. You can now remove the grille from your bumper by unclipping the 4 sections near the top of the grille.

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    Stage 8
    Remove your number plate from the grille.

    Stage 9
    If you have done Stage 6 you can now re-attach the radiator cover from your old grille to your new grille. There are small plastic posts already on your new grille for the cover to fit onto although you may have to tidy up the cover so that the plastic posts can come up through your radiator cover. There are numerous ways to fix this section onto the plastic posts, notably by using a large soldering iron to melt the plastic posts or by finding small enough nuts (M3.5 works well) that can be tightened down cutting a thread on the small plastic posts. Be careful not to over tighten.

    Stage 10
    You may choose to re-attach your number plate at this stage but it can be done right at the end too.
    Now re-attach your new grille to your bumper by clipping the 4 sections back into the top section of your bumper and then screwing in the 11x screws that were removed in Stage 7. You will also need to re-insert the polystyrene section onto the back of your new grille.

    Stage 11
    Make sure you have plugged your fog lights in before easing the bumper back onto your car. If available, it is easier to perform this task with two people, guiding each side of the bumper. Ensure bumper/wing junction mates up well before pressing home the grab strip fixing.

    Now put back all the screws and bolts removed in Stages 1 to 4 starting with Stage 4 and working your way back to Stage 1. Make sure you use the 7x plastic screws underneath the bumper and the 2 longer screws to the area in Stage 4 with the arrow pointing upwards.

    From this:

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    To This:

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    [Dec 5, 2012]
    well described and illustrated lad :thumbsup: should be a big help to others on here
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    [Dec 6, 2012]
    Thanks pal. There always seems to be quite a few on here wanting to do this so thought i'd put something together. Glad Sandra made it a sticky.

    The Black Optics grille installed in the instructions above is available in the classifieds - Classifieds: Audi A3 8P 2008-12 Black Edition/Optics Grille
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    [Dec 10, 2012]
    Thanks for this mate.
    Something I will be tackling soon so this was a timely DIY.
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    [Dec 11, 2012]
    glad to be of assistance mate. If you need any help or advice, drop me a pm. (Or if you want to pay for me to come over and do the job i'll happily accept your offer :yes: )
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    [Dec 11, 2012]
    This thread is most useful addition. :) x
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    [Dec 14, 2012]
    High praise indeed. Thank you Sandra:)
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    Thank you. :salute:.im sure all the members appreciate it very much. Praise where its due. :) x
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    [Dec 23, 2012]
    I intend to fit an S3 grill next spring & this is the best guide I've seen yet. Thanks for taking the time to catalogue the process & post. :icon_thumright:
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    [Dec 24, 2012]
    Nice clear guide. Thanks. Sure it will be very helpful when I eventually decide which grill to go for :)
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    [Jan 11, 2013]
    Awesome Guide Fitted in an hour only part missing is where the four clips are i scratched my head abit lol it was pitch black and was only using a small light :). just need fogs now.
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    [Jan 11, 2013]
    Glad you found the guide useful John and presumably the grille I supplied looks the part too. Get a pic on here and show us all :)

    If anyone wants to do the above then drop me a PM and I can supply you with the Grille (Facelift 8P3 Only).
    Also got plenty of fog grilles to suite all Facelift (8P3) A3's and S3's.
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    [Feb 4, 2013]
    Awesome detail man, any chance you know how to do it on a 8P1?
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    [Feb 5, 2013]
    I've never done an 8P1 but I can't imagine that Torx locations etc. will be too disimilar to be honest. I know the 8P2 locations are almost the same as the 8P3 I think.
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    [Feb 5, 2013]
    I'm in the States, do you have a part# for the grill(e)? Or ship to California?
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    [Feb 6, 2013]
    Have PM'd you buddy
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    [Feb 24, 2013]
    This is what i needed .ihave a black edition but want to take off the bumper to get the stone chips off to cut down on body shop labour,so thanks for a clear description of how to do it.
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    [Mar 10, 2013]
    I have to echo everyone else.


    Used this guide to change to my black S3 optics grille today. Took about 1.5hrs (even in the rain). Clear, concise and easy to follow!


    Thanks!!
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    [Jun 8, 2013]
    There should be a dedicated area with How to's to find them easy.
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    [Jun 9, 2013]
    Out of curiosity: to those who have changed their grill from the stock one, what did you decide to do with the radiator cover?

    There's already a link to this in the stickied FAQ thread anyway.
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    [Jul 5, 2013]
    Thank you. Great job with the manual. Helped me a lot to change my front grille
    . IMG_2553.jpg
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    [Oct 21, 2013]
    hi, can you please tell me if this is the same for the 2005 model? i have just recieved my grill and am looking to change it over, some say its possible to do it without bumper removal? i cant see how this is possible, thankyou, mark.
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    [Dec 27, 2013]
    Thanks Very much for the detailed guide Mr. Kent. My swap went as smooth as you described & I now have my S3 grill installed... a little later than planned, but it's all good.

    S3 Grill Install.jpg

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    awesome stuff, i plan on doing this to my a3 if/when it gets fixed lol.
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    Any idea where the photos went for this thread?
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    I'm doing this next week and this guide seems like what I need just need the pictures.. :( out of interest do you have to put any kind of extra protection in front of the radiator?
    Thanks!
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