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Is it possible to completely debadge an S3 exterior front and back?

Foxtrot_Oscar Jul 3, 2014

  1. Foxtrot_Oscar

    Foxtrot_Oscar Guest

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    As the title really. I don't want to attract any unwanted attention if I order an S3, so just need to know if it can be de-badged so at a glance it looks like an normal A3? I haven't seen this discussed or found anything via the search.
     
  2. Louay

    Louay Well-Known Member

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    For what purpose? Why would you spend 30 plus for an S3 with the desire for it to look like an A3 may I ask?
     
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  3. andywil13

    andywil13 Active Member

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    I could probably tell a debadged s3 a long way off. Lots of subtle differences
     
  4. Foxtrot_Oscar

    Foxtrot_Oscar Guest

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    I'm not buying one to show off how much it cost. I'm paying for the performance, handling etc. But I want to be discrete. The car will be parked on a main street, so again, the less attention paid to it the better. I also don't want to attract "Steve" in his Halford's special at the lights or wanting a closer look. As I said, I want it, at a glance, not to attract the wrong type of attention. So can it be de-badged?
     
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  5. JohnM100

    JohnM100 #teamSepang VCDS Map User Gold Supporter

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    Grille
    Cooling ducts instead of fog lights
    Alloys (ok not 100% giveaway)
    Chrome mirrors
    Callipers
    Spoiler
    Body styling
    Quad exhausts.
    etc...

    And that's before they look through the window for the logos inside.....
     
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  6. Jez-dtm

    Jez-dtm Member

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    You can select de badged rear as an option, then simple remove the front s3 badge from the grill! But, it makes the back of the car look clean, I just can't see why you'd want them all off but each to there own!
     
  7. SockToy

    SockToy Active Member

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    Yes. Spec grey paint. Debadge. Body coloured mirrors. Remove front badge. Spec s-line alloys. No privacy glass.

    Giveaways: s3 embossed seats on some options. S3 on the instruments. 4 exhausts. Other indicators for those who know the styling intimately - but not for the average oik. The giveaway is going to be the exhausts and grille.
     
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  8. s33nyboy12

    s33nyboy12 Well-Known Member Team Ibis Team V8 Audi R8 s tronic

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    It would be a boring world if we were all the same !

    Sean
     
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  9. Louay

    Louay Well-Known Member

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    Grille.....wheel arches, lowered sports suspension and general purposeful stance. Gonna be pretty difficult to mute the sound the exhausts emit as someone walks past to have a glance as you start it surely?

    Sounds like it could be a big potential worry for you so perhaps you should reconsider (don't let others dictate what you want though) or find some alternative means of parking?
     
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  10. The Challinor

    The Challinor Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    You mean wheel arches are different or just ride height I presume?
     
  11. Louay

    Louay Well-Known Member

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    Sorry ride height.
     
  12. The Challinor

    The Challinor Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    I liked the wide arches on the 8L, they ain't made a comeback yet though.
     
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  13. pat15312

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    Understated style is way cooler than in-your-face flaunting and is arguably a statement in itself.

    I went for body coloured wing mirrors, black styling pack and privacy glass on Phantom Black paint and I think it works quite well.

    Don't spec the car debadged. It doesn't save any money and you can easily do not yourself if it annoys you enough.
     
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  14. The Challinor

    The Challinor Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    Body coloured wings?
     
  15. Jez-dtm

    Jez-dtm Member

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    Yeah instead if the carbon fibre wings
     
  16. The Challinor

    The Challinor Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    Say what now lol
     
  17. nervus

    nervus Well-Known Member

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    ive debadged mine, when you remove the front badge it leaves a small grey blank block in the grill moulding which looks gash though so ill probably put the front badge back on but marker penned all black
     
  18. SockToy

    SockToy Active Member

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    Wingmirrors, instead of chrome or carbon fibre. Same colour as there body paint
     
  19. The Challinor

    The Challinor Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    Feel like a n00b for not putting 2 and 2 together. Wings = wing mirrors Doh !

    Seen carbon fibre mirrors ( had fake ones on one of my car many moons ago ).
     
  20. bqik

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    I just painted the front grille S3 emblem and the mirrors with black plastidip.

    did it at 1000km and still ok at 29000km.

    regards
     
  21. Woody86

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    Well that's made my mind up for me. I was planning to take the badge off the front off mine when it arrives but looks like it will be staying on now then.
     
  22. tcardio

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    I guess I'm daft but those that want to steal S3s know what to steal whether it's debadged or not. These guys don't steal A3s with S3 badges on. If a professional thief wants your car lets just say its gone.
     
  23. steeve

    steeve Well-Known Member TeamMisano Team Ibis Audi S3

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  24. Louay

    Louay Well-Known Member

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    I think this is what your looking for Phil......

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  25. Helifella

    Helifella Co-Driver ~ Hattie Staff Member Moderator Regional Rep VCDS Map User

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    I was gonna say put a TDI badge on the boot.
     

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