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My slow but sure progress thread..

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by BradHatton, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. BradHatton

    BradHatton Member

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    Hi all,

    The time has come for me to start a progress thread, as I have a fair few ideas and plans for my motor.

    Now, times are hard, money's tight, so this may not be the quickest thread going but I will be sure to keep it updated!

    ..I picked up my 04 A3 8P 2.0TDi just under two months ago..

    Here is how it stood:
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    First thing was first, the grill.
    I bought some Halfrauds primer and matt black, masked it up ghetto style and got spraying!

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    I was happy with the outcome!
    ..Removed the plate to see how mean these look, I plan to get my front recess smoothed soon.

    I also have pressed plates waiting to go on her, just can't be bothered faffing with the DVLA -

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    Next came the debadge, subtle but damn effective mod IMO:

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    Then, I decided I was bored of my grill, so I bought a new one and re-sprayed it. Leaving the centre badge chrome.
    I also wrapped the central panel separating the two front grills in a matt black vinyl:

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    First big mod.... Coilovers!
    I chose JOM's and I am infact pretty happy with them. They do the job exactly how I wanted them to:

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    I'm happy with the way it sits.
    It does look uneven in terms of the arches, but the car actually sits fairly level all round. It looks seriously high on 17's and I did raise it a good inch and a half because unfortunately it wouldn't get on my drive at the height it was.. I'm done with static low cars for a while too seeing as my last one was a shocker -

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    Anyway..
    Most recent mod -

    Osram Nightbreaker Plus' & LED sides (not yet fitted)

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    Not overly happy about these if I'm honest. Nowhere near as white as I'd hoped, so I have contacted T8ups (great bloke by the way) and I have ice white halogen H7's and LED number plate bulbs on route.

    Aswell as light smoke headlight tint film, will post pictures when all is here and fitted.

    Peace 😆
     
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  3. Mr. B

    Mr. B English...not so good

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    Like the car and mods, but jesus those pictures are just... Lol come on dude, decent cameras are cheap as chips these days.
     
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  4. BradHatton

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    They're from my iPhone :(
     
  5. J8TT X

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    Good work mate.
    Nice to see another split grill bumper!

    Get some interior LEDs from T8ups, Makes the interior lights so much better!
     
  6. BradHatton

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    I will get them uploaded to my laptop and re-post them.. Promise 😏
     
  7. BradHatton

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    Thanks bud, to be honest though I'm thinking of doing an 8P2 facelift!

    May just do that with time :)
     
  8. J8TT X

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    Lol same here but for the time being im sticking with it unless a bumper/grill/bonnet comes available at a stupidly cheap price!
     
  9. BradHatton

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    Just had a crack at fitting my number plate LED's...

    1 fitted -
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    ..then disaster struck. The next didn't work and I am now driving round with one bulb on :( booooo.
     
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    Not teaching you to suck eggs but did you try turning the bulb around a few times pesky ****ers those LEDs
     
  11. BradHatton

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    Yes I was very thorough mate I tried everything, I'm convinced my drivers side bulb holder is bust. I will have to have a go tomorrow during the day.
     
  12. BradHatton

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    Okay I managed to get the LED's working! :)

    All my lighting to date -
    Waiting on getting my LED sides in, can't get my hand in there.. Is there a nack to doing it without removing the bumper?

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    Headlight tint may turn up tomorrow, in which case I will have a go at fitting it, then get some pictures up :)
     
  13. BradHatton

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    Also got quoted £120 today, for my recess to be smoothed by a small body shop local to me.
     
  14. BradHatton

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    Little update:



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    May be picking up some black centre'd LM reps this week. 18x8.5's + 15&20mm spacers.
     
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    Who is t8ups and are the ice. White h7 bulbs better than the night breakers and Phillips bulbs? Also the led festoon bulbs only work one way round
     
  16. BradHatton

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    T8ups is a member on this forum, he sells a lot of lighting etc.

    No, the night breakers where both whiter and brighter than T8ups' bulbs, but they are still a bit improvement over standard halogens.

    Yes, they're working fine now, thanks.



    Little update people.

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    Picking these babies up this weekend.. 18x8.5+9 RH ZW3's

    Keep you all posted.
     
  17. Jonathaan

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    Did you get your sidelights sorted Brad?
     
  18. BradHatton

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    Yes mate :thumbs:
     
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    Soom good progress here Brad,i will be sure to keep uptodate with this. :) x
     
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    ​Looking good Brad. :) x
     
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    RH's are gone.


    Bentleys soon!
    19x9 et41 IIRC
     
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    Bentley Continental GT's
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    Looking good Brad. Will sit soo much better on the 215/35 :happy:
     
  27. BradHatton

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    Just waiting for them now bro ;)

    Dads new R8 :wub:

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    jealous of your dads new car:wub:
     
  29. BradHatton

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    Same here :(
     
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    :wub:
    Bentleys are done!
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    Colour coded to the wheels :)
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    & here she is looking filthy and sorry for herself :(
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  31. BradHatton

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    Right, having finally gone onto my laptop (which i clearly never use) and looked through this thread, i have realised all of the pictures are tiny and the quality is s***..

    So here you go, some decent pictures of how my motor stands today..
    Enjoy!

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    Hope i haven't bored you too much :lol:
     
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    :wub: love it, looking good.
     
  33. BradHatton

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    Thanks man
     
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    love the wheels, just look to big IMO
     
  35. BradHatton

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    Thanks, each to their own though mate, I'd have happily had 20's :lol:
     
  36. leeds2592

    leeds2592 When I grow up, I want a 964!

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    Been seeing your progress with the wheels on instagram, good to see them finally on!

    And good to have some decent pictures on here finally :whistle2:
     
  37. BradHatton

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    Agree'd mate! Haha I know it was well overdue!
     
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    Those wheels are awesome mate!
     
  39. BradHatton

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    Thanks! :wub:
     
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    aaannndddddd, FILTHY!
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    Wow wee, the last one is simply gorgeous. What's next on the mod list?
     
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    leeds2592 When I grow up, I want a 964!

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    Looking good. Sits brilliantly!
     

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