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Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by jamiekip, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. jamiekip
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    Hello,

    Following on from the threads for the new DRL and sidelight bulbs that Jon (AKA -Redbutcher) has pulled together. I decided to get rid of the fried egg look on all my indicator lights.

    So, ordered the front and rear bulbs from here http://www.powerbulbs.com/product_detail.asp?prod=69

    Just fitted them, and they don't make it easy any more!
    Rear first:
    The light units are held in with a plastic screw. In order to get to the screw you have to remove a plastic disk that covers the hole. Pop this out, then use a screw driver to remove the plastic securing screw.
    Once you've done this the light unit is free to be removed, but it doesn't come away easily, as the unit is also held by two studs held in rubber seals where the light meets the rear quarter panel. Took me a while to get the unit free, but when you've done it once it becomes easy. My advice would be to pull the unit out from the tailgate side, then work your hand along the gap at the top and work the top stud out, repeat again on the bottom of the unit and it will eventually pop free.
    Un-clip the wires, then pop of the bulb cage. Change bulbs, reattach the wires and then check the bulb works before putting it all back in.
    All OK, clip the lens back in, guide the unit back on to the body making sure the studs slip in to the rubber holders. Screw it all back together.

    Repeat on the other side.

    When putting all the plastic disks back over the hole to the release screw be careful to get them lined up correctly. I had a 'moment' where the disk fell through. It's not the end of the world if this happens, you simply need to lift up the boot floor, take out the spare, then the polystyrene bits holding the jack etc etc is in 3 pieces, take out the right hand side first and you can move the rest to get access to anything that fell behind!

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    For the fronts, many have said you need to undo the inner wheel arch liner to get to them. Well, I'm 6'2" so don't have small hands and skinny arms and managed to get my hand to the back of the indicator carrier without doing this.
    Simply remove the electrics plug from then light unit, slide your hand through (it is a squeeze!), turn and release the indicator carrier, replace the bulb and re-attach.

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    Side repeaters - the lens is held in on a loaded spring, simply push the lens against the spring to release. Bulb simply pulls out and new one pops straight in.
    You can get them here: http://www.autobulbsdirect.co.uk/home.php?cat=603

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    All in, this took me about 35mins and I'm really pleased with the look. It all looks much cleaner than standard and is a worthy mod in my book.

    Pics added - didn't do any befores - anyone prepared to post up what the original lights look like?????

    JK
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  2. a3norwich
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    a3norwich Not anymore - Back 2 BMW (shh)

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    Nice one! The Philips bulbs are good value for money and do the job well.

    Those side repeaters are very cheap. They are usually more than the front/rears!
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    Pic's added now - I'm really pleased with the overall look.
    Looking forward to getting the new DRL's and sidelights.
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    Looks good, I changed the rears on mine when I had it but never got round to doing the fronts!

    J.
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    Nice one mate - glad you got them sorted.
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    Looks a lot better now, Sprint Blue is the only colour any S3 should be in. Whereabouts in the South East are you?
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    I'm in West London mate - you?
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    South East London.

    *shudders*
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    A nice area I'm sure - either that or you have a pair of doberman guarding the motors!
    It's all yapping shih-tzu's over here!
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    I have not read the manual, but to save time how difficult is it to get at the front indicators, I have changed my rears and have the bulbs at the front, but from a quick look in the engine bay I cant quite see where you access them from.

    Thanks in advance.
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    For me, I removed the cables connecting the light units and tucked them out of the way.
    If you reach through, almost next to the front wing you can feel the back of the indictor bulb. Simply twist, pull out, swap the bulb and pop it all back together again. Takes 2 mins.
    If you have a torch the back of the indicator holder was white on my car, so should help you find it.
    It is a squeeze, but if i can get my hand in anyone can!!!
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    Makes so much difference and costs very little £££. A must for all modders imo.
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    How do you get the cables connected to the light unit to disconnect. I have just been messing about, and it doesnt seem to want to come off.

    Frustrating now.
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    On my list for when the PIAA bulbs come in - along with possibly the new A3's rear lights.
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    LOL - you don't have to justify yourself! Thanks for all your help on part no.s etc. Your a kind guy! :friends:
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    No worries! Any word on when your tail lights are due to arrive?
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    Nope :noway: Matt hasn't called me yet. So the place hasn't called him. Should I order that connector part??
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    Whatever you reckon. Might be best to wait until the lights arrive and then have the dealer give you the part number for the connector.

    Although if they are only a couple of quid it might be worth ordering two of them to have when the lights arrive.

    Not going to advise either way obviously, in case you don't need them!
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    Are you running xenons or halogens?
    Obviously mine were xenons so can't comment if yours are different..... anyone able to point dale in the right direction?

    J
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    halogens for me.
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    Looks like it'll be the wheel arch job for those of us with halogens then.....
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    If I could work out how the wires unclip I think I should be able to just get at them to remove them.
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    Got myself some noname chrome ones, and I managed to put them in 2 minutes. So easy. I got small hands though.

    Think ill swap for some silvervisions though, as the chrome ones are a bit less bright then the oem ones.
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    My brother fitted some Halfords Silvatec jobs into his GTI the other week. They look to be ok and were only a tenner for the pair.

    Think I'll go for the silvervisions when the PIAA bulbs come in.
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    They are pretty expensive though from the Powerbulbs site.

    Although for me free worldwide delivery makes up for the price :)
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