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

Pic Req: Custom S3 Grille

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by n00bie, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. n00bie
    Offline

    n00bie Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2008
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    1
    [Feb 14, 2009]
    Yesterday while looking at my car, I got an idea...

    Could it be possible to combine optics and standard grille in a way that the grille itself (those vertical stripes) would be standard - chromed, and the grille surround would be from the optics package - glossy black...

    Any ideas? Pics?

    :sign_pics:
    #1
  2. Ads

    Ads

    [Dec 19, 2014]

  3. I'mRonBurgundy?
    Offline

    I'mRonBurgundy? Lets make that kitten purr...

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2008
    Messages:
    554
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Feb 14, 2009]
    IIRC someone on here has dismantled their grille, removed the frame and painted. So yes I think it is possible.

    Do a search on here under grille, optics grille, S3 grille. I'm sure you'll be able to find it.
    #2
  4. dipstic
    Offline

    dipstic Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2006
    Messages:
    384
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Feb 14, 2009]
    Like this black optic pack with chrome fittings from std grill.Thread on here somewhere. Spray surround any colour you want

    [​IMG]
    #3
  5. NHN
    Offline

    NHN Retrofitter - Audi - VW - Skoda - Seat Site Sponsor VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2008
    Messages:
    27,503
    Likes Received:
    1,273
    [Feb 14, 2009]
    yeah that was only in the last week or so aswell if IIRC, images up aswell I think.
    #4
  6. n00bie
    Offline

    n00bie Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2008
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    1
    [Feb 14, 2009]
    Yep, searched, but haven't found what I'm looking for :)

    This is the idea, this original black optics surround from Audi,
    [​IMG]

    Combined with everything else as it is on this car :)
    [​IMG]
    #5
  7. Jamiekip
    Offline

    Jamiekip Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2009
    Messages:
    717
    Likes Received:
    5
    [Feb 14, 2009]
    JonnyC's old S3 (have a search) had the standard platinum coloured inserts with the Black opitc's surround and strips.
    HTH
    #6
  8. n00bie
    Offline

    n00bie Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2008
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    1
    [Feb 14, 2009]
    Here's my try with bad PS skillz :)

    [​IMG][​IMG]
    #7
  9. jonnyc
    Offline

    jonnyc Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2007
    Messages:
    858
    Likes Received:
    1
    [Feb 14, 2009]
    Heres what I did with mine, as Jamie said.. Optics down tubes and surround with the standard platinun grill..

    Different to anything else I have seen anyways..

    [​IMG]
    #8
  10. dipstic
    Offline

    dipstic Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2006
    Messages:
    384
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Feb 14, 2009]
    If you are using a std S3 optic grill and are going to put all the chrome strips,surround etc from a std S3 grill thats what I did,your first pic looks like a S line optic grill, dont think you could fit the chrome S3 bits to a S line grill
    #9
  11. kaz219
    Offline

    kaz219 Active Member VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2008
    Messages:
    1,806
    Likes Received:
    2
    [Feb 14, 2009]
    10Blazin done this

    He took the surround off, painted it black and left the inside the standard grey colour to match his car.
    #10
  12. n00bie
    Offline

    n00bie Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2008
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    1
    [Feb 15, 2009]
    I currently have an S-Line grille, but would like to buy an S3 grille with S3 optics surround if that is possible, that's why i started the thread - to find out if it is possible and maybe get some pics... :)

    I wouldn't want to paint anything if it's not reeealy neccesary...
    #11
  13. Sem
    Offline

    Sem Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2004
    Messages:
    301
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Feb 15, 2009]
    I think you are looking to do the reverse of this?

    [​IMG]

    In which case, it is possible :)
    #12
  14. n00bie
    Offline

    n00bie Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2008
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    1
    [Feb 15, 2009]
    Exactly m8, though what you have there is also very good, love that combo! Any more pics?

    So, how did you do it? Can the grill an the surround be sold seperatly? thnx
    #13
  15. JohnS3
    Offline

    JohnS3 Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2004
    Messages:
    3,028
    Likes Received:
    2
    [Feb 15, 2009]
    If you fit an S3 grill in place of an Sline grill IIRC you'll get a gap of about 5 mm at the bottom.
    #14
  16. evapor8
    Offline

    evapor8 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2009
    Messages:
    460
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Feb 15, 2009]
    #15
  17. n00bie
    Offline

    n00bie Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2008
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    1
    [Feb 15, 2009]
    IIRC the grills are of the same size on the new 2009 FL A3/S3's...

    Thanks for the links evapor8!
    #16
  18. Sem
    Offline

    Sem Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2004
    Messages:
    301
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Feb 15, 2009]
    Indeed, see the pic of my car above - no gap. It's a straight swap, all the screw holes on the S3 grille match up to the original. It's a 10 minute job to swap once you have the bumper off, no messing about with clips like the pre-facelift.

    The grille is screwed to the bumper on the FL.

    I think the optics frame is available seperately, I will check ETKA later.
    #17
  19. 10blazin
    Offline

    10blazin HYPERDRIVE NEEDED

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2008
    Messages:
    3,301
    Likes Received:
    3
    [Feb 15, 2009]
    yeah i did it looked good i though but the misses wanted the grill black so .... off with the grill again its now all black looks good il post pics later

    #18
  20. evapor8
    Offline

    evapor8 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2009
    Messages:
    460
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Feb 15, 2009]
    I'll get involved on this one, as I'm not sure the standard black S-Line grill that will come on my new car is exactly what I want.

    Is the S3 badge clipped onto the S3 grill, or attached more securely? I'm trying to work out how easy it will be to change to an S-Line badge if I change the grill.

    Chris
    #19
  21. Sem
    Offline

    Sem Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2004
    Messages:
    301
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Feb 15, 2009]
    The S3 badge is clipped in, the S-line badge is not a direct fit. I machined an adapter to convert the slot on the S3 grille to accept the S-line badge.

    I suppose it could just be glued on but I wanted to do a proper job and also ensure it wasn't easily stolen!

    [​IMG]
    #20
  22. evapor8
    Offline

    evapor8 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2009
    Messages:
    460
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Feb 15, 2009]
    Cheers Sem. So I could leave the badge off entirely and it wouldn't leave any obvious gap?

    Chris
    #21
  23. Sem
    Offline

    Sem Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2004
    Messages:
    301
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Feb 15, 2009]
    Unfortunately not, there is a rectangular hole which the S3 badge clips into so you would need another badge to fill it.

    There is also a gap in the vertical chrome strip.
    #22
  24. evapor8
    Offline

    evapor8 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2009
    Messages:
    460
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Feb 15, 2009]
    Hmmm .... that's a bit of pain. Thanks Sem.

    Chris
    #23

Share This Page