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Problems fitting lower rear valence

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Mick a3, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Mick a3
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    Mick a3 Mellow Yellow

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    I purchased a rear valance almost a year ago and got round to getting it painted and fitted the other day,when i received the car back the bodyshop claimed they couldnt get it to fit prroperly but done the best they could.

    I have it fitted but at both sides where it curve's at its most theres a small section than wont clip in,The bodyshop claimed the valence must be warped or the fact that it was off a later model of A3. Ive tried with all my mite to clip it back in but its not budging.

    Only solution i can think of is to heat the the valence form the non painted end and force it in,Anyone had any similar problems?

    Heres how it looks just now:

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    Thanks
    Mick
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    Try taking it off completely, soaking it in a bath of warm water for 10 mins, then fitting it but starting at one side near the wheel arch lining, so to get that in first? Then clip it in, helping it on it's way from the inside underneath the car as those plastic lugs are quite big and take some force to locate, but you can help them by helping them on their way with a screwdriver on the inside (may help jacking the car up)???
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  3. Mick a3
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    Mick a3 Mellow Yellow

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    thanks mate

    Il be sure to give that a bash,to be honest it sounds safer than heating the bumper with a hairdryer.
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    Did you buy the valance new or second hand. Heating it will not affect the paint unless you continuously put the heat on a specific area for a long period of time. After all the suns UV rays are far more worse than hairdryer heat.
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  5. Mick a3
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    Mick a3 Mellow Yellow

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    Bought it 2nd hand,then it lay under my bed for nearly a year. Was just a bit scared to touch it just yet as its not long painted.

    Id rather not have to take it back off mind you.
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    You've got the wrong bumper on. Yours is a standard bumper, and the S-Line valance you've fitted needs an S-Line bumper. Look at Sarah's recent build thread and compare photos of the back of her car before and after. The bumpers are different. (The S3 valance also uses the S-Line bumper.)
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    He speaks the truth! Wrong bumper/valance combo i'm afraid!

    It will fot with some work though, trick is to remove some of the clips so that it bends easier and trim a few V shape cuts into its top edge so it will fit round the corners better
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    Oh ****! I'm sure I read a while back when i bought the valence that someone on here fitted an sline rear diffuser to and older style bumper? But it had to be slightly modified?
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    Mick a3 Mellow Yellow

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    thanks mate, I'l get on it pronto get get it sorted......After Searching a few posts Ive seen it can be done,Its just whether i can do it or not!
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    nally MPG the new BPH

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    oh nooooo mines waiting to get painted its off an 07 sline mines an 06 sport will mine fit?
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    Id say only if yours is SLine
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    nally MPG the new BPH

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    Sh*t! mick let me know how you get on mate as i will have the same prob
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    think this means your best bet is to buy an sline rear bumper to make sure it 100 percent goes on prooperly
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    nally MPG the new BPH

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    ill keep an eye out for one faling that i am just gonna go for it. it looks nice besides the gap
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    opps, wrong ones boys but im sure with some tweaking it can be made to fit! Best bet is get the rear bumper off, lay it on the carpet and see if the lugs can be lined up, its far easier off the car and less damage to bumper and spoiler
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    I agree. Take the bumper off to do it

    I fitted mine together off the car and it was a real pita. And mine was the right trim for the bumper. So it will be even harder for you.

    Good luck
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  17. Mick a3
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    Mick a3 Mellow Yellow

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    I'l try modify it first then if I arse it up il have an excuse to buy a whole new bumper. Here's how it looks just now,Im positive i'l be able to make it fit(here's hoping!!!)

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    Looks good mate:)

    You can do it!
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    Yeh looking at those pics, I think its doable! But OFF the car tbh. Or you may crease the bumper pushing it. The lugs are really tight to locate and push in. Wack it off and try, alot easier! Tried mine for flippin ages, took it off the car (which I should have done before fitting the top part of the bumper lol) and it was soooo easy!

    Good luck
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    Few questions

    How much work is involved in taking off the bumper(bolts etc)? Can you fit it all back on as the on piece? And do the reverse sensors just clip out aswell?

    thanks
    Mick
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    yeah the rear bumper is alright to get off u need to remove rear lights there are 2 fixing points behind there, there is 2 behind trim in boot and then if like mine there is 2 under the car where the back bumper fixes to the car aswell..

    and umteen tex screw on rear arch linings.

    hope this helps

    Kev
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    To be completly honest, I think looks abit ****. It doesn't flow with the lines of the stock bumper because of the groove above. I think will just look wrong unless you use the sline bumper.

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    As the others have said you can mod the valance to fit. NHN done it to his A3 sport.
    But would have to agree with Anthony doesnt look like it lines up right on either side.
    And your mud flaps are filling the gap between where the valance and rear bumper join.
    But nice looking car from what i can see. Lovely RS6 Alloys. If you dont mind me asking where you get them from?
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    Does anybody know if this would fit on a 06 Non S-line sportback? The bumper doesn't have to groove at the bottom like the above 3 door
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    [Aug 19, 2010]
    May be worth PM NHN and asking if he can send a photo of how his lower valance looks attached to his sports rear bumper.
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    nally MPG the new BPH

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    i would say hell no vitchie.
    i disagree about it looking **** i think its a nice little mod that looks much better than standard. judt would not put the s-line badge on. mines lava grey also so i think the joins wont look as noticeble
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    Sorry man, what i meant is will the sportback s-line valance fit on on non-sline sportback bumper?
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    nally MPG the new BPH

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    i would have though so just like the 3dr if its got the gap to take it off but double check first
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    nally MPG the new BPH

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    oh forgot got my new silne bumper today it needs spraying and fogs / surronds. can i just use the same bolts and stuff off my sport bumper of do i need to buy more?
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    Looks like it should fit, found this A3 on autotrader pre facelift A3 54reg with the older rear bumper but newer s-line lower valance
    2004 AUDI A3 2.0 TDi Sport 3dr Diesel Hatchback


    Hey Nally, Yes you can use your current bolts.
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    Mick a3 Mellow Yellow

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    WOW cant believe I actually considered those back lights! dry boke. I'l try get round to fixing mine this wkend if it stays dry.
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    mick how did you get on wit the tinkering?
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