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S3 headlight painting mod

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by SwedeS3, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. SwedeS3
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    No mate, ill just borrow the set out of your s6 Lol
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    Corey Seeing the world differently.

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    shhhh, you were sworn to secrecy!!!
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  3. QUATTRO_REP
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    QUATTRO_REP Diesel Power!

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    i they look top. they'll look really good on your car esp cos its black already. jus wish i had the balls to do mine lol. and the time to take my car off the road!
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  4. SwedeS3
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    mate it is easy to do, quite suprized myself.
    if you have paint and scotchbright etc, think you could do the whole thing in 4-5 hours, so an evening job, then next day just get them alligned checked etc.
    took me a bit longer because as i was doing it the guys on here were giving the info and advice,

    if people want i can take a complete set of photo's when i put my second one back together, kind of photo guide on what goes where etc..

    Cheers

    Swede
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  5. QUATTRO_REP
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    QUATTRO_REP Diesel Power!

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    that'd be awsome, well worh doin gives a better look to the lights i think. im starin at mine now from accross the car park thinkin how it would look better with em! lol.
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    no worries dude, as sone as the paint has dried i'll start putting second light back together and do a load of photo's of how it all comes apart etc
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    I find the S3 headlights awful as it is, I can't imagine how bad it would be if i tinted the lenses.
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    Can anyone tell me where the headlight adjuster is for like if you are towing, or have a heavy load.
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    ChriS3 hud at ye bam

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    They're automatically self-levelling :)
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    Bugger, I wish they'd level themselves a bit further down the road then!

    It's like driving from memory going from dyce to cults over the back roads!
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    Got to say i'm liking the lights better standard myself. Respect for having the balls to do it though!
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    ChriS3 hud at ye bam

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    Isn't that the best way? heee, There's a few good roads on that stretch, I accidentally came through the 40mph bit sideways coming into Cults at the top of Kirkbrae the other day. So much fun!
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    ok guys, so here is a photo gallery of taking the lights apart (well its me putting tham back together Lol)
    If you use Mo-s3's guide then you wont have any problems.

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    I may have forgotten some stages but hopefully you get the idea.

    Cheers

    Swede:o.k:
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    Brilliant!!! planning on doing this mod myself. Be sure to put up pics as soon as you've fitted them.
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    There's a couple of little rods that the lights use to work out it's levels. One on the rear tie-arm, and one in the N/S wheel well. They break easily and that could be your problem.
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    excellent

    but you need to cut your nails:lmfao:
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    Hi mate, just got in from work. Good list of photos. I was going to take pics as i went along but to be honest i really couldnt be bothered as i just wanted to get them done. As well as that i had the complete interior out at the same time too.
    What colour have you gone for there? Is it a dark grey or black colour?
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    thanks for the comments guys :beerchug:


    I used a black satin paint, which has worked really well, now i have started painting, i think i will also paint my crome for grille.......what else can i paint Lol (nutter with spray can) :jester:
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    QUATTRO_REP Diesel Power!

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    awsome mate, this will come in handy when i have a weekend to myself! soon as i get the paint and that. have to put up the pics when there on the car! :o.k:
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    What i did was cover my chrome grille in black tape to get an idea before going the full way and painting it. Gave me an excellent view of how it would look.
    Mine being a silver car i painted the door trims in the same body colour. Looks a lot better.
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    I love tearing through the forest bit that takes you into cults, I sometimes back the traffic up leading up to it so i can get a clear run!
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    I need to nip down to audi to transfer the warrenty, so i'll ask them to take a look at it.

    cheers for the advice.
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    ok so I fitted the lights to the car tonight and they look the dogs nuts, with the lights on and led side lights they look awesome and it makes no difference to the lights performance.
    Ill take some pics tommorow and show what they look like on the car.

    Cheers

    Swede

    :) :yes: :)

    Ps. have taken the crome grill off as well and am going to give that the satin paint job in the morning (gotta use the rest of the paint, so might as well Lol)
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    here is a quick photo of light fitted to car, sorry its not great (and car is filthy, finger marks everywhere Lol)
    I'll try and get some better ones during the day

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    looking good
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    any chance of a front view of the car?
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    here you go, the weather today was really crap so couldnt get any decent photo's

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    when the weather is better i'll try and take some better shots.
    I am really liking the look of the lights (please ignore the crome surround as i have that off to paint at mo)

    Cheers
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    That looks nice and mean now swede good job! FMIC looks wickid too!


    Jason
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    that looks top, nice one

    you got some before and after shots
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    they look top mate, good job! :o.k:
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    Sorry I forgot to take any before pictures and i dont have any decent frontal pics.
    here is a photo i found showing normal lights and another photo of mine i took this morning

    I have followed a couple of mates down the road and they said it makes the front of the car look more aggressive, makes the lights look really good at nighttime and also has no effect on the light output

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    looking good mate! when these pics of FMIC going to be up?
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    What you can't see it in the photo's?? it's massive Lol
    Corey has taken all the pics of the installation of fmic, but his laptop has gone pete tong, so he will post better pics when that is sorted.

    Leecs3

    they will look really good on your car as you have already done your grill and fitted splitter, just trying to get some time to do my crome grill, been to busy blasting around country lanes having fun. Lol

    :thumbsup:
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    i gave my indicators a very very fine silver spray. i was meant to be chrome paint but it just comes out silver. gets rid of fried eggs, v.cheap, you;d never know as you cant directly see the bulbs, light output seems to be completely uneffected to my surprise.
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    how can i remove the front glass on headlight ?????
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    Well.. I've spent the last half hour trying to do this. It's awkward because mine's a gas oven and i have to worry about the flames. I don't know what gas mark and how long to keep it in. It seems however long i leave it the silicon is not getting tacky. i'm trying to scape the silicon out without much joy, i'm getting really frustrated now.

    I'm leaving the oven on, but placing a pizza in it this time.. My patients has worn thin for this attempt, maybe find a friend with an electric oven to help me out, might be worse because the headlamp is new and the silicon is in better condition than others?
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    cha1n, i had my oven temp on high and left mine in the oven for about 60 seconds, if you get your oven really hot and then turn the gas off it should still be hot enough to soften the seal and then you dont have to worry about flames etc

    Good luck:icon_thumright:
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    Cheers Swede, well hopefully i'll have better luck next time i try, i'm not properly doing the mod until christmas time when i've got the time off of work to have my headlamps off the car, i'm just trying it out of a spare headlamp to see how easy it is and iron out the problems.

    Are there any particular screws that are supposed to be removed before i attempt to remove the lense? I took the screw closest to the edge out as i could visibly see it was doing something, but the one next to it i left as when i loosened it, it seemed to just be holding the indictor inner in. So scarey thinking i might just melt the headlamp, its already starting to look a bit ragidy around the edges where i've attempted to pry it apart, but it really doesn't budge! Anyway less moaning, hopefully this will work next time! Thanks for any help
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    just wanted to see, has anyone else done this yet.....?

    Really thinking about it myself, anyone got any pics of them on a silver car?

    Cheers
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