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[A3-8P3] Grille and Headlight help.

P.C.K May 12, 2019

  1. P.C.K

    P.C.K Registered User

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    Hello guys, new account but I've been lurking around here for quite a while.
    Wanted to ask about the old and tried question of the RS grille and better headlamps. Hopefully this can also be helpful for other people as a bunch of the other threads that I found were very old.

    I looked at the following guide and unfortunately the pictures on it are expired.
    https://www.audi-sport.net/xf/threa...eplace-your-front-grille-facelift-8p3.174559/
    Regarding the guide, I wanted to ask specifically about Step 6 as I can't quite visualise the following statement

    ".... Remove the radiator cover from the rear of the grille highlighted below. You will need to drill all the plastic sections (circled) so that it can come away from the grille."

    Is anybody able to picture the sections that will need drilling through? It would be a big help.

    Now, my Audi is a 2010 A3-3P S-line, and from what I have been reading the RS grille should just come on without any fiddling necessary. But just wanted to make sure, I am planning on buying the following one:
    https://preview.tinyurl.com/yxfjls8e
    Would this require any additonal work? I asked the seller already and he said no, but I want to make double double sure.

    Regarding the headlamps, I am planning on getting those, the original plan was to just replace a broken passenger side headlamp, but seeing as the bumper has to come off for that anyway and the standard lamp costs around £120 I decided to go all in and just redo the front end:
    https://preview.tinyurl.com/y44df7s2

    From what I saw in the following video, and the comment section, it seems like its a straight swap without any additional cabling required, but again, I want to double double check. I don't think I will need washers either as they are not xenons, but simply halogens with projectors, is that correct to assume?


    Also, the seller states they are legal, so they should hopefully not be blinding to other people and will pass MOT?

    Thank you for any answers, and sorry for grinding this topic again.
    Here are a couple of pictures of my car, if anyone cares for a 1.6 TDI A3 that is haha.

    https://imgur.com/mcw6SVC

    https://imgur.com/pvR6hco
     
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  3. abmat

    abmat Active Member VCDS Map User

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    As long as they are halogen they will be legal.

    Personally I think they look cheap and like they won’t last long. But each to their own.
     
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    ch1z64 C'mon you's bhoy's in Green Silver Supporter VCDS Map User

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    P.C.K Registered User

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    Hey guys. Its been a while but I wanted to update on how it went and general opinion of the headlights now that I had them for about 2 months. Thanks to the guide posted by ch1z64 removing the bumper was a breeze.
    The headlights came well packaged and installing them was quite easy. The only thing that wasn't a straight swap was having to take out the motors that move the bulbs up & down out of the old OEM headlights and putting them in the new ones. One other thing I did was put on some Night Eye bulbs in there instead of the standard halogens they supplied, as it looked much better.

    Regarding the motors, they are held on by a couple of screws and some wiring, in my car (2010 Audi A3 8P3 S-line) they were little boxes right at the entry of the headlight unit when you took off the rubber cover.

    One BIG drawback of these headlights is that unlike OEM units they do not have rubber seals on the back, and are instead held on by screws, which when combined with the tight engine space means that to replace a bulb you basically have to take the whole unit out. I don't particularly have a problem with it as I can now take the bumper off in about 30 minutes but for someone who isn't as DIY savvy or doesn't have the tools this can be a deal breaker.

    Here are the pictures anyway.

    1.jpg 4.jpg 5.jpg 2.jpg 3.jpg 6.jpg
     
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