Ashtray delete illumination help

goodbuzzman1

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so I removed my centre console and I'm currently trying to work out how to get my new cubby hole illuminated. The plastic trim with the window obviously just clips up but the light bar itself doesn't want to fit inside. Can anyone who's done this tell me how they did it?
 

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JayA3sline

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It does fit mate, it merely rests on the trim and that trim clips onto the HVAC unit underneath. You have the light the right way round from your picture. Getting it to clip into place was the hardest bit
 

goodbuzzman1

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It does fit mate, it merely rests on the trim and that trim clips onto the HVAC unit underneath. You have the light the right way round from your picture. Getting it to clip into place was the hardest bit
The light bar sits in the trim pictured right?No matter what way I put it, the connector on the light bar interferes.
 

JayA3sline

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It does go mate honest. I've removed mine from my S3 and refitted in my RS3 and it does go. I take it you've used the feed from the ashtray with the OEM connector/patch cables to fit into the strip light?
 

goodbuzzman1

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yeah I'm going to use that alright. I just can't figure it out. The trim physically won't clip in with the light bar sitting in it
 

pato89

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Can u post few pictures from finished mod i am thinking of doing this ashtray is useless...

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JayHa11

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Random question sorry but you guys who have wrapped your gear surround: Did you remove the chrome trim before wrapping or just trim up to it?
Thanks
 

JayA3sline

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Random question sorry but you guys who have wrapped your gear surround: Did you remove the chrome trim before wrapping or just trim up to it?
Thanks

Pull the centre section out (DSG) and just wrap the surround. I had mine hydrodipped in carbon
 

pato89

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So lightbar can be installed even without removal of ashtray...

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samuelh_888

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So lightbar can be installed even without removal of ashtray...

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On my 09A3 ad 61S3 the lightbar could be fitted with the ashtray however I did mine as part of the ashtray delete. You just need to pop out the climate control and the lightbar slides into a little slot at the back, you'll need to remove the hazard switches to get climate control put. I was then able to thread the plug which powers the ashtray light back and connect it to the lightbar. I did have a piece of plastic trim (a curved piece) at the top of the ashtray which would have blocked any light had I kept the ashtray in.

I have all the part numbers for the tray, lighbar, diffuser etc - I'll post later tonight.
 

FredrikA3

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Can u post few pictures from finished mod i am thinking of doing this ashtray is useless...

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I got a full guide for you here: http://www.lightnings.dk/ashtray_en.html

If anyone got a picture of the led fitted I would be happy to add it in my guide as I never figured it out. Even had help from a full time retrofit dude who also gave up.
 

goodbuzzman1

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So happy with my new mods. Illuminated cubby hole, flappy lid over 12v socket and cup holder instead of retarded card holder
 

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FredrikA3

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how does one power the light bar if the car did not come with the ashtray

Somdid your car have the ashtray delete from factory? If so, you might not have the cable for light, unless Audi hides it somewhere inside the console.
 

ch1z64

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As above post says do exactly that but i recommend plastic trim tool or very small flat headed screw driver place it in the slot on top off CC and gently push down and it will part where u will hopefully see little spring clip , if you remove Screwdriver and push on clip it will release and do on other side and hay presto it comes out .
Now once it is out and if you have the cash here is a very nice retrofit if you have heated seats ( on Ebay 252985623178 ) and the full instructions on fitting with pics is on the site and it looks cool just ask any the lads who have done it
 
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Raul_Breganzo

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Once hand triangles are removed, Centre (hazard button) section has been pulled off then you push down on the climate unit (down towards ashtray/tray) and then it pulls out.
As above post says do exactly that but i recommend plastic trim tool or very small flat headed screw driver place it in the slot on top off CC and gently push down and it will part where u will hopefully see little spring clip , if you remove Screwdriver and push on clip it will release and do on other side and hay presto it comes out .
Now once it is out and if you have the cash here is a very nice retrofit if you have heated seats ( on Ebay 252985623178 ) and the full instructions on fitting with pics is on the site and it looks cool just ask any the lads who have done it

I don't have heated seats.
Hears my climate control which I do want to upgrade but everyone says the wirings difficult
Are we talking about the same CC spots?
Also. Does the Hazard section easily pop out?
A video link would be nice if someone has 1?
 

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samuelh_888

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Have you searched YouTube?

Yours is easy to remove - do you have some trim removal tools (search Amazon).

Take your CC out and post some pictures of the back.

It looks very different so can’t confirm if a retrofit will work - yours looks more mechanical but it may be possible.
 
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Raul_Breganzo

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Have you searched YouTube?

Yours is easy to remove - do you have some trim removal tools (search Amazon).

Take your CC out and post some pictures of the back.

It looks very different so can’t confirm if a retrofit will work - yours looks more mechanical but it may be possible.
Yes, most of the YouTube ones have a different CC to mine n the videos show the head unit out which seems like I don't have to do. I'll search again with different search words.

I will need to buy some trim opening tools. Any recommendations? I'm guessing a multipack...
 

ch1z64

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Yes, most of the YouTube ones have a different CC to mine n the videos show the head unit out which seems like I don't have to do. I'll search again with different search words.

I will need to buy some trim opening tools. Any recommendations? I'm guessing a multipack...
You will find heaps off triming tools on Ebay cheap enough . The sliver surround around the hazard switch will come away with a very thin flat head screw driver and then you can pop hazard button out that way you should be able to use flat Screw driver to gently press down on the head off CC and it should drop a bit then do same other side , once it hss dropped a bit it should be away from clips so gently using your hand push down and inwards until its in your hand .
Behind it there should be some plugs going into it mark them and gently pull out until all clear and therr you have it
 

Raul_Breganzo

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Great, thanks for all your advice thus far.
See pics attached.
Still need to take the bolts on each side of the triangles. Assuming that's with an Allen key right?

Forgot to take a pic on the underside of the CC unit to confirm the LED fittings will fit/slide in...

So Samuel... will it be easy to fit the wires on this to the CC unit I was talking about before???
 

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samuelh_888

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Hmm, I don’t know to be honest. The model you’re looking at has 4 plugs so I guess there would be an amount of rewriting needed. Where are you based? There is a couple of retro fitters in here who would be able to give a simple yes or no.
 

pato89

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Can someone write down exact tool needed to unscrew two bolts that are holding triangles under cc they arent visible that much...

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ch1z64

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Can someone write down exact tool needed to unscrew two bolts that are holding triangles under cc they arent visible that much...

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If i mind you will need a set off Allen keys as you need one to go up the triangle ( grab handles ) to unscrew it , the screw wont fall out off grab handle
 

Raul_Breganzo

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Hmm, I don’t know to be honest. The model you’re looking at has 4 plugs so I guess there would be an amount of rewriting needed. Where are you based? There is a couple of retro fitters in here who would be able to give a simple yes or no.[/QUOTE

Leeds, West Yorkshire.
 

Raul_Breganzo

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Hmm, I don’t know to be honest. The model you’re looking at has 4 plugs so I guess there would be an amount of rewriting needed. Where are you based? There is a couple of retro fitters in here who would be able to give a simple yes or no.
Anyone to confirm this????
 

Raul_Breganzo

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So that brings me to the question... Will the LED bar lights etc fit on my CC!?

See pics attached!
 

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samuelh_888

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Raul_Breganzo

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Someone did this on the following link and said; Don't think I'll be going this
''Complete dash has to be removed to be able to fit the new parts & all wiring looms, plus degas, coolant drop & refill, plus sensors in each airvent, it's not a quick job."

https://www.audi-sport.net/xf/threa...ol-module-switches.146018/page-2#post-3261521

P.S. Do you know if the CC unit dials themselves can be replaced? Surely someone would've replaced these before!?
I'd like something like the headlight dial...
 

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Raul_Breganzo

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The LED bar for lighting the ashtray?

It doesn't connect to your CC. With the CC out, the light bar slips into the plastic section above the pocket/below the CC.

Look at #37 here: https://www.audi-sport.net/xf/threads/ashtray-delete-non-smoker-tray-retrofit-pic-heavy.151732/

The light bar fits down the back. Can't be more specific than that sorry.

Surprised there's no CLEAR guide on actually putting on the LED bar light!
#37 post doesn't actually show exactly where it slots into but I appreciate you looking it up and I've get the gist... I'm just concerned that my CC unit is different to the rest as you have witnessed for yourself!

P.S. mjr901 didnt reply to my message on Messenger. Audi charges for both LED light parts for £26.24.
 
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