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Audi badge adhesive, illuminated

WelshWoody83 May 20, 2020

  1. WelshWoody83

    WelshWoody83 Registered User

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    Good evening, I guess you are wondering why I have gathered you all here? Well its to ask a very important question.

    I know its a bit like marmite, you love it or you hate it. The illuminated Audi rings on the front of the car. I decided mainly through boredom to give it a go as I`ve always quite liked the look of it and as many people would agree, if you like it, go for it, after all its a cheap mod.

    Anyway, I wired the badge up directly to the battery and soldered in an in line fuse holder. Its controlled via an APP on my phone and I can turn it on, change colours, set patterns, brightness and pretty much do as I want with it.

    I haven't wired it into the headlights and I don`t think I`m going to either, I just want it for when I want to put it on kinda thing.

    When its not turned on it looks identical to a regular badge, 9 out of 10 cats cant tell the difference.

    My issue however is this. It arrived with a layer of 3M tape on it which after cleaning the grill space with rubbing alcohol and drying I stuck it on. First problem was the tabs on the new badge were too wide so I had to remove it and dremel them down.

    Take two using Halfords "Ultra XL Strong" double sided pads which I cut perfectly to size after completely removing the old stuff, both off the badge and the grill and starting again. It didn't fit due to the original badge slightly bends out from the middle, like a banana to fit onto the grill, its not perfectly flat as the new one is.

    I created a jig and bent the new badge pretty much into shape but it tries to bend back a little, I couldn't force it too far in the jig in case it snapped! Anyway I cant get it to 100% stick down into place, if I get one side stuck then the other slightly pops out, its not really noticeable but I know its like it is and want to have it as close to perfect as possible.

    My neighbour also has an Audi and my illuminated one fits my car better than the genuine on his so I know its an issue that can happen to the real deal too.

    Any suggestions on what I could use to bond this on solid? I don`t want top remove the grill and use clamps so something that would ideally set pretty much instantly?

    Here are some pictures of it, sorry my phone camera makes it looked a little blurred when its turned on but in real life its near perfect...
     

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  3. NHN

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    I think you'd get better reviews of a dark photo shoot tbh.
     
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    Not my cup of tea, each to their own and all that. Reminds me of an electric cooker hob.

    On another note, I can't help with the fitting issue!
     
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    Can you try heating the badge slightly whilst bending it on your jig then hold it in place when it cools and it should hold the bent form better
     
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    Sicaflex and G-clamp for 24hrs
     
  8. WelshWoody83

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    I did that, i used a heat gun but was afraid of distorting the shape of it, i may take it back off and try again though, all trial and error I guess..
     
  9. Dubjam

    Dubjam Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    I like it but think you need to modify the car up a little bit for it to match. Using essentially a stock car with something as standoutish as that is what could make it look a little off.

    A little drop, lower line kit, 19's,Black pack...

    But I am from the Fast and Furious (ORIGINAL) generation and drove Subarus and Evos most of my life, so I like a bit of showy stuff :)
     
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    Id love to do more to it, I cant lower it because I take my nan shopping, or did before the lockdown and she already struggles getting in and out of it.

    Thank you though
     
  11. Dubjam

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    If its an S-line, then 19's would be ok without a drop I think. If its a Sport, then yeah it would be a bit Wagon Wheels
     
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  13. WelshWoody83

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    Its an s line
     

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