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RS grille and crash bar/sensor

Alicia Aug 5, 2019

  1. Alicia

    Alicia Registered User

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    Audi A3 8V Sport.

    I’m thinking of changing my grille to the RS honeycomb style grille, but I’ve heard a lot of people saying they just removed the foam piece that surrounds the crash bar. Am I right I’m thinking this houses the crash sensor? If so, how was the sensor fixed back into place and do you really have to remove the foam piece? I don’t really want to mess with any safety systems.

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    Lehn The van man

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    Last edited: Aug 6, 2019
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    Lehn The van man

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    You can see what I did below. I removed the big plastic cover covering the foam piece, painted the metal crash bar with matt black spray paint which I also used to paint the foam piece with (NOTE I would use Hammerite paint next time for the metal crash bar because it a lot tougher than normal spray paint and you can see small stone chips where the paint has come off).

    There was like three square bumps on the foam piece I cut off with the blade of a hacksaw (remember to disconnect your battery while doing this to not throw and airbag errer).

    I did this around new-year and I haven't experienced any problems since during driving or when cleaning the car with a pressure washer.

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    dp_motley 2012 A3 1.6 TDI S line 2019 A3 35TFSI S line

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    @Lehn , as I can see from the picture, you have removed all the plastic from cover and left the bare foam only?
     
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    Lehn The van man

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    Yep, otherwise there was no room for the grill.
     
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    dp_motley 2012 A3 1.6 TDI S line 2019 A3 35TFSI S line

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    What do you think, would vinyl wrap stick to the foam of tha crash bar? I have to google it.
     
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    Lehn The van man

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    I don't think so but to be honest you don't see it. Even with the license plate removed I haven't got any comments on what that foamy thing was ;)
     
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    dp_motley 2012 A3 1.6 TDI S line 2019 A3 35TFSI S line

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    I'm wondering if all the 8Vs have the pedestrian airbag system of this is the S3 or an extra option only.
     

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