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    Thread: DIY: front bumper removal and blackout grille install

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      01-14-2008 02:01 PM #26
      Quote, originally posted by rpimtnbiker »
      Is the blackout grille just a painted version of the stock grille? If that's the case I may end up doing something else. Also, would you happen to have a picture of the plastic piece that you removed from behind your fogs? The reason I ask is because I have access to an abasive waterjet cutter and might just make my own grille and fog light backing.

      it's not painted, it's actually made with black plastic. And it's not aftermarket either, this is the exact same grille Audi puts on titanium package A3s, so quality is to OEM standards.
      Regarding the fog light housing, what you're describing sounds pretty involved. Literally, the back plastic part of the fog light housing comes right out with virtually no effort, which is super convenient.
      I don't have a picture of the back plastic part that I removed from the fog housing, but I'll snap a shot later tonight and post it up.

    2. 01-14-2008 03:02 PM #27
      You'd be surprised. Waterjetting is actually extremely easy. It'd probably cost me less than $50 and an hour's worth of work to cut something that size in virtually any shape I want. I was just trying to get an idea of what I'm getting into in terms of mounting everything before I pull off my bumper.
      Doing a grille would be a little more involved, but from the sounds of it doing something for the fogs would be really easy....of course as you mentioned if you have it apart you might as well just do both.

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      01-14-2008 05:46 PM #28
      Quote, originally posted by rpimtnbiker »
      You'd be surprised. Waterjetting is actually extremely easy. It'd probably cost me less than $50 and an hour's worth of work to cut something that size in virtually any shape I want. I was just trying to get an idea of what I'm getting into in terms of mounting everything before I pull off my bumper.
      Doing a grille would be a little more involved, but from the sounds of it doing something for the fogs would be really easy....of course as you mentioned if you have it apart you might as well just do both.

      I see. Well I'll let you be the judge. Here are the pics


    4. 01-14-2008 06:55 PM #29
      nice writeup! i've been stuck on the part taking out the grille. will give it a try again sometimes.
      The tinted license plate is awesome, i had it on for almost a year (without being pulled over). few of my friends got pulled over n ticketed for tinted license plate hehe.

    5. 01-15-2008 07:57 AM #30
      cool. Thanks for taking those pics. Cutting something out of sheet metal that uses those tabs should be pretty easy...I just need to come up with a pattern I like and draw it up in Solidworks or Solidedge.

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      01-15-2008 10:09 AM #31
      Quote, originally posted by rpimtnbiker »
      cool. Thanks for taking those pics. Cutting something out of sheet metal that uses those tabs should be pretty easy...I just need to come up with a pattern I like and draw it up in Solidworks or Solidedge.

      You're welcome bud.
      If you go through with your plan, snap some shots for us along the way

    7. 08-31-2008 10:38 AM #32
      im sent

    8. 09-02-2008 03:50 AM #33
      This thread was golden when I put my blackout grille in. The only problem I had was removing the old grille from the bumper, which took forever and left me with a couple of flesh wounds from impaling myself with the screwdriver. Instead of buying the blackout plate holder I took some Krylon Satin black to mine and it doesn't look to shabby

    9. 09-02-2008 12:14 PM #34
      man....I tried to do this yesterday. I tell you, it was the hardest thing i have ever "tried" to do. I got as far as taking the bumper off but when it came to taking the grille off the bumper...i was lost, i just couldnt get it off. If i hadn't seen the pictures of you doing it, i would be sure it was impossible. The about, 12 tabs or so, just wouldnt come off. I was grinding away at the plastic and i was worried i wouldn't be able to get the grille on because the tabs were so torn up. The sun was going down, and i had spent about 1 hour trying to get the grille off. So i just gave up, and put on the bumper before the sun came fully down so i could drive back to school.
      really bummed me out.

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      09-02-2008 12:17 PM #35
      ^^^ that sucks dude. the way i found it worked best...work from bottom first, then go up along the sides and finish w/ the top. it helps to have a friend, dog, tree, garden gnome to hold the bumper in place while you pull the grill out
      you did remember to remove the screws holding it in place right?
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      09-02-2008 12:22 PM #36
      Quote, originally posted by krazyboi »
      ^^^ that sucks dude. the way i found it worked best...work from bottom first, then go up along the sides and finish w/ the top. it helps to have a friend, dog, tree, garden gnome to hold the bumper in place while you pull the grill out
      you did remember to remove the screws holding it in place right?

      I recommend the garden gnome

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      09-02-2008 12:42 PM #37
      need like 10 screw drivers

    13. 09-02-2008 02:49 PM #38
      Absolutely...it was just so incredibly hard. I had like 8 flathead/knifes holding the tabs in place but the ones in the middle were tabbed on both sides so if you tried to pry out on side, it just reinforced the other side. i dont even wanna think about it, haha, made me so frusterated. 6 hours of work for nothing

    14. 09-02-2008 02:51 PM #39
      omg took you 6 huors?!?!
      well after 2 or 3 times, it will only take you 1 hour max whole thing.

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      09-03-2008 11:29 AM #40
      Looking forward to trying this out one day, having done a few R32 bumpers in my time I reckon this one should be a doddle!

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      09-10-2008 07:57 PM #41
      Kudos to you, good stuff, very easy with your procedure.
      Definitely the answer for me, on the grille replacement. Tried the "no bumper removal" method, but don't see how I could have separated the screwed-in-from-the-back screws.

    17. 11-09-2008 07:35 PM #42
      Thanks for the post it helped and I have to say it was very similiar process for the '09. You have to remove the bumper to replace the grill. The new grill is rear mounted and screwed in. Maybe Audi caught on that the tabs are a pain in the butt. Anyways it took about 2 hours to do it and few cuts on my hand. Here is my new S3 black out grill on my '09 S Line.

    18. 11-09-2008 07:41 PM #43
      Quote, originally posted by Schlated »
      Thanks for the post it helped and I have to say it was very similiar process for the '09. You have to remove the bumper to replace the grill. The new grill is rear mounted and screwed in. Maybe Audi caught on that the tabs are a pain in the butt. Anyways it took about 2 hours to do it and few cuts on my hand. Here is my new S3 black out grill on my '09 S Line.
      Holy Crap!!! so does the S3 grille fit perfect or is there a gap i see inbetween the grille and hood?

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      11-09-2008 08:22 PM #44
      Quote, originally posted by Schlated »
      Thanks for the post it helped and I have to say it was very similiar process for the '09. You have to remove the bumper to replace the grill. The new grill is rear mounted and screwed in. Maybe Audi caught on that the tabs are a pain in the butt. Anyways it took about 2 hours to do it and few cuts on my hand. Here is my new S3 black out grill on my '09 S Line.

      [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    20. 11-10-2008 08:16 PM #45
      It was just the angle, no gaps. The S3 grill is a perfect fit/ replacement for the stock grill.

    21. 11-10-2008 08:42 PM #46
      Quote, originally posted by Schlated »
      It was just the angle, no gaps. The S3 grill is a perfect fit/ replacement for the stock grill.
      Awesome!! on order

    22. 11-11-2008 01:29 PM #47
      A warning would have been nice here! Now I have to go change my shorts!
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      Awesome
      Also, the chrome around the fogs has to be deleted.


      Modified by drew138 at 10:31 AM 11/11/2008

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      11-11-2008 02:25 PM #48
      Quote, originally posted by drew138 »
      A warning would have been nice here! Now I have to go change my shorts!
      [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      Awesome
      Also, the chrome around the fogs has to be deleted.

      Modified by drew138 at 10:31 AM 11/11/2008

      Delete chrome before or after shorts are changed?

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      11-11-2008 02:53 PM #49
      Quote, originally posted by terje_77 »
      Delete chrome before or after shorts are changed?

      same time [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      11-11-2008 03:00 PM #50
      Quote, originally posted by kwanja_a3 »
      same time [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      Makes sense

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