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      11-06-2019 05:06 PM #9226
      Added my last external LED upgrade -- side signal indicators. Had PIAA Crystal ION 194's in place, which looked nice on their own, but clashed with the more amber looking front & rears. Sirius LED has a nice bright set for $18. No CANBUS errors. They did not fit without modification. Had to trim some of the plastic contact tab on the LED and then use a Dremel to trim a little of the signal holder opening. Just needed like 0.5 mm of the diameter trimmed off in several places.

      However, I made a rash assumption. CANBUS error didn't throw initially, but did once the car was on. Really didn't want to bother with installing resistors or replacing these LED's, as the tint is really nice. So I just went into VCDS & disabled the bulb out warning for side turn signals. Great, right? WRONG. The only option presented is for "Cold Diagnosis," which is a check when electrics are first activated. But when the car is running, using the turn signal triggers the bulb out warning. And... unfortunately, VCDS does not provide access to control that. So, because I modified the bulbs, I'm going to have to install resistors. Crap.

      Oh, and I wasted a boat load of hours looking around for T10 / 194 bulbs that don't throw CANBUS errors. Nobody out there is selling them with confidence that Audi VW will work. So... resistors are it, or just go back to incandescent.
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    3. 11-14-2019 03:05 PM #9227
      Snapped a pic while running errands.

      [2007 A3 3.2 Quattro]

    4. Member absolutt's Avatar
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      11-14-2019 05:39 PM #9228
      Updated my Kenwood head unit with a new splash screen.




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      11-14-2019 05:45 PM #9229
      Quote Originally Posted by mk4mac View Post
      Snapped a pic while running errands.

      Looking sharp. Terrific rims. What side marker light housings are you using? Also, do you have a chrome 7507 turn signal bulb installed (to remove amber reflection)?
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    6. 11-15-2019 06:29 PM #9230
      Quote Originally Posted by absolutt View Post
      Looking sharp. Terrific rims. What side marker light housings are you using? Also, do you have a chrome 7507 turn signal bulb installed (to remove amber reflection)?
      Thanks!

      They are Depo smoked side markers from eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Euro-Smoke-...72.m2749.l2649

      Listed as A6 fitment but they fit pretty good in my 07 s-line bumper. The passenger side snapped in perfectly, but the drivers side has slight play in it, not completely flush. Much better than the orange markers IMO though.

      I just kept the OEM bulbs (so they are more yellow when turned on), but the markers came with orange bulbs as well... which you'd be able to see through the smoke lens...
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      11-18-2019 01:22 PM #9231
      Added some interior leather bits and hvac cubby light. Knee grab handles were a ball ache. The rear bolts ughhh.



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      11-18-2019 01:25 PM #9232
      Quote Originally Posted by Tcardio View Post
      Added some interior leather bits and hvac cubby light. Knee grab handles were a ball ache. The rear bolts ughhh.



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      11-18-2019 01:27 PM #9233
      I really want those leather bits


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      11-18-2019 01:38 PM #9234
      Added some interior leather bits and hvac cubby light. Knee grab handles were a ball ache. The rear bolts ughhh.



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      11-18-2019 02:54 PM #9235
      Quote Originally Posted by A3 Wannabe View Post
      I really want those leather bits
      Me too. Just not yet ready to fork out $500 for this upgrade.
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      11-27-2019 01:12 AM #9236
      Quote Originally Posted by Tcardio View Post
      Added some interior leather bits and hvac cubby light. Knee grab handles were a ball ache. The rear bolts ughhh.



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      11-29-2019 09:24 PM #9237
      Quote Originally Posted by mk4mac View Post
      Snapped a pic while running errands.

      That looks fantastic !!!

      Interesting lenses on your front markers - what are those ?
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      11-29-2019 09:28 PM #9238
      Quote Originally Posted by ceese View Post
      Where'd you get the leather bits?
      Ponto ?
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      11-29-2019 09:53 PM #9239
      New RS shifter and ashtray delete:

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      12-05-2019 10:21 PM #9240
      Quote Originally Posted by Bronco View Post
      Ponto ?
      eBay euro. Great guy. Fly-designs.tm. Quality is spot on and yards away from oem price


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      12-22-2019 12:19 AM #9241
      Winter is here.. Don't know how I lost my bottom front lip, but got a new one painted & installed [IMG][/IMG]
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      01-04-2020 05:43 PM #9242
      Had time to upgrade the front door cards




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      01-04-2020 09:16 PM #9243
      Looks very good!

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      Had time to upgrade the front door cards


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      01-08-2020 02:44 PM #9244
      I don't use my A3 for work commuting so it ends up sitting for long periods without use. This has gradually taxed the battery. In my "previous life" I drove my car practically every day, so using a battery maintainer was unnecessary. Now, I've come to learn about how important it is to fully charge up the battery periodically. There are so many car battery chargers & maintainers available on the market, with the bulk coming from China. Lots of them are quite cheap with inflated positive reviews on Amazon. It's hard to know what's worthwhile, because stalwart brands like Stanley, Black & Decker, DeWalt, & DieHard are averaging about 3.5 stars on reviews. Finally found one that seems to be "about right" for my needs. I wanted to get a more robust charger with testing capabilities, but... I realized all but the basic functions is really all I need. If the battery can't maintain a good charge, it'll be time to replace. Pretty easy to figure that out. I just wanted something that would be useful during periods when I use my car less, to recharge the battery back up to full. I ended up getting this: "ADPOW 5A 12V Automatic Smart Battery Charger Automotive Maintainer 7-Stages Trickle Charger"



      There are models that boast much higher amps, but in reality I don't mind a couple extra hours required to get a full charge. I don't plan on using this on a frequent basis. $37.99 seemed like a reasonable price relative to what else is available (too many are crappy weird designs).

      After a 3 week trip over the holidays, I came back to find my A3's battery voltage at 11.9v. That's dangerously low. Thankfully the battery charger arrived the day I returned. Next day, I plugged it in. Wires are 8 gauge with an ingenious connector system (you can also just use the alligator clips). The unit has a bit of heft, made with a strong plastic casing. Photos don't do it justice. So, it ran through an initial battery check, did a boost charge, then an absorption steady current charge at 14.5v. After about 3.5 hours, it had determined that the battery needed reconditioning. 15.5v for the next 3~4 hours. After that, it ran through a test and the battery passed. However, after letting the car sit for a couple days, the resting voltage showed 12.26v. So it seems my battery isn't quite as healthy as I'd hoped. But at least this charger did a good job of salvaging it back into workable shape.

      EDIT: I ran the charger system again. This time it was 50% faster. At the end, when the charger indicated "FULLY CHARGED" I tested the battery. It showed 13.75 volts. But I let it sit for about 30 mins to "settle." It came back with 12.7v. An hour later, still 12.7v. That's smack down on the 100% charge indication. Of course, will have to see how it goes from here. But for the most part, looks like my battery will last a good bit longer. FWIW, I did test voltage while car is running and it shows 13.7v, so alternator is still doing its job.
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      01-12-2020 04:39 PM #9246
      Took a gamble on those $13 LED side marker lights with animated display (sweeping line). They do consume enough power to avoid throwing a bulb-out error. Actually look pretty nice, decent brightness. The amber is a good tint, matches front flashers. Good enough that I've totally ditched my previous plans to try installing side mirror housings with built-in LED indicators. Actually like this setup more.

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      01-12-2020 05:33 PM #9247
      For the 4th and probably final time, I fixed broken wires in my driver side wire loom that were not allowing the rear door to lock/window to unroll. I say final time because I知 out of slack in the wire. Next time it breaks- and it will, bc ****ty German wiring!!- I値l just source a whole new loom.


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      01-14-2020 02:27 PM #9248
      Quote Originally Posted by A3 Wannabe View Post
      For the 4th and probably final time, I fixed broken wires in my driver side wire loom that were not allowing the rear door to lock/window to unroll. I say final time because I知 out of slack in the wire. Next time it breaks- and it will, bc ****ty German wiring!!- I値l just source a whole new loom.
      Bummer! In my case, I used heat sensitive solder connectors--just hit it with a heat gun to make the solder fluid. No problems. Checked the other wires and they're still flexible. I wonder if wrapping them in electrical tape would help protect against future cracking?


      UPDATE on my battery -- after using the charger for the 2nd time, several days later my battery's resting voltage is showing voltages between 12.42v and 12.5v. That's basically 80 to 90% of a full charge. So it seems this device did the proper measures to recondition the battery. The real test will be to let the car sit for a full week and see what's the resting voltage after that.
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      01-16-2020 11:32 PM #9249
      Quote Originally Posted by absolutt View Post
      Bummer! In my case, I used heat sensitive solder connectors--just hit it with a heat gun to make the solder fluid. No problems. Checked the other wires and they're still flexible. I wonder if wrapping them in electrical tape would help protect against future cracking?
      I have those solder-filled shrink tubes, but there was no way I could hold the loose ends of the wire together this time...I ended up using a crimp connector. The connection was really strong and the tube is not flexible at all...I'm hoping it holds up for a good while. In the meantime, I'll be on the hunt for a cheap loom to replace my rats nest. Anybody parting out???
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      01-17-2020 10:15 PM #9250
      Quote Originally Posted by absolutt View Post
      Took a gamble on those $13 LED side marker lights with animated display (sweeping line). They do consume enough power to avoid throwing a bulb-out error. Actually look pretty nice, decent brightness. The amber is a good tint, matches front flashers. Good enough that I've totally ditched my previous plans to try installing side mirror housings with built-in LED indicators. Actually like this setup more.


      Love these !!

      Is there a clear (rather than tinted) version?

      And an obvious question - where did you buy it? (link pls?)

      BTW, thanks for sharing the info on your battery charger, very helpful


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