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      04-09-2015 09:46 PM #1
      Ok here it is I complete this all in about an hour or so.
      First I bought the S3 spare from local dealer. It's a donut and it comes with the tire. Cost about $150 after complaining about not having a spare in the first place. Retail is $180.
      The start.

      Then the plastic needs a bit of trimming.

      Then the foam is perfect. They actually give you the template to cut on the back.
      Then a bit of foam on the back of the fender sub.

      Everything sits flush.

      As for the jack and accessories. I bought a set on eBay for about $50. The deal wanted about 150.....
      Just search vw jack....There is a bunch out there.


      This is the one I got. http://www.ebay.com/itm/271824040260...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

      I took it out of the foam...I used the strap that was already in the foam for the little stuff and rammed the jack into the foam and its in nice and tight.
      Any questions ask away.


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      Last edited by Diesel Rob; 04-09-2015 at 09:51 PM.

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      04-09-2015 10:05 PM #2
      Awesome guide, thanks for posting. Just find it odd that VW obviously designed the plastic panels and foam differently for a no spare trunk. I thought they would've just used the same parts as the spare trunk, but surprisingly more modification is needed to fit a spare.

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      04-09-2015 10:05 PM #3
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      04-09-2015 10:12 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by zed4me View Post
      Awesome guide, thanks for posting. Just find it odd that VW obviously designed the plastic panels and foam differently for a no spare trunk. I thought they would've just used the same parts as the spare trunk, but surprisingly more modification is needed to fit a spare.
      Hey there Zed4me....
      Im waiting for the neuspeed plug and play review.. Ill keep checking your channel.

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      04-09-2015 10:13 PM #5
      Great DIY and pics. This is something I've wanted to get around to. Now made easy thanks to you.

    8. 04-09-2015 10:21 PM #6
      Diesel Rob,


      super clean install bro. You made it look easy.
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      04-09-2015 10:32 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Diesel Rob View Post
      Hey there Zed4me....
      Im waiting for the neuspeed plug and play review.. Ill keep checking your channel.
      Arriving tomorrow but won't be installing till Sunday most likely. Thanks for keeping updated

      OP.. I'm sure hard to tell but any noticeable difference in bass response with the spare tire in?

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      04-09-2015 10:35 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by zed4me View Post
      Arriving tomorrow but won't be installing till Sunday most likely. Thanks for keeping updated

      OP.. I'm sure hard to tell but any noticeable difference in bass response with the spare tire in?
      Ill test it out...Im a bass head so Ill probably be adding my own sub at some point...lol

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      04-10-2015 02:17 AM #9
      Great DIY! Do you know if there are OEM foam pieces designed for the spare that could be used instead of cutting the stock non-spare pieces?

      Also, ditto for the plastic piece on the trunk opening. Would be.nice if there was some euro piece that could be swapped in, instead of chopping up the stock piece.

      Thanks again for your contribution!
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      04-10-2015 09:23 AM #10
      This is what the euro looks like.
      Not sure about part #.
      But this have me the go ahead.

      Also I couldn't have done it without this little guy.


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      04-10-2015 11:05 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Diesel Rob View Post
      This is what the euro looks like.
      Not sure about part #.
      But this have me the go ahead.

      Also I couldn't have done it without this little guy.


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      Whoa ok my car seems to have come with that carpet.



      So... if I get the other foam triangle pieces I'll have the euro stock set up. Hmm.. anyone know the part numbers for those pieces?

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      04-23-2015 12:36 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by fjork_duf View Post
      Whoa ok my car seems to have come with that carpet.

      So... if I get the other foam triangle pieces I'll have the euro stock set up. Hmm.. anyone know the part numbers for those pieces?

      fjork, mine is the same carpeted piece as yours. Did you ever find the part numbers for the triangular sections?
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      04-23-2015 01:52 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by racemor66 View Post
      fjork, mine is the same carpeted piece as yours. Did you ever find the part numbers for the triangular sections?
      I haven't looked. Dealing with other issues.

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      04-23-2015 08:01 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by racemor66 View Post
      fjork, mine is the same carpeted piece as yours. Did you ever find the part numbers for the triangular sections?
      What is the part number of the carpet? Would be good to know if the spare fits on the new carpet that are coming in cars after preorders...

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      04-24-2015 12:08 AM #15
      I have done done the same, but took a bit different approach. I am a tight ass, so I found my answer in a salvage yard. I researched and found a list of good donors, then began the search...

      Spare Tire/Wheel (3.5X18 et25 w/125/70/18 tire)
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      - 09-15 A3/S3
      - 12-15 Golf R

      Jack & Tool Kit - Initially I got the spare and tools from a 09 S3. The spare fit with no issue, but the jack was the same one shown by the OP and the threaded rod interfered with the side skirt on the front. So I took the jack out of my wife's Jetta and it worked perfectly (and is a lot less scary). The new style can be found on these cars...
      - 11-15 Jetta
      - 12-15 Beetle
      - 12-15 Passat
      - 14-15 Golf

      Here are some pix to illustrate a few things...

      Fitment of the spare and jack


      I trimmed about 1/8" inside the "template" VW gave us and it's a nice snug fit


      I trimmed the back plastic piece in nearly the same as the OP, but used a heat gun to finish off the cut surfaces on both the foam and the plastic


      Until I get the Euro foam I trimmed down the salvage yard tool kit I got to make it fit snug


      It doesn't look as finished as I'd like it to, but is fully functional until I can get the factory carpet and foam piece to do it right


      Lastly, here is the foam from a French R (This number is confirmed 5G0 012 115 N) and the carpet (This number is not confirmed [can one of you US guys who got this comfirm the number?]5G6 863 007 F CA9)
      Last edited by vw_freak7; 09-10-2016 at 06:18 PM.

    18. 04-24-2015 03:55 AM #16
      The updated spare jack looks nice.
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      04-24-2015 11:26 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by vw_freak7 View Post

      Lastly, here is the foam from a French R (This number is confirmed 5G0 012 115 N) and the carpet (This number is not confirmed [can one of you US guys who got this comfirm the number?]5G6 863 007 F CA9)
      Good find on the French foam. Any luck ordering it anywhere?

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      04-24-2015 11:34 AM #18
      am i the only one who's car didn't come with the foam around the sub woofer?

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      04-24-2015 12:39 PM #19
      Here's mine. I just finished it. I only had the carpet. Had to take the carpet out so the wires to the sub would fit. Cut the plastic just like OP. I made the foam with cut outs for everything out of 2" foam and have it "secured" with Velcro underneath. Everything is nice and snug in there and fits back into place.


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      04-24-2015 12:57 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Oreganoflow View Post
      am i the only one who's car didn't come with the foam around the sub woofer?
      Preorder cars came with the foam. Regular allotment 2015s did not.

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      word.

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      04-24-2015 04:17 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by gator2b2003 View Post
      Preorder cars came with the foam. Regular allotment 2015s did not.
      My regular allotment LSG came with the styrofoam.

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      04-24-2015 04:40 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by NeilCM View Post
      My regular allotment LSG came with the styrofoam.

      Neil
      You're the first one on these forums to report that then. My comment was based on all the pictures posted on these forums. I wonder if it has to do with production date then, its obvious at some point they decided to get rid of the foam.

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      04-24-2015 04:50 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by gator2b2003 View Post
      Preorder cars came with the foam. Regular allotment 2015s did not.
      i saw a black R a couple of weeks ago in the PNW during PDI and it had the foam under the rear floor.

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      04-24-2015 07:16 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by fjork_duf View Post
      Good find on the French foam. Any luck ordering it anywhere?
      I called 2 local dealers and they both told me the foam and the carpet were not available. Since we know some US cars made it across the pond with a full piece of carpet, I tend to think that it is just too early in the parts lifecycle to be looking to the dealer for these parts. However, if someone knows of a source for either or both... Please do us all a favor and post the info.

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