Thursday, 10 July 2014

LED upgrade

One of the first mods I did to the A8 was replace the old yellow incandescent bulbs for something a little bit more modern and bright.

I popped the lads a email at EM Tuning as they helped me out with all my LEDs for the A4 and they promptly sent me this little lot.

Stripped the lights units from the car. 

I kind of stopped taking pictures from there on but you'll have to trust me when I say I put it all back together and it works a treat. 
A nice bright white light in the cabin, doors and boot but not to bright to be overwhelming. 

I'm currently trying to work out a plug and play system for the DRLs to remove them and stop the DIS from erroring.
I'll update the blog when I've done that. 

An Update

Its been almost a year since my last post in this blog, a lot has happened in that time and that's my excuse for not updating it more.

Between the time of the last post and this post I've bought a new house got married and bought myself a new car.

Since this blog is mainly about cars I will be focusing on the more than the others.

On to the car.

The old faithfully family friend A4 B5 decided to kill the gear box.
With the new house, wedding approaching and the on going talk about kids, we thought it was time to upgrade to something newer and bigger.

So I broke the B5 and bought my a A8 D3 3.0TDI.
It has more buttons and options than I can shake a stick at which is one of the reasons why I got it.
With the house and future kids taking up my time and money I can't afford to keep doing bolt on mods all the time, so I got a A8 with as many options as my budget would allow.

Off the top of my head it has the following options:
Electric rear blinds.
Quad Zone Climate control.
TV tuner.
Phone prep.
Voice control.
Twin pane glass.
Aux Heater.
Graphical PDC.
Ally pack but not the fully ally pack.
Front memory seats.
Sun Roof.
Soft close.
Electric rear boot.
Removable towbar.

There might some more but that's all I can remember at the moment.

On to the pics.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Auto Dimming Mirror

Looking through eBay and came across a Auto dimming mirror cheap.
Thought it be rude to pass it, so bought it and fitted it. 
I ran 2 extra cables for the auto dimming side mirrors. I hope to wire them up soon as I can find some or have a spare £600 to buy the glass. I doubt I'd have the spare £600, so i'll keep an eye for some cheaper ones.

Normal Standard Mirror. 
No Mirror and all cleaned up.
New Mirror fitted and cables slowly getting ran. 
All wired up and fitted nicely. 

New Lower Door Trims

If you, a friend or family member have ever owned a A4 B5 with original door mouldings on, you would know about the metal strip inside rusting and then the whole unit falling off.

This happened to me so off to eBay I go and buy a set of genuine ones with the new plastic internals.

This is the set I bought.
Great delivery, turned up with in 2 days and came with some spare clips, 4 new screws and 4 new door blades.

Before with the drivers side missing.
All removed and cleaned.
New ones all fitted.

Fitted Sun Shades

This is something I've been after for a year or so, well since I've seen them on a A4 B6 and thought they was better than window tinting and cheaper. 

With all the hot weather we've had in the UK recently it gave me the push to order some up. 

I found them on last year but they've recently updated their web site and I can't find them any more. Did a quick eBay search and found the same sellers with the same product.

Ordered on Monday and they turned up Tuesday. Brilliant service and a great product. 
Fitting was easy. Line the blinds up with the correct window and give them a little bit of persuasion and push towards the glass. The boot and rear doors have little clips that fit between the rubber or plastic trim to help keep them in place and that's it. 

Here's the pics of them fitted to my A4 B5 Avant. 
Drivers Side Rear Door. Internal View.
Drivers Side Rear Door. External View.
Passenger Side Rear Door. External View.
Passenger Side Rear Door. Internal View.
Drivers Side Rear Quarter. External View.
Drivers Side Rear Quarter. Internal View.
Passenger Side Rear Quarter. External View.
Passenger Side Rear Quarter. Internal View.
The Boot. Internal View.
The Boot. External View.
This is my attempt of showing the light difference in side the car.

Doors open. Kind of like no blinds.
Door Shut. Pretty Good Representation.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

From Red/Orange to White

I was recently tasked with changing the colour of a Audi dash from the normal Red/Orange to white.
I had mixed success with this but I will do a blog post about that when I've fully finished it.

While playing about the clocks I thought I'd try and convert some other bits with my leftover LEDs. 

First was something simple. A window switch.

My attempt to of a darker pic.

With only a few LEDs left I part of a old Radio.



That's it for now.
I'll do a post about the clocks when they are complete and I'm happy with them.