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It first began just over a month ago when I contacted oempl.us to ask a few questions regarding the S3 front bumper. My questions needed to be answered by Rich, who was out of town until April 1st, so I had to wait patiently.
Fast forward to April, Rich is back! Lucky me, there is an S3 front bumper and a titanium S3 front grill in stock, yessssssssssss! Put me down for 1 please

A very long week and a half pass by until I am able to make the drive down to the UPS holding depot in Niagara Falls, NY to pick up the bumper and grill. I chose this option vs. shipping straight to my door mainly because I'd rather keep $650 worth of shipping/handling/duty/brokerage fees than give it to UPS. So I make the hour and a half drive across the border (in my girl's Altima) and to the UPS depot and pick up my BIG package.

Clearly, it wouldn't fit as it, so I had to cut the box up in pieces and throw everything in the car.
I get home and start unpacking my goodies.


Notice something missing? So did I! No fog grills

Contacted Josh and Rich at oempl.us, they apologized and shipped the fog grills to me right away. Thank you fellas

More waiting game

But wait, I have plenty of stuff to do to while I wait, such as get the bumper painted, and trim my OEM impact bar so that the S3 bumper fits.
Thanks to neonix and eltonsi for helping me figure out the nitty gritty details for this step. I took some helpful pictures for future S3 front bumper retrofitters:




Dimensions of impact bar needing to be removed: 2cm x 20 cm from each bottom corner.


I cut about 60-70% through the bar on the pre-marked lines with my dremel and cut off wheels, but that's as far as I was willing to go. My supply of cutoff wheels was quickly diminishing, I think I went through 9 of them after all was said and done. Finished the job the old fashioned way, with saw in hand. This was UBER tiring



test fitting time!


yay everything fits. Now to get the sucker painted. 180 bucks later, here are the results:




Now the second part of the picture, as you may have seen already, I sold my S-Line bumper + blackout grill to my buddy Chris (eggie) and we did a bumper swap/install day.
(Note to Chris: send me those pics dude!)
So I on eggie's car is now my (I mean his) S-Line bumper + blackout grill, and on my car, my naked S3 bumper, lol
still waiting, what to do......... I know, DYNO!


I know, you only see HP, they couldn't find a place to tap into RPM readings (searched 2.0T FSI forum, now I know where and I can tell them when I go back), so no torque for now. I'll post that up when I get that done.
Ok back to the S3 front. The grills have arrived!

FINALLY...

and just for fun...


The end!
Again, thanks to Rich and Josh @ oempl.us, neonix, eltonsi, and eggie, for helping to make this happen
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Of course, comments/questions welcome
 

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Re: (i_baked_cookies)

Looks awesome. Thanks for the pics on the cutouts too. You should pop out the fog inserts and paint the background black as you can see too much white through the mesh.
Congrats! This is my favorite mod for the A3.
 

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Re: My new S3 front (kwanja_a3)

kwanja_a3, s3 bumper, ibis white and fog grills FTMFW! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif That's a very nice write up on fitting the S3 bumper and almost makes me wanna do it...except I wouldn't have the patience and resources (that's a whole lotta tools there just to get started on something like that!).
And yeah, minus the eyebrows.
 

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Re: My new S3 front (angryquattrorican66)

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wtf is this another mismatching a3

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??????

I think he meant the colors of the bumper and the body do not match. They seem pretty close but i can tell the difference slightly.
 

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Re: My new S3 front (mc1191)

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I think he meant the colors of the bumper and the body do not match. They seem pretty close but i can tell the difference slightly.
it is slightly off but still looks pretty hot http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif I love the wheels http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: My new S3 front (drew138)

looks good kwanja! wish i was able to get the blackout sline, but its good you had a local (friend) buyer.
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Are you looking to get rid of the blackout grill from your old bumper?

he sold it to his buddy...eggie
 

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thanks for the feedback fellas!
I've debated over the eyelids before and in the end, I enjoy them and I like being different

Correct, the blackout and S-Line bumper are now on eggie's A3.
Yes, paint was done locally at http://maaco.ca/ for $180 cash. Yes, the colour is ever so slightly off from the rest of body as it currently stands. I gave them the ibis white colour code to paint the bumper, but instead maybe should have asked them to throw in just a bit of off white to account for the fact that my car has gone through a Canadian winter and is no longer as bright as when I first picked up the car. Hopefully after a clay bar job this weekend, the difference will be even less noticable.
 

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Quote, originally posted by drew138 »
You should pop out the fog inserts and paint the background black as you can see too much white through the mesh.

This was my initial thought when I first popped the fog grills in and saw so much white. I'll give it a couple days to see if it grows on me and if not, this is an easy and cheap flat black spray paint fix http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
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FYI
http://www.homedepot.com/webap...02949
this will make cutting the bar much easier. takes all 30 seconds to cut thru

I considered my Home Depot options as well! Was looking at the reciprocating saw and the heavy duty grinder. The associates there told me to opt for the grinder because it may be difficult to cut straight with the recip. saw. Either way, both options would run me in the $70-$100 range, or I could get a shop to do it for me for probably $50ish, but considering I already had all the necessary tools at home, I didn't mind saving that cash and getting my hands/arms a bit tired and dirty.
 

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Good stuff Jason! You going to run the euro plate? Or is it just for the pic? Is the white a little "mismatched"? Or is it just the lighting?
 
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