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I'm getting my car in the next few days. I got lucky because it was really close to my first choice build... Only thing is it has the standard aluminum inlay vs. my desired carbon fiber... Is changing out the inlay an easy process or should I not even bother?
Sorry if this is a FAQ... I did a search and didn't get much results...
Replacing the inlays in the a5/s5 is not extremely difficult but takes patience and time. If you rush this job, you'll break $1,000 parts of this $1,000 set.
I recently changed out my interior inlays.. It took about 4 hours to do the side doors and back panels (left and right respectively) and the whole console.. I tried doing just the console trim by itself but I don't see how anybody can remove the trim without breaking it... Its popped into the console so tight, you'll break tabs and scratch your console and inlays trying to do it.. You will have to take the console all the way off to attempt any removal of the console trim..
To do the side pieces, obtain either a small screwdriver or a plastic wedge tool at your local parts store... Wrap the screwdriver in tape if your going to use that..
Gently pry on on the edge of the trim inlay on the side that is closest to the front of the car.. then do the other side and it will pull all the way out and back.. put your finger underneath the newly popped out and pull at a even tug and the rest should pop off.. Do this on both sides.. Be careful that you just don't go yanking one side all the way because there is a L-tab that sticks into the body of the car and its the part that can hook and break off when you are pulling out..
Front left and right panels:
The same applies here... Gently insert your plastic wedge tool or a small screwdriver under the edge at the ends of the inlay IN BETWEEN the inlay and the door panel and gently and carefully insert laterally and pry up slowly.. Make sure your screwdriver or whatever you are using is under the inlay deep enough so it doesn't pop out and scratch the existing inlay. They pop off pretty easy but don't be too timid.. DON"T PUT YOUR WEIGHT INTO IT! HAHA Pull evenly..
The center console took 3:30 of the total time, of 4 hours.. There is quite a lot of screws and plastic tabs to pull, the center console module with your MMI interface needs to come up, your air conditioner vents and arm wrest lid needs to come off and etc. I'm currently trying to do a write up on this but there are like 40 steps I think that I have already prepared.. I might actually recommend taking this to a dealer cause that way they are responsible for an scratches and the effort it takes to do this.. However, I'll try to help anybody that needs or has questions..
For Houston people, I'll do this for about $75 and a 12-pack of Negra Modelo.. LOL
Pictures and DIY to come...
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I had the dealer replace my piano black center console inlay w/the factory aluminum-look piece and the labor charge was 3.0 hours. As was outlined in previous posts, the center console inlay is fragile and you do need to exercise some care to avoid breaking anything.
Hey Texastate good job! Hey what inlays did you have that you replaced ? Were they the dark wood? If would be interested in buying them from you. I want to replace me Light wood Inlays with dark wood . Let me know . Thanks