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Hi Guys,

Some of you guys i have already had the pleasure of meeting while working on your cars, others i am still to meet.
I have had an A3 for the past 5 years and due to having a baby i have just upgraded to an A5 Sportback.
On the A3 forums my posts over the years got very scattered as i didnt have a 'build thread' it was more of the latest mod i had done. This time around i want to keep it all in one place so i am starting this thread.

So a couple weeks ago i picked up a 2010 A5 Sportback S-Line 3.0 TDI Quattro S-Tronic in Obsidian Grey.
Absolutely amazing car, smooth and refined but an absolute beast when i want it to be.
It came with keyless entry and go, electric S-lline heated front and rear leather seats, 3G MMI high with HDD, interior light pack, storage pack and front & rear optical parking sensors.

I have plans to do a fair amount to the A5 as i did with the A3 Sportback i had, so to start it off here are a couple of pics of the A3





So this is what the A5 looked like when i went to collect her:





So i got the A5 from leeds but before i drove back home to London i hooked up the VCDS and started coding the car with all the listed tweaks including Video in Motion, Audi Drive Select and interior ambient light adjustment. when i got her home it was a bit late so i parked her on the drive and the next morning i got straight to work...





The interior was just too plain and normal for me so i had to put a personal touch to it. So i stripped it down and wrapped the trims in a lovely Satin Red (red is my favourite colour btw)







The pictures honestly don't do it justice, it really stands out and looks the part in the car!

The next thing i did was upgrade all the lights in the car to LEDs, including the 3 lights in the boot. Since some of the lights in the A5 are not the same as the A3 i had to order in a few more bulbs from @t8ups and installed them as soon as they arrived. I also changed the footwell lights from the dim white LEDs to lovely red LEDs so that when I'm driving around at night the ambient light is a nice dim red over the feet.

The next day i had to drop off a customer to Bluewater while i had his car in the garage and as i was walking back to the car the front end of it just didnt look right, it looked.... standard. I had to do something about it so i called up another contact and placed an order for a special part.
I also called up TPS and ordered a pair of Audi LED number plate lights, then got in contact with the guys at HIDs Direct and ordered some 5000k replacement D3S bulbs and foglight bulbs.
Its really difficult to get decent pics of the headlights with an iPhone but here is what it looks like with the uprated bulbs:



Then while the car was in the garage and my special part turned up earlier that morning, i got to work and went from this:



To this:



The front end has been transformed from just a grill change, much happier with it now.
once i was done i cleaned up the car and went to TPS to collect the bits i had ordered and got a couple more lovely shots of the car





Great and weird thing about Obsidian Grey is how it changes colour when light hits the paint, in some lights it looks black while sometimes it looks purple.

Another thing i had to sort out was getting burnt in mild sunshine in the car. The clear glass just made it feel like a greenhouse so i went to a friend who sorted out some nice light 'sun shades' :ninja: which matched the rears better



Also while i was with my friend i mentioned to him that the 5000k Fog lights i bought don't light up properly since the canbus system shuts one of the bulbs down so he gave me a set of canbus compatible ballasts which did the trick



Now i have lovely crisp white lighting all around the car to make it much more modern.

Final thing i have done to it in the last 2 weeks of ownership is to update the Maps and firmware on the MMI 3G high to the latest 2015 maps, turned out i had the original 2010 maps on the car... took about 3 hours to do and most of the time all i saw was this:




There isn't much that i have noticed as yet with the update but i guess it now has more roads or any other changes made in the last 5 years. I plan to replace the unit with 3G MMI Plus at some stage anyway so that should be a nice upgrade over the unit i currently have.

So thats it for now, i will update this thread as i go along.
 

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A great looking car Ash and considering all the changes you have already made in the first 2 weeks, I look forward to seeing how the build progresses.

I'm not sure about the red trims from the picture but can imagine how they might work.

Obsidian is a beautiful colour. I remember seeing it on an A5 Sportback and it was a bit like a chameleon, from black to glittering purple.
 

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awesome mate.!! welcome to the sportback fold. take a look at my thread for more ideas for mods. :wink2:
 

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Have you got a build thread Dazzyd?
 

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Cheers Cuppa,
Maybe soon il be on the show stands next to your beast! also have you got a pic of your exhaust tips... i saw them briefly at UD but didnt get a pic of it
 

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So i had a free day today and i got to work on another little mod... the ambient door pockets.

Now after reading all the guides it says that it should plug into pin 8 on the door modules
however my door modules don't have a pin in pin number 8 even though the car came from factory with the interior light pack.
Now i looked around and saw the part number for the recommended door module has the pin in pin 8 but its an 8K0 number which as far as i know are for older A4 models, my door modules are 8T0. Also since my car has the advanced key with the door sensors i didnt want to change over the door modules so i just wired the pocket lights into the interior door handle LED which works perfectly. a little annoying as i cannot control the brightness but its still looking good... anyway here are the pics.

Drivers Door:


Passenger Door:


And what the car looks like with the doors open at night:



I have also done the rear doors, just didnt grab any pics as they look the same as the fronts
 

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Nice work Ash! Beautiful car. :thumbsup:
 

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So its been a while since i updated this... and i have some more recent additions:

So to start i had an impulse buy... i saw a set of folding mirrors for a sportback being sold from America and for a damn sweet price so i had the impulse and just bought them, they turned up a couple weeks later so i immediately fitted them only to remember why we don't install LHD mirrors on a RHD car... that angle of the mirror bases were totally off!
the drivers side i could deal with since it was showing more of the car than i wanted but i could still see the road however the passenger side was showing the far left and i couldn't see my own car in the mirror without leaning over which meant overtaking on motorways became a worry.
I also got myself some dimming mirror glass to go along with the folding mirrors but found that i didnt have the wires from the interior mirror so i added those and got those working.
i was about to go out and spend some more money to rectify the LHD mirror situation but then i remembered that i can swap over the mirror bases from the original RHD ones that were on the car and that should sort it.

so after a whole load of swearing and scraping my hands to bits i managed to do this



Swapped over the bits and reinstalled it all into the car and voila! it all works perfectly, auto folding and auto dimming with RHD bases for less money that a mirror glass!



Instagram video:


Next up i fitted my dash cam from the A3 to the A5, nice little simple cheap dash cam that records in 1080p and catches all the stupidness that happens on the roads whilst I'm on my travels

So i installed it on the passenger side so it hides behind the sun visors (always have the visors down) which leaves next to no cable showing... wired it into the interior dimming mirror power source so it turns on and off with the ignition.



Absolutely cracking piece of kit... definitely recommend everyone having one of these in the car! i have whats known as the 0803.
here is some footage recorded from the camera of a couple of idiots on the A406 in London practising their 'skills' at driving:


I also fitted a reverse camera but only because the guys at Xcarlinks refused to refund a faulty product as its been over 14days and offered an exchange, honestly a word of advice... Stay away from XCARLINKS! horrible hardware and staff who read from the same useless manual supplied in the box.
Anyway so i installed this camera which looks to be the same chinese cameras from eBay. it works ok and even has the moving guidelines but since installing it i have lost the optical parking image and every other time the camera is activated it will disappear from the screen after 5 seconds and then the only way to bring it back up is to go back into neutral and then again into reverse.
The image though isn't too bad and works very well at night too:



I will be getting the OEM reverse camera soon and replace this one so that i can get the optical parking back. I will probably keep the xcarlinks multimedia box in the car as it also supports a front camera and it does allow me to wire in external video sources which will come in handy for other multimedia projects in the future.

so finally i have upgraded some of the interior bits to facelift parts.
I got really good deals on the gear knob and flat bottom steering wheel so snapped them up! also by total chance i found a way to get the facelift stalks to work on the car without any errors so i have installed them which makes the car look less dated from the inside.



really pleased with how its coming along now and I'm sure i will have more updates to come very soon!
 

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Today my friend and i got together to do some amateur detailing on our cars.
got out the jet wash, buckets and lance... 2 bucket wash, snowfoam, shampoo, rinse, dry, polish and glass sealant...
and this is the result:

after drying:



After the polish:







really pleased with the result.
now just need to get some tyre shine.
 

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So i had been toying with the idea of upgrading the rear tail lights to the FL ones but didnt want to spend loads doing it. I found someone who was desperate to get rid of some bits and managed to get a bargain on the lights so i went ahead and bought the set and fitted them straight away going from this:



to this:




Loving the new rear lights!

Awaiting delivery of the next mod...
 

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Look good Ash. The upgraded lights really suit the car.
 

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The Fitment is fine, the corner sticks out a bit as the facelift bumper shape is slightly different but I'm not too bothered... might change the rear bumper at some point
 

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I make my own looms directly on the car... don't use those silly adapters.
and yes the coding is needed.
Just did another fl tail light retrofit for a customer about 10 minutes ago... pic will be up on instagram and Facebook in a bit.
https://instagram.com/audi_retrofits/
 
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