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HOW TO: Retrofit Ambient Interior Lighting

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As many of you know it is possible to retrofit the ambient lighting in the front of the A4 which is usually only available as part of the interior light pack. This is a VERY EASY mod to do. It is just 2 LEDs available from the dealer.

Since Nelson told me about this mod, I have had the parts on order from the dealers. Since there is no guide in english with pictures on how to do this modification I will try and explain as best I can on how to do it in a relatively painless manner. It only took me 30 minutes, and it cost under 10 quid for the parts. There is no wiring involved, the connectors are already there to plug the LEDs in.

Make sure you have the following before you begin:

The LEDs from your dealer, Part Number: 8E0919063A

A drill with a 5mm bit

A + screwdriver

I apologise for the blurry pics, but they are fine for these purposes.

The part:

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Step 1.) Carefully unclip the two removable panels on your light cluster, in the following order:

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Step 2.) Locate the two screws in the light cluster that are preventing it from coming out, and unscrew them both - make sure you have a hand ready to catch the screws otherwise you'll do what I did and nearly lose them down the side of the seats.

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Step 3.) Pull out the light cluster, it should come out very easily. Locate the two spade connectors, it's quite hard to see them in this pic but once you have done the above steps you won't miss them.

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Step 4.) Clip the part you bought from the dealers in. There is only one way it will go in so dont worry about clipping it back to front.

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Step 5.) Connect the LED to the spade connectors, be patient and careful with them, they can be quite fiddley.

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Step 6.) Get your drill ready, and put the 5mm drill bit in. Find terrorist balaclava and put on if you wish to jump out with a drill and scare your wife/girlfriend/mother. (unfortunately I didn't have this privledge as my gf was at work today, ffs).

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Step 7.) Drill 2 holes in the light cluster you removed, there are circles that protrude the surface and this is where you need to drill. I managed to go a little off center with my first one - don't panic if this happens, just dont deviate too much from the center and you should still be ok.

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Step 8.) Put the light cluster back in its place and screw it in.

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Step 9.) Replace all the other bits you took off, and check the mod is working by putting the cars lights on.

Step 10.) Wait anxiously until dusk! 169144-ok.gif Then enjoy

I hope this is helpful and easy to follow. Many thanks for Nelson for making me aware of the mod in the first place coffee.gif I will post some pics of what it looks like when it gets dark.

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Find terrorist balaclava and put on if you wish to jump out with a drill and scare your wife/girlfriend/mother. (unfortunately I didn't have this privledge as my gf was at work today, ffs).

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jump.gif absolute classic!!! grin.gif

Nice one - cheers for the guide! Am hoping to order this tomorrow and fit it before the next Chavshire meet! Well done matey - look forward to the night pics! 169144-ok.gif

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Find terrorist balaclava and put on if you wish to jump out with a drill and scare your wife/girlfriend/mother. (unfortunately I didn't have this privledge as my gf was at work today, ffs).

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PMSL You really don't see enough terrorist balaclava's in How To Guides!!!

Genius 169144-ok.gif

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If anyone is having trouble downloading the step 5 pic it can also be found here (edit time expired)

http://tinypic.com/m98z7p.jpg

Imageshack are being useless today so I had to edit and rehost the pics at tinypic.com. I just got to step 5 and the edit time expired smashfreakB.gif

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If anyone is having trouble downloading the step 5 pic it can also be found here (edit time expired)

http://tinypic.com/m98z7p.jpg

Imageshack are being useless today so I had to edit and rehost the pics at tinypic.com. I just got to step 5 and the edit time expired smashfreakB.gif

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Why not just upload the pictures to TSN? 169144-ok.gif

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Very good write up smile.gif

Just one thing though; you've drilled the holes in the light panel too small. You need a drill bit that will fit exactly into that 'crevace' (I think its a 7 mil drill bit IIRC)

Otherwise, perfect wink.gif

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Are you sure nelson? I am sure you said before it was 5mm.

Any bigger I reckon they would look gaping.

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Yup, very sure; I made the mistake first time of only drilling to the first markers. Then I saw an A3 with interior light pack in our showroom and realised they were meant to be ALLOT bigger! tongue.gif

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Yup, very sure; I made the mistake first time of only drilling to the first markers. Then I saw an A3 with interior light pack in our showroom and realised they were meant to be ALLOT bigger! tongue.gif

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Ok mate, I guess it makes a difference with how the light is projected if the holes aren't big enough?

I will sort this out a bit later 169144-ok.gif

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Yeah, its allot more BLING when the holes are bigger laugh.gif

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OK I just re-drilled the holes with a 7MM bit - it is definately better with the bigger holes - cheers again mate!

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I've just tried to take some pics of how the install looks at night, but my camera is so dung.gif it won't capture the ambient lighting properly.

If anyone has got a decent camera and has performed the mod post some pics up 169144-ok.gif

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If anyone has got a decent camera and has performed the mod post some pics up 169144-ok.gif

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Will do - After I've fitted my Bub Special rear LED's wink.gif

Pic's to follow 169144-ok.gif

BUB

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If anyone has got a decent camera and has performed the mod post some pics up 169144-ok.gif

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Will do - After I've fitted my Bub Special rear LED's wink.gif

Pic's to follow 169144-ok.gif

BUB

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That's so bub special about them, do they project avus silver light? beerchug.gif

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That's so bub special about them, do they project avus silver light? beerchug.gif

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No - Just red I hope.... UHOH7.GIF

They're gonna be special because if I pull my finger out I'll be the first one here to fit them!!

BUB 169144-ok.gif

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I am soooooo going to order that part tomorrow! laugh.gif

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Just called Liverpool Audi and they don't have the part in stock. They can't order it today, apparently, but asked me to call back Monday. They confirmed the price at £8.46 + VAT.

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Just called Liverpool Audi and they don't have the part in stock. They can't order it today, apparently, but asked me to call back Monday. They confirmed the price at £8.46 + VAT.

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Don't be surprised if it takes them a while to get the part in stock, it took my dealer about 3 weeks.

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I will try and take some this week of the ambient light working.

Is there a massive difference with the holes being 7mm in size?

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Just found this pic on the net which shows the holes being bigger with the LED's behind. 169144-ok.gif

I will re-drill mine tomorrow.

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I just called Liverpool Audi and they wouldn't let me order them over the phone. In fact, they were very abrupt and keen to know why I wanted them. They said I had to go to them in person and pay for the item at time of order. I offered to pay over the phone and reminded them it was only £10 or so, but they weren't interested. Apparently, they had £4500 fraudulent order just before Christmas.

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Thats spot on....thanks for passing the info on. I wonder what other bits are available that we can fit so easily?

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