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Old 01-13-2014, 09:02 AM   #1
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Has anyone successfully swapped the interior trim without causing any damage to the trim or surrounding plastic? I am looking to swap my cheap looking gloss walnut trim to the fine grain ash, but can't seem to find any details on removing the dash trim or the center console trim safely. The door trim looks pretty simple if I can jam a tool in the tiny gaps the Audi engineers have left for us, but the dash looks trim looks airtight.
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Has anyone successfully swapped the interior trim without causing any damage to the trim or surrounding plastic? I am looking to swap my cheap looking gloss walnut trim to the fine grain ash, but can't seem to find any details on removing the dash trim or the center console trim safely. The door trim looks pretty simple if I can jam a tool in the tiny gaps the Audi engineers have left for us, but the dash looks trim looks airtight.
I am planning to do this if I can get new trim parts. The front door trim is really easy. The rear trim has a weird tab that holds it in, which requires some extra jiggling. I broke the tab because I was pushing on it with a screwdriver. Anyway it didn't affect it fitting back on.

For the dash trim, there's some bolts to undo before you can pry it off. And the center console trim actually requires detaching the entire console. If you PM me I can send you some pics but I will be more help once I have actually done it
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I am looking to swap my cheap looking gloss walnut trim to the fine grain ash.
I am happy that I have the rich lookig dark walnut trim instead of that cheap-o looking fine grain ash trim. A they say "one man's......."
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I would highly suggest a trim removal kit. All the pieces are plastic which will not damage your interior. I've been using this for a while and it's a life saver.

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I am happy that I have the rich lookig dark walnut trim instead of that cheap-o looking fine grain ash trim. A they say "one man's......."
I am actually complete opposite. To me, the fine ash grain looks a lot more better and rich than the shiny fake looking dark walnut. Well, to each his own.
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The wifey likes the shiny ****...I like the the ash. My only complaint is that you don't see it at night with the black interior as much as you would the walnut.
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I am actually complete opposite. To me, the fine ash grain looks a lot more better and rich than the shiny fake looking dark walnut. Well, to each his own.
I strongly believe to each his own. I only posted in reaction to the OP's rather opinionated statement: "I am looking to swap my cheap looking gloss walnut trim to the fine grain ash". I was trying to suggest to the OP your exact point. Any of the Audi trim finishes is fine by me - I can live with them all. I just wish the OP had said something like "I am not a fan of the dark walnut and am looking to replace it with the fine grain ash" - less insulting to others' tastes IMO.
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I like the Walnut better. Always have. Had Burl in multiple other cars too. Either both the Walnut and Ash look worlds better than the layered Oak. That looks cheap as hell.
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Not sure about the packages in the US, but here in Canada, S-line trim (I think you guys call it sport package ) comes with brushed aluminum trim ... Which when combined with black leather is orgasm worthy. Seriously, it looks so awesome
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The brushed aluminum dents very easily. I swapped my Brushed aluminum with carbon fiber and did it myself. I posted pictures and how it was done on a thread last year. What are u looking to change to? I wouldnt recommend the aluminum because of the dent issue.
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Not sure about the packages in the US, but here in Canada, S-line trim (I think you guys call it sport package ) comes with brushed aluminum trim ... Which when combined with black leather is orgasm worthy. Seriously, it looks so awesome
Not a big fan of the aluminum trim either. I would only swap for carbon atlas or aluminium beaufort black which is available in Europe.
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The brushed aluminum dents very easily. I swapped my Brushed aluminum with carbon fiber and did it myself. I posted pictures and how it was done on a thread last year. What are u looking to change to? I wouldnt recommend the aluminum because of the dent issue.
Dealing with the dent issue now. Frustrating...
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I have a us address (us military). Bought the atlas carbon fiber trim on the allegro.pl site for 950 USD and had it delivered to me.
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You're the second person that has had no problems buying from that site and having it shipped to the US. Might have to give it another look. Thanks
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You're the second person that has had no problems buying from that site and having it shipped to the US. Might have to give it another look. Thanks
Yeah - The site has good deals IMHO. I am waiting for a Bang and Olfusen system to become available. I saw 2 there before; both around 1500 USD. I havent been able to find them since.

I recommend using Chrome because it translate the site and the seach should have "Audi 4G0" in it
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If looking to make a statement, this back-lit, translucent finish might be an eye-catching trim option (barf bag optional):
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Yeah - The site has good deals IMHO. I am waiting for a Bang and Olfusen system to become available. I saw 2 there before; both around 1500 USD. I havent been able to find them since.

I recommend using Chrome because it translate the site and the seach should have "Audi 4G0" in it
Based on your experience I did order the set of CF trim for about $1K from a seller on allegro.pl in December. Unfortunately it hasn't arrived. I don't think I've been scammed per se, but the combination of international mail system + holidays + US customs = lost package.
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Sorry to hear that although if its slow boated across it will take up to eight weeks. The Polish mail service has tracking and you should be able to track the package as well. I truly hope u didn't get ripped off but I have had success multiple times.
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Sorry to hear that although if its slow boated across it will take up to eight weeks. The Polish mail service has tracking and you should be able to track the package as well. I truly hope u didn't get ripped off but I have had success multiple times.
Thanks...USPS told me mail is always by air not boat but who knows...according to the Polish tracking, the package was in fact mailed and moved through the system, but no data since then. I asked seller to contact his post office. The saga continues...

UPDATE: Good news, my trim pieces finally arrived. You called it, shipping took 8 weeks! Hopefully I'll finish the install this weekend.
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