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Old 02-17-2012, 12:32 PM   #1
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Default Remove front license plate panel/filler plate?

What is involved to replace the filler plate with a license plate bracket on the front of a 2012 A3? TIA
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:12 PM   #2
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From the pics on ECS Tuning site, it appears to snap into place. To remove, you'll need access from behind the grille to undo the clips.

2009+ front plate filler


2008 and earlier are easier to install/remove. Held on with plastic tabs up top and couple of screws on the bottom.
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From the pics on ECS Tuning site, it appears to snap into place. To remove, you'll need access from behind the grille to undo the clips.

2009+ front plate filler


2008 and earlier are easier to install/remove. Held on with plastic tabs up top and couple of screws on the bottom.
The OP wants to go the other way.

http://www.ecstuning.com/Audi-A3-Qua...ille/ES457290/
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Thanks much. It also appears to me that access from the rear is necessary. Do you (or anyone else) know how to gain access? Does the upper portion of the grill have to be removed to get to the clips?

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From the pics on ECS Tuning site, it appears to snap into place. To remove, you'll need access from behind the grille to undo the clips.

2009+ front plate filler


2008 and earlier are easier to install/remove. Held on with plastic tabs up top and couple of screws on the bottom.
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Regardless of the direction he's going, either plate mounts the same way. The link I provided included an image of the backside of filler plate plate (w/clips)
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Regardless of the direction he's going, either plate mounts the same way. The link I provided included an image of the backside of filler plate plate (w/clips)
Thanks for the link/pic. Do you know the easiest/quickest way to gain access to the clips? Is it by removing the upper portion of the grill, and if so, how?

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My guess is the front bumper cover(w/grille) would have to come off. Hidden fastening points may look great, but it sucks when you need to access them.
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My guess is the front bumper cover(w/grille) would have to come off. Hidden fastening points may look great, but it sucks when you need to access them.
Thanks. Hopefully someone who has done the job will chime in.
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any idea if those directions are still good for the 2011-12 years?
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any idea if those directions are still good for the 2011-12 years?
meh nevermind my last. From what i gather this thread was asking how to replace it with the filler. i want to remove it all together so its just the grill with no license holder or filler plate. If you were to remove the filler plate would it be a clean grill underneath?
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