After introducing our ‘07 Audi A3 2.0T project car last month, we promptly installed H&R Street Performance coilovers, 19x8.5" matte-bronze TSW Nurburging wheels and 235/35 R19 Continental ExtremeContact DW tires.
As we always say, these are the components that give you the biggest bang for your buck. Not only does the car look spectacular once finished, but it also handles considerably better. Win, win.
This month, there was one piece we really wanted – a JOM S3-style replacement front grille from our friends at Black Forest Industries.
This piano-black one-piece grille eliminates both the stock chrome surround as well as the chrome rings.
It’s a replica of the S3 grille available on the performance model in Europe and should instantly give our project car more attitude. At less than $190, it’s a cheap and effective upgrade for any A3.
Perhaps the only snag is removing the bumper to install it. However, it’s relatively easy and we’ve got step-by-step instructions to show you how to do it thanks to the experts at SupremePower in Placentia, CA.
While we don’t have room for large photos here, you’ll also find the full version online at eurotuner.com
|JOM S3-style grille||Black Forest Industries||$189|
We visited SupremePower (SPP) to have the JOM grille installed. The company specializes in all European marques, carrying a good stock of wheels and tires, as well as being dealers for a massive selection of leading brands – visit supremepowerparts.com for details.
SupremePower has been responsible for plenty of feature cars that emerged from their well-equipped workshops. These have included highlights such as Adam Woodhams’ VW GTI (et 12/18), Audi A3 (et 8/09) and VW CC (et 5/10) among several others.
Removing the bumper doesn’t take long once you’ve discovered all the screws. Perhaps the hardest part is releasing all the clips on the OE grille – you need to use lots of force and not be timid with it. The new grille simply screws in but some of the prongs that receive screws snapped off, so don’t overtighten them.
While we were there, Eric Nareshi at SPP also trimmed our fenders to reduce our minor rubbing issues and quickly painted the calipers black. They definitely offer great customer service.
In the next issue, we hope to install performance parts from Neuspeed.