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Carbon Fiber Interior Trim

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If you are tired of your interior trim then you have options. There are a pile of OEM trims available in the order of most desirable to least:
-Carbon fibre - only found on B7 RS4s or oCarbon.com(http://ocarbon.com/)
-Brushed Aluminum
-Old Man Grey Birch or Vavona or Nut Brown - found in S4s primarily, what I had
-Piano black
-Fish eye aluminum - Apparently it can be sanded down to be brushed aluminum but consumes a lot hours
-Painted grey
-Blond birch/vavona

It wasnt long until I was tired of the old man Grey Birch and wanted some carbon or brushed AL. Brushed aluminum was impossible to find. Carbon fibre from an oem RS4 was 1900 bucks from what I could find. oCarbon laminates trims for a fraction of that OEM cost. But they require a core, and that core has to be of a wood variety, and can take up to months to get back. So there is a possibility you would be without trim for a while didnt interest me. Kuhl Rennsport is another lamination company similar to oCarbon.

I found a seller selling some oCarbon trim at the cost of what they sell it for. Things you should ask: -is it a 9 piece set, a lot of sellers for some reason leave out the rear ash tray, it takes about no seconds to remove, you literary just open and pull up. I think people part car out, and forget about the rear ash tray because its kind of tucked away between the seats. -Auto vs manual, neither are EXCHANGEABLE. If someone says its easily modifiable, move on. Look for similar drive train trim.
-Are all mounting tabs intact? I have NO idea what people are doing, seriously... there are some serious fucking hacks out there. I have to emphasis this because it literally takes a split second to stop forcefully pulling delicate trim, putting an ounce of thought into why it is not coming off, and realizing there is either still another bolt holding it on or you are doing it wrong. So yea, ask because the door trims are probably 75% broken, and the headlight trim has 3 bolts holding it on which people seem to not care about and rather just remove two and destroy the third mounting location. It'll still work, but just something that I think about even if it is behind and unseen.

On to the DIY!

Equip yourself with a 8mm or 5/16 bit and flat head screw driver.

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Preparation

Remove the center top console bezel trim. Open your glove box and get a small tool in behind and push from behind the trim to the rear of the car. It will pop out the one side and then you can work the other side.

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The center trim bezel has an anti rattle rubber thing, mine got ejected when I removed it, reinstate to the original position and put in safe spot.

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Remove both side covers to the dash. You can use an unprotected flat head if you are careful enough. If you are rammy, used some electrical tape or plastic tools.

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Driver Side Trim Removal

Removing the driver side lower trim: 8mm bit is the tool of choice. Remove the one bolt on the side, and two from the footwell. Pulling the left side of this lower trim is easy, but the right side gave me a pretty hard time. there is no where to grip and pull, and when it released, it almost took out my wiper stock. Easy to scratch things here, so dont be rammy.

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Remove the head light switch: Push Turn 5 degrees clockwise Pull Disconnect

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Remove the THREE 8mm bolts in the headlight switch area. The trims I purchased had two of the three bolt holes missing, I guess who ever removed them only removed one bolt and then tore the rest trying to pull it off... I just dont get it.

There is also one more bolt near the steering column.

Once removed unclip the welcome home light harness.

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I'm down voting all your chapters right now. And then removing all your tools from your garage. - ripcurl March 14th 2015
Not sure why you spent so much time taking things apart, I usually just wedge a flathead screwdriver between the trim and dash and it all pops out. - q20v March 13th 2015
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You then need to remove the welcome home switch and install in your new trim.

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Center Trim Removal

Revert back to Preparation if you havent read it. Remove the four bolts holding the center trim on. These are kind of hard to pull out, might need a magnet to catch them because they are pretty burried in there.

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Door Blades

Door blades are all the same, pull the edge closes to the door hinge, it will pop the pressure buttons, there are xxx per blade, the trailing end of the blade is a hook, and you need to pull it forward towards the hinge of the door to release it.

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Finished Product

Here is the finished product. oCarbon puts together a nice product. Really changes the interior look dramatically.

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Beauty! - spkr March 13th 2015

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Yea just before we took off for Greece, tail end of the summer. Only had a few rips in the car with it. - ripcurl March 13th 2015
Looks nice! When did you do this? Last summer, eh? - q20v March 13th 2015

Knuckleheads

Find one and put them to work! They surprisingly have delicate hands.

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This is unprecedented, incredible, phenomenal!!! My mind has been blown - q20v March 13th 2015
He was more excited than I was to get it in! - ripcurl March 13th 2015
What, I never thought i'd see the day! - spkr March 13th 2015

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