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belber095
11-11-2018, 07:59 PM
Hey guys,

I’m looking for a DIY alternative to buying ecodes for my ‘09 S5. I’d like to open up my headlamps, wrap my ambers, maybe do some painting of the housing, and close them back up.

I’ve found several topics regarding “baking” headlamps to open them up and screwing up LEDs/not being able to due to excessively strong adhesive, but has anyone tried cutting them open? I see no reason that cutting them open with a Dremel, making modifications, and resealing them with silicone would cause any detriment, but being new to the Audi world, I’d much rather double check than just start chopping away.

Anyone have experience?

Thanks!

belber095
11-13-2018, 06:27 PM
Bump


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NaiveTurtle
11-13-2018, 06:43 PM
Good luck. For whatever reason Audi switched to an adhesive called Permaseal for the pre-facelift B8 A5/S5/RS5. This stuff doesn't become soft and pliable with heat. So what you end up having to do if fatigue the adhesive or just try and cut it out. Some people have cut the clear lense off and replaced it with a new lens, but I haven't seen any convenient places to get new lens from. Hence why no one DIYs these headlights.

There is a supposedly a shop in Florida that can crack these open but it is rather expensive.

Best bet is to just buy Valeo E-codes from ECS. $1k is probably the best price you'll find.

belber095
11-13-2018, 08:37 PM
Why would I need new lenses if i just cut them at the seem and re-adhered them


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B8V8isGR8
11-14-2018, 04:24 AM
Good luck. For whatever reason Audi switched to an adhesive called Permaseal for the pre-facelift B8 A5/S5/RS5. This stuff doesn't become soft and pliable with heat. So what you end up having to do if fatigue the adhesive or just try and cut it out. Some people have cut the clear lense off and replaced it with a new lens, but I haven't seen any convenient places to get new lens from. Hence why no one DIYs these headlights.

There is a supposedly a shop in Florida that can crack these open but it is rather expensive.

Best bet is to just buy Valeo E-codes from ECS. $1k is probably the best price you'll find.

This^

I searched high and low for alternative but came up empty handed.

If you’re cutting them I would suggest finding a low cost/damaged headlamp to experiment with. I don’t think “cutting” with a dremel will provide a smooth enough surface for a proper clean seal.

Good luck. Let us know how you make out!


Cheers


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