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    EMD RS5 Grill Installed > B9 S5 Prestinge

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    Howdy folks, I decided to create a post on how I made out installing the EMD RS5 style grill. I was initially skeptical, so much so that on a few occasions I simply decided I didn't want to risk something going wrong. Some folks were reporting camera and/or sensor issues while others had great results. This will be the 6th bumper cover I've removed. I do basic stuff here while taking anything suspension, clutch or electronic related to a pro. I had reached out to EMD with a few questions after completing my order and their response was very fast. I had asked about an install video or guide that I could print up. They provided me with a link to a grill installation on a B9 S4. Actually, here is this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeMW-EowOHo

    While it was very similar, there were a few differences worth noting:

    - There are 4 T25 screws holding the inner fender liner to the bumper, the S4 has 3.
    - There is an additional trim piece on the inside top portion of our grill unlike the S4. This was not re-used but must be taken off.

    Some additional tips:

    - They aren't kidding about needing an extension for the T30 above the inner fender liner. That was very tricky, I've got magnetized bits, not sure if I could have done it otherwise.
    - When installing the camera stand in front of your bumper and push it from the back while tightening the screw. Some have had alignment and/or fitment issues. With the included bracket it's very straight forward but if you're installing it from the back (without actually looking at the camera alignment as it relates to the hole) I could see how someone could angle it incorrectly.
    - The tabs to remove the actual grill portion are an epic test of patience. The dude working on the S4 in the video is either a hacker, mage or has removed 1MM tabs. I spent nearly 50% of the entire install time working the old grill insert out. Take your time for sure.
    - The proximity sensors are truly plug and play. 2 seconds and done.
    - Prepare for a very wobbly and flexible cover once the grill is out. It can get very awkward pretty quickly.
    - Tape the lower portion of your headlights and the fenders just above the bumper cover on both sides. When unplugging and pulling it off, it's very easy for the corners to twist up and scratch things. I learned this the hard way with my 4Runner seen in the background of the side shot.
    - The S5 badge itself looks WAY more complicated to remove than it is. For some reason, they stuffed as much engineering as you'd do for a mile long bridge into that badge. It literally just slides out frontwards with some coaxing of the array of cross tabs and angled not sure whats.
    - Don't bother notching your crossbar's foam insert as some posts mention, even with clearance for the camera it pushes against the grill too much. You end up having to essentially bend the grill around the foam. No go in my book. Prep and paint your crossbar and you're good to go.
    - I personally would not take this to a shop unless I was certain that they could dedicate someone to it for 2 hours minimum. It's simply not something that can be rushed. There are too many steps and too much patience needed for 80% of the shops out there. I could easily see someone screwing something up and then calling me stating there is some random problem with the car or insert. Either do it yourself or find a darn good (borderline OCD) shop.

    TL;DR

    Results:

    The result is truly transforming. I've got about 100 miles on it since the install. I wanted to make sure there wasn't any weird whistling. I have zero camera or sensor issues and it feels rock solid. I'd do this again in a heartbeat.

    Mid install shots:

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    All done:


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    Took the opportunity to add the 10mm spacers from ECS in preparation for some H&R adjustable springs going on Tuesday. Nice and flush:

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    Last edited by in_an_instant; 09-02-2018 at 05:23 PM.
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    The best detailed write up this install I've read. I wish I had this before I did mine.


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    Established Member Two Rings ThetaB8A4's Avatar
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    Awesome write up. Will absolutely consider doing the install myself now. One question, can the quattro letters be removed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThetaB8A4 View Post
    Awesome write up. Will absolutely consider doing the install myself now. One question, can the quattro letters be removed?
    I'd have to say yes because they are affixed via an adhesion pad. Maybe just soak them down with adhesion remover and yank them off after a few minutes then another soak to clean up the residue. The grill plastic itself is very rigid so I could see it scratching easily if pressure was applied. I've had good luck with regular ol' turtle wax label and sticker remover for dealer emblems on the back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DBS View Post
    The best detailed write up this install I've read. I wish I had this before I did mine.

    Thanks man, after I saw your photo in another related post I kind of regreted not going with the silver trimmed version like yours. The gloss on the grill is far shinier than that honeycomb in the fog-light/brake duct air damn area. It looks like the silver trimmed version breaks it up enough so visually the difference is nearly undetectable.
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    Looks good. Just installed mine.

    Was thinking about plasti-dip in the Audi rings and s5 chrome with clear coat this way it comes out looking brushed to match everything else. Have to go buy a bottle lol


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    Can anyone tell me if the Audi Rings in the RS style grille are the same size as the stock / “genuine” rings?

    I bought the Audi Black Rings From Audi for the back deck and front grille - and I’m hoping that I can use the Black Rings on the EMD RS style grille. My grille will be arriving on Wednesday so this isn’t a Make or Break situation.

    I just think the black Audi Rings on the rear deck look so much better on my Daytona Gray.

    Thank You in advance!

    —John

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    I did not get my RS style grille from EMD...but for what it's worth the rings on mine unfortunately are a touch bigger than stock.

    Hope it works out for ya on the EMD.

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    Rings on the front are bigger than the OEM S5 rings, not sure if they are OEM RS sized.
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    Thanks, guys!

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    Thumbs up

    Great write-up. Helped with my install today.

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