Audi TT LED DRLs (Tail Lights)


What about tail lights?

I was asked by a forum member what were the different tail lights options the the MK1 TT. Since I had searched myself, I will post my findings. I’m personally not sure of changing mine, since I like their original look (very well like the LED Headlights). But it all depends on my final paint job: it may require additional changes to the rear, including the tail lights. We’ll see then!

To my best knowledge, there is only 5 different options available for the TT. 2 are conventional and the 3 other ones are LED. Pricing varies from 170$ to 550$.

Conventional tail lights

Smoked/Tinted Rear Lights. These rear lights are original Audi rear light lenses which are prepared in 3 different stages of Tint: Light, Medium and Dark Tint. Their cost is about 350$. There i also a DIY spray paint you can use to cover the lens. The finnish is ok, but not great. The only advantage being its low cost.

Smoked Tinted Audi TT Mk1 8N Rear Lights

Smoked Tinted Audi TT Mk1 8N Rear Lights: about 350$

Lexus style tail lights. These lights are offered in clear or black versions. They are the cheapest option here and go for around 170$ a pair. Look them up under: Altezza or Lexus Type Tail Lights.

Lexus Type Tail Lights Audi TT MK1 (8N) about 170$

Lexus Type Tail Lights Audi TT MK1 (8N) about 170$

Clear Altezza Tail Lights 170 dollars 110103PGKF

Clear Altezza Tail Lights 170 dollars 110103PGKF

Black Altezza Tail Lights 170 dollars  110103NTUI

Black Altezza Tail Lights 170 dollars 110103NTUI

LED Tail Lights

Dream Team Motorsports sells LED tail lights for the MK1 TT. They look different but somewhat cheap, as the interior looks like a rectangular insert incorporating two square LED lights. There is also a LED yellow bliker strip. They go for about 190$.

99-06 Audi TT LED Yellow Strip Rear Tail Lights about 190$

99-06 Audi TT LED Yellow Strip Rear Tail Lights about 190$

Dream Motorsports AUDI TT LED REAR TAIL LIGHTS 190 dollars

Dream Motorsports AUDI TT LED REAR TAIL LIGHTS 190 dollars

R8 Type Tail Lights. Typical of the new “updated” TT look, these LED R8 type headlights are often used with the new Audi TT body kits that include the R8 design elements. They are available in red or chrome interiors and are yours for about 550$. It’s very funny to read forums that discuss about them: 50% of the posts are for them, the other 50% against. The main reasons against are focused on the lights design: the majority saying they look cheap or “not good enough”. It is true that the brakes, when lit, are pale and the color is pinkish.

Audi TT 8N R8 LED Rear Tail Lights 550 dollars

Audi TT 8N R8 LED Rear Tail Lights 550 dollars

Audi TT 8N LED Rear Tail Lights RED Rearlights not lit

Audi TT 8N LED Rear Tail Lights RED Rearlights not lit

Audi TT 8N LED Rear Tail Lights RED Rearlights lit

Audi TT 8N LED Rear Tail Lights RED Rearlights lit

Audi TT 8N LED Rear Tail Lights CHROME Rearlights not lit

Audi TT 8N LED Rear Tail Lights CHROME Rearlights not lit

Audi TT 8N LED Rear Tail Lights CHROME Rearlights lit

Audi TT 8N LED Rear Tail Lights CHROME Rearlights lit

Modified tail lights. A few suppliers around the world will modify your tail lights to make them different. This custom made tail light has LED strips as blinkers and LED backup lights. Cool idea. I like the way the back-up LED strip lights. Their prices are usually higher and vary between 500 and 700$.

ak57hay Naresh rear tail lights audi tt MK1 8N

Hand Made LED Tail Lights Audi TT MK1 (8N)

 


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Audi TT LED DRLs (headlights)


Hi guys,

I have been asked how I got those magnificent :) LED headlights and angel eyes. Here’s how and how you can also get a pair yourself! They look great and update the car’s look like those MK2s.

A simple Google search will allow you to figure out how to DIY. I considered trying myself but after a few days of reading on the subject, I got discouraged. Yes the parts are easy to find, such as clear corners, LED strips (white and orange), angeleyes, etc. But the assembly is not that easy! First, you need to take your headlights away from your car and disassemble them completely. Then, you need to take out the old blinkers and configure the LEDs to switch to amber when the blinkers are turned on, back to white after, etc. That’s done with extra material you can’t find on the web. You need to go to a local shop and find the electronics you need. You also need to add the angel eyes and wire them properly. Not for me, I decided…

Instead, I found it easier to buy a complete kit that I only have to install myself. Not the internals, the complete LED DRLs! I found a supplier in UK and we both agreed that I would order a pair and also become his reseller in North America.

So, if you are looking for a pair of LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), with or without angel eyes, go to this page.

Below are pictures of my headlights being modified. The mods are: Paint from silver to black, smoke corners, LED blinkers, European style headlights without the orange patch on the side, angel eyes (light strip around the high beams) and finally, yellow high beams. Talk about being different! Whenever I drive on highways, left lane, coming rapidly onto cars, my headlights make the difference: people see me coming from far away, just wondering what kind of car is behind them. So they dive into the middle lane, without even me having to do anything! Incredible how headlights change the way other drivers behave. What I love most, is when I need to “flash” them, using my yellow high beams. I get an instant “Oh my god, let’s change lanes” reaction. Since yellow high beams are rare in North America, this is a sure way to get the attention of upcoming traffic. Anyhow, as you can see, I love my headlights and I enjoy them every day. :)

Now, the pics, from assembly to final look, on the race track.

Audi TT LED

Audi TT LED modification: old and new headlight interior

LED light strip Audi TT

LED light strip going into the TT's headlight

LED DRL Audi TT - white blinkers

LED DRL Audi TT - white blinkers on

LED DRL Audi TT - orange blinkers

LED DRL Audi TT - orange blinkers on

Right LED headlight with angel eyes - Audi TT

Right LED headlight with angel eyes - Audi TT

Pair of LED DRLs with angel eyes - Audi TT

Pair of LED DRLs with angel eyes - Audi TT

My Audi TT with no headlights at all

My Audi TT with no headlights at all

LED DRLs with angel eyes - Audi TT MK1 8N

LED DRLs with angel eyes - Audi TT MK1 8N

Audi TT MK1 LED DRL on race track

Audi TT MK1 LED DRL on race track

 

Want these LED Headlights on your car? Go to: Audi TT LED (R8 LED Daytime Running Lights like POGEA RACING)

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Something new! A different hood for the MK1 TT


Still looking for body kits and body & paint design ideas, I was recently brwsing around forums and stumbled on something new! After creating my ” Best Audi TT 8N Body Kit ” list, I thought I had seen them all. Stuck to a list of 30 different ideas, but none really standing out. (to my taste)

Well, I can’t say this “new” design is on top of my list, but at least someone tried something different. And that is: A redesigned hood, either for the OEM look or for the newer A6 grills. Pictures below.

So I would like to thank Rick at RTS Tuning in Germany. Cudos!

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Mirrors & LED Turn Signal Indicators


Now that the OSIR fenders are ordered, I have to plan on loosing my side markers. What to do? It doesn’t bather me much, but I kind of liked to have them. So I thought, why not have the MK2 mirrors? They have turn signal indicators! A Google search and a talk with my Audi dealership have proven me they won’t fit. But hey! it doesn’t end there: 2 suppliers have modified the MK1 mirrors to include the indicators. But they are pricey.

A) Reiger Mirrors, part number C00231627. (They are actually made by CULT: part no.E1036s and sold “on special” for 199 Euros) Reiger’s online shop displays them at 249 Euros. But local North American tuning stores sells them for 655$ US. (Such as LLTek) They are unfortunately not an exact replica of the original TT mirrors, as they are bigger and of a different but similar shape.

Reiger Mirrors LED Car Turn Signal Indicator Mirror part no. C00231627 Audi TT MK1 (8N)

Reiger Mirrors LED Car Turn Signal Indicator Mirror part no. C00231627 Audi TT MK1 (8N)

B) Naresh, a MK1 specialist that sells kits that he modifies himself. He inserts the LED car turn signal indicators into the mirrors and sells the complete kits for 320 Pounds.

Naresh AK57HAY Mirrors LED Car Turn Signal Indicator Mirror - Audi TT MK1 (8N)

Naresh AK57HAY Mirrors LED Car Turn Signal Indicator Mirror - Audi TT MK1 (8N)

Naresh AK57HAY Mirrors LED Car Turn Signal Indicator Mirror - Audi TT MK1 (8N)

Naresh AK57HAY Mirrors LED Car Turn Signal Indicator Mirror - Audi TT MK1 (8N)

Naresh AK57HAY Mirrors LED Car Turn Signal Indicator Mirror - Audi TT MK1 (8N)

Naresh AK57HAY Mirrors LED Car Turn Signal Indicator Mirror - Audi TT MK1 (8N)

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Just bought the Osir V1 Vented Fender Kit!


So much fun… :)

I just bought the Osir V1 Vented Fender Kit. Since my big turbo upgrade, my car was overheating on race tracks. In order to get colder and more air under the hood, I am planning to install the vented fenders, change the front bumper and maybe install a hood scoop. But first things first. I’ll post pics when I get the kit. I already know I will have to make mods under the hood because the kit is primarily used for it’s looks. More to come.

OSIR V1 Vented Fender Kit for the Audi TT Mk1 (8N)

OSIR V1 Vented Fender Kit for the Audi TT Mk1 (8N)

Oh yeah, you guys don’t know this yet, but when I buy a car part (or anything for that matter) I need to make sure I have the beast deal at the time of purchase. In this case, I searched the web and found these prices:

TTShop.com: 700$

Eurosport Tuning: 599$

PG Performance, OSIR USA and TTStuff: 549$

And the best price was at: Z Max Autosport: 499$. But it didn’t stop there, they had the part in inventory (unlike some of the other sites) AND a 5% discount coupon. If you Google the store name + coupon, you should be able to find the coupon code, which you paste on the order page to get the discount.

Here’s a happy camper!

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Haldex Controller Update: Blue – Orange – Silver Controllers


Hi Guys,

I wrote to Nik at HPA today. Is asked him to explain the difference between the Blue Haldex controller and theirs. (Theirs was an Orange Haldex Controller and now it’s silver; no paint at all).

Blue Haldex Performance Controller

Blue Haldex Performance Controller available at the TT Shop for around 900$

So here’s Nik answer:

“In the past we had sold both the blue controller as well as our competition controller. We elected to stop selling the blue controller as many of our customers ended up exchanging the blue controller for the competition controller. I haven’t even had one inquiry for the blue controller in the past two years!

The main difference between them is that the competition controller will not stop transferring torque to the rear wheels when you lift off the throttle.

It will enable you to achieve slight oversteer should you desire and it will not have to “re-load” torque to the rear when you depress the accelerator pedal again. 

I have driven cars equipped with the OE, blue sport, and competition controllers. I don’t believe there is enough value in the blue controller for the money when you consider the minimal difference between it and the OE controller.

Having had experience with all three units, if I were to spend nearly $1000 on a replacement, I would have to go straight to the competition controller.”

I will be buying HPA’s controller soon. I am also planning on creating a video of my car spinning before and after the controller change. Hopefully, we should see only the front wheels engaged before and the rear and front engaged with the new controller. Keep watching!

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Just bought the DMC rear wing!


Quick update: I just bought the DMC Concept rear 3.2 wing. Pics to come when I get it, hopefully just before X-mas!

DMC Concept Rear Wing 3.2 Audi TT MK1 8N

DMC Concept Rear Wing 3.2 Audi TT MK1 8N

(Buy your own DMC Rear Wing at www.europtuning.com)

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