It’s winter time in Quebec and my TT will be stored for months. So I’m taking a few weeks to make tweaks and simple repairs in the heat of my garage.
Upgraded audio (double din radio) and cluster repair. I’ll post pics of where I am with this later in this post but I simply wish to let you know how to repair your instrument cluster.
Mine was faulty and replacing the complete instrument cluster ($2,200CAD) was not an option. Instead, I chose to simply replace the cluster for a cost of about $99.
Here’s what it looked like:
In order to get there and replace my radio for a double din, I took half of the dashboard out! But refer to this video to remove the instrument cluster only.
How to remove the instrument cluster form an Audi TT – Video
Once removed, you need to open the cluster and desolder it.
Make sure you order the right cluster! In the picture above, you see the original one (OEM p/n: D1560TOB) and notice how the soldering needs to be done of the left. The first cluster I ordered was the wrong one and was aligned in the center. See below.
If you wish to see how it’s done, have a look at these two videos:
Now I am doing this at the same time as adding a double din radio which is the topic of another post to come. Here’s where I am.
It’s easier said than done, believe me! I searched forums and found a potential source of help… HazzyDayz. Yes them again! After all, they are specialists… So I gave them a buzz and figured out a way for them to help me. Since I’m located in Canada, I had to ship my newly installed steering wheel across the pound oh sorry, pond. J While I’m at it, the journey across the ocean cost me a few squid oh I mean quid. Sorry you had to read that.
So I shipped it to HazzyDayz and they worked on it for quite some time. They then told me they would need my radio to test it on a bench. Thank god for long Canadian winters! I didn’t mind sending it over as the TT was stored for a few months.
So time passed and I finally got them back, plus A LOT of wiring to plug everywhere. I wanted to install it myself but it was a bit over my expertise! Have a look at the pics below…
So I went to a local radio shop and they were kind enough to install it. They had to contact HazzyDayz a few times apparently, but got it to work as planned.
So I’m now a proud owner of one of the only few Mk1s with functional steering wheel controls over the OEM radio. 🙂
Speaking of OEM radio, my following post will be on how I changed all speakers & amplifier but kept the original radio in place. (Why you may ask! Simple answer: Because I want to & will pay for it lol)
We have all heard or read comments from people saying that the TT is a “haidressers” car, much like the Mazda Miata and Volkswagen Beetle.
Now I certainly don’t think so and my opinion on this is that you should drive whatever you like and don’t care about others. But aside from the small & curvy look, what else makes it a “chick car” in people’s mind? I believe even Audi tries to market it to both men and women.
Why? Take a look at the Audi Sport TT Cup drivers. Anything different? No less than four female drivers took part in the event held in Austria. Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gosia Rdest as full season competitors. Rahel Frey and Doreen Seidel as special guest starters.
Doreen Seidel? Yes, she’s no less than the 2008 Playboy Germany playmate of the year! But wait, a playmate racing an Audi TT should appeal to men, no? You bet. But women too as they see a bunch of women that race TTs around the globe. This means that handle well, right? Have a look at their “girl Power” video…
Due to popular demand, here are instructions on how to make your own Audi TT 8N 5- and 6-speed Open Metal Shifter! It’s a lot of work, but you can’t go wrong with these very detailed instructions. (thanks to metal-designer in Germany for sharing his pictures along with his autocad files!)
Note to the reader: This text has been translated from German to English. Don’t hesitate to suggest modifications if needed.
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In this guide we explain how you can build the Audi TT 8N shifter, step by step. We have attached this all the necessary information, such as the construction drawings of the Laser and milled parts as well as the suppliers where you can buy the necessary parts.
1 Glue gun
2 Allen key set for different sizes
3 Wood drill (diameter: 5mm)
4 Screwdriver (slotted and cross)
5 Cordless Screwdriver
– Needle and thread to sew the switching Sacks (the same color leather)
Contact a machine shop with the following information:
Drawing: download dxf file above
Thickness: 25.0 mm
length x width: 140.5 x 140.5 mm
Quantity: 1 piece
Ordering the aluminum ball (optional)
Now comes our third order – optional, because you could also use the original shift knob.
For the aluminum ball, we do not need any drawing. Simply source a supplier that can get you:
Aluminium ball polished
Diameter: 50.0 mm
blind holes: 12 x 1,5 – depth: 30.0 mm
Quantity: 1 piece
Ordering the Shift Stick (optional)
The shift stick is the short stainless steel tube that is pulled over the original shift stick.It isn’t necessary for this job, however it is recommended since it looks better.
Again, no need for specific files. Simply source:
Material: Stainless steel Pipe
Outside diameter: 13.5 mm
Inner diameter: 12.5 mm
Wall thickness: 0.5 mm
Length: 95.0 mm
Quantity: 1 piece
Preparation of the spacer ring incl. Leather trim
It is possible that after the production of Spacer ring, the 8 holes may not be complete (go from side to side) – if not, we must re-drill them. For this we take our cordless screwdriver and drill with a diameter of 5mm and drill the holes at the end (see picture red). We also need one extra hole using the same drill but just about 5-6 mm deep, located in the middle of two complete holes (see picture green). These will be needed later during installation, as most TT’s have a little nipple on the threaded plate. We’re done for now with the spacer ring – now comes the leather trim.
Preparation of the leather trim
We now cut our piece of leather (leatherette) to the exact dimensions of 430 x 175 mm (please pay attention to right angle). Now we have a rectangle with the dimensions 430 x 175 mm available.
We turn this around (ie with the “leather side on the table.” So now we have the blank (the contour that we will cut later with scissors) of leather blank canvas (see image).
Draw the lines on the blank canvas for future cutting. Make sure you take your time to do it properly. Now you’re ready to cut the canvas using your scissors. For this we have attached a small photo gallery:
Now that we have cut the leather perfectly, we can devote ourselves to the sewing. Here we must be careful a little bit so that we sew everything in the correct order. Therefore, we have created you a small list – please adhere strictly to this order:
1. The 3 oblique inner seams
2. The upper tabs
3. The outer seam
Note: We sew the shift boot to the left and then invert it at the end in order to right – thus we have on the visible side a nice seam. As with a T-shirt which is washed on the left and then turns back to the guards on the right.
Follow the pictures and sew only along the red lines shown above, then nothing can go wrong:
Connection of leather trim with the spacer ring
Now is the time to connect the leather trim with the spacer ring. For this purpose you need the glue gun to drop hot glue on the inside of the ring (Drop glue on just 1/4 of the ring). Immediately fold the excess leather inside the ring (see pictures below) and hold the leather inside the ring for a few seconds until the glue has solidified. (use gloves to protect your hand from hot glue)
This process is repeated a total of 4 times. Thereafter, the spacer ring should be wrapped entirely in the leather.
Now revert the head of the leather trim (the narrow end) through the ring and pull the cable tie in the tabs at the top of the leather covering. This cable tie is later used to securely connect the shift boot with the shift stick. Please snap a few teeth the cable tie to ensure that there remains sufficient clearance for assembly.
The final step for the spacer ring is to drill holes into the leather for the mounting screws. For this, use a small pin screwdriver. You have a total of 9 holes to drill. Do not forget that 8 are complete holes so that the screws can pass through the ring. The spacer ring is now completely done!
Now should you have the following parts:
It’s very easy to install now.
Well that completes the translation guys. Hope you try it and let me know how it went! Not an easy task but hey, it’s worth at least $200 🙂
I am in the middle of a crazy project. My goal is to get the steering wheel audio controls to work with the OEM radio. Not an easy task!
Why the OEM instead of something newer? Call me weird but I’d like to keep it as close to original as possible. Even though the exterior shows it’s been modified, my goal is to keep all mods in tune with Audi’s original design. So I’ll give it a go and let you know how I do.
In the mean time, I wanted to show you how easy it is to get comfort blinkers on your TT. I ordered a Komfortblinker from cum-cartec in Germany. It’s really easy! Just take the radio out and… that’s it. Images below.
It’s been a while since I wrote on this blog! I will soon keep you all up to date with my latest mods. (hint: radio + steering controls)
I just flew back home from San Diego and on the last night before coming back, I saw this MK1 parked on 5th avenue, downtown SD (pics below). I immediately thought about you guys and how I could write a post on this blog on… Pimp My Ride ideas your should avoid doing on your MK1 TT. 🙂
Not that I want to be rude to its owner: At least he made a statement somewhere in his life but just at the wrong place.
Based on this guy’s MK1 TT, if you own one don’t…
Think you own an R8 or worse disguise your TT into one!
Color match your windshield wipers
Change the headlight washer nozzle covers to another color
Add simili-carbon fiber stickers on your front & rear bumper for protection
Make sur you have at least 10 Audi / TT logos so everyone can see what you’re driving from all possible angles
Color match your windshield wipers (just to make sure)
Change your wheels for some… ah what the heck do I need to continue?
You get my point. Less is more, it’s just a question of balance.
Balance? Speaking of which, here are a few pics I’d like to share, also taken in SD. Maybe this helps understanding the TT owner’s state of mind… lol