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As I just completed modifying my dash from the single DIN configuration to double DIN, I thought I'd document here some of the details required for the modification.

A couple words of warning to begin with. If you are paranoid on minor scratches on your interior, please don't do this. Most likely you will end up with one or few. Likewise, if you are afraid of applying force when pulling parts out, please don't do this. Some of the parts are fitted quite tightly, and need a certain amount of force to unplug.

If you are still ready to go forward, here are the parts you will need:

NOTE: All partnumbers are for a left-hand driven vehicle. I have no idea whether the same parts apply for right-hand configurations.

8P0 858 005 A (double DIN mounting cage)
8P0 863 321 A (frame for buttons)
8P0 927 134 C (esp button - center)
8P0 941 515 C (blind button - left)
8P0 941 516 C (blind button - right)
8P0 941 509 A (hazard button)
8P0 941 561 E (storage on console - "coin holder")
8P0 864 348 (bracket from trim)
8P0 864 147 A (covering)

If you have a switch for the passenger airbag in your glovebox, replace the "blind button - right" with this:
8P0 919 234 A (button with airbag warning light - right)

Note that with the double DIN configuration you have much less storage space below the aircon unit than with single DIN. If you keep the ashtray, there is hardly any storage space left at all. If you don't need the ashtray, you can replace it with a tray which provides some more storage space. The partnumber for the tray should be 8P0 864 138 A (unconfirmed).

Also, if you have the interior light package with the nice red light on the storage space, you will loose this after the modification. I atleast didn't find a way to keep the light - it gets blocked by the new coverings.

And then the aircon control unit. I decided against purchasing a new which would have fit directly given the prices for these units. Instead, I modified the old unit by slowly cutting some 2-3mm from both sides and checking to see if it fit at regular intervals. If you do it carefully, once ready it will be very hard to see that it has been modified. I don't know the partnumber for the double DIN aircon unit - if anyone does, please post here.

All in all it took me some 5-6 hours to complete the modification. So reserve plenty of time and take it slowly. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.
 

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How much did u need to cut off the climate control, and what did you use to cut it...?

Which parts are these, dont have them on my list...?
8P0 864 348 (bracket from trim)
8P0 864 147 A (covering)

Ive just ordered all the parts to do my A3, so im trying to get as much info as possible
 

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bah35uk said:
How much did u need to cut off the climate control, and what did you use to cut it...?
About 2-3mm from both sides, a bit more from the bottom than from the top. I used a dremel-type of handheld tool to cut the first 2mm, and then a file and sandpaper to finish.

Which parts are these, dont have them on my list...?
8P0 864 348 (bracket from trim)
8P0 864 147 A (covering)
These go below the aircon unit to complete what's left of the storage space there.
 

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These were the only parts i was told i needed, nothing was said about needing a new hazard button or the blanking plate..

8P0 858 005 A (double DIN mounting cage)
8P0 863 321 c (frame for buttons)
8P0 927 134 C (esp button - center)
8P0 919 234 A (Airbag deactivation lamp)
8P0 941 561 E (storage on console - "coin holder")
8P0 941 515 C (blind button - left)
 

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Well - to be honest, I didn't actually compare the old hazard button with the new one. The partnumbers are different, and as the other buttons need to be replaced, I guessed that it would too.

As for the rest of the stuff, I needed all of them. Without the covering the area below the aircon unit would have looked somewhat unfinished, and the covering only fits with the correct frame/bracket.
 

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bah35uk said:
8P0 863 321 c (frame for buttons)
And just to comment, the 'C' frame should fit just as well as the 'A' I listed. I haven't personally used the C though.
 

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Do you have any photo's of the install process...?

Would be interested to see what it looks like without the ashtray also
 

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The cage is mounted with a total of 10 screws/bolts. Two at the top, two at the middle, four at the bottom and two at the sides. To get to the ones at the sides, you need to remove the glovebox and the panel at the drivers side.
 

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Ah right, i see.

Any other pointers i should know about..?

Only difference with mine is im useing the external gps antenna.

The only thing I'm concerned about is cutting the climate control, everything else seams fairly strieght forward.
 
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