Research of MIB2 Sound Datasets
MIB2 sound settings and datasets are a highly speculated topic: the web is full of comrades who flash “magic” files for money to turn an ukulele into a rock band. Now is a time to shed some light on this. My personal interest was to bring back the separate subwoofer control that existed for the Audi ...
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Hacking Sound Actuator / Active Exhaust Firmwares
My 1.5-year-old midnight hobby is coming to an end. Artificial sound systems on VAGs are easy to retrofit, so I sparkled up with this idea from the first day I learned about it. Basically, symposers are the only future for us: the planet is making another round, and production is reducing emissions ...
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Onboard CD Manual for MIB2 High (All Audi Cars)
Some guy from the D2 found an ISO image for the A3 model, so I decided to go further and collect CDs for all Audi cars equipped with MIB2 High. Manuals were rereleased every 6 months in Europe but were never available in the US. ETKA doesn’t have part numbers too. I clearly see a pattern in the numb ...
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Audi Active Exhaust Sound System
I started my journey with artifical engine sound systems from Sound Actuator for the cabin and eventually managed to buy this one from a friend. Audi Active Exhaust contains of one or two steel “stewpots” connected to the car’s exhaust pipes. The system adds rumble and loudness to the original exhau ...
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OSRAM Dynamic Blinkers, Right Side Electrochromic Mirror
A month ago, I noticed several LEDs died in left turn indicator. They worked for 8 months since purchase, and once again, I vowed to buy any Chinese accessories. I decided to look again for OSRAM LEDdriving DMI and very suprisingly bought them on Allegro for ~50€. And since I needed to disassemble ...
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Stainless Steel Pedal Caps
Chinese pedal caps became the very first upgrade of my car. The price of the original parts was scaring me at that time, Audi dealership wanted €175 for the set. Today I bought them for half. I decided to change the Chinese caps to the original ones, as the replicas began to rust after three years. ...
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Sound Actuator / Structure-Borne Sound Generator
It will be another rather long story. I’ve spent about a year on this retrofit. Several russian guys have been doing this for a long time, but no one was willing to help me, and they even banned me. So, this post was initially written in English to respect the European community, which was helping a ...
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Interior Ambient Lighting
My detailed description of all interior options in the previous post was not only for curiosity. I finally bought a set of Aluminium Race with Illuminated design trims. Installed in the car: There were issues with my previous ambient lighting retrofits, and with these trims, I finally got my hands ...
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Interior Trims (All Options Available)
It is the result of my two-year research of the internet and ETKA diagrams. Some kits were pretty hard to find, and part numbering was not obvious and non-linear sometimes. Four main options available for facelift Audi A3 cars: Micrometallic Silver (option code PR-5MA) ― basic plastic trims Alumini ...
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Adaptive Cruise Control + Speed Limiter
The option I was dreaming about since the purchase of the car. The radar itself was mounted with S Line Exterior Package, and I finally found a time to activate it. Technically, the Adaptive Cruise Control function is implemented using an encapsulated antenna that emits and receives radio waves refl ...
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