We recently picked up a 2008 Audi TT with the 2.0-liter turbocharged FSI engine. Along with the new engine (replacing the 1.8T), the second-gen TT has more chiseled lines for a fresh take on the popular coupe.
After a few weeks we couldn’t help ourselves, and first looked to see what was available in the Audi Genuine Accessories catalog. As it happens, they have a surprising assortment of upgrades, all with the quality you expect from a carmaker.
So we ordered a front spoiler, side skirts and rear diffuser from our local dealer. We also decided to replace the electronic trunk spoiler with a fixed item very similar to the TT RS. We were even attracted by Audi’s wheel options, selecting 19" Turbo Twist wheels wrapped in our favorite Continetial ExtremeContact DW tires.
You can follow the full installation a europeancarweb.com.
You’ll see our body kit arrived paint-matched perfectly to the TT’s Sahara Silver. The kit parts come with installation instructions and almost everything you will need to fit them.
In our table below, only the trunk spoiler is listed with a painted price. The front spoiler and skirts are the unpainted price. This is because the Audi Dealer Painted Parts Program is brand new and final prices had yet to be established. Your local dealer will be able to update these prices. Also note that the diffuser is supplied matte grey and doesn’t need painting.
If you’re confident, these parts are a DIY task, although we took them to FMS Automotive in Cerritos, CA. The company has been responsible for some of VW/Audi’s accessory development and installation of dealer-fit parts such as this since the ’90s, even building show cars for both manufacturers. They manage the delivery port installations and drop-ship the OEM body kit parts to dealers worldwide. Additionally, they advise on fitting, painting and even train the body shops. As such, they were over-qualified to show us the ropes in order that we could pass on the correct techniques to you.
Constructed from flexible, durable, OE-quality plastics, the pieces felt robust and will withstand harsh conditions. The fit of each component was predictably perfect, enhancing the original lines as we’d hoped.
Upon the parts’ arrival, the front spoiler’s inner edge needed to be textured with sandpaper before the glue was applied to ensure good adhesion. Then Gil Plasencia from FMS carefully moved the spoiler into place, securing it with painter’s tape and clamps while the adhesive dried.
There are three holes in the bottom edge of the spoiler for the self-tapping screws supplied. Tighten them into the bottom of the bumper for extra security.
While the glue dried, the factory side skirts were removed by pulling back the weather strip and sill panels to access six T25 screws under the door sills. There are another three T25 screws in the front wheel wells, along with eight pushpins under the skirts.
Gil grasped the skirt near the rear wheel and pulled it out and away. You’re going to break the four clips between the door and rear wheel to release the skirts; it was just part of the process and new clips should be ordered before you start the installation (they cost $1.24 each).
Once removed, fit the new clips at the rear, then push the skirts into place and refit the original pushpins and T25 screws.
At the rear, the diffuser is held in with integral plastic tabs, so simply start on the passenger’s side, prying it away from the bumper as you move around to the exhaust.