Rear badge removal - No scratch method
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    Rear badge removal - No scratch method

    I wanted to replace my rear badge but didn't want to do the fishing line method and risk scratching my deck. I also didn't want to break the tabs off the original emblem so it could be replaced as it was originally installed. After thinking about the fact that there was a switch that opened the deck, i knew there had to be a way to get to that switch for repair by the service dept without much effort.

    Below are pics of the steps needed to get the emblem off or get to the deck switch....very simple:

    First remove the rear panel by removing the two screws and then pull along the edge until the clips pop off...they come off very easily and aren't the type clips that break without excessive force. Once removed you'll see this:


    Next you'll need to remove the 3 nuts that hold the rear handle assembly on (note to keep the deck up or keep a hand on the handle so it doesn't fall out after removing these)





    To remove the factory emblem you'll need to get a small flathead screwdriver and gently pry the tabs on the back of the emblems tab so it can be removed. Once these are bent back you can push down on the emblems tabs and it will slide right out.


    Once that's out you can install your new emblem and put the works back together. Took me about 30 mins tops.
    Last edited by omeyga; 07-07-2009 at 08:40 PM.

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    Cool!
    Great Info.
    Kris
    Done: 15-spoke rims, hounds tooth stripe, chrome accents, rain-visors, headlight eyeliners, spoiler, gas cap, stubby antenna, LED repeaters, billet grille, "retro" badge, ultrasonic backup sensor, Scangauge II trip computer...
    To Be Done: Lotsa More!

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    one of the mods should move this to the How to section.
    Nice write up.

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    very nice i moved this to the how to section so it would be easy to find!!!

    did you get any close ups of the trunk switch???

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrosportman View Post
    very nice i moved this to the how to section so it would be easy to find!!!

    did you get any close ups of the trunk switch???
    This is a shot of the entire assembly. The switch just had a few screws holding it in place.


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    Good info Omeyga.
    In Holland we like input like that.

    RelenaRelena

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    Where would you find these emblems you are replacing the stock KIA ones with? I this is pretty cool... Definitely something I would invest in...

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    wait wait where did you buy that?

    what website?

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    emblems

    they are known as Tigris emblems used on the korean models. you can search for that or go to this web site www.koreanautoimports.com lots O'Toys.

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    First remove the rear panel by removing the two screws and then pull along the edge until the clips pop off...they come off very easily and aren't the type clips that break without excessive force. Once removed you'll see this:
    I took the rear panel off when installing my Tomato emblems but I had a real hard time with those little yellow clips. I broke several while half of the remaining clips stayed in the removed panel and the other half in the door. I might have to get some replacement clips now in order to put the rear panel back on.

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