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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-01-2017, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Silly question - trunk badge removal

I've been sick for a couple of weeks and haven't gotten to do anything Alfa related. Finally starting to feel human again today, so I thought I would install a couple of new grill and trunk badges that I got off eBay just to say that I did something today. The old front one popped right off and I was done in like a minute.

Went around to the back and that one will not budge. I can get either side up maybe 1/16", but I'm afraid I'll damage the deck lid if I pry any harder. Is there a secret trick to releasing it from the inside or something, or has it just been glued down really well?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-01-2017, 02:24 PM
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Looking at the Fiat eper, External Accessories, type plate, it looks like there is a single rubber bushing on the inside of the trunk holding that badge on, holding a pin on the back side of the badge. The pin on the back side of the badge should slip out of that bushing, but may be tight from old age. There may be some adhesive as well. Mine has the bushing inside. I can barely feel it with a finger, but the badge also feels like maybe it is glued as well, the pin used just for centering.

Unfortunately, the bushing is in behind the inside sheet metal. Try squirting in a little WD-40 behind the badge. Try prying gently, levering on the badge on two sides, not just one, as that just cocks the pin. Perhaps also try to rotate the badge at the same time to help free the pin from the bushing.



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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 11:18 AM
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Thumbs up Takes a little perstence and patience

I used one of the tools in my plastic trim removal kit, and as Del suggested, rotate position around the perimeter and pry evenly at every angle on the emblem. I have also heard of people using heavy gauge dental floss and thick plastic cards.. what worked for me was the trim removal tool. The top knob is the one that won't budge. Work the other two up until you have clearance under it, and then attack. Whatever you use, it should be plastic or you WILL sratch the paint.
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I'll have to pick up some plastic trim tools. I haven't had any more time to play with the Alfa recently.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-07-2017, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
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I finally got caught up with doing real work to the car (reinstalling the drive shaft, hooking up the under hood wiring, remaking the steel fuel and clutch lines etc...) and got back to this stupid badge issue.

I found that it was held in with a large wad of some sort of black flexible adhesive. Super strong stretchy stuff. I managed to barely get under it with the nylon tools and even broke one in the process. What finally worked was literally folding the old badge in two along the 2 pins and then working a knife in to cut this stuff from the top and bottom. Once it was free, I then trimmed it close enough for the new badge to sit flush. Fortunately, the new badge came with a ring of 3m trim tape already installed around the edge and this junk was only in the center so reinstallation took about 10 seconds.

The new badge was genuine Alfa and apparently new production as it came in a bag with both the original Alfa part number and the new Chrysler type FCA number.


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