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Old 04-18-2006, 01:15 AM   #1
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Question How do you get the Subie badge off the grille??

I'd like to put the Subaru badge in the middle of the mesh grille on my ricer bumper, but I can't figure out how to remove it from the stock grille. I've seen various "custom" grille innovations here, so I'm pretty sure it can be done, but I don't know how. As far as I can tell, the emblem has a post sticking out of the back of it which goes through the grille, and then there's a lock washer of sorts on that post to hold the thing in place. I can't figure out how to get that washer off without breaking the mounting post, which would defeat the purpose of removing the thing.

I'm sure there's someone that knows how to do this - help a brothah out!!

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PS - The alternative would be to get a 2.5GT badge (like the one on the trunk), which I'm pretty sure is just a stick-on badge, and put that offset to one side. If I were to do that, any suggestions on how to securely affix that badge to the grille mesh?
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Old 04-18-2006, 02:52 AM   #2
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no kiddin, i started to prod at my badge cause i was going to paint it, but i cannot get the buggar off!!!
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Old 04-18-2006, 08:12 AM   #3
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it's glued on. Pry it off, but don't just tear in on it, get all the edges loose, then it should come off easy enough.
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Old 04-18-2006, 12:15 PM   #4
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I used a "jewelers" flathead screwdriver, but ended up cracking it a little bit on the underside. I think I was a little too impatient though.

it is just glued on, though.

maybe slightly work every 90degree angle first before really giving a go at it.

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Old 04-18-2006, 12:18 PM   #5
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I think heating it up should help. It is just glued and you do just pry it off. I got mine off years ago, and I didn't even crack it.

Screwdriver or puddy knife and some patience...

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Old 04-18-2006, 02:38 PM   #6
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somewhat related. anybody know a part number or some place i can get a badge that has gold stars instead of the silver stars on my stock badge?
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Old 04-18-2006, 05:35 PM   #7
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I got the one off my impreza with a heat gun and some small flat heat screw drivers. Be careful not to marr the edges with the screwdriver.
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Old 04-18-2006, 07:12 PM   #8
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Glue mine was double sided sticky taped and I just heated it and pryed it off.
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Old 04-18-2006, 07:59 PM   #9
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I used a heat gun and an old credit card to get it off... just be careful with the heat gun as you can melt the grill pretty easily.
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Old 04-18-2006, 08:11 PM   #10
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Yeah, I think those that said "glue" were really meaning to say double-sided tape. But double-sided tape takes longer to type and is a glue of sorts I suppose. Mine was taped and came off with a little prying. You can buy new tape at an auto store.

I pulled mine and sanded the black background off to paint it blue. Now the cars come with blue badges, so mine doesn't look as custom as it used to.

You should be able to sand blast the back of the badge to get the silver out and the just repaint it gold. Then, sand off the gold that ISN'T in the stars and paint that your blue or black. It will look great if patience is used...
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Old 04-18-2006, 10:26 PM   #11
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Yeah, I think those that said "glue" were really meaning to say double-sided tape. But double-sided tape takes longer to type and is a glue of sorts I suppose. Mine was taped and came off with a little prying. You can buy new tape at an auto store.

I pulled mine and sanded the black background off to paint it blue. Now the cars come with blue badges, so mine doesn't look as custom as it used to.

You should be able to sand blast the back of the badge to get the silver out and the just repaint it gold. Then, sand off the gold that ISN'T in the stars and paint that your blue or black. It will look great if patience is used...
my coworker has the same year and trim level outback as me, but in red not white, his has gold stars. alot easier to get one of those than repaint my whole badge. plus my stars are cracked in a couple palces, thats my big reason for wanting a new badge.
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Old 04-18-2006, 10:48 PM   #12
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hhhhmmmmm... never seen the gold myself, but obviously they exist... Just go to your subie dealer and say, "hey, I want a gold badge NOW!!!" How could they resist?!?
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I made my badge bodycolormatched. Clear stars, backlit the stars.

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Old 04-19-2006, 12:11 AM   #14
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Well, from the sounds of it I guess I misunderstood how the thing was held on. Looking at the back of the grille there's a plastic post sticking out which looks like it would be coming from the back of the emblem. I guess it's not. Ah well....

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