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Old 12-23-2004, 03:20 AM   #1
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why do you all want to do this?

i understand swapping to the flat remote opening fuel door.

i understand bodykits and painting the sideskirts.

i just dont get the debadging thing.

please help me understand why you want to do this.

do you want to keep the brand of your car a secret?

do you think it looks "cleaner"?
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Old 12-23-2004, 03:21 AM   #2
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cleaner...
I never like'd it until I saw it a few times. Once I did it, it looks REALLY good/slick
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Old 12-23-2004, 03:23 AM   #3
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i think they look naked. its like a part of the cars souls has been taken. but thats just me. you guys do what you want i just want a little understanding on the trend.

thanks.
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Old 12-23-2004, 03:29 AM   #4
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I think most people just do that cause they think its the 'cool thing' to do
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Old 12-23-2004, 03:41 AM   #5
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to me, looks cleaner. and it's easier to clean is a bonus. no more toothpicks to get at the wax crammed all in the badges.
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:50 PM   #6
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to me, looks cleaner. and it's easier to clean is a bonus. no more toothpicks to get at the wax crammed all in the badges.
That's everything I was going to say. No nooks and crannies for wax build-up and I've always thought any badgeless car looks sleeker. To each his own.
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Old 12-23-2004, 03:41 AM   #7
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Once you debadge, is it easy to go back? I wanted to take off my badges and spray them gold, but if it doesnt work out i would leave them off. How hard is it to re-apply badges?
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Old 12-23-2004, 03:56 AM   #8
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You just need some double-sided tape to reattach the badges.

I prefer the clean look for a debadged car. It looks awesome on some cars, other cars it doesnt look as good on. To each their own.


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Old 12-23-2004, 04:16 AM   #9
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You just need some double-sided tape to reattach the badges.

I prefer the clean look for a debadged car. It looks awesome on some cars, other cars it doesnt look as good on. To each their own.


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really? I would think that this would make it look weird, unless the tape is really thin so that the badge matches up to the surface of the car nicely.
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Old 12-23-2004, 08:37 AM   #10
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I debadged SUBARU off the back of my wagon just to make it easier to wash and wax. I do prefer the new look better too.

I don't understand painting sideskirts. They are there to protect and take hits so why paint them.
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Old 12-23-2004, 08:50 AM   #11
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One car I've noticed that looks nice when debadged is a VW/Audi. The lines on them are already nice and neat (clean) and debadging just takes a step further.
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Old 12-23-2004, 12:15 PM   #12
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I don't understand painting sideskirts. They are there to protect and take hits so why paint them.
i disagree on this one, i find the plastic black ones are hideous. and when i think of black plastic, pontiac aztek.

as far as debadging, i took off the impreza and that is it. debadging also makes it look like i m doing stuff to the car and attract thieves. so i m leaving the big subuaru and wrx on.

i mean if you dont like it, just leave them all on...its really no big deal. nobody is gonna judge you.
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Old 12-23-2004, 12:24 PM   #13
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When I was just a young lad, i read an article in Road & Track, when one of the writers was touring the BMW plant in Germany. He saw the workers de-badging an old school M3, and asked his guide "why are they doing that?" The guide relplied "WE know it's an M3, the customer knows it's an M3, why let anyone else know?"


on the other hand, you can debadge, get some new double sided sticky tape, and put the "S U B A R U" on backwards, to read "U R A B U S"

you are a bus....he made a funny...
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Old 12-23-2004, 05:06 PM   #14
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i disagree on this one, i find the plastic black ones are hideous. and when i think of black plastic, pontiac aztek.

as far as debadging, i took off the impreza and that is it. debadging also makes it look like i m doing stuff to the car and attract thieves. so i m leaving the big subuaru and wrx on.

i mean if you dont like it, just leave them all on...its really no big deal. nobody is gonna judge you.
Agree on the sidskirts. I bought some painted ones, and now the car looks 100% better.
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Old 12-30-2004, 12:23 PM   #15
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I debadged SUBARU off the back of my wagon just to make it easier to wash and wax. I do prefer the new look better too.

I don't understand painting sideskirts. They are there to protect and take hits so why paint them.
Do you have any pics of your wagon de-badged? I debadged the WRX off the back of my wagon and put it on the right side of my dashboard next to the heat vent. looks nice there plus keeps my car somewhat of a sleeper although it is Rally blue (well anyone that knew anything about WRXs would know my car was turbo)
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Old 12-30-2004, 12:37 PM   #16
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Debadged the STi because I'm not big on pink. Took all other badges off because I think its cleaner, easier to wax too.

Wish i could say its a sleeper, but gold wheels and big wing don't help. Those in the know, know what it is, all others ignore it.

The parking cop gave my "BBS" a ticket, only logo they could find was the wheel caps.

downside? one friend who doesn't know cars said it looks like I got in an accident, and they forgot to put the badges on after the repaint.
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Old 12-30-2004, 01:31 PM   #17
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The parking cop gave my "BBS" a ticket, only logo they could find was the wheel caps.
That is so F*cking funny!
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Old 12-23-2004, 08:53 AM   #18
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I like the 'cleaner' look to it.
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Old 12-25-2004, 01:09 AM   #19
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I like the 'cleaner' look to it.
it looks so plain...i hate the look of debadged cars.
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Old 12-25-2004, 01:18 AM   #20
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it looks so plain...i hate the look of debadged cars.

ur mothers plain too but i dont complain.....LOL jus yankin on ya jumbleys killer
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Old 12-23-2004, 08:59 AM   #21
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i have to make room for my GT-R badge
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Old 12-23-2004, 09:30 AM   #22
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if subaru would go to a smaller more tasteful badge I would never take it off. The S U B A R U on the trunk is just hideous, makes it look like the tailgate of an american pickup truck..

all my other badges are on though, I rock my subaru emblem on the front with pride.
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:21 PM   #23
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, I rock my subaru emblem on the front with pride.
I dont know why people take off the really nice subaru emblem and put on some crusty jdm badge.
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Old 12-23-2004, 11:31 AM   #24
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Stealth is also a slight factor--cops were on to WRX's.
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Old 12-23-2004, 09:33 PM   #25
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Stealth is also a slight factor--cops were on to WRX's.
Exactly, wingless with no badges makes it look like someone swapped a WRX hood onto a 2.5rs,
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