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* * D.I.Y Steering Wheel Emblem Guide * *

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by RAD, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. Jul 2, 2009 at 11:27 PM
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    RAD

    RAD [OP] RAD@RECHELON/AESTHETICS Vendor

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    ** DISCLAIMER**

    UNPLUG the NEGATIVE on your Battery for extra Safety.

    I've asked and searched around a few forums to get an answer for this very simple mod. However the searched was a long one with very few leads. So I finally got some info from a few XR forum members but i didn't find a guide at all. So I combined them all together and did it for you if you've ever thought about doing it.

    If you thought about getting rid of that chrome emblem, the wait is over.

    Tools Needed

    1. Painters Scotch Blue Tape
    2. Very Slim Eyeglass Flat Head Screwdriver
    3. Medium Flat Head Screwdriver
    4. Very Sharp Knife
    5. Ice Cold Beer of your Choice. (I had an Amber Dos Equis)
    6. Music of your Choice (I listened to Bloc Party)
    7. Patience, A lot of it!

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. You need to mask the steering wheel around the emblem to prevent scratching.
    2. You'll need to use the Very Slim Eyeglass to start prying the right side of the emblem to loosen it.
    3. Once you lift it up a little, use the medium one to place it underneath to get a hold of it.
    4. Then use the knife to slowly snip the tabs underneath each emblem.
    *Note* There is NO glue under the emblem. There are 8-10 Tabs that secure the emblem which becomes a PITA.
    5. Repeat the process going all the way from the outer then working your way to the middle.
    6. The middle holds 3 tabs that are side by side. Be very careful when lifting it and using the knife to cut it off.
    7. You'll finally remove the Emblem once the tabs are all broken.
    8. Be really careful and patience as you go. You don't want to scratch the inner black area.
    9. Don't pull too hard as this emblem can't be purchased again
    10. Sand down the emblem with fine paper.
    11. Prime, Paint, & Clear. Store to dry in a place free of particles.
    12. Glue it back using Super Glue. Don't place too much on it to avoid it smudging from underneath.

    ** This is not an easy task as you must use some patience and demonstrate the ability to not get frustrated. **

    Good Luck!

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  2. Jul 3, 2009 at 1:08 AM
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    RAD

    RAD [OP] RAD@RECHELON/AESTHETICS Vendor

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    I'll have pictures of the Emblem off to give you an idea of the tabs.
     
  3. Jul 3, 2009 at 4:33 AM
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    badguybuster

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    Well done. Pretty cool. Rep for you.
     
  4. Jul 3, 2009 at 4:38 AM
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    Nicely done!!
     
  5. Jul 3, 2009 at 4:41 AM
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    moto932

    moto932 What's the matter, Colonel Sandurz? CHICKEN?

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    nice job! looks good.
     
  6. Jul 3, 2009 at 5:00 AM
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    TacticalBacon13

    TacticalBacon13 Sorry for party rockin'

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    good job ray. +1 for you my friend! now to take the time to do this.....
     
  7. Jul 3, 2009 at 5:02 AM
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    cant wait to see the write up for the curb finders and velvet dash pad:D
     
  8. Jul 3, 2009 at 5:17 AM
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    TacticalBacon13 Sorry for party rockin'

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    what you think he did a ghetto job like the little turds in there civics that spray paint everything different colors? ray took his time and carefully painted this emblem. ray has one of the most unique if not the most unique rad red out there IMO. now if he would of just took spray paint and bombed the whole inside that would be a different story:D
     
  9. Jul 3, 2009 at 6:02 AM
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    Jon M

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    Are you going to paint the vents?
     
  10. Jul 3, 2009 at 10:00 AM
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    RAD

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    Thanks a lot, I couldn't stand the chrome anymore. I love the matching Radiant Red now.:D


    Hay, you've got the right to your own opinion. If you don't like this mod, its all good with me. People out there hate the Chrome look and with this write up. You can paint it any color you'd want. Paint it Black or color match it to your truck.


    Once again, thanks! I've taken the time on all my mods to make it look Professional and not half ass. I personally think the Emblem came out almost factory. Sets my interior off. :D
     
  11. Jul 3, 2009 at 10:08 AM
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    Hey Ray looks good. Ties everything together.

    Did you get a chance to install the mesh? If so how does it look? Throw some pics up
     
  12. Jul 3, 2009 at 10:24 AM
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    hey man anytime! i might have to set down and try this!
     
  13. Jul 3, 2009 at 10:33 AM
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    ^Just Do It!:D

    Paint it Black or Speedway Blue.

    Thanks, I appreciate the Mesh and yeah its on there now. I'm going to repaint it a more gloss black. I don't like the flat too much as of right now.
     
  14. Jul 3, 2009 at 10:36 AM
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    Ya I tried switching mine from Gloss to Flat Black on Wednesday, but now am stripping it so I can repaint it Gloss Black. :goingcrazy:
     
  15. Jul 5, 2009 at 9:14 PM
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    heres the pic ray
     
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    Great job!
     
  17. Jul 5, 2009 at 11:43 PM
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    looks great!
     
  18. Jul 6, 2009 at 1:04 AM
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    Definitely VERY original, adds that finished touch to that accented interior. Post pics once you do the silver rings! don't forget the tweeter rings on the doors!
     
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    so sick im doing this!
     
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