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Has anyone removed the large Abarth badges from the boot/trunk and front apron? I want to delete these as they look pretty crappy being too large and plastic. I tried heating them up with a hair dryer and sawing underneath with fishing line but no go.
Would appreciate some tips if anyone has successfully removed them.
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The front is secured with a nut. You need to either remove the front bumper or use a flexible nut driver to access it. The rear is held with two pegs; remove the trunk liner. Either way, you're left with holes so plan ahead. There are other threads detailing options.
 

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Has anyone removed the large Abarth badges from the boot/trunk and front apron? I want to delete these as they look pretty crappy being too large and plastic. I tried heating them up with a hair dryer and sawing underneath with fishing line but no go.
Would appreciate some tips if anyone has successfully removed them.
Cheers,
Wazza.
Just some additional info: If you have the heritage stripe, the area under the badge will be slightly darker than the rest of the matte black hood/boot. Worse yet, there will be abrasion of the paint at the outline of the badge, assumed to be from dust getting under the badge. Nothing I tried would clean up that dust line and keep the matte finish. The boot is flat under the badge; the hood is recessed under the badge
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I had planned to replace the badges with round Abarth badges from the 500 Punta. The real badges from Europe are very expensive, about $85 each or more. The inexpensive badges I ordered from Ali Express were cheap plastic "junk". Sometimes Ali comes through with good quality bargains and sometimes not so much.
If you do NOT have the heritage stripe, it's possible to buff out the paint at the badge edges and this could be the result.
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A total de-badge will require body filler and most likely total repaint of the panels.
 

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Has anyone removed the large Abarth badges from the boot/trunk and front apron? I want to delete these as they look pretty crappy being too large and plastic. I tried heating them up with a hair dryer and sawing underneath with fishing line but no go.
Would appreciate some tips if anyone has successfully removed them.
Cheers,
Wazza.
I looked into rebading mine for similar reasons, but ultimately found the cost and effort far outweighed my dislike of the big plastic badges.
 

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I looked into rebading mine for similar reasons, but ultimately found the cost and effort far outweighed my dislike of the big plastic badges.
The red parts of the badges on my 2018 Abarth were turning pink. That's why I looked into the change. Then someone here suggested they might be covered. under warranty. They were. My dealer gave me the new ones in exchange for the old when I showed them already removed and asked to let me install the new ones myself.
 

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Greetings - I did this to my 2017. Had the holes in the trunk filled when I was rear ended.
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The front was done when someone backed into me!
 

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Has anyone removed the large Abarth badges from the boot/trunk and front apron? I want to delete these as they look pretty crappy being too large and plastic. I tried heating them up with a hair dryer and sawing underneath with fishing line but no go.
Would appreciate some tips if anyone has successfully removed them.
Cheers,
Wazza.
The rear is easy ya just gotta be careful removing the trim on the underside of the boot those little plastic fasteners can be fragile.
The front is a real PITA and I would give credit to Murat124 for posting his method of removal with the flexible extension, that thread helped me to do the same. Patience helps too.
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I didn't delete those huge emblems but replaced them with the chrome from the Grande Punto like others on here have done. That one up front doesn't fit flush and requires some persuading to fit right, lots of good info on here about that as well.
If replacing yours seems an option I looked online today at the vendor that sold me mine last year and Partsworld UK still has them at just under £80 combined.
I am also one of the unfortunate ones with the unbuffable heritage stripe and I have to admit I was pretty impressed with how the Dr. Beasley's Matte paint prescription kit took care of the leftover grime after emblem removal.
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I like the badges in the photos above.

However, I also like the original badges as they look mean :)
 

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Hi...yes removed my front badge using one 10mm ring spanner on a string (case it dropped) fill details in Brexit Mods thread, Cheers
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Yeah a lot of work to remove and make it look smooth. That black rear without the emblem looks amazing. But would be too costly. My ideal design for the 124 would have been no rear emblem and to put the front emblem whete the grill is. Like in this old 124.
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I thought I had my opportunity to get rid of it when, unfortunately, I had to replace my front end.
My body shop guy said he could do it but with all the filler it wouldn’t last. I trusted his judgment and stuck with the original.
 

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Has anyone removed the large Abarth badges from the boot/trunk and front apron? I want to delete these as they look pretty crappy being too large and plastic. I tried heating them up with a hair dryer and sawing underneath with fishing line but no go.
Would appreciate some tips if anyone has successfully removed them.
Cheers,
Wazza.
They will leave holes ,but to cover them you can use a 6” Italian color stripe which looks good.
 

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The rear is easy ya just gotta be careful removing the trim on the underside of the boot those little plastic fasteners can be fragile.
The front is a real PITA and I would give credit to Murat124 for posting his method of removal with the flexible extension, that thread helped me to do the same. Patience helps too. View attachment 87815
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I didn't delete those huge emblems but replaced them with the chrome from the Grande Punto like others on here have done. That one up front doesn't fit flush and requires some persuading to fit right, lots of good info on here about that as well.
If replacing yours seems an option I looked online today at the vendor that sold me mine last year and Partsworld UK still has them at just under £80 combined.
I am also one of the unfortunate ones with the unbuffable heritage stripe and I have to admit I was pretty impressed with how the Dr. Beasley's Matte paint prescription kit took care of the leftover grime after emblem removal. View attachment 87817
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Which of the Grande Punto badges did you use. The front or tailgate badge?
 

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Just some additional info: If you have the heritage stripe, the area under the badge will be slightly darker than the rest of the matte black hood/boot. Worse yet, there will be abrasion of the paint at the outline of the badge, assumed to be from dust getting under the badge. Nothing I tried would clean up that dust line and keep the matte finish. The boot is flat under the badge; the hood is recessed under the badge
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I had planned to replace the badges with round Abarth badges from the 500 Punta. The real badges from Europe are very expensive, about $85 each or more. The inexpensive badges I ordered from Ali Express were cheap plastic "junk". Sometimes Ali comes through with good quality bargains and sometimes not so much.
If you do NOT have the heritage stripe, it's possible to buff out the paint at the badge edges and this could be the result.
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A total de-badge will require body filler and most likely total repaint of the panels.
Great feedback, you are diligent and dedicated, thank you for sharing!
 

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Mine were purchased as a set from partsworld uk and included both the front and smaller boot emblem.
I think Partsworld have sent me the wrong Grande Punto badge. See photo. They do not appear to have any sold as a front/rear set.
The badge on the left is the tailgate badge - has two bolts and two lugs and a piece in the middle which looks to be part of the lock mechanism? It measures about 90mm with a part number of 735516492. I note on their website for this part they describe two badges for before / after 11/2019 - however the dropdown selection uses 11/2009 - so I naturally ordered the post 11/2009 badge from the dropdown. I think I should have ordered the other badge which is described as having two locating lugs plus self adhesive tape.
Badge on the right has two lugs and one centre bolt and is 98mm. I think this is the right one for the front of my 124? Part number 735495891.
Can anyone verify whether I have the right or wrong badges?
Also, what's the trick for removing the plastic clips that retain the rear badge (photo).
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I want as much Abarth badging as possible I don't care how bad it is. So that way when people ask me what kind of car it is I do not have to admit its a fiat and the badge corroborates my story.
 
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