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Discussion in 'Kia Stinger Interior Discussion' started by Gary Naples, Feb 26, 2018.
Looking forward to receiving it. Thank you.
Been following this for a while, and pre-ordered the stinger script badge. The "version 2" badge arrived on Friday (June 8th) and just got around to working on it today.
We stuck it on directly over the existing badge, and did not like how it was raised up off the steering wheel. It looked too much like a sticker over the emblem (well, which it is... but was hoping for a clean inconspicuous install). We did not like it, so carefully peeled it off, which ruined the foam adhesive.
So, we thought to extract the existing KIA badge, which ended up being miserable. After some time of finagling and carefully pulling this badge out, here is what I find:
7 metal tabs!? Seriously KIA!?? So, instant regret.. The badge is very thin, and sits over a protrusion of plastic. I was hoping that there would be a flat recess that the new logo would fit into, but that is not the case.
Re-stickied the back of the script badge with some 3M foam body tape:
And stuck it on with very similar results, as expected. But, at least there is something there for now. The edges (as previously mentioned by others in this thread) are wrinkled, and it stands high, looking like an overlay.
Since I ruined this one in the learning process, I'll be buying another from @ImportSharkMike and try again. I'll try leaving the KIA badge off, since I pretty much ruined it getting it off anyway. If that doesn't work, I MAY try cutting out the protrusion and placing a flat piece of plastic to set the script badge on to (maybe I'll order two new script badges! ). If that fails, I'll cough up the $400 for an E logo airbag and be done with it.
All in all, not worth it. Should have left it alone. Took re-badging too far!! I agree with some folk's comments, that KIA does deserve a little credit for making such a great car. Maybe they over-complicated the steering wheel logo on purpose, as to punish us for doing this to their logos!!! The whole re-badge experience has been awful, extremely difficult, and marginal quality overall IMO. But, it is fun to watch people examine the car, and force them to ask, "what car is this"!?
Don't buy another, just inbox me your info and I'll send you one for free. Keep in mind the wrinkles do smooth out after about an hour or so--at least on this revised version. Below is how mine looks. And yes, DO NOT pull the badge off. The foam adhesive is only meant to be applied once and that's it, so you have to be ultra careful to align as perfectly as possible the first time.
Thanks @ImportSharkMike! PM sent. We will give it another go..!!
Mine Came with a white dot in the top and keep emailing mike but no answer since Friday.
Yes well these things should be brought to a company's attention BEFORE you do the install, not after. Regardless, thanks for updating your post to let people know you were already offered reimbursement.
Yes I was Offered reimbursement for half I guess you only stand by your product half way. How would I know it was defective if it had a clear plastic over it. Plus you would think it’s good quality no need to check but was wrong no worries won’t be shopping there again.
Any updates on the E-logo steering Badge? Got any pictures you could share with us or an updated timeline? Thanks
My thinking is; first and foremost this is an airbag. If it inflates things get violent really quickly. I think all those tabs are part of the don’t let this part become a launched projectile. It has to survive the the explosion and not separate from the main body. Being a logo is secondary.
Mike, just wanted to ask again, any updates on the status of the E-badge steering wheel badge? Thanks
Has anyone installed the OEM airbag assembly with the E badge? I’m thinking about purchasing it but am unable to confirm it will function on a GT LIMITED.
Just received this from
Sal’s Stinger Shop, talk about fast shipping, less than a week from Florida USA to Sydney AUS, good job
Sal & nice quality....
Although with price, shipping & exchange rate I’ll be eating beans all week...lol.
Anyway so much higher quality & look than the sticker one I had purchased previously from ImportSharkMike as detailed in above messages, it lasted one day.
looking good GT SS.
I’m waiting for the “E” badge myself... but that looks good as well.
Sal provides solid products!
Thanks @Randal, & yes
Sal has solid products.
That looks much better than the Importshark overlay. Is it a sticker or replacement?
10 bucks DIY sticker overlay
Waiting for E logo as well .. after that, my car will be fully Eefied
Mike had it made and it's pretty good. Much better than the vinyl decal overlays (first generation). These are thin but strong and get placed over/on top of the KIA logo. Lots of pictures here: OEM Style "STINGER" Steering Wheel Emblem - Kia Stinger dot com
The E one is also done. They'll likely hit the market late this week.