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Offline AustinR

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Front badge replacement
« on: July 18, 2012, 12:06:22 pm »
Platts advised me that if I undid the 4 T25 torx bolts at the top of the bumper, I should be able to get enough access behind the bumper to undo the old badge and remove it. Wrong. Can't be done. You CAN get your hand in behind the grill and feel where the badge is fixed, but no way is there enough access to undo the fixing nut. In fact, I couldn't even feel a fixing nut. The bumper has a vertical piece right where the back of the badge fits ( if you go on e-bay, there's a photo of an abarth front bumper for sale which shows this ) which completely obscures your view.
Everybody seems to say that removing the grill is a nightmare, so the only option is a full removal of the bumper. The Forge Motorsport website shows clearly how to do this, but says you need to jack up the car and put it on axle stands ( which I don't have ). Also my drive slopes, so I'm reluctant to jack it up anyway. In addition, I would imagine its probably a two person job to manhandle the bumper off, and as there's only me and the missus, who wouldn't be too impressed with a request for such assistance, that's probably a non starter too.
So my final option is to ask Platts to do it. I wonder how much they'd charge ? Will make enquiries in due course and report back.
In meantime, might bring my badge along to the MITCAR day at Elvaston Castle next month and seek advice from any Abarthisti who are there on the best/easiest way to fit it.

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    Offline Andrew

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    Re: Front badge replacement
    « Reply #1 on: July 18, 2012, 12:26:51 pm »
    I'll be taking my front bumper off this weekend so I'll let you know how I get on  :thumb:
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    Offline azbo87

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    Re: Front badge replacement
    « Reply #2 on: July 18, 2012, 01:03:34 pm »
    It can be done without jacking up as with the as I have done it several times without jacking up and on an incline.

    I followed the forge guide there is only really two tricky T25 screws this is where you pull the arch liner out and have to undo the T25 screw holding the bumper to the wing as you have to get your arm up inbetween the arch liner and the bumper.

    Each time I've done it I have done it by myself with no help if I was at a meet and you were going I'd offer to do it there and then but not planning to go to any at the moment though.

    I know it may seem difficult if you have not done this before (I was once in that position) but once you have done it once you will wonder why you thought it would be difficult.
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    Re: Front badge replacement
    « Reply #3 on: July 18, 2012, 01:21:24 pm »
    I'll keep an eye on this thread too - the front madge on mine has begun to 'white up' on the chrome edging of the actual logo. PITA  >:(
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    Re: Front badge replacement
    « Reply #4 on: July 18, 2012, 10:39:21 pm »

    As azbo87 says it's really not that difficult, once you've done it once you'll wonder what all the fuss was about.  Taken mine off a few times now and there is no problem doing it on your own providing you have no missing limbs. 

    One piece of advice . . . before you remove the bumper prepare somewhere to put it down, a big blanket or something.  Nothing worse than having the bumper in your arms walking round in circles looking for somewhere to put it  :P

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    Re: Front badge replacement
    « Reply #5 on: August 02, 2012, 11:35:38 am »
    Thanks for all the advice on how to remove my front bumper but I'm afraid I've bottled out and booked the car into Platts tomorrow to change the badge. No idea how much it will cost but i'll post the answer here when I get back. Hopefully will be going to Elvaston castle on Sunday so anybody going can see the finished job. I must say these Abarth badges on the GPA don't seem to be very good quality, and I notice somebody else on here has mentioned problems with deterioration of the finish. The front badges on the A500 look to be better quality.
    I've also got a new rear badge but will be attempting the replacement of that myself. From everything I've read it appears to be a case of careful use of a hairdryer and a suitably protected screwdriver to gently lever it off.

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    Re: Front badge replacement
    « Reply #6 on: August 03, 2012, 12:12:44 pm »
    Badge replaced. Cost £ 48 labour ! The mechanic was working on it for over an hour. He didn't remove the front bumper but somehow managed to do it by removing the top torx bolts and fiddling down behind the grill. Said he used a ratchet spanner. I hadn't asked for a quote on the job but was still a little suprised at the cost. The service manager said he was only charging for half an hour's labour, so I suppose it could have been worse. Or maybe I should have just left the original badge on........
    When I got home I set about replacing the rear badge. Nightmare ! See my seperate post.

     

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