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Debadged CrewMax (partially)

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    Debadged CrewMax (partially)



    So it was a little warm this evening when I got home and I needed to mow the lawn (huge yard) but I had a few hours to kill before the sun got lower. So I looked at the truck and decided it was time to start debadging the truck. The big 5.7L V8 iForce belt buckle looks so out of place that it had to go and today was the day.

    I had read all about different ways to do it. I did it on my own with the motorcycle but that was a huge pain. I swear they used super duty double sided tape for those. I came away from that one with blisters on the thumbs, but the bike looked a LOT better. I've read of other people doing the Tundra debadge and they said it was simple. All they used was some 12 pound fishing line, a blow dryer and some bug and tar remover.

    Well, I started by gathering supplies. I usually only fly fish now and I think my heaviest tippits were 10 pound test. Course those were super thin and wouldn't last long. I had taken my nephews fishing a couple of months earlier and bought some new line for my old spinning reels we used. So I went to the small soft tackle bag I used cause I knew the line I bought was in there. Inside I found a full spool of 10 pound test line. Might be close enough to 12 pound test size to try so I went with it. No hair dryer or heat gun since I am single and have short hair. But I do happen to have some Turtle Wax brand bag and tar remover. With 66% of the supplies in hand I went to work. I started on one of the buckles. Here is a picture of the last time the badge was seen on my truck:



    Say goodbye.

    I cut off a piece of fishing line, wrapped it around my fingers and hooked the line under one corner. I slowly started sawing the fishing line back and forth and got about 1/2" of the way and it started to get a little tough. The line was getting harder to saw back and forth and then SNAP, the line broke. The line was hurting the fingers so I put on some leather work gloves and continued. I tried it again and the line broke again... and again. That was even from going at it from different corners. I had just pulled the truck in from the sun so it's not like the truck had cooled off that much.

    I decided to try a smaller easier badge. I went for the SR5 badge next. A little sawing action and it went through half way and snapped the line. So I started thinking that the line really was not enough. But I had no clue where a spool of 10 pound test line was. Then I remembered that I hadn't respooled all the fishing rods. Some still had 12 pound line on them. Went to the rods and cut off a piece of 12 pound line and tried again. Worked great and went through the double sided foam sticker great. Walked around to the tailgate and took off the Toyota badge easily. Did the other SR5 badge too, but it did break once, probably from rubbing the edge of the badge so much. The double sided stickers left on the truck came off fairly easily too. Left a little glue but that would be taken care of later.

    Went back to the first buckle. That thing would still break the line over and over. I even tried going slow but that would just cause the line to get bogged down and break. I thought maybe this was just a hard one to do. I went around to the other side and tried that one. This time I just pulled the spool off the reel and held that in one hand and wrapped the line around the other hand's finger with a glove on. It sawed through it pretty easily. I guess that first badge was just being difficult. So I went back to it. I tried a new approach. I used about 3 feet of line and used all of it in my sawing motion. That meant less stops for changing direction and less heat on a short piece of line. That way was working great. I didn't snap the line at all and the badge can off very easily.

    I decided to get all the remaining tape off before I went on to the Tundra badges and the 4x4 badge. Taking the tape off would be fun. the buckles left nearly all of the tape on the truck. That meant a lot of tape, but at least it was whole and not thin pieces. I found some parts in the middle with rectangle cut outs that had raised up when I pulled the buckle off. I started there and just left straight away from the truck. That was going slow cause the tape kept breaking. After a while I learned that if you pull at 45 degrees away from the direction you are going, the tape stays together better. That helped to pull off larger pieces. After a while all that was left were a few tiny pieces around the edge.

    I grabbed a cloth and the bug and tar remover. Put a little B&T on the cloth and dabbed it on the left over sticker. After a couple of minutes the left over tape was soft and I could lightly scratch it with off with a finger nail. Worked out great. By this time it was 7 pm and I really needed to start mowing the lawn. I did get a couple of pictures though.

    She definitely looks different. All that's left are the 3 Tundra badges and the 4x4 sticker. I think it looks good just like this, but I think it will look a little better when she's nekkid. Plus it will be easier to wash and wax.

    So use 12 pound line, no smaller. And the bug and tar remover is great for finishing off the leftover bits. And be careful. I could some line marks where I wasn't careful of the direction I was pulling the line and it rubbed the truck paint a little. This paint is soft. Also I scratched a little too hard with the finger nail and left a couple of tiny scratches. I didn't think it was too hard at the time. Allow the B&T remover some time to get the leftover sticker nice and soft.





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    Looks good Toxarch, I think I'm going to have to try this soon!
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    Looks good. I've been looking at doing this also. Will try the fishing line or the round dental floss.

    Carl

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    I'm confused as to why people do this. Are they ashamed of what they bought? But everyone has different taste... It does look good though...
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    I do it for the look. A plus, is that it is easier to wipe the truck down. One less thing to snag the washing gear on. Besides I don't get paid by Toyota for them using my truck to advertise. ;>)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Morris View Post
    I do it for the look. A plus, is that it is easier to wipe the truck down. One less thing to snag the washing gear on. Besides I don't get paid by Toyota for them using my truck to advertise. ;>)
    Same here. I love the truck. But in my opinion, cars and trucks look better without all the badges all over it. It's like putting a bunch of bumper stickers on the truck. At least the bumper stickers are personal. The truck badges are free advertising for the manufacturer. I know what I drive, I don't need to display the name for everyone. If you want to leave them then that's fine. But I prefer to remove them. And like Jim said, it's easier to wash and wax the truck without those thick badges on there. It's a personal choice just like the options you ordered on the truck.
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    whenever ive done them...

    1. use hairdryer to get HOT
    2. use marvels mystery oil...dribble on the top of badge...
    3. use dental flosh
    4. comes right off.

    The oil helps soften the gum up, and glide the line as well. doing my tundra tonight!

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    anybody try soaking with WD-40 and using floss ?? i read this somewhere a while back ?

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    I use fishing line and WD-40 with a little heat from the hair dryer....



    Mine: 07 5.7 CM 4x4 SR5 Tundra White
    MINE & His: 07 5.7 DC 4x4 TRD Tundra Radiant Red

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    Maybe its just me but i like the badging on the truck, and dont think it looks like bumper sticker heaven.
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