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#1 (permalink) Old 11-25-2004, 07:45 PM
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Hey guys.. I was just wondering b/c I have seen it mentioned here a few times about removing the 'badge' from the back of the car.. Can i ask why anyone would want to do that? and yes I am a noob.. thx for any info.
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lots of reasons. Cause it looks stealth, just looks cleaner, or because it no longer accurately identifies your car.

Take me for example. My car started life as a 1995 325is and was badged as such. No longer the case. Not by a long shot.

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others remove there badge, because there ashamed of there small engined BMW.
Though this may be more common in europe and other countries, where u have a E46 3-series range from, 318i, 320i 325i 330i etc... even though, from the outside, physically they look identical, only the badge tells them apart (and people with a keen eye, can spot exhaust and different wheel packages). So people with a lesser BMW (ie, 318i) may want to debadge their BMW so others don't know its a base model BMW.

Ask a person with an M3 or a 330Ci, would they debadge theirs?? very doubtful!!! esspecailly the M3
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I think people try to let other drivers think they have a larger engine in there than they really have in them.
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others remove there badge, because there ashamed of there small engined BMW.
Though this may be more common in europe and other countries, where u have a E46 3-series range from, 318i, 320i 325i 330i etc... even though, from the outside, physically they look identical, only the badge tells them apart (and people with a keen eye, can spot exhaust and different wheel packages). So people with a lesser BMW (ie, 318i) may want to debadge their BMW so others don't know its a base model BMW.

Ask a person with an M3 or a 330Ci, would they debadge theirs?? very doubtful!!! esspecailly the M3
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Well I've de-badged my 330i touring. Made the decision 'cos I didn't want the neighbours / local toe-rags knowing how much I'd spent on my car. Still, nice side effect is that every boy racer assumes that I've got a 316 or 318 and takes me on at the lights, unfortunatily I can't make out the look on their face in the rear view mirror...
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some people do it also because it adds a more aggresive look to the car after u soup it up its plain and ppl think thats nice sumtimes
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yeah i did it on mine, it looks much cleaner, but its just a preference,

a lot of people like to advertise thier badge.

i just do it for me, i dont care what other people think
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thats very tru look at this car for example below ...i dont think he wants to hide anything LOL look a that thing yet he removed his badge
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I have seem few E46 M3's debaged only cause it looks cleaner from the back. Alot of people do it benz also. It just looks better.
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I remember this, when I was ordering my 325, that question came up - do you want it debadged? And I asked the sales person "why on Earth would I want that?! One less thing for people to pry off with a screwdriver?" didn't think of it till you asked here but a debadged 325 could just as well be a 316. Nahhh.. I'd rather my neighbours DID know what I spent on the car bloody lexus owners..

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If only I could get the badge replaced... Might be nice to drive around in a BMW 666Ci, as opposed to a 330Ci.
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To me it says "This car was wrecked and the painter was too lazy to put all the hardware back on."
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I debadged my car because i thought it gave a nice uniform look to the rear end, especially with the BMW symbol right in the middle, it sets the car off. Plus i think the badges look like crap especially on the older cars like my e30.

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hmmmm anyone know how to debadge the numbers and the badge properly? will i see holes or marks once i take it off or somethin? i dunno but apparently, i heard the bmw dealer in cagary debadges for free.... so the person said at the counter.
And the deal with the debadging.... its mostly opnions but quite frankly i don't think its because people are 'ashamed' of their bmw..... i mean... a bmw is a bmw... previously when i didn't have the bmw i have the jetta... and people were all like... oh what car.. i say jetta, then they say... oh welll... what year? but lately, when people aske which car... i say bmw and they don't ask about the year... cuz people know a bmw is a bmw.

yah some have more horsepower, but i don't think its a good reason to say that u are ashamed... esp. people who know bmw's inside out, they can just look at the side of the car, i will be able to tell you at least the year and the model.

i mean, i know people who have a 330i, and got dinan to do alot of work (and once dinan do some work on the car, u can get the Dinan 3 badge), but they even removed that... i totally agree about the stealth look. I want it done simply because it gives not only a stealth look, but a much... cleaner look. plus, i really don't like these numbers and stuff on the back.... i dunno that's my opinion. anyways, yah if someone could tell me how to debadge the car..... properly!!! that would be great thanks.
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get a screw driver or any piece of metal and put it behind the number and slide it under from the top then take it out and do it from the bottom of the number then pull the number out its only held on my double sided tape then ur gonna find soem blak stuf (tape) so just scrape it off BUT BE SURE U DONT SCRATCH THE CAR take care
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