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Hey gang, just wanted to share what the OEM black bowties look like once installed.

The GM part number for the kit is 84047181.

The front emblem is held in place by some prongs and four plastic spring type clips that are molded into the back of it. The instructions with the kit say to snip off or push the original emblem clips to the side in order to remove it, but I was able to just pull on one side at a time and detach it from the car without breaking anything. If you go by the instructions it looks like you'd probably have to remove the front grill in order to access the rear of the emblem. Much easier to just yank it off from the front. The new black emblem snaps right on in the same way and since it uses the posts and clips it is perfectly aligned.

The rear emblem is more of a pain. It's just stuck on the back of the car with really strong adhesive. The instructions with the kit say to mark off where the emblem goes with erasable marker or masking tape, but on our cars this isn't really necessary as the plastic where the emblem sits is molded in the exact shape of the emblem so you can't really mess it up and put it in the wrong place. The adhesive is super strong. It would be best if you could heat it up with a heat gun or hair dryer (which is what the instructions suggest), but being that I didn't have one of those handy I just used a plastic interior panel pry tool and was able to pull enough of the emblem away for me to get a grip on it and then pull the whole thing off pretty cleanly. There was some residual adhesive left on the car but that was easily removed by carefully pulling it away from the car while constantly adjusting the grip so I was always pulling from the piece very close to the car (if you pull it too far without adjusting your grip it will just rip). After that was done I wiped the area down with the included alcohol prep pad and then stuck the new emblem on by just lining it up with the part of the black plastic that is shaped exactly like the bowtie.

I really like the look of the black emblems on my gray car... the yellow was too distracting for me. Now if I can just find a way to change out the wheel center caps to get rid of all the yellow... and the center of the steering wheel...
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Very nice! I have the same color and found that the gold logo looked out of place. Where did you purchase the emblems and how much did you pay? Thanks!
 

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VoltFish, do you think you could perhaps sketch out roughly what the holes look like? Or upload a scan/pic of the part as is from the installation instructions? I'm trying to picture what it would look like if you removed the emblem and just maybe sealed the holes. I'm not sure how, but I'd have to see the holes first.
 

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VoltFish, do you think you could perhaps sketch out roughly what the holes look like? Or upload a scan/pic of the part as is from the installation instructions? I'm trying to picture what it would look like if you removed the emblem and just maybe sealed the holes. I'm not sure how, but I'd have to see the holes first.
Here's the diagram of the front emblem from the instructions and also pictures of the backs of the emblems I removed. As you can see, the diagram from the instructions is nothing like what the actual emblem looks like so don't go by the diagram. I think the front emblem mounting location just has the holes that are needed to receive the emblem, but the back location has a bunch of recessed areas all around the mounting location - it's not just a flat spot for the emblem to stick to like you would expect it to be.

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Why is that?
Because any random teenager with a bad attitude who finds out could just walk up and snatch it for kicks? When I was in high school a friend had a Cadillac hood ornament fetish and quite a collection of stolen ones.

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I went a different route for about 20 cents an emblem and $6.00 a wheel.







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Because any random teenager with a bad attitude who finds out could just walk up and snatch it for kicks? When I was in high school a friend had a Cadillac hood ornament fetish and quite a collection of stolen ones.

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Let us know if that happens lol
 

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This isn't different than any other GM vehicle. I could easily remove the GMC logo on my Sierra.

I would like to see this: http://www.gm-trucks.com/forums/topic/193643-Anyone-Has-The-New-GM-Illuminated-Bowties?#entry1886508

Wonder if it is the same size as our bowtie?
Yep. My 2000 GMC emblem was easy to swap with a nice billet version. My 2007 Trailblazer SS as well. I'm stuck with the ugly gold front bowtie on my 2012 Volt, so I used vinyl to 'chrome' it as a last resort :(

I have never, ever heard of someone just outright stealing a plastic emblem from any vehicle made since they made hood ornaments :)
 

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Here's the diagram of the front emblem from the instructions and also pictures of the backs of the emblems I removed. As you can see, the diagram from the instructions is nothing like what the actual emblem looks like so don't go by the diagram. I think the front emblem mounting location just has the holes that are needed to receive the emblem, but the back location has a bunch of recessed areas all around the mounting location - it's not just a flat spot for the emblem to stick to like you would expect it to be.
Thank you, VoltFish! Holes look a bit too big to cover, but looks like there's plenty of empty space/cavity in the emblem itself to stick some LEDs...

This isn't different than any other GM vehicle. I could easily remove the GMC logo on my Sierra.

I would like to see this: http://www.gm-trucks.com/forums/topic/193643-Anyone-Has-The-New-GM-Illuminated-Bowties?#entry1886508

Wonder if it is the same size as our bowtie?
...and mimic the above! I'm going to see if a friend can 3D print a translucent logo for me that matches the above pics. I think they have translucent resin for 3D printers (maybe not clear, but translucent). Neck is figuring out power for the thing. I'll probably not do it (lazy), but still curious how much effort it would take.
 

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Yep. My 2000 GMC emblem was easy to swap with a nice billet version. My 2007 Trailblazer SS as well. I'm stuck with the ugly gold front bowtie on my 2012 Volt, so I used vinyl to 'chrome' it as a last resort :(

I have never, ever heard of someone just outright stealing a plastic emblem from any vehicle made since they made hood ornaments :)
My 2002 Chevy Cavalier had its front bowtie stolen when it was only a couple years old. Punks.
 
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