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Hi there,

I hate the crappy KIA logo, so I think I'm going to re-badge my Optima with the stylized "K".

However, looking on ebay a 7 piece set (hood, trunk, steering wheel and all 4 tires) is about $95 shipped here to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Has anyone else found a cheaper place to get them? I looked through some of the threads on here, but they all seemed to reference ebay links.

Thanks in advance,

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Personally I think the stylized K emblems everyone's been putting on look pretty tacky, and cheaper than the Kia emblem, but to each his own. Don't think you're going to get the badges for any cheaper, as those are already ebay prices. Maybe if you could find a seller that is based in Canada, the shipping might be more reasonable.
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Personally I think the stylized K emblems everyone's been putting on look pretty tacky, and cheaper than the Kia emblem, but to each his own.
I'm with you on that one.

As for the original poster, see this thread: Korean Badge 7pc Set for $68 Shipped (pics) - Optima Forums : Kia Optima Forum
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Personally I think the stylized K emblems everyone's been putting on look pretty tacky, and cheaper than the Kia emblem, but to each his own.
Very much agreed. It doesn't look like much of anything, and no-name badges, much like no-name brand products, come across as cheap and knock-offish. You wouldn't buy a "Bolex" watch, or a "Fony" television, why would you want a "vague, sorta-half-k" car?
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The stylized K badge is the original KIA logo in Korea, at least that is my understanding.

I like the logo myself and would rather have had that than just 'KIA' badged on the car, but I'm not going to try an change it, I don't have faith that the aftermarket stuff will be up to the same quality.

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I won't ever change the badges on my car, I'll just quietly wish that Kia had used that logo in the U.S. It's much better to have an emblem with some artistry to it than to drive around in a car with "Killed In Action" stamped on it.
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The stylized K badge is the original KIA logo in Korea, at least that is my understanding.
I think this one is the one the badges people are getting are based off of:

http://car-logos.50webs.com/logo/kia/kia4.gif

So while it partially resembles it (The one people are using is definitely modernized, taking out the double line and the curvyness and whatnot), it's not an official kia logo at all.
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The stylized K badge is the original KIA logo in Korea, at least that is my understanding.

I like the logo myself and would rather have had that than just 'KIA' badged on the car, but I'm not going to try an change it, I don't have faith that the aftermarket stuff will be up to the same quality.
Looking up Kia K5 and Kia K7 on youtube and google both show the Kia badge being exactly the same as ours...Some videos are definitely in Korean, and they use the same badges.
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They use the KIA badge in Korea, same as US.
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Thanks metros11, I've e-mailed him to see if he will ship to Canada.

I find the KIA "logo" to be really ugly.
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