Hello, new to this forum and new to owning a Kia. I purchased a 2011 Kia Sorento last week. Got a good deal on it and it only has 49K miles on it. So far I'm liking everything, except the head unit (navigation, stereo, backup camera, etc...) is very slow and has lots of lag.
Anyways, I searched the forum and found a few existing threads on badge replacement but none for the 2011 model year.
I ordered my emblems from the k5 optima store
I got the 3-piece set, Front-Rear-Steering Wheel, since I have the chrome wheels I didn't want the wheel caps.
The rear emblem is held on by just adhesive, but there are 2 prongs on the both sides on the backside of the emblem. I used a small screwdriver (along with an old tshirt to prevent scratching) to slightly pry one side of the emblem...just enough to get my fishing line behind the emblem.
I used a really long piece of fishing line, folded it over 5 times, so I was basically using 5 pieces of fishing line. I tried using just 1 and it broke quickly. I also used a hairdryer to heat up the emblem and get the adhesive warm and gooey (easier to cut through).
I added pictures of the prongs and finished installation of the rear.
The steering wheel was really easy. I tried to use blue painters tape around the outside of the emblem, but I think I had too much cleaner or protectant on my steering wheel b/c the tape didnt stick. So I just used a small flat head and pryed one side up, then just pulled it straight back, took like 30 seconds and didnt damage the steering wheel at all. Cleaned the surface and installed new one, easy....
So now here is where I am stuck, the front emblem. First of all, the emblem I ordered doesnt look like the correct size, Ill post those pictures on post #2
since I've ran out of upload space.
The stock emblem is wider than this new one I ordered.
Also, I've read that the stock emblems just "pop off", but as you can see from the pics of the back of the emblem, there doesnt appear to be anything to pop off.
Does it look like I have the correct size for the front? How do I get the stock emblem off?