I am new to the forum but I keep reading about "de-badging" Can someone tell
me the pros-cons of this.
I am new to the forum but I keep reading about "de-badging" Can someone tell
me the pros-cons of this.
Welcome to the club, TundrasrockOriginally Posted by TUNDRASROCK
Have you had a chance to check out my Interior/Exterior FAQ thread? I have a lot of informative threads regarding debadging in that FAQ.
But, a few quick pros/cons for you:
-Smoother look to the body
-Easier to wax/polish
-Good for those who don't want to be a rolling advertisement
-Some people mistake your truck for a F-150
-If it's an older truck, you may get 'ghosting' where the old badges were
-Not much else that I can think of
I myself have a debadged truck. You can check my gallery for some pics of it. But be sure to check out that FAQ because there is some great info to be read. Take it easy!
-Austin (Interior/Exterior Forum Moderator)
I agree with Austin.Originally Posted by atrdnut
Antoher pro is the weight to HP ratio benifits! I like to tell people that mistake it for a F-150 that an F-150 couldn't look this good! LOL
2003 Tundra 4x4 Access cab V-8, SR5, Silver Sky Metallic, TRD Off-Road package, Tow package, LSD, cold weather prep. package, Running boards, Convienence Package, Line-X bedliner, debadged, 4 window visors, Blue Cyber Eyes, $5 rs3200 upgrade , Fog light mod.
2005 Sienna LE 8 PAX, White, Full Curtain airbags, Tow prep package, VSC, Rear Disk brakes, rear audio, aftermarket entertainment center(will be bought soon)
I'm a proud Toyota Bigot!!!
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Originally Posted by atrdnut
I get "Tacoma" alot.
I love the clean look of de-badging... especially on a black truck.
2001 Toyota Tundra TRD Ivan Stewart Signature Edition
I took mine off basically to facilitate cleaning and waxing. Those badges became dirt traps and an eye sore to me.
Spintech 3332XL Muffler | Hellwig Rear Anti-Sway Bar | Updated 2005 Tail Lights | Updated 2003 Alloy Wheels | AMSOIL OAF-15 Oil Filter | Ultra-Strong Oil Filter Magnet | Synthetic Fluids all around | Line-X Bedliner | Osram Silverstars | Michelin LTX M/S tires | Custom Grille w/updated Body Panels | De-Badged | Optima Spiral Cell Gel Battery
I can also think of another con. It can potentially hurt resale/trade-in value. If you ever plan on trading your truck in, it could hurt. I plan on driving my truck for a while (may trade in for a new hybrid Tundra) so it is of a small concern to me.Originally Posted by atrdnut
Yeah, I love the looks of my debadged pickup, and I'd love to remove all traces of Toyota remaining (wheels, steering wheel) to throw people for a real loop. I haven't had anyone mistake my truck for a F-150 or Tacoma, though.
Invid, I agree with you 100% about cleaning the truck. It is SO much easier without those badges and decals in the way. I also took off my TRD Off-Road stickers when I debadged. For me, here is the pros and cons as I see them in the order of importance with some notes/comments for thought;
* - Easier to clean/maintain exterior appearance. Now, if I could replace the body side molding with an OEM quality replacement, but in the same color as my truck.
* - As atrdnut mentioned, not as big of a rolling advertisement. Toyota is apparently mighty proud of their trucks. Have you seen the badging on a fully loaded Tacoma? Overboard!
* - An easy to obtain custom look. Once you debadge, you'll probably see it as I did and think "Dang, this truck was supposed to look like this to begin with!"
* - Can hurt your resale/trade-in value. Some people, like dealerships, may not appreciate the custom look as much as you do.
* - Potential ghosting/fading issues on older darker trucks when debadged. If you are going to debadge, do it as quickly as possible to prevent problems.
* - Some people might insult you for "mistaking" your truck for a different make & model. I have yet to have it happen to me, outside of the family. My parents call it the "Foryota" because the front end looks like my parents' 2003 F-150.
My ePinions Review on the 2003 Tundra:
MY TUNDRA: Desert Sand Mica, 2003 SR5 Toyota Tundra Access Cab, with (debadged) TRD Off-Road Package.
CURRENT ADD-ONS, BOLT-ONS, SLAP-INS & MODIFICATIONS:
EXTERNAL: Toyota of Dallas Sports Grille, Performance Products bed mat, PIAA silicon wiper blades, Sylvania Silverstar headlight bulbs, Bully stainless steel nerf bars, debadged of all labels & insignias externally, Stant 10509 locking gas cap/cover, bullet style valve stem covers, OEM Tow Package (130A alternator, transmission cooler, etc.), 2" blind spot mirrors (Wal-Mart parking lot aids), 12" stubbie antenna, color-keyed door edge trim, clear front corners.
INTERNAL: OEM dash cover, super white/blue xenon interior lights (look awesome at night), Wheelskins sand colored steering wheel cover, OBX sports pedals, map light mod, Tundra labeled door sill protectors.
And, a lot more to come!
All I have to do now is invest in the Redneck Retirement System*, then I can finish with all the modifications I want on my truck.
* - Redneck Retirement System: Winning the State Lottery.
One of the best pros is that it's potentially free, for such a vast visual upgrade. But the more money you spend, the easier it becomes. I spent a total of $30, only on the pinstripe removal wheel.
Performance Upgrades: None as of yet
Visual Upgrades: Blackout Tail-Light Covers, Super GT-X Headlight Bulbs, New Black Rims!
Efficiency: Removing badges improves aerodynamics and decreases weight, increasing gas mileage by .0000018 miles per gallon.
wherever you go, there you are
Sweet! No wonder I've been getting 301 miles to the tank, and not 300.Originally Posted by nucleus
just because...the truck looks soooooo much better without those GIGANTIC chrome badges plastered all over the sides and tailgate!
Originally Posted by UsE_To_RoCk
I totally agree! Those monster-size badges are just a little over the top for me. It sure does make cleaning easier, too.
2004 Salsa Red Pearl DC Limited 4x2
Accessory Meter / Leather / LSD / Moonroof / Tow Package / Rear DVD System / Challenger Step Boards / Carpet Mats / Toyoguard
Debadged / Line-X / Window Tint to Match Rears / Hellwig Anti-Sway Bar / ORW Steering Rack Bushings / RAPS / VSE Subwoofer / Pop&Lock Power Tailgate Lock / Unichip / JBA's / Gibson Exhaust
because " WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' BADGES!!!"Originally Posted by TUNDRASROCK
sorry couldn't resist the movie quote!!!
"I don't want to change the world I just want to leave it colder"
2004 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4X4 (7844A), Phantom Grey Pearl, All weather guard package, fog lamps,keyless entry, 17" AA wheels, towing package, color-keyed overfenders, 4.1mm Limited Slip Diffy, Delux 3-in-1 JBL stereo, privacy glass, floor mats with sill protectors, bed extender
MODS- BFG Mud Terrain T/A KM's (255/75R17), 17" KMC Venom 755 rims, Line-X, Retrax, Onki nerf boards (part #328078), Wade vent visors (part #88401) , TracRac (rail # OL-21609), Ultimate Fly Fishing Rod transporter, Spin Caster Rod holder in bed, Recon bedlights fully adjustable w/"nightvision", HitchSafe, Weathertech floor liners (part #46030-1&2, grey), debadged, visors destickered, rear window stop disabled, dynolock/PL8500 power tailgate lock, tailgate protector mod with detachable floormat, Stebel Nautilus Compact Truck Air horn (300Hz), quick fist flashlight holder (all in photo gallery).....more custom suprises on the way!!
You have to stick the badge on your garage wall to remember which is the truck parking spot.
From a different perspective, I'm proud that it's a TOYOTA. I'd like people to know that it's a reliable brand and not mistaken it for an American built. I'm quite proud of my HL and feel that the factory badging on it isn't bad or excessive whatsoever.
Look at Chevrolet's. LMAO! Their entire tailgate has their brand literally embossed in the metal. I guess it's so it's easier for the tow truck to find it from a distance.
I wouldn't want random strangers calling me a towtruck whenever I stop at the side of the road to use my phone because they think it's a GM or FORD, etc...
I really like the look of no badges too, but I love the look of people pulling up to my truck, looking over and I see one of them mouth, "That's a Toyota? " even more!
I leave mine on for the simple fact that I am proud to own such a great vehicle and I want other people to know exactly what it is. I have been struggling over taking them off, but for now, they stay on and I clean them meticulously.
For those of you who have taken them off, no offense is meant here. In fact, I think it looks sooooo good without them. In typical Tundra owner fashion, I don't think you can make one look bad as long as it's straight and clean IMO!
05 White TRD D-Cab, SR5, Limited slip, 20" TRD Enkei's with BFGoodrich G-Force TA NT, All weather guard package, factory rear privacy glass with matching front door tint, Toyota bedliner plus bed mat, Toyota/A.R.E. color keyed tonneau cover, overhead console with temp, compass and Homelink, Toyota/Gentex electrochromatic mirror, keyless, mats, TRD aluminum front skidplate, Toyota/Bazooka VSE 100 watt self-powered subwoofer, TRD stainless exhaust tip, door sill guards, Custom TRD matched pin striping with Toyota logos, painted calipers with TRD letters, TRD billet aluminum third brake light cover with true TRD letters, Pioneer AVIC D-3 GPS head unit with IP Buss controlled Pioneer XM radio tuner and iPod interface, Pac remote(maintains steering wheel controls) Polk Audio speakers DB675 two way in rear, Polk DB6750 components in front powered by a Polk C400.4 4 channel amp, seperate amped Aura Pro Bass Shakers under each front seat, Bazooka EL series 8" 100 watt self-powered subwoofer with Polk Momo driver with quick disconnect, Memphis tweeters in rear, back-up sensors (very handy), foglight mod, Sylvania Silverstars in both head and fog lights, added rear halogen back-up lighting, BellTech 6700 1" lowering shackles, Hellwig anti-sway bar, Magnaflow 14586 Stainless muffler, Wheelskins two-tone leather steering wheel cover, Ventvisors for side and rear windows, custom lower grill insert, Hoppy tailgate spring. More to come!
Very funny Scotty, now beam up my clothes!