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View Poll Results: Would do/would you do if your car fell prey?
Get new parts from an authorized source,everytime. 189 36.63%
Hit the grey market/chor bazaar, everytime. 58 11.24%
Use an authorized source the first time, got fed up the second time and gave in to an unoffical source. 156 30.23%
I dont care, just let the parts remain off. 113 21.90%
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Old 11th April 2012, 11:13   #601
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Happened again. Third time now. From different locations in South Bombay. Good localities all.
I am worried that this time they should not break your plastic grill away in trying to remove the logo, that would be more damaging than anything.

Why dont you look at something like a good quality plastic logo with chrome finish. You can get it made with a local manufacturer who does plastic die work, with the die and material wont cost much as a one time cost + the advantage, if they remove it breaks so useless for the thieves.
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I am worried that this time they should not break your plastic grill away in trying to remove the logo, that would be more damaging than anything.

Why dont you look at something like a good quality plastic logo with chrome finish. You can get it made with a local manufacturer who does plastic die work, with the die and material wont cost much as a one time cost + the advantage, if they remove it breaks so useless for the thieves.
Exactly that is what a BMW 3 series owner did here, fed up of logos being ripped. He bought cheap Bmw stickers and pasted them on hood and bonnet.
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Thanks. Let me ask around if someone can find me a solution. Or i'll ask my denter to cover the logo with a thin layer of filler and spray paint the whole thing matt black again and it will become an integral unit. What say?
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Thanks. Let me ask around if someone can find me a solution. Or i'll ask my denter to cover the logo with a thin layer of filler and spray paint the whole thing matt black again and it will become an integral unit. What say?
Might work. The thief might think the logo's already been stolen and leave it alone. On the other hand, he may be a clever bugger and flick the black logo... may sell at a higher premium due to the novelty factor!
It's probably been said many times on this thread, but this is such a sickening phenomenon. Ultimate irony - recently spotted a logo-less Merc standing next to an auto with a shiny 3 pointed star sitting proudly on its behind :(
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A very disturbing trend, I heard that theft is mostly done by school student at least in Nagpur, there was news item in news paper too, they pick this easily and are less suspected to do anything like this and that's why they do this and sale them to local garage who sell them as second hand to people who need them. A school boys gang was caught by local police and that's how this came to light. Be sure to check if you see some unknown boys around you prized possession !
I see lot of this happening to VW and Skoda in the middle range as they have a very prominent logo and looks very bad once they are not there
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Old 18th April 2012, 09:37   #606
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My Civic Boot-lid and Front grill logos were stolen last evening between 5 PM and 8 PM. And Frankly speaking, even if we got the car Pre-Worshipped (just 6 months back :( ), it is depressing to see it in such a state.
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On a witty note, saw a fabia in front of me last night & right where the logo usually stands ,there stood a white circular sticker which said 'STOLEN'.
Since it was pretty dark i could not make out if he had actually done that OVER the logo which might actually be there or perhaps could be nicked and he came up with this.
Whatever the scenario kidding or serious ,i say the guy had a wicked sense of humor .
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First 3 letters "MOD" (unintended pun!) of the steel MODI HYUNDAI emblem at the back of new i10 purchased 3 weeks ago are ripped off, while either parked in my society in broad daylight or while I had parked it at mulund check naka for tea and cigarette late last night, where I wasn't too far away from the car for too long. I don't drive it to work, hence I only noticed it in the evening while returning from work. My heart sank when I noticed it while passing, I didn't dare go up close and check for any damage. I wonder how they must've done it. Does it scrape the colour underneath? Is there any harm to the body other than the style?
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Saw this VW without the logo on last Sunday night at the parking lot of Obron Mall. Logo, Stolen or lost, is missing.
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The star costs 3k each time and i'm extremely angry. Last two times i had used araldite to fix the star and last time also applied feviquik to the edges. Car was parked for ten minutes on the road and the star was gone.

So this morning, armed with a couple of wire ties i went and secured the start to the grill in an attempt to hopefully deter the thieves (in addition to the concoction of araldite and feviquik):
I think that plastic ties are same as used for locking poly-bags by Super-markets. The plastic is of soft quality and can be easily cut with a blade. It really wont serve the purpose, rather use a thin Galvanized wire. I usually cut those poly-bag locks with a paper knife and it cuts like butter smooth.

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Plastic ties can be easily cut with a blade. I really doubt that they will provide any protection.

You could use a metal wire to secure the logo. A metal wire cannot be cut easily, the thief would need a tool like a plier to cut a metal wire.

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A friend of mine has actually done it for his VW badge. I don't have the snaps after fastening, will post them as soon as I get them.
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Here are the snaps of new VW badge, it almost looks like original and made of plastic (not sure if the original is also a plastic one or chrome plated metal). He got it for 1000 bucks without bargain from Nanapeth, Pune.

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You get the original from VW for some 1700/- why buy fakes for 1000?
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First 3 letters "MOD" (unintended pun!) of the steel MODI HYUNDAI emblem at the back of new i10 purchased 3 weeks ago are ripped off, while either parked in my society in broad daylight or while I had parked it at mulund check naka for tea and cigarette late last night, where I wasn't too far away from the car for too long.
If thats a dealer logo thats been taken off, I would just take off the rest of it. But then I am not someone who likes to have any dealer specific stuff on my car. Perhaps you have a different opinion. I hope there is no harm done to your car.
Who would want to flick a Mod emblem?! is that an abbreviation for other terms or is it a different word when fitted upside down?

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You get the original from VW for some 1700/- why buy fakes for 1000?
Your signature is a bit ironic noopster!
Unless iSpoke has put in a typo and intended to say 100 bucks, I would not buy a fake one for that price too.

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There are a couple of solutions to this issue. Both have been tested by us ( a couple of DIYers) and it worked pretty well.


1 - Instead of using araldite (or epoxy adhesive), use a rubber based adhesive like Fevibond or StikFast. Remember to let the glue dry for atleast 10 mins (warm temperatures) to 20 minutes (cool temperatures) and ensure there is no water there before you stick the surfaces.
Logic - Epoxy adhesives harden and typically the support they provide will reduce due to the shocks it receives. Resin/rubber adhesives tend to absorb shock better (know this from my colleagues on shop floor).

2 - For solid logos (BMW, Skoda) fill the area around the logo (in case it is recessed) with silicon glue (ResiBond69). this will not allow the thief to easily insert a screw driver below the logo. The glue is almost transparent and will not come off easily. For raised solid logos (BMW front), surround the logo with a ring of telephone wire which has been treated with silicon glue.


3 - For logos with gaps (MB, VW, etc) - Tie it down with elastic (yes you read it right!). Elastic (not from your underwear) but the kind that is thin (typically covered with cloth sheath). You should be able to get it from shops which have tailoring stuff. The elastic you need is very thin.It will be barely visible and is pretty difficult to cut off, esp if tied tight. And over this you can put a plastic tie. The thief will try to cut the plastic tie but the elastic will not let that happen. Just ensure that the elastic is exactly below the plastic tie (hidden).

P.S.: An easy places to get the elastic is from Bra's. Underwired ones even have some nice wire which is sheathed and cannot be cut easily. The only difficult part to explain why it is needed
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1 - Instead of using araldite (or epoxy adhesive), use a rubber based adhesive like Fevibond or StikFast. Remember to let the glue dry for atleast 10 mins (warm temperatures) to 20 minutes (cool temperatures) and ensure there is no water there before you stick the surfaces.


2 - For solid logos (BMW, Skoda) fill the area around the logo (in case it is recessed) with silicon glue (ResiBond69). this will not allow the thief to easily insert a screw driver below the logo. The glue is almost transparent and will not come off easily. For raised solid logos (BMW front), surround the logo with a ring of telephone wire which has been treated with silicon glue.

Just noted today that my front Logo of the BMW was not straight. On close inspection, it had actually come off loose. But i'm so glad its still with me and not stolen. I took it off. The back side had a soft sticky glue which was creamish in colour. (maybe Maverick can tell us, what the company uses)

Luckily due to torquecurve's post, will get myself some Resibond69 tomorrow. Just wanted to confirm, Should I be using Resibond69 only or alongwith Fevibond & secondly, I didn't quite understand the part of the telephone wire. Could you explain that. Or did you mean, after the logo is glued, attach a transparent wire of the inside of the telephone wire over the periphery so that there's no gap to insert a screwdriver. ??
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