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  1. Zane Merva Executive Editor / Publisher - GM-Trucks.com Februrary 7th, 2019 Yesterday we brought you an exclusive look at the new logo for the 2020 C8 Corvette in a digital high-resolution format. Although the logo had been previously rendered through a leaked key fob passing through FCC certification, GM-Trucks.com gave you the very first official version of the emblem in digital format. Today, we've got part two and it's even better: A brand new, never before seen, blacked out version of the 2020 Corvette's iconic emblem The corresponding gauge cluster startup animation Your first look at the brand new Corvette script First things first, what's a startup animation? Well, these days a lot of new GM products use an LCD display in the gauge cluster, or even use a display as the entire gauge cluster. The C7 Corvette (and now C8) uses a large 8-ish inch screen for most of the gauge cluster. When you open the door, the gauge cluster "starts up" showing an animation, usually with the Chevrolet logo or in this case the Corvette's logo and script. Our 2019 Silverado LTZ has a Chevy Logo animate on it's 4 inch gauge cluster display. This is a C7's Gauge Cluster. See that huge screen? The C8 is going to have a variation of that. Maybe the same, maybe larger. Interesting to note, this crossed flags emblem is not the same as the logo we leaked yesterday. Instead of a chrome surround it sports a blacked out trim. It looks mean, nasty, and one may presume it just may be destined for a performance variant of the Corvette. Is this the emblem for the rumored Zora model? We won't comment specifically on how we obtained this animation. We can say it was collected from publicly available file by a third party and passed along to us. This is the gauge cluster start up animation for the up-level (Zora?) 2020 C8 Corvette Here's a closer look at that blacked out emblem variation And here's a closer look at the 2020 Corvette Logo Script- which has evolved from it's C7 form Here's the C7 logo and script for comparison What do you think? Are you excited for the Corvette to go mid-engine? Do you think Chevy's graphical updates to the logo and script are living up to the hype of the 2020 Corvette?
  2. Hey all, I installed the OEM black GMC letters on my AT4 this weekend and thought I would pass this shortcut along. If you don't mind being a bit destructive and want to take the easy route - just pry the red insert off of the factory emblems and it exposes the retaining clips. Insert a screw driver and they pop right off. No grill removal required. I had one or two tangs that didn't immediately snap back in on the new emblems. apply a bit of pressure to the grill tab with either your finger or a flat blade screw driver from behind until it clicks. You are good to go.
  3. Zane & Josh Merva GM-Trucks.com Ready to make your truck stand out in the crowd? Swap your stock Chevy or GMC emblem in for something that really stands out, a color matched billet aluminum insert. We install and review a set from American Brother Designs. Product Reviewed & Cost: American Brother Designs GMC Color Matched Billet Emblem Inserts: $124.99 w/free shipping What is it: A solid billet aluminum insert painted to match most GM stock colors and also available in chrome, flat black, and multiple camo variations. Available for 2007+ Chevrolet bowtie and GMC letter replacements. Tested On: 2011 GMC Sierra All-Terrain Extended Cab SLT Here is how we installed a black color matched insert on our 2011 GMC Sierra: Wash vehicle We always like to start with a clean surface to work around. By removing any dirt and grime you reduce the chance of scratching your vehicle while working around and on it. Cut out and apply guide letters ABD includes a template for each kit that you can use to help remove your truck’s stock insert. We then cut out each letter and taped it over our Sierra’s front GMC emblem. Drill out holes in the letters or bowtie After the template is in place we used the tip of a drill bit to mark each hole we’d be drilling. Starting slowly, we drilled holes in our emblem at the marked spots. We took special care to not drill too deeply. Carefully pry out the original insert If you have a 2014 and newer truck the purpose of drilling the emblems are to remove support tabs. If you have a 2013 and earlier truck, you’re simply weakening the emblem and the adhesive that holds it on. If your emblem is attached using adhesive, slowly pry away the insert pieces taking special care to not scratch the chrome surround. Clean the back Once the stock insert is removed we made sure the underlying surface was perfectly clean. That includes scraping any residue or glue away and thoroughly cleaning the surface with rubbing alcohol. This step is a pain in the behind, but the cleaner the surface the better the bond. Apply the new insert If it’s cold out use a hair dryer to warm up the billet inserts and the area where you’ll be applying them. Then carefully remove the new adhesive backing and apply the insert. Warm the entire surface and apply pressure for around a minute to properly bond the insert to the vehicle. Afterwards, wait 24-hours before washing to allow the 3M adhesive tape to properly bond. Our thoughts American Brother Designs aluminum inserts are an easy way to make your truck look different. Match your emblem to your truck’s stock paint or mix it up with another color, your pickup will immediately stand out as something different. We appreciated that the billet fit exactly. There were no ugly gaps and fit looks like it came from the factory. We also appreciated the black painted inserts matched our GMC's paint perfectly. A thick cut of billet fills the channel that the red jewel of the stock GMC lettering used to occupy for a flush finish. These inserts are also strong and will outlast the plastic grill they are surrounded by. While emblem covering decals may fade and wear, this aluminum insert will look like new for years to come. We personally like the look over the cheaper jeweled stock emblem. Color matched letters give our Sierra an unmistakable appearance on the road. The instructions were clear and easy to follow and we completed the project in about an hour. We love the new look. Pick up a set of ABD Billet Inserts in the GM-Trucks.com Store
  4. Hello, I recently installed OEM Chevrolet black bowties on my 2016 Silverado. Though I was unable to make a video recording the process, I did find a lot of shortcuts along the way that may be helpful to others. Below is a guide of how to do the swap yourself. -------------------------------------------------- ***Front Bowtie Removal/Install (30 min or less, 10 if you know what to look for):*** - To remove the front bowtie, Chevrolet recommends that you remove the entire front grille assembly. however, I found this is not necessary. If you lay underneath the front of the truck, you will see a plastic cover that fills the gap between the front bumper and the frame to cover the bottom side of the radiator from debris. - There are three (3) plastic body molding/trim molding connectors that will need to be removed (one in the center and one to either side about 18 inches out). I found the best way to do this was with a short bladed flat head screw driver and both hands. Simply put, force will coerce the pins out of their plug holders. - Once those are removed you will be able to stick your arm through the underside of the radiator protector and feel the four (4) tabs and two (2) pins that hold the front emblem to the grille. - To remove the emblem, I used a key (spare, cheap one) to push the tabs outward from the center while pushing away from the front with my hand to pop the tab out of the clip area. I suggest starting from one side and making your way to the other. This did take slightly more force than I expected, so do not be afraid to push outward and away from the grille. - Once all 4 tabs are free, you should be able to get out from under the front and remove the emblem completely from the front of the grille. - The new, black bowtie, should snap right in!!! No glue or tape needed! **The 2016 Silverado 1500 uses a different front emblem than the 14 or 15 models, make sure you purchase the proper emblems for your truck!!! ---------------------------------------- ***Rear Bowtie Removal/Install (1 hour or so, if done right):*** - First, gather the necessary tools to complete the job: Hair dryer or Heat gun, 2 microfiber towels, WD40, Goo B Gone, Fishing line (I used 50LB line, right size and strength, but you can used the guts of parachute cord and i have heard of dental floss, but that seemed silly), isopropyl alcohol, water, painters tape, plastic scraping blade/tool, small amount of gasoline (explained later) - Using the painters tape, outline the emblem on all 4 sides, careful to follow all the edges as close as possible. This will stay there until the new emblem is placed, serving as your guide lines. - Disclosure: I removed the back emblem on a 93 degree day, my truck is dark colored, and I used a hair dryer. Other conditions may require longer heating time. Heat the emblem to soften the adhesive backing on the emblem making it easier to remove (yes this actually makes it easier). Use your own judgment, heat until you think it is ready, just don't overheat. - Using the fishing line (or whatever you have), begin at one corner and slice through the backing. I would do an inch or so at a time and then reheat the nest area I was removing. This process took about 7-10 minutes to get off completely. - If you are lucky (like hit the lottery lucky), the adhesive backing will come off with the emblem, and there will not be much left on the tailgate. But, if yours is anything like mine, the adhesive will be stuck on the tailgate. spray this with WD40 and/or Goo B Gone, allow to soak momentarily, and use the scraping tool to remove the thickest parts of the adhesive back. There will be leftover glue on the tailgate. - You can play around with WD40/Goo B Gone to get the rest off, or you can be like me and take it off in seconds. This is where that gasoline comes into play. Using one of your microfiber towels, apply a liberal amount of gas and the glue should come right off. This should not harm the paint at all, as long as you clean it off within a day. - Now that you have the glue and adhesive backing removed, you need to sterilize the area to put the new emblem on. Mix a one to one mixture of the rubbing alcohol and water. Using the other microfiber towel, wipe the area clean. The alcohol will dissolve the WD40 and Goo B Gone and anything else that would prevent good adhesion. Clean until you are satisfied. - The area should be ready to be fitted with the new emblem now. I would perform some dryfits, with the adhesive backing cover still on so that you get a feel for where it should go. Then, remove the film, and slowly and carefully place the new emblem. Make sure and press firmly once positioned to ensure good adhesion. - Step back and admire your work. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Here are some pictures of my success! (I also added the OEM GM backup camera that my truck did not come with. If you need one like I did, I can tell you about that process too! I have a big hitch on, and backing into every spot, since I hate backing out, was getting risky.)
  5. Last week, during our monthly trip to buy groceries, I ran across a newer Silverado in a parking lot. It was a “Rocky Mountain Edition” LT in deep ocean blue. A very clean truck. I was struck by how phenomenal the badges looked. It is a blown up version of the mountains in the High Country emblem. I really want one of these emblems. i have had no luck finding a source for this emblem. All I want are the mountains. The name badge is cool, but not for me. Does anyone here have a line on this badge? Has anyone else seen one of these special edition trucks? I was was thinking that the mountain badge would look nice on the lower right corner of my High Country truck’s tailgate. Maybe even stripping off all of the other emblems on the tailgate. Before anyone mentions that the truck might start to look funny with yet another piece of chrome, I have color matched the door handles, mirror caps, grille surround and headlight frames. I am also in the process of swapping out the chrome trim strip (door ding guards) on the lower quarter of the doors to a color matched one as well as going to black window trim. Help me out with a source for the badge and your opinion on using it as trim.
  6. I started plasti-dipping the emblems on my 2015 All Terrian. But I'm having an issue with the GMC logo's on the front and back. The paint keeps "lifting". So I'm stuck. There are no Youtube videos for this year or newer that I've found. I'm thinking its becuse with the newer trucks, the emblems have all these horizontal groove lines keeping the paint/dip from grabbing on. Any ideas/advice??? Thank you all in advance. Also, whats the best thing to use to remove PlastiDip?? Can you paint over PlastiDip with PlastiDip?
  7. Hey guys, I am new to the forum and I just bought my first truck. 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT All-Terrain! The guy that had the truck before me put it on a leveling kit, some rancho shocks, tinted windows... It looks sharp... Only thing I don't like is that he had the GMC logo/emblems on the front grille and rear tailgate powder-coated a dark grey color (matches the Iridium exterior of the truck)... I know a lot of people like this, but I would prefer to have just the traditional red emblems.... Would anyone like to trade?
  8. Hey guys, I have been looking through some posts on plasti dip lately, and it seems that most people are taping off the chrome parts of the emblems. From past experience I didn't think that this was necessary. So I had some time this morning and gave it a shot! Hopefully this saves people some time!!!! ha. You will see I taped off everything surrounding the emblem, but not the chrome parts. I threw on about 4 coats and let it set for probably 10-15 minutes before I removed the tape and paper. You can see that the plasti dip on the chrome pieces pulls right off without effecting the red portion.
  9. Anyone know where I can find a silver & black rear gate emblem? I have the doors, but can't seem to find anyone to offer these.
  10. OEM Black front bowtie

    From the album My 2014 Silverado

    Vinyl overlay ended up having problems. Swapped the front bowtie when I added the flags to the rear.
  11. I couldn't find pictures of the Texas Edition listed on Chevrolet's website anywhere but it lists it as a $1,995 option that says it includes: Texas Edition badging Chrome mirror caps and chrome door handles with LTZ trim Trailering Package, locking differential and 20" polished-aluminum wheels on LT models 20" chrome wheels and Bose® Sound speakers on LTZ models I have the LTZ model with everything it mentions but lacking the badging because I both lease and drive it in NY and to the best of my knowledge it's an option only avilable if delivered in Texas. I thought it would be a cheap add on to separate mine from others around here without doing anything crazy that would affect my lease terms. There are sellers on eBay and Amazon selling them. Since I have all the equipment anyway, why not? The 2015 Texas Edition's removes 'S I L V E R A D O' from the front driver and passenger side door and replaces it with the emblem. The 2014's have both the Texas edition logo and Silverado spelled out. I think I'd do the 2014 setup so it's an easy remove if I decide not to buyout at the end of my lease and the dealership gives me any crap about it. Does anyone know the proper placement/measurements of where it's to be placed? I can't find a good close up picture. I would want it to look as authentic as possible if I decide to do it.
  12. Hey guys, I have been wanting to change the color of emblems for a little bit now, I have seen a number of choice to choose from but wanted to pick your brains. To those who have changed their emblem colors, what route did you go? was it worth it? Thanks in advance! Pete
  13. 2014 SLT grill

    SLT grill. Removed to do a different one. This one does have a small spot that is peeling on center insert. Assuming insert piece could be bought separately. It does clip in. Or if you are just wanting a shell or one to plastidip. I do have a box from my old grill to ship in. So should ship well. 100 plus shipping or pickup. Central Illinois I may be open to an offer.
  14. 2014 Sierra All Terrain trim

    I have some stuff floating around that needs to go. I will be taking Reasonable offers on everything. If you want something, we can figure out shipping cost after price is set. Nothing is broken, or missing tabs. [/L]
  15. So I've been thinking about painting the red GMC emblem black to match the truck but read somewhere it's a real PITA to remove the emblem, so I've been thinking of alternatives. Anyways I found some "carbon fibre" sort of looking vinyl wrap and thought I would try it out. For $15 if it doesn't work then oh well.... I think it turned out pretty good, only took about 1/2 hour to do too. Here's the pics. And a pic with my little helper.
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