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Having looked at mine again a couple of minutes ago, I'll agree that it is a metal badge, but it certainly looks as though it is bonded to the airbag cover.

If someone tries to get one off, and I am certainly not advocating that someone tries to do this, pictures of the procedure would probably be in order.

Sharp tools and airbags don't mix well in my book. It gives me shivers just thinking about it.

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My interest is piqued. Is the air bag assembly all contained in the cover? (The visible part of the front of the steering wheel?)

I honestly haven't studied my steering wheel that closely. I'll try to do so this evening to get a better understanding.

Bills - if it's "dented" it isn't plastic, or at least not solid plastic. That would have cracked if anything. 2.4 mentions above that it's metal but that concerns me also. As I'm sure everyone is aware (or maybe not if you're lucky) of the incredible acceleration and forces that an air bag exerts. I'm sure the mfr has tested the snot out of emblems and attachment methods to prevent creating a missile that would enter someone's skull in an accident.

Then again, a lot of these covers are design to "flip" away during detonation so maybe it is possible to get in behind it to release the badge.

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Did you read that thread? There really isn't anything in that thread to indicate how to remove the badge, and the only picture in the thread was of the center cap from a road wheel, not a steering wheel.




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I am going to pull mine this weekend. Will take pics. I am going to install a custom center anyway do it is not a problem for me

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The center cap comes off easily but is flimsy and there is no GM part # for it to replace, you have to buy the whole airbag unit. (my local GM dealership told me this)

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I didn't pull mine apart tonight, but I did check it out briefly. It is indeed metallic and flimsy as 2.4 pointed out. (This is based upon fingernail tapping and a little pushing.) Makes sense as to how Bills stated he bent it inward upon banging it to get the jerk's attention.

If there is no cracking of the paint on the badge, you may well be able to "pop" it back out from the inside if indeed the airbag module isn't mounted to the main "shroud" - I suspect it won't be.

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I just stuck something on mine. The previous owner dented it like you did.
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I just stuck something on mine. The previous owner dented it like you did.
Like what? A wad of gum? A "my little pony" sticker? DETAILS PLEASE!

And as a result of this thread, I'm now noticing a tiny ding in mine that had been previously unnoticed. Thanks.

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ASAP transformer steering wheel badge is what I plan to get, have also seen a lot of other different types of designs that will fit on ebay by just searching around

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You may want to consider covering it with one of Tony's horn covers. Check out ASAP grafics. I got
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The center cap comes off easily but is flimsy and there is no GM part # for it to replace, you have to buy the whole airbag unit. (my local GM dealership told me this)
I have been working with Alex at Black Custom on creating a custom steering wheel center as a product. He is going to make me a Punisher badge . . . soon I hope.

Once he gets it worked out we should be able to buy just about any custom graphic steering wheel center we want for not much money.

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I have been working with Alex at Black Custom on creating a custom steering wheel center as a product. He is going to make me a Punisher badge . . . soon I hope.

Once he gets it worked out we should be able to buy just about any custom graphic steering wheel center we want for not much money.
That sounds awesome!! I'll be on the lookout for them.

I really like the transformer one ASAP digital imaging has but if i can get another design it would be more one of a kind and different


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