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Old 07-28-2010, 12:14 AM   #1
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Gas Tank Emblem Replacement

Anyone know how to go about removing and installing the BMW roundel on a steel gas tank? '96 R1100GS.

The clear coating on one of mine peeled off a while ago and now the paint is starting to chip off.

Any help appreciated before I go and make it worse.
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:17 AM   #2
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Try a piece of heavy thread behind the emblem and use it like a saw. It may take several tries.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:55 AM   #3
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:25 AM   #4
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I used a hair drier to get it hot then carefully pried it off. I was even able to reuse mine after I painted my tank.
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:20 AM   #5
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I destroyed mine by prying them off with a screwdriver, the neighbours kids now have BMW bicycles

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Old 07-28-2010, 07:30 AM   #6
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I would mark the horizontal & vertical lines of the roundel with masking tape before pulling the old one off. Makes lining up the new ones much easier.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:16 AM   #7
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I used a hair drier to get it hot then carefully pried it off. I was even able to reuse mine after I painted my tank.
What did you use to pry it off?

Sounds like a screwdriver isn't the way to go.
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:17 AM   #8
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I used a hair drier to get it hot then carefully pried it off. I was even able to reuse mine after I painted my tank.
I'm guessing this isn't a real good idea if the tank has gas in it.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:17 PM   #9
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I'm guessing this isn't a real good idea if the tank has gas in it.
Doubt it would get any hotter than it would sitting out in the sun on some blacktop....
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:25 PM   #10
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I'm guessing this isn't a real good idea if the tank has gas in it.
Full or empty, the hair dryer or heat gun on low it nowhere near hot enough to be dangerous. You can blister the paint fairly easily though. To pry it off a thin plastic scrapper works well. You could use a plastic pie spatula.
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:35 PM   #11
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Use dental floss to "saw" it off.
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:08 PM   #12
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Use dental floss to "saw" it off.
I'd like to find the person that this actually worked for. I tried and didn't make any headway. Still haven't been able to remove my emblems. I'm going to try a heat gun and a plastic tool designed for prying parts off of painted surfaces.
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:16 PM   #13
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Never tried it myself, but I've heard monofilament fishing line works well.

Some of those smaller diameter braided lines might be worth a try too - small diameter and VERY strong.
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:06 PM   #14
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I used a small screwdriver, after i put a couple layers of masking tape by the emblem to protect the paint I pried started prying it up bit by bit. It came off pretty easily, but this was my wife's 1974 R60, glue was probably a little aged
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:40 AM   #15
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So after I finally get the damn thing off, a new one just sticks on?

Do they have an adhesive backing to apply them or is there some kind of goop that you have to use?
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