How to Replace the Steering Wheel Badge 159 / Spider / Brera
Hi all. Quick guide on the mini - mystery of how to change your steering wheel badge. The original ones tended to fade and for those who didn't get them replaced under warranty then this is a pretty good way of smartening up your interior.
Type 1. Genuine Alfa (has four feet that insert into the airbag pad on the steering wheel).
Type 2. Aftermarket (no feet just adhesive and available in new logo, black (Giulia style), and traditional look. These are 40mm in diameter and available from Aliexpress and other eBay outlets. (If people are interested I may order a batch).
Flat headed screwdriver.
Craft knife (if going for option 2 badge)
Super Glue (don't use gorilla glue it will just run and be a PITA)
Note. ***These instructions are for the second type of replacement badge. To refit an original it would seem best practice to remove the airbag from the steering wheel in order to bend the aluminium feet of the genuine Alfa badge into place.***
Disconnect the battery. As we all know the steering wheel badge is attached to the airbag and the horn. So to stop ****ing the neighbours off with the horn this is your first step.
Gently prise off the original badge with screwdriver. Be careful - you don't want to **** this bit up or its new airbag time.
Tip. The four feet that attach the old badge are located on the four diaganol axis. Start on the horizontal axis and gently prise the badge away. The feet fixing the badge are folded I at the back so do not rip this quickly or you risk causing damage.
The original badge is aluminium so the feet will fold out slowly.
Tip. Use masking tape to protect the airbag from getting scratched by the handle of the screwdriver or any accidental slips.
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With the the original badge removed you will be able to mount the adhesive replacement, BUT you will need to first complete some essential prep work.
A). Flatten down the plastic that has been raised at the four diaganol soldiers where the original badges feet lived. This is simply achieved by gently pushing down with the flat side of the screwdriver head. WARNING! Do not do this with a vertical stabbing motion - you will likely go through the steering wheel and damage the airbag.
B). Using a craft knife cut away the raised plastic ring in the centre of the area that the steering wheel will be located. I found this was best achieved with a flat ended blade from a craft knife set, and will minimise the risk of slipping whilst giving the cleanest finish.
C). Clean the area. Depending on the (likely rubbish) adhesive pad on the back of the replacement badge use super glue as reuquired.
D). Align new badge up on the steering wheel so you are happy it sits correctly then press down and hold for 5-10 minutes.
Remove protective film and admire nice shiny new badge on steering wheel.
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