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Tailgate emblem and tailgate top molding replace

e_toften

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2007 Ford Sport Trac
Hey all. Just wanted to share my experience from the weekend. I had to replace my tailgate emblem. The original on the 07 was a painted part with something like a gel cap over it. Once the gel cap cracked the material on the inside started corroding. The reaction became a runaway. I have taken other logos off in the past using fishing line to cut the adhesive. Forget about that. There are three pegs on the tailgate emblem that won't allow the line through. However the studs are exactly the width of a credit card apart. I just pushed the card right through the adhesive. Popped right off. Used WD40 to get the remaining adhesive off. Wiped with alcohol to clean all residue off. Replaced with the new style tailgate logo. It is colored plastic and looks MUCH better than the original. I also replaced the tailgate top molding. That was a breeze. Once you unbolt the tailgate cover and get the plastic rivets out be sure to slide the cover down or you will break the J hooks holding it on. Lastly the rivets holding the tailgate molding on push through the inside part of the rivet to come off. Don't try to pull them out or you will break them. The replacement parts from the parts stores don't fit well. Trust me... I know. lol. When installing any plastic parts use a bit of Dawn on all the contact points for a plastic safe lubricant.
 



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There is an easier way to go about that logo. I bought a stainless steel painted cover that glues right over the face of the old one. Looks OEM. 2 years without issue so far. They are stock for the front decal on the F150 but they fit the rear of the sport trac perfectly.
 






Yeah. I could have done the cover up. But to me that's like putting makeup on a tumor. At the end of the day I still know it's a tumor even if no one else does. I spent $19 on a new part on ebay. Took an hour out of day to do it. And I have something that in my opinion is better than the original. The new style logo is much nicer than the old. To each his own though. I am a compliance specialist where I work. Not wired to accept the quick fix. To each his own though.
 


















I reattached my top tailgate molding with Gorilla Glue. :D

I bought molding adhesive. Got to wait for a little warmer weather to glue down the left side of my tailgate molding.
 






I reattached my top tailgate molding with Gorilla Glue. :D
Johnny, honestly, did this really work? The only reason mine is still on the truck is because the tonneau cover holds it down. All the tabs are broken off.
 






Johnny, honestly, did this really work? The only reason mine is still on the truck is because the tonneau cover holds it down. All the tabs are broken off.
Been three years here in the Rust Belt and it's still tighter than new. Just be careful and don't put Gorilla Glue too close to the edges because it expands.
 






Sport Trac Tail Gate Molding

Been three years here in the Rust Belt and it's still tighter than new. Just be careful and don't put Gorilla Glue too close to the edges because it expands.

Try Loctite PL 530 for Mirrors about 3 or 4 small dabs across the top of the tail gate. It hold 30 LB mirrors to the wall it will hold the molding on.
 






New moulding costs about $60.
 






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