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Just wondering why some cars have the shelby lettering on the rear deck lid below the spoiler and some don't? I just recently picked up a '16 avalanche grey track pack car and I have the lettering. Was this a factory order option? Thanks!
 

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Just wondering why some cars have the shelby lettering on the rear deck lid below the spoiler and some don't? I just recently picked up a '16 avalanche grey track pack car and I have the lettering. Was this a factory order option? Thanks!
I don’t have it or remember that it was an option. Can you post pic?
 

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That was added by the original owner, it didn't come from the factory. I can't imagine a dealer would put those letters on the car.
 

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That was added by the original owner, it didn't come from the factory. I can't imagine a dealer would put those letters on the car.
I want to take them off but I'm worried the E and the L on the stripes. I can't imagine the letters will come off clean without ruining the stripes.
 

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Looks like a prior model lettering, prior owner installed. Matches car though.
 

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I want to take them off but I'm worried the E and the L on the stripes. I can't imagine the letters will come off clean without ruining the stripes.
Coyote, I would swing it by a local body shop to see if they have a process for removing them off the stripes.

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TIP: if you are going to try removing them heat them up with a hair dryer to loosen the glue before pealing them off, then you can use a goo-be-gone product to remove the remaining glue
 

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TIP: if you are going to try removing them heat them up with a hair dryer to loosen the glue before pealing them off, then you can use a goo-be-gone product to remove the remaining glue
That's always been my standard operating procedure whenever I'm removing decals/emblems. I'm on the fence about the stripes as is, so next wash I'll pop the letters off and see what kind of shape the stripes are in. If they can't be polished out or get damaged then I think the stripes will be removed completely. The quality of the vinyl is pretty terrible to begin with and gets marred or lightly scratched even when using the softest microfiber cloth to remove polish. Maybe sometime down the road I'll visit a proper vinyl shop and have them replace the stripes with some better quality 3M product or something that can self heal. I'm too ocd for swirl marked vinyl lol.
 

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it looks kinda good with the letters on, have you thought about keeping them, or do you just want the car completely OEM?
 

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it looks kinda good with the letters on, have you thought about keeping them, or do you just want the car completely OEM?
I'm really on the fence about it to be honest. I agree they don't look bad and before I posted the picture here, was under the impression they were actually a factory installed emblem lol. I just think it would look cleaner without them. If I knew the stripes would survive the removal process they'd be gone already. Thing is, if they're gonna go I want to do it sooner than later before the emblems leave a shadow from the paint underneath not being exposed. I have a great local pro detailer who's giving the car a full treatment in a couple months and I know he can fix just about anything so I might leave it until then.
 

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Looks like a prior model lettering, prior owner installed. Matches car though.
Agreed, my middle name is "De Badge" but I kind of like that...reminds me of the 2007 (and later era) Shelby that had those letters across the back. Not really a "poser" add either as we do have the Shelby name on the front splitter...
 

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it looks kinda good with the letters on, have you thought about keeping them, or do you just want the car completely OEM?
That was kind my point as well...they do match the GT350 badging on the fenders and it's not poser since it IS a Shelby...might want to live and let live for a while? You can always remove at a later date. Also, last I checked you can purchase just the rear trunk stripe pieces from Ford...no need to purchase the entire kit. Stupidly expensive as well! All this coming from a guy who removed all the stripes first thing ;)

Your ride looks great by the way and welcome to the Shelby GT350, an amazing machine!!
 

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Hey Coyote couple more things, first you need to change your handle to "Voodoo1209" :) and <seriously> if you are going the remove the OEM stripes just park in the sun for an hour and they do peel right off. I was overly anal and removed my rear wing to remove all the stripe material underneath the wing...only to discover the stripe only runs about 1/4" under the front and rear edges of the wing - so removing it was not necessary and it was a MAJOR pain removing the factory adhesive...plus I couldn't find the factory adhesive gasket and had to use heavy duty 3M adhesive tape which had to be cut to all the contours of the wing footprint. Came out OK - but waaay more work than I anticipated...

And one last thing, you might just remove a small section of your stripe first (to see if there's been any fading/ghosting) in which case you might want to leave the striping on. I removed mine within a couple of weeks getting the car and already could see a VERY faint outline, but it disappeared shortly after stripe removal.

Plus, get ready cause 17SNAKE's going to give you grief for removing your stripes - right Lou ;)
 

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That was kind my point as well...they do match the GT350 badging on the fenders and it's not poser since it IS a Shelby...might want to live and let live for a while? You can always remove at a later date. Also, last I checked you can purchase just the rear trunk stripe pieces from Ford...no need to purchase the entire kit. Stupidly expensive as well! All this coming from a guy who removed all the stripes first thing ;)

Your ride looks great by the way and welcome to the Shelby GT350, an amazing machine!!
Hey Coyote couple more things, first you need to change your handle to "Voodoo1209" :) and <seriously> if you are going the remove the OEM stripes just park in the sun for an hour and they do peel right off. I was overly anal and removed my rear wing to remove all the stripe material underneath the wing...only to discover the stripe only runs about 1/4" under the front and rear edges of the wing - so removing it was not necessary and it was a MAJOR pain removing the factory adhesive...plus I couldn't find the factory adhesive gasket and had to use heavy duty 3M adhesive tape which had to be cut to all the contours of the wing footprint. Came out OK - but waaay more work than I anticipated...

And one last thing, you might just remove a small section of your stripe first (to see if there's been any fading/ghosting) in which case you might want to leave the striping on. I removed mine within a couple of weeks getting the car and already could see a VERY faint outline, but it disappeared shortly after stripe removal.

Plus, get ready cause 17SNAKE's going to give you grief for removing your stripes - right Lou ;)
Thanks! I'm absolutely crazy about this car and it's killing me that Ontario, Canada has officially decided we're just not doing spring this year and I have to wait another month before I can drive her. I've only driver the car twice so far and now I know what heroin or meth addicts are going through lol. All it really takes is one hit and you're an addict. "Coyote" is a nod to my husky that we lost a couple years ago and it was his nickname that I always called him, 12/09 was his birthday.

I decided I'm just going to leave it for the time being until my appointment with my detailer in June. We'll revisit it together and that way if there's ghosting or any issues whatsoever he can make it all better. I agree it doesn't look bad and isn't false advertising but I just prefer the look of a clean car. I've also looked into some matte black with white pinstripe vinyl from bigwormgraphix.com and I may end up replacing them with some higher quality vinyl that won't scratch if I even look at it lol.
 

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Thanks! I'm absolutely crazy about this car and it's killing me that Ontario, Canada has officially decided we're just not doing spring this year and I have to wait another month before I can drive her. I've only driver the car twice so far and now I know what heroin or meth addicts are going through lol. All it really takes is one hit and you're an addict. "Coyote" is a nod to my husky that we lost a couple years ago and it was his nickname that I always called him, 12/09 was his birthday.

I decided I'm just going to leave it for the time being until my appointment with my detailer in June. We'll revisit it together and that way if there's ghosting or any issues whatsoever he can make it all better. I agree it doesn't look bad and isn't false advertising but I just prefer the look of a clean car. I've also looked into some matte black with white pinstripe vinyl from bigwormgraphix.com and I may end up replacing them with some higher quality vinyl that won't scratch if I even look at it lol.
Coyote, sorry to hear about your Husky, beautiful animals and very loyal I hear. Also sorry to hear you can't drive this amazing car yet...that's got to be tough.
 
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