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Adding ELECTRIC to your Leaf

Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:00 am

Several forum Leaf owners have done this modification, but I'm not sure it has a thread of its own yet....We'll take care of that!

There is a person on eBay who is selling chrome letters that spell "ELECTRIC". You can use these letters to add to your Leaf and make a bold statement. Perhaps a little easier to understand than Zero Emission....The links are below, he sells two versions, separate letters or pre-spaced on a piece of tape....I bought the separate letters...

I thought about where to put it, and decided on the rear hatch. With the Leaf letters on the left and the Zero emission badge on the right, I thought it would look a little crowded if I added a third thing. So I decided to remove the Zero emission badge and put my ELECTRIC letters there on the right side...The choice is yours....

First, I used a piece of string to remove the zero emission badge by sawing up and down underneath from the right side of the emblem. It came off in about 30 seconds; the adhesive is very thick and pliable. I removed the adhesive residue left behind on the car by picking it off with my fingers first and then lightly swabbing the remaining residue with rubbing alcohol. Then I used some liquid car cleaner and ultimately some wax and elbow grease to ensure that the surface was good and smooth/clean.

Then I ran a piece of blue masking tape from underneath the left side of the rear hatch where the LEAF letters are and carried the tape all the way over to the right side, making sure that it was reasonably level and even. Then I started to apply the ELECTRIC letters one at a time, starting from the right side working backwards and watching the spacing. Be careful of the "I" letter, as it's easy to not leave enough space on either side of it. The letters have a peel-off backing that is easy to remove with your nail.

Once all the letters were in place, I pressed on them for good measure and then gently peeled the masking tape off the rear hatch...

Voila! Now my Leaf is ELECTRIC....

I hope this is of interest to our Leafers.....RedRandy

If you have the letters installed, please post a photo below so others can see the location and how it turned out...

Separate letters ($15 + shipping):
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... MEWNX%3AIT

One piece, ready to apply ($25 plus shipping):
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ELECTRIC ... 4aa9b3f5e8

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Re: Adding ELECTRIC to your Leaf

Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:07 am

I bought the one piece version simply to make it a little easier to install (and not trusting my ability to get all the letters even and straight).

I haven't installed it yet but I rather like this idea of replacing the Zero Emission emblem. One other thought I had earlier, again because it is a little cramped, was to place the Electric emblem a little lower than the other two and in the center. I taped it on and it looks pretty good that way as well.
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Re: Adding ELECTRIC to your Leaf

Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:12 am

Randy wrote:I thought about where to put it, and decided on the rear hatch. With the Leaf on the left and the Zero emission badge on the right, it would look a little crowded if I added a third thing. So I decided to remove the Zero emission badge and put my ELECTRIC letters there on the right side...The choice is yours....



I was totally going to do this! You beat me to it. :lol:
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Re: Adding ELECTRIC to your Leaf

Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:19 am

mwalsh wrote:
Randy wrote:I thought about where to put it, and decided on the rear hatch. With the Leaf on the left and the Zero emission badge on the right, it would look a little crowded if I added a third thing. So I decided to remove the Zero emission badge and put my ELECTRIC letters there on the right side...The choice is yours....



I was totally going to do this! You beat me to it. :lol:



I ordered the emblem about a month ago, just need the car, I am going to put it on the right side also. Fast shipping, 2 days!
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Re: Adding ELECTRIC to your Leaf

Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:35 am

Looks good, going to give it a try...but I need the car first. ;)
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Re: Adding ELECTRIC to your Leaf

Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:50 am

One little flash of "Brilliance" I had was to not spell ELECTRIC correctly, but just use the same letters as my license plate....I ultimately decided not to do that, but I'm sure other letters are available if you want to spell something different....

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Re: Adding ELECTRIC to your Leaf

Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:47 am

Very nice!, maybe it was not a good idea to wax prior to sticking the letters on. I cant tell from the pictures, are they chrome letters or decals?

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Re: Adding ELECTRIC to your Leaf

Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:52 am

They're like the LEAF letters but with a slightly different font...Chrome letters over plastic...

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Re: Adding ELECTRIC to your Leaf

Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:16 am

Just ordered the DIY electric letters. Looks like they will be here before my LEAF is.

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Re: Adding ELECTRIC to your Leaf

Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:18 pm

What about locating it up on the rear window a couple inches below the spoiler. Centered with third stop lamp might be nice and make it harder to notice the slightly different font.
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