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AFAIK all Gen4 came without no chrome badge. Hard to say if it would work, but I would think it might look tacky unless you somehow secure the emblem on well.

I would like to put the Toyota logo on my Gen4, but I think it might be too much work to do it.

you can always buy it and see if it works out :)
 

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AFAIK all Gen4 came without no chrome badge.
I think you're correct. The Gen4 has a "plain Jane" steering wheel. It's strictly functional. The Toyota logo is simply embossed into the steering wheel cover. Whereas the newer Camry steering wheels appear to have a recessed oval into which the emblem badge fits. In comparison, on a Gen4 the badge would be surface mounted.

Hard to say if it would work, but I would think it might look tacky unless you somehow secure the emblem on well.
Agreed. Tacky is definitely not the goal.

I would like to put the Toyota logo on my Gen4, but I think it might be too much work to do it.
  • Emblem Measure: 47 x 68 mm (2.68"x 1.89")
  • Place it over the existing factory steering wheel emblem or replace it.
  • Fit for CAMRY COROLLA RAV4 SIENNA 4RUNNER

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Complete with original package and part number Come with High Quality Adhesive Sticker (3M) Made in Japan
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I checked the Toyota Camry GRACIA (Japan domestic model) of the Gen4. The Gracia usually has all the nicer stuff compared to the Gen4 in the united states. Even those models have the same steering wheel cover as the US models. Even the ES300 equivalent is the same with the 'L' that is embossed .

Unless you somehow transplant a Gen5 steering wheel...

Chrome is nice, but I get some weird glare sometimes with the steering wheel emblem if the sun is at the right angle.
 

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Try check out a 2003 Solara.


The first Gen from 1998-2003 used a lot of similar components from the Camry Gen4. Try see if the steering wheel is the same. I believe the 2003 Solara has a chrome toyota logo. With that said, maybe the steering wheel is the same as the 1998 to 2003 Solara and maybe the same as the 1997-2001 Camry?
 
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Thanks for the idea!
If changing to another Toyota wheel (Solara, Celica, etc.) what about the air bag?
Adding an appropriate badge to the OEM steering wheel is definitely a simpler option if it exists.
 

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Just remember, if you glue a badge on there it will basically become shrapnel if the airbag ever goes off.
I wondered if this might be an issue. However, the newer generation models have this exact type of emblem on the steering wheel. See the 3rd photo here.

How specifically does the airbag deploy? Does the steering wheel cover pop off before it deploys or does the airbag deploy through the cover?
 

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How specifically does the airbag deploy? Does the steering wheel cover pop off before it deploys or does the airbag deploy through the cover?
The cover has weak-point lines scored in the back of it, when the airbag deploys it tears the cover along those lines which peel out of the way


 

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I found an emblem from the junkyard that happened to be the same size as the embossed Toyota logo and glued it onto my airbag. Nevertheless, it fell off a few days later:




The 02-03 Solara came with steering wheel airbags that have embossed logos on them. The airbag should be the same shape as the 97-01 Camry/ES300 steering wheel and bolt right in. There's only two interior colors on the Solara though, charcoal and tan, so you don't have much to choose from.
 

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This would be a nice upgrade to my 1998 Camry. Thing is there are never any solara in our junkyard. Solara are kind of a rare thing here.
 
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