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Old 01-17-2013, 08:40 PM   #1
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Default Front License plate bracket - options?

Purchasing my car from several states away has created some interesting situations, one of which is the lack of a front license plate bracket. Don't get me wrong, if I lived in a state that didn't require a front license plate, I would be very thankful for the dealer not installing it before shipping it to me. However, that is not the case in Missouri.

The dealer did send me the stock bracket and parts, so I imagine I could just go with those. But are there other options that don't involve holes in the car?

I called local dealers to see what would be involved if I wanted them to put it on, but they wanted $70 to install it. Another dealer was more reasonable at $15, and I might take them up on that if I want holes in my bumper. Just seeing what options are out there for these silly brackets.
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place a small strip of metal behind the grille something like this (called a strap)

use long bolts and lock nuts to "clamp" the bracket to your grille.
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place a small strip of metal behind the grille something like this (called a strap)

use long bolts and lock nuts to "clamp" the bracket to your grille.
Good news everyone,

This is a great suggestion. It's holeless. And cheap. I even have some of that!

Thanks! I'll make my attempt to put the plates on this weekend.
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I have always been told I was full of something, who knew it would be great ideas though
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Yea definitely don't use the stock bracket.
Even though NY requires the front plate, I wish I had though to have my dealership leave it off so I could mount it some other way, looks terrible.
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Update:

I got a chance to try out a few options. There are a couple pictures here. The first picture is where the bracket normally goes, with attachments through those four impressions in the bracket. The second picture is where I could install it if I want to avoid drilling into the bumper.

If I put it in there as in the second picture, I would use two 2" bolts through the lower set of holes in the bracket. Those would go through the very top section of the opening in the bumper. Then I would have a strap, lock washers, and nuts. The only trick is getting back there with a wrench/socket/something to hold the nut in place while I gently screw it in, making sure not to damage the plastic. I'll look around the forums to see how to get behind that bumper.

It got dark, so this will be finished up later after some learning and contemplation.
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I would not mount it in the lower position because of the intercooler. Just my .02.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:27 AM   #10
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I would not mount it in the lower position because of the intercooler. Just my .02.
That thought has crossed my mind. Though the difference between the two is very small, there is still a difference. It's part of the reason I'm still thinking about this whole thing.
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