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Does your front license plate frame assembly cover an inch or so of your grille? I still cannot believe the factory just drills holes into to the plastic bumper to mount this thing. If you remove the frame, you've got 2 beautiful holes in the plastic bumper showing. I'm thinking of lowering the frame somehow and use the existing holes for the top of the plate instead?
Anyone change this around? I can see it may be a problem since the bumper is curved right there :confused:
 

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Thanks Rider---after I posted this, I did a search and found lots of ideas.
Thanks for the reply! :cool:
 

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RamVett said:
Does your front license plate frame assembly cover an inch or so of your grille? I still cannot believe the factory just drills holes into to the plastic bumper to mount this thing. If you remove the frame, you've got 2 beautiful holes in the plastic bumper showing. I'm thinking of lowering the frame somehow and use the existing holes for the top of the plate instead?
Anyone change this around? I can see it may be a problem since the bumper is curved right there :confused:
Mine was in the trunk & the dealer installed it himself. I even saw the guy take it out. I wish I would have told them to lower it BEFORE they drilled the holes. :mad:

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Mine was in the trunk & the dealer installed it himself. I even saw the guy take it out. I wish I would have told them to lower it BEFORE they drilled the holes. :mad:

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Yup, the factory DOESN'T mount it, they toss it in the trunk, where mine still sits...
 

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Yeah, when I got my car, I asked the dealer if he would leave the front plate off the car. I remembered because my parents had just bought a CTS a month before, and I noticed how bad it looked, covering up part of the grill!

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that sucks that you have to have the front liscense plate here in florida you dont, think it makes the car look so much niver with out it
 

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that sucks that you have to have the front liscense plate here in florida you dont, think it makes the car look so much niver with out it
If enough people in states that require the front plate simply refused to put the plate on the front, the law would be abolished. Of course you may get a ticket or two for not complying, but eventually the cops would get tired of giving out tickets and word would get back to DMV to get rid of that stupid law. I live in a state that requires a front plate and I haven't had a front plate on my various vehicles (about 10) for the past 16 years. Never got a ticket for it. But of course now that I said this, I'll get a ticket. But I'll just pay the fine.
 

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Hey Aspen, if you catch this thread, you may want to consider custom front license plate holders that mount below the grille, as I told you in your engine covers paint thread I am not a do-it-yourselfer and I would gladly pay for a modified or custom front license plate holder that allowed me to move my plate below the grille. I'll also take a 5% royalty for the suggestion. lol. I may not be a do-it-yourselfer but I am a business man after all.
 

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was there a thread on here about how to modify the bracket to lower it? i did a search and really couldnt come up with anything.

what im planning on doing is dismounting it, shaving off the parts that stick out (with a dremel) so that it fits flush with the bumper, and re-drilling lower holes in the bumper so i can remount it. it dosent seem hard at all, but instructions on how someone did it would help a little.


also has anyone found the cheapest place to purchase the brilliant black paint so i can paint the bracket?
 

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was there a thread on here about how to modify the bracket to lower it? i did a search and really couldnt come up with anything.

what im planning on doing is dismounting it, shaving off the parts that stick out (with a dremel) so that it fits flush with the bumper, and re-drilling lower holes in the bumper so i can remount it. it dosent seem hard at all, but instructions on how someone did it would help a little.


also has anyone found the cheapest place to purchase the brilliant black paint so i can paint the bracket?
In order to make it look 'right', my dealer also ground down the sides of the bracket in order to follow the curvature of the lower front fascia (1st photo). Another forum member was supposed to come-up with a template, but I haven't found where he has yet done so. The E&G custom grills actually come with detailed instructions/photos on how to remove, modify, and reinstall the bracket to the area centered below and between the bottom of the grill and the bottom of the lower front fascia (2nd photo)...good luck. ;)
 

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I'm in the works of pre-fabbing a front license plate holder for our car with out the need of any holes on the front bumper. Just thought that if we in fact do get a ticket, we can install the front plate for the police inspection and remove it later. In Cali, the ticket only costs $15. I'd rather spend the fine and go this route than have to drill holes in my bumper. Please share you thoughts.
 

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Well, now I have something more to mention to the dealer about my car. I don't want them to put the license plate where THEY think that it should go.
I don't think that I have the option of mounting it or not. Here in Washinton state, they will ticket you in a heartbeat if you don't. It is also a pretty hefty fine I believe.
I would at least have the final say where it is mounted, especially if we have to put holes in my new bumper.
 

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lennoxavesosa - yep that is all you do. Can't get much more detailed than that. I was careful to test, grind, test, grind, and test fit some more. Then drill fairly small holes and don't use any larger screw than you need. Really, it is as easy as you said it is. I left mine black on my Mag Pearl.
 
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