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      09-22-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
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No mount front plate mounting mod

We're required to have front plates here in Vancouver but I didn't like how the stock front mount looks. It's just too bulky. I also prefer the centered look compared to the off center tow hook mounted plates.

So I decided to take off the stock mount to see what I could do. Luckily the dealer used short screws to mount the actual plate leaving only 2 holes in the bumper. Lots of dirt and grime gets trapped behind that stock mount.



I bought this plastic license plate holder from my local Canadian Tire. Drilled 2 holes to line up with the holes in the bumper.



I reused the same mounting screws from the stock mount. Picked up a few rubber faucet washers from Home Depot to use as standoffs.



Ended up with 2 washers on each side to leave a big enough gap to clear the bumper.



Plate mounted with frame (old frame from previous car, need a new one). Looks a lot cleaner.



From the side. You can see the gap. Let's me clean behind the plate.



Anyone need a stock front plate mount in Jerez Black?
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      09-23-2012, 09:00 PM   #2
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Great effort and thanks for sharing! However... I don't see how that's an upgrade from the stock plate mount which contours nicely with the bumper, is color matched and fits.... I hate running a front plate too but I don't know that you got ahead with this move.
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Great effort and thanks for sharing! However... I don't see how that's an upgrade from the stock plate mount which contours nicely with the bumper, is color matched and fits.... I hate running a front plate too but I don't know that you got ahead with this move.
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Dude...For Future Reference... DONT DRILL YOUR BUMPER!
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Plate holder from AutoZone + 3M tape on mine.
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Great effort and thanks for sharing! However... I don't see how that's an upgrade from the stock plate mount which contours nicely with the bumper, is color matched and fits.... I hate running a front plate too but I don't know that you got ahead with this move.
1. reduces the "bulk" of the stock front plate mount - this leaves just the license plate and frame
2. allows me to clean the area of the bumper otherwise covered by the stock mount
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Dude...For Future Reference... DONT DRILL YOUR BUMPER!
3M double sided tape is KING
Plate holder from AutoZone + 3M tape on mine.
The bumper was already drilled for the stock plate mount. I reused the 2 holes that were already there.
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      09-23-2012, 11:44 PM   #7
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The bumper was already drilled for the stock plate mount. I reused the 2 holes that were already there.
I know im just saying in case your next car has no holes on the bumper lol...Or your current car ever needs a bumper replacement.
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I have the tow hook plate mount on mine and really love it. It allows you to see more of the lines of the front bumper and no drilling any holes.

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My buddy in LA had a motorized front plate holder made for his 335is

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