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MarylandSpeed 03-27-2010 02:43 PM

Cheap and Easily Removable License Plate Frame (no drilling required!)
 
Not sure I have seen this posted here before, so I figured I would post up what I did. I live in a state with a front plate law..so it is a must unless you want to be harrased. Putting holes in the bumper was not an option, and since I go to shows, I wanted something easily removable. If someone else posted this..I apologize.


First off, start of with a stock plate frame-
http://marylandspeed.com/images/IMG_0995.JPG

Next, I got the below supplies..basically long ass toggle bolts and washers.
http://marylandspeed.com/images/IMG_1000.JPG

Assemble bolts in frame as shown below-
http://marylandspeed.com/images/IMG_1002.JPG
http://marylandspeed.com/images/IMG_1003.JPG

Next if your worry about the frame rubbing, apply some foam tape or similar to areas the frame can make contact.
http://marylandspeed.com/images/IMG_1007.JPG

Next, I applied some electrical tape to the toggles to prevent them from cutting into the back of the grille.

http://marylandspeed.com/images/IMG_1008.JPG

Next, put frame up to bottom grille, and align so toggle bolts slide into the very first slat of the grill. Then manuver the toggles to they are securly gripping the grille and tighten. Mine grip diagonally in the corner of the horizontal and vertical slats.

http://marylandspeed.com/images/IMG_1020.JPG
http://marylandspeed.com/images/IMG_1014.JPG

Securely tighten the bolts. You should be able to pull on the frame horizontally and vertically, and not have any give.

http://www.marylandspeed.com/images/IMG_1016.JPG

And here is the end result-

http://www.marylandspeed.com/images/IMG_1018.JPG

Also..in closing, if you don't trust the toggles for some reason..one other thing it appears you could do as a safe backup, is instead of putting the bottom tag bolts in..you could run a zip tie under the tag, and through the holes and grille.

webslinger408 03-27-2010 03:29 PM

SWEET THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP...I LIKE THE IDEA.

2010 SSRS 03-27-2010 04:37 PM

pretty cool

papabearcamaro 03-27-2010 04:37 PM

Thank you for the post and pics. Even though Wisconsin is a front plate state I just can't bring myself to putting it on unless I definetly need to.
If and when I do,this is the way I will go. Thank you for putting this up.

MarylandSpeed 03-27-2010 04:48 PM

This my wifes car. I will be doing the same for the company car in my avatar since there are no other options for cars with ground effects.

JSkibisky 03-27-2010 04:53 PM

... if you need something that will work with GFX, check out BD Speed Shop...

http://www.bdspeedshop.com/item.cgi?...da&part_id=187

Ronn 03-30-2010 11:54 AM

good idea!

Moorepheus 03-30-2010 02:45 PM

I did basically the same thing, but with Cable Ties, they work just fine too

mikaltima 03-31-2010 10:48 PM

I live in NJ which is a two plate state and I never put the front one on car and I've been driving 6 months with no problem.

2LTRS 03-31-2010 10:56 PM

I would put some foam or cloth between the plastic and the paint to prevent scratching from friction.

Tech 03-31-2010 10:59 PM

mine was installed by the dealership, i'm livin in texas and i'm thinking about removing the bottom grille and puttin the plate there behind the bumper...think it'll fly?

Hillee 03-31-2010 11:04 PM

Thanks!...from Texas

RedJewel2SS 03-31-2010 11:06 PM

best DIY on how to install stock license plate frame to date :thumbup:

ron10 03-31-2010 11:08 PM

good idea.

Chevy_Man 04-01-2010 12:46 AM

God this makes me really mad. I got my car from in Alberta, Canada, but the car was originally from Cali. So the plate is drilled in already. Im very rattled about it. Is there any way of filling the holes without replacing the whole front end...slim chance right?

MarylandSpeed 04-01-2010 01:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chevy_Man (Post 1663055)
God this makes me really mad. I got my car from in Alberta, Canada, but the car was originally from Cali. So the plate is drilled in already. Im very rattled about it. Is there any way of filling the holes without replacing the whole front end...slim chance right?

I had the dealer fill the holes on the bumper of the yellow car in my av just last week when I got the heritage grille installed and painted. It cost me less than $500..including painting and installing the new heritage grille.

Haloed 04-01-2010 04:49 AM

Great idea! Thanks! Now I don't have to worry about drilling into the car or the local 5-oh.

phenixdragon 04-01-2010 04:52 AM

Nice idea. I haven't been pulled over in years for not having a front plate but have a couple of times before and was given a fix it ticket. If it happens with my Camaro, I now know how to make it look like I fixed it when I have it inspected to through out the fix it ticket.

Number 3 04-01-2010 05:59 AM

Great and simple idea.:thumbsup:

Just a small caution - you will be blocking some air flow to the radiator when you locate the plate in front of the lower grill instead of the fascia as intended. There is a reason why the lower opening is larger on the SS compared to the LT.

justincase_2008 04-01-2010 05:59 AM

Instead of electrical tape you could use shrink tubing. They also make a rubber paint you dip tools in that im sure would work great for this. Good idea!! Luckly me i live in FL no front plates needed here.

AhX 04-01-2010 06:11 AM

Yeah was thinking the dip-it rubber stuff would work well.

I had the same thought on the paint wear as well.

xshortd 04-01-2010 07:12 AM

Great! thanks alot I was wondering on how to use the stock bracket instead of buying those 100 dollar ones, thanks alot!

tradosaurus 04-01-2010 07:14 AM

I'm wondering in those states where front plates are mandatory who will actually ever remove their front license plates?

I have personalized license plates and I want people to see my front plate. That and it's mandatory in Texas.

ZED SLED 04-01-2010 07:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Number 3 (Post 1663422)
Great and simple idea.:thumbsup:

Just a small caution - you will be blocking some air flow to the radiator when you locate the plate in front of the lower grill instead of the fascia as intended. There is a reason why the lower opening is larger on the SS compared to the LT.

True, but that's more down force, baby

AlSuwaidi 04-01-2010 07:20 AM

nice! but too late 4 me...


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