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MarylandSpeed 03-27-2010 03:43 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 04:29 PM

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

2010 SSRS 03-27-2010 05:37 PM

pretty cool

papabearcamaro 03-27-2010 05:37 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 05:48 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 05:53 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 12:54 PM

good idea!

Moorepheus 03-30-2010 03:45 PM

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

mikaltima 03-31-2010 11:48 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 11:56 PM

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

Tech 03-31-2010 11:59 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 04-01-2010 12:04 AM

Thanks!...from Texas

RedJewel2SS 04-01-2010 12:06 AM

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

ron10 04-01-2010 12:08 AM

good idea.

Chevy_Man 04-01-2010 01:46 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 02:15 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 05:49 AM

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


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