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Old 02-08-2009, 08:41 PM   #1
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Front Plate

I HATE the way a front plate looks and here in Texas your required to have it(so the ____ have an excuse to pull you over if they want). I dont have a front plate on any of the vehicles that I drive and REFUSE to have one on the Camaro. The dealer said they are required to install the front bracket in order to inspect it, BUT I know that its not required for inspection because I am also a licenced inspector PLUS it doesnt make any scense because if that were the case then you would have to have licence plates on the car, wich you dont when you buy a new car because you have to wait for them to be made. Anyway, to my question. How is the front plate bracket put on the car? Is it bolted with holes drilled through the bumper? One guy at the dealer said that they would probably do it like the vette where it would stick/snap on. Anybody know for sure yet?
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:51 PM   #2
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I'm not sure how dealers are addressing front liscense plates, and I agree with you, they're an eye sore.

That being said, you can look for "hideaway" mounting plates such as those used by Corvette owners. I've found them via the internet.

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Old 02-08-2009, 09:15 PM   #3
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I cannot bear the thought of my dealer, or anyone for that matter, drilling holes into my car! My dealer just warned me that it is required but he can leave them off if I so desired. I'll just leave them at home untill I get a warning I guess, but a good number of people in my area don't have front plates and don't have a problem unless they are making an officer mad enough for him/her to look for some reason to pull them over.
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:21 PM   #4
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I told my dealer to leave them off. They didn't have a problem with it.
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:27 PM   #5
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I also told mine the same thing.....and he said they would just leave the bracket in the trunk.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:47 PM   #6
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hm, i have gotten a warning for this.
and i think it is stupid, every car looks better with out them.
anyone have a picture of the camaro with them?
and it would be cool to know how they attach
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:01 PM   #7
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Here's both of HeatherR's cars with front liscence plates
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:07 PM   #8
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I HATE the way a front plate looks and here in Texas your required to have it(so the ____ have an excuse to pull you over if they want). I dont have a front plate on any of the vehicles that I drive and REFUSE to have one on the Camaro. The dealer said they are required to install the front bracket in order to inspect it, BUT I know that its not required for inspection because I am also a licenced inspector PLUS it doesnt make any scense because if that were the case then you would have to have licence plates on the car, wich you dont when you buy a new car because you have to wait for them to be made. Anyway, to my question. How is the front plate bracket put on the car? Is it bolted with holes drilled through the bumper? One guy at the dealer said that they would probably do it like the vette where it would stick/snap on. Anybody know for sure yet?

I live in MD where the front license plate is required by law too. I hate the way it looks on any car too, and don't have one on my mustang currently (I have gotten a lot of tickets for it). I told my dealer to not install the front plate and they said they wouldn't. Maybe just tell your dealer that since they are only temp tags anyways, just leave the temp tag on the dashboard, and you will install the front plate holder later, which of course you won't actually install.
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:18 PM   #9
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i feel your pain guys up there in the states.. that plate just break the car. it scraps the front end completly why they just give you some kind of a decal that you affix to your windshield??? in the province of Quebec we don't have license plates up front. in some other canadian province they have it like the pics above in ontario.. it's awful.
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:29 PM   #10
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I actually like the front plate. (runs for cover)...

Think they did a good job all things considered.
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:31 PM   #11
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I've driven my Corvette without a front plate in Texas for 8 years with nary a look from the cops. I suspect its because they appreciate the look as well!
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:56 PM   #12
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I'm not sure how dealers are addressing front liscense plates, and I agree with you, they're an eye sore.

That being said, you can look for "hideaway" mounting plates such as those used by Corvette owners. I've found them via the internet.
http://www.westcoastcorvette.com/p-2...ame-c5-c6.aspx

I like it.

But it requires to make holes on the underside of the bumper.
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:37 PM   #13
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But, does it require holes in the front facsia itself? I.E. on part of the car that would be visible if the plate was not there.
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:40 PM   #14
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:25 PM   #15
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is it just me or is the plate crooked in that first pic of the red one?
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:41 PM   #16
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is it just me or is the plate crooked in that first pic of the red one?
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:20 PM   #17
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But, does it require holes in the front facsia itself? I.E. on part of the car that would be visible if the plate was not there.
Yeah like 4 of them. I'm not going to let them do it to mine!
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:24 PM   #18
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I've been in Texas 11 years now. Never had a front plate, never been told to get one (been pulled over twice, inspections every year). I'd say you'll be safe going without.

That being said, I don't mind the front plate on the Camaro.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:59 PM   #19
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The front plate bracket is mounted to the front bumper with four rivits that come packaged with the other hardware. My dealer did not have a problem not putting the bracket on. I will be mounting my front plate with a bracket I got from swiftmotorsports.com that mounts under the bumper. Cost was 60 bucks but it will be worth it not to drill into the bumper.
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Old 07-28-2009, 02:15 PM   #20
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According to my dealer they aren't required to install it, just required to provide it. The had it in sitting in the trunk, said they'd install it if i wanted it installed... but they didn't recommend installing it on that nice of a car I didn't even have to tell them not to put a dealer sticker on it!
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Old 07-28-2009, 02:23 PM   #21
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According to my dealer they aren't required to install it, just required to provide it. The had it in sitting in the trunk, said they'd install it if i wanted it installed... but they didn't recommend installing it on that nice of a car I didn't even have to tell them not to put a dealer sticker on it!
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Old 07-28-2009, 02:26 PM   #22
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I've been offered waivers for not mounting the plate by my dealers within the last few years. California requires them too :(
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Old 07-28-2009, 02:41 PM   #23
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Im in texas too and I did not install my front plate. And never will. If you get a ticket fight it ... most judges will throw them out.
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Im in texas too and I did not install my front plate. And never will. If you get a ticket fight it ... most judges will throw them out.
haven't had any issues in the two weeks i've had it yet, and I've driven right past plenty of state troopers and sheriffs.
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Old 07-28-2009, 09:10 PM   #25
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Why would a judge throw out a ticket for no front plate, when the law says you need one? What would be the grounds of your argument?
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