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Old 04-25-2009, 07:52 AM   #1
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Front License Plates :-(

So I realized today that in my state, front license plates are REQUIRED ... needless to say this is quite heartbreaking, as i do NOT want that crap on my Camaro. Anyone know of any loopholes or ways I can avoid marring my beautiful Camaro?
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:58 AM   #2
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So I realized today that in my state, front license plates are REQUIRED ... needless to say this is quite heartbreaking, as i do NOT want that crap on my Camaro. Anyone know of any loopholes or ways I can avoid marring my beautiful Camaro?
Same problem in Texas bro. I have a 02 Z-28 bought it new and they had to slap that crap onto my vehicle...man I was peed Anyway just this past year I decided it was time to get rid of the thing....so I checked around with several law enforcement friends and wanted there take....here in Texas the license plate has to at least be visible 30 feet away....I put a billett grille on with the license plate back behind it because I like the clean look....saw far so good...I have passed cops and no problems. Other people I kow just bend the license plate and stick it right under the lip of the car.....I would just check with the state laws to see what is acceptable and what isn't.It will save you from getting a ticket anyways.....
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:58 AM   #3
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Not sure how these states will deal with it.

Mine is one of them...... :(
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Old 04-25-2009, 08:10 AM   #4
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Here in Ct a front plate is required. The law was never enforced until recently. I think the state is just looking for money. I saw somewhere someone is making a front plate bracket for the Camaro that can be removed- (two piece slide gizmo) that bolts under the front cover. I think it is about $49.00. My dealer has been told no front plate or dealer name !.
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Old 04-25-2009, 08:32 AM   #5
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Old 04-25-2009, 08:51 AM   #6
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Sounds like a good plan!!

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haha, yeah, i knew i was crazy for moving back to Iowa! Ah well, I'll have to see what the requirements are and find someway around it...
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This is from another post;


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Haha, that is sweet! May have to get one, thanks for the info!
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:44 AM   #10
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Depending upon your laws

In MO the front is required as well; however, my dealership is going to install one of those retractable (powered) license plate holders. This way you can have it up / viewable / legal when you are moving, and down when you want to look at your car / at a show / waxing etc.

Google U-tube for retractable license plate holders.
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:47 AM   #11
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Slap it on your dash if you get pulled over... just needs to be displayed on the front... depending on wording doesn't say has to be drilled into the bumper.

Or just suck it up and take the ticket.
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Old 04-25-2009, 12:24 PM   #12
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The thing with front plates not being inforced in the past and now are is that with the red light camera and photo radar. They lock in on the front plate. Toll boths also use the plate to catch the abusers. And last night a local police force was showing off the two new units that .... get ready

Scan your plate as it passes the cruiser. In 1/100 of a second it has already pulled the plate and checked to see if it is stolen, wrong plate, APB'd by any police force (including out of state). I am also suspect that it checks to see if the vehicle has insurance and if the owner has any unpaid tickets or warrants. In just 3 days they arrested 74 people.

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Here is the local news story on It and yes according to the story warrants and insurance are checked also.

http://www.kfdm.com/video/index.php?...id=20997384001

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Old 04-25-2009, 01:13 PM   #13
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The thing with front plates not being inforced in the past and now are is that with the red light camera and photo radar. They lock in on the front plate. Toll boths also use the plate to catch the abusers. And last night a local police force was showing off the two new units that .... get ready
Good point... However I do know from personnal experience our toll system in Houston uses rear plate cameras.
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The thing with front plates not being inforced in the past and now are is that with the red light camera and photo radar. They lock in on the front plate. Toll boths also use the plate to catch the abusers. And last night a local police force was showing off the two new units that .... get ready

Scan your plate as it passes the cruiser. In 1/100 of a second it has already pulled the plate and checked to see if it is stolen, wrong plate, APB'd by any police force (including out of state). I am also suspect that it checks to see if the vehicle has insurance and if the owner has any unpaid tickets or warrants. In just 3 days they arrested 74 people.

Update:

Here is the local news story on It and yes according to the story warrants and insurance are checked also.

http://www.kfdm.com/video/index.php?...id=20997384001
Ya, our department has had a couple of those cars for a while now. It can scan cars going the opposite direction as well, It gets a full 360* around. Pretty cool technology. officers just have to worry about driving and the computer just pulls all the information.
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Old 04-25-2009, 02:55 PM   #15
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Have run the last 8 years in our state with no front plates on any of three cars... so far, not one stop. As a matter of fact, our state is considering legislation to get rid of the front plate on 'economic' grounds.. costs twice as much to manufacture, therefore wasting the taxpayers' money.
Appeal to your state legislation to pass similar laws. If you can't beat 'em, change the laws! What the *** are they really NEEDED for anyway?

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Old 04-25-2009, 03:10 PM   #16
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Good point... However I do know from personnal experience our toll system in Houston uses rear plate cameras.
Yeah I know about Good ole Houston toll system. But it was because of the dumb arse's that were driving backwards thru there to keep their plates from showin. JK. My neighbor is a State Trooper and he told me about the front plate thing in Texas getting more strict. He said that in the Ol days they just used it as an excuse to pull over suspicious cars and search them.

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Old 04-25-2009, 04:11 PM   #17
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LOL... I'd like to see them go backwards through at 80mph where I drive. I still see a lot of Texas cars without front plates... I soon will be one of them.
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Old 04-25-2009, 04:52 PM   #18
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I'm having a hard time coming to terms with this issue. Its like having a big red zit on your nose,
or having a big barcoded serial number over the mona lisa.
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Old 04-25-2009, 05:46 PM   #19
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Front plates are required here in VA to. So I found someone who is willing to make a front plate mount similar to this one for the Mustang:

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I should have it shortly and I will take a bunch of pictures of it on and off the car. I will also give everyone information on where you can get one if you are interested.
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Old 04-25-2009, 06:03 PM   #20
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Slap it on your dash if you get pulled over... just needs to be displayed on the front... depending on wording doesn't say has to be drilled into the bumper.

Or just suck it up and take the ticket.
When my daughter was driving the '94 Firebird, her front plate was on the dash, she was pulled over and she got a fix-it ticket. This was a couple years ago.

Now my son is driving a '95 Z28, yesterday when I saw his front plate on the dash, I told him that isn't going to cut it, and sure enough, after he left my house, he got pulled over on the Interstate by a trooper for not having a front plate. Jinxed him I guess.

I'm leaning towards either the auto or manual plate holder from Swift Motorsports when my car arrives.
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:34 AM   #22
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Wire tie it up. Won't hurt your car and should be legal, as long as it's there. Works in South Dakota, anyway.
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:39 AM   #23
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In MO the front is required as well; however, my dealership is going to install one of those retractable (powered) license plate holders. This way you can have it up / viewable / legal when you are moving, and down when you want to look at your car / at a show / waxing etc.

Google U-tube for retractable license plate holders.
This is waht I was thinking of doing. Here in NJ its required also.
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In my state it is also required. But since my camaro will be a showcar next summer (lots of stuff being done to it!!) I will be taking the front plates off and getting the holes fixed up. I think it takes away from the look of the front of the car.

So basicily i'm saying F it and getting it removed anyways. LOL.
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:55 AM   #25
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