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      09-10-2005, 12:32 AM   #1
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License plate holes

Picked up my new Titanium Silver car today and shreiked when I saw the front license plate on it. I got the car home and removed it and found they screwed the license plate directly into the front bumper

So, is there a way to cover the holes, fill them touch them up etc? Or should I just put the plate back on?

I would prefer a clean look as apposed to a plate on the front.
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      09-10-2005, 12:45 AM   #2
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Plugs should be available at your local auto parts or hardware store. That is probably the easiest and cheapest thing to do. Sorry about your inconsiderate dealer.
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      09-10-2005, 01:16 AM   #3
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http://www.bumperplugs.com check this site out to solve your problem
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      09-10-2005, 02:48 AM   #4
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thats cool never seen that before
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      09-10-2005, 03:35 AM   #5
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no worries mate i ordered the keyhole plug for my e90 today
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      09-10-2005, 04:22 AM   #6
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Wow, sorry to hear that happened! I made a point of asking my salesman, very specifically, that they absolutely NOT put a front plate mount or drill any holes what-so-ever in the front of my car. He faxed me over a "Special Request" to sign to make it official. I guess to protect them from the law or something--so it better not happen! :mad: I'm picking "her" up next week sometime. Not sure what day yet.
 
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      09-10-2005, 06:14 PM   #7
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My holes are 1/8" size and bumperplugs wants me to make the hole bigger at 1/4" for theirs to fit. It would just feel wrong drilling bigger holes into the front bumper!
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      09-10-2005, 09:26 PM   #8
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I would rather perfectly matching bumper plugs of proven quality. I dont think it will make a difference the color matching will disguise them anyway.
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Just ordered the plugs today. They charge $9 dollars for shipping which is a rip off for something this small. Total order came to $33 dollars. I will post before and after pics for everyone once I get them.

Seriously if this company wants to stay in business, they need a better looking site, and lower prices. I am ok with $24 for the plugs, but $9 for shipping tells me they are pocketing even more of my money and making a profit. I would rather pay $29 for the plugs and $4 for the shipping which is the same price than to have them think they can fool me into a high shipping rate if you know what I mean.
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They charge $9 dollars for shipping . . .
Yep, 9 bucks for shipping is definitely a rip!
 
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      09-13-2005, 11:02 PM   #11
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I have the bumper plugs on my Ti/Ag. The paint match is excellent.

You do need to enlarge the plate holder holes to install the plugs.

I used a fresh, sharp 1/4-inch drill bit (6.35 mm) and simply turning the bit by hand was easily able to enlarge the existing hole. Again, a sharp bit is best.

I then used a new sharp razor blade to trim bits of plastic shaving from the hole.

The bumper material is very soft and not brittle.

Before installing the plugs it is critical to get the bumper plastic surrounding the hole as flush as possible with the rest of the bumper. When removing the screws from the plate holder the soft plastic tends to deform outward. Even with an enlarged 1/4-inch hole the area around the hole can be raised slightly. The idea is to mate the bumper plug - the back side of which is flat - as flush as possible to the bumper.

Once the hole is prepared, just push the plug straight in. heh heh. Be gentle with the plug - its paint is exactly that - the color is not molded in so the paint can chip and peel off the plastic plug.

Once on the bumper the plug is noticeable, but not nearly as the plate holder holes. (And the whole kit, imo, is much nicer than the ugly plastic plate holder although not as nice as an undrilled bumper.)
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      09-14-2005, 01:35 AM   #12
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Im sure the $9 delivery will be worth it...think of me im getting it delivered to Sydney Australia so i think its cost more for delivery than what the product costs... dont worry you will be happy
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the did the same hing to me tooo, u have to bondo it then get it painted over it sucks but what can u do....
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Ordered mine should be commin in today~ ill take some pics and post them
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