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      05-16-2008, 06:48 AM   #1
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License Plate Frames

Looking for a good clever license plate frame for my 335. What do you guys have? I remember there was a vendor at the Tacoma Mall that had a good selection, I've searched online and cannot find any.
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      05-16-2008, 07:31 AM   #2
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This is what I plan on getting.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Carbo...ayphotohosting
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      05-16-2008, 09:22 AM   #3
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the best license plate frame is the one you don't put on. they look like crap. every single one of them. don't do it.
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$74 (includes shipping) for a license plate holder. Tat seems a bit steep
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      05-16-2008, 09:37 AM   #5
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the best license plate frame is the one you don't put on. they look like crap. every single one of them. don't do it.
+1: My dealers frame stays on until the warranty is up. Then it's in the trash.
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the best license plate frame is the one you don't put on. they look like crap. every single one of them. don't do it.
Disagree. I got the Bimmian color matched one and it looks clean. Makes the plate look smaller.
http://www.bimmian.com/92/

Although, most of the other ones look like shit. I find the BMW ones tacky. As if people don't already know it's a bimmer...
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Disagree. I got the Bimmian color matched one and it looks clean. Makes the plate look smaller.
http://www.bimmian.com/92/

Although, most of the other ones look like shit. I find the BMW ones tacky. As if people don't already know it's a bimmer...
Did you get screw caps with that frame? I don't like the look of the exposed screws, otherwise the frame looks nice.
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      05-16-2008, 09:50 AM   #8
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On my last trip to Maui, i stopped by the BMW dealer there and picked up a plate frame. On top of the plate it says "BMW of Maui", and on the bottom it says "Aloha". I like it because its different than pretty much any other frame I've seen and it makes me want to go back to that place everytime i look at the back of my car.
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      05-16-2008, 09:52 AM   #9
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My dealers frame stays on until the warranty is up. Then it's in the trash.
ya same
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+1: My dealers frame stays on until the warranty is up. Then it's in the trash.
haha.. I take it your entire car is staying stock till then too?
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      05-16-2008, 11:00 AM   #11
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+1: My dealers frame stays on until the warranty is up. Then it's in the trash.
hmmmm.. yeah, i don't think they are going to void your warranty because you removed the dealer's license plate frame.
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I usually just go to Autobarn or some other auto store and pick up a thin, plain, gloss black metal frame. Nice and clean, and inexpensive
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$74 (includes shipping) for a license plate holder. Tat seems a bit steep
There's also this slightly chaper one from **********s but I just don't like how their name is printed on the frame, unless its just a sticker?
http://www.**********s.com/product.a...ense_Holder_DC

Either way its REAL carbon fiber so you're not just paying for a cheap imitation.
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+1: My dealers frame stays on until the warranty is up. Then it's in the trash.
Umm...why? The thing I hate the most is free advertising for the dealer. I would only leave that thing on if they paid me.

I bought the plain black ones, which looks good on my black car.
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I think color matched looks clean. Otherwise, go without.
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I'd get a colormatched slimline, but I haven't found one yet and don't care enough to try painting one myself. I'd do gloss black to match shadowline trim if I had it, but I don't, so I have a naked plate. I don't like frames that partially cover up text on the plate; that just looks sloppy to me.

That eBay CF frame is espcially bad: you'll either have two (bottom) screws under the frame so it won't sit straight, or your plate will rattle every time you close the trunk. Bad mojo.
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How about the front? What are people doing for their front plates (if they have em ). My plates finally came in, and I'm intentionally procrastinating on putting them on.
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      05-16-2008, 12:29 PM   #18
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+1: My dealers frame stays on until the warranty is up. Then it's in the trash.
I echo tjnptel1 & lem144... what's the point of keeping it on while it's still under warranty?
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      05-16-2008, 12:34 PM   #19
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How about the front? What are people doing for their front plates (if they have em ). My plates finally came in, and I'm intentionally procrastinating on putting them on.
I got this plate holder from Murray's and moded it to fit the holes the dealer already drilled in the front bumper.

http://www.partsamerica.com/productd...egoryCode=3146

I also got a nice plastic frame that has flush screw caps and painted it the same color as my car. It looks 10x better than that huge stock plate holder.
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Bimmian/Skene

I purchased the Skene Design bracket (http://www.skenedesign.com/) in combo with a Bimmian body colored plates for front and rear (http://www.bimmian.com/90/). I can remove the bracket and the body colored plate minimizes the actual plate size.
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There's also this slightly chaper one from **********s but I just don't like how their name is printed on the frame, unless its just a sticker?
http://www.**********s.com/product.a...ense_Holder_DC

Either way its REAL carbon fiber so you're not just paying for a cheap imitation.
It's just a sticker and it doesn't come with it on there - it comes sticker free. Perhaps we need to get that clarified on the site
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I'd go with either a Carbon Fiber or Painted license plate frame.
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