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      08-10-2006, 05:09 PM   #67
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Well, I need to find some bumper plugs for my front bumper... I removed the front license plate, and it looks much better... I just have to find something to take care of the two holes left by the license plate frame, and might go witht he bumper plugs....

Any suggestions? Maybe even putting the original screws back in???
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AJ, been eyeing the plugs from Bimmian, they're $17 per pair.

http://www.bimmian.com/BPL/90/1
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I see cars with VA plates driving around with like 15% tint on the front windows all the time, so I can't imagine it's that heavily enforced. I just don't want it to come up as an issue at a safety inspection.
Just an update - no problems on the safety inspection. Sixteen bucks later and now I have the ugly inspection sticker messing up the windshield.
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AJ, been eyeing the plugs from Bimmian, they're $17 per pair.

http://www.bimmian.com/BPL/90/1

There is no Monaco...

bumperplugs.com has them for monaco, but they are $35
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Just an update - no problems on the safety inspection. Sixteen bucks later and now I have the ugly inspection sticker messing up the windshield.

Where did you go for it?
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BK,

Yeah, I was a little perturbed to have that sticker on the windshield, it looks off especially coupled with the country/city decal. Note, this is my first VA registered car, my other car being still FL registered (no stickers, property tax etc.)

Did they check for tints?
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There is no Monaco...

bumperplugs.com has them for monaco, but they are $35
Hey yeah, you're right...no monaco. You can email them to find out if they can get you a pair. I assume the orient blue plugs are out of the question....
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They didn't check for tints at all as far as I could tell. If you look at the Virginia State Police safety inspection site, they list the inspection procedure. It is not clear that checking tints is part of it (maybe those items I've bolded below?):

12. INSPECT WINDSHIELD AND OTHER GLASS FOR:
  • Approved type safety glass.
  • Cloudiness, distortion or other obstruction to vision.
  • Cracked, scratched or broken glass.
  • Stickers. ALL UNAUTHORIZED STICKERS MUST BE REMOVED.
  • Sunshading material attached to the windshield to ensure it does not extend more than 3 inches downward from the top of windshield, unless authorized by Medical Waiver Certificate.
  • Operation of left front door glass.
I went to a Sunoco gas station in McLean: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=e...82519981661351

Donny - I don't have and won't get a county decal. And if you have one now, you can remove the county decal if you are in Fairfax County. As of July 1st, they don't require them any more: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/pdf...MoreDecals.pdf
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BK...I'm in Alexandria City

Thanks for the info, I believe the bolded text allude to tint inspection although a note would probably be made, only in extreme cases. Also, would safety inspection, check for front plates?
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BK...I'm in Alexandria City

Thanks for the info, I believe the bolded text allude to tint inspection although a note would probably be made, only in extreme cases. Also, would safety inspection, check for front plates?
Sorry to hear it. Doesn't look like front plate is part of the inspection...

15. – INSPECT LICENSE TAGS FOR:
* Illumination of rear plate.
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Sorry to hear it. Doesn't look like front plate is part of the inspection...

15. INSPECT LICENSE TAGS FOR:
* Illumination of rear plate.
Cool, front plate's coming off soon then

Are you interested in the euro rear fog lamp mod? AJ and I have ordered the parts and will do a group install soon...let me know if you're interested and I can give you more details. Will PM the usual suspects as well....
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Cool, front plate's coming off soon then

Are you interested in the euro rear fog lamp mod? AJ and I have ordered the parts and will do a group install soon...let me know if you're interested and I can give you more details. Will PM the usual suspects as well....

My front plate is off as of now, and I dont think the tints are going to give me a problem. Ill end up running over to a local shop soon to get my inspection done...

Maybe they will do it for free since my car is so amazingly beautiful
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My front plate is off as of now, and I dont think the tints are going to give me a problem. Ill end up running over to a local shop soon to get my inspection done...

Maybe they will do it for free since my car is so amazingly beautiful
Is it not a bad idea to be driving around in your current physical/mental state?
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Is it not a bad idea to be driving around in your current physical/mental state?


yes... but apparently they are not going to care when I show up this weekend for the mazda track events




Im really not going though... Feeling much better... just a flippin chipmunk with swollen jaw and other goodness...
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Are you interested in the euro rear fog lamp mod? AJ and I have ordered the parts and will do a group install soon...let me know if you're interested and I can give you more details. Will PM the usual suspects as well....
I'm not interested for my car, but I am interested in seeing how it goes for you guys. Make sure someone brings a camera!
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I'm not interested for my car, but I am interested in seeing how it goes for you guys. Make sure someone brings a camera!

We should be recieving the part in 2-3 weeks, so Ill be sure to post pics when its all done...

Its pretty much a plug and play... if you notice, the space where the button should be is partially a button now... Not the solid piece I once thought it was...

I just do a lot of backcountry driving in western PA and MD where they often get fog. I see it more as a safety feature than a gimmick...
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Its pretty much a plug and play... if you notice, the space where the button should be is partially a button now... Not the solid piece I once thought it was...

I just do a lot of backcountry driving in western PA and MD where they often get fog. I see it more as a safety feature than a gimmick...
Yep correct, its plug and play...I think we're replacing the entire switch, so its just removing the trim, unplugging the cable and plugging in the euro switch module and putting everything back together...

For $53 its a worthy safety feature...aside from foggy conditions, the rear fogs would also come in handy in inclement wintry conditions with poor visibility...
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