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      08-25-2011, 10:07 PM   #177
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As long as the bolt holes match, I don't see why it shouldn't
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      08-25-2011, 11:40 PM   #178
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Thats pretty neat. Too bad my car already had holes drilled. Doh!
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      08-26-2011, 01:35 PM   #179
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I still love this plate mount. Had it on my car for some months now...maybe close to a year almost and the mesh is perfect and there are no marks at all on the bumper from the silicone bump stops I stuck on the back of the plate.

Just don't like that I have to take the plate off every time I take it to the wash because the guys are not careful and bend the plate down with the dumbass sponge, potentially damaging the mesh since everything is stiff and won't bend when fully installed.
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      01-05-2012, 01:57 AM   #180
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Just installed mine, thanks for the heads up bro.
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      01-09-2012, 04:21 PM   #181
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what kind of washers should we get? size?
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      01-29-2012, 04:02 AM   #182
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great mod!
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      03-20-2012, 10:18 AM   #183
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Wow thats an awesome alternative! Good thing i dont need a front plate in my state.
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      05-17-2012, 11:18 AM   #185
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I used toggle bolts... no special tools need...
What size did you use and where you get them? Thanks!
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      05-20-2012, 08:19 PM   #186
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Not sure which one, sorry... I get them in home depot... they are cheap enough to buy multiple sizes and try them out... The critical thing is to fit the butterfly in the collapse position into the hexagonal plastic grille. The bolt length is not critical at all.

Put washer on the other end and that is it... clean, cheap, no special tools and sturdy enough for highway speed with no problem.

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      05-20-2012, 08:38 PM   #187
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Not sure which one, sorry... I get them in home depot... they are cheap enough to buy multiple sizes and try them out... The critical thing is to fit the butterfly in the collapse position into the hexagonal plastic grille. The bolt length is not critical at all.

Put washer on the other end and that is it... clean, cheap, no special tools and sturdy enough for highway speed with no problem.

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I've had my plate adapter sitting on my desk for months but after getting another no plate tix, finally decided to slap it on. Doing the same as you with the toggle bolts. The trick though with this plate adapter is to figure out what's the ideal position. Setting the bracket at an angle like so gets most height is nice but I'm worried about if someone backs into me. The bracket would no doubt make a nice mark on my bumper. If you set the bracket perfectly horizontal, you then have a gap between the bumper and plate and it sits a bit low. It's definitely trial & error.

One other thing I may do however is spray paint the plate adapter black seeing how people complain that it eventually rusts.
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      05-20-2012, 09:36 PM   #188
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Yes I did the same concern with you regarding the mark on the bumper, but I brought some EPDM rubber/foam gasket made for sealing the exterior window. Find the one that came with self adhesive glue on the back, stick it on the back of the plate and that should take care of the bumper marking.

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      01-18-2013, 10:30 AM   #189
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Here is a great one. No holes in front.

http://skenedesign.com/FPBracket/index.shtml

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The other one can be had for less than $10.00 though via Amazon.
I bought one but have yet to use it since I haven't been stopped yet.
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I wanted to share with you the less than $10 solution to mounting your license plates without drilling holes in your front bumper, as already mentioned in this thread using the Bell bracket on my front mesh, which I have been using for two years, now.

I can keep it on through a laser wash, but I have to unscrew the front plate (two bottom screws, big deal) if I have to go through a soft touch drive-thru...

This is how it looks up close:




This is how it looks in public:






This is how it held up at Summit Point:

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      01-20-2014, 05:51 PM   #192
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if anyone searching forums for this I found these here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=proshpaint-20
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Here is a great one. No holes in front.

http://skenedesign.com/FPBracket/index.shtml
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The other one can be had for less than $10.00 though via Amazon.
I bought one but have yet to use it since I haven't been stopped yet.
Here is a thread I created a LONG time ago. I actually prefer the skene because it holds the plate up higher and blocks less of the airflow to the intercooler. Mounts like the one flip4335 is using, holds the plate much lower. If you compare pics at least 1/2 or more of the plate is hanging down in front of the intercooler. Where as with the Skene very little of the plate is blocking the face of the intercooler. And before anyone says...yes you can get the plate holder that mounts on the tow hook....but I don't like the offset look. I know the bell is adjustable too...but I haven't seen any pics where it holds the plate as high as the Skene.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=378800



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      01-21-2014, 07:09 PM   #194
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      01-23-2014, 03:44 PM   #195
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Clean look. Wish I did this before I bought the tow mount plates...
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      03-13-2014, 01:52 PM   #197
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Did you have to remove anything to get this on? Bought mine today but it's too cold to mess with it
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      03-14-2014, 11:27 AM   #198
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Did you have to remove anything to get this on? Bought mine today but it's too cold to mess with it
see post # 155...probably the easiest way to get this on
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