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      09-05-2014, 01:22 AM   #1
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License plate mounting... how do you??

So the previous owner or dealership simply mounted the standard plates to my car by screwing two huge self-tapping screws straight through the centre of the plate (like right through the middle of the letters/digits).

I suspect that there is some kind of mounting frame (part number from BMW??) that bolts into the bootlid and bumper, that allows you to fit the Australian plates to it??

Surely you folks out there with custom plates don't just screw through the centre of your plates like a total idiot?

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      09-05-2014, 02:06 AM   #2
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middle or defect
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I drilled a hold in the middle of mine - but i don't have custom plates so it doesn't bother me. I think it would bother me if i did.

What about something like this

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Yea I saw Lakinplates when i was googling, but they don't actually show any pictures of the product for e92 BMW's, and the price starts at $99 and increases for any mounting hardware.... so I'm not sure.

For $99 I think i could make a mount myself out of thin aluminium.
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Yeh i reckon it wouldn't be too hard to make one.

But you would have to be careful with the depth of screws fixing the number plate to the aluminium plate. If they went deeper than the aluminium plate you would need a spacer between the plate and the car - but then it can start to look a bit ugly if it pokes out from the boot too much.

From their website it looks like Lakin do 'multi fit' for around $60 if you're willing to measure and drill the holes yourself...?
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I didn't want to sacrifice my personalised plates, so I attached a similar sized object (another number plate) to the BMW and then attached my personalised plate on top of that using the proper number plate holes - works a treat!
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Feel free to tell me this is a stupid idea - but what about some ultra strong double sided tape to attach the plate?
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Feel free to tell me this is a stupid idea - but what about some ultra strong double sided tape to attach the plate?
Nah bro, might be fine for badges but not that, too much mass for bumps/acceleration/weather
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Outdoor/vehicle urethane double sided tape is fine. Have mounted plates with them before, also to mount my rear performance lip spoiler and front splitters doing various high speed events with.

The key is prepping and ensuring good adhesion
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Maybe even some silastic?

They use that a lot to install metal signs to brick walls etc?
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Velcro. That way you can peel off the plates and stick them in the boot to avoid parking fines.
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Velcro. That way you can peel off the plates and stick them in the boot to avoid parking fines.
That's rather sneaky and I like it, but then I'd have to remove the plates ever time I go to the shops?
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Feel free to tell me this is a stupid idea - but what about some ultra strong double sided tape to attach the plate?
That's what I did, works fine.
3m automotive double sided tape is tough stuff.
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A few years ago I bought a set of Euro plate adapters from VicRoads, even though I was in NSW, that held in the plates without having to drill anything and they went into the two holes on the boot with expanding screws. Worked fairly well. Not sure if they some in regular size or not.
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i use to place it on my window when i see a police
got sick of doing that so temporary ziptied it on my grill.... but temporary has been so long. :/ lol
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Or.. Tow hook mount

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