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Old 07-18-2013, 01:02 PM   #1
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Front license plate

Hey Everyone,

When I bought my car(e46 M3), it did not come with any mounts for the front license plate. I do not want to attach it to the bottom grill due to it restricting air flow.

I am not too sure how to go about doing this, since I know I will get pulled over for not having it mounted (even though its right beside me in the car, i know its against the law)

I was looking at the plates that screw into the front tow hook, but not sure if I find the non-symmetrical look too appealing.
My car is also too low for the hide-a-plates.

I'm assuming the oem front holder screws into the bumper, so I am not sure what to do at this point.(I LOVE the no front plate look)

Open to any ideas.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-18-2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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On my old car, I wanted to ensure that nothing pierced the front bumper cover so I went with a Skene solution

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

I'd also be ok with the OEM mount, as I would never remove it, but having it colour coded is too onerous.
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:55 PM   #3
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I like that idea ^^^^, was just checking out the website.

Since you had this already, is there any cons that you would point out ? I would like to only do this once and not have to worry about it again.

Let me know your thoughts since I need to order something very soon.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:08 PM   #4
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The upright bars will have some spring to them and will tend towards the bumper skin. As the bars are made of metal, they will damage your bumper skin.

To counteract this, they provide made of rubber adhesive-backed half-spheres to attach onto the backside of the upright bars so that when you're on the highway, the extra wind pressure on the license plate doesn't drive the bar into the bumper skin.

So the rubber dot touches the bumper skin however the rubber dot collects dirt so if after tens of thousands of km's you remove the bracket, I'm sure two small circles' worth of missing clearcoat will be painfully obvious.

Having said that, I'm getting another Skene myself.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:14 PM   #5
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That's a good point, however since we do need a plate in the front regardless, even and when that does happen, imo that's ok since it'll be covered by the plate anyway.

I noticed to ship two of them is the same price as shipping one. Interested in splitting the shipping ? Not sure if its worth it, i'm in the Durham area. Figured i'd throw it out there since we're both going to order.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:14 PM   #6
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I'm thinking of trying this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...roautoblogt-20

haven't found any real reviews online though.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:15 PM   #7
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I have had motorized plates.

I say if your car isn't low and you aren't planning on lowering it, definitely a go for it.

My car is way too low, specially with my CF lip. I'm loving the Skene Design.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:21 PM   #8
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That's a good point, however since we do need a plate in the front regardless, even and when that does happen, imo that's ok since it'll be covered by the plate anyway.

I noticed to ship two of them is the same price as shipping one. Interested in splitting the shipping ? Not sure if its worth it, i'm in the Durham area. Figured i'd throw it out there since we're both going to order.
I'm going to get mine sent to me directly. Easier for me that way.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:30 PM   #9
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I'm going to get mine sent to me directly. Easier for me that way.
Yeah no problem, figured I'd throw it out there.

Thanks again for the info, will definitely order one as well.
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:01 AM   #10
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I've seen people with what looks like their plate number printed on a vinyl sticker, which is stuck on their bumper. Looks pretty good.
I haven't been able to find where they get it.
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:25 PM   #11
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I've seen people with what looks like their plate number printed on a vinyl sticker, which is stuck on their bumper. Looks pretty good.
I haven't been able to find where they get it.
would that be legal ? lol, nifty idea though.

I actually ended up ordering the Skene design one yesterday. I think for the price and the design, it's really good.

I like the fact that with two bolts I can take off the plate and have the front end looking clean without a plate for photos.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:30 PM   #12
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Not sure, but they had it on their cars for a while. I wish I had asked them when I had a chance. It's not really noticeable, so a cop probably wouldn't care unless he wanted to give you a hard time. I think it may have even had a reflective background, just like real plates.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:35 PM   #13
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i know a few people that have printed/painted plates.

the concensus is, no, its not legal, but cops wont generally give you shit since you're trying to comply with the law (and not **** up your car).

for me, its worth it to keep my car as legal as possible.
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