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Old 07-19-2012, 03:21 AM   #1
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Front License Plate

Howdy, So my mustang has a license plate on the front, which is good...and bad. Good for i wont be pulled over, bad for its not looking good i wanna remove it and put my license plate on the dash. But i have the black license plate holder (i dont know what it called), how can i remove it without leaving holes on my bumper? Or where can i go to remove it..? thanks
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I removed mine because I didn't like it, but the holes are drilled in. It's 2 screws you just take out.
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If you put it on your dash be sure to secure it somehow, if you just tuck it underneath your windscreen it can become weaponized in a crash and take off your head

I requested the dealer to not install the bracket and give me a bracket that tucks the plate away under the bumper, but the kit didnt fit, id have to cut into my bumper apron, so i ended up installing the factory bracket damn laws
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I hate the front license plate on the bumper too. But putting the license plate in the windshield doesn't look any better. IMO.
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Im glad we dont have to do that here in good ol Oklahoma!
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Re: Front License Plate

I have the two holes in mine from the previous owner. So nice of them to take the damn thing off. I would rather have the bracket and a plate on there then two holes. Anyone have a OEM bracket they want to sell?
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Re: Front License Plate

alright so go to bumperplugs.com they have push pins there that will fill the holes in your bumper and will match the paint color on the head of the push pins for any make or model even ones that aren't posted to the website. I would recommend hide away plate instead of mounting your license plate to the wind shield. The manual operating one only cost 50 bucks and just pull it and push it to operaterate it.
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It is easier in california to just leave the front plate on I know it's ugly but it's a lot less hassle than getting pulled over every day.
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It is easier in california to just leave the front plate on I know it's ugly but it's a lot less hassle than getting pulled over every day.
+100000 Cali cops suck, they will give you a fix it ticket for anything.!!
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+100000 Cali cops suck, they will give you a fix it ticket for anything.!!
California is a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there , Wait I do live there *****.
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California is a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there , Wait I do live there *****.
Yea I knw what you mean, people hype this place up too much and i don't like it. Haha me too but I do plan on getting out
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Told the dealer, "I'm not taking the car if you drill in those holes for the front plate" so Iv been driving it for over 2 years with no ticket
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Told the dealer, "I'm not taking the car if you drill in those holes for the front plate" so Iv been driving it for over 2 years with no ticket
That's what my dad did with his challenger then got pulled got a verbal warning. With a 96 trans am he had he got it licensed in a state that didn't require front plates because it never had one on it after 15 years.
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I have had a car without front plates since 1997, and I have never gotten as much as a warning. That's in Santa Cruz/Capitola California. Knock on wood.
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I have had a car without front plates since 1997, and I have never gotten as much as a warning. That's in Santa Cruz/Capitola California. Knock on wood.
You do know you just jinxed yourself right?
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Re: Front License Plate

If you want to live in Cali and avoid all the issue... have a residence in another state and make it your permanent residence then just reside in Cali. I'm sure it makes things a lot easier.
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If you want to live in Cali and avoid all the issue... have a residence in another state and make it your permanent residence then just reside in Cali. I'm sure it makes things a lot easier.
That legal? Sounds like insurance fraud except for a house lol
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I have the resolution for this but I need to do some searching and find the name. I used to hang out with a Camaro guy who had his plate bracket off the front, and they make one that installs under the number that you can fold and tuck under for shows. Gonna try and find it, gimme a bit.
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FOUND IT!!! Search for Altec retractable front license plate cover. There's vids and pics with these on Mustangs. Can get remote controlled ones too lol. In the Camaro world they called it "Show-N-Go" when it first came out, that's the Altec brand one.

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And to add to that, I suggest also surfing the Camaro/Dodge forums for ideas because they didn't come with front mounting brackets, so people were trying to figure out alternate ways to display their front plate. In one Camaro forum someone said he saw a guy with his plate inside the cabin on the passenger side visor flipped up towards the window to display it. Just giving you some ideas.

But for those who do want to take off the front bracket or got an aftermarket bumper, if you can get the Altec retractable plate holder, that's a very nice modification to keep the clean look. I want to get one myself at some point.
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Thanks for the post. Just got mine Saturday, and I told them not to mount the front. CT requires them, so I need the lower brackets. Never heard of a retractable one though. Will definitely look into it.
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Can anyone give me an idea how I might remove this bracket? I've checked behind the grille, but the back of these are not exposed at all. Will these need to be drilled out? I've read where people have done that with the plastic rivets...
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Can anyone give me an idea how I might remove this bracket? I've checked behind the grille, but the back of these are not exposed at all. Will these need to be drilled out? I've read where people have done that with the plastic rivets...
I am not familiar with this arrangement!
Did you try to turning them?
I would start with CCW first.
You can put 2 nuts on the threaded end. One nut will lock against the 2nd nut allowing you to put a bit of force on it.
I'm, sure someone will chime in.
When I bought my Mustang new, I told the dealer not to put the holder on and no holes in the bumper. I bought my own bottom mounted holder.
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I did try turning them, put they just spin and spin. It's the darndest thing!
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I've never seen that before. Mine was held on with two self threading bolts.

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Those are rivets. Punch that center part in with a punch and hammer, then hit the hole with a drill bit just a little bit bigger than the hole your left with once those center pieces are gone. It will pop off. I've never seen them rivet them on like that
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No kidding. But he used the search function, so I like him already haha. It is odd they used rivets instead of self- tapping screws. I lucked out and got one that didn't have the front bracket. Just ziptied the plate to the lower grill. Before car shows, I just cut the zipties.
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No kidding. But he used the search function, so I like him already haha. It is odd they used rivets instead of self- tapping screws. I lucked out and got one that didn't have the front bracket. Just ziptied the plate to the lower grill. Before car shows, I just cut the zipties.
Maybe they thought it would be less damaging
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Those are rivets. Punch that center part in with a punch and hammer, then hit the hole with a drill bit just a little bit bigger than the hole your left with once those center pieces are gone. It will pop off. I've never seen them rivet them on like that
Thanks again for your help oxford, so essentially, I am going to be knocking these suckers out with the punch and hammer? Should I worry at all about the plastic cracking or whatever behind the rivets?
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This kinda looks like how mine is. I noticed on the back side of the bumper I have a crack in it originating from the rivet or whatever it is. Guess I'll be keeping my front plate on...


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Thanks again for your help oxford, so essentially, I am going to be knocking these suckers out with the punch and hammer? Should I worry at all about the plastic cracking or whatever behind the rivets?

Yeah be careful. If they don't move easily take some pliers and grab and push that center part in (toward the car). Basically you are trying to get that center pin out, and the only way it will happen is to push it in once you do that the bigger part will easily drill out. I'm pretty sure these are aluminum ones. So they are soft metal. Shouldn't be too hard. You might even try to wiggle that center part back and forth side to side with pliers to get it to snap closer to the bigger part so you don't have to push in so much of the tab. If you get in a pinch hit me up. Worst case we can take your bumper off. I've had mine off about 4-5 times already. It's easy

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Front License Plate

If you need a front license plate in your state, why don't you attach it like I did? Zip tied on and I can cut them whenever I want.

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