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Old 03-13-2013, 11:08 AM   #1
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Hey everyone. I DO NOT want to drill holes in my front bumper. What plate mounting options are there? Already checked out Craig's custom brackets... Apparently he doesn't make anything for 2013-2014 and not for the MCoA grille.

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I bought this one from AM and have been very pleased with it. It's simple and I didn't have to drill my bumper for it. I added it when I installed the BOSS 302 splitter on my GT/CS fascia.
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That's interesting. If be concerned about usability during winter/dirty road months. That thing's gotta get gunned up and harder to move with dirt and gravel, no?

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First off, I did a search on front License plate holders. There were twelve or so answers.

The majority of them were as IanM suggested! Buying the flip up from American Muscle (btw, it comes in manual and one with a switch inside) And by the looks of their rides they wouldn't allow it to become yukkie. They'd keep it cleaned. Or their Mustang gets stored for the winter months.

Or there is Ford! They make two! One that attached to the bumper and one that attached from beneath. Perhaps, one of those may work.

Or you can put a Bra on your car like mine. I have never gotten a ticket and my car is an 07. Mind you, l live in SoCal, have NO snow or sludge to worry about.
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I live in Texas where front plates are required. I've been stopped 3 times and the last two times I told the officer, I've spent a lot of money modifying my mustang and I'm not about to drill holes in my bumper or ****** it up with a front license plate. I'd rather pay the $110 fine. Both times the officer laughed and one called me a hard headed sob (jokingly) but neither times did I get a ticket. And I haven't been stopped about it in over a year.

I'm not saying go out and talk **** to the cops but some cops have respect for being honest and to the point.
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To be honest, I'd rather pay a fine too. I don't mind the stow and go. That way I can just say I was showing the car to a friend (which I probably was ..) and forgot to pull it out. I can do it while he's there and if I'm not a complete arse I'm sure I'd simply get a warning.

Thankfully this ticket doesn't kill insurance.

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ive seen other companies that sell kits that have no drilling anywhere etc, keep looking. I agree front plates look bad
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I'm having a really tough time finding anything other than the mechanical stow and go or Craig's customs for mustang. If anyone has links to anything if be very grateful.

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Here's an idea.

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What if you picked up two of these license plate magnets and glued one on the inside of your bumper and the other one bolted to your license plate. Be sure to have the magnetic field in the position so that they draw together.

Anyone wanna try this?
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Interesting. I emailed the guy asking how it would work on a mustang seeing as we have a slight curve in the bumper.

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Maybe you could bend them to fit or mount it just to the side of the curve.
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Eww the only thing that looks worse than a front plate is an off-centre front plate

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Which is why I'd rather just pay the fine.
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Exactly .

But good news! I just received a message from Craig @ Craig's custom brackets and he's able to help. Because I am getting the MCoA grille, his design for the Cali Special GT package will work .

It's a good solution. It's solid, unobtrusive, much more subtle than the factory bracket, and removable when I want to tempt fate (probably often :p...)

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Nice! Post it up when you get it on.
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Happy to... But the car is a factory order, so it's still 8-10 weeks out lol.

No doubt if it works as well as I've heard it does, I'll take pics and post it here. He seems like a good guy and I'm always about helping word of mouth spread on a great product .

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You haven't even got the car yet and you're already changing chit on it! Hahaha! It's like a fever.
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Actually, I'm not much of a modder...

But it's my first new car and I'll be damned if someone's going to take a drill to it! Lol

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Yeah, make sure you stress that to the dealer. Sometimes they install the bracket when they prep the car for pick up.
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Already have, and plan to remind them :p

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As long as you don't have an attitude, you probably will get away with it. Get an attitude and the officer will hand several tickets. Use a lot of Yes Sir and No Sir's.
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As long as you don't have an attitude, you probably will get away with it. Get an attitude and the officer will hand several tickets. Use a lot of Yes Sir and No Sir's.
+1 *** kissin will get you everywhere. Lol
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Just bought one of these last week, the thing works great. Kind of weird though, I bought it off ebay from a guy who is on a Saleen forum who apparently makes them and sells them but now they aren't on there. Same exact bracket though.
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Glad Craig's got one for you. Keep mine on the RR seat floorboard just in case I'm about to get the blue light special. Six months a year = low risk?
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Ya, that's what I figure... Keep it handy, be polite and courteous with any cops, and simply explain that I was showing the car and forgot to re-install. They go on fast enough that I could even do it in front of him. I'm fairly sure the odd time it might be an issue I'll be able to skirt the fine.

So much traffic around here they may not even notice often of at all!

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I never have understood why certain states require a front license plate...can it only be to obtain additional revenue from the driver?
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Have you seen the STO n SHO? Hidden mounting bracket and pull a pin to remove or slide in the front plate.
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No idea, my guess its a money grab. It's the sane in Canada. Half of the provinces require it, half don't. Not surprisingly, all but one of the provinces who don't require front plates have low populations. So I'm sure money definitely has something to do with it.

Again, it's a pain, but as long as any ticket doesn't provide demerits, I'll be fine "paying to play" so to speak.

Saw the sto n show, not bad, but I feel Craig's solution will be more sturdy.

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And for the record, that one high density province that does not require it is Quebec. It's our French speaking province and they tend to be quite left leaning politically, so anything that involves giving the police MORE control is quite frowned upon (such as a front license).

Lovely province. Terrible drivers lol. Love visiting anyways.

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ive seen an automated one that with a switch flip pops out and up and you can pull it back in as well, those are neat but a lot of hassle.
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