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      12-29-2012, 06:12 PM   #1
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Front license plate attachment question

Silly questions time, I'm sure.

Holes on front mounting plate don't match up with my license plate. Do I need some form of adapter? What am I missing?

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You're not missing anything. Look closely and you will see four very small dimples - two at the top and two at the bottom located to the outside of the existing holes - which will align with your license plate. A type of sheet metal screw is used to fasten the plate. I believe the existing holes fit European plates only.
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European plates go on a bracket/frame which is attached with screws.
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i solve that problem real easily ... I don't run a front plate ... interferes with the aesthetics of the vehicle
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i solve that problem real easily ... I don't run a front plate ... interferes with the aesthetics of the vehicle
Can't get away with that here, although it would've precluded me from getting a few tickets.

Also, had to use adhesive on the edges -- the parking sensors were picking them up.
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Can't get away with that here, although it would've precluded me from getting a few tickets.

Also, had to use adhesive on the edges -- the parking sensors were picking them up.
well it's not legal here either ... but cops don't seem to really care ... which is good
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well it's not legal here either ... but cops don't seem to really care ... which is good
Guess they have real crimes to worry about.
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You're not missing anything. Look closely and you will see four very small dimples - two at the top and two at the bottom located to the outside of the existing holes - which will align with your license plate. A type of sheet metal screw is used to fasten the plate. I believe the existing holes fit European plates only.
When this thread resurfaced, I realized I neglected to say thank you for your response. Spot on and very helpful. Thanks!
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don't ruin the front end

Wi requires front plates - but I haven't had one for more than 15 years with 3 different cars. I do keep a license plate under my seat so I can throw it up on the front dash if I ever get stopped. I think the likelihood of getting stopped for lack of a front plate as the only violation is quite slim - probably only going to happen if a cop is trying to radar you as you are approaching but can't get a read - and then it would probably only happen in a low traffic situation.
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