So, the dumb-a$$ dealership (Honda, not Jeep) thought it was a good idea to drill two holes in the plastic of my stock bumper to affix their dealer logo plate. I didn't realize that it was attached with screws until last night, when I went to take it off. Now, I have two ugly, and not even cleanly drilled holes in the front of my bumper.
I went ahead and painted the screws black, and will put them back in for now to hide the holes.
Does anyone know where I could get the silver plate that came stock on Sahara models? I know a lot I people take them off. I was thinking about plasti-diping or bed lining one black, and putting it over the bumper.
Feel free to tell me I'm overreacting and should just leave it alone, but I want to leave my stock bumpers on for now, and those two holes are just irritating me now.
I think you will find that most bumpers and Sahara bumper panels will have these front license plate holes.
__________________ Jeff _(OIIIO)_
08 Black and Khaki JK Sahara Unlimited, Dual Tops, MyGig, Tow pkg, Trax-Lok Rear Diff,
Mods -- 3.5" Rock Krawler front springs, 2.5 TerraFlex BB, PitBull Rockers 37x12.50x17 on ProComp 7069 alloys, AEV Premium Bumper,
You can buy them through various accessory shops, dealership, but best use eBay or Craigslist to fine them (cheaper). Some people don't like them and sell online. Check sale items on here.
I just looked it up on Quadratec. $179 for the OE style silver applique! No thanks.
I'll keep and eye on Craigslist, but might just decide to get over it and save my cash for a new bumper down the line.
Why blame the dealer? It could have been brought in from another state or the previous owner may have put on some sort of decorator plate. I have one on my Jeep and I drilled the holes to mount it the day after I brought it home.
I am in TX and mine was the same when I bought it, no big deal for me becasue a front plate is required in TX. I would be mad if I wasn't required to have a front plate but the bumper is marked in those spots for license plate screws. That doesn't mean they needed to do it though
My Freedom Edition came with the bumper inserts. They are mineral grey instead of silver, though. Anyways, they do not have any signs of license plate holes on them so its very possible to get them without holes I would think.
2013 Commando Green Freedom Edition JKU
2013 Billet Freedom Edition JK
better yet run into a big rock or log lol a jeep going on 7 years old deserves some character lol.
I bought this one because it had very little "character" for being 7 years old. My last vehicle had a bit too much character. After the Dodge Ram, the deer, and a couple of times getting rear ended, I stopped caring.
I'd like to keep this vehicle looking decent. I know it's a Jeep and will get scratched up, but I'd like to enjoy the newness for a bit.
If you google images search "Plastic Bumper Plugs" you will see some little black plugs that go in the those holes. It isn't perfect, but I had this issue on a Silver Mustang and I used them painted to match and it was a lot less noticeable. Again, it's not as perfect as a non drilled bumper, but it looks a lot better than having empty holes or screws holding nothing on.