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Old 05-03-2013, 06:04 AM   #1
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Bumper thingy

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.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:07 AM   #2
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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.

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I have seen them at some dealerships and Amazon has the too!
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:18 AM   #4
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I'd just clean them up with a good knife, and fill them with black silicone.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:19 AM   #5
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Doesnt North Carolina require a front license plate?
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I think you will find that most bumpers and Sahara bumper panels will have these front license plate holes.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:31 AM   #7
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Doesnt North Carolina require a front license plate?
In NC, we just have the rear plate. The only front plates I ever see around here are for decoration or dealer advertisement.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:42 AM   #8
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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.
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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.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:28 AM   #10
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Check your local craigslist. I've seen them from $25-$100. Or replace the bumper, sometimes you can get them free on the jk sites.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:30 AM   #11
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Mine had the same thing. I used the screws to accent it. Painted my screws and tow hooks red.

I'll post pics later if you want
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I live in NC as well. Bought my Rubi in DC. Bastards did the same thing after I specifically told them not to. Now I just have two holes in the bumper. Honestly, I don't even notice them any more.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:01 AM   #13
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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
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:07 AM   #14
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mine came from the factory that way. Brand new no dealer front placard. It had the plate screws already in place.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:27 AM   #15
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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.
Great, let's bring logic in to this! :-) Of course, it wasn't necessarily the dealer. They just get my wrath because it was their plate I took off.
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Cover it with mud.

It's free.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:17 AM   #17
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Cover it with mud.

It's free.

better yet run into a big rock or log lol a jeep going on 7 years old deserves some character lol.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:37 AM   #18
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Mine came that way also.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:39 AM   #19
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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.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:24 PM   #20
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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.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:35 PM   #21
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Fortec.com it has take off parts from when people upgraded to different parts
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technically...the dealership damaged your vehicle.

Have THEM replace it.

They will dispute.

It'll be an entertaining arguement.

Ultimately...you'll end up going corporate.
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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.
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technically...the dealership damaged your vehicle.

Have THEM replace it.

They will dispute.

It'll be an entertaining arguement.

Ultimately...you'll end up going corporate.
actually it was the dealers vehicle before it was his so they damaged thier own vehicle lol.
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actually it was the dealers vehicle before it was his so they damaged thier own vehicle lol.
I'm pretty sure there is a sold-as-is clause somewhere in the used car contract. I don't think that bumper is covered under the 30-day warranty.
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I'm pretty sure there is a sold-as-is clause somewhere in the used car contract. I don't think that bumper is covered under the 30-day warranty.
exactly and I imagine it was the dealer that sold it new in 06 or 07.
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Check your local craigslist. I've seen them from $25-$100. Or replace the bumper, sometimes you can get them free on the jk sites.
agreed, OP if you lived closer, you could have my entire old bumper for a case of beer

sorry, though, that is annoying when the thing you spent so much money on isn't quite the way you wanted it :l

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