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Old 01-17-2010, 09:20 PM   #1
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Front license plate

Okay ...pondering something, and I just can't figure it out. The answer is probably very simple.

So you buy a $400-$700 front winch bumper, but it's going to be a while before you can afford/justify a winch.

Now you can buy a roller fairlead for $60 and attach a $70 plate bracket (seems pretty expensive for a license plate) ...or you can drill holes to attach your license plate (NOT an option I'd consider with an expensive bumper).

Any other ideas out there? Many thanks.

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Old 01-17-2010, 09:44 PM   #2
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Post up some pics of the bumper you purchased to give us a few ideas of what you are working with.

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Old 01-17-2010, 09:55 PM   #3
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:08 PM   #4
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If you get one with a grill guard it is pretty simple to fab something up...




But check out this thread

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In all honesty I davent run one in 3 years and have been hassled for it.
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Old 01-17-2010, 10:17 PM   #5
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Stuff it in the window on the passenger side. Passes for legal here. My bumper has mounting holes already tho.
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:20 AM   #6
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First bumper is pretty sweet. The other two are a little too small for me. I still have my stock bumper on, but I don't run a front plate. It's illegal here to not have a front plate, but I have never been pulled over for it and when I have been pulled over it has never come up. I even got it to pass inspection with it off. Come to think about it, I have no clue where my front plate is even at. I should try to find that.
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:27 AM   #7
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I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and we only need plates on the back. I guess that will save me some money.
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:18 AM   #8
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what about a small bent L bracket from homedepot or local hardware store bolted/screwed to the skid under the bumper? obviously not so good for approach angle but could be made for quick disconnect with some pins for the trails

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Old 01-18-2010, 07:52 AM   #9
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Great ideas all ...many thanks. I knew I was over thinking the problem ...and sleep deprivation wasn't helping.
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:20 AM   #10
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I have a roller fairlead if you want it; attach with zipties.
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:16 AM   #11
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my husband made a flip up license plate bracket that he mounted to the roller fairlead. Click Me for the thread he posted.
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:09 PM   #12
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Thanks Hilldweller ...I'd take you up on the offer, but I just dropped a bucket load of cash on the work that's being done now. I'm a ways off from buying the bumpers. Seems that part of the "Jeep thing" is always looking at what you're going to do next ... obsessively researching and asking questions.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:39 PM   #13
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This is another option, granted, maybe not for serious off roading, the stock bumper may not be the best bet for that...

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Old 05-14-2011, 08:41 AM   #14
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h2..did you just drill out the 4 points on bumper and use nut and bolt to attach?
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Old 05-14-2011, 10:35 AM   #15
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I fabbed one up using a set of Mag-light clips and scrap piece of steel. Just clips right on the roller fairlead. Whole thing cost less than $10 Only problem is now I've switched to a Hawes fairlead and need to come up with something else. Guess another trip to the hardware store is in order.
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This is another option, granted, maybe not for serious off roading, the stock bumper may not be the best bet for that...

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I ran mine like this for a year. Worked great. I had to go to something else when I put on the 35's.
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:28 PM   #17
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I just zip tied it to the grill with some duct tape on the back of the plate to semi protect the grille. $400 bumper, $1 license plate holder. Now my wife says we need a winch because she says the empty spot on the bumper "looks funny", sounds like permission to get a winch to me.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:39 PM   #18
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Keep it in the floorboard under the floor mat, and if you ever get pulled over or stopped, just tell them your waiting on your mounting brackets.  been doing this for 4 months now.
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:22 PM   #19
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Was at work a few days after picking up my 11 SPORT. Asked one of my coworkers if he had a 1/4 high speed bit in his truck. I wanted to put a front plate on the stock bummper during lunch.

"Yeah I have one but you better think twice about it." he says.

"Whys that? Im only drilling 4 holes."I say.

"Buddy of mine just bought a 11 Dodge Ram. Was drilling holes in front bummper for plate. Set the air bags off." he says. (funny to me, Ill bet NOT to him!!)

Called dealer,$50 to install.

"Ill bring it in after work" I say
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:29 PM   #20
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I just used some zip ties and saved the money ! It was less than a 10 minute job and the shop here wanted to charge me for 30 minutes . Not !
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:04 PM   #21
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Mine was a $50 pewter 3D STEELERS plate. They took the bumper off and drilled from inside out.No offense but wanted a class job. Im not attatching a $50 plate with a $15 plate bracket with zips.
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:42 PM   #22
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No ideas on the bumper. But, love the avatar. Thought I was the only Yellowbeard fan left.
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:31 PM   #23
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LOL ...been a fan of the Python crew for a very long time.
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:54 PM   #24
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Just move to a state that doesn't require them lol
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:54 PM   #25
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Zip ties if your bumper has a tube of some sort on it. Cost me nothing but about 6 seconds of my time. No losing custom losing Football team plates to lose here.


Gasp! my license plate number!

Its such a big secret like my SSN. Except anyone anywhere can walk by your vehicle and look at the LP no and have. It always amuses me when people try to cover their LPs.

And above all, remember to keep a eye out for big brutha.

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Old 07-02-2011, 12:27 AM   #26
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I Was gonna say move to MS where you don't need a front plate, but a couple others have already suggested moving to a state with rear bumper only. And, a $50 steelers plate? I didn't even know they had stuff that was that expensive and that there were actually fans out there that purchase steelers gear
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Old 07-02-2011, 09:30 AM   #27
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On my YJ front bumper the previous owner drilled and used self tappers. Looks fine. Trust me, a few years down the road it will matter not. Just make sure that damn thing is straight. That would drive me nuts.
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If you get one with a grill guard it is pretty simple to fab something up...




But check out this thread

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In all honesty I davent run one in 3 years and have been hassled for it.

What clips are those, thanks

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