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Old 04-16-2014, 07:37 PM   #1
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Front License Plate Holder?

just picked up my wrangler. Dealer installed front license plate in weird way. 2 bolts really low in the bottom of the front bumper hold the plate by the license plate top holes. So it kinda just dangles, unsupported.

I want a license plate holder to fit the factory front bumper. Not drilling would be ideal, but if that's what everyone does then sure. Pics or links to products would be awesome.

Thanks so much!

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just picked up my wrangler. Dealer installed front license plate in weird way. 2 bolts really low in the bottom of the front bumper hold the plate by the license plate top holes. So it kinda just dangles, unsupported.

I want a license plate holder to fit the factory front bumper. Not drilling would be ideal, but if that's what everyone does then sure. Pics or links to products would be awesome.

Thanks so much!
My dealer drove in 4 small lag bolts and except for rusting it doesn't move

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Old 04-16-2014, 07:55 PM   #3
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I have the same dilemma, hopefully someone has another solution; (I've already received 2 tickets from the meter fairy due to forgetting to put my plate in the window)
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There was a killer Mopar logo plate frame I wanted, but it only had holes in the top. I ended up ordering a plain black steel one off eBay with four holes. I figured I'd put on a Mopar decal of some sort and throw on two bolts on top.
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There was a killer Mopar logo plate frame I wanted, but it only had holes in the top. I ended up ordering a plain black steel one off eBay with four holes. I figured I'd put on a Mopar decal of some sort and throw on two bolts on top.
Would you just drive some self tapping screws into the top of your bumper or something?
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Your dealer sounds like an idiot. Look at your front bumper. On the front facing surface in the middle there are 4 small dimples. You may need to use a flashlight to find them but they are there.

Your dealer most likely drilled out the bottom two dimples and put the top bolts of the license plate into those bottom holes. If you can find all 4 dimples (meaning the dealer did not drill into any of the dimples) I would suggest going back to the dealer and demanding a new bumper. It really isn't that complicated and they screwed it up.

So, in conclusion, look for the top two dimples. Hopefully they line up with the bottom holes the license plate rests in now. Drill these out using a drill bit smaller than the screw you will be using and mount it that way. Should look like this
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Thanks for reply!

I found some sweet stainless steel bolts on ebay, but shipping is ridiculous. Wonder if a hardware store would have basically they same thing.

http://m.ebay.ca/itm/331175839084?nav=SEARCH
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Thanks for reply!

I found some sweet stainless steel bolts on ebay, but shipping is ridiculous. Wonder if a hardware store would have basically they same thing.

4 Piece Billet Stainless Steel License Plate TAG Bolt KIT M6 Motorcycle Cars | eBay
I just picked up some at ACE Hardware. I took in one of the ones the dealer gave me and got two more just like it.
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:59 PM   #9
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Go to a good hardware store they sell stainless steel self tapping screws and hang it straight to the bumper as stated above bumper has 4 dimples for this reason and nice plus the SS screws don't rust
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Thanks for reply!

I found some sweet stainless steel bolts on ebay, but shipping is ridiculous. Wonder if a hardware store would have basically they same thing.

http://m.ebay.ca/itm/331175839084?nav=SEARCH
You can probably find those at Ace or Depot. Look for oval head screws, though. They fit inside the finish washers better than the countersinks.

If you can't find them there, try to find a Fastenal branch near you.
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Ace hard ware
What the dealer installed I took out
What I got at ace and replaced no rust and cleans up the look a bit

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Another bit of advice. Get longer screws, pick up 4 black nylon spacers and place between the back of the plate and the bumper so stuff can drain through and not get wedged between.
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I like this!
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[QUOTE="Y-Guy;9939009"]Another bit of advice. Get longer screws, pick up 4 black nylon spacers and place between the back of the plate and the bumper so stuff can drain through and not get wedged between. [/QUOTE

I thought about rubber tape on the back of the plate but this is almost better.
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My plate was starting to fold under the bumper due to no backing and the wind at highway speed. I found a plastic backing at Pep boys that I was able to raise my plate up with and give it more rigidity.
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Is there other place to mount the front plate without drilling in the bumper and in the windshield?
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Is there other place to mount the front plate without drilling in the bumper and in the windshield?
Zip tie it to your grill? Anything other than the two you listed would look very tacky. Drilling to the bumper really isn't a big deal, it's just plastic.
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I just thought it meant I had to go out and buy a new bumper / winch combo then buy a fairlead plate holder

At least that's what I am telling the wife
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I just thought it meant I had to go out and buy a new bumper / winch combo then buy a fairlead plate holder

At least that's what I am telling the wife
lol. Good luck with that one.
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Don't use a self tapper into the bumper plastic, use a cordless drill and a regular screw (the drill is to get it started, be careful when tightening it to not over tighten and strip it), a self tapper may remove material that a regular screw will remold it and use as threads...like said earlier looks for the dimples in the bumper and drill there if possible, if they didn't use the dimples then put the screws in the bottom plate holes and the up the top plate holes and put the screws through....and/or get your trick bumper and then take your old bumper back to the dealership and give it to your salesman as a reminder of how stupid he is for knowing the dimples are their for license plate attachment, if he's not their just leave it behind in his office with a note on it saying who its from...
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My suggestion is move to Arizona ---- no front plate at all!
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My suggestion is move to Arizona ---- no front plate at all!
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Lol. There's an answer for everything. Me, I'd go there for lots of other reasons, but that one works for me
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My suggestion is move to Arizona ---- no front plate at all!
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Or Florida...
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If you want a backing and a frame I'd just go with something like this in the same bumper location.

Jeep Front License Plate Holder Black Frame Tag Bracket Mount Mounting Bumper | eBay
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If you want a backing and a frame I'd just go with something like this in the same bumper location.

Jeep Front License Plate Holder Black Frame Tag Bracket Mount Mounting Bumper | eBay
Plan B: get rid of the plastic and put on a real bumper. Lots of options there.
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If you want a backing and a frame I'd just go with something like this in the same bumper location.

Jeep Front License Plate Holder Black Frame Tag Bracket Mount Mounting Bumper | eBay
I'm running this mount on the front and it's a perfect fit. Lots of room for adjustments too.
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I use a Rugged Ridge License Plate Holder that was originally meant to clip on the the winch plate roller. It clips nicely between the grill slots and hold firmly in place.

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Looks good, but I wouldn't want to block any air flow this engine needs. I too had my plates installed on the bottom two holes dangling. Just went to my local Autozone grabbed some self tapping and a flat black metal slim design license plater holder and moved it up to the middle. Looks really good.

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