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Old 05-02-2011, 03:30 PM   #1
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License Plate Relocation

So after removing the rear tire carried and middle light I noticed there was a blank canvas for remounting the license plate. However, it does not line up with the holes from the tire carrier. What have you've done with your rear license plate?

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How did you remove the third brake light wire? You did not just cut it did you? I was just out side painting my license plate holder, my third brake light, and spare tire carrier.

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It was a complete pain. An extra hand is definitely suggested. The easiest way of removing it is if you remove the tire carrier and third brake light together as a whole buy removing the bolts with a 1/2 wrench then leave two in to mess with the wiring. On the interior side of the tailgate remove the plastic piece covering the connectors and pull the two wires off of the prongs. From there remove one wire at a time through the whole where the plug is at. It will require patience to get the wires through the hole. Once you get all of the wiring out take out the bolts holding the tire carrier out and remove as an entire assembly. From there you can separate the carrier and light better while it is off the vehicle
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Yes, remove the 3rd brake light as described, but I didn't find it to be that difficult...

Just drill new holes in your plate to correspond to the holes in the tailgate... You probably need some light bolts or some way to illuminate it depending on your state laws.
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For some reason all of the bolts on my jeeps are stripped or just rusted shut so everything is one step more difficult lol. The reason I haven't started drilling new wholes is because I didn't know if it was legal to. I thought maybe that would be called tampering with a license plate or something.
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This is what I did. Had to drill some new holes but no biggie. Jeeps like having holes drilled in them. Used Lite 'n Boltz for legal plate illumination.

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For some reason all of the bolts on my jeeps are stripped or just rusted shut so everything is one step more difficult lol. The reason I haven't started drilling new wholes is because I didn't know if it was legal to. I thought maybe that would be called tampering with a license plate or something.
LOL! I bent mine around the tub, like Gus's above, but I mismarked my holes at least twice.... It looks like swiss cheese..... But I haven't had any problems with the law..... fwiw.
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I'm lookin to remount my rear plate as well but havent quite gotten around to it...

might just use some krylon fusion and respray the plate bracket so it isnt faded gray anymore until i get some corner guards and drill into them haha
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I'm lookin to remount my rear plate as well but havent quite gotten around to it...

might just use some krylon fusion and respray the plate bracket so it isnt faded gray anymore until i get some corner guards and drill into them haha
You don't have to drill the tub, you can just add holes to the plate..... That's what I did.... Over and over and over again..
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You don't have to drill the tub, you can just add holes to the plate..... That's what I did.... Over and over and over again..
You've convinced me to do this tomorrow lol...
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If you take your time and measure right, it's easy..... Not my forte' tho.....

My pic of shame


Put some nylon washers behind the plate to keep it from rubbing the paint, and if you're really goofy (like me) about stuff like that, put some felt furniture pads on the back of the plate too....
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If you take your time and measure right, it's easy..... Not my forte' tho.....

My pic of shame


Put some nylon washers behind the plate to keep it from rubbing the paint, and if you're really goofy (like me) about stuff like that, put some felt furniture pads on the back of the plate too....

Currently in line at an auto store getting them lol...figure i've got a half of work tomorrow so i can get rid of the ugly bracket, clean up the area where it was, and remount the plate with some felt washers and some pads on the back of the plate!!!


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Seeing all of the drilled holes makes me really want to drill into the license plate now lol. Where can you buy felt washers?
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Idk, I used nylon washers and felt furniture pads..... I guess Owen TJ has found something new
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I'm planning on doing my version of license plate relocation tomorrow. I'm going to put it in the middle of the tailgate, but if it doesn't look good then im bending that sucker around the jeep.
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Idk, I used nylon washers and felt furniture pads..... I guess Owen TJ has found something new
Definitely nothing "new" but i went and picked up a set of felt washers which are used for battery terminals...then used some quick dry epoxy and put the washers on the back on the top holes then cut one washer and put a line on the bottom where it will rub as well as a red one on the side where i wrapped it...i'll post a pic here in a sec!

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I'm planning on doing my version of license plate relocation tomorrow. I'm going to put it in the middle of the tailgate, but if it doesn't look good then im bending that sucker around the jeep.
Heres a pic of mine...just got inside from doing it. First part of my day was taken up by a hike up the mountain with my GF and my dogs!

Here you are...



Heres a before pic...

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Nice job, no swiss cheese!
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I still drilled holes in the bottom of the plate but decided not to use them haha...i'm gonna have to do it again with my new plate anyway since i've gotta get a Colorado plate soon

i'm definitely happy i did this though...looks tons better.

Now its lift and tire waiting time haha
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These look great, another simple mod that looks great !
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What size screws are you guys using to mount the plate to the tub? 1/4-20 isn't working and the screws that held the license plate holder on are defiantly not the look I'm going for.
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What size screws are you guys using to mount the plate to the tub? 1/4-20 isn't working and the screws that held the license plate holder on are defiantly not the look I'm going for.
Just standard license plate screws are what's holding mine on. The ones that were on there originally.
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On my Jeep, the screws that hold the plate on are different then the one that hold the holder on. Went to Home Depot last night and they.had nothing similar.
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Found the right screws, 6mm. Next, flush mount tail lights.
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One of the first mods I made with the TJ. Only this time I'm living dangerously and going without illumination.

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Currently in line at an auto store getting them lol...figure i've got a half of work tomorrow so i can get rid of the ugly bracket, clean up the area where it was, and remount the plate with some felt washers and some pads on the back of the plate!!!


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I used a sheet of Dynomat and a nylon washer. Keeps it slightly off the surface to prevent sand/etc from getting in between and rubbing and silences and rattle.
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I held the plate up to where I wanted it mounted and then used self tapping screws and ran them in to the holes already in the plate.... no extra holes. I slid my plate all the way over to the edge of the tailgate so only a little bit left to bend around the curve/corner.

The stock housing lights shines enough on the plate to light mine for now. If I change lights then I will get a set of the lighted bolts.

This type of screw:


If a person wanted to get fancy.... Warrior Products makes a plate mount for this type of mounting.
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This is what I did. Had to drill some new holes but no biggie. Jeeps like having holes drilled in them. Used Lite 'n Boltz for legal plate illumination.

Did the lite n boltz fit the existing holes or did you have to drill them bigger? Read somewhere where the existing screw size is 6mm and the lite n boltz are 5/16 which is close but probably not close enough. Maybe the larger size is what holds them in? Also, did you use the nut?
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Also, for anyone else reading this, just create a template by using some fairly thin paper and coloring over the existing holes (or you could just poke holes through your template)...then transfer that to your plate so you know where to drill. This should prevent the swiss cheese as stated above, although I really like cheese.....
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The three center holes in the upper area of the tailgate are spaced 4 inches on center. I got a piece of 1"x1/8"x48" aluminum at Lowes. I cut a 12" length of it and drilled two 5/16" holes 8" on center. I countersunk those holes to allow a flathead M8-1.25 bolt to fit in the holes more or less flat. The holes in a license plate are 7" on center. I drilled and tapped two more holes on my aluminum strip to allow me to fasten a license plate to it using 1/4-20 x 1/2" screws. I put 2 thick rubber washers between the aluminum strip and the tailgate to prevent paint damage, and fastened the aluminum strip to the tailgate with the M8-1.25 bolts. See the part of the picture inside the yellow box.

Then I fastened the license plate to the strip using 1/4-20 screws. I added a lighted, 3rd brake light frame to my installation, but the installation would work without the frame.

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Very clean install dirtroad, looks great. I too will be ridding my spare but I'm afraid if I ever wanted to put it back on a plate would be in the way if I put it there but I do love how it looks. I can see it looks like you covered up the holes in the tub, what did you use for that?

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