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Old 04-30-2010, 08:27 PM   #1
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Licenses Plate Ideas

Ok guys, i HATE the stock plate holder on the back of my TJ. I am thinking about just taking it off and putting the plate right where it goes. I will have to bend the plate to fit the corner of the jeep but i was wondering if anybody had any other ideas as to mounting the rear plate. (Besides on the spare) I did some lookin around but didnt really find anything. Post pics, Thanks

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Well, you about named it for spots that I have ever seen. Stock location bent to fit tub and the center of the spare tire. Only other I have seen is the lower portion of a swing out tire carrier below the tire.

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I have the warrior products plate holder with led lite. It's nice but it's cheaper to just bolt the plate to the tub. It just depends on what you want. I can't post pics cause I'm on my phone but, I have pics in my jeep profile.
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Very old photo, but you get the idea. Just bent it a little to follow the body line.

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Here's mine. I originally put it on my spare, but didn't like it there so I moved it back almost to where it was originally, only I took off the bracket and curved the plate so it wouldn't stick out.
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Agreed the stock plate holder is an abomination. I liked the mounts for the spare but I am surprised how much better it looks just mounting it directly and bending the plate. Nice work.
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the trick is to get it formed just right to the exact curve of the tub as shown in this photo. otherwise it will look unprofessional and ugly
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the trick is to get it formed just right to the exact curve of the tub as shown in this photo. otherwise it will look unprofessional and ugly
Very "custom"... I like it!
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Very old photo, but you get the idea. Just bent it a little to follow the body line.


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I know in Illinois it is LAW that you have at least one light on the rear license plate when it is dark ... how do you do that if its on the spare or have the flush mounted round lights?
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light bolts is one idea...

http://www.google.com/products?q=lic...ed=0CBgQrQQwAA

you can also buy a cheap license bulb that aims down at the plate.

fyi, i have neither, so I please ask that you do not tell on me. thanks
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well, the light bolts would be the way to go since I have night classes and work midnights, I could just ride my bike to work ... but its peddle powered and might take me awhile
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I'm liking this mounting the plate to the tub idea. do the holes already exist in the tub? if so I think I may know what I'll be doing next...I really don't know why...but I like it.

Where do I get a bottle opener for the Jeep? Might rivet it on to prevent it from disappearing.
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With my luck, I would get a ticket if my license plate were mounted straight to the tub. When I first move to New York, I got pulled over for having a clear plastic license plate cover. Apparently, those are illegal.
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With my luck, I would get a ticket if my license plate were mounted straight to the tub. When I first move to New York, I got pulled over for having a clear plastic license plate cover. Apparently, those are illegal.
My 90 yr old grandpa got pulled over for having one of those here in TX...the cop told him that drug runners had those, and he should take it off. stupid cops.
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...and those roll bars are scratched up! ...Love it man! Nice Lookin Jeep there, looks fun
Heh, you should see it now. That was about 2.5 years ago. You would like it better now if you like scratches. Even my scratches have scrapes and dents now.
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I'm liking this mounting the plate to the tub idea. do the holes already exist in the tub? if so I think I may know what I'll be doing next...I really don't know why...but I like it.

Where do I get a bottle opener for the Jeep? Might rivet it on to prevent it from disappearing.
Yes there are holes in the tub. Put nylon washers behind the plate to keep it off the paint and allow dirt, etc to run thru...

I need one of those bottle openers too, for the garage, mine keep disappearing... Lemme know if you find a good source!
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I know in Illinois it is LAW that you have at least one light on the rear license plate when it is dark ... how do you do that if its on the spare or have the flush mounted round lights?
If you look closely at my photo, you'll see that the two upper black bolts holding my tag are light bolts. They aren't necessary where I live (cops don't care), but ARE necessary in a lot of places, so I went ahead and installed them. Took about 10 minutes at most. Very easy mod.
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Yes there are holes in the tub. Put nylon washers behind the plate to keep it off the paint and allow dirt, etc to run thru...

I need one of those bottle openers too, for the garage, mine keep disappearing... Lemme know if you find a good source!
I ordered my Corona bottle opener from eBay close to two years ago. I finally got around to installing it a couple of weeks ago.....

I was going to mount it on the inside of my tailgate, but liked the way it looked above my LED taillight better.
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I'm liking this mounting the plate to the tub idea. do the holes already exist in the tub? if so I think I may know what I'll be doing next...I really don't know why...but I like it.

Where do I get a bottle opener for the Jeep? Might rivet it on to prevent it from disappearing.
I redrilled the holes to mount my tag EXACTLY where I wanted to mount it.
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My 90 yr old grandpa got pulled over for having one of those here in TX...the cop told him that drug runners had those, and he should take it off. stupid cops.
I guess that's the reason up here. The officer told me that a lot of people use tinted license plate covers to obscure their license plates. I'm guessing to prevent police from running their plate numbers.

I took my plate covers off when I got home and haven't been stopped since except at the random Border Patrol checkpoints they set up on Route 11 between where I live (Gouverneur) and Fort Drum, and by the occasional MP wanting to know if my Jeep is a military vehicle or a civilian one (Duh).
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I think the reason the plastic and tinted plastic tag covers are illegal is due to the fact that they are obscured from being photographed by traffic cameras...
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I think the reason the plastic and tinted plastic tag covers are illegal is due to the fact that they are obscured from being photographed by traffic cameras..
If that were the case, wouldn't they be illegal in all states and not just some of them? As far as I'm aware, all states are using traffic cameras.

I've had the clear license plate covers on my Jeep in Virginia, and also on my previous two vehicles (also in Virginia) and have never been pulled over or told they were not legal in that state. You'd think when you get your vehicle inspected or you get your base sticker, they'd tell you if there was something illegal on your car?
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If that were the case, wouldn't they be illegal in all states and not just some of them? As far as I'm aware, all states are using traffic cameras.

I've had the clear license plate covers on my Jeep in Virginia, and also on my previous two vehicles (also in Virginia) and have never been pulled over or told they were not legal in that state. You'd think when you get your vehicle inspected or you get your base sticker, they'd tell you if there was something illegal on your car?
Hahaha.....they NEVER checked my vehicle for anything illegal before giving me a base sticker. We did weekly POV inspections though at my unit that consisted of nothing more than a brief Q&A session.
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Hahaha.....they NEVER checked my vehicle for anything illegal before giving me a base sticker. We did weekly POV inspections though at my unit that consisted of nothing more than a brief Q&A session.
When I first got the Jeep and took it in to get a base sticker for it, they actually came out, looked at it, etc. before issuing the sticker. I've never had it looked at to renew the sticker or change it for a new base. (I just changed it to Fort Drum, even though I've been here for nearly a year ... *lol*)

And when you've got your vehicle inspected (I'm talking State inspection, not military inspection), they are supposed to point out that sort of thing, aren't they? Especially if it's obvious...
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Some states don't do inspections. Unless you're registering your vehicle into your current state from out-of-state. I know that when I registered my Jeep in Kansas (from California), the ONLY inspection my Jeep received was a VIN inspection to make sure it wasn't stolen. In fact, the officer (my Godfather's Deputy) wanted to talk about the Jeep the whole time he was supposed to be running the VIN.....

Kansas doesn't do any kind of yearly inspection. The laws here are VERY Jeep friendly.

No tire coverage laws. No smog inspections. No bumper height laws. You can still be hung for stealing horses in Kansas.........oh yeah, and no evolution here either.
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I need to move to Kansas. Both New York (my current state) and Virginia (state my vehicle is registered/plated in) require annual inspections.

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