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Old 11-11-2007, 02:30 PM   #1
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Raising the front license plate.

Well, today I waxed the car and removed the front license plate and holder and I looked and there are two holes in the bumper, so when I put it back on I lined up the bottom holes on the license plate holder with the top bumper holes and now theres not as much air blocked from the license plate holder for the IC.

I dont think its going to make a huge difference but more air is always better.

If this makes no sense ill post pics tomorrow.
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screw the front license plate no one uses them and cop usally don't care get one GS
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I took the front license plate mounting plate flipped it upside down screwed into the bumper w/ the 2 holes that lined up. This opened allowed the WHOLE bumper opening for the IC to get air instead of just half. Is this what you did?

Also not having a front plate is just asking for trouble. If you haven't had it yet you haven't run into the right cop. I would say keep it on.
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I took the front license plate mounting plate flipped it upside down screwed into the bumper w/ the 2 holes that lined up. This opened allowed the WHOLE bumper opening for the IC to get air instead of just half. Is this what you did?

Also not having a front plate is just asking for trouble. If you haven't had it yet you haven't run into the right cop. I would say keep it on.
just put it in the trunk and if the cop says anything say i will glady put it on for u
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depends on the state really. I had a friend get a fix it ticket for no front license plate.
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:13 PM   #6
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depends on the state really. I had a friend get a fix it ticket for no front license plate.
Well, if you keep it in the trunk with the hardware to put it back on (or some zip ties), then you can avoid the fix-it ticket by putting back on after getting pulled over.
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:37 PM   #7
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Ive had my front off for over 3 years now and have gotten pulled over multiple times for different reasons, and still have yet to hear anything about not having a front plate.
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Well, if you keep it in the trunk with the hardware to put it back on (or some zip ties), then you can avoid the fix-it ticket by putting back on after getting pulled over.
Or have it on in the first place
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It's not even required here..... I haven't ever had a front plate. The only thing I might do is add a Euro front plate--narrow and long, no interference, and it looks sick.
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I was thinking that there might be a way to turn a U.S. plate into a Euro "style" if you hack off the top and bottom pieces (useless on a front plate because the stickers go on the back) you can thin in out.

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In some states (I know in NY it is) its against the law to modify the plates in any way, since they're still the property of the state. NY you usually have to turn them back in to the DMV when you take a car off the road, etc.

As far as driving around w/no front plate...get a ticket for it once and you won't really do it again. I'd rather keep the $.
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I took the front license plate mounting plate flipped it upside down screwed into the bumper w/ the 2 holes that lined up. This opened allowed the WHOLE bumper opening for the IC to get air instead of just half. Is this what you did?
I didnt flip it upside down, but Ill do that. I just raised it about an inch or so.
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In some states (I know in NY it is) its against the law to modify the plates in any way, since they're still the property of the state. NY you usually have to turn them back in to the DMV when you take a car off the road, etc.

As far as driving around w/no front plate...get a ticket for it once and you won't really do it again. I'd rather keep the $.
Idk MCrowley, no front plate is the way to go for me, I got nabbed for it once, my car wasn't inspected and i was doing 70 in a 55, he let me go with only a no front plate...
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I did the same this as LeGiT a few weeks ago. So much better the before and I would not want it any higher.
I would be tempted to bend the bottom of the plate but I would also have to mold the plastic plate cover.
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I know somebody that trimmed the bottom inch off of his plate. He is in MA, but the way.

Otherwise either remove it or move it up. I agree that it probably won't make a huge difference, but it can't hurt!
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I moved mine up on both my 9-5 and my 9-3...looked a little awkward at first, but the improved cooling to the IC is worth it. I'd love to remove the front plates completely, but I'm too much of a Sally....don't want to attract any unnecessary attention.
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I know somebody that trimmed the bottom inch off of his plate. He is in MA, but the way.

Otherwise either remove it or move it up. I agree that it probably won't make a huge difference, but it can't hurt!
saw a 80's mustang with it rapped around the bottom lip of the bumper just enough for the hight of the numbers.
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saw a 80's mustang with it rapped around the bottom lip of the bumper just enough for the hight of the numbers.
I've seen some Japanese cars around Seattle that have that done. They bend the bottom back right below the letters, and sometimes bend the top back, too. I got a ticket once for having a Swedish plate on my car, and a friend got a ticket for not having a front plate at all on his BMW. I put the Swedish plate on mine just so it wouldn't block the air intake on my Viggen bumper as much, but I doubt it really helped at all. I've since put the Washington State plate back on with an Altec Autocross frame, which I think looks really slick, and keeps the plate from getting dinged up, too.
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