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post #1 of 19 Old 08-01-2006, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Dumb, dumb question about mounting front license plate on stock bumper

Okay, here is probably the dumbest question I have ever posted on this forum!

How am I supposed to mount a front license plate on the stock bumper on my Unlimited Rubi?

Background: I bought this Jeep in Arizona where no front plate is required. I just moved to Texas, and have registered the vehicle here, and a front plate is required. Is the stock bumper supposed to have some threaded inserts so a plate can be mounted? If so, mine doesn't have them. I just have un-threaded holes in the bumper. I can't get back behind the bumper because of the tubular cross member that runs behind it, so I can't just use a couple of bolts and nuts.

Thanks in advance for having pity on me.


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post #2 of 19 Old 08-01-2006, 06:53 PM
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No one runs front plates in Texas, it is just a myth.

You just have to know the secret hand shake.

I have not had a front license plate of any cars / trucks / SUVs of mine since '96 and I have not had a problem.

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No one runs front plates in Texas, it is just a myth.

You just have to know the secret hand shake.

I have not had a front license plate of any cars / trucks / SUVs of mine since '96 and I have not had a problem.

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post #4 of 19 Old 08-01-2006, 06:56 PM
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There are plastic peices that pop into the holes then you can use screws to attach the license plate. Stop by your dealer I'm sure they'll have some laying around. Worst case get some larger self tapping screws and just screw it into the metal holes.

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Yippie!!! You get to remove the front bumper so you can get some nuts behind it! This really sucks, but you could just mount it on with some self tapping metal screws or drill some holes to the far right or left and mount it that way. I'm moving to the Austin area in about 2 months and was told I have to have a front plate also. I'm right there with ya brotha!



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post #6 of 19 Old 08-01-2006, 07:00 PM
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not a dumb question, i had my front plate in the windshield for 3 months before i figured out a solution. go to a hardware store and get two of those (if fget what they are called) screws that have bracket around em so that as you tighten the bracket flattens and widens. you'll need to pull up on the screw as you tighten it until it is almost all the way in. I am sure there is a more expensive solution from the stealership.

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Funny, my old stock bumper had a pair of threaded plastic insets that the bolts bolted into. Maybe you could find something like that at a hardware store... Or you could get a pair from me for 25 bucks plus shipping. As a bonus, they will come with a stock bumper attached to them.

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duct tape should work just fine

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If the dealer does not have the inserts, go to a real hardware store (where they sell nuts and bolts individually -- not in packages). They will have amber/yellow/orange boxes of different parts -- usually Jandorf products.

Find the box that has license plate screws and plastic inserts. There should be a variety of sizes. The "standard" size ones are too big, so you will be looking for some on the smaller side. You will probably have to use washers with the screws as the smaller inserts require smaller screws, with smaller heads. Even if you buy stainless steel screws, you will probably spend less than $1.

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Same problem moving from AZ to NY where they still run two plates as well as two ugly windshield stickers. Anyway I didn't wanna "mess up" the existing holes with oversize self-tapping screws, and plastic inserts required too small of a screw to hold the plates without washers, so I pulled the bumper off (6 bolts, no biggie), put a car store plastic frame on with nuts and bolts, then screwed the plate to the frame.

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Thanks for all the input. Here's how it has been resolved. Went by the stealership today to see if they would just give me some inserts. The service manager there didn't have a clue what to do, so he sent me back to the parts counter. The people back at the parts counter tried to sell me some kit for $41.00 that didn't even look like it would fit a Wrangler. I asked them (with much sarcasm!) if they thought it was a good idea to spend the $41.00 on what they showed me, and they actually agreed with me that it was pretty dumb. Ended up finding some moly bolts in a drawer in my kitchen and used those and a couple of locking washers to attach the plate to the bumper. I love southern engineering.

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make sure it doesnt hang down below the bumper or it will bend. you would think they could make a nice plate steel license plate but nooo has to be flimsy and bindy

mines in the stock location and now has the bottom inch or so bent back under the bumper.

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You should have not gone through the trouble!! I have lived in Texas all of my life and I have never had a front license plate on. Now to say I have never gotten pulled over for the lack of one would be lying but I have never gotten a ticket only a couple of warnings. Most don't want to do the paperwork and if they are that big of **!!& then they would pull over modded out Jeep anyways. As long as you are not riding dirty then it is a "Thank you officer " and away you go without the hideous thing on the front.
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Must be nice, I've been popped for it
That is because you live in Austin.

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