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Front License thing

I'd like to remove this bento box license plate bracket...any ideas what to do about the holes??? .... the thing is way too obtrusive....

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I get it! Hate front license plates....they can destroy the look of a nice ride! That's one thing that Pennsylvania got right! If the front plate holder is anything like the rear there will only be two holes for the top. Somehow that holder will disassemble from the back...then you should be able to get to the screws. I'd probably use black silicon to carefully plug the holes...you could hardly notice on a black Jeep is my bet.
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most dealers just use what is like a wood screw into that plastic. silicon? well maybe if the OP dont care about looks, seems though that is the topic "looks". Two ways; repair the holes and paint it to match or use a black plastic push in plug, like the many used on today's vehicles/ a better looking screw; maybe stainless. depend on if the what to camouflage it make it stand out.

you could mount a fair lead there and a fake winch line end.........

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I get it! Hate front license plates....they can destroy the look of a nice ride! That's one thing that Pennsylvania got right! If the front plate holder is anything like the rear there will only be two holes for the top. Somehow that holder will disassemble from the back...then you should be able to get to the screws. I'd probably use black silicon to carefully plug the holes...you could hardly notice on a black Jeep is my bet.
Hate it too--it's ridiculous...I hope you're right about the holes...

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most dealers just use what is like a wood screw into that plastic. silicon? well maybe if the OP dont care about looks, seems though that is the topic "looks". Two ways; repair the holes and paint it to match or use a black plastic push in plug, like the many used on today's vehicles/ a better looking screw; maybe stainless. depend on if the what to camouflage it make it stand out.

you could mount a fair lead there and a fake winch line end.........
that's what they did w/ the 08 my daughter is now driving....used these ridiculously large screws to hold up...THE DEALER'S ADVERTISING TAG!!. I bought both slightly used, so can't complain there.

Being a life long Philadelphia Flyers fan, I first thought of a Flyers emblem tag, but they're just too cheap looking and common. If i could find a nice 3d all gloss-black Flyers emblem, and have the a very thin outline painted in red to match the trailhawks red accents....i think that'd be very nice...

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I either use a small rubber plug, a lot of hardware stores carry them, or a small screw, black caps in your case. You can also use one of those plastic decorative caps that fit over a screw head that some use to dress up the plate itself. A little more obtrusive but perhaps a more finished look. The body colored rubber plugs can be almost invisible.

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I either use a small rubber plug, a lot of hardware stores carry them, or a small screw, black caps in your case. You can also use one of those plastic decorative caps that fit over a screw head that some use to dress up the plate itself. A little more obtrusive but perhaps a more finished look. The body colored rubber plugs can be almost invisible.
thanks.. i think anything will be less noticeable than what i have now....

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The easiest thing is this - assuming the dealer drilled the holes straight.
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Wow, $28 for two plastic plugs. I would hope that includes shipping.
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The easiest thing is this - assuming the dealer drilled the holes straight.
thanks....looks pretty good....

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Well, there are FOUR torx bolts into the thing; my torx set's at work...can't get to them....
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Well, there are FOUR torx bolts into the thing; my torx set's at work...can't get to them....
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The OEM Jeep front license plate mounting bracket should have four (4) holes in it too mount the plate but should be secured to the front bumper skin with two (2) separate longer mounting screws. Not sure if someone screwed that up on your front bumper though??
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The best thing you can do initially is remove the plate holder and see what you are dealing with. I agree that most dealers just keep a drawer full of wood screws to attach plates with...kinda lame if you ask me doing that to a new $40,000+ vehicle! I had a difficult time attaching a nice plate holder to the rear of my new Altitude...actually it was alot of work to do it right! It shouldn't be that difficult....Jeep can do better imo! There were only two holes for the rear plate.

The small plug idea might be a good solution as long as it's a proper fit and isn't noticeable. The responder who slammed my black silicon idea has never done that obviously, as it's a solid solution if done correctly. If done properly you will not see it! I care a lot about my rides and I'd never recommend something that I don't know will work. If you didn't have a black car that solution wouldn't work as well obviously.

Get under there and see if someone did any damage to the front bumper cover that can't be addressed in a manner that isn't ugly or feasible for you.

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The OEM Jeep front license plate mounting bracket should have four (4) holes in it too mount the plate but should be secured to the front bumper skin with two (2) separate longer mounting screws. Not sure if someone screwed that up on your front bumper though??
Thanks...but its actually the opposite in my case; four holes in the bumper, two in the bracket w/ slots in the bottom for the actual plate..

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The best thing you can do initially is remove the plate holder and see what you are dealing with. I agree that most dealers just keep a drawer full of wood screws to attach plates with...kinda lame if you ask me doing that to a new $40,000+ vehicle! I had a difficult time attaching a nice plate holder to the rear of my new Altitude...actually it was alot of work to do it right! It shouldn't be that difficult....Jeep can do better imo! There were only two holes for the rear plate.

The small plug idea might be a good solution as long as it's a proper fit and isn't noticeable. The responder who slammed my black silicon idea has never done that obviously, as it's a solid solution if done correctly. If done properly you will not see it! I care a lot about my rides and I'd never recommend something that I don't know will work. If you didn't have a black car that solution wouldn't work as well obviously.

Get under there and see if someone did any damage to the front bumper cover that can't be addressed in a manner that isn't ugly or feasible for you.

Good luck!
Thank you...i went to Home depot and bought some torx tips...fortunately HD's is deemed "essential"...
Here's a pic of what i have...I most likely would have to make the holes bigger for the bumper plugs, and I'm not sure I want to do that....BTW, the rectangles around the holes are just dirt marks from the shape of the bracket insets...
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At least the holes are rather small and tight. You could try to push the raised edges toward the center of each hole so there is a smooth surface when waxing or wiping off....follow? Then, try painting the holes black with a small brush, for starts. That might be the simplest fix and may look just fine. The thing I don't like about any plug is they will be raised above the surface and noticeable imo....and when waxing the plugs are bound to collect wax and be hard to clean. I'd probably try my suggestion first.....can't make anything worse & it might look satisfactory. You could always get a price for a repaint from a good body shop as a last resort. If the bumper cover isn't hard to remove, for a few hundred dollars the problem would go away permanently! You could always wait until the bumper gets a few scratches, etc, then dive in for the body shop repair. I recently got rear ended in a drive-thru by a driver texting or God knows what in our MINI Countryman, and my body shop did a perfect repair that looks better than the original bumper cover was!
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I agree that would be a great first try...i could easily smooth the holes and get matching touch up paint...maybe even fill the holes....they are pretty small...#8 screw...thank you!

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