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Cheap DIY license plate screw hole covers

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by jefferson, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. jefferson

    jefferson [OP] needs to stop cruising Buy/Sell/Trade....

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    [FONT=&quot]I am not a fan of a front license plate on my Tacoma, but I hate the screw holes it left just as much. I decided to give this a shot.. still not sure if I really like it all that much, but it is an option. It is illegal in California to not have a front license plate… but cops in San Diego have better things to worry about.. I’ve had mine off for about 2 years without a problem *knocks on wood* so, do it to your own risk…

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    [FONT=&quot]This is the item I found in a pep boys. About $1.95 I believe.

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    Then get ahold of some touch-up paint from the dealer. It cost about $9.00 or so[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]Lay them out..

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    [FONT=&quot]And paint using the fingernail like paint brush.. obviously not the ballpoint pen cap part..
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    [FONT=&quot]Let that dry (and use a few coats of paint), then install the mounting hardware

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    And then your caps.

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    I think the ending result is pretty nice.. and if I don’t like it, it only cost about $12 total.

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  2. Rangerpeterson

    Rangerpeterson Well-Known Member

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    Your truck bumper has nipples now.... lol
    Just kidding it actually looks much better... bravo
     
  3. jefferson

    jefferson [OP] needs to stop cruising Buy/Sell/Trade....

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    you read my mind..! that's why i'm thinking, "Eh, i comes off if i don't like it"
     
  4. yosh2000

    yosh2000 Well-Known Member

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    check out OSH for 1/4" plugs. they come in white and a light tan color. i had to drill out the holes to 1/4", but they popped in perfect, and matched my white truck perfectly. there is only a slight bump when installed. sorry no pics, but if you search around here or TN you'll find the original post w/ part numbers and everything..
     
  5. jefferson

    jefferson [OP] needs to stop cruising Buy/Sell/Trade....

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    i'm gonna bump my own thread cause i decided i like the way it looks
     
  6. yosh2000

    yosh2000 Well-Known Member

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    IE...."everyone look at me, im cool..."




    :D its all about the tits!!
     
  7. jefferson

    jefferson [OP] needs to stop cruising Buy/Sell/Trade....

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    Oh i have no shame. Check me out. I'm pretty amazing dontchaknow :D
     
  8. Pster

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    There are small plastic flat plugs that you can get at Lowes or HD that you push into small holes. They would be perfect to paint and cover the holes and would not stick out at all, as they would be virtually flush with the bumper.
     
  9. jefferson

    jefferson [OP] needs to stop cruising Buy/Sell/Trade....

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    yah, that other guy said that.. i'm gonna go over and see if i can find a set and probably replace them with those.. BUT this way is pretty undetectable, which is what i was shooting for
     
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    :rofl: :rofl:
     
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    I just got a ticket for no front plate last night in Honolulu. $70. Not even a warning. I drove all of my cars for the past 10 years at least without a plate up front.
     
  12. jefferson

    jefferson [OP] needs to stop cruising Buy/Sell/Trade....

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    ah lame. dont the cops hang loose too?
     
  13. DeeKay21

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    Looks really good! I was thinking about doing the same thing because it is illegal here in NV as well not to have a front license plate unless you car came factory without holes, then its okay not to have a front plate. But it doesn't matter to me because I know all the cops in town anyways. The only thing that sucks is having my front license plate on there for a few years, it fuc--- up my paint job on the front bumper so I just left the plate on there!!! Any one else have the same problem with the paint getting messed up from the front license plate?:confused:
     
  14. jefferson

    jefferson [OP] needs to stop cruising Buy/Sell/Trade....

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    I had the bottom of the license plate start to scratch the bumper.. so i bent the plate up a bit and it worked.. then i hated it so.. here we are.
     
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    Got yah. Yeah I don't think I am going to worry about taking the front plate off. I live in a smaller town so when I go into Salt Lake City every once in a while to do some shopping, with my luck, some SLC cop will pull me over for not having a front plate!:fenforcer:
     
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    Check these out......
    http://images.rockler.com/rockler/images/24851-01-200.jpg
     
  17. jonny

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    just go to lowes and get the plactic push fasteners. they don't stick out like nipples...lol they are like 45 cents each. then paint them.
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  18. jefferson

    jefferson [OP] needs to stop cruising Buy/Sell/Trade....

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    They dont ruin the screw holes?
     
  19. jonny

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    mine didn't. they have diff sizes. you should check them out since you already have the colormatch paint
     
  20. jefferson

    jefferson [OP] needs to stop cruising Buy/Sell/Trade....

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    Oh yah, i'll do that and fix this post so i dont look (more) like a jackass :D
     
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