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Front License Plate Mod - Idea...legal (CA)?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Relik, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. Jan 17, 2011 at 2:21 AM
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    Relik

    Relik [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys,

    Well I got my plates and I'm very reluctant on putting on my front plate :p. I like the look with out it, plain simple. But since I know CA law is a pain, I tried to think of a solution that meets me half way.

    I saw the bottom bumper screw clips that seemed like a symmetrical mount to start from. I came up with a simple bracket design that can allow the plate to sit recessed behind the bumper (Quite a gap to work with) and lifted to where only the numbers show. The clips can be replaced with hardware ofcourse...

    I'm going to attempt to make something soon to see how it comes out, but what do you think? Legal?

    ***UPDATE: MADE THE MOD, CLICK LINK (POST #55) FOR INFO/PICS***
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/134300-front-license-plate-mod-idea-legal-ca-3.html#post2655193

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  2. Jan 17, 2011 at 3:03 AM
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    SpazzyB

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    I just dont rock a front plate.
     
  3. Jan 17, 2011 at 10:28 AM
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    island808

    island808 Me l've got brains.

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    I got pulled over in texas for not having a front ca license plate, as well as a couple times in california. Thye're pretty serious about that.

    And not everyone feels comfortable shirking the law like a common criminal for absolutely no good reason. Like to ignore laws.. move to mexico.
     
  4. Jan 17, 2011 at 10:35 AM
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    Grande

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    yea i got a warning from a CHP about my front licence plate bcuz i didnt hav it on.........i just slap that puppy on the front bumper, the holes were already there so either way i would had to have cover up those holes so i just put it on the bumper......


    ive seen some plates on here already that only show the numbers through the lower bumper, gives a cleaner look but may not always be able to see it from different angles, so u might get pulled over but u wont get a ticket hopefully.

    let us kno how it turns out
     
  5. Jan 17, 2011 at 10:42 AM
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    Very creative. Some cops would enjoy the style but others would not. 5200 CVC clearly states a front license plate. You might as well save you time and money and just not put the front plate on. It's a fix it ticket. Slap on the front plate, have a cop sign it off, pay the $25 court fees and your back in action.
     
  6. Jan 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM
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    Seems like there's an obvious place to mount it -- at the front vertical edge of the skid/splash plate. Does that not work?
     
  7. Jan 17, 2011 at 11:51 AM
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    Not enough.
    Should legal, its on the front and not obstructed from view
     
  8. Jan 17, 2011 at 11:53 AM
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    Not enough.
    I have the old plate from my dodge that I smashed on a rock, its pretty sweet lol
     
  9. Jan 17, 2011 at 1:01 PM
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    Mine's in the windshield. Haven't found a good way of mounting on the AP bumper
     
  10. Jan 17, 2011 at 1:17 PM
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    i was thinking about just bending the plate 90 degrees just at the top and bottom of the numbers and cutting a few slits to go straight into the bottom grill so that just the numbers show. but i also want to see if that would be considered legal.
     
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    hawaii has a height requirement (pretty sure.. friend of mine failed recon due to it) Check your local listings.
     
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    Case law dictates it be mounted at the front of the vehicle, in the standard place a police officer would look for one, not require searching to see it, and be clearly visible and legible by an officer standing in front of the vehicle or sitting in a vehicle facing the vehicle.

    It really comes down to if it is at too steep an angle to read or not if you are concerned abotu legality.

    Your front windsheild is NOT legal. This was established in federal district court a few years ago.

    In TEXAS no part of the plate which contains identifying information (including the state name) may be obstructed or partially obstructed.
     
  13. Jan 17, 2011 at 1:47 PM
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    I like what this guy did

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  14. Jan 17, 2011 at 1:53 PM
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    as others have stated, the whole thing must be visible.

    I had a buddy who did something similar to what the op wants to do, actually cut his plate so it was just numbers .... couple years later saw him and the car had new plates, because his was "mangled"

    i dont run one on mine, and pay the $25 fix it fee .... they normally write me up for front tint at the same time too.

    and no, running it in your window will still get you a ticket, learned this in 04 with my old accord, he got me for that and blacked out tails.
     
  15. Jan 17, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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    I did that with 2 self tapping screws. I have it just low enough to see it from straight on and it looks good. Hidden yet visible. :confused:
     
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    I went with the lower Satoshi/recessed front plate. I won't be surprised if/when I get pulled over.

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  17. Jan 17, 2011 at 2:58 PM
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  18. Jan 17, 2011 at 3:08 PM
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    Yea because California is ruled by a bunch of democraps who setup stupid rules and regulations. :infantry: Democraps:D
     
  19. Jan 17, 2011 at 4:12 PM
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    What are these front license plates you speak of?! :D



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  20. Jan 17, 2011 at 4:17 PM
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    yea i took mine off after i blasted through some mud and the screws came off. I haven't bothered putting them back on.
     
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