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Front license plate rubbing?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by cornwall325, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. Dec 5, 2009 at 8:20 AM
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    cornwall325

    cornwall325 [OP] Toyota newbie...

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    This thread is for those people who live in the states that unfortunately require a front license plate on their vehicles. Has anyone else noticed that the front license plate rubs on the lower section of the bumper? Also I was wondering what all different methods you all have used to cure this problem? I noticed the rubbing with mine while changing my decals the other day. This comes only after about 3 months of ownership of my new truck and I hate the rubbing of the darn front plate! :(
     
  2. Dec 5, 2009 at 8:32 AM
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    Taco's for All

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    I had the same problem, it left a nice long scratch in my front bumper. My solution was a plastic bracket that walmart sells that they call a "license plate mounting bracket." All it really is, is a big piece of plastic that is the same size at your plate that goes between the plate and the bumper. It's only about 1/4 inch thick
     
  3. Dec 5, 2009 at 8:36 AM
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    cornwall325

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    You wouldn't happen to have any pictures of this installed or wouldn't mind snapping a pic. would you?
     
  4. Dec 5, 2009 at 7:00 PM
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    RWS_350MAG

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    I took a piece of plastic tubing that I had left over after hooking up the icemaker on my refrigerator. Took a utility knife, and cut through 1 side of the tubing lengthwise. Then I slid the split tubing over the bottom edge of the license plate.The tubing has enough tension to hold onto the bottom of the plate quite tightly. It helps to use a straight edge when slicing the tubing, and sliding it onto the plate from the side.
    In my pic, the tubing looks gray, but it is actually white.

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  5. Dec 5, 2009 at 7:01 PM
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    i dont understand why people hate front plates. they are required here and ive never had a problem with them, i think they look fine.
     
  6. Dec 5, 2009 at 7:01 PM
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    Burgman

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    I bent my license plate forward into a U shape... no rubbing now
     
  7. Dec 5, 2009 at 7:05 PM
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    If you read the original post, the issue is that the bottom of the plate rubs on the lower part of the front facia. This will, in time, ruin the paint. The OP was looking to see if there is a remedy for that particular problem. I don't think there is any objection to the looks.
     
  8. Dec 5, 2009 at 7:09 PM
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    OffroadToy

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    Apply foam tape(weather stripping) to back side of plate along the bottom.
     
  9. Dec 5, 2009 at 7:13 PM
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    i'm so glad we don't have plates on the front in PA..
     
  10. Dec 5, 2009 at 7:24 PM
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    I used electrical tape along the bottom back, not perm but good for now.
     
  11. Dec 5, 2009 at 7:28 PM
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    My front bumper got scratched too. I took the front plate off and keep it in the storage bin under the rear seat. It's been off for over a year now and I've never been stopped for it. I got some color matched plugs for the screw holes.

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  12. Dec 5, 2009 at 7:29 PM
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    Can't you just use two rubber washers behind the plate? A "spacer" if you will? Putting the entire plate a little further away from the entire bumper?
     
  13. Dec 5, 2009 at 7:32 PM
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    I dont' know about anyone else but I only have 2 screws on the top of the plate that screw directly into the bumper and the rubbing issue is on the bottom so rubber washers arent' going to help
     
  14. Dec 5, 2009 at 7:38 PM
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    If the rubber was more firm then I would think it would it would put the plate away from the bumper. But I also don't know how well it would fair in the wind?
     
  15. Dec 5, 2009 at 9:26 PM
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    helpful hint... ensure you put the tape on the bumper...otherwise rocks/dirt will be able to get between the bumper and the tape and scratch the bumper just the same...make sense
     
  16. Dec 5, 2009 at 9:50 PM
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    w8n4mud

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    Two things...
    1) Put those clear knobs that you could place under a decorative item on a kitchen countertop that has granite to prevent scratches. I put three along the bottom or one in the top middle between the screws. I'd show you a picture but I took them down after I did this...
    2) No more scratches.
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  17. Dec 5, 2009 at 9:59 PM
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    heh, cleaned out the garage today and found my front plate :D

    my front was already scratched up, but after having it on.. I hate it.
     
  18. Dec 5, 2009 at 10:31 PM
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    Genius, that may very well be the best solution! Wonder if the felt ones would work or if those are too thin.
     
  19. Dec 5, 2009 at 10:36 PM
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    Put the black vinyl that you can get from sockmonkey :)

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  20. Dec 5, 2009 at 10:42 PM
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    I had the same problem too...Chris4x4 painted the bottom center of my bumper for me so its all good now :cool:
     
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