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front license plate

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by chrisefaw, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. Mar 21, 2009 at 6:24 PM
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    chrisefaw

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    Is there a front license plate mount for Tacomas? I have a pewter East Carolina University plate that was on my old vehicle that I would really like to put on the front. I haven't done a ton of searching online but figured someone might have the answer here. Thanks!

    it's not this one but the design with black lettering is similar

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  2. Mar 21, 2009 at 6:28 PM
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    Not really a mount, mine just had 2 holes in the front bumper for the screws.
     
  3. Mar 21, 2009 at 7:34 PM
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    i've got the two indentions, doesn't seem very sturdy to screw it right into the bumper though...that's why I was hoping there was a plastic mount toyota made or after marker
     
  4. Mar 21, 2009 at 7:37 PM
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    Use Nylok nuts with proper sized bolts and drill thru the bumper. Use washers to distribute the pressure and you should be fine.
     
  5. Mar 21, 2009 at 10:17 PM
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    that's what I did. It's been on there for about 4 months now and haven't had any problems.
     
  6. Mar 22, 2009 at 11:18 AM
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    can you post a picture? thanks!
     
  7. Mar 22, 2009 at 12:03 PM
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    If my state did not require front plates, I would go w/out. Looks much cleaner. :)
     
  8. Mar 22, 2009 at 4:37 PM
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  9. Mar 22, 2009 at 7:42 PM
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    Sorry for the delay. It's been a busy day. I'll post a pic when I get back to my computer. I'm on the girlfriend's computer right now. I only have 1 pic of it, but i'll take more of the bolts/washers whenever I get a chance if you need it after the 1st one.
     
  10. Mar 22, 2009 at 7:58 PM
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    thanks for the help dwalden2
     
  11. Mar 22, 2009 at 10:51 PM
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    That's the only one I have right now. Sorry for the crappy cell phone pic...and the dirty tag. I just put a small pilot hole in the dimples and then put a bolt through it. There is a washer on the outside and on the inside of the bumper. I thought it might make it a little more stable. I have lock nuts on the back. Might want to check it after a few days to make sure nothing's comin loose from the bumps and vibrations. I checked em a few days later, then about every other month
     
  12. Mar 22, 2009 at 11:10 PM
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    i took mine off (even though its californian law) cause the bottom of the plate was scratching my bumper. ANd i think it looks better.. except for the holes
     
  13. Apr 2, 2009 at 4:11 AM
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    Hey Folks,

    This whole front license plate issue really sucks. What the heck is Toyota thinking? Did the engineers go to lunch when it came to designing something robust here? I guess those same knucklehead Toyota Engineerings are still out to lunch too BTW.

    I take delivery of my Speedway Blue Taco tomorrow and told the dealer don't drill the holes...I am having the 3M product put on the whole front end and I will figure this out on my own.

    License plates of the frontal variety are required here in Washington. As a Reliability Engineer for Boeing for 26 years, and working with design engineers all day every day, I am gonna come up with something in the near future. So far the Nylok bolts sound reasonable (they will stop an anode/cathode reaction between differing metals (License Plate and bolt) and should be secure. I am gonna see if I can create a nice looking bracket or something. I oughta charge the knuckleheads at Toyota for my labor too!

    DPD327 (Jim)
     
  14. Apr 2, 2009 at 5:59 AM
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    Me 2, but I've gotten pulled over and issued a warning for not having my front plate. I wasn't doing anything else, no speeding, didn't run a stop sign, simply got pulled over and was told it was against texas law not to have a front plate. Cop even inspected that I had the holes in the bumper, I just had to install it.
     
  15. Apr 2, 2009 at 3:46 PM
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    Simon,

    Obviously that trooper has way too much time on his hands...should have told him that the license plate was there last night when you came in the house....

    DPD327
     
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