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License plate screwed into front bumper?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BlacTac08, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. Sep 23, 2010 at 2:41 PM
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    BlacTac08

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    Just got my new plates for my 08 and have only now noticed that
    the front plates are screwed directly into the bumper.
    Is the standard mount spot for front license plates in tacos?
    And if not, any ideas on where to find a bracket.
    I only ask because here in TX you gotta have both front and back
    plates which is lame but it's a law, or so I hear.
    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. Sep 23, 2010 at 2:50 PM
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    Lunercrab

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    I'm in pa and don't have front plates but my truck came from Virginia and it came with the holes already drilled in the front bumper, so I don't believe there is a bracket that im aware of.
     
  3. Sep 23, 2010 at 2:57 PM
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  4. Sep 23, 2010 at 2:58 PM
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    How does Toyota overlook license plate brackets?
    And worse, how do I overlook the lack of said brackets
    prior to buying my truck:confused:
    Lesson learned, once again...
    Thanks fellas for your replies
     
  5. Sep 23, 2010 at 3:06 PM
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    When I bought my truck I think they drilled them at the dealership and put on their license plate holder on with a cardboard cutout of their dealership name in it. And they used screws to put it on, same as the back. You may need to use a drill to drill holes out.

    You can use screws for the front, or use a plate holder and screws (which I think is better). I would recommend going to the autoparts store, they'll have everything you'll need. I would also highly recommend using security screws for both front/rear plates to help prevent theft of plates. They use a special key to put on/off, and a plastic cover could be good too.

    Or what WhipperSnapper02 recommend is a good idea for the front.

    I noticed last time I took off the front plate, that there was a little rub on the paint, you may want to pick up some thin foam tape, and put on plate, not on paint.

    Hope that helps.
     
  6. Sep 23, 2010 at 3:13 PM
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    Lunercrab

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    +1 on that. The dealer put one of their plate holders on and I didn't Even notice the rib mark till a couple months later. I was pissed.
     
  7. Sep 23, 2010 at 3:17 PM
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    They dont require front plates in AZ either so im stuck with 2 holes in my brand new truck. The dealers here should really think that some ppl may not want an optional front plate before they go drilling holes in the bumper.
     
  8. Sep 23, 2010 at 3:21 PM
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    another reason I'm glad I live in Florida.

    front plates are stupid and a waste of money.
     
  10. Sep 23, 2010 at 3:26 PM
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    I agree...
    I believe it's 'technically' a law in tx that's rarely enforced,
    but I know that every time I had a beer and drove I'd freak out
    about being stopped by an overzealous Plano cop for not having one
    and end up going thru another sobriety test - of which i've passed
    two !!!! so bring it!! but not really..
     
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    sweet. looks like what i need. wish i had the porsche that theyre advertising them for but the Taco will do for now
     
  12. Sep 23, 2010 at 3:30 PM
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    yeah they have toyota colors too!! check there color chart
     
  13. Sep 23, 2010 at 3:38 PM
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    Now I have to figure out how to cover up the copious amount of fkn scratches the license plate did to the bumper.

    Once again experts, suggestions?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  15. Sep 23, 2010 at 3:49 PM
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    I would take it in to get Line-X'ed.
     
  16. Sep 23, 2010 at 4:03 PM
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    If the marks are deep you will have to repaint or cover it up. if you repaint you might want to fill the holes and paint over.
    If shallow then buff it out.
     
  17. Sep 24, 2010 at 9:10 AM
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    Mine were predrilled from the dealership so they could add there stupid advertising plastic plate and frames so when I got my plates from the state I just used the same holes.
     
  18. Sep 24, 2010 at 9:12 AM
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    +1 just make sure you make the whole a tiny little bit bigger than the recommended 1/4" drill so they can be pushed in all the way flush with the bumper
     
  19. Sep 24, 2010 at 5:17 PM
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    Gotcha.. thanks gents!!

    Now who know where to get more circular tie down things; bought mine used and it only came w/ 2. I've seen most w/ 4.
    ONce again, let's work some magic.
     
  20. Sep 24, 2010 at 6:37 PM
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    EBay!!!
    PS: I am designing a bracket to mount the plate
     
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