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Old 02-05-2014, 01:20 PM   #1
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Rear Plate Modification?

Maybe it’s OCD, but I can’t get over the fact that the rear license plate on my new Ti Hatch hangs about ” too low.

I thought about “slotting” the 4 holes in the plate to slide it up, or maybe trimming the bottom of the plate. I assume there is some kind of law that would prevent one from modifying it….

Is there anyone out there as nuts as me? Lol


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Old 02-05-2014, 02:53 PM   #2
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I got used to it after a while, but yeah, it does look weird.
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Old 02-05-2014, 03:04 PM   #3
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in ohio the cops are okay with modifying plates as long as it is still legible, reflective, and the county and registration tags are visible and intact. i ended up painting my friend's plate black so it flowed better on his gsr. had it on his car for several years before he sold it. so i would check with your local cops and give it a go. you never know you might start a new trend:)
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Something like this could help move it up.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FRONT-LICENS...-/110716410615

That one is a bit expensive Im sure you could find them cheaper somewhere, Just wanted to show you something that might work for ya
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Something like this could help move it up.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FRONT-LICENS...-/110716410615

That one is a bit expensive Im sure you could find them cheaper somewhere, Just wanted to show you something that might work for ya
There is always something on ebay!

This is a great suggestion. I may actually be able to fabricate something like this out of an old aluminum license plate...much thinner. Securing the plate may be a challenge though.
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in ohio the cops are okay with modifying plates as long as it is still legible, reflective, and the county and registration tags are visible and intact. i ended up painting my friend's plate black so it flowed better on his gsr. had it on his car for several years before he sold it. so i would check with your local cops and give it a go. you never know you might start a new trend:)
I just noticed Indiana plates have a bar code on the lower edge. It must be new. Not sure of its propose. It might have something to do with quality control at the DVM, since anyone with a dealer frame around the plate covers it up.

Trimming the plate would definitely be a good look. I will check with my local police.
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I just noticed Indiana plates have a bar code on the lower edge. It must be new. Not sure of its propose. It might have something to do with quality control at the DVM, since anyone with a dealer frame around the plate covers it up.

Trimming the plate would definitely be a good look. I will check with my local police.
Turns out trimming the plate is a no-no in Indiana. The law clearly states the plate has to be 6" x 12". After a quick check, my plate is exactly 6" x 12".

I plan to try to fabricate a bracket to raise the plate by 1/2" without exposing the lower screw holes. Special fasteners will be needed to hold the plate to the bracket to keep the profile low. I am thinking either "tee" nuts or maybe nut caps. Then use a clear plate cover to give it a clean look.

If it works, I will post some pictures of the process. Thanks.
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As much as I love not having a front license plate (Florida), they should be law everywhere in terms of vehicle identification.
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As much as I love not having a front license plate (Florida), they should be law everywhere in terms of vehicle identification.
Like FL, Indiana does not have front plates either. I think most cars looks better without one. But it seems like every dealer in Indiana still attaches a front plate with their name on it!

And worst, drills holes in the bumper...
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Down in MX we have both front and rear license plate.... Just FYI
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