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      01-16-2013, 08:50 AM   #1
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Electronic Front License Plate Bracket

Some states require a front mounted license plate, so instead of making wholes in your front bumper you have an option of getting a side mounted plate in place of the tow hook or you can get an auto flip out plate. Here is a video of one we recently put on a X5M

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      01-17-2013, 01:47 AM   #2
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What's the point? Hiding rear plate has certain purposes, but the front?
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      01-17-2013, 11:14 AM   #4
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I have this installed on my 2013 X3 M sport.
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What's the point? Hiding rear plate has certain purposes, but the front?
Haha, because it's more beautiful of course!
You don't want to ditch speed camera's do you?
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Certain states require a front mounted license plate. This way you will not have any holes in your front bumper, and you can drive around with nothing on the front bumper. When your parked, you can take the plate out in order not to receive a ticket.
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Certain states require a front mounted license plate. This way you will not have any holes in your front bumper, and you can drive around with nothing on the front bumper. When your parked, you can take the plate out in order not to receive a ticket.
So people are willing to avoid two holes drilled in the front bumper (and then covered by the license plate, mind you) by making holes underneath? Seems logical...

Also, for any kind of ticket it makes sense to hide the rear plate; hiding the front one does nothing, except for potentially getting 'no front plate' ticket.
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      01-18-2013, 02:04 PM   #8
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What's the price for something like this?
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      01-20-2013, 01:08 AM   #9
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What's the price for something like this?
Around $60-100 depending on where you look...
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clean, i like it. i hate the look of a front plate, spoils the beauty of the front end. i never run a front plate on my M3 and have only had a problem with the police once. but this option is the best of both worlds, you see a cop coming, bam, push a button and he has nothing to pull you over for.
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I kind of like the look of tow plate mounts, and they're simpler. But if these only cost 60-100, it's about the same as the tow mount. Luckily they don't seem to enforce front plates a lot in OC
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Around $60-100 depending on where you look...
The automatic ones are much more expensive than $60-$100. Not sure where or what you found before but if you can please provide a link. The automatic ones normally go for around $150 without installation.
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I kind of like the look of tow plate mounts, and they're simpler. But if these only cost 60-100, it's about the same as the tow mount. Luckily they don't seem to enforce front plates a lot in OC
On the 73 Toll Road they do. I was busted a few months ago.
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Around $60-100 depending on where you look...
The automatic ones are much more expensive than $60-$100. Not sure where or what you found before but if you can please provide a link. The automatic ones normally go for around $150 without installation.
They're "around" that price and depending on where you buy it. A simple search on amazon.com will yield the following results:

Manual $41
Electric $129

I was off by $29 for the electric kit, but the manual kit is significantly cheaper. I had these on all my cars since I don't like to drill holes directly into the bumper.
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I kind of like the look of tow plate mounts, and they're simpler. But if these only cost 60-100, it's about the same as the tow mount. Luckily they don't seem to enforce front plates a lot in OC
On the 73 Toll Road they do. I was busted a few months ago.
He pulled you over just for that? What a dick. I just don't go above 70 on the toll road to lay low.

I know if you get pulled over for speeding or some other obvious offense they'll get you for front plates and tint and other dumb crap
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I kind of like the look of tow plate mounts, and they're simpler. But if these only cost 60-100, it's about the same as the tow mount. Luckily they don't seem to enforce front plates a lot in OC
On the 73 Toll Road they do. I was busted a few months ago.
He pulled you over just for that? What a dick. I just don't go above 70 on the toll road to lay low.

I know if you get pulled over for speeding or some other obvious offense they'll get you for front plates and tint and other dumb crap
Well, I was in the fast lane when my Valentine went off. I slowed down & looked in my rear as I passed him & sure enough, he lights me up.

I was convinced he nailed me speeding, but just wrote a fix-it for front plate.
You may be right.

My neighbor is a cop; signed ticket & $20 later, ticket resolved.
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Sorry for bumping an old thread, but I'm interested in this idea.

I checked my front bumper where the plate was installed in the video, and there's no way that there's enough space to stow a plate there. Was cutting of the mesh required for fitment, or am I missing something?
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I see people just throwing their plates on the dashboard. No drilling in your bumper (but really, who cares about two little holes), no installing of these flip up mechanisms (you are still drilling holes or cutting mesh grilles somewhere) and it's free.
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I see people just throwing their plates on the dashboard. No drilling in your bumper (but really, who cares about two little holes), no installing of these flip up mechanisms (you are still drilling holes or cutting mesh grilles somewhere) and it's free.
Everyone does it for different reasons. For me, I want a cleaner look for car meets and car photography. Putting it on my dash is illegal (and dangerous), and the ticket is more expensive than not having a plate at all.
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