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License plate area pads

I am assuming all wk2s come with those rubber pads at the bottom of the license plate area? Top area accepts two screws to hold the plate in place. No holes for the bottom of the plate. Instead there are two stick on pads, seemingly there to protect the paint from where the plate might rub.

At first I was not really a fan of the way they cause the plates to stick out from the body a bit. But I guess they serve a purpose. But my question-anyone know where to buy this (mopar) part? My dealer said he could get me the "kit" with them in it. But that also includes screws, which I don't need. Reason I ask: My 2013 does not have the pads on it. Thought I might add them to my 2013.

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Old 08-28-2015, 09:55 PM
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Re: License plate area pads

You can buy the pads at Home Depot. They are with the bumper pads. I use them around the house. However, I bought some plastic license plate nuts and bolts and used 2 of them thru the bottom holes of the plate and the dealer license frame. Then I carefully cut the excess bolt off the back.. protects the paint and eliminates frame/plate rattle.
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Re: License plate area pads

The rear license plate mounting method on the Jeep is not very well thought out.

I have clear plate covers on mine. I also use the lower plate screws to fasten the cover. My plate doesn't even contact the bumper pads and I didn't care for that. I found that the soft plastic covers used on battery terminal posts fit perfectly over those bumper pads with a little trimming. That adds enough height to contact the bottom of the plate and makes the whole thing more stable.
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Bad design.. My plate vibrates like crazy from the sub
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Re: License plate area pads

MDBones: you hit on something I forgot to mention. Even though those pads are really thick, the license plate still does not touch the pads? So weird. I guess they should have make the top parts (that accept the screws) as thick as the license pad.

My first attempt I kept turning the screws until the plate finally touch the pads. But then I realized by the point the plate was no longer even. Top part was noticeably close to the metal than the bottom was. Again, like you said, poorly thought out design.

My question--do they all come from the factory with the pads already stuck on? Or do the dealers put them on? My parents have a 2014 Overland and it does not have the pads.
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MDBones: you hit on something I forgot to mention. Even though those pads are really thick, the license plate still does not touch the pads? So weird. I guess they should have make the top parts (that accept the screws) as thick as the license pad.

My first attempt I kept turning the screws until the plate finally touch the pads. But then I realized by the point the plate was no longer even. Top part was noticeably close to the metal than the bottom was. Again, like you said, poorly thought out design.

My question--do they all come from the factory with the pads already stuck on? Or do the dealers put them on? My parents have a 2014 Overland and it does not have the pads.
Yes, the lower square foam pads are factory installed, or they're supposed to be. That's where the design is poor... when the plate is properly fastened at the top, the bottom of the plate doesn't come close to touching the pads. And you shouldn't have to bend the plate to make that happen.

You probably could hunt around and find a larger piece of high density foam like the factory pads are made of so the bottom of the plate makes proper contact.
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Re: License plate area pads

My wife's Overland did not come with the pads, I put a nice license plate frame on it and used 3M trim tape between the frame and the car (out of sight). Works good, no more rattle and the tape will come off with a little heat if necessary. My state is a "sticker" state so we keep the plates for the life of the car.
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I used a few pieces of this stick on foam (not the actual size) and it helped to eliminate all of my rattles, especially over bumps.

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Re: License plate area pads

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You can buy the pads at Home Depot. They are with the bumper pads. I use them around the house. However, I bought some plastic license plate nuts and bolts and used 2 of them thru the bottom holes of the plate and the dealer license frame. Then I carefully cut the excess bolt off the back.. protects the paint and eliminates frame/plate rattle.
I did exactly the same thing, but I also put a rubber grommet around each of the plastic nuts on the back of the plate so that the rubber grommet rests against the paint.
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I did exactly the same thing, but I also put a rubber grommet around each of the plastic nuts on the back of the plate so that the rubber grommet rests against the paint.
Good idea, but the bottom of my plate sticks out from the body of the vehicle.
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You can buy the pads at Home Depot. They are with the bumper pads. I use them around the house. However, I bought some plastic license plate nuts and bolts and used 2 of them thru the bottom holes of the plate and the dealer license frame. Then I carefully cut the excess bolt off the back.. protects the paint and eliminates frame/plate rattle.
A bit of contact cement and some of those Home Depot door stop bumper guards on the back end of license plate bolts works pretty good. I put the license itself in a
stiff frame to deal with the flex, then did pretty much what you did with the addition of the door guard rubber stops to the back of the bolts. I don't have hardly any flex in the rear plate.

I wonder why no lower mounting area though... unless there is something highly explosive in that area, seems somewhat cheapskatey to just have two top holes.
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