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Old 11-05-2014, 10:52 PM
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Rear licence plate mounting

Did you ever love something so much, and then you find something that irks you, and no matter how much you love it, you can't get over that one thing???.... Or a few things?
Well I'm not about to return the GC, but wtf is with only two mounting points for the rear plate?!?!?! My plate has the slightest warp to it....as most plates do I think. It doesn't sit flat. I didn't really care cause on the Audi there were four holes for hardware. But now with my smoked lexan cover on it I lifts up at one corner. I have seen mounting blocks on the web, but a hole has to be drilled then they snap in. I can do a motor swap. But totally not feeling drilling into a 50k Jeep tailgate in the first week. Any thoughts? I thinking maybe some 3M double tape, but then the cover has two missing screws at the bottom. I'm sure some of you can understand the symmetry I'm after. Lol!

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Old 11-05-2014, 11:09 PM
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Re: Rear licence plate mounting

Drill the holes. When it's done you'll feel good about it.

In 1987 I bought a new Bronco II home on Friday, and Saturday morning drilled 8 or 10 holes in the roof to mount a factory roof rack. My neighbors thought I was nuts, but for 6 years and 168,000 miles, every time I threw something up on the rack I smiled.

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Old 11-05-2014, 11:13 PM
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Re: Rear licence plate mounting

I hear that! It's kinda hard to "screw" up. Think I'll just do it....
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Old 11-06-2014, 12:41 AM
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Re: Rear licence plate mounting

Bad enough there are only two holes... In my case those two holes aren't even drilled level, so my plate is slightly cocked.
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Re: Rear licence plate mounting

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Bad enough there are only two holes... In my case those two holes aren't even drilled level, so my plate is slightly cocked.
If you elongate the holes in your license plate a little you might be able to get it straight.

Also, is it possible that it is the hole in the insert that is off? If so, easy fix.


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Re: Rear licence plate mounting

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Did you ever love something so much, and then you find something that irks you, and no matter how much you love it, you can't get over that one thing???.... Or a few things?
Well I'm not about to return the GC, but wtf is with only two mounting points for the rear plate?!?!?! My plate has the slightest warp to it....as most plates do I think. It doesn't sit flat. I didn't really care cause on the Audi there were four holes for hardware. But now with my smoked lexan cover on it I lifts up at one corner. I have seen mounting blocks on the web, but a hole has to be drilled then they snap in. I can do a motor swap. But totally not feeling drilling into a 50k Jeep tailgate in the first week. Any thoughts? I thinking maybe some 3M double tape, but then the cover has two missing screws at the bottom. I'm sure some of you can understand the symmetry I'm after. Lol!
Yep, I miss the attention to detail on my Audi...

I've been dealing with the 'only 2 screws' issue for years and multiple vehicles and I DO NOT want to scratch the paint here in MN with our salty roads in the winter. I buy rubber 'feet' with double stick tape on them, clean the paint behind where the plate would be, and then stick them on.

This stops the plate from rubbing on the paint. It's not ideal, but better than nothing.

You could buy the little zip tie mounts and stick them behind the plate and then zip tie the bottom of the plate to them.

Amazon.com: Ziotek Zip Tie Mount, 1/2 X 1/2, 25 Pack: Office Products

Then you wouldn't have to drill a hole in your nice new vehicle (and worry about rust).
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Re: Rear licence plate mounting

I found some real soft plastic plugs laying around that I cut down a little. They slip perfectly over the lower factory square high density foam bumper pads. They increase the standoff so the back of my plate contacts them at the natural angle it wants to take with the 2-hole plate mounting setup.

I have a clear cover over mine. Went to one of the auto parts stores and found the blind-type fasteners for plate covers so the cover can still be secured with 4 screws.

Worked like a charm.
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I found some real soft plastic plugs laying around that I cut down a little. They slip perfectly over the lower factory square high density foam bumper pads. They increase the standoff so the back of my plate contacts them at the natural angle it wants to take with the 2-hole plate mounting setup.

I have a clear cover over mine. Went to one of the auto parts stores and found the blind-type fasteners for plate covers so the cover can still be secured with 4 screws.

Worked like a charm.

Like this!!!
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Yep, I miss the attention to detail on my Audi...

I've been dealing with the 'only 2 screws' issue for years and multiple vehicles and I DO NOT want to scratch the paint here in MN with our salty roads in the winter. I buy rubber 'feet' with double stick tape on them, clean the paint behind where the plate would be, and then stick them on.

This stops the plate from rubbing on the paint. It's not ideal, but better than nothing.

You could buy the little zip tie mounts and stick them behind the plate and then zip tie the bottom of the plate to them.

Amazon.com: Ziotek Zip Tie Mount, 1/2 X 1/2, 25 Pack: Office Products

Then you wouldn't have to drill a hole in your nice new vehicle (and worry about rust).

And this!!! I called the parts dept and the factory upper screw blocks are like a buck and change, but our north east winters can be bad also. I don't want bare metal edges getting exposed. Could paint the edges..... Oh man maybe I'll leave well enough alone
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Re: Rear licence plate mounting

Give one of those methods a try. There's no part of my plate touching the paint and nothing I've used will harm the paint. Moisture doesn't get trapped behind the plate either.
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Here read this thread;

License Plate Rattle/Clank: FIXED

This has all been covered before.
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Here read this thread;

License Plate Rattle/Clank: FIXED

This has all been covered before.

Thanks but I'm not worried about the "clanking" as I have the foam blocks. I just want a four corner secured plate. I don't want to get into purchasing another backer plate and such. After more research I'm getting the factory upper blocks and drilling, prime/paint edges of metal and installing another lower set. Thanks for all the advise
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