TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

EZ-Pass Black Twinkie On Bottom Grill?

Discussion in 'New England' started by Driver Dave, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. Driver Dave

    Driver Dave Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2016
    Messages:
    211
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    Just got an ezpass mounted on license plate. Functionally it is great, but looks wise, kind of like a wart on a nose.

    Anyway, anyone have luck tying the ezpass front mounted one to the grill under the nose?

    That would look better, well hidden, but does it work?
     
  2. David29

    David29 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2015
    Messages:
    892
    Location:
    DEDHAM, MA
    I can't speak to the grill location, but -- My Easy Pass works just fine mounted on my Model S windshield in the designated area. Did you try that first?
    And by the way, do you have a Model S or an X? The Model S windshields have a specific location for the transponder since before my car was made in August 2015. Not aware of what provision Tesla might have made on the Model X....
     
  3. Driver Dave

    Driver Dave Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2016
    Messages:
    211
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    Yes, saw I could put in that area, but figured I try the front mounted one to see if it would be more out of the way of things.

    I do like that it is not on windshield, but now not sure about on front.

    Will maybe try the grill under and see if that works.

    Also, sometimes I wonder if these are even necessary at this point, as I'm pretty sure you can just register, drive without them, and it will read your license plate going through.
     
  4. David29

    David29 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2015
    Messages:
    892
    Location:
    DEDHAM, MA
    Hmm, not everywhere, maybe. Might depend on where you drive. We just made a drive from Boston area to Washington,DC and back, and passed through many toll gates in several different jurisdictions. Not sure I'd want to assume they all would simply send a bill. For one thing, we crossed at least one bridge in NYC area that has gates -- you cannot pass without paying the toll or having a successful reading of the EasyPass. Not sure what would happen there.
     
  5. Driver Dave

    Driver Dave Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2016
    Messages:
    211
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    Also just discovered that if it reads your plate instead of card, it will bill you a dollar a pop after 2 a month.

    So better to have the device. (Though I can't help but think at this point they shouldn't be needed)
     
  6. EdA

    EdA Model S P-2540

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2011
    Messages:
    1,945
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I used to have mine mounted behind the nose cone.
    Twice I had issues in NYC (not the place you want an issue) and moved it to my plate.
     
  7. idoco

    idoco Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2013
    Messages:
    223
    Location:
    Outside Philly
    I've been thinking about this recently. On my MS I have it mounted on the grill below the nose cone using J-hooks. Haven't looked at the grill on the MX yet.

    What I was really wondering is if the "black bar" can be mounted on the rear tag and still work? Couldn't find anything on a quick google search. Thoughts?
     
  8. EdA

    EdA Model S P-2540

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2011
    Messages:
    1,945
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I doubt it would work on the rear of the car, but I don't know for sure.
     
  9. masam

    masam Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2016
    Messages:
    94
    Location:
    MA
    Mind posting a picture ? I'm considering getting the same.
    Thanks !
     
  10. Driver Dave

    Driver Dave Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2016
    Messages:
    211
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    @masam

    Here you go. Not too bad, but really not the greatest look.

    The question is if I can attach down below with black zip ties, and if it would work.
     

    Attached Files:

    • Helpful x 1
  11. masam

    masam Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2016
    Messages:
    94
    Location:
    MA
    Thanks Dave !
     
  12. ModelNforNerd

    ModelNforNerd Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2015
    Messages:
    2,132
    Location:
    Ayer, MA

    Yea, as of this Friday at 10pm, the MA Pike will be all-electronic tolling. You could skip the EZPass, but the rate will be higher.

    Also, if you go up and down the East Coast at all, it's best to have it, since not all states do all-electronic tolling yet. No one wants to sit in the old school toll booth traffic jams anymore.

    I used to lose an hour or more sitting in them in NJ and NYC. :eek:
     
  13. wesley888

    wesley888 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2016
    Messages:
    512
    Location:
    Huntington Station, NY
    Oh? Is this new? My old car still using the old white tag behind the windshield.
     
  14. EdA

    EdA Model S P-2540

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2011
    Messages:
    1,945
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Many of us had problems with the white transponder working through the windshield.
    There are many threads about this.
     
  15. wesley888

    wesley888 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2016
    Messages:
    512
    Location:
    Huntington Station, NY
    Oh, I see. I'm completely new to this. Let me do a search.
     
  16. Driver Dave

    Driver Dave Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2016
    Messages:
    211
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    Yep, this is new. I replaced my white tag with this to keep the window cleaner looking.
     
  17. Driver Dave

    Driver Dave Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2016
    Messages:
    211
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    @masam

    After exploring the vent bottom area, and seeing a radiator, and thinking better of blocking it, I wound up using some zip ties to put it on the bottom of the license plate. Which looks much better than on top.

    I recommend this way if you have a black twinkie.

    IMG_0104.JPG
     
  18. Bimbels

    Bimbels GoldMember

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2016
    Messages:
    559
    Location:
    Newport, RI
    I have my transponder mounted in the designated spot on the windshield and it works about 90% of the time. Every once in a while, though, it isn't read even though properly mounted. I've had it happen a few times going through the tolls on the Whitestone Bridge.

    In those cases, the attendant came to my car and I handed them my transponder. they did their thing with it, which raised the gate. What would you do if this happened with the twinkie? Or do you have the regular one as backup in your car?

    Also, where can I get the twinkie? I might want for my Model 3. Maybe. :) Just at the EZPass office?
     
  19. EdA

    EdA Model S P-2540

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2011
    Messages:
    1,945
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    With the twinkie you point out that the transponder is on your front plate.
    That's the best you can do. I find these finicky toll plazas are best taken at LOW speed.
     
  20. Driver Dave

    Driver Dave Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2016
    Messages:
    211
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    I don't encounter gates in my travel so if it doesn't work I just keep on going. They snap photo of license plate, connect it to my account and bill that way automatically.

    I would suspect the Twinkie on the front like that will work more reliably that in window.

    To get the Twinkie, i just called and they sent me one.

    I'm not sure you can have both it and the square one active. But you could ask.

    I do like Twinkie better than having square in window. But only after I moved Twinkie to bottom of license plate. On top didn't look so great..
     

Share This Page