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front license plate mounting?

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by rdstr, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. rdstr

    rdstr Member

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    Just licensed my new (to me) roadster and in Washington state we are supposed to have a front plate mounted as well as a rear. Anyone have any ideas on how to mount this front plate? I am tempted to leave it in the trunk as I fear it could interfere with cooling airflow. Any thoughts? thanks!:smile:
     
  2. spaceballs

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    I got two of these --> slcasner says it fits 1.5/2.0 Removable front license plate bracket

    I'm in WA state also, I haven't mounted these yet, I've just been lazy and putting my license on my dash for now until the weather gets hot, or a cop complains.
     
  3. tonybelding

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    This is funny... My Roadster came from Washington, I had it shipped down here to Texas. It didn't come with any front license bracket -- I assumed because WA didn't require a front plate. :p

    Texas has always required a front plate, but for several years it was effectively not enforced because a legal mistake had set the fine at $0. Recently our wonderful legislature corrected that and re-introduced the fines. So... I reckon I'd better get one. I'm headed to the service center in Austin next week to have the official bracket put on.

    My car is a 2.5, which I think mounts the bracket in a better way. For the 1.5-2.0 front end, you probably ought to look into those slcasner brackets.
     
  4. djp

    djp Roadster 2.0 VIN939

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    #4 djp, Mar 15, 2015
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    I have a spare mounting bracket that I'm not using - it's yours if you want it. It's the original Tesla bracket that came with my car - I've since replaced it with a custom mount that drops the plate in front of the vent grill instead of on the nose. PM me if you're interested.

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  5. rdstr

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    That will likely not work, as the tow screw threads are different size than the Elise. Reason I know this is I had custom tow hook made from a guy who did Elises and I've verified they have different thread sizes.

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  7. Curt

    Curt Roadster Signature #55

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    I just received a mount from here: http://moweraxle.com/licenseplatebrackets/othermakesmodelcars.html (scroll to the bottom of the page).

    It looks very good. Solidly made, and they shipped it in just a couple of days. I haven't been able to mount it yet (my Roadster is in transit this week), but plan to put this on as soon as it arrives.
     
  8. rdstr

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    so I decided to fabricate a mount myself from some light gauge steel that I bent to form a channel that surrounds the tow hook, and secured it to the hook with a sandwich-cookie approach and 2 screws clamping it around the hook. Then I got a nice piece of heavy plastic mounting at Walmart and attached it to the bracket with 2 screws. I used regular hardware to attach a license plate and frame and for less than $5 I have a very secure, flat black painted bracket that can be easily unscrewed and removed. I attached a pic and a 'crude' drawing to show what I did. If anyone wants to do this it works and looks great! (I think) WP_20150315_001.jpg WP_20150315_003.jpg
     
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    Nice work! Could you do the same thing in aluminum to save weight?

    I remember almost choking when I picked up my new Roadster and watched while they drilled 2 holes in the black plastic grill to hold the bracket. I cringed and looked away until they were done.
     
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    I've driven mine for almost two years with no front plate in Ohio and Minnesota (two plate states)... I keep my second plate under the drivers seat to display on the dash when parking on the street... no tickets yet!
     
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    you could use aluminum but light gauge steel is easier to bend and tap into- aluminum tends to fatigue when you bend it into a 90 degree. I should have taken better pictures, if anyone wants to see better detail I will take the plate off and take some pics of the actual bracket that show better. :smile:
     
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    What's more important to me at the moment is how to mount my EZ Pass transponder. My front plate bracket is already mounted and I don't want to drill any more holes. It has to be outside the car because the solar-guard windshield blocks the signal, and you can't put it under a body panel that's carbon fiber. The plate frame has a message on it that I don't want to block. As it is the front plate increases aerodynamic drag so I don't want to hang it off the plate in a way that makes it bigger.
     
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    Is there a motorcycle EZ Pass transponder in VT? If so, get one of those. In Colorado its a clear sticker with some white bits in it. It's designed to mount on a motorcycle headlight. I put mine on the top of the driver's side headlight. Most people don't even notice. I had to call up and argue with them to get it. The lady was convinced it would not work. Not sure what her thought process was. It works great. I can take a picture if you want.
     
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    Were there different windshield options? I don't have any trouble with my toll tag mounted to my windshield.
     
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    Check out this thread: http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/38178-Removable-front-license-plate-bracket

    I paid $60 for it late last year, and picked it up as he is local to me. He'll charge you $15 to ship it. I have a 2.0 and it fits perfectly. I'm sure it'll fit a 1.5 too, but not so sure about the 2.5. You can contact him at: [email protected]


     
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    Thank's to ChadS's ingenuity, I just used zip-ties to attach it to the front grille, tucked away to the left.

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    Solar Guard windshield was a $400 option, to keep the cabin cooler. I ordered it after reading about the dismal AC reports on this forum. But after a few mods by Tesla, I'm happy to say the AC works great.
     
  18. hcsharp

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    Illegal in my state. Have to use actual screws.
     
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    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    I never mount the front plate. It's like braces on a 18YO beauty. Not gonna do it! I'll happily pay the 20 bucks in CA to shut them up. Of course, now that I have said that....
     
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