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Front license plate placement

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by T34ME, Apr 11, 2017.

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  1. T34ME

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    I know that many States do not require a front license plate, but California does. I know that many California residents will not run a front license plate on their TM3 and not worry about it. I hope that we can avoid the debate on whether to run a front plate or not in this thread (but that is wishful thinking on my part). I prefer NOT to run a front license plate but I probably will simply because if a cop decides to pull us over for no front plate, it will probably be with my wife driving by herself and I will never hear the end of it! She will be driving the TM3 by herself 80% of the time. Yes, I know that I can get a removable license plate bracket, but that is not worth it to me since it will be in place 80% of the time. No, getting a new wife is NOT an option!

    So, Tesla will provide a front plate bracket someplace, at this point nobody knows where, probably someplace on the duck bill. If I am going to run a plate, I would prefer to run it down low in line with the lower air scoop below the duck bill. The question is, how much would that location affect battery cooling or other cooling requirements. Prius Chat had this discussion long ago. It was determined that running the plate in front of the lower air scoop had little if any detriment on battery cooling. That is where I run my front plate on my Prius now with no problems, summer or winter.

    Any opinions about attaching the front plate in front of the lower air scoop?

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  2. Weezer Fan

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    I was wondering the same thing. We need one here in CO as well.
     
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    Thanks for that link. I have seen these used frequently on the street rod scene. I guess when I am pulled over, I quickly hit the remote and say, "sorry officer, I just forgot to deploy my plate when I left home."

    But the question remains, will running the plate in front of the lower scoop affect the cooling in any way?
     
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    The radiator is probably recessed about a half a foot from the bumper cover. If so, IMO there should be plenty of space for air to go around the plate and have minimal effect on cooling.

    Another issue is whether there's any autopilot-related sensor that the license plate might affect in this location.
     
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    Excellent point, thank you.
     
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    I like it, but I'll have to mount mine higher or it will be torn off getting in and out of my house. Maybe those european style slim plates will have to be the go...
     
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    Double sticky tape to mount it, or a custom made bracket that bolts up underneath, but holds the plate up out front somewhere? It does not have to be in the middle of the car, does it?
     
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    It doesn't have to be on our side of the planet, but YMMV where you are. We do need one fitted both front and rear though. Over here (from our Department of Transport website):
     
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    Technically front plates are required in CA, but I haven't had one for years, and have never gotten a ticket for not having one. [Knock on wood.]
     
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    #11 Akikiki, Apr 11, 2017
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    I used this on my first Tesla. It had Air Suspension and that probably saved many times that it would have been torn off being so low. But even with Air Suspension, I still tore two of these Show-N-Go's off my S. I pulled up too close to curbs and when backing out, it hung on concrete.

    It comes with rubber coated barrel nuts, that you drill a hole and push up into the hole. When you put the screw in and tighten, the rubber squeezes tighter and holds the bracket on.

    I had the manual version. A guy with a Camaro had the electric one. He saw mine and said he was on his third electric version. He said being low, when he splashes mud from a puddle on it, it dries, hardens and then stops working. Cleaning helped but the water and mud gets into the motor too.
     
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    Ya, how sophisticated do you need to get? Like @igotzzoom I don't have a front license plate after 2 1/2 years. Cops on the freeway don't pull you over for that. Meter maids in a city like San Francisco, will give you a fix it ticket. So it really depends on where you park. When I do park on the street in suburb cities, I do throw the front license plate on the dash. No problem so far.
     
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    Without front number plates I don't think I'd be able to leave the carpark I use weekly for work. It uses numberplate recognition to open the gates for people who've paid their fees.
     

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