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Front License Plate Solutions

grisnjam

P6316
Dec 29, 2011
259
3
Austin, Texas
Just an update on mounting the front plate lower over the grill opening. At the Austin Service center today I asked about issues with blocking airflow when installing a front plate as shown here:

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And he said it should not be an issue. The lower grill provides airflow for the cabin climate control and not the battery cooling/heating. He said that the battery's vents are located in the opening to the right and left of the lower grill. Just an FYI as this was the first I had heard this.
 

dsm363

Roadster + Sig Model S
May 17, 2009
18,278
151
Nevada
Just an update on mounting the front plate lower over the grill opening. At the Austin Service center today I asked about issues with blocking airflow when installing a front plate as shown here:

And he said it should not be an issue. The lower grill provides airflow for the cabin climate control and not the battery cooling/heating. He said that the battery's vents are located in the opening to the right and left of the lower grill. Just an FYI as this was the first I had heard this.

Great info. I got the opposite response from ownership when I first got my car and zip tied my plate in the same place but nice so hear someone from service comment on it. Maybe they will officially support a nondestructive bracket there now.
 

vetboy45

Member
Feb 14, 2013
62
0
Kent wa
attaching license plates

What is everyone using to attach their license plates to the front and rear? I've never gotten a car that didn't have the bolts included.
 

NigelM

Recovering Member
Apr 3, 2011
13,386
555
Northern Virginia
What is everyone using to attach their license plates to the front and rear? I've never gotten a car that didn't have the bolts included.

You should have received bolts for the back and a plate holder with fixings for the front. Contact your Service Center and/or Delivery Specialist.

Regarding front plate fixings, see up-thread for a variety of solutions.
 
Sadly, after 11 years with my previous car and no front plate issues, I just got a no front plate ticket in San Francisco (from a "meter maid") after six weeks of Tesla ownership. $114! :scared: $10 if I get it fixed. I think $114 is a bit much, and Wifey has no appreciation for the naked look, so I think I just have to bite the bullet and mount the front. The only consolation is it shows off my "JST AMPS" plate...

- Bill
 

Timothy

Driving on Sunshine
May 4, 2011
412
108
Sadly, after 11 years with my previous car and no front plate issues, I just got a no front plate ticket in San Francisco (from a "meter maid") after six weeks of Tesla ownership. $114! :scared: $10 if I get it fixed. I think $114 is a bit much, and Wifey has no appreciation for the naked look, so I think I just have to bite the bullet and mount the front. The only consolation is it shows off my "JST AMPS" plate...

- Bill
The other option is to put the plate on temporarily, pay the $10, take the plate off, wait another 11 years for a fine. That is what I have done over the years. I have had 3 tickets =$30 over 40 years driving with no front plate. Less than a dollar a year!

BTW my son's plate on his Model S is close to yours--"2 Amped."
 

Tommy

Member
Mar 3, 2010
882
3
The great OC
***BUMP*** Resurrecting an old post

About 7 months have past since posting this mod. With the growth of the forum's membership, the post is effectively buried "6 feet under" in newer posts. After demonstrating the mod at the recent OC Tesla meet up, I got asked by a several owners how I did the install and based on their interest thought the thread needed to be bumped. My post is on page 19 #185 No Holes Drilled License Plate Holder Project and I describe how the removable front license holder was done.
 
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ViperDoc

Roadster 1305
Jun 24, 2011
419
210
Vermont
My wife got pulled over in VT for no front plate yesterday. We got a warning with 15 days to fix (I need to look to see if there is a fine if we don't show them we fixed it). I guess we will look at one of these solutions...
 

W.Petefish

Active Member
Apr 29, 2011
1,060
11
My wife got pulled over in VT for no front plate yesterday. We got a warning with 15 days to fix (I need to look to see if there is a fine if we don't show them we fixed it). I guess we will look at one of these solutions...

3M moulding mount tape 'till you get it dismissed and then take it off.
 

dsm363

Roadster + Sig Model S
May 17, 2009
18,278
151
Nevada
Thought I'd post again to see if anyone is working on an aftermarket non-destrutive bracket that places the plate down low. There would be a market for this for someone who knows how to design and build something like this.
 

tomas

Out of warranty...
Oct 22, 2012
4,256
3,839
Chicago/Montecito
The skene can be placed low down and is virtually non-destructive. a couple of minute screw holes in bottom bit of nose cone, almost invisible could probably be filled with black p-tex if you needed.
 

Longhorn92

MS VIN #10103 (40 kWh)
Jul 6, 2012
212
1
Chicago
The skene can be placed low down and is virtually non-destructive. a couple of minute screw holes in bottom bit of nose cone, almost invisible could probably be filled with black p-tex if you needed.

I placed the Skene down low as well, but didn't drill any holes. Instead, I ziptied the Skene brackets to the waffle grille. You cannot see the zipties since the brackets are located behind the plate. Looks great... very simple and low profile!
 

rewski

Member
Aug 4, 2013
91
8
Denver
Here are a few pics of my Show-n-go front license plate bracket installed. Only required three 5/16 inch holes drilled on the underside black plastic piece of bumper.

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Timothy

Driving on Sunshine
May 4, 2011
412
108
I came up with a non-invasive, magnetic mounting solution that allows putting the plate on when you need it for parking and removal when you don't. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJWdJhTt3HM Read the comments to learn more if interested.

Wow! What a fabulous, creative solution. Where I live, I can get away without a front plate at all --well, I get a ticket on my various cars about once a decade (on my Roadster) but this might work great for my son who drives his Model S in The City (San Francisco) daily. Please PM me if these go into production.
 

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