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Is it too soon or too late to ask about a front lic. plate

Discussion in 'Model X' started by MikeL, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. MikeL

    MikeL some guy

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    Seriously, is there really no consideration for mounting a front plate, required by law in many states, including mine. Also I have the coolest plate so don't want to waste it. They come in pairs. :frown: Maybe we all just go without. I tell the cops, "everybody was doin' it" ?
     
  2. pvogel

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    They provide a frame and will mount it for you, but better yet, magneplate is making a magnetic mount for the S and the X so you don't have to drill holes to mount the front plate, visit their site to get updates on availability of the X mount.
     
  3. MikeL

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    I drilled some pretty substantial holes in my wife's LEAF. Would prefer to avoid that this time.
     
  4. modelxowner

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    Leave the front plate on the dashboard. magnetic plate will get stolen very easily.
     
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    Magneplate has some kind of security device, but if you worry about that then either the automatic or manual show and go plate holder is a good option.
     
  6. MikeL

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    I guess my concern is that the car was obviously not designed to have a front plate at all. Looks great. Have you seen a model X w a front plate?
     
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    Neither was the model S. But there is a way to add a plate frame. Most people seem to just risk it and deal with the 'fixit' ticket.
     
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    Doesn't the Model S in Europe always come with front plates? I guess Tesla must have some kind of solution for the X as well.
     
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    I'm planning to go with no front plate.
     
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  10. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    I'll pay the ticket. I haven't had a front plate in a good 20 years at least and have never had an issue. Of course, now that I have written this...
     
  11. Mark Z

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    #12 Mark Z, Jan 16, 2016
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    The front plate holder that came with my Model X didn't seem to be the right one, but I just checked again and sure enough, it fits. With two holes next to the front sensors and another hole at the center bottom angle above the lower grill, no way am I going to drill into the front of Model X. There has to be a better solution if it becomes a major problem.

    I too have skipped front plate installation on 5 of the last 6 cars. No fix-it or other problems. I avoid the known problem areas of LA.

    Here is how the plate holder appears when placed against Model X. Getting it centered is a visual process. The top rear of the holder doesn't touch anything, even though a thicker portion of the back appears as it would.

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    Photo retouched to reduce reflections.
     
  12. MikeL

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    #13 MikeL, Jan 16, 2016
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    You mean like everywhere between Ventura and Calabasas?! Ha! I grew up smack in the middle of all that.
    Im actually considering going without :eek: ... the front plate, that is, maybe LA too
     
  13. Mark Z

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    #14 Mark Z, Jan 16, 2016
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    There are some interesting options for temporary plate installation that someone will invent.

    As a test and at your own risk...

    Take a thin plastic vacuum crevice tool and place the flat edge on the flat bumper and gently push it towards the grill opening. (A Shop-Vac® crevice tool would be too thick.) This is only to suggest how a custom designed flat object could be used to provide a temporary mounting surface for a license plate

    There is much width to work with and the plate would fit nicely in front of the opening. While using the lowest bottom grill opening may not be recommended during drives, it could be very effective for the problem areas when parking. The grill is more flexible than Model S and could be damaged if an object struck the license plate.

    The inventors should soon have some solutions to help those who don't want to experiment.
     
  14. svp6

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    What is wrong with drilling the front to put plates on? Bar a collector car, I see no problem. I had the BMW drill my beautiful 650 day the plates arrived, did the same with Tesla. I see my car from the front for almost 10 seconds every morning as I step in the garage. The rest I am enjoying the driver seat view.
     
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    Anyone think of going to a vinyl wrap shop and getting a copy of their license plate printed and wrapped on the bumper? Fully removable without damaging paint/bumper and won't affect the aerodynamics.
     
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    That's a unique idea!

    Is it legal?
     
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    I agree, nothing wrong at all with having the plates mounted if necessary. I will enjoy taking a photo of the Model X with a front license plate temporarily mounted, then I can decide if it is worth the risk to avoid the drilling of paint and plastic.

    Part of the frustration of front plate mounting results in living in a state that doesn't have front plates. For 15 years I enjoyed that luxury and the cars looked better. Many front plates get bent and IMHO, the whole idea of numbers in the front taking away from the magnificent design of the automobile is annoying.
     
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    Tickets in Los Angeles are $25 bucks each. I have paid it when I get them. I've had the model S for 3 years now and I have gotten six total. $150. $50 bucks a year... A small price to pay for how much better it looks in my opinion. But thats just me.

    I will not have a plate on my Model X. It just looks way better without!
     
  19. Marcos

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    Did you get those tickets while parked, or where you pulled over? If when parked, less of a big deal. Getting pulled over when you have to be somewhere in time, that wouldn't be worth it to me.
     

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