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 or making a Paypal contribution here: paypal.me/SupportTMC

looking for front license plate installation solutions

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by ramsey.rick, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. ramsey.rick

    ramsey.rick New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2014
    Messages:
    3
    Location:
    Richmond VA
    need to find way of installing front license plate holders
     
  2. EdA

    EdA Model S P-2540

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2011
    Messages:
    1,882
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Use wire zip ties and attach it to the grill below the cone.
     
  3. jthompson

    jthompson JThompson

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2011
    Messages:
    634
    Location:
    Fairfax, Virginia, United States
    Rick: The Tesla license plate holder is (in my opinion) is the best solution. The back of the nose cone has marks where the holes go so the license plate holder is perfectly aligned. It's an easy, no brainer, and Tesla-approved factory solution.
     
  4. gnelson

    gnelson Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2013
    Messages:
    557
    Location:
    Houston
    #4 gnelson, Mar 12, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2014
  5. dailydriver

    dailydriver Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2012
    Messages:
    209
    Location:
    Naperville IL, USA
  6. Gizmotoy

    Gizmotoy Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2013
    Messages:
    3,132
    Location:
    Bay Area, CA
    I kind of agree. I've found fancy ways around drilling the bumper on every previous car I've owned, but I see no point to it on the Model S. The factory location is on the black nosecone, which is easily removable, costs only a few hundred dollars, and doesn't require painting. If you decide down the road that you want the license plate back off, buy a new nosecone and pop it on.

    Most of the aftermarket solutions require either drilling into the actual painted bumper, or affixing the plate to the bumper semi-rigidly in a way that can cause paint damage.

    The only reason I can see to go with one of the aftermarket options is if you want to drive with it off most of the time, but easily install it every once in awhile when you travel to places that enforce front plates aggressively.
     
  7. santana338

    santana338 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2012
    Messages:
    333
    Location:
    Manchester, NH
  8. GasDoc

    GasDoc Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2012
    Messages:
    774
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
  9. liuping

    liuping Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2013
    Messages:
    1,858
    Location:
    San Diego
    I really like the magneplate.com mount.

    It's currently only for use when parked, but a drivable version is coming soon.

    The nice thing is you can pull it off anytime you want for pictures, etc. All that are left when it's off are the black posts In the grill, which are very hard to see.
     
  10. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2012
    Messages:
    5,793
    Location:
    Skaneateles, NY
    The best solution is to not mount the front license plate at all.
     
  11. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2011
    Messages:
    15,487
    Assuming of course they have your revision of the nosecone still available. (AFAIK, we know of two customer nosecone variants so far.)
     
  12. bradhs

    bradhs Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2013
    Messages:
    280
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    I used heavy duty magnets and have had great success. I can take my front license plate on and off real easily. The magnets are extremely strong and it requires effort to get the plate off. I used PlastiDip to create a rubberized contact patch.
     
  13. Gizmotoy

    Gizmotoy Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2013
    Messages:
    3,132
    Location:
    Bay Area, CA
    I don't suspect they'll be stopping nosecone production over at least the 5-7 years I own the vehicle. Accidents happen, and there has to be a way to repair crash damage on a brand new mass-produced car. I suppose its a risk, but it's ridiculously small. If you're worried, you could buy the replacement now and hang into it.

    Also, wasn't the new nosecone a drop-in replacement for the original version? I thought even some of the original owners upgraded to the new version.
     
  14. sonysw

    sonysw Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2013
    Messages:
    15
    Location:
    California
  15. liuping

    liuping Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2013
    Messages:
    1,858
    Location:
    San Diego
    I agree, but there are some areas, San Francisco for example, that will ticket you just for parking on the street.

    That's why I like the magneplate solution. It only on when it needs to be.
     
  16. JPP

    JPP Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2013
    Messages:
    1,841
    Location:
    SF Bay area, CA
    ...and I refuse to apply a front plate, parked or not, and so far have dodged a ticket (in the SF Bay Area for over 25 years without a front plate and not infrequent parking in SF proper). Lucky, I guess. YMMV.
     
  17. lesmoe

    lesmoe New Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2014
    Messages:
    3
    Location:
    la canada ca
    hi all.. i used 1/8in 4 in long toggle bolts and two washers .. they just fit the grill openings.. to mount the tesla supplied plate holder.. washers because the holes in the holder a just a bit larger than the head of the toggle bolt.
    no holes in nose cone required.. lol
     
  18. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2013
    Messages:
    10,319
    Location:
    San Mateo, CA
    I also used that approach. Cheap, easy, secure, no holes drilled.
     
  19. jbruce

    jbruce Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2013
    Messages:
    125
    Location:
    Venice & Newport Beach, California

Share This Page