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Recommendations (or warnings) on non-contact front license plate holder?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by acarney, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. acarney

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    So in WA a front plate is “required”, can anyone recommend what the best non-contact plate holder is? Or warn me against crappy ones?
     
  2. RayK

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    There should already be a couple of threads here that show alternatives to the sticky tape method used by the factory. I am one that bought The Bandit and have been happy with the results.
     
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    I've been using Tony's new version of the Bandit with the solid stainless steel mounting tabs. I like it a lot better than the Slipstream bracket that I was previously using.
     
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    There are plenty of threads. I had the bandit...and am now running the OttoStick. I prefer the magnetic OttoStick.
     
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    I've had The Law from Evannex (Aftermarket Tesla accessories, gear, consoles, and parts) since October 2018. It's been fine. Just be careful to keep some extra distance from the car in front when parallel parking and don't bump up against those solid concrete walls in the parking garage. And follow the instruction manual--if you must use a car wash, make sure it's touchless. Interestingly, I bought it because it's easy to install and remove. My plan was to mount it when the annual inspection rolled around and then take it off for the rest of the year. But it's been so unobtrusive, I ended up leaving it on.
     
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    Took the budget route and just used PPF between the plate and paint. Can get a roll of the stuff on Amazon for pretty cheap.
     
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    Don’t know if WA has this yet, but CA has a license plate wrap. Basically a big sticker that looks just like a license plate. I have it. Much better than a regular plate. Much cleaner look.

    www.licenseplatewrap.com
     
  10. acarney

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    Magnetic OttoStick... how does that work? What’s magnetic about it?
     
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    I'm extremely picky and research the heck out of stuff before I purchase, and would rather pay more for no regrets. Perfection in quality and packaging, and the easiest and most confident install with zero issues to date (a couple of months now), I can whole-heartedly recommend the "ThatGrin Slipstream" bracket. I bought it via Amazon. 'nuff said.
     
  12. futbolista

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    Check the link I posted above.
     
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    Ya, I’m hesitant with it sitting flush against the bumper... and I would be worried the magnets might shift back and forth just enough to start rubbing down the paint in that area.
     
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    $140 for a license plate frame??????

    Good Lord, I thought I was paying a lot for my $50 license plate wrap.
     
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    So far, I found the free Tesla 3M mounted plate holder to be more than okay. Why not just use that? And you get to install (in right/centered) as the SC doesn’t apply it. Be sure to apply before ceramic, wax, sealant or other coating.
     
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  17. Mrcarcrazy

    Mrcarcrazy Easily distracted

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    I’m holding onto my paper tag til the last day just to avoid having to install the front plate. Front plates make me sad. Getting PPF installed tomorrow. Yay.
     
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    I’ve had mine on for a couple thousand miles already...including a 1800 and 400 mile road trip this past summer. I’m a diy detailer, meticulous about my paint and haven’t noticed anything. But I also have full front PPF and rockers..which I highly suggest. You put felt on the back of the plate to help protect the bumper. Mine doesn’t even contact the bumper though. I pull it off every wash to clean behind it...which is where the magnets make it supper convenient to do. It’s close enough to the bumper that it looks flush and if someone were to hit you’re front bumper....the bumper helps absorb the impact. With the Bandit the front grill takes all the impact...potential causing damage to the grill.
     
  20. MexiCanuck

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    I think that varies by jurisdiction. I know when I took delivery every car had the front plate holder already installed.
     

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