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That's a nice idea, but your going to block a lot of air that the Northstar needs to breath.
My dealer drilled two holes in my new V and was really ticked. They never even consulted me as to what they where going to do. I asked them to fill the holes with a plug of some sort, but after the car was there a week waiting for rims that never showed, I decided to take care of the situation myself and I bought 2 plastic cap plugs, painted them and put silicone on them before I pushed them in and it doesn't look bad at all. California is going to make it a stiff fine for cars without front plates. It's no longer a fix it ticket after sometime this year.:banghead :banghead :banghead

I think it's time I changed dealerships for my service.
Bob

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Possible solution for front license plate issue.
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It is funny you mention this. I just had my dealer put the front plate holder on today. The mechanic didn't want to do it and even had me come into the garage to show me what it would look like before he did it. Va is tough on plates . I have Vipers and Vettes and have been stopped many times for no plate.

I have a Viper plate that grabs around the fascia and there is no drilling. The C6 Vette believe it or not has a front plate that is held on by 2 sided tape.

Your idea looks good but I would not do it due to the constriction of air flow.
 

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You are both probably correct about the air flow. That is the only down side I can see. I have new plates coming this month, and I might try to trim a little off of both sides to help.
I have not noticed any increase in temperature or poor performance yet.
For states that require front plates, I do believe that this is better than drilling holes and mounting a bracket, however, each of us has to make his/her own decision.
Still can't get enough of it.
Scott
 
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Scott,
I would suggest you take notice during the summer months on how hot your console is getting. My 04 is being lemoned for readings of over 140 degrees in the cup holder and on the side of the console next to your leg. If you notice this,this Summer, I would think about the double stick tape or Velcro tap. As I matter of fact, I would prefer the latter.
Bob
mcd-02 said:
Hi,
You are both probably correct about the air flow. That is the only down side I can see. I have new plates coming this month, and I might try to trim a little off of both sides to help.
I have not noticed any increase in temperature or poor performance yet.
For states that require front plates, I do believe that this is better than drilling holes and mounting a bracket, however, each of us has to make his/her own decision.
Still can't get enough of it.
Scott




 

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Front Plate Mounting

Please take to heart all of what has been said here, since the upper main grille is just for show. The grille does not let ANY(0) air flow past the grille work, the only air is drawn into the engine from the lower grille area that you have now covered. Continued usage in this way will eventually cause damage to your engine.

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Hi Allen,
Thanks for the info!
I see that you are from Illinois also.
How do you and your Ilinois customers solve this problem?
Is everyone using a front bracket mounted to the bumper?
Thanks for your help.
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Front Plate

Scott,
I leave the front bracket issue up to each client, I don't install the bracket and drill the holes until they give me the go ahead(Same with XM antennas on 04/05's).

I explain it is the law to have the front plate on, but in almost 3 years, I have only installed about 5% on the cars. I give each client the bracket and I tell each them, I will be happy to install the bracket at any time, if you want because your getting tickets. I have only put on 2 because they come back.

Every municipality is different, some are stricter than others, but most will not pull you over for not having it on. Just I would recomend, not getting pulled over for another reason.

The issues of Velcro or heavy duty dbl. sided tape will usually not hold up for long term use, especially through snow, salt or car washes.

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Allen; I would agree with everything you say except about 2 sided tape. As I mentioned my C6 came with a plate from the factory with tape and it will not come off in weather or AT VERY HIGH SPEEDS. That was the joke on the Vette website --everyone asked will it come off and the answer was always "unfortunately not."
 
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Allen,
Would you know of any one that could make the exhaust plate for the V without it being prohibitive? I e-mailed some of the sellers on E-bay about reversing the Corvette plate and adding a V or Cadillac synbol, but all have said no way. BTW, no rims available for the V, so I had to have them made at Grand Prix in Newport Beach, Ca. (pics in three weeks)That hurt more than the $100,000 at least I got a lot for my money there.
Bob


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Please take to heart all of what has been said here, since the upper main grille is just for show. The grille does not let ANY(0) air flow past the grille work, the only air is drawn into the engine from the lower grille area that you have now covered. Continued usage in this way will eventually cause damage to your engine.

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We had a 1988 Allante for about 12 years and sold it 2 weeks ago to buy an XLR. We live in Illinois where a front plate is required, our 2006 XLR came from Kentucky where they do not use a front plate. At one time our car must have had a plate on the front because there are two carefully filled in holes in the front bumper. The correct front bracket is ugly and I like the idea of mounting the plate over the lower grill. Will the engine still get enough air if I put my plate there in the center. What if I mount it an inch or so away from that grill. Help Please, Jim.
 
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