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STL-SRT8
04-13-2007, 07:14 PM
Ok, a little history. I used clear suction cups to fix my trunk lid rubbing issues last year before the TSB came out. Search chargerforums and you'll find it if your interested.

After my first ticket for no front plate I started thinking of ways to attach a front plate without drilling holes. Something easy on, and off etc. Everything from fabrication to high powered magnets to my thought. . . suction cups! Worked on the trunk, why not on the plate bracket?

So this afternoon, the princess and I set out to do some license plate bracket moddin!

All you need is the plate bracket, a couple packs of Adams Large Suction Cups, a bowl of hot water, SMALL needle-nose pliers and some patience.

1) Heat the water in the microwave - Just shy boiling and place 4 suction cups in there to soften them up.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/174/458123764_e67a1a80fa_o.jpg

2) Bore out holes a little with a drill or I just crammed the pliers in and twisted.
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3) Then take the pliers and fold the the end of the suction cup in order to force it into the hole.
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4) Force it into the hole, narrow leading edge first. (this is the patience part. . .and the next few steps)
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5) SLOWLY, work the nub part into the hole (make up your own jokes!) Be careful not to push too hard or it will cut the plastic.
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6) Check to make sure it came all the way through. Spin the suction cup to make sure. The front should then look like this.
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7) When your 3/4's the way there, have your assistant go get you a beer. . . you'll need one!
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8) When all 4 are done. . .GO STICK IT!!!
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THAT'S IT. Took all of a half hour. Well the beer was included in that time of course, so really 15-20 minutes.

Now, do I intend to keep this plate on all the time, absolutely not. Will I keep it on while going on the highway, most likely not. Will it stay in the trunk in case I get pulled over without it? You betcha! "I must have forgotten it was not on there after washing it. . .my bad. . . let me get it on right now for you officer!" . . . .it just might work!

I'll be sure to keep you all posted on any progress or issues.

Super T
04-21-2007, 11:55 AM
Had to check this out after you told me about it... I dig it!!! How's it working out so far?

DannyC
04-21-2007, 12:02 PM
That's really kool If you have any problems with them not sticking and want to try magnets get some out of old hard drives. They are the stronges you'll find and be sure you don't have anything too close when you get them close together :)

MikeEast
04-21-2007, 02:00 PM
I'd think some sort of clip-on tether would be a cool idea, 'just in case'..?

Mike

ezcorpion
04-20-2008, 04:22 PM
smart idea.... wish i didnt have drilled holes already.

TorRED Hemi
05-24-2009, 10:26 AM
I know this is old as hell, but just curious...
How well does it hold up at hiway speeds??? We got pulled over 2 times by the same trooper for no front plate on a route we regularly travel(now use back roads).

Nightshade
05-24-2009, 10:33 AM
http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=1&p=60007&cat=1,42363,42348&ap=1

Mount the magnet on the inside of the fascia with some sort of epoxy.. either another magnet or metal discs on the license plate holder.. then maybe something to keep the license plate cover from scratching the fascia.. if you use two rare earth magnets for each corner, it will likely stick and no risk of it falling off!..

crazy_luck
05-24-2009, 10:51 AM
http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=1&p=60007&cat=1,42363,42348&ap=1

Mount the magnet on the inside of the fascia with some sort of epoxy.. either another magnet or metal discs on the license plate holder.. then maybe something to keep the license plate cover from scratching the fascia.. if you use two rare earth magnets for each corner, it will likely stick and no risk of it falling off!..

Tried it - I had a series of grade52 neodymium magnets on the back side of the plate and behind the fascia. They were really strong and came with a warning not to pinch your fingers between them, but they were still not strong enough to hold the plate still - it would have slid up and over the hood if you hit a big enough bump at speed.

TorRED Hemi
05-25-2009, 01:49 PM
Well, looks like I'll be drilling holes. Got pulled over and fined last nite for it. Has to be permanently affixed to the front of the vehicle.

Nightshade
05-25-2009, 01:59 PM
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Gabe
05-25-2009, 02:07 PM
I thought that this was kinda ingenious : http://www.chargerforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=105925

TorRED Hemi
05-25-2009, 10:21 PM
I really like that retractable plate idea. Just wonder if it works on our cars.
Gabe, that's a sweet idea too. Thanks for the link.

lafrad
05-25-2009, 11:13 PM
Well, looks like I'll be drilling holes. Got pulled over and fined last nite for it. Has to be permanently affixed to the front of the vehicle.

were you on 94 between madison and tomah?

those freakin troopers are SO BORED that they will be on license plate runs for a full shift.

-SIGH-

netnathan
05-25-2009, 11:41 PM
I really like that retractable plate idea. Just wonder if it works on our cars.
Gabe, that's a sweet idea too. Thanks for the link.

It looks possible but would take some work. You would have to cut a slot in the lower honeycomb and design a mount to hold it.

TorRED Hemi
05-26-2009, 06:20 AM
were you on 94 between madison and tomah?

those freakin troopers are SO BORED that they will be on license plate runs for a full shift.

-SIGH-
Nope. I was a few hours north of that up in Abrams.

Firefox1
06-17-2009, 12:41 AM
Instead of using suction cups why not use double sided sticky tape?

OS2
08-08-2011, 09:29 PM
I am so glad I found this in time. I keep getting hassled about not having a front plate. My question is, it's a 2008, no holes when I got it this year. How did the previous guy get away with it? Doesn't matter now though. Thanks for the tip!