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desertpilot 11-13-2012 05:59 AM

Retaping ED plate to front bumper on clearbra -- suggestions?
 
Just notified that I can pick my ED 335 M-Sport up today. If all went as discussed, the dealer kept my ED plates in the car while installing a clearbra on the front.

I'd really like to reattach my ED tag to the front. Anybody recommend a double-sided tape (or other solution) that would work well in this case? The tape from the BMW factory was GREAT, but I'm not sure what it was or if it will stick to a clearbra (I assume it would?)

johnofcross 11-13-2012 06:07 AM

Just did a quick Google for one, and here's a promising one:
http://skenedesign.com/FPBracket/index.shtml

Going to get OptiCoat this weekend, and I will remove my stuck on ED plate prior to the procedure (PCD gave the option to leave it stuck on, so I did :)). I might get this cause I want to have my ED plate out front, for extra protection :)

Chuck W. 11-13-2012 07:46 AM

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Originally Posted by johnofcross (Post 7191844)
Just did a quick Google for one, and here's a promising one:
http://skenedesign.com/FPBracket/index.shtml

Looks pretty good for $56 including shipping. They designed it so you won't have to drill any holes in the front for your bumper. Cool. :thumbup:

http://skenedesign.com/FPBracket/images/Euro-angle.jpg

mcultra 11-13-2012 07:58 AM

3M makes an adhesive tape for purposes just like this. I actually got mine from the clear bra installer who had it in his shop ( he suggested it). It is gray on color, maybe an inch wide. It's very strong and won't mess up the clear bra. Another option is a similar product you can get at Lowes. It's also 3M adhesive tape, but it looks red because of the film protecting the adhesive side. Not as strong, but easier to find maybe, and should work well. One roll costs about $10, more than enough for an ED plate.

desertpilot 11-13-2012 12:15 PM

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Originally Posted by mcultra (Post 7192002)
3M makes an adhesive tape for purposes just like this. I actually got mine from the clear bra installer who had it in his shop ( he suggested it). It is gray on color, maybe an inch wide. It's very strong and won't mess up the clear bra. Another option is a similar product you can get at Lowes. It's also 3M adhesive tape, but it looks red because of the film protecting the adhesive side. Not as strong, but easier to find maybe, and should work well. One roll costs about $10, more than enough for an ED plate.

I found 3M Automotive Tape -- is this what you're talking about that the installers have, or is this the Lowes stuff?

I think this stuff is really thin (i.e. not foam), I wonder if that is going to be conformal enough to stick to something like a license plate that has a lot of bumps/texture. Do you remember if the gray stuff you mentioned is foam or is it more 2-dimensional?

As for the bracket, I really like that idea but I can't tell if it would show a black plastic bezel around the plate? I really was hoping for a view of only the plate, just like it looked on the ED. Anybody know? Also don't know yet which size to buy for a 2013 335 M-Sport.

johnofcross 11-13-2012 12:38 PM

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Originally Posted by desertpilot (Post 7192555)
As for the bracket, I really like that idea but I can't tell if it would show a black plastic bezel around the plate? I really was hoping for a view of only the plate, just like it looked on the ED. Anybody know? Also don't know yet which size to buy for a 2013 335 M-Sport.

The plastic bracket is to show that the mount works. You don't have to get the bracket, and there is a European version of the mount so you can directly screw in the plate onto the mount (without the bracket).

Now that you kinda mention it, the tape allows the plate to mold with the body. Getting this mount would force the plate off, and as we know, the body is a bit rounded. If you do not get the bracket and just screw the plate into the mound, the plate would be susceptible to damage. Maybe the tape is the best idea. Idk... tape or bracket + mount... :dunno::dunno:

sno_duc 11-13-2012 01:15 PM

The real 3M stuff comes in 3 different widths and 2 or 3 different thickness. Go to the 3M website, all will be explained.
Really good stuff.
http://www.amazon.com/3M-03616-Scotc...=pd_sbs_auto_4

mcultra 11-13-2012 01:51 PM

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I can't tell from the pic of the tape if that's it...I don't think so. I have attached a pic of what I used. 3M extreme mounting tape. Also, a pic of the front of my car. Works well, I think I might need a little more on that left side! But I would ask one of the clear bra installers what they have, especially if they are using 3M products in the first place.


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