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Old 01-01-2006, 11:53 PM
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Question E90 front license plate relocation. Good or bad?

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I managed to install the front license plate without drilling any hole to my front bumper,
the front license plate was relocated under the bumper, right infront of the grill, do you think it blocks the air entering the grill? any problem or any suggestion..
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Old 01-02-2006, 03:09 AM
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I see what you did there.

And to be honest it looks weird. Weirder than the normal spot.

I understand you really don't want to deface the beautiful front end of your e90 though.

Personally I never had the front holes drilled for the plate. Its just too damn pretty without them. I'm waiting until I get my first ticket for not having them, (which may never happen...hasnt happened yet) then I'll get them drilled I suppose.
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Old 01-02-2006, 05:17 AM
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Luckily we don't have a front license up here (only one in the back), so the front my bimmer is clean and looks really great!
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Old 01-02-2006, 06:15 AM
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I'm new to the forum, hello to everybody!
right infront of the grill, do you think it blocks the air entering the grill? any problem or any suggestion..
Have you been around BMW's long? They've had engine cooling issues for ever; thermostats, waterpumps, fan assemblies. If you live in a cool climate maybe, but why take a chance.
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Old 01-02-2006, 09:15 AM
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How do we find out of front license plates are required by law in our state?
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Old 01-02-2006, 09:17 AM
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How do we find out of front license plates are required by law in our state?
If you got two license plates when you registered your car, you need two on the car.
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Old 01-02-2006, 09:31 AM
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SoCal never used to enforce CA's 2-plate requirement. Red light cameras seem to be the driving force. If a community near you has them (and more do every day) then expect enforcement to get stiffer.
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Old 01-02-2006, 09:49 AM
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SoCal never used to enforce CA's 2-plate requirement. Red light cameras seem to be the driving force. If a community near you has them (and more do every day) then expect enforcement to get stiffer.
I can tell you for certain that the parking meter maids in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and San Francisco regularly ticket for no front plate, even if you have no other violation.
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Old 01-02-2006, 12:01 PM
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Thermal issues

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Have you been around BMW's long? They've had engine cooling issues for ever; thermostats, waterpumps, fan assemblies. If you live in a cool climate maybe, but why take a chance.
I'll have my Infrared Thermometer monitoring the thermal when idle in the summer, may be moving it vertically upper to let more air in, oh well, having a white front plate against a black front end, it always looks something extra and odd...
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Old 01-02-2006, 02:59 PM
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I'm waiting until I get my first ticket for not having them, (which may never happen...hasnt happened yet) then I'll get them drilled I suppose.
I had the same thoughts as you...but I did get my first ticket about 2 weeks ago or so.

Now I need to figure out WHAT to do.

3M double sided tape? Have then signed off then...you know what.
Drill then bumper filler?
Drill then replace with Euro style front plate?
Drill and go legit?

Sucks!
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Old 01-02-2006, 03:20 PM
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I'm wondering a couple of things - as far as I know, California law does not require that the front plate be on the bumper, as long as it is clearly visible and a certain height from the ground, so conceivably just sticking it in your front window could be legal. Also, I do not believe that the law requires that you drive around with state-issued plates, so it may be possible to simply put your CA license plate on Euro-type plates and put that in front, although don't quote me on that.
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Old 01-02-2006, 05:26 PM
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looks like a rabbit's buck teeth to me with the whited out plate. Car looks best with no plate but not terrible with the plate in the right spot. The car is designed to accomodate the front plate.
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Old 01-02-2006, 09:51 PM
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With my Black Lexus i got pulled over from a camero cop where he cut infront of me and told me to follow him and stop when he stops. Im sure he would have noticed the front license plate missing but he busted me for a speeding ticket and illegal front tint (which even today i still left it on).

In california if you get cited for no front license plate/illegal tint/ or any other fixing tickets, its only a 10dollar fine with the proof that you fixed your "problem".
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That just looks a lot more silly than the designated spot on the bumper. Bad.
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Old 01-03-2006, 01:42 AM
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I'm new to the forum, hello to everybody!
I managed to install the front license plate without drilling any hole to my front bumper,
the front license plate was relocated under the bumper, right infront of the grill, do you think it blocks the air entering the grill? any problem or any suggestion..
kinda hard to tell from this angle how it looks, but initial thouights were, Im not feeling it.
sorry!
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Old 01-03-2006, 08:23 AM
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I'm new to the forum, hello to everybody!
I managed to install the front license plate without drilling any hole to my front bumper,
the front license plate was relocated under the bumper, right infront of the grill, do you think it blocks the air entering the grill? any problem or any suggestion..
I thought about the same...
Yes. It will block the air. It is quite a typical solution to house two number plates in many of our cross-border license cars. Pls show us a front horizontal photo to see the real effect.
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:29 AM
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I had mine painted body color (Alpine) Makes a big diffrence. I got it done for free, so I don't know what it would cost.
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Old 01-03-2006, 04:49 PM
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I thought about the same...
Yes. It will block the air. It is quite a typical solution to house two number plates in many of our cross-border license cars. Pls show us a front horizontal photo to see the real effect.
Here you go, with all the raining these days, the pictures were kind of dark.
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Personally, not a fan. Either have it up where it belongs, or no plate in the front (this would be if you realize this can get you a ticket for no front tags)
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Old 01-03-2006, 05:12 PM
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License plate

Just take it off.......Deal with it until you get a ticket.....I have two cars w no front plate and have been pulled over and not cited for the plate....It just looks cleaner without it.
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Old 01-04-2006, 01:05 AM
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Here you go, with all the raining these days, the pictures were kind of dark.
Pretty marginal , almost off balance. but not a disaster. So, it is acceptable.
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I dont see the point. This looks worse than the stock position. So IMHO you should either mount the plates in the stock postion and never mind the holes (If you ever want to go back to no plates, you can use bumperplugs that make the holes practically disapear) or ditch the plates immediately.
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Old 01-04-2006, 08:22 AM
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Looks bad. If you are going to add the front plate put it where it belongs.
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Old 01-04-2006, 11:22 AM
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Summary of the opinions

Thanks for your inputs, the favorites for the front license plate is.

1. No front license plate installed, leave it the way it looks. The hell with the DMV regulation.

2. If some one wants to be a law abiding citizen, install it in the right place, drill the holes in the front bumper. No relocation.

3. How about install in the designated spot without drilling the damn holes in the front bumper? any ideas welcome...
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