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Old 07-15-2014, 09:36 PM
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Anti-theft screws for front & rear license plate?

I've had my license plates stolen in the last few years, so I'm pretty paranoid.

Does anyone know of a anti-theft license plate screw kit that would work with both the f30 front and rear license plate places?

I think I've read that the rear is M5 x __. Is the front different? The same?

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Old 07-15-2014, 09:59 PM
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I've had my license plates stolen in the last few years, so I'm pretty paranoid.

Does anyone know of a anti-theft license plate screw kit that would work with both the f30 front and rear license plate places?

I think I've read that the rear is M5 x __. Is the front different? The same?

Thanks.
First, maybe you should move?

But, an easy way is to drill the screw just enough to make it impossible to unscrew. If you need to take it off at a later date you can just cut a flathead slot with a Dremel.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:27 PM
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The front screws are different from the rear. I wanted t use the black front ones in back but it didn't work or maybe vice versa.

Before, I had a license plate frame that covered the bottom screws.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:27 PM
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I use these button head allen bolts on the rear license plate on my 530i which I picked up a either Lowes or Home Depot (can't remember).

You'll need 2 packets of the plastic covers per plate as they only come in pairs unlike the bolts which are 4 to a set. Total cost of parts should be around $4 per plate.

Try searching them online by the number next to "H#" in the middle on the right side of the 3rd image and I'm sure something will turn up. These fit perfectly when I installed them.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:29 PM
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Take a screw off and head to your nearest independent hardware store. A good True Value is your best bet but a well stocked Home Depot might have them as well. They ought to have either the spanner style security screws or a similar security screw or even allen or torx screws would likely be enough of a deterrent. Get stainless.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:48 PM
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First, maybe you should move?
I'm paying $2k a month in rent to live in a 1br next to a busy street, in a place built in 1967 with asbestos, stinky hallways, occasional insect infestiations, a dishwasher that barely washes. This is considered an ok neighborhood - I'm trying not to spend more. A friend of mine lives in a slightly nicer complex/more expensive - someone stole the registration sticker from the license plate. A brand spanking new complex that's a few feet from a walmart will run for $3500 a month.

That's Silicon Valley for ya.

Thanks for all the pointers. It's time to take a trip to a hardware store.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:54 PM
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I'm paying $2k a month in rent to live in a 1br next to a busy street, in a place built in 1967 with asbestos, stinky hallways, occasional insect infestiations, a dishwasher that barely washes. This is considered an ok neighborhood - I'm trying not to spend more. A friend of mine lives in a slightly nicer complex/more expensive - someone stole the registration sticker from the license plate. A brand spanking new complex that's a few feet from a walmart will run for $3500 a month.

That's Silicon Valley for ya.

Thanks for all the pointers. It's time to take a trip to a hardware store.
Wow!

I sure hope you have a great reason for staying in the area!!

Like 34D?
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Here's what I got, but it's to prevent a crook from stealing my vintage Vasek Polak license plate frame... yeah, one of those dealer frames that you toss in the trash. Do a Google search and see what these crazy things are worth. Mine is in perfect condition.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0040M30O2/...332190_TE_dp_1
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That sure not a real good place
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I was a bit obsessive with the plates on my cars. But like others have said, just take the screws into a Home Depot/Lowes/Ace/local hardware store and grab some allen wrench, torx, or other security screws. Stainless will keep them from rusting and looking like ass.

Now, I also went the extra mile and got those little plastic screw head covers. Plus I got a plain, black plate frame (thin enough not to cover any of the plate wording) and even some rubber stick-on buttons/feet to put on the back of the plate. All this together makes for a clean-looking plate that is a deterrent to steal, and also won't rattle at all or mar the paint.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:53 AM
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A friend of mine lives in a slightly nicer complex/more expensive - someone stole the registration sticker from the license plate. A brand spanking new complex .
This is why I make a few vertical and horizontal cuts on the sticker then carefully stick it on. If you try to peel it off, you may get 20% of it off before the corner piece tears off.
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:08 PM
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This is why I make a few vertical and horizontal cuts on the sticker then carefully stick it on. If you try to peel it off, you may get 20% of it off before the corner piece tears off.
Me too. Only I stick it on first and then make the cuts.
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