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Old 09-16-2013, 06:16 PM
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Hi, I just purchased a 2011 328i (love it), but it did not come with a front license plate bracket. Since Texas is now enforcing the front plates, I'd like to get the bracket. However, there are two holes already drilled in the bumper that are 11" apart. Can anyone tell me what the width on standard BMW bracket is?

I think it may be only8.25", and if that's the case, does anyone know of a bracket that has the 11" distance?

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Old 09-16-2013, 06:25 PM
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:51 PM
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Yes, thanks. That was actually my first stop. I was hoping someone can confirm that the normal OEM bracket is 11" or 8.25"? I just don't feel like drilling any more holes into the bumper...
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:54 PM
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Yes, thanks. That was actually my first stop. I was hoping someone can confirm that the normal OEM bracket is 11" or 8.25"? I just don't feel like drilling any more holes into the bumper...
Don't use a bracket. Use the two existing holes and screw the license to the bumper

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e1...icences028.jpg

I used a band saw to cut the license plate to size.

I used a free sample of linoleum from Home Depot as a backing on the license plate, plus two stainless steel screws to attach it to the bumper. I have no air-flow restrictions to the radiator or the oil cooler.

The license has been on a little over 4 years now with just the two screws.

I keep this picture in the glove compartment to show the cops just in case I get stopped. It shows that my modified license shows as much information as the license on my pickup that has a license plate frame.

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e1...icences026.jpg

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Old 09-17-2013, 06:16 PM
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:02 PM
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Hi, I just purchased a 2011 328i (love it), but it did not come with a front license plate bracket. Since Texas is now enforcing the front plates, I'd like to get the bracket. However, there are two holes already drilled in the bumper that are 11" apart. Can anyone tell me what the width on standard BMW bracket is?

I think it may be only8.25", and if that's the case, does anyone know of a bracket that has the 11" distance?

Thanks!
It's not that Texas hasn't in the past reinforced front plates, it's that something bubbled to the surface. Between the two German cars in our household, we have run without front plates for 15 years. There is no way we are going to drill holes just because the legislature woke up and added a clause. Give it a few months and the fervor will die down. If you live in a major metropolitan area, there are many more things to attract the LEOs attention than a missing front license plate.
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:14 PM
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Don't use a bracket. Use the two existing holes and screw the license to the bumper

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e1...icences028.jpg

I used a band saw to cut the license plate to size.

I used a free sample of linoleum from Home Depot as a backing on the license plate, plus two stainless steel screws to attach it to the bumper. I have no air-flow restrictions to the radiator or the oil cooler.

The license has been on a little over 4 years now with just the two screws.

I keep this picture in the glove compartment to show the cops just in case I get stopped. It shows that my modified license shows as much information as the license on my pickup that has a license plate frame.

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e1...icences026.jpg
In the state of NJ, what you did to your plate is technically illegal. The plate is considered government property and by hacking it up, you have tampered with it.

I don't know how much the fine is in your state, but I just don't mount a front plate. And for people who know the Jersey area, you all know how much of a hassle cops can be.
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In the state of NJ, what you did to your plate is technically illegal. The plate is considered government property and by hacking it up, you have tampered with it.
Lost or damaged plates

"You must replace your license plates if they have been lost, stolen, destroyed, or mutilated."

http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistr...ostplates.html

If I get a ticket (?) for a mutilated license plate I will replace it.

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I don't know how much the fine is in your state, but I just don't mount a front plate. And for people who know the Jersey area, you all know how much of a hassle cops can be.
In the state of NJ, not having a front plate is technically illegal.

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Old 09-18-2013, 05:15 AM
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In the state of NJ, what you did to your plate is technically illegal. The plate is considered government property and by hacking it up, you have tampered with it.

I don't know how much the fine is in your state, but I just don't mount a front plate. And for people who know the Jersey area, you all know how much of a hassle cops can be.

I am also in NJ. I installed a tow hook license plate holder. Do I like the way it looks? not really. But I do not have to deal with NJ cops or tickets, and no drilling on the bumper.
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:35 PM
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It's not that Texas hasn't in the past reinforced front plates, it's that something bubbled to the surface. Between the two German cars in our household, we have run without front plates for 15 years. There is no way we are going to drill holes just because the legislature woke up and added a clause. Give it a few months and the fervor will die down. If you live in a major metropolitan area, there are many more things to attract the LEOs attention than a missing front license plate.
Hello Kat,
We both live in Houston and you're right. The local police force has alot going on to not worry about our missing front plates. I guess I missed the latest with the legislature and some sort of clause you hinted at. Can you enlighten me please?
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:41 PM
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Hello Kat,
We both live in Houston and you're right. The local police force has alot going on to not worry about our missing front plates. I guess I missed the latest with the legislature and some sort of clause you hinted at. Can you enlighten me please?
What happened is that as you might know, something like the last 3-4 legislative sessions have tossed around the concept of abolishing the front plate requirement. Each time it hasn't passed. However, in one of the past sessions, someone did rewrite things and inadvertently omitted the clause which attached a penalty for violating the law. Someone finally noticed the oversight and so the penalty clause was added back. FYI, the penalty is now $200.
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:20 AM
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Try this web site

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Hi, I just purchased a 2011 328i (love it), but it did not come with a front license plate bracket. Since Texas is now enforcing the front plates, I'd like to get the bracket. However, there are two holes already drilled in the bumper that are 11" apart. Can anyone tell me what the width on standard BMW bracket is?

I think it may be only8.25", and if that's the case, does anyone know of a bracket that has the 11" distance?

Thanks!

My my, this thread saw some posts before tow hook plate holders mentioned....

This topic has been much discussed and a variety of tow hook plate mount mfg's ID'd. There is at least one undermounted unit that retracts on demand, for that secret agent look.

I run a tow hook mount - no issues. Comes right off; goes right on in 30 sec. Leaves your bumper untouched. Hey.
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