Today I picked up my plates at the dealership and the secretary told me to go to the service station and they'd install them for me. I gave her a confident "I think I can handle some screwin'. See you later sexy lady. *wink*" To which she replied "Why wait till later?"... Some of my life is "based on a true story."
Anyway, when I got home I found that there are no holes on my front bumper. Is there something I'm missing, or do I have to drill?
Uh huh. "Why wait till later"... so you took her home, got all primed up, then couldn't find the hole(s), eh?
Yep, you gotta drill. But if you live in a place where you can run without a front plate, highly recommend you do that and avoid the tragedy of drilling into your bunny altogether.
Also, welcome to the ROC!
it looks horrible
use tape. that'll work...right? lol
'08 CW - FTW
yea dont drill in your brand new bumper. I regret letting the dealership do it to mine...!!!
I'm in the same boat. I ordered one of these to avoid drilling my bumper:
I'll be installing it tonight. It's a bit expensive but if it fits well, I figure it's worth it. I'll post back when I'm done and let you know how it worked out.
Yeah I bought my car and it already had the holes drilled in the front with the license plate. It looks terrible so I have to paint the screws and put them back in. I don't have to have a front license plate and if you don't then I definitely agree NOT to drill into your bumper.
Tinted 2008 Sage Green Rabbit
don't drill your bunneh. i ordered a euro plate and when i went to install it i noticed there were 6 holes in my bumper. 6! gah, so i didn't install the euro plate because it didn't cover it all up :/
I wouldnt drill holes. Whoever installed my rear license plate drilled the bumper completely wrong and crooked. When I noticed this i had to drill an extra whole just to align the plate properly.
You could buy some of them color matched hole plugs they sell. They don't total take care of your problem but help out a lot.
07 SB 5sp/18" OEM Chicago's/Neuspeed RSB/GLI SW/EURO R32 Tails/Hella HID/Fogs/GTI Skirts/NB Cover/BSH CAI/NLS SS/EuroJet Catback/APR Tuned/Hex+Can..
Thanks for the suggestions/help everyone. After a long night of debauchery, I believe I'll follow most of ya'lls (TX here) advice and see if I can make some L brackets that neatly allow me to not drillify my bumper. Thankfully I've got access to tools, sheetmetal, time, and most importantly willpower. Pics to follow... hopefully!
Edit: I just watched the vid of the hide away plate holder... that's pretty slick.
Last edited by Gibe; 11-06-2009 at 07:24 AM.
Update on the hide away plate install last night. It worked pretty well with some modification to the generic install instructions. However, for $60 I'd definitely try the L brackets first. For the price, I wish the plate holder was a little less flimsy but it's definitely better than drilling the bumper. No pics because I was short on time. I'll try to post some this weekend.