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Icon5 Does anyone know how to remove the front license plate thingy???

Hey ya'll, I would like to get rid of my front license plate thing and I was wondering how do ya take it off?? It's on there from the factory and was just wondering what would be the best way to take it off.

Any suggestions???
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Drill it out. It is riveted to the bumper. its the only way
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or....remove valence, do hill climb while being unlifted....and it'll come right off and be left up a mountain somewhere. sure...it'll leave rivets there...but you got your job done. then just take a hacksaw to your remaining rivets like i did
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^^^ that seems like the best plan yet!!! I just used a tree to remove my valance, once it was off i ended up melting the plastic holder while trying to drill out the rivits then I just broke the rivits off. Hill climbs and Trees FTW!!!
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in other words, the plastic bracket ripped through the rivets, then i took hacksaw to the rivets an removed them.

IF you ever needed to install it again, I used 1/4" bolts with washers and bolted it to the bumper.
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I think I remember reading a nice HOWTO write up in the howto submission section. Had stuff on how to plug up the holes left by the rivets as well.
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plasma torch did the job
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how come this is in the 3.0 V6 TECH section?
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how come this is in the 3.0 V6 TECH section?
Because if it is removed the wrong way you can mess up the air flow to the intake on a 3.0.
That means other mods such as recurving the fog filter.
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Because if it is removed the wrong way you can mess up the air flow to the intake on a 3.0.
That means other mods such as recurving the fog filter.
oh sorry i forgot. call me the dumbass then. lol
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just grab it an pull and it will come off
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Thats odd...mine just had some philips screws. That a newer model thing?
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Drill it out. It is riveted to the bumper. its the only way
x2. That's what I did on my 05.
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lol
hack saw..

work smart not hard.
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thats how mine came off, except mine is a Ridgid.
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My idea is better, it worked great

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he's trying to take the plate off, not the hood, grill, core support and bumper..
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he's trying to take the plate off, not the hood, grill, core support and bumper..
or is he...?
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he's trying to take the plate off, not the hood, grill, core support and bumper..
you mean she?
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he...she...

its a learning thread for the whole board.


sorry Amanda.
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Tha's ok 99ranger4x4, I forgive you this time! It ain't the first time. I love the ideas ya'll, and no, to answer the question I'm not trying to do a sledge hammer mod to my bumper, grill, or hood. I ain't up there yet! lol

I'll try a combo of hacksaw and drill to get it off. Thanks for the suggestions! Even though I've learned a lot on here, I still have questions.
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the rivet is just gonna spin, thats what i tried.
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Oh ok. Mmmm...... so hacksaw?
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go back up to my pic :D dunno if you have one though.

you could try a hack saw, there's less of a chance to f up the bumper if you're not careful.
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So I would hack between the license plate holder and the bumper? And no I don't have one of those puppies. I'll have to saw it off the hard way....oh well....
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yea, between the plastic and metal.

its not too hard to hack this stuff off, it may be hard to get the saw in there though.
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