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The License Plate mod

Eh, How many of you think the license plate on the front looks retarded? If your like me, you think it looks ghey.

So, while my truck was in the garage getting its tires rotated, the underbody thoroughly cleaned for winter, oil change and wax job. I decided to see what I could do with that license plate.

This is what I came up with.





Its probably illegal, but hey, its there and you can read it. Though I think it might need to be pushed up a lil bit as the bottom of the letters are cut off. However I think it looks better...

Its 14 inches acrossed from the end of the frame member where the tow hooks attach. I used a piece of shelving to span the gap. Being that its a piece of shelving it had the holes pre drilled. That made my life easier.

I used self tapping stainless steel screws after predrilling the holes. Then used stainless hardware to attach the plate to the bracket. I used needle nose vice grips to hold the bolt while I tightend the nut.

took about an hour. Did I mention i was HAMMERED when I did this?
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Hahahaa working on the truck can be fun but can also be very unsafe/dangerous., especially if you have the truck on any jackstands or jacks, etc.

I too was pondering a way to mount the front plate in that hole
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Hahahaa working on the truck can be fun but can also be very unsafe/dangerous., especially if you have the truck on any jackstands or jacks, etc.
Do you mean that if you have a lot of alcohol in your system, or just in general?
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With alcohol in your system. I guess it can be dangerous either way, but with alcohol it would be exponentially more dangerous.

Of course the amount of alcohol, and a person's tolerance, are big factors as well.
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eh, my truck was on stand for almost a week... took 4 days to just wax it. not clean it, but wax it... my interest in the ranger overall, is almost non existant. hell, so far this YEAR I have put less than 5,000 miles on it.
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I should be installing my WAAG bar like yours, and my stainless Lvl 2 tow hooks next week some time, maybe i'll **** around with a license plate Idea or something. ANy tips on the WAAG bar installation?
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eh, my truck was on stand for almost a week... took 4 days to just wax it. not clean it, but wax it... my interest in the ranger overall, is almost non existant. hell, so far this YEAR I have put less than 5,000 miles on it.
I hear ya, man. I gotta work on both of my trucks, and have really lost interest in them as of right now. But, I'll pick back up here soon, just need to start buying stuff again for them.
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Lookd good, I've had mine done for almost a year. I just used plumbers tape and bent it into shape
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I think I'd still get pulled over with the plate inside that gap. Our town cops are like puppy dogs that follow you around everywhere, once the sun goes down. Now.. driving into town at 1-2AM is even worse. And I don't want to get stopped if I've had a single beer (the most I would drink before driving is 1 beer).

I might just play it safe and keep it very visible. Our cops are just...bored, and will stop you for dumb ****. My buddy and I got stopped in his Ranger because he had a trailer ball on his factory bumper, and they stopped us because supposedly the trailer ball (which came on the damn truck as far as we know), was obstructing view of the rear plate. I mean .... I just think they could be working on the drug problem in town, not pulling over anyone who drives through at night.
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My license plate mod = Removal
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I think I'd still get pulled over with the plate inside that gap. Our town cops are like puppy dogs that follow you around everywhere, once the sun goes down. Now.. driving into town at 1-2AM is even worse. And I don't want to get stopped if I've had a single beer (the most I would drink before driving is 1 beer).

I might just play it safe and keep it very visible. Our cops are just...bored, and will stop you for dumb ****. My buddy and I got stopped in his Ranger because he had a trailer ball on his factory bumper, and they stopped us because supposedly the trailer ball (which came on the damn truck as far as we know), was obstructing view of the rear plate. I mean .... I just think they could be working on the drug problem in town, not pulling over anyone who drives through at night.
Wow, where is Lexington so I know to avoid it !
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Lol southwest of Mansfield a couple miles..
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That was the first mod I did to my truck when I brought it home. I cant stand it looks out of place.

I have never had any trouble from the police with mine off either
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i put field tips in the hole left behind from holder. Gives it a tough look.
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tin snips and a bolt is all i needed. i took off my plate bracket a week after i got the truck
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where i live, if a cop cannot see your plates registration tabs (month/year) you'll get a ticket. it's like a $125 fine. :(
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tin snips and a bolt is all i needed. i took off my plate bracket a week after i got the truck

and with the lights
I believe not only would a cop fine you for not properly displaying month and year stickers, but also fine you for defacing a state issued plate. Since you cut it.
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where i live, if a cop cannot see your plates registration tabs (month/year) you'll get a ticket. it's like a $125 fine. :(
ohio only has registration numbers in the rear.
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I believe not only would a cop fine you for not properly displaying month and year stickers, but also fine you for defacing a state issued plate. Since you cut it.
im sure there is something because i cut it up but the front just needs the numbers and letters according to the ORC.

plus ive been pulled over, the officer read my front plate and never said a word
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He paid for the registration so he pays for the plate. I know it doesn't work that way but still, the plate has been payed for. I pay the state taxes so I pay their salaries. I vote too, they should not be so **** about defacing a license plate.

Here in Arizona we're not required to have a front license plate. They only give you one from the DMV. I guess it's kind of cool where as some other states are more restrictive.
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if you dont you jack stands how do you work on you truck
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How do you get the bracket bolts off? I am trying to do this but can't get them off!
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How do you get the bracket bolts off? I am trying to do this but can't get them off!
its riveted. just drill them out, theyre really cheap so it should take like 30 seconds
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Yeah thats what I meant, rivets. I will try that next weekend!! Except I don't have a valance to hide the plate behind. ****, guess I gotta start building my front tube bumper!
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man that has to suck having a front tag... in Florida we only need a back one...
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