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      08-24-2009, 04:50 PM   #1
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United States EU Plate

I love the EU for one thing: the look of its license plates. Deutschland gets a hug for making our cars, but that's about as world-citizen as I get. After that, I'm proud to be American as warm apple pie (I might be getting another reference mixed in there)

So, sporting some other nation's character and the EU star cluster was out. Nor was I about to drill holes in my front bumper since, my state not requiring a front plate, my 1er escaped import unscathed. The look of the offset, "no holes" option never impressed me much, so the work was cut out for this stupid, stubborn American.

After a few hours and a little "<insert minority> engineering", this was the result:








Right now, the plate is just a sticker, stuck on a piece of plastic ... I'd like to get a metal version made, but haven't found a company that will actually silk-screen the USA and stars. Any suggestions?
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EDIT: Are they not working or are you just saying they're crappy? I can fix the former.
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I would like to see this also.
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      08-25-2009, 05:39 PM   #7
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This company looks like it can make the plates for you.
http://www.licenseplates.tv/replicate_a_plate.php
Pricey but wonderfully unique.
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interesting idea... i dont think i've seen anyone do this before.
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The plate is pretty nice but I would think it would look better with white stars since that is what is actually on the US Flag. You could take it a step further and make the "USA" in red to get the whole red, white and blue but I would stick with the white lettering.
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The plate is pretty nice but I would think it would look better with white stars
Now that you mention it, I completely agree. I kind of got stuck in copy mode and, because the EU stars are that color, followed that template. Especially at a distance, the stars would pop much more if they were white.

I'll incorporate your suggestion into the Mk2 version
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I like the bracket, can we get that for US spec plates?
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I like the bracket, can we get that for US spec plates?
I fabricated that out of some metal strips and spray painted it black. It's secured to the bottom mesh with toggle bolts (typically used in wall mounting applications).
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Great job on the bracket! I prefer that to the tow-hook mount, and it saves your bumper.

I really want to get one of these. Get the Euro look, but it's still a state plate (kinda), with your state issued number on it.
I'm just worried how huge the fine would be if the cop was in a bad mood.

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I think the cleanest way to mount an EU plate is double sided tape. I had my plate mounted like that for over a year and everything was fine when I took it off to ship it. Our bumpers are perfect for mounting it like that. Here's a pic. SUPER clean VVVVVVVVV
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I think the cleanest way to mount an EU plate is double sided tape. I had my plate mounted like that for over a year and everything was fine when I took it off to ship it. Our bumpers are perfect for mounting it like that. Here's a pic. SUPER clean,
Wow what front splitter is that?!
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There are plenty of threads about the splitter. Let's please stay on topic.

I really want a plate like this. I think my car looks bare now that the plate is gone. I don't think Nevada cares about the front plate so I would run one of these in a heartbeat. Could you change the colors to white and blue like the one in my pic? I have a replica plate of the one in our brochures but I think Nevada WOULD have a problem if I have a totally different plate on there. Or we could just use 2 plates for car shows and such. Either way, you did a great job with this.
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I think the cleanest way to mount an EU plate is double sided tape.
I wanted to go this route, but I have a clear bra on my 1 and figured sticking something to it would be a bad idea.

I'll post a link to the adobe illustrator file if anyone wants to toy with the basic template ... might be a few days, as I'm currently traveling.
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