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      11-21-2010, 12:20 PM   #1
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Front License plate removal

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I'm looking to purchase a used 135i. Are the front plates screwed into the bumper? I would like a clean look with no plates on the front. If I had to remove it, would there be holes on the bumper?

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      11-21-2010, 06:41 PM   #2
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the answer to the question is yes.. if the prior owner installed the bracket for a plate then there will be 2 screw holes directly in the face of the front bumper cover.

the bracket is mounted with 2) 1 1/4" coarse screws about 7 or 8 inches apart.

there is no real way to make it pretty once the racket is removed....

sorry for the bad news.
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      11-21-2010, 08:01 PM   #3
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Hmm.. I thought a body shop would be able to patch it or cover up the holes and then paint the area. Anyway thanks for the response!
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Hmm.. I thought a body shop would be able to patch it or cover up the holes and then paint the area. Anyway thanks for the response!
i guess i should have added... there is no real way ...... without going to the body shop... ( i assumed that was assumed )

BTW i have seen some guys put caps on screwes and painted them the color of the car.. it left two pimples but it wasn't sooooo bad..

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yeah ouch sorry you're out of luck if you don't go to a bodyshop.

i could never drill holes into a vehicle for some damn plate. if i HAD to put a front plate on it i would zip tie or double stick tape.
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In the UK we don't have a choice comes that way from the dealer not road legal otherwise
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Removed the front plate braket on my CPO 1-er and there were actually three screw holes. Apparently, the dealer used a screw that was too long to mount the actual plate On top of that, there is an outline of the plate bracket where it touched the bumper. I figured a clay bar would take care of it, which it mostly did, but you can still see the markings up close. Also, the bumper plastic is slightly distorted where the screw holes are so. I'm thinking a quality respray is in order after the winter, but it doesn't look too bad right now. Of course, my car is AW so the holes and markings are much more noticeable than they would be on say a black car.
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Removed the front plate braket on my CPO 1-er and there were actually three screw holes. Apparently, the dealer used a screw that was too long to mount the actual plate On top of that, there is an outline of the plate bracket where it touched the bumper. I figured a clay bar would take care of it, which it mostly did, but you can still see the markings up close. Also, the bumper plastic is slightly distorted where the screw holes are so. I'm thinking a quality respray is in order after the winter, but it doesn't look too bad right now. Of course, my car is AW so the holes and markings are much more noticeable than they would be on say a black car.
Sorry to hear about that. Are you planning to leave the plate off? If not, i wonder how much the body shop will charge. Since itll be out of pocket and assuming not a insurance claim, it shouldnt be on car fax report as a damage/repair claim.
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I had the same problem with the front license plate. In Texas we are suppose to have a front plate mounted but I still didnt like the big plastic bracket it was on so I decided to move it to the tow hitch with the RHO-Plate. I then capped the drilled holes with bumperplugs. got em from bumperplugs.com I like them...wish there werent holes in the first place but oh well.
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Removed the front plate braket on my CPO 1-er and there were actually three screw holes. Apparently, the dealer used a screw that was too long to mount the actual plate On top of that, there is an outline of the plate bracket where it touched the bumper. I figured a clay bar would take care of it, which it mostly did, but you can still see the markings up close. Also, the bumper plastic is slightly distorted where the screw holes are so. I'm thinking a quality respray is in order after the winter, but it doesn't look too bad right now. Of course, my car is AW so the holes and markings are much more noticeable than they would be on say a black car.
I live in West Chester, and when my 128 was keyed I took it to Classic Coachwork in West Chester - they were recommended by a friend. They're expensive, but they do excellent work.
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I live in West Chester, and when my 128 was keyed I took it to Classic Coachwork in West Chester - they were recommended by a friend. They're expensive, but they do excellent work.
Mine had 4 holes in the bumper when I removed it. You would think a high end auto dealer would have a clue as to how not to damage your bumper...especially when you asked them NOT to install the bracket in the first place! I just made the best of a bad situation and did what I could with the thing. I have actually grown fond of it....well not really.
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