BMW 1 Series Coupe Forum / 1 Series Convertible Forum (1M / tii / 135i / 128i / Coupe / Cabrio / Hatchback) (BMW E82 E88 128i 130i 135i)
 





 

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      05-19-2008, 11:43 AM   #1
Larry_Legend
Second Lieutenant
10
Rep
233
Posts

Drives: 2008 135i
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: New Jersey

iTrader: (0)

License Plate Frames - No Holes / Center Set

Been thinking hard about what I want to do with the bumper holes issue. I live in NJ and they require a front plate.

Was looking at this item to avoid drilling the bumper:

http://www.gominigo.com/NHLPB-BMW.html

However, not sure how I feel about an off-set from license plate.

Any opinions?
Appreciate 0
      05-19-2008, 11:49 AM   #2
imported_easyman
Private
0
Rep
60
Posts

Drives:
Join Date: Apr 2008

iTrader: (0)

my buddy has this good solution if you plan on taking it on and off. as a permanent solution i would prefer the symmetry of having the plate in the center.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
Appreciate 0
      05-19-2008, 11:51 AM   #3
lib
Major
lib's Avatar
76
Rep
1,404
Posts

Drives: <This space for rent>
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: ATX

iTrader: (0)

The Skenedesign is the best solution I could find for this so far. There are still holes but they're on the underside of the bumper where you can't see them.

http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showp...8&postcount=14
Appreciate 0
      05-19-2008, 11:57 AM   #4
Larry_Legend
Second Lieutenant
10
Rep
233
Posts

Drives: 2008 135i
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: New Jersey

iTrader: (0)

would the dealer install this for me?
Appreciate 0
      05-19-2008, 12:07 PM   #5
IDBMW
Captain
IDBMW's Avatar
United_States
27
Rep
811
Posts

Drives: 2015 M235i
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Boise, ID

iTrader: (0)

I had this dilemma. My state requires a front licenses plate but the last two BMWs did not have holes so I did not put one on. I ask a cop about it and he said if I get caught without a front licenses plate it is not a moving violation and costs $10. I have taken my chances with no licenses plate and have not been pulled over yet.

I have heard of others getting two L brackets from the Hardware store and mounting them from underneath where the oil cooler is and the holes can not be seen.
__________________
2015 M235i - Estoril Blue - 6 speed - Black Lather - Cold Weather Package - Premium Package - Harmon/Kardon Premium sound
Appreciate 0
      05-19-2008, 12:51 PM   #6
BeamerDreamer
Village Idiot
7
Rep
120
Posts

Drives: 435i
Join Date: May 2008
Location: San Francisco Bay Area

iTrader: (0)

I bought my 97 Honda Prelude when it was brand new and the dealer did not provide mounting hardware or holes on the bumper to mount the license. I live in California where it is required to have a front license plate. I have gone over 10 years without it. I was pulled over once by a county sheriff that only used it as an excuse to see if I was driving drunk (it was just after 2AM Friday night/Saturday morning).

In my opinion, it's not worth the time or money to mount a front plate. I would estimate that 10-15% of the cars on the road in California don't have front license plates. And if you were to get cited for it, it's a fix it ticket which means you use some double sided tape and mount it temporarily to your bumper and bug a policeman when he is on his lunch break and have him sign it off by looking at the car from across the parking lot. A friend of mine did this exact thing and got it signed off in 30 seconds.
Appreciate 0
      05-19-2008, 01:37 PM   #7
1thirty5
1addict regardless
1thirty5's Avatar
3
Rep
236
Posts

Drives:
Join Date: May 2008

iTrader: (0)

There will be NO drilling of holes into my car. Luckily KS isn't a 2 plate state but if it was I'd figure out how to get around it. Front plates just destroy the look of a car...it's really sad.
__________________
2004 T4R LTD....looking for a 05 4.4 X5
Appreciate 0
      05-19-2008, 03:04 PM   #8
NY SLC 93
Captain
NY SLC 93's Avatar
United_States
57
Rep
631
Posts

Drives: 135i
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: USA

iTrader: (0)

No front plate for me!
Appreciate 0
      05-20-2008, 12:58 PM   #9
bimmerenvy
New Member
0
Rep
15
Posts

Drives:
Join Date: Mar 2008

iTrader: (0)

I think the skenedesign looks great. However, if you have to drill holes you can fill them with bumper plugs (bumperplugs.com). I made some plugs for my father-in-law's 3-series and they looked just as good. They actually look like they are supposed to be there.
Appreciate 0
      05-20-2008, 03:56 PM   #10
Jewpac
Marty Turco Hater
20
Rep
768
Posts

Drives:
Join Date: Feb 2008

iTrader: (0)

I live in CA, we require a front plate, I didnt have one on my last car, which also had a very loud exhaust and illegal front tints, and I was never hasseled. The only time you really get a front plate ticket is if you get a parking ticket at the same time.
__________________
135i, Alpine White, Taupe Leatherette, iPod USB adaptor, 6MT

Delivery Wednesday 5/7
Appreciate 0
      05-22-2008, 03:33 PM   #11
Larry_Legend
Second Lieutenant
10
Rep
233
Posts

Drives: 2008 135i
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: New Jersey

iTrader: (0)

Think the dealer would install them for me?

Has anyone ever ordered this frame set?
Appreciate 0
      05-22-2008, 04:51 PM   #12
benz135i
1UP
United_States
2
Rep
119
Posts

Drives: sold: 2008 135i
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: CT

iTrader: (0)

Send a message via AIM to benz135i
I had the Gominigo plate holder on my MINI for a while... I like that no holes are drilled in the bumper, but it sort of looks like a wart

//however It is a nice solution if you don't mind the look...
__________________

sold: 2008 135i 6MT, Ohlins R&T, Vorshlag plates, M3 bits
Appreciate 0
      05-22-2008, 06:15 PM   #13
BullishMB
Enlisted Member
0
Rep
31
Posts

Drives:
Join Date: May 2008

iTrader: (0)

I asked the dealer today not to install any bracket but he said that they do it at the VPC. Is he full of it? He said he'd note the account and we can just hope it doesn't get done.
Appreciate 0
      05-22-2008, 08:21 PM   #14
rossii
Second Lieutenant
10
Rep
294
Posts

Drives: with wheels
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Cali

iTrader: (0)

I've asked several CHP regarding this and the answer I got from them. If you get pulled over and you have a bracket and no plate you would probably get a ticket. If you dont have a bracket then they wouldnt harass you about it. Just say the car didnt come with brackets to mount the plates.
__________________
"People who say they love the 'Ring' are either not going fast enough or lying" - Jackie Stewart
Appreciate 0
      05-22-2008, 08:27 PM   #15
backtoreality15
Captain
backtoreality15's Avatar
United_States
39
Rep
752
Posts

Drives: 2011 135i
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bay Area, CA

iTrader: (0)

Looks pretty tacky to me. I would rather just drill holes and get a center one if I was planning on putting on plates. =X For me the issue isn't the holes as much as it is having a license plate on the front period.
__________________
2011 Le Mans Blue 135i
M-Sport | Manual | iDrive | Terracotta | HK Audio
Appreciate 0
      05-27-2008, 07:29 PM   #16
gio
Captain
25
Rep
629
Posts

Drives:
Join Date: Apr 2008

iTrader: (0)

Send a message via AIM to gio
I ordered one of those license plates that screw into the tow hole. I asked my dealer not to drill holes to mount the front license but he told me by law he has to. Oh well, I guess the tow hole mounted bracket is a waste.
__________________
Waiting on a 2015 M235
Appreciate 0
      05-30-2008, 08:57 PM   #17
BMWTT135i
First Lieutenant
BMWTT135i's Avatar
7
Rep
356
Posts

Drives: BMW 135i MT
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: USA

iTrader: (0)

Bump, anyone order the Skenedesign bracket yet. I plan on showing my car every once in a while and am trying to figure out if I can keep unscrewing the bracket on and off without the holes on the bumper getting messed up or too big.
Appreciate 0
      06-01-2008, 01:02 AM   #18
Mad Dragon
.
Mad Dragon's Avatar
United_States
19
Rep
932
Posts

Drives: 2010 GTI
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: MD

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by BullishMB View Post
I asked the dealer today not to install any bracket but he said that they do it at the VPC. Is he full of it? He said he'd note the account and we can just hope it doesn't get done.
The dealership installs the tag brackets when they PDI the car.
Appreciate 0
      06-01-2008, 02:33 AM   #19
topvega
Kinda sorta banned on N54
topvega's Avatar
United_States
13
Rep
626
Posts

Drives: 135 SGM JB3
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: NJ Exit 91

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Larry_Legend View Post
Been thinking hard about what I want to do with the bumper holes issue. I live in NJ and they require a front plate.

Was looking at this item to avoid drilling the bumper:

http://www.gominigo.com/NHLPB-BMW.html

However, not sure how I feel about an off-set from license plate.

Any opinions?
I am thinking of going with this option and my custom plate from Germany in the center... or just say fuk it and go with just the German plate in the center and dark tint all the way around and hope my FOP card from a Captain will get me out of any tickets...:smile:
__________________



Appreciate 0
      07-02-2013, 11:28 AM   #20
128IB
New Member
0
Rep
7
Posts

Drives: 2013 128i
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: California

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by backtoreality15 View Post
Looks pretty tacky to me. I would rather just drill holes and get a center one if I was planning on putting on plates. =X For me the issue isn't the holes as much as it is having a license plate on the front period.
I agree. Just mount the factory bracket and dress it up.
Attached Images
 
Appreciate 0
      07-18-2013, 12:46 PM   #21
Crazycarl
Private
5
Rep
55
Posts

Drives: 08 135i
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Colorado

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by lib View Post
The Skenedesign is the best solution I could find for this so far. There are still holes but they're on the underside of the bumper where you can't see them.

http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showp...8&postcount=14
Just installed this on my 135. Great design, great quality. I received it the 2nd day after purchasing as well so zero complaints with this. Highly recommend it.
Appreciate 0
      08-05-2013, 12:09 PM   #22
Rcruice
Registered
0
Rep
4
Posts

Drives: 09 BMW 135i
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: CT

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Crazycarl
Quote:
Originally Posted by lib View Post
The Skenedesign is the best solution I could find for this so far. There are still holes but they're on the underside of the bumper where you can't see them.

http://<a href="http://www.1addicts....stcount=14</a>
Just installed this on my 135. Great design, great quality. I received it the 2nd day after purchasing as well so zero complaints with this. Highly recommend it.
Crazy Carl, can you post how it looks on your 135i? What was depth when you ordered it? ie. extra long?
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:47 PM.




1addicts
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST