Mod #1 Srsly Ford. Mounted front license plate by drilling front bumper

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There are two factory front plate mounts... one for the steel modular bumper, and one for the plastic bumper.

Both are a plastic mounting bracket that screws into the trim below the grill. The plate is set in and attached to it.

If OP's dealership just screwed the plate directly into the trim, they did it wrong.

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I guarantee you the upper photo is just screwed into the cactus grey plastic below the grill. It's made to go that way.

My dealer didn't install anything, came straight off the truck into my hot little hands.
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Please, please, please don't come. Enjoy your coastal Colorado winters.
I can assure you I have no interest in that state and neither do the Californians and Texans, which is sad. I’d prefer they would go there over here. Also Colorado winters? That’s a myth, spoken like a true east coaster.
 

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I’m from BC too and just not going to mount a front plate. We get so many Alberta drivers here who don’t need a front plate so I don’t think you’d stand out without one on.
 

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I installed a stainless nutsert in the bumper so I could put my front plate somewhere other than the most ridiculous place possible! Ie where Ford decided to put it.

FYI, they just use license plate screws into the body coloured trim under the grill.

I'm assuming I might get a little rust from the hole I drilled in the bumper but at least it's a little less ridiculous.

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I am definitely locating my front license plate on the bumper, not a painted trim panel…..I like your style 😁
 
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I’m from BC too and just not going to mount a front plate. We get so many Alberta drivers here who don’t need a front plate so I don’t think you’d stand out without one on.
If you take delivery in a place that requires it you may have one installed when you go to pick it up.

As I mentioned I assume this was done at MAP.
 

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Yeah the Ford plate mount is horrible. I made two different brackets and it took two adjustments to the second one, but I finally got one that works/looks good.
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Start mass producing those brackets and sell them…..Put a little coin in your pocket 😊
 

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If you take delivery in a place that requires it you may have one installed when you go to pick it up.

As I mentioned I assume this was done at MAP.

Nope, comes inside the vehicle for the dealer to install. At least that's how it came on my dealer's mannequin. Asked him if they were going to install it (require a front plate in Nebraska) and he asked me if I was crazy.
 

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Yeah, that’s great advice! Hey OP you should definitely move from beautiful British Columbia to the muggy, humid southeast coast of America so you don’t have to have a plate. South Carolina? 46th in crime and 42nd in healthcare and top 5 for hurricanes? Sounds like a dream come true, especially with those summers! Sign me up!
Being from SC, we try to keep all those statistics out of public circulation. Hurts our population count.
 

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This harkens back to the simpler days when men were men, and sheep were scared. And when you wanted to modify your car to your personal tastes yourself, you just did so without bitching about it.

Meanwhile, in my garage... Making a custom interior for the '51 myself, learning along the way.

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OMG, Been there and never want to return. Drove and rode in them when they were 5-10 years old and never missed them.
 

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Just move to North Carolina. We don't need a front plate. Or move to South Carolina, need no front plate and have no vehicle inspection.
PSA: If you're driving around SC, you'll see some crazy stuff that shouldn't be allowed on the road.
In Indiana, to the extent possible, where there are no inspections, it is at the discretion of the local, county or state police to enforce vehicle safety concerns. Most of the state [of Indiana] does not have onerous, corruption addled, fraud rampant inspection schemes, for which, I am grateful. It does allow abuse by less than ethical citizens, but I'd have it no other way.
Nose tags also don't apply, because our government is burdened with fewer fascists who wish to assert nuisance control over others for their edification and whatever fetish centers they are applying contact to.
Citizens are welcome to report issues that do not conform to safety and emissions standards when they are witnessed. I suggest discussing such issues with your local sheriff or constabulary to resolve your concerns.
Both of my Super Duties were acquired from Massachusetts with valid, active inspection stickers, and both required significant brake and engine work to make them visually and audibly safe and legal... Massachusetts is refuted to have one of, if not the most strict inspection schemes in the country, yet the motors were missing (fresh plugs, coil packs solved), and the brake rotors were worn through to the rotor vanes on at least two of the four, pads at or beyond safe levels of wear.
 

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Yeah the Ford plate mount is horrible. I made two different brackets and it took two adjustments to the second one, but I finally got one that works/looks good.
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This is perfect!!!!
Does not block the intercooler!!!
Perfect!!!!
You should sell these ….
At least the pattern to copy!!!!
Brilliant!!!!
Kudos to you!!!!!
 

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This is perfect!!!!
Does not block the intercooler!!!
Perfect!!!!
You should sell these ….
At least the pattern to copy!!!!
Brilliant!!!!
Kudos to you!!!!!
A lot of people have said that, on here and in the FB groups. My cousin own's Maxlider Broncos, so I will reach out to him and see if they would be interested in mass producing my design for resale.
 

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You know what's absurd? The fact that the need for front plates is a thing.
I was wondering, why you couldn’t just paint, or stick the numbers on the front somewhere?
The rear plate has the tags. That way the Cops could just run the numbers if they only see the front. Like a boat
Big Brother has you in the system already anyway.
 

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Yeah the Ford plate mount is horrible. I made two different brackets and it took two adjustments to the second one, but I finally got one that works/looks good.
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Off topic, but did you paint the bronco lettering in the grille?
 

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I guarantee you the upper photo is just screwed into the cactus grey plastic below the grill. It's made to go that way.

My dealer didn't install anything, came straight off the truck into my hot little hands.
Of course it is screwed directly into the plastic. That's how they are designed to mount. No argument there.

I thought you were saying that they screwed your plate directly onto the plastic, and skipped the plate holder.
 
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