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  • #16
    Originally posted by Peperes57Vette
    Mach147 is that a vinyl wrap plate or a bent vanity plate? Hard to tell from that image (could be my eyes). IIUC, the vinyl wrap plate I'm referring to a basically a sticker / stick-on license plate. That's what you have? If so, what did you adhere it to?

    Murray20c8 ha!! I recognize that cutting board, mine may need to suffer a similar fate.

    Foose yeah, I suspect that's what I may have to do. CA does have yellow on black vanity plates; yellow won't be great with my red+black vette...
    Yes it is a self-adhesive vinyl licence plate, complete with fake screws. I just stuck it directly over the bumper area behind the plate cover.


    • #17
      Foosh - I did exactly the same thing, right down to installation of the black silicone cover. Easy peasy, looks OEM and complies w/ VA traffic/vehicle code.


      • #18
        Originally posted by 732grl
        I live in California and do not have a front license plate on my C8. However most of the time I run with a Novistretch on the car. I have no intention of drilling holes in my C8 to mount a license plate.
        2M has a Tow Hook w/ License plate (and GoPro)


        • #19
          Originally posted by Murray20c8

          It's not just the holes for me. It's bending the $300 vanity plates. Though I guess one could use standoffs so as not to bend the plates. I needed to beat the issue and considered it a challenge! A mod that doesn't require touching the car. lol
          2m Tow Bar with plate and GoPro mount...


          • #20
            So my friend has a license plate adapter that screws into the tow hook threads on his Subaru WRX STI.

            Something like:

            I wonder if it blocks the front cameras on the 2LT+?


            • #21
              We have license plate hypocrisy here in Vermont. They have not changed the green plate in decades. People are driving around with plates so faded that they are unreadable. A few years ago, the State started selling a commemorative "Vermont Strong" plate that you mounted on the front of the car OVER the front license plate. This is legal, but running no front plate, with or without the commemorative plate, is illegal.

              And then we have vehicles from anywhere with bicycle carriers on the back, which entirely block the ability to see the rear license plate.

              But if you have a license plate frame that covers any of the legend on the plate, that's illegal.
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              • #22
                Although NYS requires it, I’ll take my chances. Besides, I was told one time by one of NY States finest, to keep my front plate in my frunk. Should I get pulled over and am asked if I “have a front plate” I can advise officer friendly that in fact I do have one in my front frunk. Hasn’t happened yet, but, ya never know. As an aside, I’m another guy that doesn’t like drilling holes in new vehicles, regardless of the holes already pre drilled at the factory for various items. Without going political, in NYS that license plate law is for LE so they can easily identify a speeder, a red light passer, or other failures to follow the NYS traffic code. It’s also an easy $$ grab for writing such a ticket.
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Peperes57Vette
                  So my friend has a license plate adapter that screws into the tow hook threads on his Subaru WRX STI.

                  Something like:

                  I wonder if it blocks the front cameras on the 2LT+?
                  Yes, that would block the passenger side front camera. If you are dead set on installing a license plate, just mount it in the front plate recess - don't bother with the stick-on plate wrap. I've been driving since 1984 in Calif and have never mounted a front license plate. Our current 3 vehicles don't have front plates. My wife's car did get ticketed when it was parked in Santa Monica about 20 years ago, but other than that I have never had any issues.


                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Mach147
                    I have a wrap plate, it allows me to put the cover back on (had to poke some holes in it though). For now I will run with the cover on and see what happens.

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                    If you trim the corners of the plate, it's actually possible to mount a regular metal plate under the cover, too. That's what I've done. In 2 years, I have yet to be stopped or questioned about the lack of a front plate.
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                      Originally posted by Foosh

                      I used the 4 self-tapping screws that came in the package with the OEM C8 US-plate mount. I did not use the plate mount, just removed the cover plate, and drilled 4 holes in the dimples behind the cover plate. They are perfectly spaced for a US-style plate, and the plate fits perfectly within that space. I put a black silicon plate border around the metal plate, which is available on Amazon.

                      The 100% new and pristine crossed-flags Carbon Flash cover plate is wrapped and stored for the next owner.

                      The cover plate is easily removed with a plastic trim tool without scratching it.

                      That is what I did


                      • #26
                        I live in California. I ordered my car from Chevy dealer in Northridge. The online configuration tool offered the $15 Chevrolet
                        C8 front license plate mount. Option VK3. Was supposed to be forced on all orders where front license is required.
                        I like the way it looks, cause it is factory. No drilling, no mess. Easy to remove, easy to put original cover on for shows.


                        • #27
                          Foosh - I did exactly the same thing for my front tag (VA) with wonderful results. The cover plate (I am sure) was made specifically to remove for those whose state requires display of a front tag. My vanity tag easily bent to fit smoothly within the space. And a nice thin black silicone frame around it makes it just right.................😎


                          • #28

                            Glad it worked out well for you.

                            You obviously figured out that if you barely start the screws a couple of threads on one side, and then push down and barely start the 2 on the other side, then alternately to tighten all 4 side-to-side a little at a time, the metal plate will naturally form to the shape of the recessed area without creasing the plate.
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