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Hello, do you guys have any ideas on a good mounting place for the front plate? there are 2 hole marks but they dont line up for a license plate, i like it with the plate off, but eventually i will probably get a ticket, any ideas would be greatly appreciated! :D
 

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I thought about putting in in the lower grill with some type of brace that would have to be made. But in the backseat it remains.
 

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You need the front license plate mounting bracket to mount the plate. Get it from Lexus. I don't have mine on and will risk the ticket. The car is too clean to put one on up front.
 

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Hello, do you guys have any ideas on a good mounting place for the front plate? there are 2 hole marks but they dont line up for a license plate, i like it with the plate off, but eventually i will probably get a ticket, any ideas would be greatly appreciated! :D
abyars is right. You will need the front license plate bracket which is available through your local Lexus parts dept. The 2 dimples you see on the front bumper are for the bracket to mount to. Once the bracket is in place you can then install your license plate. You might check in your trunk under the cover for the spare tire. Sometimes the bracket gets stuffed in there if it's not being used. Hope that helps.
 

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License plate holder

Here is something you might consider, it's from Swift Motorsports. It's a motorized hidden license plate holder. The good thing is that you don't have to put holes in your bumper.. the bad thing.. it cost $150.

Check it out on there website at swiftmotorsports.com
 

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I own a 08 IS F and also live in So Cal, but never had issues with law enforcement regarding front plates. I wouldn't want to put them on ever.
 

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Thanks guys! i really dont want one on mine either, the car is too pretty, i think my husband is kind of leaning towards not putting one on my car either, its in the trunk for now, i dont really want holes in my front bumper :mad: question for isflojo? my husband works for the city of Hawthorne, he told me he always sees a black IS F by the ford dealer, is that you? i think the person must work there, anyway, i dont see any of us locally, im in El Segundo. were special! ;) ill do some more thinking about that plate.
 

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Here is something you might consider, it's from Swift Motorsports. It's a motorized hidden license plate holder. The good thing is that you don't have to put holes in your bumper.. the bad thing.. it cost $150.

Check it out on there website at swiftmotorsports.com
Has anyone seen this installed yet? I have seen the non-motorized on a Viper. My concern is that with the Tien springs the license plate will scrape the road a lot. I was looking for one that opens down instead of up and try to figure a way to mount it just below the bumper (kinda behind the mesh) so that when it opens it goes in front of the lower mesh. This way the mount could be set back a little bit and won't be as visible when it is in the hidden position. The one I saw on the Viper, when it is in the hidden position part of the mount is still visible and looks tacky IMO, but i guess it is better than the plate being on.

Ideas??? or am i just out of my mind? I don't like having my plate on, but the cops around here have nothing better to do but pull ya over for a front plate missing.

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question for isflojo? my husband works for the city of Hawthorne, he told me he always sees a black IS F by the ford dealer, is that you? i think the person must work there, anyway, i dont see any of us locally, im in El Segundo. were special! ;) ill do some more thinking about that plate.
LOL! No, that's not me. My plate actually shows my user name for this site.
 

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I own a 08 IS F and also live in So Cal, but never had issues with law enforcement regarding front plates. I wouldn't want to put them on ever.
Just got pulled over this morning for this! I guess I spoke too soon, lol! The deputy warned me about my missing front plate and my tints, but he let me go with a warning after seeing my badge (I guess it has it's use afte all). He said, "Is your car fast? I think it is." Is it really the missing plates, or does he only want to take a closer look at the car? Hmmm, now I'm debating on putting the darn thing on...
 

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Just got pulled over this morning for this! I guess I spoke too soon, lol! The deputy warned me about my missing front plate and my tints, but he let me go with a warning after seeing my badge (I guess it has it's use afte all). He said, "Is your car fast? I think it is." Is it really the missing plates, or does he only want to take a closer look at the car? Hmmm, now I'm debating on putting the darn thing on...
Glad to hear you didn't get written. It's a tough decision, I know I struggled with it for a while before I put mine on. I'm still looking for a motorized option that would work. If I find it I will post.
 

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Hello, do you guys have any ideas on a good mounting place for the front plate? there are 2 hole marks but they dont line up for a license plate, i like it with the plate off, but eventually i will probably get a ticket, any ideas would be greatly appreciated! :D
I think in California, if you got your car new, the dealer should have either installed the bracket on your front bumper or given you the bracket and had you sign a piece of paper acknowledging that you turned down having it put on the car. If you decide to go with the bracket, I would certainly go to the dealer and ask for one for free. Granted, it won't be the fancy retractable kind.

I own a 08 IS F and also live in So Cal, but never had issues with law enforcement regarding front plates. I wouldn't want to put them on ever.
Over the years, I've found that your chances of getting a ticket for this have a lot to do with the specific town where you live or spend most of your time driving. Places that rely heavily on red light or speeding cameras tend to enforce the front plate law more strictly because they need that picture of the front of the car showing the plate and the driver.
 

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Glad to hear you didn't get written. It's a tough decision, I know I struggled with it for a while before I put mine on. I'm still looking for a motorized option that would work. If I find it I will post.
Thanks. For the meantime I will have to go with what the dealer has...
 

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I think in California, if you got your car new, the dealer should have either installed the bracket on your front bumper or given you the bracket and had you sign a piece of paper acknowledging that you turned down having it put on the car. If you decide to go with the bracket, I would certainly go to the dealer and ask for one for free. Granted, it won't be the fancy retractable kind.
Over the years, I've found that your chances of getting a ticket for this have a lot to do with the specific town where you live or spend most of your time driving. Places that rely heavily on red light or speeding cameras tend to enforce the front plate law more strictly because they need that picture of the front of the car showing the plate and the driver.
I don't remember signing a piece of paper about that, but the dealer ordered the part I need and I'm scheduled for installation this Friday. We'll see if they charge me for it.
As far as where I drive, yes, there are lots of cameras around, but I got pulled over at a four-way stop intersection in a residential area, close to where I live. It's a spot where the Sheriffs lie in wait. I've been passing through that intersection since I bought the car in their presence and never got pulled over until now. Must be a new guy or higher quotas to make? Who knows..
 

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I don't know about California law but in Texas as long as the plate is visible from the front of the car, it doesn't matter where it's placed. So you can legally have the plate behind the front windshield, you could have it mounted if you wanted or even duct taped to the roof, they don't care where it is so long as it's visible from the front. It doesn't necessarily have to be mounted on the front of the car in any way. I always thought it was interesting that this was the case but I'm not arguing :D I keep mine next to my set and every time I get pulled over, I throw it up in the windshield and don't get ticketed for it :cool:
 
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