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Old September 7th, 2016, 06:42 PM
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Attaching a Rear License Plate

Hi Everyone. Looking for some direction on the best way to attach a license plate. My truck currently does not have any holes. One friend suggested you simply drill holes in the body and use screws to attach. With or without a frame. Anyone have any specific recommendations? Drill bit size, screw size, screw type? Here is a photo. Thanks

Also, any ideas for the front plate is appreciated
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Old September 7th, 2016, 06:44 PM
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I would drill and install rivnuts and bolt into those.


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Old September 7th, 2016, 06:48 PM
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I used plastic expansion rivets to hold the rear plate on.
I also used plastic washers between the plate and body panel to keep the plate off the paint.

Btw, very clean truck! Need to have you & your truck come out to one of the Bay Area gtg's!
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Old September 7th, 2016, 06:54 PM
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Rivnuts for sure. You can buy a kit at Harbor Freight for cheap.
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Old September 7th, 2016, 07:12 PM
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Rivnuts suck for many things but they are perfect for this application.

Not much stress from a plate.



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I used a bracket like this that I screwed to existing holes from the UK plate. I feel your hesitation to screwing or riveting anything to that beautiful finish.

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I believe there's a standard defender plate hole pattern.

Or you can go with jeep-style spare tire carrier mounted plate holders, if you don't want to drill a hole.
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If you use rivnuts, use plastic screws. Metal screws seize in them and they are a pain to drill out.
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Double sided tape
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Double sided tape
This, buy the dark gray 3M double sided tape, it will never come off again.
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This, buy the dark gray 3M double sided tape, it will never come off again.
It's how they do it for euro plates hence no holes
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1/4 20 rivet nuts/rivnuts. Use anti seize on the screws when you mount your plate and you will never have an issue.
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I used plastic expansion rivets to hold the rear plate on. I also used plastic washers between the plate and body panel to keep the plate off the paint. Btw, very clean truck! Need to have you & your truck come out to one of the Bay Area gtg's!
thanks. Can you share the exact product you used? I'm embarrassed to say I don't really know how rivnuts work. You drill a hole, then using the riv, tool, you drive a threaded sleeve into the hole that you can then bolt to? About right? Can anyone send links to specific products that I should use for the plastic rivs and a riv tool? Is this the tape people use?

I'm thinking I might do riv in the read and tape in front
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I use something like this. You can pick them up at Home Depot or Lowes, along with the plastic washers. You'll want to get one that's long enough to go through the plate, plastic washer then the body panel.

I prefer these (over metal nuts & bolts or screws) since these are plastic... and removable by pulling that center pin back out if you ever need to remove the plate for whatever reason.




Edit: not sure how well double-sided tape do with U.S. plates. Unlike Euro plates (#'s printed on a flat piece of plexiglass/lexan), the U.S. plate backing is not-so-smooth metal, with a sharp/ridged surround, and recessed numbers/letters.
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It's how they do it for euro plates hence no holes
how hard is it to get the tape off if I use it temporarily before using riv nuts?

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It's how they do it for euro plates hence no holes
thanks. how hard is it to remove the tape if I use it temporarily until I put in rivnuts?
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Old September 8th, 2016, 02:59 AM
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I used the double sided 3m tape and haven't had any issues, but I have also not driven my truck in close to year, BUT they have held on while sitting in a dusty barn!
I'll probably end up doing a rivnut solution, eventually...
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Old September 8th, 2016, 03:51 AM
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Auto parts stores sell packets of four plastic rivet nuts and stainless screws specifically to attach plates.
Let's not overthink this!
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3M it. Why drill any holes? It's perfect as is. Sure, if there were already some holes, or they were in the wrong place, then what's one more set of holes so long as they aren't visible. But this is different. That's a beautiful truck and those locations are unblemished. Maybe you'll relocate your plates in the future. Tape would allow that. This stuff is strong and exterior grade. It'll hold forever. You can practically build with it. $6 at Home Depot. 3M extreme mounting tape. It can be removed, but you have to rotate the fixture/license plate frame to start the peel. Then any residual can be rubbed off. Easy peasy and not overthought.
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3M it. Why drill any holes? It's perfect as is. Sure, if there were already some holes, or they were in the wrong place, then what's one more set of holes so long as they aren't visible. But this is different. That's a beautiful truck and those locations are unblemished. Maybe you'll relocate your plates in the future. Tape would allow that. This stuff is strong and exterior grade. It'll hold forever. You can practically build with it. $6 at Home Depot. 3M extreme mounting tape. It can be removed, but you have to rotate the fixture/license plate frame to start the peel. Then any residual can be rubbed off. Easy peasy and not overthought.
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