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Old June 2nd, 2015, 09:23 PM
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Attaching License Plate on NAS 90 SW

What is the best way to attach a rear US license plate? Obviously the existing holes don't match up, and my preference is not to drill holes. Is there an adapter bracket that would utilize the existing holes?

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Old June 2nd, 2015, 09:32 PM
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What is the best way to attach a rear US license plate? Obviously the existing holes don't match up, and my preference is not to drill holes. Is there an adapter bracket that would utilize the existing holes? Here is the application:
Make a plate that matches the holes on your truck and has standard US license plate mounts.
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Old June 2nd, 2015, 09:34 PM
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drill your plate. Why don't your holes match up? There will be bigger issues than this.
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Old June 2nd, 2015, 09:34 PM
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I just drilled a hole in my license plate
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Old June 2nd, 2015, 09:35 PM
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Easier then that even. Just drill holes in the plate to match up to the holes on your truck then go to the auto store and get yourself some plastic license screws, just ask the salesperson where they are at. No cop is going to gig you for drilling holes in your plate.

What Curry and Josh just said.
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Old June 2nd, 2015, 09:44 PM
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That was fast!
I certainly don't mind drilling holes in the L Plate, however the two holes with the al clips would still be hanging below the L plate. I could even industrial velcro the damn plate on, I was just looking for a more finished look. Something worthy of the Defender moniker!
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Old June 2nd, 2015, 09:51 PM
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Industrial double sided tape is what they use the UK to affix the plates...
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Old June 3rd, 2015, 12:21 PM
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Industrial double sided tape is what they use the UK to affix the plates...
Yeah, that might be the best solution, however I'll have to be somewhat creative in covering up the existing brackets and holes. I know there is an issue with the latest ben 4Runner where the plate is held so closely to the pain that it never dries out and will start to rust through the pain. The solution was to space the bracket out with some rubber washers.

Just seems like a business opportunity in making a bracket that adapts euro/British hole pattern to US plate pattern, but I couldn't find one, and I'm not that skilled to make one.
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Old June 3rd, 2015, 12:30 PM
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Is this a Dubai and/or Japan spec 1997 Defender 90? I'm assuming that's why they don't line up?

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I certainly don't mind drilling holes in the L Plate, however the two holes with the al clips would still be hanging below the L plate.
Remove the AL clips maybe?
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If I'm not mistaken, its a NAS/Japan spec. (is that possible)? The build sheet has some Japan codes, but there is a NAS label on the frame.
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Then it's Japan Spec. Slightly different than NAS. Makes more sense now.
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Factory is four rivnuts and you should never use metal screws, use plastic ones (I was so mad getting the plate off my Defender when the bolts seized in the rivnuts).

So, if it were me, and the holes will be covered by the new plates, I would have no issues drilling and installing rivnuts per factory.
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I don't like having the plate right mounted right on the body, crap always seems to get in between, traps moisture, etc.

Couple options I've used:

-Cheapo plastic universal mount from NAPA, AZ, etc. The one with 50 different hols and slots to fit anything. Some have drain holes, still catches some dirt.
-My favorite; rear plate bracket from a 2000's SAAB 93, the galvy metal one. Available used & cheap form many sources. Probably the best "universal" one I've found, keeps the plate ~1/2" off the body. Have one on my Series, Triumph...
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Just throwing my 2 cents worth in. What I did was reinstalled 1/4-20 nutserts, used stainless button head screws(allenhead), and used o-rings between the plate and the body. Sealed the hole and screw just fine. Keeps the plate away from body and easy enough to wash out.
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I don't like having the plate right mounted right on the body, crap always seems to get in between, traps moisture, etc.

Couple options I've used:

-Cheapo plastic universal mount from NAPA, AZ, etc. The one with 50 different hols and slots to fit anything. Some have drain holes, still catches some dirt.
-My favorite; rear plate bracket from a 2000's SAAB 93, the galvy metal one. Available used & cheap form many sources. Probably the best "universal" one I've found, keeps the plate ~1/2" off the body. Have one on my Series, Triumph...
Thanks, just the type of info I was looking for!

Here is one I found on Fleabay and another, although they don't exactly match the description you gave.
And from a vendor: Bracket
Are any of these what you were referring to?

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Just throwing my 2 cents worth in. What I did was reinstalled 1/4-20 nutserts, used stainless button head screws(allenhead), and used o-rings between the plate and the body. Sealed the hole and screw just fine. Keeps the plate away from body and easy enough to wash out.
That's a great way to do it if the holes line up, however since the US plate is shorter in height, it will still leave 2 holes exposed, like where the aluminum clips are in my photo above. I'm guessing because it's a Japan Spec. Maybe I'm missing something (synapse) here, but if you have a picture....
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No lic. plate brackets for me. I can barely tolerate the plate, much less a bracket. If I was in your shoes I think I would mount it where you want, cover as many holes as you can, maybe use my little method and plug the the other holes. Simple and clean. Sorry for the long winded sentence.
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This is how I mounted mine....
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That works. Wish I could get my hands on big 'ol plate for the wall.
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This is how I mounted mine....
Is that legal without a light?

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