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galahad
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:20 pm    Post subject: Cut down front plate Reply with quote

I have a 5 digit reg and usually have cut down (circa 330mm width) plates on my cars. On the 996 it'll fit fine on the rear, but on the front would look pants due to the 430mm wide plate holder. Does anyone know if it's possible to remove the plate holder and just fix the plate directly onto the bumper using the plate holder screws? I'm worried it may look pants!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea, same as you, I have a 5 digit plate.

I have done it a few different ways.
1.Used strong trim tape (double sided, but starts to work away over time and needs redoing. (see my 996 pic)
2. Screwed the plate on without the holder -using existing holes -see my 986 pic - (not with my plate but its original)
3. Best so far has been to cut down the holder to required size (sorry dont have a pic).
4. Have it made as a sticker -like the GT3 pic (not my car)
 



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have forgone the front plate entirely Very Happy but I know that askgeez has done exactly what your asking and it looks very good indeed on his 997 GTS. Go for it Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Cut down front plate Reply with quote

galahad wrote:
I have a 5 digit reg and usually have cut down (circa 330mm width) plates on my cars. On the 996 it'll fit fine on the rear, but on the front would look pants due to the 430mm wide plate holder. Does anyone know if it's possible to remove the plate holder and just fix the plate directly onto the bumper using the plate holder screws? I'm worried it may look pants!


I did this on mine looked fine actually once I had bent it to shape fitted into the bumper better than with the original black surround fitted.
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My stick on plate from DMB Graphics:

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1

Stick on is the way to go
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wanted to keep proper style number plates so cut down and screwed on to keep it tight to the bumper curvature for me Thumb
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galahad
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have ordered a 330mm cut down plate so will try that and see how it looks. To use a stick on, do you need to get the mounting holes filled first?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I decided to use a stick on plate, I was a bit annoyed at the number of holes that had been drilled for previous cherished plates.

I got a local mobile painter to do the job and it turned out much better than I had expected. It's a personal choice but I found the entire front end of the car was transformed by the smooth appearance of the stick on plate. I've never seen a solid plate that came close to improving the 996 shape.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I popped the front plate holder off and there's only the two factory holes behind it, but these would need filling if I wanted to go down the sticker route.

The cut down front plate should be here soon but I had a 330mm rear taken off my M5 so out that on today and am unsure I like it. What do you guys think?




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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure the recess lends itself very well to a short plate on the rear of a 4S

406mm on my C2, recess is a bit more forgiving.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

im using suction cups on mine (when i run with the plate on), had the front end resprayed and holes filled.

If you didnt want to fill the holes, you could fit some screws.caps into the threads as the cups keep the plate around 10mm away from the bodywork.

If you do go down the cups route, remember to take the plate off as moisture gets trapped in the suction pocket and can damage paint work
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 on the stick-on.

Mine's a boring 7-digit reg, I had a sticker made up at 75% of the normal size and it looks very neat. I temporarily attach a full sized plate once a year for the MOT and take it off again when I get home.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My cut down number plates arrived yesterday. Decided to leave the plinth off on the front which looks ok. However it would appear that my car has had 27 rear number plates fitted over the years with new holes drilled in the bumper each time. Annoyingly 2 holes are visible when you offer up the rear plate frustrated
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:04 pm    Post subject: Short Plate Reply with quote

If your car is black, which mine is, just put in a screw using the black number plate caps that come with the lid that covers the screw head. Only you will then notice it. Alternatively paint the screw head the same colour as your car & again only you will notice it. Otherwise its the body shop route
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got someone on ebay to cut me one down to the same size as the plate holder
 
  
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James M-S
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

galahad wrote:


The cut down front plate should be here soon but I had a 330mm rear taken off my M5 so out that on today and am unsure I like it. What do you guys think?




Keep it short on the rear, I had the same dilemma, but a full size plate still doesn’t fill the recess.

Use Velcro to attach it rather than just sticky pads as there is one job that has an access hole in rear bumper behind the plate (unsure if 996 is the same as 997 for this). If plate is too firmly stuck, the choice is either destroy the plate, or remove rear bumper. (Annoyingly I Can’t remember what the job is that requires this though!)

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Short Plate Reply with quote

chicb wrote:
If your car is black, which mine is, just put in a screw using the black number plate caps that come with the lid that covers the screw head. Only you will then notice it. Alternatively paint the screw head the same colour as your car & again only you will notice it. Otherwise its the body shop route


That would massively annoy me as I'd know it's there Grin

I've been given the number of a guy that will be able to fill them in and blow the paint in on my drive. I'll give him a shout on monday and see how much he wants to do it. I don't imagine it will be fortunes
 
  
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