Front license plate bracket
Cadillac
 

Cadillac Forums | Help Us Help You | Advertise | Cadillac Parts | Cadillac News | Cadillac Classifieds / (Old System)

Cadillac Technical Archive | Cadillac Dealers | Cadillac Reviews | Cadillac Dealer Reviews | Cadillac Vendors

CadillacForums.com is the premier Cadillac Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 16
Like Tree1Likes
2008-2013 Cadillac CTS General Discussion Discussion, Front license plate bracket in Cadillac CTS Second Generation Forum - 2008-2013; ...
  1. #1
    jmarts_cts is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2011 CTS Coupe w/Performance Luxury Package
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    18

    Front license plate bracket

    I`m a first time owner of a Cadillac.

    I bought the CTS Coupe.

    Does anybody have an extra front license plate bracket available ¿

    Do I have to drill holes in the bumper and if so, should I worry about triggering the air bags ¿

    Thank you.

    ps. I`m so excited, this car is awesome so far.

  2. Remove Advertisements
    CadillacForums.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    tinman's Avatar
    tinman is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2014 CTS Vagon 6MT; 2010 CTS Shooting Brake 3.6 DI
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Posts
    4,598

    Re: Front license plate bracket

    Congrats on our purchase. Yes, you have to drill holes. Depending on your year (which you did not state in your avatar) you might be able to get a tow hook/plate holder that is clean and easy to install. There has been much written about this topic.

    There is a search panel in the upper right hand corner of this forum page. It reads "Google Custom Search". Type maybe license plate holder in there and see what comes up. The CTSV group has had many discussions.

  4. #3
    jmarts_cts is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2011 CTS Coupe w/Performance Luxury Package
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    18

    Re: Front license plate bracket

    It`s the 2011 model. I don`t mind drilling the holes, I just need to make sure I don`t drill into anything important and don`t deploy the air bags.

    I`ve read a lot of threads about the license plate bracket but they all seem to be related to removing it.

  5. #4
    C "T" ess's Avatar
    C "T" ess is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2012 CTS Coupe
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Tampa,FL
    Posts
    2,122

    Re: Front license plate bracket

    Go back to the dealer where you bought the car and ask them for the license plate holder and install it.

  6. #5
    tinman's Avatar
    tinman is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2014 CTS Vagon 6MT; 2010 CTS Shooting Brake 3.6 DI
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Posts
    4,598

    Re: Front license plate bracket

    That's right, CTEss. I would think that by law they have to supply you with one. I don't think that way because we don't have no stinkin' front license plates. So why did you think of it? lol.

  7. #6
    is250sp's Avatar
    is250sp is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 2012 CTS Coupe Premium RWD
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    418

    Re: Front license plate bracket

    No don't drill holes you will regret it. Try tie-wrapping it to the lower grill.

  8. #7
    hauler's Avatar
    hauler is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
    Automobile(s): 2013 Sportwagon 18.2city 28hwy 25hwy AC on
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Moline,IL
    Posts
    512

    Re: Front license plate bracket

    They are usually on eBay. I threw mine out and made one from aluminum sheet metal so it's hidden by the license plate. I can mail a paper copy of the template to you so you can cut one out of aluminum using just sizzors. It mounted on the same bolt holes as the factory bracket using sheet metal screws. A friend who works in a Cadillac collision shop told me the airbag switches are on the radiator support.

  9. #8
    tinman's Avatar
    tinman is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2014 CTS Vagon 6MT; 2010 CTS Shooting Brake 3.6 DI
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Posts
    4,598

    Re: Front license plate bracket

    Quote Originally Posted by hauler View Post
    A friend who works in a Cadillac collision shop told me the airbag switches are on the radiator support.
    I did not know that.

  10. #9
    RAB's Avatar
    RAB
    RAB is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2011 CTS Premium AWD Sport Sedan w/FE5 - RadiantSilver|Ebony
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    1,924

    Re: Front license plate bracket

    I would definitely not go with the standard dealer-applied license plate (LP) bracket mount - which involves 4 holes being drilled into the front fascia and the bracket installed using 4 rivets. When the job is complete the LP bracket ruins the look of the front of the car, imo, because it sits too high and obscures part of the upper grille.
    It's much better to attach the LP bracket further down (bracket oriented upside-down) over the lower grille using a couple of long nylon cable ties. As is250sp stated above, do not drill holes, you will regret it. Here's a photo of my '11 CTS with the LP bracket applied lower down where it belongs. If I ever choose to remove the bracket it's a 1 minute job and there will be no traces of it ever having been there.


  11. #10
    jmarts_cts is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2011 CTS Coupe w/Performance Luxury Package
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    18

    Re: Front license plate bracket

    I have an old metal bracket I will use, it only needs two holes and the bracket itself is not that noticeable once the plate is on.

    I need to have the plate right in the middle because I advertise my website on my plates and I need the space on both sides to stick the "www." and ".ca".

  12. #11
    C "T" ess's Avatar
    C "T" ess is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2012 CTS Coupe
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Tampa,FL
    Posts
    2,122

    Re: Front license plate bracket

    Quote Originally Posted by tinman View Post
    That's right, CTEss. I would think that by law they have to supply you with one. I don't think that way because we don't have no stinkin' front license plates. So why did you think of it? lol.
    I thought of it because I'm so glad we don't need one.
    tinman likes this.

  13. #12
    RAB's Avatar
    RAB
    RAB is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2011 CTS Premium AWD Sport Sedan w/FE5 - RadiantSilver|Ebony
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    1,924

    Re: Front license plate bracket

    Curious. 5 posts and counting from members who live in a state that doesn't require a front plate.

  14. #13
    TSoup is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2009 CTS AWD Performance
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    13

    Re: Front license plate bracket

    I just bought a 2009 CTS from a state not having two plates (MI) but mine does (WA). I def don't want to drill and am curious about the lower grill option --I am planning to upgrade to the fine mesh grille though

  15. #14
    Douglas Rome is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 2011 CTS-4 3.0 Base sedan black/black
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Elburn IL
    Age
    68
    Posts
    181

    Re: Front license plate bracket

    Don't bother, run without a front plate break the law. the cops can't be bothered
    stopping you for noncompliance. I live in Illinois I see a lot of cars running with no
    front plate. If my CTS didn't come with one I wouldn't put one.
    thanks, Douglas

  16. #15
    tinman's Avatar
    tinman is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2014 CTS Vagon 6MT; 2010 CTS Shooting Brake 3.6 DI
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Posts
    4,598

    Re: Front license plate bracket

    No way would I put a front plate on. If you are swapping out a grill, if you get stopped by the cops, I would tell them you had a front end accident. When they fixed it the body shop never found your front plate.

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Bookmarks

Cadillac Posting Rules

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Read about Lincoln | Buick | Kia Forte Forum
Need products for your Cadillac? Check out your options at the links below:

custom floor mats | Cadillac Chrome and Black Chrome Wheels | window tinting