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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Front License Plate in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Originally Posted by vperl 88****************** please let us know the results. That is the 60 buck manual pull out one ...
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    Re: Front License Plate

    Quote Originally Posted by vperl View Post
    88******************

    please let us know the results.
    That is the 60 buck manual pull out one right?
    I will do the deed if you can post a picture or two..... thanks

    This model fits on the V2 ?
    Correct. I didn't see the need for the $150 mechanical one.

    Quote Originally Posted by vperl View Post
    Called SwiftMotor Sports they have sold several to V2 owners they claim with no returns.

    If so, is there a FORUM member that has this from SwiftMotor Sports


    Tell us your experience
    Mid-next week I'll post about the install. I believe it ships tomorrow

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    Re: Front License Plate

    Quote Originally Posted by anonfrank View Post
    In Ohio, the front plate is also mandatory. However, on this car, I am choosing to go plateless and I'll deal with the ticket if it comes. No one I know in this area has been ticketed for going front plate-less.

    Even so, I am likely to ask one of my local dealers about the front plate mounting hardware....just in case....
    I'm going plateless also.... If I get stopped I'm going to try the dumb blonde thing I will put the plate and bracket in my trunk and tell the nice officer I have it in there and was going to see if the dealer could install it for me when I brought it for an oil change next week.

    Then if I still get a fix it ticket. I will figure out a way to install it even if it's with zip-ties to get the ticket signed off. Then drive back home and cut it off

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    Re: Front License Plate

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna. View Post
    Correct. I didn't see the need for the $150 mechanical one.
    This is if you get pulled over and your state requires a front plate. You flip the switch and your plate appears. Otherwise, all the reasons stated by McRat, plus it looks better without the front plate, still apply.

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    Re: Front License Plate

    Quote Originally Posted by KatMcRat View Post
    I'm going plateless also.... If I get stopped I'm going to try the dumb blonde thing I will put the plate and bracket in my trunk and tell the nice officer I have it in there and was going to see if the dealer could install it for me when I brought it for an oil change next week.

    Then if I still get a fix it ticket. I will figure out a way to install it even if it's with zip-ties to get the ticket signed off. Then drive back home and cut it off
    I got a ticket here in TX for no front license plate. All I had to do was take a picture of the car with the license plate on it and play the $10 processing fee. Ticked was dismissed.
    So, take a picture once and be done with it!

    Hans.

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    Re: Front License Plate

    It's the law in NY also, but I ain't doing it!!!



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    Re: Front License Plate

    I installed the mechanical flip one. I used my own method so there was no drilling. I bought 2 lengths of galvanized
    metal strapping from the hardware store and made my own mounting brackets that uses exisiting bolts under the
    front end. I'll try and post some photos this weekend.

    Bottom line, it can be done with the Swiftmotorsports bracket with no drilling. Installation is easy. Just some
    ramps to get the front end safely up in the air.

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    Re: Front License Plate

    Looking forward to your install pics! May I ask why you went with the manual vs. the automatic plate? Do you know if there is much difference in installed clearance?

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    Re: Front License Plate

    Here are some photos,

    Hard to see the bracket I made without getting it back in the air, but you
    can get the idea. I can help anyone who really wants to know. Just
    PM me and I can call you.

    Brian.

    With plate hidden


    With plate up

    With plate 1/2 way up


    And 2 showing the type of bracket I made



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    Smile Re: Front License Plate

    I didn't like the idea of making holes in my new V's bumper for the front Ontario plate but liked the idea of getting ticketed even less. Went to the Dealer to install the unsightly bracket and when I voiced my dislike in doing so, the bodyshop guy came to have a look at what could be done.

    He suggested that I install the plate (without the bracket) on the lower grill opening, using plastic tie-wraps. The 4 tie-wraps simply fasten onto the mesh work of the grill. We bent the plate slightly in the middle, to fit the contour of the grill and applied two strips of foam to the back side of the plate to prevent chafing of the plate against the grill work.

    Now, if I ever want to remove the plate, all I have to do is snip the 4 tie-wraps and off it comes. Re-installing it would simply require 4 new tie-wraps.

    I'm told that many guys who do the car show circuit and drive their cars to and from the shows do this all the time. On for the road, off for the show. And no Tickets!!!!!

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    Re: Front License Plate

    I thought of that as well, but was concerned about how much air would be blocked by the plate. Keep me posted if
    you notice any over heating issues.

    Brian.

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    Re: Front License Plate

    Quote Originally Posted by aco View Post
    Looking forward to your install pics! May I ask why you went with the manual vs. the automatic plate? Do you know if there is much difference in installed clearance?
    Not sure about the clearance. I really did not want to have to
    breach the fire wall and run wires for something that I would not
    be moving that often. Hmm.....maybe I could put a remote switch
    and tie it to the homelink buttons! Oh if I only had more hours in the day....

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    Re: Front License Plate

    Thanks for pics and explanation Hawkeye2. Very nicely done!

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    Re: Front License Plate

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye2 View Post
    I thought of that as well, but was concerned about how much air would be blocked by the plate. Keep me posted if
    you notice any over heating issues.
    With the stock plate mounting bracket, 2/3 to 3/4 of the plate blocks the opening, so this shouldn't be terribly much worse.

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    Hawkeye2 Re: Front License Plate

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    I thought of that as well, but was concerned about how much air would be blocked by the plate. Keep me posted if
    you notice any over heating issues.

    Brian.

    I got delivery of my car in November (one of the first 4 in Canada), in Ottawa, and ran it all winter. I took note of the coolant temperature then so I could check for overheating when I attached the front plate. Here we are in July and even on the warmest day with the engine idling (while I the hard drive with music, the temps are the same and rock stable. No fears about overheating whatsoever!

    Wilton

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    Re: Front License Plate

    That's good to know - thanks.

    I also toyed with the idea of drilling some air holes in the plate then
    wire tying it to the grille.

    Hmm....Ottawa.... a wild shot, do you know Bill Mason? He has a
    C4 and a C6. Used to have a Firehawk, just recently sold it.

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