: Front license plate bracket



jmarts_cts
06-19-13, 11:02 AM
I`m a first time owner of a Cadillac. :bouncy:

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.

tinman
06-19-13, 11:31 AM
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.

jmarts_cts
06-19-13, 11:41 AM
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.

C "T" ess
06-19-13, 12:13 PM
Go back to the dealer where you bought the car and ask them for the license plate holder and install it.

tinman
06-19-13, 12:15 PM
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.

is250sp
06-19-13, 12:26 PM
No don't drill holes you will regret it. Try tie-wrapping it to the lower grill.

hauler
06-19-13, 12:31 PM
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.
http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a525/wagon28/wag28front1024768_zps4e42c775.jpg (http://s1282.photobucket.com/user/wagon28/media/wag28front1024768_zps4e42c775.jpg.html)

tinman
06-19-13, 12:38 PM
A friend who works in a Cadillac collision shop told me the airbag switches are on the radiator support.

I did not know that.

RAB
06-19-13, 05:19 PM
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. :D

http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg195/RAB_2008/IMG_1627.jpg (http://s248.photobucket.com/user/RAB_2008/media/IMG_1627.jpg.html)

jmarts_cts
06-20-13, 08:27 AM
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". :o

C "T" ess
06-20-13, 01:58 PM
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.

RAB
06-20-13, 05:29 PM
:hmm: Curious. 5 posts and counting from members who live in a state that doesn't require a front plate.

TSoup
01-31-14, 04:22 PM
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

Douglas Rome
02-01-14, 08:55 AM
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

tinman
02-01-14, 10:18 AM
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.

Douglas Rome
02-01-14, 05:17 PM
if the cop is a dickhead, and believe it or not, there are some of them cruising around. If I
didn't already have the holes drilled, I'd figure something else out. thanks, douglas