You need to install a front plate bracket because a front license plate is required by law in your state, but you don’t want to drill holes in your beautiful car or truck’s front bumper. What you need is a no-drill front license plate bracket. The problem is that they are expensive and that’s if you can even find a no-drill front plate bracket that fits your vehicle.
If you don’t want to pay the money for a customer front plate bracket solution, there is a do-it-yourself method that fits many types of vehicles, doesn’t require you to drill into your front bumper, doesn’t require specialized tools or expertise, and won’t cost you an arm and a leg. We have to admit, that we didn’t invent this method, but we thought it was such a great idea that we should publish it so that more people could find out about it. The original discussion of this method is credited to stas2007 who is a member of the mbworld.org forum.
The method depends on your vehicle having some sort of grill that you can push a wall anchor bolt through to secure a generic adjustable bracket. When complete, the plate is mounted to your grill without drilling instead of to your bumper.
Front Plate Bracket: DIY No-Drill License Plate Bracket
You’ll need two wall anchors like you would use to hang something heavy on a wall or from a ceiling. They are designed so that you can drill a hole, push them through the hole and then they spring open on the other side so that they can’t come back through the hole. You use them in a similar fashion on your vehicle’s grill except you don’t have to drill a hole; you just push the anchor through the grill.
Many wall anchors have a long screw running through them, but the screw head can be fairly small. With that in mind, you will probably also need some washers to give a secure fit to the adjustable bracket. Anchors come in varying lengths. Make sure there is enough room behind the grill for the anchor to fit without the screw damaging the vehicle’s radiator.
The picture below from the mbworld.org forum shows the adjustable bracket. The one depicted is the Bell Automotive 22-1-46230-8 Adjustable Mounting Bracket which is available on Amazon. Click Here To Buy It On Amazon >>>
Just attach the adjustable bracket using the wall anchors and washers, adjust it to the proper angle, and attach your front license plate to the bracket.
The picture below from the mbworld.org forum shows some padding that stas2007 used to protect the bumper from where the adjustable bracket would touch it. The padding prevents damage to the bumper. Any foam padding should work. Just cut to fit between the bracket and the bumper.
The picture below from the mbworld.org forum shows a close-up of the wall anchor attached to the adjustable bracket and the grill.
The picture below shows the license plate mounted to a Mercedes-Benz SUV.
One tip noted in the mbworld.org forum post was the fact that the stock hardware that comes with the adjustable bracket rusts easily. With that in mind, you can find replacement hardware either galvanized or zinc-coated to prevent that from happening. Stainless steel hardware is not recommended as the electrical potential difference may cause the bracket itself to rust.
There you have it; simple to install, inexpensive, very adjustable, and a nice DIY alternative to drilling holes in your bumper.
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