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Old 04-30-2018, 10:46 PM
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I would prefer not to mount a license plate on my soon to arrive 2019 GS, but unfortunately in Oregon it is mandatory....

Are there any ways to keep a front plate from looking crappy? Pictures?

Any luck running without a front plate (for a long time) in a state that requires it?
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Colorado requires a front plate. I havenít had one on my C7 or previous C6. Not one stop or ticket in many years and lots of miles. Iím willing to pay an occasional ticket instead of putting an ugly plate on the front.
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If you do a search you will find a lot of posts on this topic. It's right up there with chrome vs black wheels and coupe vs vert in term of popularity.

There are a number of 3rd party options for mounting a front license plate on a C7. Some of these are marginally better than the OEM one. Some people prefer ones that are easily removed for shows or photos. Personally I don't like any of them.

In Colorado the front plate is "required" but I chose not to put one on and so far no issues. I've driven by police in general, past speed traps, on toll roads and so on and never gotten pulled over. If I watch oncoming traffic I'd say about 5% of vehicles or slightly more don't have a front license plate. Some of these are new cars with temp tags and some might be out of state vehicles. It's hard to tell unless you can also see the back plate and I suppose that is the point. Cops have more important things to do.

I have a coworker that has lived in CO for many years (7+) and never put a front plate on any of his cars. He has been pulled over twice (once for speeding, once for a DUI) and neither time did he get an add-on ticket for not having a front plate.

Note that every state is different. You will no doubt get responses here talking about how you would be pulled over in less than 10 minutes in state X or county Y. So you mileage may vary of course.

Every few years there's something on the ballot to not require front plates for environmental reasons--less wasted metal going to the scrap heap. They almost always fail though. I suppose the same nannies that vote for red-light cameras also feel safer with a front plate requirement.
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Colorado requires a front plate. I havenít had one on my C7 or previous C6. Not one stop or ticket in many years and lots of miles. Iím willing to pay an occasional ticket instead of putting an ugly plate on the front.
Same here, I'm on my 4th Vette without a shitty front plate mount. However, I want to be in full compliance with the law so I do plan to install one in the next decade or two.


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I'm in NorCal and have never had a front license plate on my Corvettes. I've been pulled over only once when I had my first C4 in '85. It was just a "fixit" ticket and the officer admitted that he was having a slow day. We both had a laugh. Otherwise no problem with another C4, C5, C6 and C7.

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The peopleís republic of Illinois requires a front plate, but I have never used one in 20+ years of Camaros and Corvettes. Iíve been pulled over a few times for speeding, but I have never gotten a ticket for the front plate.
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Oh no, not this silly topic again. It depends upon your state. Some that require front plates aren't strict about enforcement, and some are very strict. I've grown weary of hearing all the testimonials from those in states that aren't strict about enforcement, because I live in one that is.
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Thanks for the reminders that this "silly" topic has been discussed before.

Perhaps some additional ideas for interesting ways to mount a front plate without wiping out 25% of the front grill would spice this one up.

Other than that - I'll see how long I can get away with no front plate.
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Same here, I'm on my 4th Vette without a shitty front plate mount. However, I want to be in full compliance with the law so I do plan to install one in the next decade or two.


Gee officer, it must have fell off.
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Originally Posted by oregonsharkman View Post
Thanks for the reminders that this "silly" topic has been discussed before.

Perhaps some additional ideas for interesting ways to mount a front plate without wiping out 25% of the front grill would spice this one up.

Other than that - I'll see how long I can get away with no front plate.
LOL . . . sure, here's what many of us use for most C7s without the more radical front splitters. Your question about solutions was a good one, but the testimonials from others stating "my state requires one, but I never had a problem" was the silly part. There are many places where you WILL have a problem if you don't run one. I prefer not to be pulled over for trivial things like that, and it's not just a "fix it" ticket.

http://bigmikesperformanceparts.com/...-plate-bracket

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Originally Posted by oregonsharkman View Post
Thanks for the reminders that this "silly" topic has been discussed before.

Perhaps some additional ideas for interesting ways to mount a front plate without wiping out 25% of the front grill would spice this one up.

Other than that - I'll see how long I can get away with no front plate.
No worries, most of us are trying to talk you out of running one, but OTOH, if you do want one Foosh has posted a good one in the past, I don't recall the name of it but in these umpteen front plate threads he has always linked one up that looks decent as you can quickly remove the mount in seconds.
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LOL . . . sure, here's what many of us use for most C7s without the more radical front splitters.

http://bigmikesperformanceparts.com/...-plate-bracket
That's the one. I was typing, you were posting.
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Don't do it. Ruins the look of the car.
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^ Clueless in Las Vegas.
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For what it is worth, I haven't run the front plate on Camaro and Corvette for 5 years. Total miles about 40k.
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OK, another lax enforcement state heard from . . . Congrats. What is it about the fact that all states or localities are not the same that folks can't understand?

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Slow evening Foosh?

You live where stupid little things are a high priority for law enforcement. Fortunately most of us donít have that problem.
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LOL . . . yes, perhaps, but just marveling at the lack of understanding that many of us do have that problem, and the endless stories from those who do not. The "don't do it" advice from those in such places is, of course, completely worthless, and it shows a total lack of awareness that things are not always the same where you live.

I do happen to live in an area where law enforcement constantly worries about terrorist attacks, and justifiably so. Cameras and plate readers are everywhere. So yes, you can call it trivial, but it doesn't seem so trivial to those of us who live here or to the law enforcement professionals who try to keep us all safe. I can't speak for other states, but it is clear that others have similar priorities.

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Originally Posted by oregonsharkman View Post
I would prefer not to mount a license plate on my soon to arrive 2019 GS, but unfortunately in Oregon it is mandatory....

Are there any ways to keep a front plate from looking crappy? Pictures?

Any luck running without a front plate (for a long time) in a state that requires it?

New York is a front plate state, but out of my 3 vehicles, the only one I have a front plate mounted on is my GMC pickup. My wife's '18 AMG Mercedes sedan and my '18 ZO6 don't have front plates, I have the factory brackets but they aren't on either car. Stupid law in my opinion, and I'm sure the LEO's have far more serious violations to enforce, and I never give them any reason to stop me for anything else (no street racing, no tailgating, weaving in and out, or using cell phone), and I honestly can't recall the last "toy" I've had a front plate on, and I've had many. If I get stopped for no front plate, I'll have a decision to make, but like I said, with the way most people drive today, there are lots more serious things going on out there on the road.
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Even within a particular state, LE priorities are different. Syracuse is different than NYC. The same is true in many other places. There are non-trivial reasons for a front plate law, as I described above.

Almost everywhere else in the developed world, no one would even consider running without a front plate, and the consequences of trying are very severe. That's where we're headed in the US as well. Those of you obsessed with how great life is without, enjoy it while you can. I'm not particularly bothered by the front plate on the car, but I'm also not particularly OC.

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