Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Middle OH, USA, Earth
Front plate mounting
I only have to put up with a front license plate until 1 July 2020. Selling dealer in another state did not install the front plate mount, thankfully, but did include it in the car.
If you don't know what it is like, two long posts along the bottom edge get inserted between slats of the lower front grill and two screws in them expand the ends of post to retain them. There are holes along the top of the mount for screws to go into the bumper cover. Notches on the side edges are supposed to fit the top of the lower grill but they needed to be "enhanced" to get the plate mount to properly flush mount to the bumper skin. I'm not impressed. Screws for a license plate might also dig into if not screw into the skin too.
I temporarily mounted it only with the bottom posts and screws. I also applied electrical tape on the bumper wherever there is contact with the mount. This would prevent vibration wear on the bumper and easier to remove. The upper plate screws were shortened to ensure no damage to the bumper.
This was only temporary. From now until 1 July 2020, I am using a mount from cravenspeed.com. It has a post that screws into the front towing eye in location. A bolt holds the plate bracket to it and then screws mount the license plate to the mount plate. No contact is made with the bumper skin. The kit cost $93 shipped via USPS Priority Mail.
Removing the cover for that hole is as simple as pushing the bottom area of the cover enough to be able to get a sturdy thumbnail, or other non-marring tool, into the hole gap at the top. Pull out the top and then maneuver the cover out. There's a small retaining tab at about 11 o'clock, a broad retaining tab at 4-5 o'clock and a retaining strap at 7 o'clock.
Screw in the post (counter-clockwise) into the towing eye location and tighten with a wrench. Screw in the mount plate screw a bit then slide the mount plate on. Tighten the plate screw. Don't forget to use a small level on the stop edge to ensure it is level and will look good. Mount the license.
If you want to use a frame around the edge of the plate, you'll need longer 1/4-20 screws (either 1/2 or 3/4 inch length depending on thickness of frame). The kit supplies 1/4 inch length screws.
This does block the right side park sensor near the grill. The kit comes with "pads" that are meant to be applied (yes sticky backed) to the sensor to prevent alarms. Sure enough without any pad the car screamed an alarm as one starts to drive, but it does stop after the car get going faster than parking speeds. It took layering/stacking 3 of the pads onto the sensor to stop this.
You might consider stowing cheap tools in the frunk in case you need to remove it and actually use the towing eye.
I'm not associated with the company in any way. I'm just posting this for information.