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Old 10-01-2014, 06:17 PM   #1
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Received my Skene Design front plate bracket today and put her on. For the record I ordered the extra short brackets for US plates if anyone was curious. Installation was pretty straight forward and I was pleasantly surprised at how adjustable it is. You can slide the plate up and down on the bracket as well as angle the plate as little or as much as you want.

Anyway, I mounted the plate originally like this:




Reason being it allows easy cleaning of the bumper and lip. However my wife thinks it looks stupid, and I kind of get that for two reasons. It does look awkward from an angle and it does leave the JDM holes exposed (which I planned on capping so I photoshopped them out for the purposes of this thread)

Now it is mounted like this:




This is essentially how it would look had I just fired a couple of screws into the face of the bumper. I like the fact that it hides the holes but I hate the fact that now I have to squeeze my hand behind it to clean the paint it covers up.

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Old 10-01-2014, 06:48 PM   #2
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Opinions? It's your car.
Thoughts? It's your car.

Do what you like. The internet won't help you decide.
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Old 10-01-2014, 07:11 PM   #3
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I think the second looks a little better. Where does it mount stock? It looks stock in the second photo so I am interested to see why you decided to move it in the first place.


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Old 10-01-2014, 08:12 PM   #4
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I am interested to see why you decided to move it in the first place.


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It wasn't so much as to move it but to avoid drilling holes in the face of the bumper. Thread on that topic here.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2666753
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Old 10-01-2014, 08:16 PM   #5
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Oh I see. I'm not very familiar with the 2015. Then my opinion is the second positioning looks better. How hard is it to adjust? Could you just swing it back for a car wash then put it back?


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Old 10-01-2014, 08:21 PM   #6
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Why reinvent the wheel? Plus first way looks like you crashed and dented it in


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Old 10-01-2014, 10:58 PM   #7
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:27 PM   #8
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Why reinvent the wheel? Plus first way looks like you crashed and dented it in


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The more and more I look at it I agree with you (and my wife) here. I have decided to go with a hybrid of the two with a less severe angle. This has the best of both worlds. Looks stock and allows a wash mit behind and underneath for cleaning. As far as adjusting every time I wash the car, it would be a pain in the ass as I would have to remove the plate to do so.

One other thing about this setup didn't sit right with me. The screws go too far through the bracket so if the plate were to get pushed back into the bumper, the screws would do some damage. The kit did provide little rubber bumpers to go on the bracket itself but they didn't stick out far enough to provide enough of a buffer from the screws themselves.

In this picture you can see how a few threads of the screw stick out.



Got some 10mm washers from Lowes



Stuck them behind the hardware provided by Skene Design. Took some patience to get them centered but all in all it wasn't too hard. Hand tight, center, torque down.



And heres the result I was after, a nice flush screw with the hole on the backside of the bracket.


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Old 10-01-2014, 11:34 PM   #9
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Any angle to a plate looks so stupid. Either run without it and risk the ticket or just mount it straight up and down and live with it. Tilting it just draws more attention to it and it looks dumb.
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:50 PM   #10
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Any angle to a plate looks so stupid. Either run without it and risk the ticket or just mount it straight up and down and live with it. Tilting it just draws more attention to it and it looks dumb.
I agree for the most part. The amount of angle I have mine at is very slight and almost unnoticeable, maybe several degrees more than the slight tilt in this picture (which believe it or not but the plate is parallel to the bumper.

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