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Old 02-05-2012, 04:24 PM   #1
briwasson
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Default 2012 Front Bumper Holes: A How-to Guide on Plugging

I picked up my 2012 Impreza Sport Premium last week and was immediately dismayed to see two big holes in my front bumper, apparently from the factory. (I know there have been discussions around this, but it's pretty obvious that they are OEM, as the inside of the hole is painted.) Since my state doesn't have front license plates (the purpose of the holes) I wanted to cover them up strictly for aesthetic reasons.

After a few minutes shopping at Lowes today, I now have them filled with two small black plugs, which I'll paint using matching touch-up paint when I get it from the dealer this week. Looks a lot nicer already, IMO.

Here's how to easily find the plugs I used:

1. In Lowes (and presumably other hardware stores), go to the loose nuts/bolts aisle. Go to the "Hard to Find" drawers area, where you'll find "Nylon Hole Plugs." (The drawer has a yellow-orange stripe on the bottom.)

2. Choose the black 3/8" plugs, Hillman part number 881278. I think they were $1.04 for a bag of two.

3. Out of the bag these are difficult to install because they are just a little too big (probably a difference between SAE and metric). Using an Xacto knife I chamfered the bottom of the plugs to give them a bit of a taper so they would pop into the hole easier.

4. Pop them in and you're ready to go! The black actually doesn't look too bad on it's own, but I'm going to hit them with touch-up paint this week so they match.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:04 PM   #2
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why dont you order a license plate delete?
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:12 PM   #3
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@ Above
Doesnt the licnese plate delete require u to put 2 additional screws into ur bumper?
Other than the 2 big ones already there....?

My point is... so u want to cover the 2 hole, yet ur adding extra 2 small screw hole into ur bumper....?
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:09 PM   #4
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It's just a plate that goes over the OEM licence plate bracket. They also reuse the OEM licence plate bolts to secure the new delete in place.

ex. http://www.perrinperformance.com/sub...-plate-delete1
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:02 PM   #5
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I'm not sure about other states, but most of the new Imprezas I've seen at the dealers I looked at here in Pennsylvania have two open holes in the front bumper, with no OEM bracket. Pennsylvania does not require front plates. What you are left with is two 3/8" holes in the front bumper with no bracket, screws, or whatever. It's not a huge deal, but I though it looked kind of unfinished, so I plugged them up. Looks much nicer now, IMO.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:30 AM   #6
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^ thanks we have established that....
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:46 AM   #7
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If you have an Ipass just get one that's meant for the front liscence plate. See link attached.

http://knol.google.com/k/-/-/3napedg...57/figure1.jpg
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