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Old 03-30-2015, 11:14 PM   #1
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News mounting front license plate on 2015 WRX using OEM holes

I live in Ohio which requires a front plate (go to Wikipedia and search for 'ANPR -- automatic number plate recognition' -- it'll scare the pants off of you). So, fourth amendment violations notwithstanding...

I scoured the Internet for ways of mounting my front plate to my 2015 WRX that don't require me to drill more holes, and don't use the tow hook port (which is a really cool solution, just not what I'm looking for). I just want to use the OEM holes in my front bumper to mount my plate. Turns out I can use something called 'well nuts'. I quote from the Lowe's web site: ‘A well nut is a flanged neoprene bushing with a brass machine nut molded into one end. Tightening a machine screw in the brass nut causes the insert to expand, making it secure.’

That’s the answer I was looking for. I can use the well nuts to mount the bracket which will hold the plate.
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Old 03-31-2015, 03:38 AM   #2
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I don't see any questions so I'm assuming you came to a solution. Post pics and good luck.

What is it about the plate relocate you don't like? I'm OCD and thought it being off center would bother me but I think it looks good. Makes the car stand out. Anytime I see another car on the road and the plate is off center it catches my eye and they always get a few seconds of attention from me.
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:19 AM   #3
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"well nuts" are what come with some of the license plate delete kits (My nameless did), and also with the totsubo license plate bracket kit I used on my 2014. As far as I know you will have to drill holes in the front plate to match with the factory holes if you are going that route.

I went with the relocation kit because I wanted to be different
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:52 AM   #4
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This is the adapter I used to mount mine. With this the stock JDM holes can be used. I thought about using the relocation kit but I don't like things being off center.

http://www.amazon.com/Subaru-Front-License-Plate-Adapter/dp/B00PUXUYN0
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Old 03-31-2015, 06:04 PM   #5
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This is the adapter I used to mount mine. With this the stock JDM holes can be used. I thought about using the relocation kit but I don't like things being off center.

Amazon.com: Subaru Front License Plate Adapter Kit: Automotive
+1 I used the same one and it works perfectly with the OEM holes.
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:06 PM   #6
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I don't understand why all the confusion with mounting a license plate and spending money on crazy mounts. Just go to the hardware store and get the license plate clips for $0.10 and make 2 new holes in your license plate that match the OEM holes in the bumper. If you want to go all out you get the fancy stainless hex screws to make it look neat.

These things:
http://images.lowes.com/product/conv...36869538lg.jpg
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:20 PM   #7
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I don't understand why all the confusion with mounting a license plate and spending money on crazy mounts. Just go to the hardware store and get the license plate clips for $0.10 and make 2 new holes in your license plate that match the OEM holes in the bumper. If you want to go all out you get the fancy stainless hex screws to make it look neat.

These things:
http://images.lowes.com/product/conv...36869538lg.jpg
The holes on a 15 are round, not square like the previous model.
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Old 04-01-2015, 12:01 AM   #8
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:31 AM   #9
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Nice! Just what I was looking for, something easy to install/remove my plate in the stock location w/o having to drill holes.

Order has been placed
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:46 AM   #10
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I don't understand why all the confusion with mounting a license plate and spending money on crazy mounts. Just go to the hardware store and get the license plate clips for $0.10 and make 2 new holes in your license plate that match the OEM holes in the bumper. If you want to go all out you get the fancy stainless hex screws to make it look neat.

These things:
http://images.lowes.com/product/conv...36869538lg.jpg

I got these from AutoZone along with the bracket linked below and it works great!

http://www.autozone.com/license-plat...et/103015_0_0/

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Old 04-23-2015, 08:11 PM   #11
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I don't understand why all the confusion with mounting a license plate and spending money on crazy mounts. Just go to the hardware store and get the license plate clips for $0.10 and make 2 new holes in your license plate that match the OEM holes in the bumper. If you want to go all out you get the fancy stainless hex screws to make it look neat.

These things:
http://images.lowes.com/product/conv...36869538lg.jpg
If I am not mistaken it is illegal to drill into the plates considering its government property. I do not think it will matter much, but spending a couple extra $$ to stay legal is worth it IMHO.

I have heard this works on 2015 cars as well, the Totsubo kit.

https://heubergersubaruparts.com/par...egoryID=183220

If anyone has done this on their 2015 please let me know if you had the squeaky problem. On my 2014 Sti, I had to chop off a couple threads from the mounting screw because the bumper would deflect and the bolts would squeak on the internal bumper bar.

SUPER PITA...if you cut too many threads it will not grab the base of the threads on the holding grommet. Needless to say, I cut 4 bolts before I got 2 that worked for the mounts.

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Old 04-25-2015, 10:05 AM   #12
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Does the bumper of the 2015 wrx come with pre-drilled license plate holes from the factory. I placed an order last weekend for my wrx and I told the dealer that I don't want then to drill holes in the bumper. If they are oem holes then there's nothing the dealer can do but I just want to make sure.
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Old 04-25-2015, 10:13 AM   #13
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Default mounting front license plate on 2015 WRX using OEM holes

Bought this for $7 & 2 3/4" zinc plated bolts from Home Depot.
Mounting Kit - 6" x 12" License Plate Mounting Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004SCETXU..._Xk5ovb1NZGSY3

You can kind of see it in this picture. It's placed a little higher than if the dealer drilled 2 new holes & mounted via license plate holes.

I did have to drill the mount a little to fit the 3/4" bolts through. Not bad for ~$10.


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Old 05-08-2015, 01:38 PM   #14
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If someone wants to go the well/expansion nut way, I'll save you some time.

Buy two #10-32 x 5/8in Expansion Nuts and matching Stainless Steel bolts. If you have trouble getting expansion nuts in, warm them (rub, hair dryer, heat gun) up and twist them in. They fit perfect!
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:32 PM   #15
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For those of you who have done the well nuts or expansion nuts.. did you have to take off all the clips & part of the front bumper?

And for those of you who have done the relocation kits, do you feel that it sticks out too much from the bumper?

I'm also still deciding what to do with my plate/I prefer it off so I've been putting it off as long as possible. But I know I don't want to drill holes in the bumper..

Here are some non drill brackets also..
http://skenedesign.com/FPBracket/Installation.shtml
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PUXUYN0/
Let us know what you end up doing
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:38 PM   #16
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OMG. License plates are NOT Gov't property!!! Drill them, bend them, do whatever you want to do.

I bought the exact plastic plugs that were listed above from Auto Zone for super cheap. Yes, they are square, BUT, they do fit perfectly into the OEM circle holes. Just like they were designed to do.

I've since purchased a Perrin plate relocator kit off eBay for $76 and free shipping. Looks much better.
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Old 11-06-2015, 07:32 PM   #17
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I used these to mount the plate on my 2014 impreza.


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Old 11-06-2015, 08:14 PM   #18
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OMG. License plates are NOT Gov't property!!! Drill them, bend them, do whatever you want to do.

I bought the exact plastic plugs that were listed above from Auto Zone for super cheap. Yes, they are square, BUT, they do fit perfectly into the OEM circle holes. Just like they were designed to do.

I've since purchased a Perrin plate relocator kit off eBay for $76 and free shipping. Looks much better.
WRONG. Each state does in fact OWN the license plates. You merely borrow them. While they may not say anything to you about drilling them, they could fine you if they really wanted.

With that said, I have debated on drilling my plate to match JDM holes. I ziptied and 3m taped instead.

...


I mounted my plate today with 3 Extreme weather UV resistant Zipties.
One up top that runs through the JDM holes and two on the bottom going through each hole and attached to lower grill.

I covered the back in 1/8" Dynaliner. basically stuck the plate to a large piece and trimmed around the edge. I then put 3M double sided tape to the center where it touches the painted portion of the bumper.

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Old 11-06-2015, 08:22 PM   #19
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derux, where did you get those from? Looks like a kit...
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Old 11-06-2015, 08:44 PM   #20
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I'm in central OH and have been front plateless on all my vehicles since '98. So far, so good.
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:23 PM   #21
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I designed them and made some. I have a few sets left.
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Old 11-07-2015, 06:52 PM   #22
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I designed them and made some. I have a few sets left.
Nice job. I enjoy making stuff like that, but I think I'll got the route below...if my zipties don't seems to do the job after a while.

"#10-32 x 5/8in Expansion Nuts and matching Stainless Steel bolts."
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Old 11-08-2015, 05:29 PM   #23
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Nice job. I enjoy making stuff like that, but I think I'll got the route below...if my zipties don't seems to do the job after a while.

"#10-32 x 5/8in Expansion Nuts and matching Stainless Steel bolts."
sounds good. The ones I have are alum and all stainless screws.
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sounds good. The ones I have are alum and all stainless screws.
Those mollie inserts you use are only zinc plated. Only your adapters are aluminum.
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:36 AM   #25
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Thanks for sharing, mine comes in today and will post pictures!
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