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Old 04-29-2015, 07:49 PM   #1
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Legacy Front License plate

Our Legacy has no provision for a front license plate. The dealer said just put it in the front windshield which I have done but don't like the reflection it creates. I have no desire to drill holes in the front cap with the usual resulting hairline cracks. So, I have designed a much too elaborate steel bracket that will slide into the 1 1/4" steel tubing alongside both sides of the generator. Should be fairly inexpensive for materials but will take a lot of labor (mine). The plate will mount without even touching the front cap when done. Shopping for materials to start soon and pictures to follow in a few weeks.
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Old 05-07-2015, 05:19 PM   #2
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Wow, I didn't know mounting it to the front cap was such a big deal. My dealer centered it and screwed it on the front where I pointed. Yikes, so I should check for cracks?
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Old 05-07-2015, 05:23 PM   #3
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Wow, I didn't know mounting it to the front cap was such a big deal. My dealer centered it and screwed it on the front where I pointed. Yikes, so I should check for cracks?
You can drill slightly oversize holes and insert rubber grommets and use flat washers on both sides of the grommets with ss nuts & bolts and eliminate the tendency of the cap cracking.
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You can drill slightly oversize holes and insert rubber grommets and use flat washers on both sides of the grommets with ss nuts & bolts and eliminate the tendency of the cap cracking.
Yep, grommets and washers are a good way to go to prevent cracks. Worst way is to just put screws straight into the fiberglass. I'm just overly picky and since I have the time will make a huge job out of a small issue. Wish I didn't have to deal with it at all and just leave the damn thing off. Just leaving on a little outing in the mountains, will proceed with this project when I return. (unless I dream up something more fun to work on).
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Yep, grommets and washers are a good way to go to prevent cracks. Worst way is to just put screws straight into the fiberglass. I'm just overly picky and since I have the time will make a huge job out of a small issue. Wish I didn't have to deal with it at all and just leave the damn thing off. Just leaving on a little outing in the mountains, will proceed with this project when I return. (unless I dream up something more fun to work on).
Just cover the entire back with 3M outdoor double sided tape and stick it on. No holes, no brackets, 5 minutes and it's over.
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Just cover the entire back with 3M outdoor double sided tape and stick it on. No holes, no brackets, 5 minutes and it's over.
Haha, wish I could. Not a flat spot to be had on the entire front end.
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Haha, wish I could. Not a flat spot to be had on the entire front end.
The license plates are quite flexible.
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Not quite what I thought the thread was.....
But I just put our Legacy plate on the front of our truck...
Its been on one vehicle of ours for almost 30 years....
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There are fastners that are made of rubber, have a threaded nut molded into the small end and the top is bigger than the body. They are used in the automotive/trucking industry to attach mirrors to bodies. I don't know what they are called but are great. Drill a small hole, insert the fastner, set the bolt and tighten it up. I picked up a bunch of them at a swap meet. They cost me 5 cents each.
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There are fastners that are made of rubber, have a threaded nut molded into the small end and the top is bigger than the body. They are used in the automotive/trucking industry to attach mirrors to bodies. I don't know what they are called but are great. Drill a small hole, insert the fastner, set the bolt and tighten it up. I picked up a bunch of them at a swap meet. They cost me 5 cents each.
That really is by far the best fastener to attach to anything thin like fiberglass. Whey are called Well Nuts. Grainger is one supplier that has them. Thanks for the heads up, I forgot about them.
POP Well Nut,1/4-20,0.630 L,PK10 - Nut Inserts - 3ZLW2|347102/388 - Grainger Industrial Supply
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