Install Front License Tag Bracket


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Old 08-30-23, 02:35 PM
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Install Front License Tag Bracket

Need to put a new bracket on a 2018 Hyundai. Car has never had a front bracket. Per the photos, the bumper is all plastic and the universal tag instructions say to drill holes and use the provided screws (see photo). I'm worried that the plastic won't hold and the screws will tear the holes. There are a couple of places where there are small indents - I think for screws. But the plastic there is even thinner than the bumper.

Any suggestions? I don't want to go the tow bar mount route.

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Old 08-30-23, 05:57 PM
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Old 08-30-23, 06:02 PM
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Does Hyundai mount a bracket there? If so, get their bracket. What is the function of the bracket in the last photo?
 
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Old 08-30-23, 06:57 PM
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I'm worried that the plastic won't hold and the screws will tear the holes. There are a couple of places where there are small indents - I think for screws. But the plastic there is even thinner than the bumper.
It'll be very strong and very secure if you follow this method. I've done it a number of times and I'm very particular about it - OCD you might say!


I suggest drilling small hole in the indents of the plastic where the bracket is designed to be mounted. Then screw the screws into the small holes you drilled in the plastic plastic a little bit (maybe a enough to catch a couple threads), then back them back out. Then, you can put the screws in the license plate bracket holes and it'll be easy to screw it into the pre-drilled and slightly pre-threaded holes you made.

Don't make the mistake of trying to handle the screws and the bracket and the screwdriver all at once while trying to screw the screws in the bracket holes into the indents with a screw driver or drill. It's far easier to pre-drill a small diameter hole in the indents and pre-thread the holes a little bit with the screws. That bracket will snug up very tight and secure. It ain't coming loose!
 
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Old 08-31-23, 06:07 AM
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Thanks all!
beelzebob - that's a universal bracket I bought at the autoparts store. I did find a factory bracket - bought it and it makes absolutely no sense to me - the holes on the bracket don't match anything on the car:



 
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Old 08-31-23, 07:09 AM
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I did find a factory bracket - bought it and it makes absolutely no sense to me - the holes on the bracket don't match anything on the car.
I suspect you somehow got another model's front license plate bracket. I've heard about that happening quite often. Oftentimes cars will have different models or some models get frontend facelifts in the middle of model generations, so you need to be sure to get the front license plate bracket for your exact VIN. The dealership that handles your car's brand can help with that. Sometimes trying to pick the correct front license plate bracket on an Internet site doesn't get you the right one...

And, yes sometimes when first looking at a license plate frame that is indeed the correct one - it just doesn't look quite right to be the correct one, especially if it is to be screwed into the plastic behind a car's grill.

Lastly, 'universal' front license plate brackets rarely work out well. Those 'universal' mount front license plate brackets are typically designed to screw into the front bumper, which messes up the looks of the bumper if it's ever removed. I think it's always best to get the front license plate bracket that is actually designed for the car...
 

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Very clever and creative solution. Who says that Yankee ingenuity is on the wane.
 
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Old 08-31-23, 09:47 AM
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​​​​​​​Very clever and creative solution. Who says that Yankee ingenuity is on the wane.
Oh geez - no! ​​​​​​​
 
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Old 08-31-23, 09:54 AM
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Thanks Kooter.- I may give zip ties a try.
 
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Old 08-31-23, 10:06 AM
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Ok - I'll stop after this. I obviously failed with my comment, unless you guys are pulling my leg, in which case the jokes on me -lol. But the word "sardonic" might clarify my comment (post #7!
 
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That's a new derivative of for me!
 
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Old 08-31-23, 10:20 AM
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I may give zip ties a try.
Man, that's a last-ditch, jerry-rigged way to mount it. You might as well use duct tape!
 
 

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