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installing front license plate bracket

Discussion in 'Gen II Prius Main Forum' started by betshsu, Nov 7, 2004.

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  1. betshsu

    betshsu New Member

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    For those of you who had to install your own front license plate bracket, here's a rather elementary question, but I'm a bit nervous about drilling holes into my Prius...

    Reading the pre-delivery service instructions, it seems to indicate that you are supposed to mark and drill holes into the bumper where the bolts that attach the license plate to the bracket might come into contact with the car (holes B). Then, you use the self-tapping screws to mount the bracket to the bumper (holes A, which are indicated by dimples in the bumper). So this would result in a total of 4 holes in the bumper. Is this right? Is it really necessary to mark and drill the first set of holes (holes B)?

    Ack. Do not like the idea of drilling into my Prius.
  2. DaveinOlyWA

    DaveinOlyWA 3rd Time was Solariffic!!

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    i would simply use the holes that are already there. my Prius came with a front license plate bracket on it.

    i will say one thing, it only had two screws just like the back plate bracket. of course the front plate doesnt have any place to bolt to on the bottom but its never been necessary in my experience to have 4 screws although this is the first car i can remember only have two screws.
  3. Frank Hudon

    Frank Hudon Senior Member

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    ah! Jinglish attacks again. There are only 2 holes to drill at the dimples. One for each dimple.
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    I don't know if it's a case of Jinglish. There are definitely the two holes for actually attaching the bracket to the bumper, one for each dimple. But the instructions also seem to say to drill two additional "relief" holes to "prevent the license plate retaining bolt end from contacting the cover" (the "cover" is the bumper as far as I can tell).

    I don't know if dealerships who install the front bracket for you actually bother to drill these two additional relief holes and if they're necessary.
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    The cover is the actual bumper cover, underneath that is an absorber "foam block"and it has cutouts where the liscence plate holder goes. So I dont' know about relief holes being needed.
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