June 11, 2016

Licence Plate Mount

Car came without a front license plate. I could have simply screwed the license plate into the plastic front of the car. But new cars have a place to bolt a tow hook on the front, a place where you can mount a license plate. Bought one on Amazon:
Front license plate mount for Smart ForTwo

Looks sharp! Only problem is that the mount sticks way out from the car -- it sticks a full two inches out from the car. Which is a stopper problem -- a person walking past the front of the car could swing a shin into the license plate. Hard enough to break skin. Hard enough to sue:
two inches Suit time
The problem is the mount bolt, the bolt is different for various vehicles. The bolt designed for the ForTwo is wrong. It is too long. What they should have made was 1 to 1.25 inches shorter:
bolt short bolt

Just a cut, drill and tap a bit deeper, cut the end, cut for make 17mm flats so to wrench in. But I cannot, and I doubt I could get someone to modify the bolt for under $40. So either they send me the proper bolt, or I send it back and find another company.

Posted by Paladin at June 11, 2016 06:13 PM
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