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    Established Member Two Rings JohnnyTooBad's Avatar
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    need to mount front license plate

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    I bought my car in PA, where they don't have front plates, but live in VA where we do. I don't see the point in spending $100+ on a frame for the front plate when I can bend a couple of pieces of aluminum and make one for about $10. But here's my question....

    In the middle of the grille, there's a piece of plastic directly behind the plastic horzontal grille slats, and it appears there's a piece of metal behind that. Can I drill into that without worrying about hitting any vital parts back there, like, oh... an unseen radiator or something? There's no easy way to see or feel around back there, so I figured I'd ask before I do something stupid.

    edit: Looking at it a little more, the piece of metal back there appears to be the actual bumper, and the plastic is just covering it so you don't see the galvanized steel bumper. I'm assuming I could drill and tap a couple of holes in there. For those of you with a front plate, is your license plate frame screwed into the bumper behind the grill?

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    Established Member Two Rings Kriskrk's Avatar
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    Have no idea about US licence plate law but can advise in the mounting.
    If you google "how to remove front bumper", you'll find out what's behind it.

    Directly behind the grille, that plastic plate is just the cover for the crash bar. Well, at least, I think that is the purpose if it.
    Crash bar has no vital, mechanical or electrical parts in or around.

    I have recently taken my bumper off in order to clean the grille from plasti dip.
    As the car is my daily driver and cleaning process was taking long, I've put everything back together without fitting the plate.
    Just last night, I did fix it as it was before and run 2.5" self tapping screws through the number plate plastic holder, in to the plate behind the grille.
    I was obsessed before of my plate being stolen and securing it with proper bolt & nut but now, just fitted it like that. It is secured enough not to fall off while driving.
    Number plate itself is screwed also to the holder but think will use longer screws to tap in to the plate behind the grille again. It will double up the strength.
    Had it also on double sided sticky tape so think might still have a bit of ocd

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    Active Member Two Rings 11A6's Avatar
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    My 11 came with mounting plate 4413D3B3-ADE4-4A0B-8DFD-E0D34FBB6C93.jpeg- now I bought car used so donít have idea how much it costs


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    Why not use the tabs that are in the grill for the plate mount? There were a couple screws holding the front plate mount on our 09.

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    Senior Member Three Rings
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    If you have such a nice unicorn...don't drill holes in the bumper. I come with another option that allows you to keep your grill unmolested.

    http://www.gominigo.com/Audi.html

    I have owned 2 of these and they are very good quality.
    '09 A6 Avant 3.0T
    '68 Firebird (7.5L)

    Sold
    '95 S6 Avant 20VT
    '75 VW bug 'the peoples' 1.6L (Sold)
    '06 S4 Avant (Sold)
    '98 BMW M3 (Sold)

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    Established Member Two Rings JohnnyTooBad's Avatar
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    jumpinj,

    Aesthetics are a big part of this. I really prefer the look without a plate, but since I have to have one, I don't want it off to the side. I've seen those tow-hook plate holders, and I'm just not into that. I think I've figured out a way to do it. I'm going to work with some aluminum flat bar and zip tie it onto the grill with stainless zip ties and firm dense foam padding behind it. My plates should be here in another day or two (custom plates getting mailed to me), and I'll build it then. But you are right about not wanting to drill the bumper.
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    Replaced with a unicorn.... 2011 A6 Avant 3.0T, also Blue/Tan. Premium Plus, S-Line, Cold Weather Package.

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    Senior Member Three Rings
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    Well, post pictures when you get it all set up.
    '09 A6 Avant 3.0T
    '68 Firebird (7.5L)

    Sold
    '95 S6 Avant 20VT
    '75 VW bug 'the peoples' 1.6L (Sold)
    '06 S4 Avant (Sold)
    '98 BMW M3 (Sold)

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    Veteran Member Four Rings ichi d's Avatar
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    just use tsome black zip ties and tie them down.
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    Established Member Three Rings
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    Quote Originally Posted by ichi d View Post
    just use tsome black zip ties and tie them down.
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