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Old 07-07-13, 11:56 AM   #1
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My 2014 IS350 F-sport is the 1st car I've ever had where I feel that putting a license plate on the front of the car would ruin the look. I have no idea as to how to rig this so I'm satisfying California law while maintaining the aesthetics of the car.

It looks like I could wire the plat under the bumper to the mesh with 4 of those black twisty things that are used to bundle wires and cables that come with new electronics but I sure would like some advice from those of you with IS experience or with the new F-sport.

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Old 07-07-13, 11:58 AM   #2
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Just drill the holes. The holes arent even noticeable if you wanted to remove the plate. Using wire ties would look pretty ghetto. If your going to have the plate on anyway it will look better to use the factory plate mount.

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Do the tow hook mount mod for your plate.
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until i pulled over, thats when ill start worrying
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Old 07-07-13, 12:17 PM   #5
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Agreed the wire would look ghetto. They gave me a bracket that they said they can place under the mesh. I guess I just don't want to have a plate anywhere on the front but if I had to -- I'd want it as low and inconspicuous as possible. Thanks for feedback.
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Old 07-07-13, 12:25 PM   #6
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Do the tow hook mount mod for your plate.
Thanks. You mean like this? Couldn't be easier but they don't have the IS listed as a product they support --

US Mill Works - Front License Plate Brackets
www.usmillworks.com

Here's one for 2013 IS350 on Amazon -
Amazon.com: Godspeed License Plate Holder / Mounting Kit @ Tow Hook for 2006 to 2013 Lexus Is250 / 350 ISF: Automotive Amazon.com: Godspeed License Plate Holder / Mounting Kit @ Tow Hook for 2006 to 2013 Lexus Is250 / 350 ISF: Automotive

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Old 07-07-13, 12:42 PM   #7
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I find the tow hook method pretty fugly .... either put it on per the usual method to comply with state law or leave it off and risk a ticket.
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Oh wow the tow hook mod looks ridiculous.
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I have never put a front plate on in the 7 years I have owned various IS's. ruins the look of the car.
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The tow hook is ugly but it places the plate off of the beautiful grill which will look funky with a CA plate in the middle of it.
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Personally I would go with those plastic wire ties because normal 20 20 vision would not be able to see them from even a car length. My issue with the tow hook is that it is off center which creates an un-uniform look.



buy one of those front brackets and zip tie the bracket to the lower air dam. then use screws to screw the license plate into the bracket.

something like this


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Old 07-07-13, 02:18 PM   #12
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I will probably leave it in the pre-defined default location (on-center) but I may consider tying it in the lower grill with the plastic ties as RXSF points out, but centered. I still got 9 weeks for my car to arrive - waiting to see if others will do that and how it looks

I personally don't like the asymmetrical side look.
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I got my F-Sport last 2 days and mounted it with 3M adhesive (with only the top half of the plate with tape) and it was firmly mounted (no brackets, no drilling). =)
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For those that are considering side mounting the lisence plate I would stronly recomend velcro band. Then you can take the plate of if you want to.
However velcro band only comes in white and black..

Otherwise maybe an idea would be magnets? Cellphone magnets for car mounting are very strong if you use 6-8 of them...
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THANKS! You mean like this? Couldn't be easier but they don't have the IS listed as a product they support --

US Mill Works - Front License Plate Brackets
www.usmillworks.com

Here's one for 2013 IS350 on Amazon - Amazon.com: Godspeed License Plate Holder / Mounting Kit @ Tow Hook for 2006 to 2013 Lexus Is250 / 350 ISF: Automotive
Yup like that. May not be available for the 3IS just yet but who knows, I'm sure 2IS and 3IS utilize a similar size tow hook.

That said it's not the prettiest, but at least you're not drilling the bumper and obviously this mod is reversable
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