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Old April 12th, 2004, 17:40   #1
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Default Jetta Front License Plate Bracket Installation

I've been searching the archives for the instructions for installing the front license plate holder on a Jetta TDI without much luck. Could someone please post the link.

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Old April 12th, 2004, 18:12   #2
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Default Jetta Front License Plate Bracket Installation

I don't have link for you but have a question that might get answered while others view this thread. I have the black plastic plate that fits US plates on the front bumper. I have 4 screws holding my license plate in place, YET when going through a car wash the whirling brushes bend my license plate 90 degrees everytime. Any stiffer or cover that other have found to attach around the plate that works???
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Old April 12th, 2004, 19:27   #3
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Default Jetta Front License Plate Bracket Installation

The plate holder just screws through the bumper cover. That's all. Make sure you get it good and square first though.
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Old April 12th, 2004, 19:41   #4
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Default Jetta Front License Plate Bracket Installation

The Canadian model has a black plactic frame that the plate mounts to. This frame is form fitting to the bumper cover and actually sits quite flush. I would check with the dealer they should have a part listed I would imagine.
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Old April 12th, 2004, 20:37   #5
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A link.
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Old April 13th, 2004, 08:14   #6
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Thank you for the link!
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Old April 13th, 2004, 20:03   #7
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yeah that's the one. in New Brunswick it is the law that we run front plates so they are all equipped from the dealer. I received two tickets in the past for not having a front plate...friggin police..
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Old April 15th, 2004, 19:54   #8
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Rich, I have metal one for the A3 Jetta sitting here. Just walked outside and test-fitted it to the 03 Golf. Fits decently.

Differences are the screws go in the bumper just below the rub strip, and has two legs that go under the bumper and are fastened from underneath. Has a lip that completely surrounds the license plate to prevent bending. Substantial metal, painted black.

Part # 1HM807997. Around $10 at IMPEX.
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Old April 16th, 2004, 06:00   #9
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Default Jetta Front License Plate Bracket Installation

Thanks Bruce ... that is what I've been thinking too. I've own a couple of those "I'd rather be..." type plate surrounds in the past and was wondering if they would add enough stiffness to prevent bending? What I do dislike about most of them is that they get rather pitted easily and tend to make cleaning the bugs off one step harder.

I've been contemplating a backing plate to my front plate that would crimp the outside edges to keep from 'flipping 90 degrees' when a brush whirls at it. Either that or never use that $4.00 'desalting' car wash again! [img]/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old January 21st, 2011, 20:51   #10
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I know this is a old thread, but i need to mount a front plate on a 2006 jetta
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Old January 22nd, 2011, 05:10   #11
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Here's mine, no bumper drilling req'd. on a B5.5. S/B the same for others
I used all stainless steel hardware.



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Old February 1st, 2011, 18:13   #12
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TDI Power,
Could you provide some more info on your license plate set up? Did you make it, did you buy it, if so where. Thanks in advance.
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Old May 27th, 2013, 11:30   #13
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^^^what he said.^^^
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Old May 27th, 2013, 15:40   #14
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Thx for asking

The plate is B5 license plate bracket. I bought it from a vw vortex member for $20.00. Search the web, VW/Audi forums as they are cheaper.

The license plate clear cover I got it from wallyworld. To install clear cover to license plate bracket, I used 4-2" L no.8 or 10 stainless pan head Philip machine screws, 4-no.8 or 10 stainless nuts, and 4-2" no.8 or 10 stainless oversized fender washers.
I placed the fender washers behind the two horizontal slats as you can see from the picture no.2 above.
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Old May 27th, 2013, 16:05   #15
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There are a number of other front plate mounting options that do not require drilling or punching holes into your bumper. You can wire-tie it to a grill or several companies make front license plate brackets that screw into the tow hook holes already in the bumpers of most cars. A search for front license plate will discover several threads about the various options you have.

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