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To Drill or Not to Drill : That is the Question !

Hello All: This is my first time on Ferrari Life.
I live in New Jersey: For the past 8 years I had a 1987 Ferrari Testorossa, red/beige, which I recently sold.
This week I purchased a 2007 Ferrari F430 Spider, red/beige/black top.
New Jersey requires front license plates. I checked with the autorities- and they say there is NO EXCEPTION to this rule. Plate on dash or on front seat -they say is a no no. I have also spoken to a few police officers who say they DO ticket for a lack of front plates ( and they are officers in my town )--PLUS-- New Jersey requires motor vehicle inspection ( which would require front plates in order to pass ). I had front plates on the Testorossa ( but they were attached to the grill work-a very different grill layout ). My Florida dealer says- drill two holes into the front bumper of the F430 and all is solved. However, Im not sure drilling holes into an F430 bumper is the best idea. HELP---any suggestions ?
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I've seen brackets that used the tow hook receiver to mount a plate. It looks like hell but at least your not drilling. You might find a few idea's like that for temporary plate mounts.

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Just a little event to help you make up your mind. My friend's daughter just got another BMW 3xx which did not have a front plate bracket. The dealer had to order it so she took the car without it . She was out to dinner a few weeks ago and on her way home stopped by a NYSP . He told her he stoppered her for no front plate. While talking he asked where she had been coming from and she said dinner. He asked if she had any alcohol and she said she had 1 glass of wine. He had her do the whole 9 yards test and gave her a ticket for DWAI and no front plate. He mentioned to her he would not have stopped her if she had a front plate. So drill 2 holes and get on with it.
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Any idea where I can purchase the front "tow" plate brackets?
Is there anything out there that would center the front plate-yet not mare the bumper ?
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There are a bunch of places that make retractable/removable front plate mounts - ground clearance will limit some of your choices - here is an example - http://www.ninosport.com/Altec-Retra...EU-p/400eu.htm

many can be mounted from below, nobody wants a bumper hole
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WAIT !!! And Don't Drill !

Our very own GCALO has a beautiful mounting solution. I bought one and it's the bee's knees.

See this thread:
http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/mo...nse-plate.html

FWIW, for 30 years now I have never had front plates on any of my cars. I have never been stopped. I have the tow-hook assembly for my spider and will pull it out if I'm ever stopped. Even if the cop is unsympathetic, I figure it's a fix-it ticket at most so I'm not worried about it.

Only way I know to center it and not mar the bumper is to use Velcro tape. I've seen one spider with that setup, but it looks just as bad as drilled holes with the plate off.
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Any idea where I can purchase the front "tow" plate brackets?
Is there anything out there that would center the front plate-yet not mare the bumper ?

He is a member on this site: Gcalo [ http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/members/gcalo.html or his web site http://www.dynamtechgroup.com/ferrar...ate-holder.php Andrew, I hope this doesn't violate any ethics for FL ] and mfgr's a front mounting plate < $30 [among other items like cup holder--see ebay listing at the least]. It uses the same screw hole and thread type as the tow area, and is specific to your model.

Email him. I as many have that product and it is 'good enough', when needed like in SF where you get a 'thankyou' ticket for passing through the fair city of $100 each offense.

PS: Short of a heavy mangnetized mounting I would NOT drill baby drill...leave that to sound-bite failed governiships.

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Just on more reason you should move across the boarder into PA

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Just on more reasong you should move across the boarder into PA

Spent a few years in Alliquippa [even Joe Montana moved to my county ]: Mom's hometown...remember the dark gray skys

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Front plate holder that threads into the tow hook receptacle is the hot new thing, all the kids are doing it.

I have one I sell which is all billet aluminum for about $100.


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With the states and locals out of money these days, I think it is very likely that police looking the other way is going to be less likely.

Probably heading to more ticket quotas to keep the bills paid...
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Front plate holder that threads into the tow hook receptacle is the hot new thing, all the kids are doing it.

I have one I sell which is all billet aluminum for about $100.

I like your web site, but still having trouble finding your product under products...is it hidden elsewhere?

guess I'm computer lame

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Of course, i will be the opposite view. Drive without the plate and don't tell any cops you have been drinking. I have 5 cars i drive without a front plate. Including exotics and my daily driver an F150 (no, not that one). I have received a few tickets over the years, but i don't care. Hate to see italians with front plates. Horrible. Rather not have the plate. To each his own....



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Go with the Tow Hook plate, there are plenty of companies that make them and some that will fabricate them for you if you send them the tow hook. I had to do this myself for a Carrera GT that I had and it worked great. After you order it, leave the order form in your car in case you get pulled over. In a lot of cities, it will avoid a fine later.
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In the UK we use double sided tape to fix the front plate. Easy to remove when you want.
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Thanks

Thank You ALL !!! You have been of great help! I will try to get one of those tow plate hookups for the front plate, and NOT DRILL. Real nice to see so many intersted people. I long for the good old days when guys beeped or waved at each other because they both had the same new car.
Thanks Again- great forum!
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I remember those days. Had a '69 BMW in '71, and we 'flicked' our lights at every meeting, which was about once in every five years.

I always nod or wave.....interesting how some don't return the secret handshake

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The fault is mine not yours Granucci, reading your post reminded me that I don't have it listed.

I generally just sell them to guys here at the shop when the question pops up.

You guys should get into motorcycles, they're still take the time to acknowledge one another.


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Ok. thanks for the response. BTW: what is the frame made of and can you post a pic of it. I wouldn't expect all of it to be aluminum

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