No-Drill Front License Plate Adapter Brackets are BACK!! - '98-'08 and '14+ Fitment - Subaru Forester Owners Forum
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post #1 of 210 (permalink) Old 06-13-2010, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow No-Drill Front License Plate Adapter Brackets are BACK!! - '98-'08 and '14+ Fitment

You may have noticed those round factory holes in your front bumper and wondered why dealerships don't use them to attach your front license plate. This is because they are designed to fit Japanese plates with mounting holes that sit further apart than ours. The default solution for dealerships is to drill self-tapping sheet metal screws into your pristine bumper. Ouch!! Not only are these drilled holes unsightly, but in many cases they eventually strip out and let go because no anchoring hardware or support is used behind the bumper skin.

Our billet aluminum adapter bracket mounts to the existing round holes with JDM plate spacing in the front bumper, and provides a secure and durable mounting solution for your US or Canadian plate - no drilling required! In addition, it allows you to add a customized plate frame, holder, or cover of your choice.

It's the perfect solution even if your bumper has already been drilled and you're simply looking for a sturdier and more dependable way of mounting your front plate. The bracket features a low-profile design and is covered by the license plate and any plate frame or holder you wish to use. New and improved rubber fasteners for the current models create a buffer with additional clearance between the bracket and the bumper to insure your paint remains pristine.



Fitment Guide
  • '98-'08 & '14+ Forester
  • '93-'07 & '12+ Impreza
  • '02-'07 & '15+ WRX & STI
  • '13+ XV Crosstrek

Features & Benefits
  • No Drilling
  • Low Profile
  • Sturdy, Secure, and Durable
  • Accommodates additional Plate Frame or Holder
  • Quick and Easy Installation
  • Made in the USA

Materials
  • Bracket: 6061-T6 Billet Aluminum
  • Screws: Stainless Steel
  • Bumper Fasteners: Neoprene w/Brass Insert (current models); Nylon (up to MY08)

Dimensions & Weight
  • Bracket: 12.125" x 1.5" x 0.25"; 7 oz.


Available options:

Option 1) satin/hand-brushed finish - $40 (please allow 3-5 days for order turnaround)

Option 2) unfinished (de-burred and tumbled only) - $25; use as is, or apply your favorite finish - paint, plasti-dip, powder-coat, anodize, etc.


Prices include all necessary mounting hardware.


All orders ship via USPS Priority Mail at the following rates:

US (incl. AK & HI) - $5
Canada - $21



HOW TO ORDER

Please send a PM to Forester Developers and include the following information:
  • Year and model of your Subaru
  • Your choice of finish for the bracket - option 1 (hand-brushed) or option 2 (tumbled)
  • Your Paypal email address - you will receive a PP invoice (if you don't have a Paypal account, your preferred email address will work - the invoice can be securely paid with a credit or debit card as well)


Installation Guide for current models: How To: Install 2014+ Forester No-Drill License Plate Adapter Bracket

Important information if you are waiting to take delivery of a brand-new Forester and want the front bumper to remain undrilled: Attaching a front license plate or dealer advertising plate is part of Subaru's pre-delivery inspection (PDI). As mentioned above, this is done by drilling sheet metal screws directly into your front bumper cover (Subaru provides a couple of dimples in between the existing holes that show where to drill for North American plates). Communicate your wish to keep the bumper intact to your salesperson early on - get it in writing when the sales contract is drawn up, if possible. Don't be afraid to remind them of your request as the arrival date of your car approaches! The PDI is performed by service and detailing staff - that means your salesperson should be responsible for letting them know that drilling to mount a front plate is a no-no. It's a good idea to have the salesperson attach a note or a piece of tape in the middle of the front bumper that clearly reads "NO DRILL" as soon as the car comes off the delivery truck to avoid any and all confusion during the PDI process.







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Moved this back in from Vendor Announcements.

They have sold quite a few. And pretty sure they have some in stock now.

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Getting ready to order a new batch as we've run really low on these.
Pre-order before the 10th of January, and we'll ship to you for free.

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PM Roo or pleiad7, they'll fill in the details I'm sure.

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New batch of license plate mounts is in now - available for all years! As always, the brackets are made from aluminum, offered in hand-brushed finish at this time, and include all mounting hardware. $39.95 shipped via USPS Priority Mail (plus $2.89 tax in CA). Please allow 2-3 days for turnaround because I literally finish these bad boys by hand! Any questions, please ask!


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Hi guys... I have 2 confessions: 1) this is my first post here and 2) I don't own a Forester.

But bear with me... I registered here because I'd like to find out if these brackets would work with a 2011 WRX. I've been trying to find a non-bumper-drilling alternative to mount my front plate. I've had it mounted with a set of the Totsubo brackets - but the 3M/whatever tape started coming loose and moving around on me. And the screws attaching the plate to the brackets decided to seize up.

I actually like this bracket better than those mounts for its one piece design. So the question then, do you know if it would actually fit? And if it would... can I buy one? :)
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Bought this and received it the other day. Installed it yesterday. Word of caution: instructions say to try to hold the nut through the slim opening underneath the grill. Easier said than done as I have big hands. I used A magnetic pickup tool through the openings in the front, position it, and then hold it by the tips of my fingers while I threaded the screw. Whew. Looks great though. Fine craftsmanship. Kudos!
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Hi guys... I have 2 confessions: 1) this is my first post here and 2) I don't own a Forester.

But bear with me... I registered here because I'd like to find out if these brackets would work with a 2011 WRX. I've been trying to find a non-bumper-drilling alternative to mount my front plate. I've had it mounted with a set of the Totsubo brackets - but the 3M/whatever tape started coming loose and moving around on me. And the screws attaching the plate to the brackets decided to seize up.

I actually like this bracket better than those mounts for its one piece design. So the question then, do you know if it would actually fit? And if it would... can I buy one? :)
Yes, they will fit any Subaru! I recently sold one to a guy with a 2011 STI. Send me a PM if you'd like to purchase and I'll get you set up.

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Bought this and received it the other day. Installed it yesterday. Word of caution: instructions say to try to hold the nut through the slim opening underneath the grill. Easier said than done as I have big hands. I used A magnetic pickup tool through the openings in the front, position it, and then hold it by the tips of my fingers while I threaded the screw. Whew. Looks great though. Fine craftsmanship. Kudos!
Great idea with the magnet. Glad you like the product!

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Two brackets left in stock!

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I'll take one, gunna bet putting on a Sport Bumper and don't want to drill holes, sent PM also, will PayPal work?
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Yes, Paypal will work fine. Replied to your PM!

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New pre-order special! We're waiting on a new batch of license plate mounts from our supplier, and any orders placed on or before April 26 will receive free shipping! Turnaround time is approx. 1-2 weeks from now.

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