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If you have noticed those round factory holes in your front bumper you may be wondering why dealerships don't use them to attach your front license plate. This is because the holes are designed to line up with the mounting points of Japanese plates, which are spaced further apart than ours. As such, the default solution for American dealerships for front plate installation 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 cover aside from a little flimsy flashing.

Our billet aluminum adapter bracket mounts to the existing round holes with JDM plate spacing, 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.

Even if your bumper has already been drilled by the dealer, our adapter brackets offer a much 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 - SOLD OUT





Option 2) unfinished (de-burred and tumbled only) - apply your own finish (e.g. paint, plast-dip, powdercoat, anodize, etc.), or use as-is - SOLD OUT



Prices include all necessary mounting hardware.


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

US (incl. AK & HI) - $6.75
Canada - $23.95



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: http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f179/how-install-2014-forester-no-drill-license-plate-adapter-bracket-260058/

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.










Customer Testimonials

Received the license plate mount today. I just opened it, and.... behold! A thing of beauty :) Thank you so much. This is not just going to attach to the car, it's going to *grace* the car :)
- Sky Blue

Picked up my limited last Saturday. Installed the plate adapter while dealer finished up with another customer. Installation was easy peasy and looks great! Very happy with product.
- FozzyLTD

I installed it right there in their lot , the sales guys were impressed , I gave them your contact info . Teriffic product ! Thanks again !
- corvetterjk

Mounting your bracket only took me a couple minutes!
Everything fit great!!! Instructions were very straight forward!
I even installed my front license plate with a clear plastic cover over top of it and still, everything bolted on perfectly!
- L23Tan

I ended up with one of these after Deal's Gap Meet (Thanks Tom) and I am extremely impressed with the quality. Everything is included down to the fasteners!
- Tuned200

I've had this product for several months now and it's very good. It makes my license plate bumper guard sit more flush than my previous front plate mounting solution.
- yuephoria
 

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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. :biggrin:
 

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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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New batch of license plate mounts is in now - available for all years! :smile: 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.

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! :icon_biggrin:
 

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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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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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Bump for a new batch of no-drill front plate mounts... now in stock. Hand-brushed aluminum finish, includes all necessary hardware. $39.95 shipped within the US of A, and $48 shipped to Canada!

 

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I don't own a Forester; I came here just to buy this for my 2012 STi and post about it afterwards.

It fits great:




The only bad thing, which is not the fault of the bracket at all, is that on the STi (and presumably WRX and Impreza of the same body style) the bumper itself is directly behind the holes in the cover and there's no way to access them without removing the bumper (thanks Fuji). This youtube tutorial:
takes you step by step through that process (if you have fog lamps you need to unplug them once you have the bumper cover loosened but before you try to move it more than a few inches away from the car); once that's done putting the bracket on was a 23-second job!

So, anyone with a WRX or STi, this is your heart's desire if you don't want to drill new holes in your bumper!
 

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Hey Silke,

I received the license plate bracket in the mail yesterday.
You're right, it only took a week to get to me!
I washed my bumper and wiped it dry before the install.
Mounting your bracket only took me a couple minutes!
Everything fit great!!! Instructions were very straight forward!
I even installed my front license plate with a clear plastic cover over top of it and still, everything bolted on perfectly!
Feels nice to be driving 100% legally now!
Thanks again very much!!!
 

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2004 Forester XT Premium 4EAT
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Hey Silke,

I received the license plate bracket in the mail yesterday.
You're right, it only took a week to get to me!
I washed my bumper and wiped it dry before the install.
Mounting your bracket only took me a couple minutes!
Everything fit great!!! Instructions were very straight forward!
I even installed my front license plate with a clear plastic cover over top of it and still, everything bolted on perfectly!
Feels nice to be driving 100% legally now!
Thanks again very much!!!
Excellent, thanks for the update! :icon_biggrin:
 
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