Not my own picture, but this one shows the round holes that are molded into the bumper cover and are used to mount the bracket.Anyone have a picture of a SJ front bumper so I can see what holes this mounts to and what holes the dealer will drill. I want to make sure they do not drill into my bumper.
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 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.
<Jim Morrison voice>I see a silver bracket and I want it painted black...</Jim Morrison>I got my bracket a few days ago and painted it black. Thanks.