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I was just curious about how many Reatta owners out there have no front plates/mounting brackets?

My mounting bracket assembly & plate were in a box of parts that I got when I bought my car.

I dont plan on putting them on though. Reason? due to looks and decreased air flow to the radiator.

Yes, I know they're weak excuses. It is technically the law (here in Calif.)but usually the cops dont

pull you over for a "little thing" like that.

Comments?

Kit / 90 Coupe / 86 Fiero GT

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I agree the car looks better without the front plate. Here in Texas they will ticket you if your front plate is not installed. The Reatta bracket is well designed, so if you have to use it, it's not as bad as some I've seen.

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If Florida you can put anything you want (or nothing) in front but they got perturbed once when I left my Texas plate on the front.

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My 90 Reatta I just bought has a front plate bracket but I am tempted to take it off when I get the new plates. I have no front plate on my corvette and had no front plate on my 85 Fiero either. I never had any problems with it on them but a couple weeks after I gave the Fiero to my son he was stopped for no front plate. I dont think its the big hairy deal that it used to be but with more and more cities going to stop light cameras who knows if they will make a push on having them.

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Not sure about much any more but thought the photo had to be of the plate with the sticker. (rear)

That said, I have heard that if you put a clear plastic cover over the plate...

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This was the subject of much discussion a while ago, and I finally moved mine up to the bumper. The engine is much happier (and cooler). Do what your conscience allows, but I think the engine prefers no front plate in the grill area. I have seen quite a few people here in Ohio who just put the plate in the windshield.

-Dan

90' Black/Tan Coupe

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i live in a area where the CHP retrains their marginal officers...here they pull you over for looking out the window crosseyed..yes i have been pulled over for no licence plate AND tinted windows..California is a money poor state (we support the worthless here) so tax money and the tax collectors(CHP) are everwhere.

also i think we have a mandatory front licence plate state because the law here uses radar, radar bounces off a licence plate real nice..

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Suspect if I ever move to a front plate state, I'll mount on the side over the fog light hole (does not do anything useful) and use the curvature to angle slightly toward the sidewalk. Should meet the requirements of the law.

ps a lot of the F-117 "stealth" is due to angles.

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About a month ago I was pulled over for no front plate. I had already bought a bracket from a guy on this forum so I was prepared. It was a female state trooper, so I was expecting a "hard" time, but she was really nice. She took so long in her car that I was sure I was getting a ticket, but when she came back to my car she had literature about getting a "classic" plate. We both knew that I still had 2 years to go. So on went the plate. I now am street legal.

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When considering violating a law, I ask myself

-Will this potentially harm me?

-Will this harm anyone else?

To the front plate question, I give a "no" to both. Michigan doesn't require front plates and this is the flippin motor capital of the world! <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

Kinda like people with tinted windows. They get fix-it tickets. Do they fix it?

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License Plates

States that require front/back license plates:

Alaska, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, British Columbia, Manitoba (newly issue plates), New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan

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States that require only a rear license plate :

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virgin Islands, West Virginia, Alberta, Quebec, Manitoba (New plates are front/back in 1997), Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, Yukon Territory

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Just for grins after reading this thread the other day I pulled the front license plate bracket off.

WOW!!! What a difference in appearance. It changes the look of the whole front end MUCH for the better. Before I had always thought the look of the front end was the weak link in the chain but no, its that ugly license plate bracket. The front end is BEAUTIFUL naked.

Its only like 5 min to pull it off to see what it looks like. Ill take my chances with no front plate for now. Matter of fact I just got the new plates for it today. Heh, Im using one of those barbed wire license plate frames on the back same as I have on my corvette, lol.

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i thought somebody kept thier plate mounted to the bracket, but kept it in thier trunk and if they were ever pulled over, they just said it had fallen off earlier that day.... and i have seen may cars in ohio with no front plate. i will have to ask my neighbor wha the law regarding that really is.

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Right about Texas Howard, I live in West Texas and made the mistake of driving one of the '88s without a front plate. The DPS officer was less then cordial when he wrote me a ticket.

In case anyone is interested, the law in states that require 2 plates is the same. The plates must be mounted on the fartherest point in front and the fartherest point of the body in the back.

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> The plates must be mounted on the fartherest point in front and the fartherest point of the body in the back. </div></div>

Very few vehicles (and those do not include the Reatta) would meet that in the strictest interpretation. Does "the body" include bumpers ?

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Hold on to your front license plate holder, so after you get a ticket, you can mount it and get the ticket revoked.

... then remove the license plate, and replace it with a Reatta license plate, available from Reatta division, or NYBobP.

I run most my Reattae with NO front plate, but "Black Beauty" will always display a black Reatta plate under her Texas mustache!

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Last week, I bolted the horns to the front license plate holder, so I'll need a good one to mount for BCA judged events, like the Midwest Regionals, in Milwaukee, this summer.

Will swap other parts for one which is "not in use", since mine now has 2 holes on top.

...unless the points-loss is minimal, then I'll leave it on for the shows, just for yuks.

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