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DIY: Front License Plate Bracket Removal!

Discussion in 'Modified 2011 + Explorer Sport Tuning' started by Bubz!, March 2, 2011.

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    1. Bubz!

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      If you are like me, you will love this thread.

      I went out of state to get the exact 2011 Explorer I wanted. Just so happens it has a Front License Plate Bracket on it.

      These are installed during manufacturing with plastic rivets.

      Here we go!

      Tools needed:
      -Screw Driver
      -Drill w/ assorted bit sizes
      -2 Trim Retainers (I bought mine at Advanced Auto Parts)

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      Remove Plate
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      Plastic Rivet
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      Use a Drill w/ a Small Drill Bit to drill out the rivet
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      After that use a Flathead Screwdriver and pry the Rivet out
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      After the plate is removed
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      Trim Retainers
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      Installed Trim Retainers
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      Old Rivets
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      Scratches from the Vibration of the Bracket
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      NXT!
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      Bracket
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      Finished!
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      Hope this helps!
       
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      WHOA WHOA. The bracket scratches the paint? D=
       
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      Now this is a great post! Can't wait to do this to mine when it comes in.
       
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      How about one for removing the third seat? :D
       
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      Awesome writeup, Bubz!

      Also- thank you for your service in the Air Force... We are forever indebted! :salute:
       
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      Looks familiar... :)

      I had slight marks from my license plate holder too. Used ScratchX 2.0 to remove them before waxing.
       
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      yup I cant beleive how good the retainers look once installed. I thought the finish would be slightly off but it isnt.
       
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      Sigh...front plates required in NY, so I'm stuck with the ugly thing. Your mod looks very nice though.
       
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      thanks^^ if anyone is needed a front plate, I'll sell mine cheap!
       
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      Ditto........ however I refused to put one on my GTO and have only been pulled over once (by state trooper no less) in 7 years.
       
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      That looks a lot nicer than the normal 2011 - it's amazing what a little bit can do. It's too bad my 08's molding is body colored so I can't really try this (I guess I could, but I think it would look crappy).
       
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      Good simple writeup. :)
       
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      Awesome thanks I hate that thing!
       
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      illegal in ohio to not have a front license bracket! sucks because i hate them! lol nice job though. looks great.
       
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      Ugh, I ordered mine in Indiana (I'm from Ohio though) and they forgot to order me a front license plate bracket.

      Looks l'm gonna be doing the reverse of this...
       
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      I can't believe how big it is compared to the plate. Why is 1"+ of "Gray" space needed...that's the only thing that look rediculous on the whole thing!
       
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      Thanks Bubz! It took me all of 20 seconds thanks to your awesome instructions!
       
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      Bubz,

      Thanks for the awesome instructions - didn't take long and looks much better without the bracket and me shilling for the dealership.

      Thanks again,

      Paul
       
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      Bubz,
      Thanks for this. Because of you, I was able to remove the bracket before it had time to scratch the paint :D
       
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      you are welcome guys!!

      keep those trucks clean!
       
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      Bubz

      Great fix, Explorer looks so much better without that big piece of plastic.
       
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      It looks cleaner for sure! :thumbsup:
       
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      I'll probably want to remove the front bracket from my X also...
      What size drill bit did it take to remove the old fastener?
      Did/do you start with a smaller bit and step up to the final one?
      Just dont want to open up the hole beyond factory spec if I can avoid it.

      Thanks,
      Don
       
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      Bubz,

      Thanks for the quick walkthrough... made me feel comfortable doing it and was a simple as you showed.. it only took a couple minutes. just find a bit about same diameter as rivet shaft, drill in about an inch to break the shaft and it easily prys out with a screwdriver.

      When I told my salesman about removing the bracket, he gave me some plugs to use which I later found it were too small to even fit in the holes. The retainers you chose were perfect... nice and snug fit.
       

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