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DIY: Front License Plate Bracket Removal!

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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esandye

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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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Joe Dirt

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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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JDraper

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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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Bubz!

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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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sm4astan

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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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Bubz!

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thanks^^ if anyone is needed a front plate, I'll sell mine cheap!
 
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edge929

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Sigh...front plates required in NY, so I'm stuck with the ugly thing. Your mod looks very nice though.

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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FLOffroad

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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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jeff59rt1

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Awesome thanks I hate that thing!
 
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cg13

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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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RLWSNOOK

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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.

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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JustB_Rad

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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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baxterdown

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Thanks Bubz! It took me all of 20 seconds thanks to your awesome instructions!
 
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Pas1963

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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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