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o so thats the spot people uses to hang em to da side? u know?,i havent even owned da car long enough to notice that...good idea. like what exactly is needed from the hardware store to do that?

i'm not sure where you can pick up a relocation bracket.. you can make one tho..

as far as hardware

I used 2 nuts and bolts to hold the plate onto the bracket..

2 large washers and nut and bolt to hold the bracket onto the tow took..

i'll take some pics when i have time.
 

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I bought an L-bracket from Home Depot, took a screw and held it into the plate with a nut; then I took another screw and nut and tightened it in that little slot in the back of the towhook. From there I just bent the L-bracket to my liking and it works fine and doesn't look so bad.
 

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Hahaha! In Europe with all the fuss about pedestrian safety I'm sure someone has thought about a safer front license plate mounting system. In fact, I see many Euro cars have a vinyl sticker applied to the front bumper that looks idential to the plate. In the USA front license plates are a state issue. Recently, there was a lawsuit in TX because Jaguar didn't provide customers with any provisions for installing a front license plate, which is a requirement there. Customers wanted Jaguar to pay for the tickets they received and to engineer a bracket to hold the front plate. Jaguar won the lawsuit.
 

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Judge tosses suit over Jag plates

http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060807/SUB/60802032&SearchID=73256735871943


LEGAL FILE

Eric Freedman | Automotive News / August 7, 2006 - 6:00 am

A federal judge cleared Ford Motor Co. in a class-action lawsuit arising from a lack of hardware to attach license plates to the front bumpers of some Jaguar models.

Ted Strauss was fined $155 for not having a front plate on his 2002 Jaguar X-Type. Strauss sued Ford and D & M Leasing Co., of Arlington, Texas. He accused them of violating state motor vehicle and consumer protection laws, breaching implied warranties, and negligence.

The suit cited Jaguar XJ, XJ8, XJ8 L, XJR, XK8, X-Type and S-Type models sold or leased in Texas. It sought more than $5 million in damages.

Texas law requires vehicle retailers and distributors to provide certain equipment that meets state standards. But U.S. District Chief Judge A. Joe Fish, of Dallas, ruled that the mandate applies to such items as safety belts, windshield wipers, brakes and headlamps.

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Issue: Is Ford Motor Co. liable for failing to provide hardware to attach a front license plate to the bumper of a customer's Jaguar?
Where it stands: Federal judge torpedoes class-action suit against Ford, Texas leasing company. The plaintiff has not decided yet whether to appeal, his lawyer says.
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In court papers, Ford argued that Strauss sought to hold the defendants responsible "for his own failure to comply with Texas law."

Fish agreed. He said retailers and distributors have no legal duty to display front and rear plates. "It was Strauss' responsibility," the judge said.

Fish found no basis for Strauss' warranty claims. "Admittedly, affixing the front plate without a pre-attached mechanism is probably less convenient than most consumers would prefer, but it does not constitute a breach of implied warranty," he ruled.

The failure to provide such hardware does not undermine the "sole ordinary purpose of a vehicle," to provide transportation, he said.

The judge also found no evidence that Ford and the leasing company engaged in deceptive trade practices or took unfair advantage of Strauss. He said the only financial damage Strauss incurred was the $155 fine.

Strauss' suit alleged that "thousands" of Jaguar drivers in Texas "continue to receive citations and continue to incur fines." His lawyer, Greg Gober, of Dallas, said in an interview that he did not know of other specific citations. But he added: "It makes them potentially liable."

A lawyer for the leasing company, John Greene, told Automotive News: "It was not a very serious suit."

Ford had no comment. Gober said his client hasn't decided whether to appeal.

You may e-mail Eric Freedman at [email protected]
 

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if you don't fancy the diy route, side mount brackest are available from :

tuckin99
cusco
dcuatro
k g works

... and quite a few others
 

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Hahaha! In Europe with all the fuss about pedestrian safety I'm sure someone has thought about a safer front license plate mounting system. In fact, I see many Euro cars have a vinyl sticker applied to the front bumper that looks idential to the plate. In the USA front license plates are a state issue. Recently, there was a lawsuit in TX because Jaguar didn't provide customers with any provisions for installing a front license plate, which is a requirement there. Customers wanted Jaguar to pay for the tickets they received and to engineer a bracket to hold the front plate. Jaguar won the lawsuit.
in germany you could get, if you have enough money or a brother who is working at the "strassenverkehrsamt", the decals to stick it on your front-nose, all other have the wide license-plates, that are too long and flat to mount them sidewards, i have mine on the oem-airdam, mounted on the headup-assembled oem-system
 

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thx. for all the help guys. i think i actually have another bracket(unknown) that i can just add washers to and insert a bolt into the tow.
btw, i've got my car from a guy thats around 50, and i just bought lowering shocks/spring combo from some1 around the same.
the question is, is this a car that appeals to alot of older...older crowds as much as barely got my license tuners as well?
 

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i bought a cusco knock off from ebay or 9 bux
its for a honda but i just flipped it upside down and voila

i hit some crap in the road cuzim so low but.....

 
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