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Old 02-23-2010, 07:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to put a German tag on my car but don't know where a bracket goes. I looked at the Sticky on US tag holder replacement but my front bumper doesn't look like that.

BTW, that a new headlight and a new headlight door was installed today

Tomorrow into the shop for new top installation and seat skin change
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For the full-width European tag, you're going to have to do some custom adaptation to get it to fit. I pondered this when I brought my US spec SL to Germany from Tennessee and wanted to put the "native" style USAREUR tags on it. Bottom line, the US-style bumper wouldn't accommodate the license plate frame because of the rubber strip, and I wasn't interested in making any permanent cosmetic changes just to sport a Euro tag for a few years. The US-required turn signals also force the fog lights closer together on "our" SL, leaving little room for a wide plate to fit between them.

Compare the front views of a German vs. American SL.

Instead, I opted for the smaller, rectangular tag that Germans put on the American cars they sometimes own, per the bottom pic.

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My Volvo, on the other hand, was easy to adapt to a Euro tag. The black plastic license plate frames made for Euro tags have a great number of mounting holes available. If the surface you're mounting it to is curved at all (as on my Volvo), it's best to choose the holes at both of the far ends of the frame to make it adapt to the curve and lay flat on it. You screw down the frame to your liking, and THEN slip the tag into the frame and snap it shut. German tags are very flexible and adapt easily to a curved frame. The tag covers the multitude of mounting holes in the frame.

Now, where can you find such a frame here in the land of round doorknobs? Start surfing the net, bud! (Search for Kennzeichen Nummernschild Rahmen)

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One of the on-line suppliers of custom "Euro" license plates actually makes a realistic "small euro" plate for this type of problem, I've seen it but I don't remember who.
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I want to put a German tag on my car but don't know where a bracket goes. I looked at the Sticky on US tag holder replacement but my front bumper doesn't look like that.

BTW, that a new headlight and a new headlight door was installed today

Tomorrow into the shop for new top installation and seat skin change


Your bumper has had an aftermarket filler strip installed. Behind that smooth center strip are provisions for mounting the proper plate bracket ala Dig's thread. In the stock configuration there are left and right filler strips between the bracket and bumper cushion.
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Here's where I got mine, they have some frames too.

License Plates & Frames: Add a custom touch to any car or truck with novelty plates and frames. european plate, EEC, japan, authentic, reproduction,
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Here's another source
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One of the on-line suppliers of custom "Euro" license plates actually makes a realistic "small euro" plate for this type of problem, I've seen it but I don't remember who.
Steve, I posted this source from Griot's before:

Custom European License Plate - Exterior Accessories - Car Accessories - Griot's Garage
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