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Front number plate

Discussion in 'Modifications' started by Janusbell, May 1, 2015.

  1. Janusbell

    Janusbell Copenworld Member

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    So jealous when I see pictures of overseas Copens with their properly sized front number plates. I'm not entirely over fond of the big square one we have in the UK. Can I go smaller and not risk the wrath of Mr Plod?
     
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  2. Janusbell

    Janusbell Copenworld Member

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    Just seen a photo of a UK Copen with the more usually seen rectangular front plate. I think it looks better, but wouldn't it be too long & therefore flappy?
     
  3. DaG

    DaG Copenworld Guru

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    I had the rectangular plate on my copen but I never liked it, it didn't look right.
    I bought a square plate and with a bit of careful positioning it looks much better. For me the square plate is definitely better. You don't see many cars with square front plates these days so it's uniqueness is also more appealing. Stick to square.

    Edit: forgot to add I've read on here of a plate similar in size to the Japanese front plate that fit the copen perfectly. Do a search for the thread.
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2015
  4. Janusbell

    Janusbell Copenworld Member

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    Thanks for the reply DaG. Interesting to have another perspective. I suppose my main gripe with my plate is that it isn't correctly positioned & the edge of the frame/bracket(?) that the plate fixes to can be partially seen. If it fitted correctly I doubt I would have considered other options.…
     
  5. Binz

    Binz Copenworld Regular

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    I've got the long UK style plate on the front. I've mounted it as far right as possible, i.e. so the left edge of the plate is at the left edge of the moulded plastic lump on the bumper. I used a stainless steel plate (see link) to mount it in case it flexed too much; in hindsight maybe not needed as it will only flex a few mm before touching the grill but the surround adds a nice touch.

    http://www.rockshore.uk.com/richbro...-10580-p.asp?gclid=CO_g9bHPrMUCFZTLtAodVTsAGw
     
  6. Janusbell

    Janusbell Copenworld Member

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    Ordered the number plate frame from Craigsplates…
     
  7. threepot

    threepot Copenworld Regular

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    Order a Jap import square plate, the font is slightly smaller and the plate is not as tall.
     
  8. Janusbell

    Janusbell Copenworld Member

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    Well I finally changed the front number plate. I bought the frame online from Craigsplates & had the actual plate made up at a local Motormania. I finally decided that the small plate looked better without the frame.
     

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  9. Binz

    Binz Copenworld Regular

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    photo of long front plate (if I've managed to attach file OK)
     

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  10. freddyzdead

    freddyzdead Copenworld Member

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    For all of you in countries where they force you to have enormous number plates, here is what you can get in New South Wales. Mind you, I had to pay extra, else I would have got the ugly yellow and black one. This number plate looks tiny on a normal car; on this one
    it looks just about right.
    IMG_20170312_150527_zpsissh5tl6.jpg
     
  11. ronalddoes

    ronalddoes Copenworld Member

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    So unfair... :(
    If you think our front number plates look ridiculous, you should check out the Dutch importer's "solution" to fitting the rear plate:

    File_000.jpeg
     
  12. Salieri

    Salieri Copenworld Veteran

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    ronalddoes, we have the same in duitsland :/
    Only if you are good friends with the people at the department of transportation you might get a smaller license plate.
     
  13. ronalddoes

    ronalddoes Copenworld Member

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    I've spoken to the DoT-people, and all hopes of befriending them vanished immediately. Maybe we can share a shipping container and move to NSW with our Copens...

    In the Netherlands, the permission to carry small Japanese-style plates is granted only at time of importing and only if the car physically cannot accommodate regular ones. Since mine was originally sold here, hell will be hosting the Winter Olympics before my Copen is allowed the small plates.
     
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  14. BarnsleyRob

    BarnsleyRob Copenworld Regular

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    Can't you use the shaped ones that fill the whole space similar to those we have in the UK ?
     
  15. ronalddoes

    ronalddoes Copenworld Member

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    Nope, this is it. Probably the reason the Rover 75 failed as spectacularly as it did on this side of the channel, coming to think of it.
     
  16. BarnsleyRob

    BarnsleyRob Copenworld Regular

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    Lol, I think it had a few more image problems than just the number plate. I'm thing pipe and slippers. Shame really because the V8 was quite a tasty sounding motor.
     
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