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Old 25-03-2013, 02:55 PM
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Just changing the plates over on the car and had an initial problem of getting the screws out of the original plates so had a little search on here regarding the rear screws being stainless and the part where they screw in being aluminium so carefully got the right size bit and managed to carefully get them out which I was very pleased and relieved that they didn't break, so rear plate now off. The front plate is a different matter, as the screws were quite rusted so normal steel I assume and one of the heads as broken off but managed to get the remaining three out without any problem but the same screws that were holding the plate on were also holding the front plate holder to the bumper. I don't want to drill the plates as I hate seeing screw holes in plates preferring to use sticky tabs to hold the plate so the question is do I use the original screws to secure the holder back on and then sticky tab the plate to the holder? If I do this method the plate will protrude a little as its going over the screws holding the plate holder. Any other methods?
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Old 25-03-2013, 03:09 PM
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Use plate holders

http://forums.mercedesclub.org.uk/al...pictureid=2147

Mine are chrome from SVS but cheaper ones are available through ebay or often available from main dealers.

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Old 25-03-2013, 03:14 PM
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Use plate holders

http://forums.mercedesclub.org.uk/al...pictureid=2147

Mine are chrome from SVS but cheaper ones are available through ebay or often available from main dealers.

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Thanks for the quick reply. Had you just come back from a multi continent trip with all those bugs on the front?

Did you screw the plate holder back to the bumper then stick or screw the chrome surround to the plate holder?
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Old 25-03-2013, 03:28 PM
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Thanks for the quick reply. Had you just come back from a multi continent trip with all those bugs on the front?

Did you screw the plate holder back to the bumper then stick or screw the chrome surround to the plate holder?
Ha.....I was still in France

I do not remember exactly what I did but I suspect that I fixed the plate holder and the ''backing section'' back as one thereby avoiding the need for additional holes in the car.......I would have used new screws simply as a matter of good practise.

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Old 25-03-2013, 03:38 PM
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I think I've just worked out how they are fitted now after looking on ebay.

There is a backing plate behind the (chrome in your case) holder that you screw to the number plate holder on the car, then the chrome part folds down and clips the number plate in place. Correct?
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Old 25-03-2013, 03:41 PM
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Who are SVS?

The chrome look good on a silver car but may look a bit too bling on a black car so may look for some plain black or carbon ones.
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Some 230's have the moulded number plate holders on the front bumper like the one holding Mics plate or like mine, this is screwed to the plastic bumper and you can get the holders free from some MB dealers with the plate just clips in. Halfords do a chrome version 20
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I think I've just worked out how they are fitted now after looking on ebay.

There is a backing plate behind the (chrome in your case) holder that you screw to the number plate holder on the car, then the chrome part folds down and clips the number plate in place. Correct?
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Who are SVS?

The chrome look good on a silver car but may look a bit too bling on a black car so may look for some plain black or carbon ones.
I agree......I have a simple black plastic holder on my ''black'' CL.

http://forums.mercedesclub.org.uk/al...pictureid=2380

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SVS.....http://www.specialvehicle.co.uk/
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My Vantage had the horrible mounting plate that everyone removes. Problem is the slight curve and less than number plate height of the panel you are left with and 2 out of every 3 using double sided sticky I have seen had the plate coming away to some degree.

There were the two holes anyway from the plinth so I drilled the plate & used a couple of chrome mirror screws with chrome domes (which I painted with lacquer - 6 months later still not a mark) - look much better than ordinary screws
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