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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-25-2018, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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In Florida, we don't need front license plates, but I'd like to put a vanity plate on the Niro. Unfortunately, I jumped the gun and already purchased the plate I wanted and the frame. I had looked at the front grill of the PHEV and saw this rectangular plastic box in the middle of the bottom grill and thought, of course, that's where it goes! Wrong! I'm pretty sure that is the plastic cover over the front distance sensor for cruise control and collision avoidance!

A search of the Internet including Amazon and eBay show all sorts of mounts that put the bracket on the side of the grill, even in the tow mount opening, and don't like it at all. I'd like it in the center.

For those of you in states that require a front license plate, where is is mounted? Can you post a picture of your grill with the license plate or mount showing? (obscure the license plate numbers if you don't want it posted publicly.)

I have to assume that this is a standard part from a Kia dealer; just not something we get in Florida by default.
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Note that this is the same position my non-plugin LX uses.

So if this is correct, it should mount to the bumper just above where you thought it would go. Mine has 2 small bolt holes in the bumper which correspond to the top holes on the plate.
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The plastic bumper just above the radar sensor has four indents that correspond to the top holes of license plates or license frames. They are intended to be drill guides for a small hole to use as a bolt starter. My state requires a front license plate and my dealer put it on after the title arrived. Bolts should be in your glove compartment.

It is not elegant, and a frame would be even worse looking. I'd suggest passing. Instead, try painting or a vinyl printed wrap for that area with your message. It will look far better fitting the space properly, and it won't get dented like the plate will (trust me). "Mike's awesome hybrid"

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Hi there, yes whatever you DO NOT mess with the square rectangle that looks like a perfect spot for the plate!!
I ended up getting a set of parts, links are provided below to mount my front plate. It turned out really solid & good looking.

The plate surround...
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
The backing plate..
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
and the screw set..
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
finally, protective screw covers...
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I included 2 shots of the plate, if you want a real closeup, let me know!!
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Exactly what I was looking for. A big Thanks!!! I'll post a picture of my installation when accomplished.
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OK, now that I see your vanity plate, I'll bite. What does KK6PD stand for?

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OK, now that I see your vanity plate, I'll bite. What does KK6PD stand for?
Amateur radio callsign EXTRA Class! 2 X 2 call KK6PD
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Gee, that brings up your full name and address. Not afraid of stalkers?

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Gee, that brings up your full name and address. Not afraid of stalkers?
Not really, my pals Smith & Wesson are more than willing to help out if necessary!!

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They could have used some help from your pals in Florida a few days ago.

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