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post #1 of 7 Old 01-03-2011, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Homemade License Plate relocation

Built this today rather cheaply and wanted to share.

Materials:
36" Steel Slotted Flat Plate - $5
4 1/2x1/4" bolts w/ nuts - $1
1 1/4" wing nut - $1 (package of 5)
4 1/4 washers - .50
License Plate light - $5
TOTAL: $12.50ish

Bracket:
First I took a piece of coat hanger and mocked up the mounting location so i could get the angles right, then started my bends using the vise.
*you dont need to use the vise, you can do it with your foot, just made it easier


After all the bends.


since I was planning on making the plate removable to remove the spare I cut a few pieces of plastic door triming you find at autozone (already had it, isnt needed so didnt factor it in) and added them to all the edges.


i forgot to take several pictures but in this picture you can see the piece of ABS I had laying around that I used to make the bracket to hold the license plate light as well as a part of the flat stock I used to mount the license plate. Additionally you can see that I ran a bolt through the horizontal flat stock, the light bracket, and the main support and used a wingnut to be able to remove the plate


about this time i test fit the piece onto the spare tire carrier and put the wheel on to get an idea. I realized right away it was very shaky. I took more of the flat stock and made bracing. made some more tweaks and here is what is left (the back of the bracket is slightly bent for a reason, its where I ran a zip tie to hold the wiring)


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Wiring:

I wanted to be able to use the plug that came from the factory and while I know its easier to run on the passenger side and jump off the taillights im not a big fan of splicing.

using the factory harness I cut a hole in the grommet enough that I could force the plug through


I cut the bulb from the harness and soldered the wires, heat shrank and then tapped them up


braided the wiring together adding zip ties every 6" or so


ran the wires under the rubber trim through the nylon covering in the tailgate harness and through the tailgate (can barely tell, hence the picture), i cut a small hole in the grommet that the brake light runs through and fed the wires through.


Since the plate has to be removable I added quick disconnects to the light itself


Final:
I ordered a reverse camera so this project had to be above the center cap as thats where I want my rear view camera to be. so after bedlining everything here is the final.


**notes
1. the light output SUCKS. Ill be ordering a 194 LED
2. Just temporarily I zip tied the plate bracket to the main bracket in case the wing nut works free. I may buy a nylon wing nut if that happens.

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Wiring:

I wanted to be able to use the plug that came from the factory and while I know its easier to run on the passenger side and jump off the taillights im not a big fan of splicing.

using the factory harness I cut a hole in the grommet enough that I could force the plug through

I cut the bulb from the harness and soldered the wires, heat shrank and then tapped them up.....

**notes
1. the light output SUCKS. Ill be ordering a 194 LED
2. Just temporarily I zip tied the plate bracket to the main bracket in case the wing nut works free. I may buy a nylon wing nut if that happens.
Nice write up man. Thats some pretty cool thinkin!

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I was able to unscramble your license plate.
Nice write up.
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How did you fill the holes in the body where the old plate went?

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How did you fill the holes in the body where the old plate went?
i cut a piece of ABS from the factory plate bracket, but this is only temporary until i get the one that Jeep makes.

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Made a change to this today. Cut the factory plate holder and mounted it the same way I mounted the cross section above,



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