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Rear License Plate

How was your rear license plate attached?

a. The license plate screwed directly into the bumper? Or,

b. A bracket screwed into the bumper and the plate attached to the bracket?

I see two dimples that appear appear to be guides for a bracket, but my plate is screwed directly into the bumper.

Of course it's really not the bumper directly under the plate illumination lamps. I guess it would more properly called a fascia ... but it's all one piece with the bumper.

Regardless, please, how is your rear license plate attached?

Much obliged ...

P.S. I'm referring to the States ... not, some would say, the more civilized world.

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it screws directly to the bumper where those dimples are
drill them out and use appropriate sheet metal screws to drill in

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it screws directly to the bumper where those dimples are
drill them out and use appropriate sheet metal screws to drill in
Thank you Snoogie!

As the dimples are vertically "in the middle" I'm to understand "it" refers to a bracket ... presumably a Mazda-supplied bracket that should have been somewhere in the car when it "came off the truck."

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The only dimples that should be there are the ones located under the license plate lights as where to drill the holes for the license plate to bolt to...it should like up with your holes on your plate. I am not aware of any bracket that is used to mount the rear plate, only the front needs a bracket.

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I like to use sticking pads on our acrylic number plates so the fixing is invisible. In that case, I stick them a bit lower and the dimples are visible but keep in mind, one of the number fixings is under there!

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The only dimples that should be there are the ones located under the license plate lights as where to drill the holes for the license plate to bolt to...it should like up with your holes on your plate. I am not aware of any bracket that is used to mount the rear plate, only the front needs a bracket.
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As usual Canada in it ham handed manner has without warning mandated a law that prohibits the use of dealer license plate protectors. Nearly everyone has one or two of these, so we all must get out tools out and remove them or get a fine. Unbelievable!

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How was your rear license plate attached?

a. The license plate screwed directly into the bumper? Or,

b. A bracket screwed into the bumper and the plate attached to the bracket?

My answer is that the licence plate is not attached to the bumper front or back. The front number plate is attached via a frame that is attached above the bumper. The back number plate is attached directly to the cars body work above the bumper and below the tail gate.

Of course in the US you may "correct" our use of the English language and give bumper another meaning. So, can anyone enlighten me.

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How was your rear license plate attached?

a. The license plate screwed directly into the bumper? Or,

b. A bracket screwed into the bumper and the plate attached to the bracket?

My answer is that the licence plate is not attached to the bumper front or back. The front number plate is attached via a frame that is attached above the bumper. The back number plate is attached directly to the cars body work above the bumper and below the tail gate.

Of course in the US you may "correct" our use of the English language and give bumper another meaning. So, can anyone enlighten me.
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Seriously, yes, the body work above the bumper and the bumper are all one piece ... assembly efficiencies, eh?

Regardless, "there oughta' be a bracket." There's something about screwing the plate itself directly into the car's bodywork that doesn't sit well with me.

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Oh Well ... Never Mind

Much ado about nothing ...

I crawled underneath the rear bumper, shined a flashlight up between the fender and the muffler ... lo and behold there are four what I would call bosses behind the four dimples.

That is, there are two sets of dimples:

– One set up high, just below the lip opening to the trunk ... with the correct spacing for the upper holes of U.S. plates.

– A second set, several inches lower, and much more widely spaced ... with what I would presume is the correct spacing for the European Union (and the soon-to-be-exiting UK).

Thus, when attaching your plate, you're not just screwing through the thin plastic skin of the bumper, but into a roughly 3/8" in diameter by 3/4" mass of plastic moulded into the backside of the bumper. I expect this arrangement would remain serviceable through numerous cycles of attaching, removing, and reattaching the plates.

Bottom Line: Not to worry, just attach and enjoy ... or attach, detach, and reattach evey year to your heart's content ...

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Fine tuning ... Mazda's mounts are too high for my taste, and I am using this simple little bracket to lower the plate to my liking.

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