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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?

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."

Again, much obliged.
 

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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.
OK ... Thanks.
We've a house guest from Japan this weekend ... Monday I'll post a picture and my ideas :)

P.S. Apologies for being such a newbie :nerd:
 

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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.
Fenders and wings, bonnets and hoods ... I once had Scampers Union carburetters and Lucas electrics in my drop head from Mr. Morris' Garage ... of course, most of all I was the proud owner of its King Dick spanners!

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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As I recently added my 2017 car tabs I was curious on how many on/offs the bumper can take without loosing integrity but wasnt loosing sleep over it lol. Good to know there are proper mounts for the screws.
 

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As I recently added my 2017 car tabs I was curious on how many on/offs the bumper can take without loosing integrity but wasnt loosing sleep over it lol. Good to know there are proper mounts for the screws.
Same issue here.

With a clear cover over the plate, we'll remove and replace every year. But if something does go awry, simply drill it out and insert a nice stainless steel jack nut, or rivnut, etc.

'Apologies for all the bother... and thank you for moderating. Likewise, kudos to Anchorman!
 
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Really Mazda

WTH Mazda,

Love the CX-3. Was looking for something small. Every new iteration for some reason, car companies in general seems to bump up the sizes to the point that A. become too expensive B. too large to even consider a "compact" car...

Have you seen the size of the CRv and Rav4's these days..

Anyway, instead of having a normal license plate bracket in the rear with proper mounting bolts for screws, Mazda makes you use screws to drill into the bumper which even the deal had issues properly screwing them in....the freaking dealer didn't even have two screws of the same size....

I was getting the final prep done with the sales person when I got my car and these guys were making a lot of ruckus in the back trying to screw the screws into the bumper...

This was my solution...I got me a proper metal bracket from NAPA auto parts in town for $10 https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/NDP7302450 and using machine screws, screwed the bracket into the bumper so its there forever...
The bracket is nice because it has a built in slot and I just slide it in and then you can either use zip ties for the bottom holes to secure it or bolt and screw set up so as not to drill any more holes into your rear bumper....
 

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