Big Mike's Sto-N-Sho Removable Front License Plate Installation

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  1. WNY Cat

    WNY Cat SRT Hellcat Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    This is the hardware provided with the kit.
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    I wanted the installation to be more secure so I bought some 1/4" thread by 3/4" long stainless steel bolts with nylon lock nuts and fender washers.
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    Then I removed both belly pans so I had access above the plastic piece where the bracket is being mounted (19 fasteners). The main problem I encountered is that one of the mounting holes is located on top of one of the access holes in the plastic piece. After feeling above the plastic piece I had another idea. I went to Home Depot and bought a piece of 1-1/2" x 1/8" × 36" of aluminum. It was around $9.00. To avoid some plastic webbing stiffeners above the plastic piece I ended up cutting the aluminum to 7-5/8". After doing some test fitting, marking and drilling I made this.
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    Notice that is not symmetrical due to the plastic webbing obstructions above the plastic piece.
    I then measured the thickness of the plastic piece (1/8") and found two washers that I could use to fill the gap.
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    Then I installed only the bolt with the washers so I could align everything where I wanted it and mark the other two hole locations.
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    Then I drilled two 5/16" holes to allow a fudge factor for final tweaking.
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    Bolted up!
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    DONE!:D

    P.S. Grab those 19 fasteners and reinstall the belly pans.:mad:
     
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  2. Colorado Hellcat

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    Nice! I ordered the Flip down hideaway one.

    I'm gona see how it is but I really have a feeling the Sto-N-Sho is probly the better one.

    Thanks for the write up!!
     
  3. DGatzby

    DGatzby Gold Member Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member Midwest Regional Pres.

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    Put mine in as per the instructions, took maybe five minutes, even fits around the ZL1 center splitter protector if you have them also (center protector actually gives the assembly some better rigidity), all covers fit back as per OEM. Looks really great on a Hellcat and easy to get on and off.
     
  4. WNY Cat

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    You must have used the 3 self tapping screws. I don't trust self tapping screws into plastic to hold something that will see a lot of vibration.
    What did you do with the screw that lined up with the access hole?
     
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    Nice job 'tweaking' the parts to make it work and for a better install. I like the look but I don't think it would last me long around here losing that extra ground clearance.... Why do we need front plates???? I haven't mounted mine yet and several of my friends that are policemen have said 'don't do it' but sooner or later it's going to cost me $95 I'm sure (infraction ticket for no front plate here is $95)... Ugh!

    You should consider putting your installation instructions into the Miscellaneous section of the WIKI here on Hellcat.org. Somebody else will definitely appreciate your pictures, suggestions and instruction!
     
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    DGatzby Gold Member Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member Midwest Regional Pres.

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    Used the "smaller" hole, and used the OEM screw as per the instructions, makes it possible to reattach the dust cover. I have a small double side Velcro on the pin. I thought it would rattle in the breeze.

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  7. WNY Cat

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    Hmmm...Does Big Mike's have a Hellcat kit now because yours lines up different than mine? I bought mine back in November and it is for 2008 - 2014 Challengers so I adapted to make it work.

    As you can see, I have the plate all the way back against the splitter and the bracket hole is not behind the access hole as in your install.
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    Maybe you have a newer design with longer bars???
     
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    magnummrk SRT Hellcat Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    That looks like a pretty good option
     
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    WNY Cat did yours have two holes on the one side? Could have been an early model. I got mine in late March. If not, should be easy to drill a small hole, that is where the OEM screw fastens and then obviously the two self tappers are on the front. Now I want to see how long this thing lasts before I scrape it all up sometime. You are right yours and mine do not mount forward/back in the same spot.

    Hey nice license plate score I like it.
     
  10. WNY Cat

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    Can you see the answer to your question by looking at the first photo I put up at the top of the thread?

    No, I did not have 2 holes on one side of the plate.

    If you are referring to 2 holes in the rod that the spring pin drops in, then yes I have that. I used the first hole so when I push the plate in to the first "click" it's in. I'm not sure why you would use the second hole.
     
  11. Mike Canadian

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    Alright for all the trouble...just order a new piece now where the factory deal is suppose to attach or screw it like I did and later you can always plug it with some cabinet maker caps....my thought. Not worth getting pulled over for especially if you know...you don't want to get pulled over!;)
     
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    Looks great...very clean...just be careful not to bottom out on anything!!
     
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    That is cool, but I would worry about scraping it. I always back up in driveways, etc. and it just barely clears. Have you had any problem like that yet?
     
  14. WNY Cat

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    I haven't had any problems yet but I only drove it 185 miles with the plate on so far. I did go up and down some grades yesterday with no problem. Also, the license plate is protecting the splitter. I would rather replace the plate frame than the splitter.
     
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    I gotta find a Hot-Rod shop around Minneapolis and get one of those put on!! Sucks not being able to do stuff like that on your own! Just not in my skill-set!
     

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