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Anyone mount a front license plate recently? I’m a bit confused.

I’m 99% sure that I just want a bracket like this:
https://www.ipdusa.com/products/121...e-retainer-bracket-for-usa-mtc-vm944-31391625

And then some of these screws:
https://www.ipdusa.com/products/12688/234458-license-plate-screw-kit-front-genuine-volvo-30632653

But IPD is not recommending those screws as something to buy with that bracket. Instead they’re recommending these bolts(???)
https://www.ipdusa.com/products/8808/120065-torx-bolt-black-6mm-x-1-0mm-x-25mm-genuine-volvo-986216

Thanks in advance for any help!
 

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I personally think side mounted/toe hook mounted plates look silly and boy racer....but... it is a way to keep holes off the bumper. That's worth it to some if you end up moving somewhere where a front plate isn't required.
 

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Fair point. I’m kind of on the fence about how I feel about the way it looks. And I shouldn’t care about putting holes in the bumper, but it is nice that it doesn’t currently have any...
 

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I personally think side mounted/toe hook mounted plates look silly and boy racer....but... it is a way to keep holes off the bumper. That's worth it to some if you end up moving somewhere where a front plate isn't required.
That mount system would actually be fantastic for my old 951. Though the 951 has the tow hook front and center so it actually wouldn't look much different from drilling into the bumper at all. Wish more cars had the tow mount centered, but I suppose having it on the side lets them tie it into a frame rail (well, the unibody equivalent but you know what I mean I think) instead of making a reinforced bit in the center.

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Of course, now that WA doesn't require front plates for collector vehicles the issue is moot. :)
 

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The tow hook mounting is so much nicer than having holes in the bumper, especially if you later move to a state without a front plate. At many dealers, idiots (often a clueless salesperson) drill the holes before delivery, get them in the wrong place, and then use the wrong (often mismatched) screws.

Here's the best Volvo-compatible mount: https://www.cravenspeed.com/the-platypus-license-plate-mount-volvo/?301Redirect=yes&ID=304 My son has one on his Polestar. Easy to install and adjust, and one is made specifically for the car. Photo:

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The Volvo rear plate bracket isn't rust- or corrosion-proof, and the iPD "front" mount looks exactly like the rear mount. I took off my rear mount, and replaced it with a new one, after spraying it with primer and epoxy paint to protect it from salt corrosion (the rear of the S60 is a magnet for dirt all the time, and salt in the winter). And use aftermarket metric stainless steel acorn nuts to attach the plate to the frame, after applying antiseize to the threads on the posts!
 

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If I had the top of the line rare version of our car, an actual Polestar model, I would consider maybe getting a mount or making some sort of mounting solution that would keep me from putting holes in the bumper. Any other model/version that isn't rare, I wouldn't bother with it and would just install the plate in the center of the bumper with screws like a normal person. That's how it's been for my last two cars that came from states without front plates. It amazes me how many people think their car is so special that they wouldn't even consider putting a front plate on it the normal way.
 
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