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I wanted to get some opinions on the front tag bracket I made for my '04. I completed this prototype a couple of weeks ago, but the weather has sucked here for the past couple of weekends so I couldn't take any decent photos.
I have more photos posted in my gallery which should appear after review.

My bracket is made of 1/4 brushed aluminum. I replaced the plastic air dam below the radiator with a 1/4 aluminum plate bolted through the same holes used by the plastic air dam. Two struts (a little large in this prototype, I think) project forward below the chin and connect to a 6"x12" alum. plate in front of the bumper. I added tapered pieces at the top and bottom on the tag plate to reflect the lines on the front of the truck. The ground clearance is the same as the old plastic air dam, but the low clearance is pushed forward about 9.5 inches, so I have to watch when i enter a steep ramp or park in a space with a curb or tire stops.

The aluminum air dam visually stands out when looking a the truck from the front. One of the photos in my gallery shows that the tag and the aluminum air dam sort of looks like the "Bow Tie" when viewed from the right angle.

I am a lottle close to the bumper with the tag plate, hence a little piece of carboard to protect the bumper right now. I am also not pleased with the welds since they are a little sloppy (Damn it Jim... I'm an architect not a welder!). My Dad just purchased a new MAPP Gas torch and the test piece we tried last week, looked really good.

I plan on making some adjustments to the next version to correct some of the things i mentioned above. But, I wanted to get smoe other opinions before making a second attempt.
 

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The location is right where it should be, if you are required to have a front plate.

Now just have it coated Black so it isn't a focal point and it will be perfect. :thumbs
 

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SA13355 said:
The location is right where it should be, if you are required to have a front plate.

Now just have it coated Black so it isn't a focal point and it will be perfect. :thumbs
:agree :agree
 

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Nice Bracket.............

RickSSR :cool
 

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Now that's slick! I like that you still have the mini-air dam in place and bolted it up to the stock location. I need a front plate holder and want something easy to install like you have designed.

Have you tried it with the plate up another 2 inchs? Would help more with the ground clearance issue.

If you plan on making any others, PM me and let me know.
 

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Interesting idea. I had not considered changing the color of the brushed alum. I think I could annodize the alum air dam and the struts with a black color. I'll look into it.
 

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Thanks HD-Fatboy
I am going to try another one with struts that are not as tall and project a little further out in front of the bumper. I am also going to try a slight bend upward on the struts to improve ground clearence.

I probably won't get a chance to try again until later this month. I'll keep you posted on progress.
 

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I guess that place is use to working on bikes and ventured over to cars. here is a quote from the website. Notice how they say for the SSR but then say it is available for your BIKE :lol :lol


This is our Chevy SSR Front Licence Plate Holder 03 to 05, available for your bike at $149.90.
Chevy SSR Custom Front Licence Plate Holder Fits 03 to 05
 

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No drilling in frame

Doug,
I did not have to drill any holes in the SSR. I just removed the plastic push rivets from the plastic air dam and used that as a template to layout the holes in the tag bracket. The bracket is bolted through the existing holes in the plastic radiator support frame.

Brian
 

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dougnc,

Just installed this kit tonite (10 minutes) Must drill 1 hole each end thru plastic radiator support (1/4") Cross bar bolts there and thru 2 existing holes in bumper flange, so this also strengthers the lower nose.

All hardware is SS, parts powder coated. And you can remove the plate bracket but leave the crossbar in place.

nice item if you need to install the plate. :ssr
 

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dougnc,

Just installed this kit tonite (10 minutes) Must drill 1 hole each end thru plastic radiator support (1/4") Cross bar bolts there and thru 2 existing holes in bumper flange, so this also strengthers the lower nose.

All hardware is SS, parts powder coated. And you can remove the plate bracket but leave the crossbar in place.

nice item if you need to install the plate. :ssr
Which kit? Midnight riders or www.bdspeedshop.com?
 
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