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Motorized License Plate Bracket Install
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Once again, improving a Mustang’s appearance is the focus of TI. We’re not talking about anything elaborate, either. This upgrade—installing a slick motorized license-plate bracket from AmericanMuscle.com—is actually fairly subtle when compared to changing major body pieces, adding different wheels and tires, or going way above board and completely repainting your Pony a hot color with graphics.
Officially named the Show-and-Go License Transport (PN 64500; $129.95), this bracket is a really cool motorized (runs on 12 volts) plate mount that allows ’Stang owners to hide their front license plate at the push of a button.
Now, you may be asking, “Why would I want to hide my front plate?” Well, the main reason is simple. It’s vanity. Pure vanity.
While sporting a front plate is the rule in most states, some Mustang enthusiasts take serious exception to it because front-mounted license tags detract from a ’Stang’s appearance. Many ’Stangbangers circumnavigate the law by removing the front tag and OEM mounting hardware, and displaying the tag on the dashboard (which makes the plate visible through the front windshield).
While the dashboard-presentation method is a quick way to clean up a ’Stang’s fascia, it’s not the best method, because it may be illegal if your ride is registered in a state that doesn’t allow such front-end nakedness. Enter the Show-and-Go License Transport, which keeps the law-folks happy while you’re cruising or parked on public streets, when the plate is visible, and brings smiles and “nice ’Stang” comments when your Pony is displayed on the show field, with the plate out of sight.
For do-it-yourselfers, the remote-controlled, flip-down-plate bracket system is all-inclusive and easy to bolt on, as you’ll see in the accompanying photos of Saul “The Surgeon” Gutierrez doing the install. If you ’Stangbang in Southern California and don’t have the basic tools required to get it done, Extreme Automotive is the place to go for a drama-free install.