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Rear License Plate Mount

Does anyone know the mounting procedure for the rear plate? The two small indentations do not line up for our plates. Is there a rear bracket similar to the one provided for the front and furthermore, if you drill the indentations on the front, what's behind the plastic?
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Does anyone know the mounting procedure for the rear plate? The two small indentations do not line up for our plates. Is there a rear bracket similar to the one provided for the front and furthermore, if you drill the indentations on the front, what's behind the plastic?
smart will provide brackets for both - unless you tell them not to prior to delivery. If you don't like the idea of drilling into your car, use double sided tape to hold the plates on. Works fine, no holes, can be removed easily if needed. Just my .02.

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I used several heavy duty magnets for the front tag on my Audi TT. 75lb pull magnets will hold the tag on at any speed. Epoxy the receiving magnets behind the plastic fascia in the front and the others on the bracket.

They can be ordered here: http://www.kjmagnetics.com/categorie...FQUsPAodqxAnGw
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You can also get those types of magnets all over ebay. Just search for Neodymium.
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Rear license brackets?

I took delivery of the new car last evening. Local dealer indicates they haven't received any hardware yet, the holes are intended for European plates. This dealer is using adhesive as a temporary fix. Anyone have any updates on this?
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My smart came with a front plate mount. Ethan from the Seattle Smart Center informs me that there is no mounting plate for the rear. Yeah, that sounds kinda wierd to me too.
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Update on the rear plate thing. In order to correctly mount a rear laser shifter (Escort SRX) I needed a regular plate holder with screws top and bottom. At Smart Center Seattle, the mounting solution is to use two steel machine screws to bolt the plate to the rear panel directly. This was not going to work for my purposes as the laser shifter mounts to the bottom of the plate. So I went down to Shucks and picked up a universal mounting plate, which is basically a nylon plate with a bunch of adjustable mounting points to the car. I also picked up a set of nylon screws.

Using a steel machine screw of the same diameter and thread pattern I threaded the inside of the plate mounting holes on the mounting plate. I cut off the nylon screws with a small hack saw.

It turns out the mounting plate fits perfectly in the small indented areas in the rear plate location. So the plate frame is on and I can put the laser shifter in the correct location.

A bunch of trouble to go through. Of those dealers mounting plates with adhesive while waiting for the 'official' mounting plates, is there any word on what that solution will look like?

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here in texas, they are screwing in a 'dealer' bracket. We require a front one too, but they are not doing that... dunno whats up with that. But for now Im glad.
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My dealer drilled both the front and back plastic to mount the frames. I haven't touched the screws yet. I'll wait until my license plates arrive.
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smart USA says rear plates are to be attached directly to the rear pannel with 3/4 in stainless self tapping screws. Make your own template. My dealer did that and mine is perfect.
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