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Any California owners, just curious if the front plate mount was included or not.

Any pics of it would also be helpful :)
 
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Not in CA, but I didn't get a front plate mount. I ask the dealership where I put the front plate and he showed me two little divots where the plate screws go. Now I gotta go buy license plate screws.
 

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Mine didnt have the mount, the plate frame was just drilled into the front bumper.



It's currently off until I actually get my plates. Only time I can get away with no front plates without getting a ticket.
 

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Im in CA Bay Area. Can say for sure that no plate will result in a fixit ticket in LA and Bay Area due to FastTrak mainly.

I also learned the hard way that raised olate frames on the front bumper will end up damaging the plastic bumper cap in parallel parking areas where bumpers get bumped. The flat nakid plate just screwed into the bumper doesn’t damage the bumper when bumped.

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Im in CA Bay Area. Can say for sure that no plate will result in a fixit ticket in LA and Bay Area due to FastTrak mainly.

I also learned the hard way that raised olate frames on the front bumper will end up damaging the plastic bumper cap in parallel parking areas where bumpers get bumped. The flat nakid plate just screwed into the bumper doesn’t damage the bumper when bumped.

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Also a plate cover results in a fixit ticket as well! had one on the front plates for over 10 years, then got a ticket one day when I was parked. the cop had to have walked all around my car looking for something to cite since I was parked perpendicular to the street and there normally arent any beat cops where I was ticketed. wasnt too mad about it, since i knew it was not allowed. just annoyed that i'm pretty sure he targeted my car.
 

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I had no mount on either.

dealer installed the plate and frame directly on the bumper. was pretty upset about that, but oh well. it's no WRX or STI.
 

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There's no fancy plate mount for the front of the Ascents yet. Hopefully that will change, and they'll make a form fitting one. Currently, they are offering the generic two screw, two rubber pad flat mounting plate.

It's this rather boring package (Part Number: SOA342L120)
https://www.subarupartwholesale.com...icense-Plate-Bracket/49926983/SOA342L120.html

My Outback's was custom shaped to fit around the curves of my bumper. Hoping they create a vehicle specific one for the Ascent soon.
 

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License plate fraud has become a massive issue in CA. Dealer Paper plates placed over unregistered plates ie expired tags. The new one is scratching the white reflective background off the plate around the plate numbers.

The old cheeter was the plastic cover coated with a polarizing surface which blacks out the plate to plate readers.

Last I heard the issue is becoming such a big problem that CHP has asked for higher fines and penalties especially for the intentional plate modification cases.

Pretty much weekly basis we see cars involved in robberies sporting paper dealer plates in our area. I recall there is a law going into effect soon that all sold cars will have a unique dealer ID paper plate. It can’t happen soon enough.

As for the fancy front plate holders fit to the bumper they are raised brackets that get crushed into the bumper in parallel parking areas. The one I had put a big gash in the bumper. Vs just a nakid plate has no edges and lays flat resulting in no damage after getting mashed by a parallel parking bump and go event.
 

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I have a US Millworks tow hook mount for my VW GTI, but they don’t seem to make a product for Subaru. Wish they did- I installed my mount and plate over four years ago and it’s been rock steady since.
 

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There's no fancy plate mount for the front of the Ascents yet. Hopefully that will change, and they'll make a form fitting one. Currently, they are offering the generic two screw, two rubber pad flat mounting plate.

It's this rather boring package (Part Number: SOA342L120)
https://www.subarupartwholesale.com...icense-Plate-Bracket/49926983/SOA342L120.html

My Outback's was custom shaped to fit around the curves of my bumper. Hoping they create a vehicle specific one for the Ascent soon.
I think that's the new standard. I had a 2011 Outback that has the fitted one you speak of but I think that was the last time they did it. I don't anticipate a formed one and will settle for the new standard because it's better than the plain plate (Supposedly it's stainless steel with a powder coating, not plastic btw)
 

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I have a US Millworks tow hook mount for my VW GTI, but they don’t seem to make a product for Subaru. Wish they did- I installed my mount and plate over four years ago and it’s been rock steady since.
All auto makers are very clear about air bag risk with stuff mounted in the flat bed bumper tow hook mount. Last I looked Subarus have hard tow hook points under the engine sub frame for serious pulling needs ie removing a stuck car from a ditch etc.

I would not suggest driving with a eye loop or other device mounted in the flat bed tow loop screwed into the passenger side frame rail.
 

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All auto makers are very clear about air bag risk with stuff mounted in the flat bed bumper tow hook mount. Last I looked Subarus have hard tow hook points under the engine sub frame for serious pulling needs ie removing a stuck car from a ditch etc.

I would not suggest driving with a eye loop or other device mounted in the flat bed tow loop screwed into the passenger side frame rail.
About that... interesting thing I found out yesterday on the beach. There's no tow hook mount on tow hitch equipped Ascents.

I bought a hitch mount tow hook for those special emergencies. It's hanging out the back in this pic.

 

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I am also curious as to any solutions for the front plate in California as that is where I live and I know that I will have to install one.

Did the dealer mount it for you or give you a kit? Did you ask them?
 

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I am also curious as to any solutions for the front plate in California as that is where I live and I know that I will have to install one.

Did the dealer mount it for you or give you a kit? Did you ask them?
There's mounting areas in the bumper. They should know exactly where to make the holes (there's dimples in the bumper). In NY, we are required to have a front plate as well.
 

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There's mounting areas in the bumper. They should know exactly where to make the holes (there's dimples in the bumper). In NY, we are required to have a front plate as well.
Did you have a frame or something to that effect or did you just mount the plate directly to the bumper?

Do you have a photo?
 

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My dealer mounted a very basic plate holder onto the aforementioned holes on the front bumper. It looks fine and seems sturdy enough. I'm in MA and have front plates as well.
 
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