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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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)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)
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.
Unfortunately no there is not. I was hoping there was one as well. Still trying to figure out a way to mount a front plate without drilling into the bumper. Worst comes to worst, I but the stock front plate bracket. :sad:On the topic of front plates... is there a front tow hook for a mount like this? https://www.amazon.com/Perrin-Performance-License-Plate-Relocation/dp/B07487R75D/
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 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.
About that... interesting thing I found out yesterday on the beach. There's no tow hook mount on tow hitch equipped Ascents.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.
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.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?
Did you have a frame or something to that effect or did you just mount the plate directly to the bumper?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.