Front License Retractable Bracket?

TrevP

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I'm not messing with the drag of my car. I will make a sticker copy and keep the plate in the frunk incase I need to put it on the dash.
That's the spirit!! I'm also of the thinking of not putting a plate on the front and deal with consequences after. There is no rational reason to have a plate on the front when so many other Provinces/State don't require it.
 

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Hi guys.

Interesting topic for me. I noticed the "flaw" on the Model S right away. I couldn't afford one, but I managed to borrowed one early on for this exact reason... to design a slick retractable plate holder (I design automotive electronics and figured I could pull it off). The problem was the physical space required, and there wasn't the room. At least not to do it my way.

"My way" was this: I wanted it completely invisible and housed in the interior of the car when not in use. That was important for me because the car can ride very low and I didn't want to introduce unnecessary drag. So my idea was to replace the plastic nose cone (from that generation, of course) with one that had a small slot for the plate to pop out and flip down. I left that up to the fab guys while I worked on the electronics. I needed to "tap into" the car's speed sensors because I wanted it to auto-retract at highway speeds where drag becomes an issue, and then auto-advance when at lower speeds. That way, you don't have to remember to engage it when the cops are an issue :) I managed to get the speed data and even worked out a way to manually engage it without having to install any buttons (although it was a bit awkward but I could have improved it). The mechanism worked... but there was no way for the fabrication guys to fit it in the cavity available.

So I put it on hold, waiting for the M3. When that was announced, and I saw they still didn't have a nice place for a plate... well, fingers crossed :)
When I first got my S, I wanted a better way to mount the front plate. Steven, I had the same idea as you, but without the electronics. I contacted EVAnnex and several other nosecone manufacturers and pitched the idea. I wasn't even trying to get anything for the idea. Just wanted to buy one. No one has been interested. And now that there's refreshed front that doesn't use a nosecone, I think our chances are less.
 

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Hey Everyone,

It's been a while since I have posted on the forum. Randomly, a question popped up in my head. I was wondering if it is possible to put on a retractable bracket on any of the Tesla models. I was searching online and found no tesla owner that has done it. In California, it's required to have a front license plate and I certainly do not want holes in the car. There are other methods such as magnets and stuff but I wonder if the motorized retractable bracket would work.

Here's what I mean:

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=v6Vjs_9SNA4

Thanks,
Jaspal
Hey Everyone,

It's been a while since I have posted on the forum. Randomly, a question popped up in my head. I was wondering if it is possible to put on a retractable bracket on any of the Tesla models. I was searching online and found no tesla owner that has done it. In California, it's required to have a front license plate and I certainly do not want holes in the car. There are other methods such as magnets and stuff but I wonder if the motorized retractable bracket would work.

Here's what I mean:

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=v6Vjs_9SNA4

Thanks,
Jaspal
Jaspal, to answer your question, yes, I have installed the Show n Go on my Model S. Actually two. I used the manual version. Yes, the electric is slick, but reviews that I read said that in a short time, water, dirt and mud from the road would gum up the motor and before long it would fail. I used the manual version. But more than once when I pulled to close to a curb, I ripped the entire mount off the front of my car (I had it folded down under the car nearly all the time.) I tore it off three or four times. And had to buy a second one because eventually I damaged the first one too much. When I sold my first Model S, and bought my second Model S, I decided to just run without the plate on the car. Three years now and I've not be stopped once or ticketed.
Jaspal, to answer your question, yes, I have installed the Show-n-Go on my Model S. Actually two. I used the manual version. Yes, the electric is slick, but reviews that I read said that in a short time, water, dirt and mud from the road would gum up the motor and before long it would fail. I used the manual version. But more than once when I pulled to close to a curb, I ripped the entire mount off the front of my car (I had it folded down under the car nearly all the time.) I tore it off three or four times. And had to buy a second one because eventually I damaged the first one too much. When I sold my first Model S, and bought my second Model S, I decided to just run without the plate on the car. Three years now and I've not be stopped once or ticketed.
Hey Everyone,

It's been a while since I have posted on the forum. Randomly, a question popped up in my head. I was wondering if it is possible to put on a retractable bracket on any of the Tesla models. I was searching online and found no tesla owner that has done it. In California, it's required to have a front license plate and I certainly do not want holes in the car. There are other methods such as magnets and stuff but I wonder if the motorized retractable bracket would work.

Here's what I mean:

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=v6Vjs_9SNA4

Thanks,
Jaspal
 
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Yeah, of course.

It is also required to drive under the speed limit at all times too, but every car manufacturer makes a car that can go faster than any speed limit in existence.

We all make choices every day that are contrary to the letter of the law. And some of us do it for environmental reasons. For example, I do a rolling stop through certain stop signs in my neighborhood every single day because I know it is safe and it uses less gas to yield than it does to stop and start a massive hunk of metal. If a police officer is right there, I guess I wouldn't (although one lives in the house directly beside the one I'm thinking about right now lol).

Similarly, I would risk breaking the license plate law at highway speeds because I'd prefer not to increase drag and reduce efficiency because of - what I deem to be - a silly law.
As a retired LEO, I got a kick out of this:

A car slows down at a stop sign and keeps driving. A cop sees him and pulls him over.

The cop asks, "Why didn't you stop?"

The man says, "I slowed down."

The cop pulls out his nightstick and starts beating him. "Now," the cop says, "do you want me to stop or slow down?"
 
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That's the spirit!! I'm also of the thinking of not putting a plate on the front and deal with consequences after. There is no rational reason to have a plate on the front when so many other Provinces/State don't require it.
It is surprising how different states are regarding enforcement. In Nevada, I haven't had a front plate for the entire 17 years we have lived here, although they are mandated. I decided not to put one on after seeing around half of all cars did not have one.
In Wisconsin, you WILL be stopped (at least when I lived there) and given a ticket "to show", where you had a time to comply. If done in time, there was no fine. I don't know if they still give you time to comply.
 

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Trevor Has anyone bought one and put this on a Tesla? Model 3?
Not that I know of. I'd be concerned about the motor/mechanism being properly sealed against the elements. Looks a bit flimsy too.
 

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Not that I know of. I'd be concerned about the motor/mechanism being properly sealed against the elements. Looks a bit flimsy too.
Trev, how has The Law mount worked for you? Does it cause any problems with the louvers on that it's attached to? I was thinking I had seen that they move and that would prevent them? Is it different louvers that move?