Not having a front license is by far the best look you can have on your Camaro, but after a while I started to look for a front license plate solution that would make it easy to attach and remove depending on the mood I’m in.
Having read lots of reviews about the JacFab bracket, the JacFab seemed like the best option, it had the most reviews and at first the other just didn’t look as nice in my opinion.
Due to the Ground Effects kit on my Camaro, the JacFab bracket would need to be custom made and this seemed like too big a risk with the shipping costs to and from the USA should it go wrong. Naturally, I went with my second best option, the “Eliminator Bracket”.
At first I wasn’t too impressed by the website or the lack of detail in the installation guide, but don’t let this put you off, the build quality of the bracket is very good indeed.
More information at www.eliminatorbracket.com. Here’s some photo’s from my installation of the EliminatorBracket:
My bracket came already fixed together on the GM OEM front license plate housing (the same one you would normally drill into your bumper).
The orange nylon wire, is simply a tool that you can use to position the nuts into the rear of the grille without accidentally dropping them behind them grille.
The small metal bar is permanently fixed to the grille, this allows you to easily attach and detach the front license plate in seconds.
Once the nut is in the correct position, pull hard on the nylon wire to remove it from the nut thread.
Use your fingers to hold the nut in position from behind the nut and align it with the screw holes on the eliminator bracket as required.
Put the screws into the bracket ready for fitment.
Fix the bracket to the nuts using the screws provided. Don’t over tighten as this will trash the thread on the nuts.
This is what the grille will permanently look like when the OEM housing in not attached. It’s hardly noticeable when the OEM housing is removed from the car
With the other half of the EliminatorBracket already connected to the back of the OEM housing, the bracket simply clicks into place. Adjust the screws shown in the photo above to achieve the tightness that you desire when the bracket is clicked into place. The bracket already comes with rubber hoses on the rear of the OEM housing to stop the bracket from scratching the paintwork.
Due to the new washers and screws on the front of the OEM housing, I was unable to get a level surface for the license plate to sit on. This was a bit of a let down in my opinion as using counter-sunk screw heads would have resolved the issue. However, by using single sided sticky pads, I was able to raise the surface of the bracket slightly so that the plate sits flat on top of the screws and pads.
In the above photo I also used a Tennessee license plate to mark the drill holes onto my Texas show plate.
Once the holes were drilled into the correct correct position on the show plate, the license plates screws hold the plate securely to the OEM housing.
The screws I used are special license plate screws that come with a security key, this would normally stop thieves from taking the plate but since the whole bracket is detachable it only acts as a deterrent in this scenario.