Hello all, I have a way of mounting the front license plate with very minimal damage to the car and/or the plate. The idea is rather than screwing the plate/holder into the bumper, you just need to bolt it onto the lower grille using toggle bolts. Now after this, you have the choice of screwing the plate onto the holder (or using the toggle bolt to hold both plate and holder) if it already has holes (or if you don't mind drilling the plate). The other option is using 3M heavy duty double sided mounting tape. Please look at pictures for details:
The center toggle bolt is 3/16"x2". The two outer ones are 1/8"x2". You can buy washers if you would like as to not damage the plate mount, but this is optional. All the materials can be bought at Home Depot for like, $8 lol. Super cheap and easy.
Final product. I also bought a universal european plate mount/holder but it does not fit into the space on the lower grille, however, I have not tried double stacking the 2 mounts together to accommodate for the space restriction (Plate<Euro mount<OEM mount<grille) so this could still be an option for those who wants to try. This method is applicable to both Euro and normal US plates. All in all, I'm happy with the results and I hope you will find this helpful. Cheers!
Yea, It deff. will only fit a Euro Plate. Mine is JUST smaller than the opening. I LOVE the look of mine though, But instead of using tape, I just put two holes in the plate and used the two side screws to bolt it on. Holds firm and looks just as good (Too bad the bold landed right on that black 2, but a little sharpie made that sucker disappear
Thanks for this - just moved to a province requiring a front plate. I used a half inch mount and several washers, then bolts through the plate holes. similar to above. Doesn't look as nice as the euro plate, but nicer than screwing through my bumper...