After removing my front plinth, i've noticed a butcher put..

After removing my front plinth, i've noticed a butcher put..

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JB96487

Original Poster:

8 posts

7 months

Wednesday 23rd January
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Hi,

So i removed the front plinth on my 2017 991.2 GTS, which i purchased 2nd hand from a dealer.

i expected there to be 2 holes for mounting the plinth which i pretty central so easy to cover with a stick on number plate.

Though there are so many more holes, i believe who ever mounted the plate onto the plinth has used screws far too big, as they should just tap into the plinth and not the body work.

Has anybody experience this before and any advice on what to do?

Thank you...

Slippydiff

10,090 posts

161 months

Wednesday 23rd January
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Weep, refit the plinth and plate and move on.

m33ufo

4,888 posts

169 months

Wednesday 23rd January
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I'd pop the plinth and the plate back on.....otherwise it's a PU repaint.

mikeh501

575 posts

119 months

Wednesday 23rd January
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wow, properly butchered. some people just dont give a f&%$ do they.

I had a couple of holes left by the plinth and found that a vinyl number plate from highgate house in medium size fitted over it. Looks ok and you cant see the holes.

strath44

865 posts

86 months

Thursday 24th January
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I recently saw a number plate on an RS4 which looked quite good that was thicker than normal vinyl maybe 1 or 2mm - it looked like vinyl backing with a very think layer of plastic over it. Its still flexible enough to follow contours.

If you use vinyl I would take the heads off the old screw holes either with a razor blade or a countersink on a slow speed then fill with silicon, other wise you will see the screw holes shape through the vinyl.

I'd expect this on pretty much any run of the mill car but not on yours!

Maybe a bit like these https://flexiplates.co.uk/
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burman

241 posts

151 months

Thursday 24th January
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A good bumper man could probably fill those holes I have had splits cuts and allsorts repaired in the past not only that but hidden also.

Digga

26,072 posts

221 months

Thursday 24th January
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I think that formation of dots is braille for "fk up".

JB991.2GTS

Original Poster:

8 posts

7 months

Thursday 24th January
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burman said:
A good bumper man could probably fill those holes I have had splits cuts and allsorts repaired in the past not only that but hidden also.
Do you know of any good places in London?

PDKSport

81 posts

12 months

Thursday 24th January
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The best of it is, the plinth slots into a grove underneath the bumper which automatically lines it up with no chance of getting the holes wrong.......Unless?

I despair sometimes.

Some good advice above to rectify and thereafter use a vinyl plate to cover.

Cheers.

Klippie

1,440 posts

83 months

Thursday 24th January
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Get some paint mixed up and colour code the plinth to the car, it will blend in nicely you won't even notice it after a while.

burman

241 posts

151 months

Friday 25th January
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Sorry JB if you were asking me about a London man I live in North Norfolk so not much help!!

JB991.2GTS

Original Poster:

8 posts

7 months

Friday 25th January
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Klippie said:
Get some paint mixed up and colour code the plinth to the car, it will blend in nicely you won't even notice it after a while.
That's not a bad idea at all! thank you. i may give that a shot

JB991.2GTS

Original Poster:

8 posts

7 months

Friday 25th January
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PDKSport said:
The best of it is, the plinth slots into a grove underneath the bumper which automatically lines it up with no chance of getting the holes wrong.......Unless?

I despair sometimes.

Some good advice above to rectify and thereafter use a vinyl plate to cover.

Cheers.
The dumbass who fitted the plate to the plinth used massive screws, i replaced them today with smalls, which just tap into the plinth not the body work.

i emailed the dealer i got it from and they said the will look into it. i'm not hopeful but this really is a major F up by the person who did it.

rigster2

116 posts

84 months

Sunday 27th January
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I suspect the majority are like this.

Car comes in, dealer "person" "wangs" the OPC plate on with self tappers, that's 2 more, then when the car goes out with the correct registration that's another 2.

It takes far too long to get the template out and do the job properly.

The mechanics are on bonus. The 111 point check is a tick box exercise. I can feel my blood boiling........

Yes, its invisible when the plate is on but the question has to be asked what else are they taking short cuts on.

CastroSays

135 posts

14 months

Sunday 27th January
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That'll be the work of one of those 'highly trained Porsche technicians' we hear about. Or Monkeys would probably be more apt.

I had the same but luckily only into the plinth, which I had to replace at my cost when I put a shorter plate on.

Monkeys!

thebraketester

6,921 posts

76 months

Sunday 27th January
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Quite unbelievable.

Bullet-Proof_Biscuit

300 posts

15 months

Sunday 27th January
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Good lord, I'd use a sharp knife and slice flush the raised plastic burrs around the screw holes, then so long as 'sticking your vinyl plate over where the holes are they'll be invisible.

I fitted a vinyl plate to my 986 front and the two small square holes (which old captive threads for the plinth), about 6mm squarfe are not noticeable when looking at the vinyl plate after application.

Slippydiff

10,090 posts

161 months

Sunday 27th January
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rigster2 said:
I suspect the majority are like this.

Car comes in, dealer "person" "wangs" the OPC plate on with self tappers, that's 2 more, then when the car goes out with the correct registration that's another 2.

It takes far too long to get the template out and do the job properly.

The mechanics are on bonus. The 111 point check is a tick box exercise. I can feel my blood boiling........

Yes, its invisible when the plate is on but the question has to be asked what else are they taking short cuts on.
Frequently done by the valeters in the valet bay in my experience ...

The 996 used to have two square holes in the front bumper. They can be seen here in between some cretin's butchery of the bumper :



these took plastic inserts for the self tapping screws that held the number plate plinth on :

https://www.design911.co.uk/pages/productList.aspx...

The plate could either be screwed onto the plinth or stuck on with double sided tape.

JB991.2GTS

Original Poster:

8 posts

7 months

Monday 28th January
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Slippydiff said:
Frequently done by the valeters in the valet bay in my experience ...

The 996 used to have two square holes in the front bumper. They can be seen here in between some cretin's butchery of the bumper :



these took plastic inserts for the self tapping screws that held the number plate plinth on :

https://www.design911.co.uk/pages/productList.aspx...

The plate could either be screwed onto the plinth or stuck on with double sided tape.
Thanks! what drives me crazy is if they used small screws there would be only 2 holes in the middle instead of this disaster!

let's see what the dealers solution is hopefully tomorrow.

Taffy66

1,936 posts

40 months

Monday 28th January
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After a couple of OPC mishaps i now insist well beforehand than any Porsche sports cars i buy will have totally unmolested bumpers..I have this in writing which gives me grounds to reject the car which this rather simple request is not upheld.
When i bought my 458 recently i was only interested in any with no drilled front bumpers. Thank god the majority of Ferraris are like this anyway..!