This last Easter Holiday I was hanging out in Moab, Utah for the Easter Jeep Safari 2009. On my third day out there I ran into Jim Piatt from Hoodlift. As he was showing me around his 07 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited I noticed that he had one of the ever so commonly smashed up license plate brackets. Being made from thin little plastic, it isn’t terribly surprising.
When prototyping was finalized on our new replacement bracket, I immediately thought of Jim and shipped one down to him. The new JK Replacement License Plate Bracket features a tough 11 gauge steel construction and a triple LED marker light to illuminate the license plate.
Jim recently sent me some images from his installation, which turned out great. The installation calls for the installer to line the bracket up into the desired location and mark holes for drilling. Normally the holes would be drilled for use with our bolts and nuts, but since Jim had a set of steel corner armor plates on the Jeep to give him some extra material thickness to work with, he chose to drill the holes undersized, and use thread tapping tools to create a threaded hole that he could simply bolt the bracket up to very easily.
Thread locking compound was also used to make sure that the new bracket stayed in place without the worry of any bolts coming loose.
The kit includes a piece of rubber edge trim that can be used, but because it fit so well, Jim decided it looked better without it.
This is the bracket all completely installed now. As you can see, the triple LED marker sits on top, and the bracket has four studs for the plate to slide onto. This bracket in 11 gauge will be much stronger than any plastic piece and with the black powder coated finish it is much more likely to survive your time spent out on the trails.
A big thanks go out to Jim Piatt and Hoodlift for supplying us with some great installation photography. I encourage everyone to go over to www.hoodlift.com and check out his products.