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Old 03-30-2008, 02:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Front License Plate Mounting

On my 04 Camry, and many other cars, the the front license plate is mounted so that the lower portion protrudes downward from the bumper into an area directly in front of the radiator air intake. About 3 inches of plate extends below the bumper into the radiator airstream.

I am wondering if this is likely to have any significant effect, and whether it would be worthwhile to:

1. Move the license plate slightly upward so that it is entirely against the bumper and not protruding into the radiator airflow


2. Bend the bottom portion of the plate slightly so that it is angled slightly inward

I realize that the plate does not technically increase frontal area. But it must introduce a lot of turbulence. Is this likely to have any signicant, that is to say, measurable, effect?


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