Front plate @ delivery?

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by Mayhem, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. ziggyst

    ziggyst Member

    i dont know why this keeps uploading upside down but there...
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  3. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Are you from New Zealand???
  4. ziggyst

    ziggyst Member

    nope mississauga Ontario
  5. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Great White Nort eh !! Sweet
  6. Mayhem

    Mayhem Active Member

    That's reassuring. I like it, I wonder if it's regional? Or just certain dealerships? Definitely seems like a lot of people are of the opinion they come bracketed..

    You can bet I'll be camping out when I find out mine is coming in on a truck... just to sneak a peek and make sure mine stay's plate free.. lol

    I've been hounding my poor dealer like crazy about it.
  7. FiestaST

    FiestaST Active Member

    mine came with one from factory because it was a special order. Dealer ordered it that way because of NY laws :(
  8. Mayhem

    Mayhem Active Member

    Yeah.. Hey Ziggy? Was that bracket-less ST or any bracket-less ST for that matter.. dealer stock? Or.. Customer orders with no plate option selected?

    I'm satisfied that not all will come with a bracket installed at the factory... As I've seen it myself, and you've posted a photo... But still at a loss for how to ensure it arrives that way... and what's causing some to show up bracketed.
  9. ziggyst

    ziggyst Member

    thats the second one we got and both came from factory bracket less... like i said before every vehicle we have got delivered, we have installed the brackets during pdi, even ford escapes, lincolns, the few focus st's we've had... im not sure if its a regional thing or not and my manager doesn't seem to know either.. we just get them that way? lol and a front plate is mandatory here so i dont see how it would be factory installed for just certain regions
  10. ziggyst

    ziggyst Member

    even mustangs lol
  11. Steve@Tasca

    Steve@Tasca Fiesta ST Network Sponsor

    Front plate brackets are all dealer installed, they never come from Ford that way.

    If you order a car and don't want the plate bracket installed be sure you have it in writing on your paperwork that way so they don't install it during dealer prep.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2013
  12. mrtn

    mrtn Active Member

    Mine was on my car the day it came off the truck. It was on before the dealer did the PDI
  13. Steve@Tasca

    Steve@Tasca Fiesta ST Network Sponsor

    Actually it does appear that at least the Fiesta does come that way, I've worked n Ford dealerships for 20+ years and used to do PDIs and the plate brackets always came in the trunk but I just went back and found a pic I took of the first Fiesta ST we got while it was still on the truck and it did have the plate bracket on it.

    The old saying holds true, you learn something new every day.

  14. moshaholic2

    moshaholic2 Active Member

    Now we just need to find a good way to cleanly fill in and cover up those plate holes
  15. moshaholic2

    moshaholic2 Active Member

    Drilled out the rivets last night on the plate bracket. 1/4 drill through the center will do it. Becareful though as the bracket is also clipped into the upper grill. I just took a hacksaw blade (just the blade) and sawed through the little tabs that stick into the grill. then used needle nose pliers to remove the remaining plactic tab that was stuck in the grill. I felt that was safer that just pulling them out.

    I'll use 1/4" plastic plugs that I'll paint match to conceal the little holes.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2013
  16. Mayhem

    Mayhem Active Member

    My dealer confirmed that front plate bracket was installed during PDI for their Fiesta ST. And mine is flagged to be left off.
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  17. joe@2j-racing

    joe@2j-racing Active Member

    It comes on the car when delivered - check out the introduction section, you can see it on there in my post. You dont need to hacksaw the top clips off, it just pulls off the grille after you drill out the rivets. I tried removing the radiator diffuser panel hoping to gain access behind the grill but the diffuser, black, is part of the bumper. Go figure.
  18. Mayhem

    Mayhem Active Member

    Yeah, I saw yours with the bracket attached on the truck. Excellent color choice ;)

    I don't know why it seems to be different for some people. But some cars are definitely arriving without brackets attached prior to PDI. Someone who works for a dealer has already gone through the trouble to post up photo's showing as much.

    Can't seem to get any definitive answers as to why, or what dictates this difference.
  19. moshaholic2

    moshaholic2 Active Member

    Wonder if its the non-required states that are the ones getting them installed at PDI
  20. Mayhem

    Mayhem Active Member

    The photo's Ziggy posted with no bracket installed, were from a front plate requiring province. I'm in BC and have seen a car with no front plate, and my dealer says that theirs was put on during PDI.

    However, even people who claim to have deselected the front plate option, are still getting them with brackets installed as they arrive on trucks.... (I am wondering if this is an issue, where... dealers are mistakenly putting the order through with the front plate option selected?. and just telling the customers they ordered without? ) I know I personally sat there to enter my order in the system.. and personally made sure the front plate option was not selected for my car.. I'll definitely try and get to the dealer when it arrives on the truck and snap up some photo's.. To verify whether or not my car shows up pre drilled or not.

    Remains a mystery for the time being. It seems weird that it would be completely "random" so I am betting there must definitely be something that dictates whether this happens during PDI or prior. I can't imagine some guy sitting around flipping a coin as every car passes by deciding whether to slap a bracket on or not.

    I am wondering... if you do intentionally select the bracket option upon ordering... Would it get installed @ factory, or is it put in the trunk?
    If everyone who's had one installed, has ordered without... Maybe for legal reasons, those opting OUT of the bracket are ironically the ones getting it installed @ the factory. Rather than put in the trunk.

    I know when I ordered my Camaro, (GM product so perhaps not relevant.) I did the same thing and deselected the front bracket.. This got my bracket put in the trunk upon delivery... I zip tied it to the grille upon delivery so that the dealer wasn't responsible, as they wouldn't let me drive off without one attached.... so that I could sort it out with an alternative solution.
  21. Cligedy

    Cligedy Active Member

    Mine came with the plate installed from the factory, it even shows up on the window sticker. We drilled out the rivets and now there are two tiny holes in the bumper.

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