Removing a number plate mounting panel from a
Japan spec RV8
David Allen (Oxford Blue 1629) from Cambridgeshire
provides a useful note with a step by step guide on how to convert the number
plate mounting on a Japan spec RV8 to the UK or European style. (Nov
The standard number plate mounting on a reimported Japanese specification RV8
projects ahead of the surface of the bumper. The projection is part of a moulded
polyurethane insert fixed to the standard bumper which fits in a recess the size
of a UK style number plate.
the Japanese style mounting panel is a relatively simple matter:
Remove the number plate carefully (usually fixed with self adhesive double
sided foam tape) using a long thin blade to cut the foam.
Remove the two self tapping screws that are fitted in the two recesses towards
the centre of the mounting panel.
lever the panel away from the rest of the bumper. The glue/self adhesive foam
should be visco-elastic, not set hard, and will with patience yield to firm leverage
over time. Do not force it! If
you can apply a little heat with a hairdryer to help the removal.
Once the Japanese mounting panel is off the bumper, you then remove the remains
of the adhesive with a scraper and clean up the number plate recess in the bumper
with thinners or white spirit.
Fitting a new number plate surround or mounting unit. Most auto accessory
shops supply number plate surrounds in different colours. Attach the new mounting
plate with self adhesive foam tape (usually 8 strips are supplied) and re-use
the two self- tapping screws at the ends of the plate. The surface of the bumper
is curved at this point and without the mechanical fixings, the self- adhesive
tape would peel off over time. Do make sure the mounting plate is level of course.
Fitting the number
plate. Use the rest of the self- adhesive tape to attach the number plate
centrally to the new mounting plate. This gives a much neater overall appearance
at the front of the car.
rear number plate can also be mounted using the same type of number plate
surround. The bumper mounting surface at the rear is flat.
steps have been set out in detail because it is important you tackle this job
carefully and are aware beforehand what you will meet and how to proceed. It is
very easy to cause damage but with care and this note you will be well prepared!
by the V8 Register