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Old 06-06-2011, 07:25 PM
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Default How to make a number plate for about $10

I recently installed custom made number plates to the Mach IIs at White Bank Park and was really please with the results. Because I think they look great and were fairly easy to do I thought I would share my experience for others that might be looking at number plate options.

So basically it's a 6" PVC coupler painted a visible color and numbered. The coupler cost between $7-8 and the rest of the mounting hardware about $2. I had a local auto body shop paint and number them(and advertise on the back) so that was free making this a $10 number plate.

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Old 06-06-2011, 07:54 PM
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I got the coupler at Lowe's part #52002. I noticed there were two kinds and the newer ones seem to have thicker walls.



The hardware was very basic, 1/4"x2" galvanized carriage bolt, 5/16 washer, 1/4 locker washer, 1/4 nut, and a piece of 1 3/8" perforated flat iron(parts list and prices will follow when I find the receipts).



The best way I found to mount the coupler is as follows. Cut a 7 1/2" piece of the metal then bend it in half(I used the basket to bend it on in order to get the bend right). This sticks up threw the top of the basket around one of the rungs.



In order to get the carriage bolt to thread the holes correctly you have to bend them at about half way at a 90deg angle. I found that it sat in my benchtop clamp just right so that all I had to do was tighten it down then hammer it over.



To find where to place your holes for the bolts place the coupler on top of the basket and make sure the number is facing the right way. Then find a rung about mid way between the front(number) and the back(logo). I measured 2 1/4" up from this rung and then offset about a 1/4" to the left and marked, then did the same on the other side. Using a 11/32 bit I drilled a hole threw both marks. I then took the bolt with the flat washer on it and fanangled it threw the coupler and the bent iron capping it with the lock washer and nut. I found a pair of pliers came in real handy to pinch the bent iron together in order to get the washer and nut on. I also had the two bolts pointing away from each other. Tighten the nuts and it's on there good.


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Old 06-06-2011, 07:58 PM
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thos look sweet !!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:03 PM
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They look great man! Good work!
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:05 PM
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super nice! they do seem to be very stealable though.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:11 PM
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super nice! they do seem to be very stealable though.
I'm hoping for the best as your not getting them off with out some tools.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:11 PM
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super nice! they do SEEM to be very stealable though.
But with the set up on the inside, those things could make some think twice about spending the two minutes vulnerable to getting caught stealing
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:17 PM
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honestly, would it even be worth it for someone to steal one? what is someone gonna do with it?
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:23 PM
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honestly, would it even be worth it for someone to steal one? what is someone gonna do with it?
use them at there course? Heh. Sorry, I am just used to being being kind of Douchey everything you go. I am sure you can just put like 5 nuts at the end of it and that would make it enough for no one to ever want to do anything to it.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:32 PM
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And then you can put the Lamp from a Tiki torch into it for night rounds
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