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    wtb jdm plate

    does anyone know where i can get a real jdm plate not one of those custom vinyl ones. or is anyone selling one on here?

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    There are a ton of them on ebay.

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    Yeah, ebay is the best place to find them.

    and please do some research beforehand as to which plates match the car you're putting them on - don't just buy any random one!

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    I see four different things on Ebay:

    1. One guy is aluminum plates with vinyl letters, usually spelling out something in English for $23.

    2. One guy selling stamped aluminum plates which all have the same prefecture, vehicle class code, and prefix, and four random numbers for $23.

    3. On guy claiming "authentic" with stamped aluminum plates, with a couple different prefecture and vehicle class codes (limited and you can't choose), and they all spell out a car related phrase in English, some in f-6 letters, for $23. (Not very authentic.)

    4. One guy selling genuine used plates, you choose from what he has to offer, and they go for $35 for singles or $80-150 for a pair.


    At the risk of giving away a good secret, I found two custom plate makers:

    Autogeek
    http://www.autogeek.net/japaneseplate.html
    Has only the pattern for Nagano Prefecture.
    You choose the vehicle class code, but they only allow two digits, so three digit codes can not be done.
    The prefix available is SE.
    Up to five digits for the identification number, so you can do two numbers, a dash, and two numbers, or two numbers, a space, and two numbers, for an authentic looking plate.
    The number font is narrow like the real plates.
    Embossed aluminum and not drilled, so can be drilled for US or Japanese bolt spacing.
    $35 per plate.

    LicensePlates.TV
    http://www.licenseplates.tv/cat/japan_l ... lates.html
    Standardized plates available with Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kanagawa, Kobe, Nagano, Saitama, Sapporo, and Tokyo. Only two character kanji for the prefecture name, though some prefectures actually use three kanji characters on their plates. Several different plate and lettering colors (motorcycle too.)
    Choose up to three digits for the vehicle class code.
    No choice of prefix, determined by the standardized set matched with each prefecture.
    Choose up to six digits for the identification number. So you can get the two numbers, dash, and two numbers, or two numbers, space, and two numbers.
    The number font doesn;t look right, too wide in the example pictures. But that might be just in the example photos.
    Embossed aluminum but pre drilled for US bolt spacing.
    $70 each.

    And a fully custom reproduction option from LicensePlates.TV
    http://www.licenseplates.tv/replicate_a_plate.php
    You supply a picture and dimensions. A photo of a real plate, or draw a plate with the prefecture name, vehicle class code, prefix, and identification number you want.
    Reasonably sure the font matches your drawing or photo and either drilled per your instructions or tell them not to drill it.
    Starts at $100 per plate.

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    Yep, Ebay. That's where I got mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stationwagonguy


    Yep, Ebay. That's where I got mine.
    your plate is upside down

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    JT191 - Good info on the places that make plates! Thanks for posting.

    I got a pair of my plates from a buddy in Japan and then my other one from Ebay from the guy who sells the real ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajasoobnut
    your plate is upside down
    Lol, I'm aware. 1970 Chrysler bumper only mounts plates using the bottom holes, legit vintage Japanese plate only has top holes. I threw it on there for shits and giggles when I got it, it created such a stir I just left it on like that. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stationwagonguy
    Quote Originally Posted by bajasoobnut
    your plate is upside down
    Lol, I'm aware. 1970 Chrysler bumper only mounts plates using the bottom holes, legit vintage Japanese plate only has top holes. I threw it on there for shits and giggles when I got it, it created such a stir I just left it on like that. :lol:
    Where did you come up with a Chrysler that has bottom plate mounting holes that are 210 mm apart (Japanese plate bolt spacing), instead of the US market 178 mm apart?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JT191
    Quote Originally Posted by Stationwagonguy
    Quote Originally Posted by bajasoobnut
    your plate is upside down
    Lol, I'm aware. 1970 Chrysler bumper only mounts plates using the bottom holes, legit vintage Japanese plate only has top holes. I threw it on there for shits and giggles when I got it, it created such a stir I just left it on like that. :lol:
    Where did you come up with a Chrysler that has bottom plate mounting holes that are 210 mm apart (Japanese plate bolt spacing), instead of the US market 178 mm apart?
    Umm... I've had to Japanese plates that both have the same mounting and spacing as a normal US plate? :shrug: The plate on the car is from a US military member's car when he was stationed in Japan in 1969, so I'm *pretty* certain it's not a fake.

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