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Hi guys,

i want to replace the silly metal 'bolts' that the stealer has used to fix on my number plates.

trouble is the standard coloured fixings you can buy on eBay are too small.

can anyone tell me the diameter of these bolts ( look like M5 or M6) but not measured them, and maybe direct me to the best place to buy them?

cheers, M

ps my car is 2015 mk3.5 zetec s

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Try a pack of the plastic nut/bolt type but without the nuts on.

That's what mine are fitted with (from dealers).

As they're plastic they adapt to small variations in hole dimensions if need be.

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I use sticky pads on pressed plates, gives a much cleaner look!

They've been on for 18 months without falling off as well lol.

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Torquesteer do a good pair of plate sized sticky pads but not cheap-

http://www.teamtorquesteer.co.uk/miscellaneous/number-plate-fixing-tape.html

Another option is plate holders if you like the clean look with no bolts/screws showing.

Also handy for swapping out your plates for show ones if you go to Ford Fair etc.

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I just use the 'extra thick' grey ones from ebay on the front curve, 3 pads is enough per plate, cost about £2 posted iirc.  Used the free ones that came with the plates on the back and they haven't fallen off either on a flat surface. :smile: 

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Cheers guys for the advise.

I have had the 'chrome' number plate holders before, look great to start with but they can soon look 'tatty' especially the plastic ones !

Think I will give the coloured 'bolts' a try for now,

Thanks,

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The plastic bolts look far better than the metal screws.

Nothing worse than a rusty screw showing through.

Even worse is when I see new cars with the plates put on wonky by the dealers.

Sloppy work makes my blood boil.

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The plastic bolts look far better than the metal screws.

Nothing worse than a rusty screw showing through.

Even worse is when I see new cars with the plates put on wonky by the dealers.

Sloppy work makes my blood boil.

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My front plate is on wonky.. the next set will be stuck on 👍. Stuck on properly I've never had any issues

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Apparently Ford changed the size of the rear number plate mounting holes at some point in 2015 on the Mk3.5 Focus.

I know because mine has nice coloured plastic headed/covered screws at the front, but big metal ones at the back. When I asked my dealer they said Ford changed them and none of there nice looking screws fit anymore.

I've not got round to finding some colour matching ones that actually fit yet.

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Strange as my front and rear plates are fitted with the coloured bolts.

Methinks someone got lazy and walloped in normal screws on yours.

Worst bit is that they tear the guts out of the alloy rivnuts in the panel making removing the screws a pain.

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On my 64 plate Zetec S (Mk3.5) they fitted coloured screws front and rear, but on my 65 plate ST it is only on the front.

So I can believe what they are saying, otherwise they'd have just used the same on the back, as they are big screws holding the rear ones on.

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Ahhhh, my 65 plate Zetec S look to have the large 6mm bolts on the rear, hence my annoyance that the standard type replacements with the plastic tops don't fit!

not sure about the size on the front - match abandoned when I couldn't replace the rears.

i have sent for both types (as per iantt's pics) to cover all bases :smile:

cheers guys, M

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fronts just screw in to the plasic bumper, so no bolts or threaded plastic bolts required

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I've ordered some of these thanks to Ian's post:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00EPF9NUY/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?qid=1463596068&sr=8-5&pi=SL75&keywords=6mm+number+plate+bolt

I did unscrew mine and check, they are definitely 6mm which fits with what my dealer told me about them being bigger now.

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