Did you ever wonder what the controversial “tilting plate number holder” seen on a lot of modified Japanese cars in Manila is actually for?
Did you ever think that the slight tiling angle helps the aerodynamics of the car?
Did you think it just looked cool? Or people were just following a trend in the Japanese Tuning scene and everyone else had to follow suit?
If you’ve had all those questions ringing in your head, well here’s the answer:
IT WAS MEANT TO HIDE THE PLATE NUMBER FROM SPEED CAMERAS!
How? As you gather speed, air pushes the license plate backward. The swivel point allows it to tuck under the bumper or within the air dam. Speed cameras which take pictures of overspeeding cars won’t be able to capture the details on the number plate. Hence, they cannot charge you with overspeeding.
Below are a few more examples of CORRECT and PROPER installations of the JDM Tilting Plate Holder:
Japanese Custom Toyota MR2
Even the Veilside RX7 used in the Tokyo Drift movie sports the Tilting Plate Holder.
Note that it is installed incorrectly and against its purpose if it cannot swivel upwards and tuck either under the bumper or inside the air dam. Usually, the movement is restricted by the stock air dam blocked by the plastic grille. Forcing the issue by installing it despite the restriction is so NOT COOL.
Also, using this with the glass or plastic plate number covers will just make it so heavy that it cannot tilt backwards. It is again against its purpose. NOT COOL.
Just be wary of some of the MMDA-folk who may try to charge you with a certain violation.
Hope this helps all the Pinoy Tuners out there!
Local versions of the Tilting JDM Plate Holders are available at your local tuning store, while originals are available from Cusco and Mugen.
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