Lose the Vibration/noise




Well this is my first time and it is a simple project. I simply wanted to take the license plate away from the car and lessen the sounds caused by vibration, the black car (Monte Carlo SS) has aftermarket stereo setup which causes a rattle I dislike.


Step 1: What Do We Need?

I decided I wanted a hard plastic clear cover which was like $3.96 from Wal-mart.
I then snagged some thin foam which can be gotten at www.nicolecrafts.com for basically 50 cents.
Used a utility knife and exacto knife, the kitchen cutting board, some scissors, a sharpie, and a screwdriver.

The good thing about this foam is when done you will end up with some scrap that works great for lining Altoids tins or other projects like that.

Step 2: Cutting

Once you pop open the plastic wrap for your cover the cardboard becomes our template, just sit it on the foam and cut around it, if you find it easier use a marker to trace it first. Once done cut it out in whatever manner you wish.

(You might notice the color changed, because I forgot to snap a pic with the full size piece of blue.)

Step 3: Mounting Holes

Time to trace the holes, simply place the plastic cover over the foam and trace the holes, then remove them with your blade.

Step 4: Completion

Well that's about it, just do a test fit to be sure you have made the mounting holes large enough, then pop it back on the car. On one of my cars with 4 mounts you can't tell it is there and can only barely make out the blue on the one with only two mounting holes but only if right up on it and if you know to look for it. You can see the reason I replaced the previous plastic which was thin and cracking. Hope this is useful to someone, next thing I am planning will likely be a custom grill and a custom CAI (Cold Air Intake) for the silver car, the black one is already somewhat modified.



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    I drive around all day with it on the car unhidden so I really don't think it matters much you know, what will happen if I have my plate online? I have heard and seen people blank it out for years and still haven't seen a reason it matters. I live in Spring Lake NC, so if anyone feels the need to locate me that should make it easier. I appreciate your concern but unless someone has a valid reason it matters it is no big deal.

    Why shouldn't you have personal info online?

    Texan's trailer set ablaze in Internet feud

    03:43 PM CDT on Thursday, July 26, 2007

    Associated Press

    ELM MOTT, Texas - A Navy man who got mad when someone mocked him as a "nerd" over the Internet climbed into his car and drove 1,300 miles from Virginia to Texas to teach the other guy a lesson.

    As he made his way toward Texas, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Petty Officer Russell Tavares posted photos online showing the welcome signs at several states' borders, as if to prove to his Internet friends that he meant business.

    When he finally arrived, Tavares burned the guy's trailer down.

    This week, Tavares, 27, was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading no contest to arson and admitting he set the blaze.

    "I didn't think anybody was stupid enough to try to kill anybody over an Internet fight," said John G. Anderson, 59, who suffered smoke inhalation while trying to put out the 2005 blaze that caused $50,000 in damage to his trailer and computer equipment.

    The feud started when Anderson, who runs a haunted house near Waco, joined a picture-sharing Web site and posted his artwork and political views. After he blocked some people from his page because of insults and foul language, they retaliated by making obscene digitally altered pictures of him, he said.

    Anderson, who went by the screen name "Johnny Darkness," traded barbs with Tavares, aka "PyroDice."

    Investigators say Tavares boiled over when Anderson called him a nerd and posted a digitally altered photo making Tavares look like a skinny boy in high-water pants, holding a gun and a laptop under a "Revenge of the Nerds" sign.

    Tavares obtained Anderson's real name and hometown from Anderson's Web page about his Museum of Horrors Haunted House.

    Tavares took leave from his post as a weapons systems operator at the AEGIS Training and Readiness Center in Dahlgren, Va., and started driving. Investigators say he told them he planned to point a shotgun at Anderson and shoot his computer.

    Instead, when he got to Elm Mott -- after posting one last photo of a "Welcome to Texas" sign -- Tavares threw a piece of gasoline-soaked plastic foam into the back of Anderson's mobile home and lit a flare, authorities say.

    Tavares' attorney, Susan Kelly Johnston, said his trip to the Waco area was a last-minute decision during a cross-country trip to visit his parents in Arizona. She said he never intended to hurt Anderson and did not think he was in the trailer when he set the fire.

    James Pack, an investigator with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office, caught up with Tavares after talking to people in several states and Spain who had been involved in the online feud. Tavares' cell phone records showed he was in the Waco area at the time of the fire, Pack said.

    Tavares told investigators that Anderson had spread computer viruses and insulted his online friends for too long, Pack said.

    "He lost everything -- all over an Internet squabble," the investigator said.

    Tavares was discharged last year from the Navy, where he earned several medals -- including the pistol expert and rifle expert medals -- in his nine-year career, said Navy spokesman Mike McLellan.

    Tavares would not let the feud go even at his sentencing. According to Pack, Tavares took cell-phone photos of Anderson in the courtroom while the judge was hearing another case. Authorities ordered the photos erased.

    Anderson, an ex-Marine who served in Vietnam, said he continues to be harassed online, has been startled by people knocking on his window late at night and found bullet holes in a door to his business.

    He said he is convinced the harassment is related to the Internet feud and plans to spend $30,000 on more fencing topped with barbed wire.

    "Before this happened, the rule was: Nobody messes with the haunted house guy," Anderson said."


    And that's why it is always unwise to allow personal information to stick in the web. Because not everyone controls their own destructive nature. Nice 'ible about quieting a plate cover though!


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, it is a 2002 Mazda Miata, asked OFTEN what it is, many guess Porshce, kinda funny really. (They asked before she was debadged)


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Hey Ko0L, I think it looks like what it is, but it is strange how many people ask and how often they ask if it is something other than what it is, be in a Porsche, Honda S2000, or just "what kind of car is it?", even once asked if it was some kind of British Roadster. Just having the bodykit it does I suppose makes it look a bit different.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Not at all Ko0L, as I stated, I think it looks like what it IS, a miata, it is others that aren't into cars I suppose that make such comments. People like my SS but they know what it is, before I sold my Jeep, they knew what it was, it's just this one, but if I decide to buy some of the parts I have been thinking about it will change the entire look of the car, just haven't decided what I wish to do at this point.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    The license plate... IT LIES! Americans were not the first to fly...we were the first to have a controlled, powered successful flight. I wrote a paper on it if you wanna see it.

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    what country are you representing? Well I live in the United States of America, but I didn't get asked where I wanted to be born so I am "representing" anyone anywhere that owns a vehicle. ;-)

    i was asking nathan42100 because he said us Americans didnt fly the first powered/controlled plane he said his country did, supposedly


    11 years ago on Introduction

    And the piece of foam stopped the rattling from the cheap stereo?