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Old 10-29-2005, 04:33 PM   #1
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Plate frame... (sort of)...

Since those wacky engineers @ Honda apparently don't feel that Ridgeline Owners deserve to be able to use plate frames, I had to come up with something. Having the edge of the frame exposed just irked me.
So...
My first thought was to get black air-line tubing for aquariums, slit it, and then wrap the edge of the plate. Well, Walmart only had clear air-line tubing...which would kind of defeat the purpose of hiding the edge. Time to stroll the aisles and see what else I could find.
In the automotive aisle (of all places!) I found door edge guards. They're U-Shaped channels that have legs that extend about 1/8". Not quite as flexible as I would have liked, but I figured I could make them work. One piece was just long enough to wrap the top and sides of the plate. The kit I bought was by Bell and contained two pieces.
Install went like this:
Center channel on top edge of plate with equal lengths extending on each side. Make 45 degree release cuts on the back side at the corners to help the bunching. Heat the channel with a hair dryer to make it bend around the corners easier. Push the channel onto the sides. I also put a couple dabs of epoxy on the back of the plate just to make sure it didn't come off, but the channel already has an adhesive in it.
Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the solution ($2.88 & 4 minutes work) for now. There are slight puckers in the corners on the front, but not noticeable from 3 feet away. I'd snap a few pictures, but my camera is @ work. I'll try to get some beginning of the week.
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Old 10-29-2005, 04:55 PM   #2
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Re: Plate frame... (sort of)...

I was able to find a plate frame that fits the Ridgeline front and rear.

Chrome low profile from Pep Boys.
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Old 10-29-2005, 05:01 PM   #3
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Re: Plate frame... (sort of)...

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In the automotive aisle (of all places!) I found door edge guards. They're U-Shaped channels that have legs that extend about 1/8". Not quite as flexible as I would have liked, but I figured I could make them work. One piece was just long enough to wrap the top and sides of the plate. The kit I bought was by Bell and contained two pieces.
Install went like this:
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Great idea! I installed the door edge guards on the truck. Now I've learned another use for it. Thanks.
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Old 11-09-2005, 06:42 AM   #4
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Re: Plate frame... (sort of)...

Well, I did find an actual frame that will fit the back. Found it at Target, it's by 'MG' (Mobile Gear). The sides are extremely thin-maybe 1/8 of an inch. They were available in black and chrome (got black myself) and were $6.99.

I had to insert the bottom first and then tilt the top up toward the holes to get it in, but it does work. Now, it would be nice if (a) my holes were drilled straight and (b) Honda left a little more room for the bottom holes and reinforced them like most car makers do.
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Old 11-09-2005, 06:45 PM   #5
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Re: Plate frame... (sort of)...

Looks good.. Where di you get the chrome tailpipe???
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Old 11-10-2005, 04:19 PM   #6
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Re: Plate frame... (sort of)...

I found this plate frame at PEP Boys also. $2.99 ea.

It fits down into bumper slot with no problem. Not real fancy but at least gives a little chrome look.

PEP Boys had literally a hundred different types of frames. Look for one with a border size of about 3/16" thick and 1/4" wide.

The brand name on this one is "Cruising Accessories"
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