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License plate thread size?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Tundra234, Dec 18, 2021.

  1. Dec 18, 2021 at 3:58 PM
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    Does anyone know if Toyota license plate screw threads are generally the same size and what the thread measurements are? I want to order some true security screws. My daughters plate was stolen from her 2006 4Runner last night while she was at work. F'n thieves will take anything.
     
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    Not sure but there are options out there.

    https://www.amazon.com/Anti-Theft-L...ense+plate+screws&qid=1639872434&sr=8-1-spons
     
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    I use Scrwd for a lot of things in a variety of sizes. They do have a 1/4” but the thread pitch is different from a standard license plate screw. It may work if you put a new little square plastic fastener and let it self thread.
     
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    I may do that. I'll have to look at it. Some have the plastic inserts and some are metal threaded.
     
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    Take one out and take it to your local Autozone. At least ours has a way to tell the thread size and pitch.
     
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    The thief took the screws too.
     
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    Ah. I could check one of mine tomorrow, but mine's a 2018. I'll do that, though, if it'll help.

    I bought it and put a license plate on it in August, but danged if I can remember if it was a m6 x 1 or a course screw.
     
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    Weird how I thought I quoted your post, and it quoted mine. Anyway, I'll go pull one this morning and see what size a 2018 is unless someone volunteers to check the proper year.
     
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    My ‘17 used standard 1/4-14-3/4" screws. I switched 2 of them out for LED light screws which were 1/4” but a different thread pitch. They still went in. A bit snug but holds.
     
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    My '18 uses the shown screw. It's a 6mm screw (M6). The pitch is finer than anything I have in my nut jar, so I'm thinking it's an M6 x .75. It's approximately 17mm long from the point to the washer.

    I'd make a run to Home Depot, Lowes, etc. and find any length M6 x .75 just to prove the diameter and pitch before proceeding. There's always room in the bolt jar for more :)

    The nuts are plastic, and a 1/4", being a tad larger, would probably thread themselves in.

    BTW, the ruler included for scale is a metric in MMs.

    IMG_2217.jpg
     
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    I think it all depends on the dealer selling the truck. My dealer installed the plates including the front plate mount.
     

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