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93 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2011
I don't want to give this product a bad review, but I want people to read this. They should know the screw holes in the BumpShox are the standard 7" apart that you see on almost all rear license plate frame in the U.S. However, it seems that screw holes for front bumpers don't have the same standard (or any standard at all, given that they're often tapped by the dealer). Mine are 8.5" apart. Doing a quick survey of the cars on my street (meaning, walking down the street and measuring using a tape measure), front plate screw holes vary between 6.5" and 8.5".

You should measure the distance between your front plate screw holes and be prepared if it's not 7". My plan is to get to the hardware store and buy a thin metal bar, about a half inch wide with holes punched in it every half inch or so. I'll screw that to the bumper with some cushioning behind it, then screw the BumpShox to the bar. I'll update this review once I have a solution worked out.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2010
I love the BumpShox. I googled this product and it just came out of no where. I'm surprised I haven't seen anybody else with it. Basically, I have a Ford Explorer and I also have a license plate cover over my personalized plate. Time and time again, NY drivers back into my truck and crack my license plate cover. I replaced about 3 of them so far. Without it, they scratch up my personalized plate. I put this thing on the front plate and all is well so far! It sticks out enough to protect your plates + covers, and enough to deter a person from backing up too close to your car. Yet, it doesn't stick out TOO much to be illegal or gaudy. It's fairly sturdy and firm. [From bumper to bumpshox is: my factory license plate holder, license plate, license plate cover, bumpshox.] I don't think anyone has backed into my SUV since, which is a good thing. That's why I said so far so good and gave it 4 stars. I think they should sell an 'XL' version which sticks out maybe another inch. Then I'll be 100% sure that it works (without actually checking for damage of my plates). I'll update in a few weeks.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2011
Living in the NYC area parking your car is always an adventure. People have no regard for your property and consider your bumper a method for determining when they have to stop their vehicle while backing into a parking spot. This leaves your bumper looking like it was used for target practice. Short of buying some type of metal push bar mounted on the front of your car this is the best option I have found for protecting your front bumper. It gives enough padding to keep the scuffs off, yet it does not look like an eyesore on your car.
The bumper pad is made from a rubber material with an additional lip that protects the top of the licence plate. Installed in minutes. Wish they made one that could cover my entire car...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2013
I live in Queens. One day I saw this Bump Shox XL at AutoZone and began doing research on it, some say we may get a ticket using this product, but I have yet to find out.
(Numbers of reviews on Amazon are from drivers in New York, some have been using this product for months, so I determine to give it a try, although I may risk getting a ticket)

I used sand paper to sand off the big red and white color bump shox brandname;
In terms of installation: Like many others, my existing screws are too short for this product.

So I took one of the exisitng screw to Home Depot, using the size tester there in the hardware aisle, and found out that mine is type M6-100, the screws were found in one of those drawers where they kept special screws/washers (not the usual #6, #8, #10, etc.), costs $1,10 for a pack 2 screws of 25mm length, went home and installed it without hassle.

Moments after installing bump shox, there was this nice lady back into my car, and Bump Shox proved its effectivness right then and there; several minutes after I installed it, Nice !!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2011
I just received this item for my car. Installation was as easy as putting on a license plate. Living in New York bumper scratches are normal. I'm using the Bumpshox now for a month and this thing has been protecting the front bumper very nicely. I know other cars have been bumping into me because there has been scuff marks on the outter edges of the item. Better on it than my bumper. I would recommend this item if your license plate frame is on the bumper itself. If thats the case then you bumper will be scratch fee.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2010
I think that BumpShox's sellers should warn all potential buyers that their product may not be used in all states. I've been driving with the BumpShox for over a month now and today I received in the mail a citation from the City of Boston for "Number plate obscured by license plate frame". Violation 90 6 .

I believe that a detail cop that I drove by saw it, wrote my plate number from my rear plate, and then mailed me the warning. I don't want to get pulled over and receive a fine so I have no choice but to remove it.

So i researched and found the following at the RMV of Massachusetts: [...]

Start Quote"
25. I was told my vehicle failed because the dealer license plate frame obstructs the logo "The Spirit of America" or "Massachusetts."

Regulations require that all letters, numbers, stickers, and symbols must be clearly visible on the number plate. A number plate frame that obstructs any part of the plate is illegal, and you could be fined for having an obstructed plate.

End Quote"

It means that my inspection sticker won't be renewed because of the BumpShox and I will be subjected to a fine by the police.

Con: People bumping you accidentally must hit you straight on or they will still hit the bumper in other areas.

Con: It's ILLEGAL in some cities/states/countries.

Con: Way too overpriced for the plastic that it is.

Pro: It looks cool.

Conclusion: Buy it if you have nothing else to do with your money and you don't care about getting pulled over.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2014
I bought this from Autozone.

I like it... except for 2 things to be wary about -

1. I had to buy screws for it, which is fine, Autozone carried the screws for $1.99. The screws that came with my license plate were too short.
2. My license plate is screwed directly to my bumper, and the bumpshox is placed on top of the plate. So if a car bumps your bumpshox, it rubs your license plate into your bumper and this scratches your bumper over time. I wish they had a rubber backing to prevent this.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2011
Purchased BumpShox upon recommendation from a coworker and neighbor. I live in Brooklyn where the parking is terrible...people are always bumping my car and its really aggravating. When I heard about a front bumper protector I quickly went to Amazon to check it out. Read the reviews and decided to purchase one for my new Avalon and one for my wife's Accord. Installed in a few minutes using the existing bolts that came with the cars. I thought the quality was excellent. The material feels like it would be good at absorbing bumps...nice and flexible. What I liked most about the BumpShox is that it blends in with the sheet metal and is not very noticeable. I blacked out the logo with a sharpie marker for an extra stealthy look. My wife loves the product as well, since she is always bumping into things...it works out well. My last cars a BMW 5 had scratches around the license plate area which I blame on the cargo vans and SUVs that sometimes park on the block. My parking garage in Manhattan is also to blame. I have found several screw marks to the right and left of the plate, which could have only occurred in the garage, not on the street. Hoping the new BumpShox will at least minimize these damages until my lease expires. Paid a huge penalty on my last lease for damages. Would purchase again in a heart beat!!!!Have already recommended to other neighbors.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2013
Good buy. My car's plate holder tends to protrude a little out than other holders , so adding this product gaved additional protection distance in the front. My vehicle is black so i painted the logo black. Looks great. I think Auto zone sells it as well for the same price but minus the shipping cost
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
I highly recommend this if you want to have a ding-less bumper here in NYC. Have the Bumpshox in the front and the Bumperguard SUV Bumperguard (Black) - Rear Bumper Protector on the back. Too many pricks here park by feel. Good Luck out there parking in the streets!
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