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License Plate rattles off, any suggestions?

I have aftermarket pipes on my bike which makes it pretty loud. Well the license plate rattles itself off. I have a piece of steel mounted to the license plate holder to put my plate on. I have had my last license plate actually crack from the vibration and exhaust air. That's why i mounted the steel plate which works to protect my plate. But I have tried screws, bolts with washers and nuts. It all just rattles loose and falls off. I thought of moving the license plate holder but I am not very mechanical and wouldn't know where to start. Any suggestions would be helpfull. Also looking for advice on where to find something to strap on or mount to my bike for extra storage, I have saddlebags already but they don't hold all that much. Just looking for something to hold tools and etc.
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three words... self locking nuts.
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I used small rubber bushings on the bolts either side of the mounting bracket and locknuts. Haven't lost the plate yet .....

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thread lock on the bolts
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^^^ OK - Sportster riders know, blue lock-tite, or if you don't plan on removing the plate red lock-tite... Personally I would try the blue lock tite first, I think that should solve your problem... Then there are the Ny-lock nuts...
PS-BTW-Blue lock-tite is for bolts & nuts that you will need to remove sooner or later, and the Red lock-tite is for studs or bolts & nuts you won't need to remove...
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Lock washers would be a good option too with the lock nuts & lock tight. That bad boy should be good to go with all of that.
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I used small rubber bushings on the bolts either side of the mounting bracket and locknuts. Haven't lost the plate yet .....
Self locking nuts, lock washers and thread locker are all good ideas, but I think dragon159 has hit upon the ultimate solution. The rubber bushings or washers help isolate the licence plate from vibration, and the locknuts are insurance to keep the plate from falling off.

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Well.....I did all three...nylock nuts, lock washers, and blue loctite. I also used a metal licence plate frame over the plate, and a sheet of 16 gauge stainless steel under it.

Used bolts in all four corners, and had a strip of rubber across the top under the stainless plate.

Overkill for sure but the sucker never loosened up , cracked or fell off...

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I gotta ask, what the heck are y'all ridin that vibes and shakes more than my Sportster...???
A Vn750 & an FJR that out shakes my Sportster, this I gotta see...
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not behind on a tune up, just loud exhaust. People ask me all the time what kind of harley I have because of the loud pipes they hear. I tell them a japanese version harley just to mess with them. Today I bought self locking bolts and nuts and washers all around with lock tite and took a ride yeah it held nice. Thanks for all of your input.

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