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    License plate receiver

    Is there a gps receiver out there, preferably bluetooth, that can be mounted on the license plate? Sort of like an ezpass?

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    Well, you could probably mount the GPS receiver wherever you wanted, you'd just have to fabricate something. But, that's not exactly the best place for one, since it wouldn't be in direct line-of-sight to the sky quite a bit of the time. Any particular reason you need to mount it on the license plate?
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    I just don't want it on the dash or on the roof.

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    If you want a good GPS signal, then it needs to go somewhere where it can see the sky. If you wouldn't mount an XM antenna there, you wouldn't mount a GPS receiver there, either.
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    sometimes you can mount the gps antenna under the plastic dash and it will still get a good signal. though it is something that you need to play with-- some cars just don't work with this technique.

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    I have put receiver's in taillights, clearance lights, under plastic dashboards, under plastic/composite hoods or rear decks. When inside make sure no defroster wires in rear window or front in glass antennas. GPS receives the best signal when its on top of a 36" flat metal surface (ground plane) thats optimum and away from other antenna's by at least 12-18". Just can't go through metal and most satellites are south facing so keep that in mind when positioning receiver i.e. slope of windshield vs roofline, if tailight is sloped enough to allow good sightling to the sky, if you look at most rental cars they are all on the outside of the top front fenders closer to the headlamps than the windshield. I install tracking units for a living and most clients want covert installs so its really on a vehicle to vehicle basis, same vehicle same year just different options make for diffierent install locations. Hope this helps SNO

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    ^^^ great advice.

    I would look inside the dash, close or under a speaker grille, air vent, or something "thin" like that.

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    That was some good tips.

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    I think under the dash sounds good, I think the cars GPS is there, and there is a speaker there....funny, I was reconsidering my plan and on my way to just putting it in the back window since it was going to be tinted until I read #6, thanks.

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