Exterior 3rd Gen PLATYPUS Mount

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  1. vetsvette

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    That's a weird lookin' word right there. Well, I guess you could say it fits a weird lookin' critter too.

    But, that's not what this is about. I decided I wanted to give CravenSpeed's most recent no-hole front license plate mount (Platypus) a try. I have used US Millworks mounts on my last two cars and have been happy with them. Except when the car has to be put in the service mode for one reason or another. Every time I got it back from the shop the quick clips for the quick release feature had been replaced with tiny cotter pins that required disassembly of the mount to remove them. Kind of defeated the purpose of the QR feature that I paid extra for.

    After a talk with Kellen at CS about the Platypus, he offered me a unit to compare with the US Millworks mount. With no downside that I could see I decided to try one and compare it with my US Millworks unit. The first thing I learned was that the QR feature was standard on their mount vs extra cost on the US Millworks mount. Initial installation of the CS takes much less time than the USM mount. It takes multiple tries to get the angle and location of the mounting bolts right on the USM mount. This involves the tow hook shaft and eight hex head screws/bolts and a half moon plastic thingamajig. The CS just has the tow hook shaft and one bolt to worry about. The CS unit is built with the mounting tab at the correct angle right out of the box. Installation is much faster. The CS also comes with a flat wrench to loosen and remove the one bolt. This fits in my "secret compartment" or console easily. Takes up much less room than the long nose pliers that I had to carry to use the USM QR feature. The other major difference is the USM is all anodized alloy while the CS has anodized alloy shaft and powder coated steel plate mount. None of this is apparent when mounted though.

    Bottom line is...... You can't really go wrong with either one, but I'm gonna stick with the Cravenspeed unit. I prefer the QR feature on it over the USM mount. The CS is also less expensive than the USM mount and is easier to mount and remove. I can't speak for the durability of the CS yet, but if it's like any of the other CS parts I am using and have used, I know that won't be a problem. As anyone who has dealt with CS knows, their customer service is second to none.
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    @vetsvette - nice little product review. Do you happen to have any pics of the US Millworks? Does it mount in the same place?
     
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    Mounts in the same location. This one happens to be for sale too.

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  4. Redbeard

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    So late AND unrelated reply: How did you get actual fog lamps on an F56 JCW? That was not even an option once I went with the JCW.

    On a more related note: I have the CS mount and I love it. Works like a charm and looks good too. I went with it over the other options because it was easy to install and remove.
     
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    Check my signature line.
     
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    I can't:

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    As an aside, here is my CS mount:

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  7. vetsvette

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    That's odd. It says...

    JCW Pro, Helix, CravenSpeed, ArmaSpeed, ByteTronik, Milltek, Sneed4Speed, Sparco, M7, BC Racing, and some other stuff.
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    I see it Its under your post.


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  9. Redbeard

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    Admittedly OT: So what does it mean that you have Cooper S that is a JCW Pro?
     
  10. vetsvette

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    It started life as a MCS. It now has all JCW bits except for the body kit. Be easier just to post a list of the mods. It would have been much cheaper to buy a JCW from the get go, but I had every intention of leaving this one stock and just driving it. That lasted about a month.

    EXTERIOR

    ’15 Thunder Grey w/Chili Red top
    Custom matte black/red racing stripes
    S4S Splitter with Stanchions
    S4S Side Splitters
    JCW Pro Rear Spoiler Extensions
    Full Chrome Blackout
    JCW Pro Mirror Caps and Side Scuttles
    .50 Cal Stubby Antenna
    OEM Mud Flaps
    Tinted Windows
    CravenSpeed QR front license mount
    M7 Tow Hook


    ENGINE

    ByteTronik Stage 1 OBD Flash Tune
    ArmaSpeed CAI
    JCW Pro Tuning Kit
    HELIX DDC Intercooler
    Milltek Catless Downpipe
    Chili Red engine cover, cause it's purdy
    Powerflex Lower Motor mount (yellow w/black inserts)

    CHASSIS

    CravenSpeed Big Pair
    NM Front strut brace
    NM 22mm Rear Sway Bar
    NM sway bar mounts w/grease fittings
    NM End Links
    NM Rear Control Arms
    NM Stainless Brake lines
    BC Racing Coil Overs W/Camber Plates
    JCW Big Brake Kit
    NM/Neuspeed RSe05 wheels 17X7.5 et40
    Goodyear Eagle F1 215/45X17

    INTERIOR

    JCW interior
    Sparco Chrono Road seats w/Sparco sliders and bases
    Sparco 4 Point Shoulder Harnesses
    NAVDY HUD/NAV unit
    Byte Tronik integrated dash camera
    CravenSpeed ScanGauge II mount
    Cravenspeed Garmin Mount
    Sneed4Speed (S4S) Billet Aluminium Billy Club Shift Knob
    Cravenspeed Adjustable Short Shifter
    Cravenspeed Pro Shifter Retaining Clip
    Cravenspeed Stainless Steel E-Brake handle
    JCW Pro All Weather Mats
    S4S Four Point Roll Bar, NASA and SCCA Compliant
    S4S Rear Seat Delete
     
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    You should know better. You can never leave them stock. It’s like lays potato chips you can’t have just one.:D
     
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    Hmm.. this makes me think. Wonder if somehow I can "auto" generate a link to members garage. I think you have that information in there already. I already have a list of changes I want to make to the garages... including adding sections that are more specific to HP/Tuning. I do have a field for HP input and Torque.. but I also have a list from @oldbrokenwind with some great suggestions for tuners. Once I get Classifieds really up and working the way I want, that will be the next thing (after I finish the supporting member ad removal project... yea that is going to take a little time.. but will get done). :)
     

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