Nice writeup and mod. Too bad our silly state thinks it's so important to have front plates because short of the toe hook (which I agree with you doesn't look OEM at all), there's nothing you can do to properly show off that beautiful grille and still be within the confines of the law.
I'm sooooo on the same page with you. It's all so silly. That's ok though, with the right mods, we can get as close as possible haha