The US EC front end. Thoughts?
The US Eclipse Cross has the optional accessory for the front and rear of a lower garnish in matte chrome look. I added the rear lower garnish to my EC here in Australia from a Chinese seller on AliExpress. The US front accessory is a one piece part like the rear but the Chinese copies are only available as a two piece item and there is a gap in the middle where the license plate covers that area. My issue is that I have a small personalised license plate that doesn't cover that area so the gap would be easily visible.
Evidently, the Chinese only do the ends as the US EC has a slightly different lower bumper with indents to allow this garnish to sit flat to the existing bumper but the Chinese part might not fit truely enough if a one piece offering. The rear garnish doesn't suffer the issue as the area where it attaches has a little wiggle room as far as fitment.
One option would be to make a project for myself and buy the Chinese part and set to work to build out the missing centre area with fibreglass but that may take some time.
The easy option for me is to add a backing plate to the license plate which covers the gap to about the size of a normal license plate. I've sourced some black acrylic perspex sheet and cut it to size (see the attached pic). It is quite unobtrusive at the moment against the red of the bumper but may be more pronounced once the garnish in matte chrome was installed.
If I was still travelling to the USA for business I would organise to pick one up at a dealer in California like I've done for other parts in years gone by but my travels are now mostly in the regions of Europe and I haven't seen it available there.
Anyway, what are your thoughts on the garnish for the front bumper as you see it in the pictures of this forums page banner?