Think I found answer to problem w/license plate lite. finally located pics of a '98 from the rear and looks like the license plate bracket should be part of the lite bracket instead of the fender under the stop/tail lite. Will fix that tomorrow....
Thanks for the thoughts & will look with a bright light tomorrow for the doo mod.
Looked for the deep hole problem I spent yesterday reading. Looks like it was not a problem in '98 - no damage visable....15000mi. OK to button it back up without dropping spacers in?