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So.... my sister gave birth to her first new-born (baby boy!) 10am this morning, and me being the responsible first-time uncle, rushed for the door upon receiving the call, only to be greeted by what looked like a beautiful woman with a missing tooth (the tow hook cover). On such a happy day, I still had to drop a few F-bombs and curse the gods that spite me!

Understanding that spare tow hook covers are as readily available as yellowcake uranium, I'm reaching out to anybody that may have a spare one!


Still scouring the net, calling recycling yards, and eBay... no joy yet.

On a positive note, my front-end recently took a hit-and-run, so I'm getting a new grille and some paint work done. I'm hoping that I can save a few bucks by asking them to paint the tow hook cover since they've got all the materials ready to go.

For reference: Stealership price (unpainted): $202 (CAD); part number: 129-880-00-05 (or 129-880-00-05-9999)

A couple of questions:
-In the event I need to purchase new, the cheapest I found it at was $108 (USD). Not painted, but primed. Anyone know of a cheaper source?

-This is probably a silly question but considering the shape of the cover, can a used one be repainted well enough?

-Any DIY guide on how to be the "fun" uncle?


Cheers.
 

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It seems that it would be so simple to make some molds from an existing pair of tow hook covers, and then start reproducing them with fiberglass and resin, with a couple of bolts embedded for attaching them. Open up an eBay account, sell em for a realistic price and make some money.

We buyers could easily prime and paint them ourselves with a little spray can of matched paint from our local automotive store.
 

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... and when you do replace the cover, please take a few minutes to secure it to the car with a black nylon zip-tie. If you loop the zip-tie through the mesh and around any nearby bumper internal bracing it's essentially invisible and quite secure. A few cents now can save you hundreds of $$$ later!
 
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