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New tow hitch cover

Samyul

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Feb 18, 2021
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I recall a new picture floating around that showed a modified tow hitch cover on Tesla's website. However, there really hasn't been any further talk about it. I also can't seem to find any information about it on Google or YouTube. Has anyone seen the new tow hitch cover? Curious if those taking recent deliveries have seen it.
 
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glide

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I recently ordered a replacement tow hitch cover and was told I would be receiving the updated part. What showed up was the original.
 

Samyul

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Feb 18, 2021
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Irvine, CA
I recently ordered a replacement tow hitch cover and was told I would be receiving the updated part. What showed up was the original.
That's unfortunate, but I wonder if that means they're interchangeable. If they weren't, I would think it's unlikely that they would've told you they were sending the newer version.
 

glide

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That's unfortunate, but I wonder if that means they're interchangeable. If they weren't, I would think it's unlikely that they would've told you they were sending the newer version.
I wish that were the case. Sadly, I think they are simply clueless.
 

mp0417

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Feb 9, 2021
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I recall a new picture floating around that showed a modified tow hitch cover on Tesla's website. However, there really hasn't been any further talk about it. I also can't seem to find any information about it on Google or YouTube. Has anyone seen the new tow hitch cover? Curious if those taking recent deliveries have seen it.
Have there been any offical photos or recent deliveries confirming that change?
 

Samyul

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Feb 18, 2021
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Have there been any offical photos or recent deliveries confirming that change?
This is a zoomed in picture of the current tow option on Tesla's website.
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BioDiesel & Electrons
Nov 20, 2020
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I purchased a second (spare) cover so I can modify one of them for easier access on and off.

AND now that there is a potential “new” cover - I’ll probably want to purchase that one also. My spare/replacement was only $15 delivered to my home when I also purchased my TMPS for my winter 19” Gemini wheels.
 

DanDi58

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Jun 22, 2020
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I wouldn't trust the website, it's still showing the old console and no mention of the heated wheel. Doesn't seem like they would update it for a new hitch cover...
 

jmatero

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The part number in China has just rev'd to 1494009-00-B so hoping it will be available in US soon. Could aways try ordering it from a dealer to see if it works. Tried getting mine off yesterday and it was a disaster. Not sure why they designed it with so many snaps... one on each side would have sufficed.
 
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Samyul

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Feb 18, 2021
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Irvine, CA
Just took delivery on Saturday. Still has the old cover. I bought some pry tools which were totally useless. Covering up a flathead screwdriver with some tape did the trick without scratching anything. I'm not planning to use the tow hitch that often, so in the grand scheme of things, not a big deal.
 

Samyul

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Feb 18, 2021
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Irvine, CA
Okay dumb question: if you order your MY without a hitch, do you still get the same cover, or do you get a non-removable single-piece bumper instead?
I saw an early YouTube video of someone who did not order the hitch. He saw the cover and popped it off to see if he got one by accident, and he didn't.
 
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DanDi58

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Just took delivery on Saturday. Still has the old cover. I bought some pry tools which were totally useless. Covering up a flathead screwdriver with some tape did the trick without scratching anything. I'm not planning to use the tow hitch that often, so in the grand scheme of things, not a big deal.
Yea, I got one of those tools as well and it was a waste of money. It's too thick to effectively fit, except at the top middle (which may actually be the design of the cover, to have a slight indent there). When I do get a back rack, I will do the 'tab trimming' modification until someone comes up with a better solution.
 

SDM44

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Aug 9, 2019
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Are you guys talking about these 'tow hitch cover pry tools' like what LivingTesla sells?

I guess I could use my interior panel plastic pry tools that I have instead since those are very thin and can fit in there, but just wondering if these 'pry tools' are a complete waste of money.


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DanDi58

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Jun 22, 2020
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Are you guys talking about these 'tow hitch cover pry tools' like what LivingTesla sells?

I guess I could use my interior panel plastic pry tools that I have instead since those are very thin and can fit in there, but just wondering if these 'pry tools' are a complete waste of money.


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That's the one I have. I ordered their Snap Plate and a couple of the tools. It's not a complete waste of money, as I originally said in my post.... But it only inserts at one spot initially, the top center like in the pic you have there, and the panel gets quite 'bendy'. If the tool was just a hair thinner, it might fit easier, but then might not be as strong so....
 

SDM44

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Aug 9, 2019
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Good to know. Saves me the time & money of buying those before I pick up my car.

I have this pry kit so I'll probably take a few of the pry tools with me on delivery day so I can pop off the tow hitch cover on my car to confirm that my tow hitch is indeed there.

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