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Tow Hitch Cover

JavTPY

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Jun 11, 2020
109
71
San Diego
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I finally found a solution to that PIA bumper cover that I have to remove every time I want to use my tow hitch with a bike rack. I got a replacement piece, cut out a 2X2 hole in the middle to slide my bike rack in without removing the bumper piece, and modified a standard black rubber cover piece to cover the opening when not in use, thoughts, good or bad?
 

cedcor

Member
Dec 13, 2020
68
38
Carlsbad CA
Looks nice! How would you lock it in? My Kuat has a locking pin. Pick up my Y on Saturday (hopefully!).

Is there enough access to the hitch from below where you could still get access without moving the larger trim piece?
 

JavTPY

Member
Jun 11, 2020
109
71
San Diego
You can’t access the locking pin inside without removing the cover, but I have a Kuat too and it works fine with the locking knob and no pin. It is super solid and stays in place
 
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scabbotts

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Jan 4, 2021
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Maine
View attachment 633493 View attachment 633492 View attachment 633491 I finally found a solution to that PIA bumper cover that I have to remove every time I want to use my tow hitch with a bike rack. I got a replacement piece, cut out a 2X2 hole in the middle to slide my bike rack in without removing the bumper piece, and modified a standard black rubber cover piece to cover the opening when not in use, thoughts, good or bad?
I have a question but it doesn't have to do with the hitch cover, which looks nice. How exactly do the roof racks attach? I worry about breaking the glass roof.

Thanks,
 

mark95476

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Jun 21, 2020
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Bay Area CA
Awesome! I need to do this.

View attachment 633493 View attachment 633492 View attachment 633491 I finally found a solution to that PIA bumper cover that I have to remove every time I want to use my tow hitch with a bike rack. I got a replacement piece, cut out a 2X2 hole in the middle to slide my bike rack in without removing the bumper piece, and modified a standard black rubber cover piece to cover the opening when not in use, thoughts, good or bad?
 

jebt2921

Member
Feb 3, 2021
42
44
Arkansas
@JavTPY Really like this. Care to share what piece you modified for the rubber insert, model of rack used (or do all Kuats have a locking pin) and how much the replacement cover was?
 

JavTPY

Member
Jun 11, 2020
109
71
San Diego
The whole project cost me $30, $15 for the new bumper cover, $5 for the Rubber cover, and $10 for the Tesla logo on Amazon. I have the Kuat NV 2.0. These are a few more pics, the hole I cut isn’t perfectly square, but the rubber cover has a lip to it that covers it and you can’t tell when towing.
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Gizmotoy

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Sep 16, 2013
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Bay Area, CA
I appreciate any attempt at solutions to this horrible design of a hitch cover, but personally I don't think I could drive around without the safety pin inserted.

I was out there last night measuring trying to figure out a way to affix the cover to the bumper with magnets. I was inspired by another member who mounted their cover to the hitch with magnets, but the bumper and hitch move independently from one another so that seems non-ideal.
 
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kishkaru

Member
Feb 3, 2020
144
99
The Bay, CA
I absolutely hate this design as well. I already bent/broke the clips on two of the covers, and am on the 3rd cover now.

Good news (maybe?) Model Y's rolling off the line as of this week have been updated to use a new easier-to-remove tow hitch cover. The cover has a little "ring" on it where you put a finger into to help you pull it off. Take a look in the Tesla order page.

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Would be interested in knowing how this new design works.
 

Der Kaiser

Österreicher
Dec 15, 2020
34
19
Western PA
Same here, I broke off a few clips but it is still somehow stays in place. This new design would be great. Do you know if it is available already and what is the part #? If it is I'll order it as it can't be worse that the current design.
 

Wabsa

Member
Jan 23, 2021
14
18
Maine
Has anyone actually seen the "new hitch cover" shown on the Tesla order page yet?
I'd love to know if it actually solves the problem of getting the cover off and whether there is anything more to it than just a pull tabs.
 

wackojacko

Member
May 17, 2018
41
20
Toronto
How do you hook up your safety chains?
there are two loops like on any hitch, they are up in there a little awkward on the driver side as the plug is on the side. I leave my snap link with a c-link clip attached so I don't have to clip it on the drive side one, I just put the chain around the c-clip and screw the nut down to close it. It tucks up inside no problem with the cover on.
 

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