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Old 04-24-2009, 03:16 PM
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DIY Towhook Plate holder

Tow Hook/Front Plate Holder

Cost: approx. $49.95
Difficulty: 3 out of 10

You can purchase one from ebay or a few other websites

no need to drill holes in your beautiful new porsche bumper.

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I purchased screws, nuts, etc. from my local Home Depot:
-12mm-1.75 hex nut steel 030699362486 $.42
-aluminum plate 030699447107 $3.38
-1/4"-20x1/2" round head slotted screw 030699332113 $.98
-1/4"-20 cap nut (2 needed,packed individually) 030699323814 $.98
-5mm 8x30mm machine screw (2 packs) 030699724789 $.88
-m5-8 hex nut (2 packs) 030699001781 $.41
-flat washer 5mm 030699012282 $.36
-#8 hinged scr cover black (2 packs) 030699899289 $.62
-factory porsche plate holder (should have came with your car)
-your favorite frame bracket
-sharpie or any marker

You do not have to use the ones I purchased but it gives you an idea of what you need. I included the sku#s.

Cut the aluminum plate to desired length, you do not have to use the factory plate holder but I did.

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once cut you will need to flip it over to mark the holes on the front with your marker.

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drill the holes using drill bit that is a little larger than the screws.

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now check to make sure the holes line up. I forgot to take a picture but also drill a large hole for the tow hook. Placement is up to you, you can also drill a few side by side so that you can move the tag over. I just drilled mine in the middle.

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now put the 12mm nut on that you purchased on the bottom and use the thinner one on top that the hook came with.

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do not tighten it down, that will need to be done later after you tighten the plate on.

put the flathead screws with the nut caps on.

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put on the aluminum plate with the hook attached.

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put on the end caps, tighten them down.

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using the cap covers put the 5mm 8x30mm screws on, I used the black caps because it looks cleaner.

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on the back use the washer and lock washers, I forgot to get the bottom set. 30mm is a little long I couldnt find shorter ones but it clears the bumper.

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tighten them down and close the caps.

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put the tow hook on the use a screw driver to tighten the nut.

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clears the bumper perfect.

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another thing you can do is drill a hole on your plate so you can still use the hook quickly for easy hook ups.

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maybe for another article...

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Very cool, I bet you could sell these like crazy if you were to start manufacturing them... Some states are very strict about front license plates, and this is a brilliant way to mount one when you need it and remove it when not needed!
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Someone already makes these, let me see if I can find it.
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Thats really cool, I've been meaning to get one of these, but hell I'll just make my own instead.
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Found it. GoMiniGo makes them for many different cars.

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