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Old 06-01-2006, 07:40 AM
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Default Square on front bumper?

Does anyone know what that little "square" piece is for on the front bumper? Is it something for a license plate? I see two pre-drilled filled in holes in the middle for a license plate but I have no idea what that little square thing is....I cant see anything in the manual that talks about it but if anyone knows please fill me in. Thanks!
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Old 06-01-2006, 08:18 AM
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Default Re: Square on front bumper?

Maybe a pop-off panel for the tow-hook...similar to the '04 and up Prius?

Check your trunk and the spare tire area...look for a big threaded eye-bolt...

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Old 06-01-2006, 08:21 AM
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the cars from japan have it, they put a closed hook bolt into it and strap the cars down on the boat so they don't get damaged on the voyage over here. I also saw online. tundrasolutions.com they have the pdi checklist on .pdf that a rubber plug should be installed into this before the small square bumper cap is replaced. I see it as a badge of honour allowing others to easy distinguish your car is from Japan vs. an N.A. plant if that means anything to you. it doesn't to most and prob. shouldn't.
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Old 06-01-2006, 07:59 PM
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Default Re: Square on front bumper?

Not that the TCH would ever need to see a flatbed, but there is another advantage to the square hole/big eye bolt combo: the winch on flatbeds are way up when the bed is lowered to receive the car (kinda like a giant teeter toter) and the hook and cable may ding the bumper. I know this from watching my father in law's $60,000 BMW getting dragged onto the truck. All raise a glass and pray you don't see that happen to the TCH.
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:27 PM
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Yes, just pop the square cover off and in with your spare tire is a tow hook with threds, just thred into bumper and tow away. My VW has the same do-dad. sk
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Old 08-25-2006, 09:01 PM
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