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2008 front towbar removal

Just yesterday purchased a 2008 passion. lower section of front "grille" has been cut out and parts of a towing apparatis are sticking out and very ugly. Question is...How do I get to that and remove it (I will never tow mine) and what and where to get a replacement "honeycomb" piece of grille to make it look right again?? Are there any Smart catalogues or websites to purchase original or custom parts for our cars? Thanks in advance!
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https://www.mbonlineparts.com/
Have gotten a number of body parts from these guys. Maybe someone on here will be willing to trade parts if they need to set up their smart for towing....
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......Question is...How do I get to that and remove it.......
Go to etrailer.com and find the towbar baseplate which matches what you have. They have installation directions which should tell you what you need to do to uninstall the baseplate.
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You will need to remove the front bumper (starting with removing the side skirts. There's plenty of how-to's for the bumper online). Then the actual hitch is usually bolted to the frame behind the wheel well covers. I had to pull one off my 2013.
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https://www.evilution.co.uk has a just about everything you need to know about removing and installing body panels. Nothing is too involved, some can be a bit fiddly.
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Be aware that Evilution is a pay site, and the fee is quite small compared to the amount of knowledge on the site. Also check with Youtube for specific panel removal.
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There are lots of You Tube videos on smart car panel removal.
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