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Ok, so, I lost my driver side fender skirt a few months ago. It pained me to find out that that little 2ft x 18in piece of plastic would cost me $275 to replace. Argh!

I spent a few months calling salvage yards across the country and finally found a place in NC (run by a very nice southern gentleman). He shipped my replacement fender skirt at a cost of only $128.

Here's what you won't believe. So, the part did not come with the plastic specialty screws/plugs used to hold it in place. I trudge over to my local honda dealer. They don't have it in stock -crap. So, I order it. It arrives the next day (leaving me to believe the guy at the counter had no idea what a fender skirt was or what the heck I was talking about and just asked around for the part after I left).

wait for it.....

I trudge back over to my trusty Honda dealership to pick 'em up. I never asked about the price as they are to tiny pieces of plastic. No biggie, right?

wait for it.....

So, the guy rings me up and then says in a suspicious tone of voice "Uh, they told you how much these cost, right?".

wait for it....

"Nope, can't be much. Heck my friend owns a BMW and paid 2 bucks a piece for some of those plastic anchors for his door. Can't be that bad, huh?"

wait....

"Uh, well.... these are $18.45...."

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wait...

"....a piece."

Yep, he wanted to charge me almost $37 dollars for two plastic screws.
Needless to day my fender skirt is currently cable ties to my car until I can get to Home Depot and screw and bolt it on.

Moral of this tale - I may have had loose screws but Honda is crazy, man.
 

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Heh. I've been riding without wheel kilts for years. One of those $20 bolts came off on GA 400 and the piece of plastic scraped against the road for a good while, so it's basically garbage. I didn't feel like having the other one detach at some other random time and hit someone else, so I just took everything off. The car looks a little stranger without them, but it doesn't seem to hurt anything. Then again, I have all manner of large dents and scratches all over my car; I've never been into fixing cosmetic problems.

Hatch won't open, sure, I'll fix that. Driver's door looks like someone took a baseball bat to it... nah, as long as the windows work and the door will open and close properly...
 

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... So, the part did not come with the plastic specialty screws/plugs used to hold it in place.
.... these are $18.45...."
...a piece."
... almost $37 dollars for two plastic screws.
I've had the "skirts" off of the rear wheels of my CVT (aka "The Silver Bullet") and I know them as "DAZU FASTENERS" although I'm not so sure I spelled "DAZU" correctly here.

If you wish, check AIRCRAFT parts and supplies sources. Such fasteners are in common usage in aircraft, fixed wing and rotorwing, large and small ones.

Hope this helps.

Fred :)
 

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newhogwartsprofessor said:
Yep, he wanted to charge me almost $37 dollars for two plastic screws.
Since when are these bolts plastic? They are metal but yes your "Stealership" is giving you the business. I'd shop online for them.
 

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its DZUS, and pronounced Zuus. and thick ty-wraps work just fine. i keep a pair in the car, along with some cutters to remove them if needed on the road. the black ones are better, as they are UV resistant. mine get replaced whenever i rotate my tires.
 

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I know this will make me a laughable listmember, but this happened to me a couple of years ago & I wound up removing the little plastic treading altogether & replacing those fasteners with the type of plastic machine-screw/bolt fastener used to hold toilet seats onto porcelain commodes. It was the perfect size & has held with no problem since installation.

Plumbing part in the Insight! What a scandalous thing to do.
 

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:lol: OK, but please tell me you didn't have to buy two toilet seats to get the nylon bolts!!
 

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As Resist has pointed out twice the OEM skirt bolts are metal not plastic. Still dosen't justify the price. Nor is your local Honda dealership making a "killing" on these bolts. Their cost is outrageous too.

Makes you wonder if there's been some kind of typo and Honda is yet to catch it. Bad PR Honda. :(

But if you read other car forums it seems everyone else has a few various parts obscenely priced too :!: :(

For a newbie Insighter its a shock. :shock: Sorry you didn't check the forums before your purchase for the other reasonably priced attachment options. :)

HTH! :)
 

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No, they were available at Lowes hardware store for about $3.00 apiece. It's true that the bolts themselves are metal, but the 'threading' they go into on mine was black plastic. It removed easily. :D

>< :badgrin: Kip wrote: OK, but please tell me you didn't have to buy two toilet seats to get the nylon bolts!!
 

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ty-wraps

HafNHaf said:
thick ty-wraps work just fine. i keep a pair in the car, along with some cutters to remove them if needed on the road. the black ones are better, as they are UV resistant.
HafNHaf: Are you referring to ty-wraps like the ones used to bundle computer wiring, cabling, etc.?? Or do you mean some other kind?
 

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HB: Those would be the ones :!: ;)

So far what this thread has failed to include are the stainless steel twist lock (various styles Dezus, etc. ) that are available from specialty hardware suppliers. They tend to lock with a more positive "feel" and are lower cost each, about 1/2 of the OEM. And if you live in a heavy salt exposure area expect the factory screws to corrode after several winters. There have been several group buys offered by a couple of members here in the past.

Here's one style that was done as a group buy. No one reported dissatisfaction in reply.

Southco PN 85-47-101-20 for the clip on receptacle and 85-11-460-20 for the oval slotted recess stud.

http://www.southco.com/product/part.aspx?pid=11740
http://www.southco.com/product/part.aspx?pid=11615

Unfortunately it requires a quantity purchase making them slightly more costly than $37 for the 2 usually needed from Honda.

HTH! :)
 

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Not to be a typical girl, but...

Ok, so like the old stereotypical gal, I may not know the proper name for the part. But I know the difference between metal and plastic (or a polymer based product).

Part that screws the skirt in two places on my car = plastic.

Yep, most definitely plastic.

But, man, I gotta admit I don't think even MacGyver could beat that toilet seat idea.


almost tempted to try it!
 

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Newhogwartsprofessor,
A typical gal would never make a McGuyver reference. How inspiring! From one atypical gal to another, thanks a bunch!

I'm sure many listmembers have been through leaner automotive years... years involving paper-clip-chain linkages, sewerpipe stopper gascaps and use of string tied around the big toe as a temporary throttle cable just to get the car home in order to fix it. Otherwise the alterations found elsewhere on this website wouldn't be half as entertaining as they are.

Being given this kind of credit is much appreciated, but it's truly nothing next to the other info available here. :)
 

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hey

try those clips from the english guy!
I got em....I love em....
 
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