I did think of that but I figured I would take my chances, I got real tired of fighting with those stupid things. I am pretty rough on mine and I haven't ripped anything yet.i just leave mine out. i dont know if you ever thought of this but for all you that have bolts holding them together if you would catch your fender on something you will have a hole in your plastic.
My local NAPA store keeps some that are almost identical to the factory ones.Does anyone know of a site where I can get all of thr plastic grommets that hold the plastics together. Am I the only one that has a hard time with these things every time I want to work on my machine. I end up ripping the things to shreds.