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Old 10-29-2010, 03:51 PM
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Default Tow hooks on 2000 2wd

I got two cast iron tow hooks (actually rings) from a 99 mazda b-series for 8 bucks together. Looked at my truck.......CRAPPPP.....no cross member.

Simple question: Can you unbolt a 4wd crossmember or is it welded on?
If its welded im just gonna plasma cut it off and weld to my frame.
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:10 PM
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Default Re: Tow hooks on 2000 2wd

i believe cast is realllly difficult to get a weld to stick to.
i might be wrong though, either way goood luck!
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:19 PM
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I will check tomorrow to see if it can be unbolted
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:38 PM
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Its welded in. You will have to cut one outta a parts truck or make one.
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:59 PM
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Iwanted to do the same thing. My truck has the cross member but doesn't have the holes for the hooks. If you looking for a donor truck you may want to look at edge 2wd's as well if your willing to drill the holes out. Might give you more option for finding on at JY or something
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:09 PM
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Default Re: Tow hooks on 2000 2wd

i was trying to decide what to do for hooks on mine. instead of welding a cross member on for tow hook you should weld a tow hitch receiver on there and put a hook receiver on it.

much more affective and the same amount of work. thats what i am doing.
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Old 10-31-2010, 12:22 PM
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So the local Pull-a-part that has a truck with the cross-member won't allow torches into the lot. How long would a reciprocating saw take to cut this piece out? Also what blades?
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prolly not long as long as you can cut a good line. make sure you get some good metal cutting blades
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prolly not long as long as you can cut a good line. make sure you get some good metal cutting blades
and plenty of them lol
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Old 10-31-2010, 05:11 PM
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So the local Pull-a-part that has a truck with the cross-member won't allow torches into the lot. How long would a reciprocating saw take to cut this piece out? Also what blades?
The 4x4 bumper bracket/tow hook mount has a total of 10 welds holding it to the frame, 5 on each side. Cutting them all out takes some time. If the yard will let you cut the very front of the frame horns off instead, that should go quickly with a good bimetal steel-cutting blade. Then you could take the whole thing home and work on the welds in a vise at a comfortable height with whatever tools work best. I used a reciprocating saw and a variety of cutoff wheels to remove mine.

Before you go to all that trouble, be sure to take some measurements first. There are considerable differences between the 2WD and 4WD frames. I suspect that it would be possible to make the swap but a little checking in advance would save you time and money if it isn't.
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The 4x4 bumper bracket/tow hook mount has a total of 10 welds holding it to the frame, 5 on each side. Cutting them all out takes some time. If the yard will let you cut the very front of the frame horns off instead, that should go quickly with a good bimetal steel-cutting blade. Then you could take the whole thing home and work on the welds in a vice at a comfortable height with whatever tools work best. I used a reciprocating saw and a variety of cutoff wheels to remove mine.

Before you go to all that trouble, be sure to take some measurements first. There are considerable differences between the 2WD and 4WD frames. I suspect that it would be possible to make the swap but a little checking in advance would save you time and money if it isn't.
Exactly what I was planning on doing.
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