Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > > >
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #1  
Old 02-08-2010, 10:14 PM
Redneckstone Redneckstone is offline
Welcome to FRF, & enjoy!

 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 5,110
Default How-to: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift.

***Disclaimer :
Neither Redneckstone nor FordRangerForum.com accept any responsibility for actions taken during or resulting from attempting this modification. Bear in mind that you perform this modification solely at your own risk. ***

Modification: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift.

How-To author: Redneckstone



Let the modding Begin!!


_________________________

- First. these pictures are from multiple hooks at multiple times never planned on making a how to. I will NOT go threw the basics of welding, grinding and metal working in this how-to. if you do not know them you shouldn't be attempting this mod at all.


******NEVER ATTEMPT this mod unless you are skilled on metal work and welding. *******
- You could cause bodily harm to yourself or someone else if you welded or did any step wrong while using the hooks as designed.


- Credit for the original design goes to my Father Fred Stone for thinking up this design and making it work the first time.




- You will need grinders, cut off wheels, flapper wheels, drill, drill bits, welder. (plasma cutter optional)



- First we start with a standard 02-04 level II tow hook. as shown























- Next secure the hook to a work surface in my case I was working on my hitch at the time so it worked nicely.























- Ok now you will cut off the factory welds, with a cut off wheel or plasma cutter. Either will work FYI for cut off wheels, get a lot of them. Fords welds are horribly strong and take forever to get thru.

























- Now you will need to make these pieces. first being the riser plate you will need 2. next is the supports, I match the same thickness of the level II bar. and bend it. you will need 4 of these.






















- Now bevel the hook bracket and the riser plate and weld up on both sides. **** Important on the back side surface grind the weld flat. Front doesn't matter.
















- Now weld on the hook to the rise I usually do it slightly above the nut. Tip drill a hole, recess, weld on both sides grind back flat (in this picture its just tack welded on.)






















- Next you will need to weld on the supports like so.






















- Paint.












- And install. you will need to cut your valance for the supports. but not nearly as bad as hacking the valance if this was never done.















__________________
2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 Offroad, 4.0L ext cab, Converted to Manual M5OD-R1HD.
_____________
33x13.50 Toyo M/T, 15x10, Body Lift, Rebuilt OHV, JBA headers, Hurst shifter, Warn VR10000-s, Class 1 bars, Belltech Shackles, Mustang GT rear disc, Level II hooks, Modded rear hitch, Custom front hitch, Level II Blue seats and black console, Explorer IRS rear cover, Extang fulltilt, Leer Cap Yakima Roof Rack, Cobra 29 with firestik stake mount, Scangauge II
Few mods

Last edited by Redneckstone; 02-08-2010 at 10:54 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-08-2010, 10:28 PM
TrePaul86 TrePaul86 is offline
All LED and HID
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 607
Send a message via AIM to TrePaul86 Send a message via MSN to TrePaul86
Default

Nice write up Stone.
__________________
FXEdgeplorer Level II
Part 01-03
Part 06

Geared Locked Bright Loud

Quote:
Originally Posted by Carl
your like a guru.... like a little ranger boodah... covered in hair and knowlege
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-08-2010, 10:42 PM
Redneckstone Redneckstone is offline
Welcome to FRF, & enjoy!

 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 5,110
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TrePaul86 View Post
Nice write up Stone.
Thank you
__________________
2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 Offroad, 4.0L ext cab, Converted to Manual M5OD-R1HD.
_____________
33x13.50 Toyo M/T, 15x10, Body Lift, Rebuilt OHV, JBA headers, Hurst shifter, Warn VR10000-s, Class 1 bars, Belltech Shackles, Mustang GT rear disc, Level II hooks, Modded rear hitch, Custom front hitch, Level II Blue seats and black console, Explorer IRS rear cover, Extang fulltilt, Leer Cap Yakima Roof Rack, Cobra 29 with firestik stake mount, Scangauge II
Few mods
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-09-2010, 07:01 PM
Redrocket Redrocket is offline
MMM V8 powered
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 484
Send a message via AIM to Redrocket
Default

glade to see you posted it over here too.
__________________
2000 Ford Ranger 4X4 Offroad 4.0 5 speed ext.cab
88 Ford Ranger 5.0 v8 5 speed Reg Cab
----------
Many Mods
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-19-2010, 04:27 PM
Ranger01 Ranger01 is offline
Ford Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 2,402
Default Re: How-to: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift.

I wish i knew someone to do this
__________________
2001 3.0 V6 Automatic "Police Interceptor"
4x4 Off-Road
3" Body Lift
Belltech 6400 Shackles
JBA Headers
LOKRITE Locker
COBRA disc conversion
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-05-2010, 09:14 PM
878ranger878 878ranger878 is offline
Junior Ford Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 343
Default Re: How-to: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift.

after the BL. cant you still use the tow hooks as normal? you just have to cut the valence alittle right.
__________________
2003 FX4 Off Road- 4.0L V6
fav. mod- cab clearance lights

-torsion bars maxed-
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-06-2010, 08:07 PM
Redneckstone Redneckstone is offline
Welcome to FRF, & enjoy!

 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 5,110
Default Re: How-to: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift.

ALOT not a little. it looks like crap thus this mod
__________________
2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 Offroad, 4.0L ext cab, Converted to Manual M5OD-R1HD.
_____________
33x13.50 Toyo M/T, 15x10, Body Lift, Rebuilt OHV, JBA headers, Hurst shifter, Warn VR10000-s, Class 1 bars, Belltech Shackles, Mustang GT rear disc, Level II hooks, Modded rear hitch, Custom front hitch, Level II Blue seats and black console, Explorer IRS rear cover, Extang fulltilt, Leer Cap Yakima Roof Rack, Cobra 29 with firestik stake mount, Scangauge II
Few mods
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-06-2010, 08:25 PM
Lord of War Lord of War is offline
Ford Rangers
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 201
Send a message via AIM to Lord of War
Default Re: How-to: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift.

This would look WAY better on a 01+ truck. It looks pretty good on Stones truck but I think it sticks out a little far imo.

I cant weld or do stuff like this so I just cut my valance.
__________________
2002 - XLT, 4.0L, 4x4

3" BL, 295 Nitto Terra Grapplers

K&N FIPK, Dual exhaust
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-07-2010, 07:24 AM
Redneckstone Redneckstone is offline
Welcome to FRF, & enjoy!

 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 5,110
Default Re: How-to: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift.

they stick out farther then stock on any year doesnt matter the way the design is. you would have to hack down the ford hook to get it more recessed I personally like it sticking out makes them more useful and way easier to get the strap on the hooks
__________________
2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 Offroad, 4.0L ext cab, Converted to Manual M5OD-R1HD.
_____________
33x13.50 Toyo M/T, 15x10, Body Lift, Rebuilt OHV, JBA headers, Hurst shifter, Warn VR10000-s, Class 1 bars, Belltech Shackles, Mustang GT rear disc, Level II hooks, Modded rear hitch, Custom front hitch, Level II Blue seats and black console, Explorer IRS rear cover, Extang fulltilt, Leer Cap Yakima Roof Rack, Cobra 29 with firestik stake mount, Scangauge II
Few mods
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-07-2010, 04:32 PM
Fx4wannabe01 Fx4wannabe01 is offline
Ford Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 4,058
Default Re: How-to: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift.

Yeah...I shortened mine about 1.25" because I hate how Zach's and Justin's look all underbite looking. No offence.
__________________
'01 XLT disguised as a '03 Fx4 Level II.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 04-07-2010, 06:08 PM
Redneckstone Redneckstone is offline
Welcome to FRF, & enjoy!

 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 5,110
Default Re: How-to: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift.

thats the point of being custom you can do what ever you want. personally I love them sticking out someone might not like it. Not my problem LOL...
__________________
2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 Offroad, 4.0L ext cab, Converted to Manual M5OD-R1HD.
_____________
33x13.50 Toyo M/T, 15x10, Body Lift, Rebuilt OHV, JBA headers, Hurst shifter, Warn VR10000-s, Class 1 bars, Belltech Shackles, Mustang GT rear disc, Level II hooks, Modded rear hitch, Custom front hitch, Level II Blue seats and black console, Explorer IRS rear cover, Extang fulltilt, Leer Cap Yakima Roof Rack, Cobra 29 with firestik stake mount, Scangauge II
Few mods
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 05-01-2010, 11:55 AM
beef08 beef08 is offline
Oh Yup!
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 2,695
Default Re: How-to: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift.

can this be done with the regular black tow hooks or just the level 2 tow hooks?
__________________
"I thought this was America!"-Randy Marsh

2003 fx4 4.10, maxed tbars, 5000k HIDS 3157 silverstar bulbs, expo ohc, alons mag light holder, 06+ tails, throttle cable mod, air box mod
360tag:BEEFS7A7US
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 05-01-2010, 05:46 PM
TrePaul86 TrePaul86 is offline
All LED and HID
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 607
Send a message via AIM to TrePaul86 Send a message via MSN to TrePaul86
Default Re: How-to: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift.

Any of the tow hooks, minus the solid cast ones.
__________________
FXEdgeplorer Level II
Part 01-03
Part 06

Geared Locked Bright Loud

Quote:
Originally Posted by Carl
your like a guru.... like a little ranger boodah... covered in hair and knowlege
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 05-01-2010, 08:56 PM
beef08 beef08 is offline
Oh Yup!
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 2,695
Default Re: How-to: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift.

saweet..taking a welding class next semester gonna see if i cant mod one up!
__________________
"I thought this was America!"-Randy Marsh

2003 fx4 4.10, maxed tbars, 5000k HIDS 3157 silverstar bulbs, expo ohc, alons mag light holder, 06+ tails, throttle cable mod, air box mod
360tag:BEEFS7A7US
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 03-22-2011, 10:03 PM
tpl593 tpl593 is offline
Semper Fi Till I Die
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 663
Default Re: How-to: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift.

would it be the same exact procedure for an 05 fx level II tow hook?
__________________
2005 FX LEVEL II Blue Led's in grill dash & back window, Tinted tails and clear corners, 3 inch PA Lift, 33x12.5 Duratracs, Front Light Bar with 2 KC 55 Watt Fog Lights and 2 55 Watt Driving Lights
Mods to come: black powdercoated rims, painted valence and fender flares
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[SOLD] Rear tow hook--OR DangerRanger01 Exterior Parts 8 05-02-2010 09:31 PM
Body lift still able to tow? Harleymedic53 Lifted Suspension 29 04-09-2010 12:14 AM
Tow Hook stev06 Exterior Tech 1 04-06-2010 02:49 PM
tow hook bolts RangerLuc General Tech 5 03-19-2010 10:06 AM
How-to: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift. STL Exterior Guides 0 02-09-2010 04:48 PM