You guys realize you can remove the front mounting studs from the bottom right? You just lift up on the stud mount and fish it out the big hole in the crossmember. I bought my running boards off a brand new 09 Ranger and I personally removed them myself. This is how I removed the stud mount and reinstalled it in my 04.
I remember thinking to myself as I was taking them off his truck, "great I'm gonna have to leave that mount behind cause it doesn't look like its gonna come out of the frame."