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My front hitch with Level II tow hooks

So I'm going on Thanksgiving break, so I'll have a access to a welder. I have an idea for my front hitch and want to see what you guys think

I think the way my pic shows will let them sit far enough forward and high enough that I won't have to cut the bumper

Let me know what you guys think, or what other ideas you have

*I am adamant about not cutting my bumper, so I'm going to try everything to avoid it

Here's a mock up in my basement

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looks good but i dont know strong they will be with them only attached on the backs like that, can you make some sort of bracket for the top bolt hole?
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The entire thing will be fully welded, including bracing from the top triangle on the hooks to the top of the hitch.

In all honesty, the hitch will be doing most of the recovery work
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I don't see why you wouldn't just make things easier on yourself and trim your valance. It's much easier than doing this.
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Looks great, keep us posted
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Depending on how the hitch is mounted, I may not even have access to the rear bolt hole to attach the hooks in the stock location.

Having access to a welder and cutting torch, I figure something more custom would work better in the end
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last thing id do is cut up an edge valence thats painted. that just starts the chipping of paint on it over time. i think it looks good and will be very well done with by a good welder. shoudln't be an issue.
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I like my valence too much to cut it.

My sister's fiance is a certified welder and builds derby cars, I trust everything will hold up fine.
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yeah i wouldn't cut an edge valence but a regular textured i wouldn't care...thats why mines cut lol
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can this mod be done w/o cutting the valance? preferably w/o BL
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You can't mount level II hooks on without cutting the valence. You could heat up and bend the valence but I haven't seen pics of that

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I don't see why you wouldn't just make things easier on yourself and trim your valance. It's much easier than doing this.
cos that is uuuuugly!

i think thats a great idea to do this, never seen it done before, and as long as its welded all the way around, or has the tab folded over and welded on top i dont see why it wouldn't be even stronger. speaking from experience, once you put the hitch on the front, good luck getting at any bolts in there haha, even putting the bumper back on will be a PITA.
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Can’t say anything about the Valance but I like the idea of the hooks and receiver… nice !
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looks like a good idea actually, let us know how it works
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i trimmed my valance about 1" down for the hitch, it can be a little higher and not have to be trimmed
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Ballin idea! Can't wait to see it.
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thanks justin.
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After getting the bumper off and taking measurements and test fitting, I have to say this is the first time I've regretted having an automatic.

Trans cooler lines were the ultimate hangup. But I did get the hitch in and I like where it sits.

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The hitch is slightly recessed, but the D ring receiver I'm making will come out far enough to clear the bumper

Now you're probably wondering where the Level II hooks are that I was so proud of. Well having to relocate the hitch means a new location for the hooks.

Turns out one of the hooks was slightly tweaked so I'm going to fix them later.

Here's a teaser of what I'm doing

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Looks good so far! I plan on doing something similar... hopefully in the spring.
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i need to do a front hitch NOW!!! i got no front tow points
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looks good so far. glad to see there is no need to cut it.
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Interesting... Good work though! I hate stick welding, though I'm certified in a ton of processes of it, I HATE it lol....
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yeah i wouldn't cut an edge valence but a regular textured i wouldn't care...thats why mines cut lol
Not to mention, from what ive seen from edge valances they become flimsy when cut and flop around.
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It looks super clean recessed like that! Can't wait to see what ya do with the hooks.
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looks good.

you need some all terrains by the way. but i guess since your have front tow hooks and a front hit receiver you will have plenty of tow points when you get stuck.
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