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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.
I have Bridgestone Dueler A/T's

And yes, I will have plenty of recovery points
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I have Bridgestone Dueler A/T's
I looked at them again. I think they just seemed small to me because I've been looking at nothing by 31-33s from the side for the past 3 weeks. Are they stock size on your stock 16x7s? They kind of look like those highway traction A/Ts. How aggressive are they?
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can this mod be done w/o cutting the valance? preferably w/o BL
06+, the hole in the valence is large enough to clear the Fx4 "knuckle" hooks with no problems. Hitch? Well the hole is alot huger than a Gen5 and that's alot larger than a Gen4.... No problems there on a front hitch.

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I'm really liking your outside the box idea on the hooks. Personally, I would've cut the valence to clear 'em that way it's a bolt-on stock deal. Then I'd smooth and re-clear that area of the cuts. But it's an edge and you've chosen a good solution to the problem. Just don't think about body-lifting it now!! lol.
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I'm really liking your outside the box idea on the hooks. Personally, I would've cut the valence to clear 'em that way it's a bolt-on stock deal. Then I'd smooth and re-clear that area of the cuts. But it's an edge and you've chosen a good solution to the problem. Just don't think about body-lifting it now!! lol.
Thanks, I just wanted to try something different, everyone just resorts to cutting bumpers and such, so I wanted to see if it can be avoided completely.

Don't worry, I'm never gonna BL this thing. SAS down the road
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That hitch looks very familiar...
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That hitch looks very familiar...
lol, yea it worked great, only had to do a little trimming on each side.
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I thought you may have to trim a little... Looks great though. When i was thinking of putting it on my truck, I wasnt going to re-use my level II hooks. Good idea!
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Pics of my receiver hook and ball hitch

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Oh and the Level II hooks are still in the works. They need a little more work done before I can mount them
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DUDE!!
That is almost exactly the same thing I'm wanting to do... minus welding to the frame.

I'm wanting a front receiver in case I ever need to get my utility trailer in somewhere that I can't back it into ( I suck at backing up with the trailer ) and it would be nice to have a place to hook up a d-ring or hook if I ever get stuck.

I've got my receiver tube, but I haven't found any 2" square or 2"x3" box tubing... and I don't have a welder
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Thats awesome dude, i love how you didn't even Mod the valence or bumper. if i did more off roading, i would defiantly do something like that.
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DUDE!!
That is almost exactly the same thing I'm wanting to do... minus welding to the frame.

I'm wanting a front receiver in case I ever need to get my utility trailer in somewhere that I can't back it into ( I suck at backing up with the trailer ) and it would be nice to have a place to hook up a d-ring or hook if I ever get stuck.

I've got my receiver tube, but I haven't found any 2" square or 2"x3" box tubing... and I don't have a welder
A front hitch has so many advantages, even if you don't use it for anything, it will strengthen the front of the truck.

The welding was necessary to make sure it won't ever fail
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Thats awesome dude, i love how you didn't even Mod the valence or bumper. if i did more off roading, i would defiantly do something like that.
I couldn't bring myself to cut my valence, everything worked out great though
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Thats awesome dude, i love how you didn't even Mod the valence or bumper. if i did more off roading, i would defiantly do something like that.
If done smartly, there's no trimming needed. I was stupid and didn't think when I did my hitch.
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Opinions needed:

I'm making the final cuts on the Level 2 hooks and I have 2 options.

1. Mount them so the are fully functional (angled slightly down, stick out a little further.)

2. Mount them a little more recessed but flat like they would be bolted normally.

The reason I'm curious is that the front hitch and receiver hook are perfect recovery points. Would there be any point in making the Level 2 hooks functional? Or should they be mounted for cosmetic purposes?

After talking with my dad I may just mount them for looks instead of function since the front hitch is stronger in every respect compared to tow hooks.

Tell me what you guys think
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Do them for show and get a receiver shackle. The hook's cool but a shackle is safer.
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Do them for show and get a receiver shackle. The hook's cool but a shackle is safer.
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Do them for show and get a receiver shackle. The hook's cool but a shackle is safer.
Agreed.

I didn't mention the D ring shackle because I hadn't bought one yet. But I do plan on buying or making a D ring receiver.
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That's what Shane is doing with the setup he's got. I modified some L2 hooks for his BL and he doesn't use them for function, more for looks, though he could if he wanted to. Safer bet is the receiver shackle and d-ring he uses.
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Finally finished. Got the hooks sitting exactly where I want them. They're welded on good enough that they could hold a good amount of weight, but they are just for show. Enjoy

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Looks good man! I would have recessed them back a bit further tho especially if they're more for looks.
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I could have set them farther back but it would have made taking the bumper off more difficult
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I think it looks good where it is kinda meaty!
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I think it looks good where it is kinda meaty!
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It looks awesome!!!
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