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Tow hooks on 04+ EDGE/Sport 2wd

Hey has anyone figured out a way to mount tow hooks to their 04+ EDGE/Sport 2wd? I want to get tow hooks for the front but don't know where I can mount them.
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Do you not have the holes on the frame horns to bolt them into?? My 03 does.
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nope Ford changed it in 04
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you can drill the holes and reinforce the front cross member.. but i wouldn't pull from it unless you strengthen it.. the 04+ 2WD is weaker...
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nope Ford changed it in 04
do you have the crossmember? If so just get some hooks and bolt them in.

If you dont have a crossmember, I was looking at tommys truck and was going to just get a piece of 2x4 thick steel and weld it in between the frame rails with some gussets on the backside.
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yep thats a little over my head haha, i'll just get a hitch and use that as a tow point.

Alon, I dont think I have that crossmember, i'll look tomorrow morning.
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Oh well, that sucks. Maybe if someone had a pic of a 04-up w/o a bumper/valance attached, I'm sure that would help... I wonder why they did that.
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Just get a front receiver hitch dude. Its stronger and more versatile than those tow loops anyways.
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Thats a good idea too, i havent thought of that. If I offroaded enough to need one I would, i mainly just want some sort of tow point to pull people out of ditches with and stuff around town.
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never pull someone out backwards.. well at least if you have a 4x4 dont its bad on the transfer case...

get a rear hitch with a shackle receiver...

a front hitch is tons stonger then those tow hooks. for one you have to pull from BOTH at the same time or risk tweaking your front cross member and or frame...
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Thats what i'm going to do is just get a hitch with a shackle receiver, I was just going to get tow hooks with it but I shouldn't need to pull some one out that direction.
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ah get front and rear that way our *** and front is covered lol...
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Haha, maybe when I run out of other things to buy and have money to spend, but thats a long long long time away. I have a Excel spreadsheet with 4 grand of stuff to get for the truck.
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SEE thats the problem... dont look at it that way lol... just get **** as it comes.. hell i have spent over oh god 10k easy on mine if not more...

also keep and eye out for rear one's on like craigs list thats if you dont have one.. hell i got mine free it looked like crap i had it sand blasted and it looks great now lol
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Yep thats what i've been doing is watching Craigslist. I had one for 50 but it was like a hour and a half away so gas would have been the same as buying it new. This whole being in college without a job thing is definitely inhibiting my modding the truck.
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ah.. give it time then.. dont rush.. things will happen when they need to then... you will be surprised...
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Yeah i'm not worried about it. I've gotten more parts in the last month since i've been up there since i've had the truck haha. Gotta love summer jobs. It's moving along nicely, i'm enjoying it and thats what the point is.
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Trent, I went to the local Ford dealer, and they told me that my tow hooks wouldn't work on your truck. These have to be mounted to the right place, because of the shape of them.
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Something like this would work too:

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=50755
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Trent, I went to the local Ford dealer, and they told me that my tow hooks wouldn't work on your truck. These have to be mounted to the right place, because of the shape of them.

Yeah I said that last night, thanks for checking anyway.
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the front frame on your 04 is the same as the 4x4 frame, the mounting holes are there and factory tow hooks will bolt right in. ford would not put them there if it was not safe to use them, forward or reverse.

my 04 did not come with hooks, it "WAS" 4x2 when i bought it. i simply ordered new ones from ford and bolted them in place.

this pic is after i moded the frame to get them back in place after the body lift
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