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Waag installation Problems =(

Seems to me, like the bottom barcket, is like reversed. the 3 holes on one side, and the 2 on the other, the ONLY way the bracket will fit is with the tabs facing down. but if their facing down, then the bar doesnt line up right. when u turn it upside down, so the tabs are facing up, like in the lil picture, it doesnt line up on that custom made bracket for the frame, the extra long piece, seems to be elongated on the wrong end. seems like the long end with the 3rd bolt should go down wards, and the two hole end should face up, but mine isnt like that at all, and getting the tow hooks off? well, thats not happening, i cant get in there with an impact gun, and i cant turn the bolts, infact, i think i pulled a muscle in my left arm cause it hurts now =(


so now what?

robin, this is the extra one you ordered.
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It takes some convincing to get it all to line up and fit in right. atleast for me. get an extra hand to help ya out. also i think your supposed to reverse your tow hooks if i remember correctly. also you can adjust your bumper and lower it a tiny bit so it will fit through better as well. i didnt have to do that but yours might be a bit different

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i think ima cut off my tow hooks with my sawzall
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why not unbolt them...
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The tow hooks are torqued really tight. It helps a LOT to remove the grill surround and all as I recall. Maybe the valance as well, if you haven't already. I think the hooks are lock-tited as well, so maybe a bit of heat might help.
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On my Waag bar.....they mis labeled the lower brackets.....passenger side bracket is the driver side and vice versa. The bottom brackets, on the front of the truck where the waag mounts to it, looks like a sideways L.....with the shorter part of the L facing downword, plus I had to push down on the valence "hole" for the bracket to fit right, making a digging mark on the valence:



The tow hooks on my truck were lock-tited...So i took some Vavoline(can't remember the correct name, but it's the WD40 equivilent vavoline has, but it's SOOO MUCH BETTER) I sprayed in the morning, sprayed in the after noon, them it came off with some convincing....I took a long combowrench and a hammer to make them loosen. Also...if i remember right, I also used a 1/2 ratchet and ALOT of power to make it come off. It's a PITA, but once the WAAG is on, it's all worth it.

Good luck, and what Mr. Griggs said, taking off the valence will help alot with the little room there is.

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Mine was the same way, the driver's side one was marked passenger side, and vice versa. the one with 3 holes is what mounts to the brackets. The side with 2 holes mounts to the WAAG itself.
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My WAAG was hard to install too. The instructions were off, and I had to get them to fax me some pics. I wonder if they need some help in their documentation department?
Since they all mount the same way; you'd figure they would have fixed the problem by now. Oh well, I guess they assume everyone gets a WAAG dealer to do the install.
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You have any pics of what you are talking about??? That would help.
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On Gen-Edge there is a How-To I wrote about installing the WAAG bar. Covers this topic Dave, just like I told you.
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well, after i posted here last i went back out there for round 2. after messing with it, i called dad who was in the he house, to let him know that i was cutting off my tow hooks. heh... that made him move.. so, i went in, helped dad out to the shop, and with his guidence with some lil gadgets hes got, they came off with just a bit of effort and a 4ft long bar '

the passenger side proved the hardest. the tranny cooler was in the way, so i ended up moving that, got that side out, but havent put the tow hooks back in, thats this week end when i go to my buddies shop to rotate my tires on the lift... then ill install the front skid plate and the tow hooks. i pulled a muscle in my left arm and now it hurts like a BTCH

so, my server is down, and my DB is on the server which has all my domain info on it, and im hoping to get that running this week end, then i can upload pics. if u dont wanna wait, im me, and ill send them to u

the one glitch i ran into tho, is my grill, its snapped in on the driverside, but not on the passenger side, gonna ticker with that when i wash it it.
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Dave, if you are talking about the bottom fittings make sure they have not pushed back into the frame
if the fitting is still in place use a flat head screw driver to make sure the metal is open enough to let in the male portion of the grill
you just have to line them up (might mean flexing the grill a bit) and they should slip right in
provided the hangers for the WAAG are not throwing off the alignment of the grill
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So you got it on? Its too late but its easier to put it on if you remove the grill which is only 4 bolts
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Wow, I hope i don't have those kinda problems when I put mine on, cause I'd be doing it alone and we have a sawzall with metal cutting blades, too... lol.
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It's not that hard. I got my towhooks off with just a rachet and a 1 1/2 foot pipe over the end of it. The hardest part is the confined space that you're working in.
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The hardest part for me was getting it perfectly level. Im a prefectionist when it comes to my truck!
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Me too! I had 2 friends holding it with a level on it while i was tightening and untightening bolts until it was perfect!
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I didnt even have to remove my tow hooks to install it, nor did I have to swap them from side to side.
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hmm ok, well i have managed to get a host for the pics - temporily. these were taken last night after I installed it an stuff.... go to this thread:

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...d=1#post237604
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Looks good...sucks about the hassle...maybe '04+s are a little more difficult to install?
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