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i know it was but then everyone started about a friggen hitch, i clearly started she does not want one.

and about the daily driver thing...i seriously have my doubts on ur compresion skills buddy, it is going to be going through a transformation over the next yr or two but for now its our DD. a civic or any other import even a car is outta the question. why question someones choice in buying a vehicle anyway. not like its ur money being spent. good for u, u tow and off-road with ur truck, she doesnt right now because its not even over 10,000 and is our primary transportation. all i want a recovery point is to have and not need then need and not have. she doesnt want a hitch because she doesnt. my truck doesnt have one either and im still debating weather to install one i have in the garage i got for free.
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Seriously man, grow some skin and take it easy! No one gives a rats *** what you or your lady drive on a daily basis or what doubts you have on someone's 'compression skills' or whatever the hell your trying to say..

If you don't want to hear the answer, don't ask the question! You sure as hell don't have to be nasty about it!
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Transformation eh?? Have fun installing your roll pan, 20" wheels, and drop spindles bro... At least you won't have to worry about dragging your hitch.

Tell your girl to strap on a pair and install the hitch. It's better for the truck.
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alright guys, he asked for advice on a tow hook, clearly stating he didnt want a hitch. THAT is the topic. stick to it!
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I asked a question, got my answer and i was content then ya'll brought this out saying how a hitch was better even tho i clearly stated a hitch was not going on her truck. i know a hitch is the right way to do it but its for emergency use only. and ya, im gunna slam a 4wd and all that, right man. im so sorry she isnt on ur skill level yet. its her truck, respect that.
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Whether you want it or not, whether you're putting it on or not, whether you know your *** from a hole in the wall or not, the hitch IS the better way to go. Sorry bro, that's the way of the world. Ask anyone who actually wheels their truck. If you care about her or her truck, you should try harder to persuade her to do it right. A shortcut like that could cost someone their life.
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in my opinion, the best way to do this would be to get a replacement bumper bolted in many places to the frame and then have a big fat clevice in the middle... that would be best in my opinion...

then have two otehr clevices on the outsides, in case you need to be yanked from one side...
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Transformation eh?? Have fun installing your roll pan, 20" wheels, and drop spindles bro... At least you won't have to worry about dragging your hitch.

Tell your girl to strap on a pair and install the hitch. It's better for the truck.
Oh my dear gawd! .. Ha ha ha! Outstanding!
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I asked a question, got my answer and i was content then ya'll brought this out saying how a hitch was better even tho i clearly stated a hitch was not going on her truck.
Yuh, and your question was answered too! Then we moved on to offering reasons why you and your lady might want to rethink the no-tow-hitch policy. You've never really qualified why it is so out of the question to begin w/, other than she just doesn't want one.

In the end do whatcha gotta do boss. I remember not so long ago TBar here himself was ready to wrap a strap around the rear axle of a nice red 4x2 Ranger to get it out of a pinch if the need arose. Thankfully it didn't come to that, but where there's a will there's a way..

<Beating dead horse> But yeah, I wouldn't waste the cash and effort on a rear tow hook either. Do it right and get a hitch. Like I said, I've yet to see an LII equipped truck (or even too many ORP/FX4s) w/o a hitch! </Beating>
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ok he doesnt want a hitch, no more mentioning of a hitch, and no more arguing, or this topic is going right into the archives. im serious, we are here to help each other people, not bash on people.
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im done, u can lock this ****. i got my answer.
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i've seen u can use the FX L2 hooks on the rear but they're $80 new so thats plan B.
The sad truth is that the Level II rear hook assembly is actually much more than $80.

Retail for the main hook component is around $100 but can be purchased online for $80 plus shipping. There is another necessary component that the Level II hook has - an angle brace. Without the brace, the strength and stability of the hook will be seriously compromised. You might have to go to the dealer for the brace and bolts since they are not listed in the online catalogs. It would likely cost $125~150 to get the complete level II hook assembly as shown below.


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mine was the hoop version... all the parts for it ran me about 60-70

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heh, exactly what i wanna do christian. simple and there if needed.
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well, i got rid of that for something that offers protection in the event of being rear ended(1/4 texas motorists are uninsured, i don't want alot of damage)...

my class III hitch protects and my tow shackle that goes in it is there when i need to be pulled out or pull someone else...
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good job christian, cant tell what your hook looks like at all...hahahaha

really, if its just for accouple one times uses for that "what if" situation, i would just get a universal rear tow hook and mount it to the frame, alot of vechicles came with them, and if the factory things its good enough for stock, then its good enough for the ranger. my sisters old geo tracker and my moms beetle both have them, and they are on one side, so yes it might twist the frame after many years of pulling, but what type of beast are we talking about that does the pulling? and are they pulling or yanking?

if she doesnt want a hitch, get the rear tow hook, or hell, come up with something custom that attached to both frame rails and is in the middle with a hook?
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good job christian, cant tell what your hook looks like at all...hahahaha

good as i can do:
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my thoughts exactly gaybriel, its not an insane off-road rig yet so when that time comes ill ask her again. im an Eagle Scout and i like to be prepared for anything =-D
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be prepared for a uhaul and get a hitch? jk
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my sisters old geo tracker and my moms beetle both have them, and they are on one side, so yes it might twist the frame after many years of pulling, but what type of beast are we talking about that does the pulling? and are they pulling or yanking?
Any idea how much a Geo Tracker weighs?? About 2500lbs. How about the Ranger?? Closer to 4000lbs. Don't forget that the Tracker is a unibody so the force is automatically distributed to the whole vehicle and not just one half. Also keep in mind that those are transport hooks on the Tracker and Beetle and not recovery points. Take a tracker out wheeling with a club that requires front and rear recovery points and you'll find out that most clubs do not allow them to be used as recovery points for safety reasons. The same safety reasons that make a hook bolted to the frame rail the least acceptable solution.

While my comments about installing a hitch were taken as derogatory, it is sound advice whether you want to admit it or not. Other than "doesn't want to" you havn't given a single reason why you're so opposed to installing a hitch on the truck despite my best efforts to try to save you from hurting yourself or someone else and possibly damaging the truck. Whether you're a hardcore wheeler, or a weekend warrior safety should ALWAYS be the primary concern and I would hate to be in your shoes when you have to explain to your girl's parents that she died in an accident that could have been prevented but wasn't because you "don't want to" do things the right way. If you're that insistent on not doing it right, please do yourself, your girl, your friends, and all of the responsible people who offroad with their vehicles a favor and keep your truck on the street. Every death of an inexperienced and foolish person offroad makes even responsible and safe offroaders look bad.

For your own safety, please do it right or don't do it at all.
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since the L2 rear hook is factory, it should work fine. i hardly think that towing from a hook would kill her, unless the strap falls off.

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read the new thread tom started up. you might learn something.

sure, we know what you are posting here, but what would you rather we all do?

sit back and let you tow from something that isn't safe.

notice and take heed. tom is going OUT OF HIS WAY to type all of this stuff TO MAKE YOU AND YOUR G/F safer...

don't ask questions if you don't want them answered how members want to answer it.
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