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How-To: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift.

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How-To: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift.

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Modification: 02-04 Level II Tow hook modification for Body Lift.

How-To author: Redneckstone



Let the modding Begin!!


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- First. these pictures are from multiple hooks at multiple times never planned on making a how to. I will NOT go threw the basics of welding, grinding and metal working in this how-to. if you do not know them you shouldn't be attempting this mod at all.


******NEVER ATTEMPT this mod unless you are skilled on metal work and welding. *******
- You could cause bodily harm to yourself or someone else if you welded or did any step wrong while using the hooks as designed.


- Credit for the original design goes to my Father Fred Stone for thinking up this design and making it work the first time.




- You will need grinders, cut off wheels, flapper wheels, drill, drill bits, welder. (plasma cutter optional)



- First we start with a standard 02-04 level II tow hook. as shown











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- Next secure the hook to a work surface in my case I was working on my hitch at the time so it worked nicely.












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- Ok now you will cut off the factory welds, with a cut off wheel or plasma cutter. Either will work FYI for cut off wheels, get a lot of them. Fords welds are horribly strong and take forever to get thru.













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- Now you will need to make these pieces. first being the riser plate you will need 2. next is the supports, I match the same thickness of the level II bar. and bend it. you will need 4 of these.










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- Now bevel the hook bracket and the riser plate and weld up on both sides. **** Important on the back side surface grind the weld flat. Front doesn't matter.
















- Now weld on the hook to the rise I usually do it slightly above the nut. tip drill a hole, recess, weld on both sides. grind back flat (in this picture its just tack welded on.)









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- Next you will need to weld on the supports like so.



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- Paint.



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- And install. you will need to cut your valance for the supports. but not nearly as bad as hacking the valance if this was never done.





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Last edited by Redneckstone; 02-08-2010 at 10:40 PM.
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I can't believe it...about freakin' time you guys aren't all secretive about this! lol.
 
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Originally Posted by Fx4wannabe01 View Post
I can't believe it...about freakin' time you guys aren't all secretive about this! lol.
It wasn't secretive it was honoring a request of someone. so I did it for a long time got sick of the hounding and PM's about it. Not like you didnt already know
 
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Nice write up stone.
 
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nice i wondered how you did it.
 
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Originally Posted by Redrocket View Post
Nice write up stone.
Thanks Brandon
 
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AWESOME job stone!
 
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Umm...questions? lol deminsions on the riser plate? And some "specs" on the support bars?
 
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