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Making a WAAG brush guard into a push bumper

Now I have recently acquired a WAAG brush guard which is very similar to the Setina Push bumpers we all love so much and very easily changed to look almost identical. problem is this, while I can fabricate and jerry rig the WAAG brush guard, I am unsure if the tow hook connection point on the frame is sturdy enough to stand up to harsh use. (Such as pushing another truck) and do they need any reinforcement? (like a 1/2in steel bar between them)

I drive a 2003 ford ranger 4x4 with a 2 in suspension lift.

Does anyone have any experience with installing push bumpers onto the tow hook connection points? are they indeed sturdy enough to withstand consistent use?

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The frame to bar mounts don't require reinforcement (from what I've seen) but I would reinforce them anyway. My front trailer hitch is not only welded but reinforced with some steel. I usually only use that to pull people who are stuck over my rear hitch.


2" suspension lift? If you have "torsion lift keys", I'd put the stock ones back in and crank the bars instead. I'm sure everybody else on this forum agrees that the aftermarket keys are junk.


A member on here, FMD, has a waag bar. try to PM him and ask him directly if there is a reinforcement or not.

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Thanks and I never did purchase a kit I did as you said but i also got a little bit creative with air pistons in the rear in combination with some new bigger leaf springs and while I was at it put two pistons in the front as well. Crammed a air compressor where the jumpseat used to be and called it a day. Makes clearing bad terrain with a load much easier
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