Is it possible to get the front tow hook retainer nut out of the frame?

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  1. Password

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    I found a donor at the pick and pull, grabbed the hooks and bolts but couldn't get the retainer nut bracket out. There is a slotted hole right near the mounting holes, but after fingering her for a good 10 minutes, I couldn't get a good grip on the bracket to get it in a good position to slide it out. Maybe a magnet would have helped? Any suggestions, or just buy new brackets?
     
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    They will come out if you pull the front bumper off.
     
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    Hmmm, well, if I buy new retainers, what are my chances of getting the retainer to slide in through the slotted hole if I don't take off my bumper?

    Anyone have a part number or link to what I should buy? Are they pretty much the same between F-150's and Expy's?
     
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    Mine looked similar to those from my F150 but I do not know if they are the same, I would guess they are because the tow hooks are the same.

    Probably would take some luck otherwise you gotta pull the bumper which doesnt take to long, I have had mine off mulitple times installing my winch and now I can have it off in about 10 minutes lol


    I think this is the right part number even though it says it doesnt fit.

    W706973-S441
     
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    Thanks.
    Maybe I'll just go back to the pick n pull and take its bumper off and grab those brackets.
     
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    I know when I put the push bar on the front of my Expy I had to pull the front bumper off to get to those retaining bolts. Not too hard, just tedious. Probably need a helper to help support it and not tear it up during disassembly/re-assembly.



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    I too picked up some tow hooks. Luckily the donor was missing the bumper which made extraction easy.

    I looked and looked, but without grinding a hole in the frame rail, theres no way to install them without removing the bumper.

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    Disregard. Accidental reply
     

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