Yes the tow hooks come out and the guard has boxed steel mounting points on the bottom that bolt up where the hooks used to on the the frame. You also loose the plastic trim pieces that trimmed out the bumper around the tow hooks. Then there are two brackets that mount over the top of the bumper. Just like a Ranch Hand. Main difference between the Ranch hand and this one is that the Ranch Hands have the I beam for the two vertical sections (for bumping gates) that bolt to the frame of the truck and this one is all tubular, but on this one all the tubes are larger diameter than the RH. From a weight/stoutness perspective, it is close to the same as the RH's I've had on my F250's. You can order them however you want (light bar options, grate, color, etc). I chose not to have the expanded metal in the center, so the camera would be less obstructed.