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Old 07-08-2010, 09:54 AM
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Default Front End Swap guide 1998-2000

If you have a 1998-2000 Ford Ranger and wanna upgrade to a newer look. This will show you what all you need.

You will need to decide what year you wanna go with. You can only mix and match on the corners. 2001-2003 grille will not work if you go with the 2004-2010 front end.

A few sources to buy the parts you need.

www.Certifit.com Good quality parts for cheap. Limited shipping.
www.ebay.com
www.car-parts.com Can search all salvage yards in your state.
www.LMCtruck.com Good place to obtain all small fasteners

For the 2001-2003 Look you will need

Headlights
Corner Lights
Header panel
Grille
Hood (If you want the Fiberglass Fx4/Edge raised hood)
Headlamp Retainer (inward and outward)
Miscellaneous Fasteners

For the 2004-2010 look you will need

Hood (Have to have hood as it is different then the 2001-2003)
Headlights
Corner Lights
Header panel
Grille
Headlamp Retainer (inward and outward)
Miscellaneous Fasteners

Here are pictures to show the items needed. The 2001-2005 Corner lights are different then the 2006-2010 corner lights

Headlights 2001-2010


Headlight retainers (holds lights onto header panel)


Corner Lights 2001-2005 Will work up to 2010


Corner lights 2006-2010 will work on 2001-2005 as well


2001-2003 Header Panel


2004-2010 Header Panel


2001-2003 Grille Options


2004-2010 Grille Options
First 4 are 2004-2005 Last 4 are 2006-2010 but will all work the the 2004+ conversion


2001-2003 Bumper Options. (will need to swap over bumper brackets)



2004-2005 Bumpers (will need to swap bumper brackets)

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Old 07-08-2010, 09:55 AM
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im glad this sticky has come about. far too tired of seeing "wut parts dew i needs to make my truk lewk like dis"
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:08 PM
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im glad this sticky has come about. far too tired of seeing "wut parts dew i needs to make my truk lewk like dis"
Lol yea but some people still will ask and not use the search button.
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:15 PM
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Default Re: Front End Swap guide 1998-2000

only reason i asked today was because this doesnt show anything about puttin a lincoln front end on. im guessing i would go with the aviator grill, but idk how to manage getting it on
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:05 AM
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Default Re: Front End Swap guide 1998-2000

the pic of the 04-10 header panel is upside down
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:35 PM
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Default Re: Front End Swap guide 1998-2000

I just saw this, I converted from my 01 non foglight bumper/valance, and replaced it with a 05 painted bumper/fog, So tell me, was I suppose to swap my bumper brackets from my original stock to the 05 front end? and why would I have to do that?

p.s maybe this is the reason my dam front end wont line up right, one side has a bigger gap between the header panel and the bumper than the other side. anyways I guess if the answer is yes, that would mean i need to buy some bumper brackets for a 01 front end and swap them over to the newer 05 front end Right?
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:03 PM
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Default Re: Front End Swap guide 1998-2000

Thank you for posting this...I must admit I was going to ask but decided to use the search button, worked this time. I plan on going to the 2001-03 from my 98. It states I will need a hood if I want the fiberglass raised blah blah...my 98 hood should still work fine ya? I kinda like the flat plain hood thats on my Splash.
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:13 PM
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To do a 01-03 swap on a 98-00, a new hood is NOT required. The hood to grille gap is a little larger if you use your stock hood and the Edge/4x4 XLT grille. Little more noticeable on light colored trucks...gap hides on dark trucks. But if you choose the 2wd XLT/XL grille, the gap is perfect as those trucks/grills used the same hood as all 98-00.
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:28 PM
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I wanna use the Edge / FX-4 Grille so I will need to find a hood i guess. not so easy to find around here but the rest is easy to find. Dunno, I will have to do it and see how my hood looks me thinks. thanks for your input!
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To do a 01-03 swap on a 98-00, a new hood is NOT required. The hood to grille gap is a little larger if you use your stock hood and the Edge/4x4 XLT grille. Little more noticeable on light colored trucks...gap hides on dark trucks. But if you choose the 2wd XLT/XL grille, the gap is perfect as those trucks/grills used the same hood as all 98-00.
That's why it says "Hood (If you want the Fiberglass Fx4/Edge raised hood)"
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Old 10-05-2010, 04:31 AM
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Default Re: Front End Swap guide 1998-2000

Nice write up. Here's a couple little things you missed. If you upgrade to 04 or newer the drivers side hood hinge is different. For some reason they mad it backwards and the hood won't line up with your old hinge. The other issue is the extra turn signal bulb on the 98-00's, you either have to tape over a bulb or change the flasher and cut of the socket.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:49 PM
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Default Re: Front End Swap guide 1998-2000

Hey i gotta dumb question. How would you go about painting that strip of chrome on the top front bumper and the bottom of the rear
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Old 11-12-2010, 10:07 PM
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Default Re: Front End Swap guide 1998-2000

This is a great guide. Would the same apply to a 95-97?
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Old 11-13-2010, 04:15 AM
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Default Re: Front End Swap guide 1998-2000

to apply a 98+ front clip to a 93-97, you will need to swap the core support and the front fenders, and the hood latch. the rest will be how the sticky says. also, you may have to modify the bumper brackets to get them to mount.
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:42 AM
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Default Re: Front End Swap guide 1998-2000

what do i need to do a 96 - 2004 ? or should i pick a different year to convert to ? i dont want everything to look dumb with body lines and gaps not lineing up ? and is all this stuff bolt on

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