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Old 11-23-2010, 12:16 PM
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Default oem vs aftermarket

im gonna be doing a 96-2006 swap here soon and i was wanting to know if anyone has noticed a difference in the aftermarket body and lights ? and if every thing comes together the same ? i cant get my self to buy used oem when after market is 1/4 the price primed ready for paint!
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Old 11-23-2010, 02:39 PM
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I bought some anzo headlights with the clear corners for my 94 ranger and it took me almost 6 hours to get them in.The corners werent the problem,it was the headlights.The brackets that came on the anzo ones didnt match up on my stock ones so i had to tweak them a little
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Old 11-23-2010, 05:59 PM
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i would try to get oem on the fenders, header panel, core support and hood. the grill and lights should be okay with aftermarket. i have aftermarket projectors in my 95 and they fit well.
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Old 11-23-2010, 06:05 PM
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Body panels or lights I'm told, from wrecking my GMC so many times as a stupid kid, really don't matter, you need to take your time and buy from someone that is reputable and try and stick with the same company. Lights though from experience, even for the most part being good in the aftermarket at having a good fit, are the PITA to get to fit properly. Go talk to a local body shop, they can give you a much better idea of what you are needing and where to find it.
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Old 11-23-2010, 06:08 PM
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aftermarket is fine but OEM is best IMO, especially body panels. alot of times aftermarket panels arrive damaged and sometimes dont fit right.
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Old 11-23-2010, 06:21 PM
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I've been taught to stay away from any kind of aftermarket sheet metal. The aftermarket tailgates for full size 80-96 Ford trucks have a real bad problem with bowing under slight pressure.

I don't know if Ranger stuff is any different as far as how it's made in the aftermarket, but i'd try and find an 06 that was wrecked in the back or something first.
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:06 PM
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i would be getting all this from foster auto /LKQ they said its good stuff its down the road from my house im just worryed about the quality because for a used oem 2006 hood they wanted $260 but the aftermarket was i think $105 the fenders were $180 each but only $40 each after market and it was that way for all the other parts i need. its all going on a "96" xlt single cab so its not gonna be getting driven hard i just want all the lines to come together and im also not gonna be swaping the core support im just gonna gels the hood latch on to the 96 support ! does anyone think thats a bad idea? i found a how too on it with out useing the 2006 core support
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:38 PM
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I work at a body shop and let me tell you this, you get what you pay for, alot of Aftermarket stuff doesn't have the right holes drilled in it or certain curves molded in and are just a pain to install. OEM is alot more expensive but you are going to get a good product and if you don't there is someone you actually see to return it too and not some 57 year old chinese man in the Far East. But if you know the company and they have a good track record go for it.
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:08 AM
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yeah i bet aftermarket is a pain the place i get parts from has a 60 day return policy so if anything happend to be dammaged or dosent fit i well take it back but i well try to get as much oem parts as i can afford does anyone have any idea what part would be best to have oem if i had to pick one or the other?
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Old 11-24-2010, 01:11 PM
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i would say the core support and fenders for sure.
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Old 11-28-2010, 03:47 PM
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I want to know where this how to is
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:17 AM
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There is a link on the thread about the 98-2000 front end swap look it up ! The thread is at the ranger station forum
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