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Old 02-08-2017, 02:39 PM
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Hey everyone
I have a 99 4wd extended cab 5.0 v8
Was considering doing a 01-03 front swap but now I am thinking of just maybes upgrading 98-00 parts
Thinking new headlights, grill, bull bar or brush guard? Tail lights, side steps

I have found some eBay/amazon things I wanted to bounce off you guys
I'll post them up in a bit
Just looking for some input

Thanks guys
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Old 02-08-2017, 02:57 PM
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Black Stainless Steel eGrille Billet Grille Grill For 98-00 Ford Ranger Insert https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JMHLPI2..._jl5MybWTM2HSC

APS NB-F3213B Black Coated Nerf Bar Bolt Over for select Ford Ranger https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F0M8GCC..._Pl5Myb2KXZ5AN

R&L Racing MATTE BLACK STEEL BULL BAR GUARD W/SKID+120W CREE LED FOG LIGHT 1998-2011 RANGER https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EXQBZEQ..._gm5Myb5ZNFE48

Spyder Auto Ford Ranger Black Altezza Tail Light https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004W97ZA8..._Lp5MybKC16041

Ford Ranger Chrome Halo Projector Headlight+Corner Bumper Lamp+H1 6000K HID Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JVKOIZ8..._gk5Myb88QF6DH
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Old 02-08-2017, 06:51 PM
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Can we see a picture of your truck as it is right now?
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Old 02-08-2017, 07:53 PM
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Can we see a picture of your truck as it is right now?
I'll have to do it tomorrow. I actually don't have any pictures of it lol
It's green color. I'll take a picture tomorrow.
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:18 PM
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Isn't mine but looks exactly the same
I just have different wheels
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Old 02-09-2017, 06:35 AM
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already has a 5.0 swap huh, wow
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Old 02-09-2017, 01:21 PM
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already has a 5.0 swap huh, wow
Ya bought it probably about a year ago
Guy did it all and did a hell of a good job
Body has 94k miles and the engine like 10k
Only problem I have had I the damn PATs
Also got some shocks on the way
Now thinking about some of the upgrades I mentioned above
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Old 02-09-2017, 01:40 PM
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I thought I made a post earlier but it would seem it didn't work.

You seem to have a great deal of ideas along the same lines as I typically do
I have the nerf bars and bed rails
I personally don't care for the euro altezza tail lights, they don't look good on many american made cars to me
I was about to do the exact same bull bar but opted not to at the last minute.
The front end swap is cheap and easy and will give you a far newer look. I did the 01-04 style front end and most people who see it are baffled to hear it is a 1998 model.
I didn't much like fitment of the big grill guards, they look like an "afterthought" when installed to me. I've had grill guards on other Fords that I liked, but the ranger is just so small and the guard is so big. Perhaps there are some higher priced models that look better that I haven't yet seen
The billet bar grill looks good too.
I was also on the verge of doing the projector headlights with HID, but the HID kits out there these days can be of questionable quality. I used a set on a Honda (ugh, yes I had a little jap car but only for work purposes) The ballast had to be replaced several times in the kit I had, which was free to me, but it was the aggravation of the need to constantly replace and wait for it even though it didn't cost me anything. In the end I bought a couple extra ballasts and bulbs and then sent in the bad stuff for warranty.

I wish I had the 5.0 swap, that is an awesome mod. And probably the one most desired by everyone who isn't trying to get 500mpg. Got any pictures of that?
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Old 02-09-2017, 03:07 PM
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How much did your swap end up costing?
I was just thinking if I upgrade headlights and grill maybe a bullbat it will help update the look.
Just looking for ideas still

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Old 02-09-2017, 06:00 PM
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Maybe wheels and tires? Tool box?
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Old 02-09-2017, 06:28 PM
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Maybe wheels and tires? Tool box?
I actually have two sets of wheels and tires so I'm ok there.
Maybe a tool box eventually actually
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Old 02-09-2017, 06:58 PM
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front end swap?? a member on here did explorer swap
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Old 02-10-2017, 12:40 PM
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front end swap?? a member on here did explorer swap
Looking to do 01+
Or maybe just upgrade 98-00 things
Just gathering info trying to figure out what I wanna do

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Old 02-10-2017, 08:15 PM
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check this out
QUOTE=low2.3;1489068]This will be past mods and future mods to come on both my trucks one lowered one lifted so little bit of something for everyone.

Started in Oct. 2011 with something like this


Then kinda went through a few changes






Then got an explorer rear for $40 that was lsd and 4.10's so I decided to put it in (lowering the rear 5") and bought some belltech 3" drop springs




Then came DJM control arms putting drop at 5/5.

Then cut 1 coil so 7/5 drop



Then wreaked it......



Then jokingly a friend said lets do an explorer front end swap and I was like fuck yes! Lol so it began








Made a raised transmission crossmember




Then C notched it and added 3" block putting drop at 7/8


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theres more go to project log 2nd page adam's ranger check out his thread!! it's awesome!
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Old 02-11-2017, 07:50 AM
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I definitely appreciate the work that went into that explorer front end swap. He did an amazing job putting it together. For me though, I couldn't see putting the time and effort into grafting on a two decade old design from a common everyday vehicle. I preferred that truck with the newer front end style before the accident. But, it's not my truck, my time, or my money. Just my opinion. And my opinion is pretty much worth nothing to anyone but myself.
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