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Old 08-02-2011, 01:14 PM
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lets see some pics. When I changed out my front end to 00 from 97 I had the same deal. Mounting the 98-00 bumper on the 97 frame. I ended up fabbing a mount that bolted to the frame then bolted to the stock 00 mounts. I'm curious as to what you did. Look good.
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:27 PM
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Hey what kind of headlight are those and where would I go about getting them??
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:54 PM
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So, how it works is this:



As you see, this is the passenger side bracket for the new bumper. It was originally the driver's side bracket for the 93-97 bumper, it just has new holes drilled. The same goes for the 93-97 passenger side bracket. It goes to driver's side for the swap. Drill new holes on both of the brackets, Then just tighten them down and you're all set.

EDIT: You will also want to get new, shorter bolts for the bottom nut when you do the swap. The stock bolts are too long and will hit the frame causing your bumper to stick forward.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:01 PM
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wow easy enough
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:03 PM
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I was just getting ready to do that to mine lol
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:03 PM
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Yeah but unfortunately, it's illegal to drive without a front bumper so I had to wait until I had a full day off to remove the stock bumper, fab the brackets, and swap the new bumper on.
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:08 PM
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I want more pics!!!
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:15 PM
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:22 PM
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:32 PM
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thanks now wanna put my expo bumper on yours and let me have that one?
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:01 PM
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thanks now wanna put my expo bumper on yours and let me have that one?
Nah, lol. I'm kinda digging this bumper now. If you had a 01 XLT bumper I would swap you.
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:43 PM
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great looking mod right there. It would be sweet colormatched (just the bumper not the valence)

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Old 08-18-2012, 12:30 AM
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So did you just take the passanger side mount and the driver side mount and switch them?
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Old 08-18-2012, 04:49 PM
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So did you just take the passanger side mount and the driver side mount and switch them?
That's exactly what you have to do
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:06 PM
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That's exactly what you have to do
Oh ok. That seems simple. Haha thanks. And this would adapt a 2001 to a 1997?
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