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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-06-2011, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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seen a few front end changes on the ranger

ive seen a few changes over the yr on the ranger but did the chassis change as well? will the front clip from newer ones fit the 94 ext cab.? ok and heres my 2nd question ive seen it done but how hard is it really to do to put the f150 front clip on the ranger 94 of course?


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Re: seen a few front end changes on the ranger

ok first thing first with out custom fenders hood and all that the only way to put the f-150 front end is a fiberglass set up (prerunner is the most comin) if you can rework metal you can do any front end you need to. now as for the ranger front ends the core support is the biggest problem. from 93 to 97 is all the same they had different grills and some minor changes but it was all interchangeable. from 98 to 00 is for sure the same and from 01-03 is another set of years that interchange. and from 04-06 i think but not sure. im not to up to date on the newer stuff but most ppl swap out for the honeycomb grills from ether the 01-03 or the 05 triple honeycomb front ends

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Re: seen a few front end changes on the ranger

The 1st gen was 83-88. 2nd gen was 89-92. Both of these were basically the same with the front end differences and the later years getting the 4.0 instead of the 2.9. These trucks had the twin I-beam or Twin traction beam if 4x4. 1993 was the first year of the curve rounded style. 93-94 kept the same interior as the 89-92 Ranger and 91-94 Explorer. 95-97 was the same exterior with the updated interior. Pretty much the chassis/ frame/ suspension was the same from 83-97 with some upgrades along the way in various parts. 1998 had a totally different front suspension and frame all together. The 2wd were coil sprung IFS while the 4x4 were torsion bar suspension. 98-00 had the same body and then it changed again in 01. 01 also saw the 4.0 SOHC engine as well.

Not much other than interior parts will transfer to 97 and older without modification. For front end parts, you can put a 98+ front grille, headlights, etc. but you have to use the newer core support and make modifications for the radiator.

EDIT: Badinten beat me to it, but I don't feel like erasing all the stuff I just typed. lol

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Re: seen a few front end changes on the ranger

The true F150 front is a little difficult since the F150 is so much wider than the Ranger. Most of the ones you've seen (as BADINTEN mentioned) were probably fiberglass front ends.

To do most front-end swaps you will need:

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Re: seen a few front end changes on the ranger

im so confused what yr ranger front clips are fitable to the 94 that i can bolt on and go. something diferent


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Re: seen a few front end changes on the ranger

93-06 basicly but youll need everything danny said and you might have to paint it if its not the same.

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Yeah, other than 93-97, there is no direct bolt-on front ends. You would need all the parts if you want to swap to a newer style.

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i get the idea on that part but did they ever change the frame at ne point to where ill have to mess with the core mounts and drill new spots in the cab cus i can get a whole front clip off a 04 for free my friends making his a tilt nose out of fiberglass well ordering it.


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Re: seen a few front end changes on the ranger

The frames from 83-97 were the same. The frame changed in 1998.

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Re: seen a few front end changes on the ranger

I believe I read somewhere that there would be some slight modification to the core support for the mounts. But I don't know where I read that.

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