2nd gen front bumpers


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Wondering what to do if anything... Did I see plastic "bumper covers" on lmc? ( Will go look)
Also wondering about newer explorer and ranger bumper "retrofitability". 🤔🤣
 

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That's a 3rd gen in the pic.
 

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Huh? It's a 94, getting me confused again!
 

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1st gen --- 83-88
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Was wondering myself about retrofits. Have a 98 but would like to put one of the newer ones on since they have holes already existent for "fog" lights. Guy at a local body shop said "yup it'll fit". They're a reputable body shop, so I'd like to take his word on that.

Also appears the fascia between the head lights would swap, so that the newer hood with the "power bulge" could be used.
 

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I don't know about front bumpers but I do know I have a 1st gen rear bumper on my truck (1999 ranger) and it bolted right up to the factory bumper holes. it was literally a perfect fit. the front bumper I'm sure has more variations since the front grill and stuff are different every few years. I would measure your bumper bolts and hit up a big junk yard that would have a few different year rangers and just start measuring. Also measure the height of the bumper so you don't have any big gaps between the bumper and grill.
 

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It's a technicality. I own two 1988s and a 1990. 83-88 is first gen, *Technically* 89-92 is a generation 1.5 or face-lift truck. The front clip is different, as is most of the wiring, the interior, and a bunch of other stuff. Then third gen 93-97.

My daily driver is a mix of first, second, third, and fourth gen Rangers all cobbled together, along with Volvo, Mercedes, Pontiac, Explorer, and F150. It's a mess.
 

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Nope, everything else says what you're quoting above is wrong sorry about that https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Ranger_(Americas)#Second_generation_(1993–1997)

Yeah, Because wacko-pedia said so. :rolleyes:

I was in high school when my father and uncle had the summer of '92 off from the Edison assembly plant to retool for the gen 3 Ranger (their words, not mine).
Side note: if you're 3rd gen Ranger was built in Edison, NJ, there's a chance my father put your right side wheels on or my uncle installed your carpet.

Any Ranger bumper 97+ will bolt up with little to no mods. They may not line up to the panel below the headlights very well. Some of them step down more in the center them the 93-97 nose. Earlier ones won't line up nice with the more rounded front end.
 

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It WASN'T the only source I found! You want me to provide links to everything I saw that says the generations are as I quoted? Please don't gang up on me, I just asked a simple question about bumpers, I don't want to get to know a whole big whizzing contest about generation years because the technical community has a different interpretation of it.

I'll probably just paint the stupid bumper anyhow because I'm lucky I can even afford a can of spray paint these days thanks for the overloaded information as always.
 

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" we use Ford's system here" Where????


And I'm still looking.. this is nuts
 

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Yes I'm annoyed,. Try search words "technical ford ranger generation years" 🤣🤣🤣
 

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Chiltonmanuals say this:
"here’s a look at the history of the first three generations of the storied nameplate, covering model years 1983 through 2012, and found in Chilton manual 26686 for 1983-1990 (out of print), manual 26688 for 1991-1999," and manual 26689 for 2000-2011.

But they also write:
The second-generation Ford Ranger bowed in 1992 as a 1993 model, and was the first American truck to be badge-engineered and sold by a Japanese company. This time, Mazda would be the one to do the badge swaps, with the Ford-built Mazda B-Series hitting Mazda showrooms in 1994.
 
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