Solid Axle Swap
- Apr 7, 2008
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- Vehicle Year
- Make / Model
- Ford Ranger
- Engine Size
- 4.0L V6
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Thanks Jim, means a lot
Haha! They would be confused! You'd have to cut and transplant the old core support into the new cab though, otherwise the 96 front clip wouldn't bolt upNo, thank you. Makes me want to replace my 96 cab with a newer one, but keep my current front clip. Imagine how confused people would be if my 96 hard the 3rd door?
Those pics in the article are on my server now.
Let me clarify the body lines statement. An older bumper wont work because the way the grill drops down on the 98+ trucks. A 98+ bumper won't work because the mounts on the frame are different. I was referring to the geometry of the grill not the actual body lines down the entire truck. Those haven't changed since 93. Also, the fenders haven't changed since then either so it's okay to mix and match.*Front bumper:
"""since body lines won't match up and frame is different between the two generations."""
You'd have to cut and transplant the old core support into the new cab though, otherwise the 96 front clip wouldn't bolt up.
Both are actually incorrect
93-2012 body lines remained the same for Rangers as my 94 has a 2000 bed on it & I slightly trimmed the front inner section of each front fender & drilled extra holes in fender mounting area of cab & enlarged headlight area on my 94Core support to mount up 2003 front fenders, grille, headlights & EDGE power dome hood. Hood is held down with Daystar's Polyurethane hood pin kits, due to difference in hood latches.
Not that I know of but I also haven't looked into it very hardFirst off, I have to say: great write up good pictures. Love the outcome. One question: what options are there for a bolt up bumper for this swap? Any possible combination that will work bolt on?
Bumper lines up fairly good actually.Nice swap! For what it's worth, the factory 93-97 bumper WILL work with a nose swap like this.
I just put a 2004+ nose on my 94, and used the factory bumper. I doesn't match perfectly, but close enough to not look too out of place, because the bumper does have a dropped area right where the grille happens to be.
It could be moved up more too, if it weren't for the off-road light brackets, and my lazyness.
Maybe snap a few pictures of the way you did it for reference. Your swap came out super clean from what I can tellAfter looking at the tech library, there's already a write up. About the only thing I see that I did differently, was the hood latch mounting.
And the lower fender brackets (L shaped pieces), you DO NOT need new ones. Mine worked just fine. I'm pretty sure they ARE different, but close enough to work.