In I believe '01, ford changed over to ABS plastic for the door handles and tailgate handles. I know the tailgate handles are interchangable between the plastic and the metal ones....but I don't know anything about swaping the door handles. I don't see any reason why they aren't interchangable.
On a side note.....
Does anyone know if Explorer door handles will fit Ranger?? I want painted door handles...and possibly tailgate handle.