Originally Posted by Fordsarebadass4
Do you know of any thread that have done it, I'm kind of on a budget and would rather not need to weld stuff
I did it on my 98. It's pretty much a direct swap. Need both fenders, header panel, lights, grill, the clips that hold the lights in, hood, emblem, maybe the hood latch and drivers side hood hinge ( I know the 03+ ranger used a diff hood hinge and latch then the prior years, not sure if Mazda switched or not as well). Bumpers are different as well, 04+ bumpers have a deeper indent in the bumper and 98-03 Mazda or ranger bumper won't work without the grill rubbing on the bumper. As far as 04+ Mazda bumpers, I've never seen one in person so I can't comment if it'll work or not.
And the swap really isn't for anyone on a budget unless you can find a truck at a local salvage yard that has everything.
Here's what my swap costed me
Fenders - $50 a piece local salvage yard
Header Panel - $75 ebay
Grill - $40 ebay
Emblem - $30 Ford
Hood - $165 ebay
Hood Latch - $30 ebay
Hood Hinge - $30 ebay
Lights - $100 ebay
Clips - Nothing found them at the local salvage yard
Bumper - $625 Went with an aftermarket one as factory ones were selling for $400+ on ebay.