Originally Posted by GMG
Thank you for the information.
I guess I need to stick with "Mazda" bumpers for my 2003 B2300 as the cosmetic stuff is just a little to complicated to definitively differentiate.
There is so much more OEM availability with the Ford Ranger that I was hoping I could source a Ranger bumper at a lower cost but I guess not.
I learned that the after-market, front, "Sherman" bumper is made in Taiwan and weighs 23 lbs.
Huh? A front steel bumper that weighs only 23 lbs.?
I need to research what the OEM Mazda bumper weighs.
It has to weigh more than 23 lbs.!
Yeah I would stick with the Mazda bumpers. The steel part of the bumper is identically the same as the ranger bumpers but without the holes in it for the plastic trim on top of the bumper. On the Rangers the grill dips down, so the bumper has a slight curve in the top of the bumper and that's where the plastic trim on the Mazda bumpers come into play, as the Mazda grills are flat on the bottom and do not dip down. The plastic trim is to make the bumper flat on top. This was Fords way of not having to make a completely different bumper for the Mazdas.
As far as the rear bumpers it doesn't matter really which bumper you go with as they are pretty much the same. Just the plastic trim styling is different. Me, I personally prefer the Mazda rear chrome bumpers over the Rangers.
Here's a Mazda bumper with the plastic trim on.
Mazda bumper with the plastic trim removed.
Ranger front bumper
Mazda rear chrome bumper.
Ranger rear chrome bumper.