I've seen this also. Stock ***** changed probably in the middle of the '01 model year run. Myself and my brother used to have the one where the "shift pattern indicator" was a seperate piece placed into the ball. The newer style is a bigger ball w/ the indicators embossed or whatever in the ball....no seperate piece.
I could be wrong with this...WowMike's '01 has the newer ball on it. It could be a different plant w/ a different shifter. i really don't know.
I'm talking about the basic, standard *****. Fx4 ***** are completely different and big.
'01 XLT disguised as a '03 Fx4 Level II
Big. Loud. Slow. Bright.