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Old 03-16-2008
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96 to 02 front end swap

I tried doing a search on this but had no luck. I am wanting to swap a newer style front end on to my 96. I have a chance of getting a 02 front clip and was hoping I could get input on this. Is it possible and if it is, are there many mods or is it pretty much a straight forward bolt on? Thanks everyone.
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You have to swap out the header panel, grille, bumper and valance. I think I remember hearing something about the header panel have to be custom mounted or something. I don't remember everything. A member maybe brice03edge did the swap, you can try searching for his name and PM him.
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this has been covered before..

header panel, headlights, turn lights, fenders, hood, bumper/valance, custom bumper brackets(different frame horns), Radiator support(has to be welded in), odd and end clips and fasteners, and prob some wiring on the lights...

prob a few things i am forgetting but thats the major
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pm sent.
man to bad youre in ohio, I d be more than happy to help you with it.
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I'll have to see what changes need to be made once I remove the old front end. Thanks for the info guys.
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man to bad youre in ohio, I d be more than happy to help you with it.
its alot more intense of a swap then your 98 to 03...
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the worst part if the whole thing is the radiator support has to be drilled out as in the spot welds and a 98+ has to be fitted and welded in...

is the support as seen here where the stickers are on the bottom of the pic.. nevermind it being Bobs truck with a 5.0L in it

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its alot more intense of a swap then your 98 to 03...
i did a 98-03 swap in less then 6 hours, and that was with messing around and getting food.

good luck find any info on this, ive looked and the people that have done it, are lazy and will not help.
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Yeah I did a search hoping to find some detailed info or some kind of tips on doing it but didn't find much at all. Hey 5speedin, was that your 98 you did a swap on?
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Yeah I did a search hoping to find some detailed info or some kind of tips on doing it but didn't find much at all. Hey 5speedin, was that your 98 you did a swap on?
no i have a 97, i did it on my friend joe's (shockfuel) truck, he is a member on here.
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So How Hard Is It To Swap A 98 To 01+ Front End ?
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So How Hard Is It To Swap A 98 To 01+ Front End ?
easy, ive done it before.
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