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96 to an 03 cab conversion

I have an 03 single cab ranger which i rolled. I found a 96 single cab out of a parts yard. Im wondering if it will bolt up to my 03 chassis? any suggestions
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No, the 93-97 regular cabs are 3 inches shorter then the 98-up.
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3 inches shorter where? do u think the body mounts would line up?
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No, the 93-97 regular cabs are 3 inches shorter then the 98-up.
the regular cabs ARE NOT shorter on the '93-'97....they have used the EXACT door skin since '93.....the extended cabs are however longer on the '99+ Rangers so they could make the 3rd and 4th door to work.....but i don't think it is 3"....

a single cab has the same cab from '93.....
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What do i have to convert over to the older year cab? Will my 03 headlights and the interior on the inside of my door work with the 96 off of my 03?
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What do i have to convert over to the older year cab? Will my 03 headlights and the interior on the inside of my door work with the 96 off of my 03?
yes....it will bolt right up because they have the same interior......
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thanks...rolling trucks without a roll cage sucks
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thanks...rolling trucks without a roll cage sucks
i bet that teachs you a lesson
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the regular cabs ARE NOT shorter on the '93-'97....they have used the EXACT door skin since '93.....the extended cabs are however longer on the '99+ Rangers so they could make the 3rd and 4th door to work.....but i don't think it is 3"....

a single cab has the same cab from '93.....
i thought they add 2 to 3inch on the reg cabs in the late 90's
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they did the extended cabs so they could have 4 doors....
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they did the extended cabs so they could have 4 doors....
1998-2006 Ford Ranger: Highlights

Best-selling of the compact pickups, the Ford Ranger was reworked for 1998, again similar to Mazda's B-Series. The next-generation Ranger got a larger regular cab, a revamped 4-wheel-drive system, and a bigger (2.5-liter) standard engine. Adding three inches to the regular cab allowed an extra inch of rearward seat travel, variable backrest adjustment, and more storage space behind the seat.

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alright i was wrong....thanks for showing it with proof instead of what you thought.....
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alright i was wrong....thanks for showing it with proof instead of what you thought.....
Not trying to prove you wrong. I just didn't want him to spend a lot of money on something that didn't work.
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Yeah i dont know why you thought the extended cabs got longer, have you compared yours to a 4 door?

Yeah they added 3 inches behind the seats on 98+ I got the brochure sitting right in front of me.
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It is true. Any regular cab from '98+ has an extra 3" length on the rear of the cab behind the doors.
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WELL everything's straight... now he needs to get a cab...
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So being that the cab is 3 inches longer on 98 and up. Does anyone know if the body mounts line up? A 3 inch gap really wouldnt bother me. im just wondering if the chassis are the same and if it will bolt up...
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So being that the cab is 3 inches longer on 98 and up. Does anyone know if the body mounts line up? A 3 inch gap really wouldnt bother me. im just wondering if the chassis are the same and if it will bolt up...
There most likely wouldn't be a gap. It would be more likely that the bed would be in the way of you putting the cab on the stock cab mounts. I think you would need to measure the distance between the stock mounts of both the cab and the bed for the 98+ and the 97- to see if it would work. If you want me to I can measure my 98 when I get home from work.
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I have an 03. I already measured mine. You said that it might interfere with the bed. I think there would be a gap cuz im taking off an 03 cab and putting on a 96 which is 3 inches shorter. thank you tho
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Just try to find a newer cab. Not something that old, it'll look like ****.

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I have an 03. I already measured mine. You said that it might interfere with the bed. I think there would be a gap cuz im taking off an 03 cab and putting on a 96 which is 3 inches shorter. thank you tho
You are correct. I thought you had an 96 and were putting on an 03 cab, my mistake.
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