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Bumpers on a 2003 Ranger vs Mazda B-Series

I own a 2003 Mazda B2300 2WD, Base model w/o fog lights,.

It has OEM Black bumpers that I would like to replace with OEM Chrome bumpers.

The OEM Mazda Part numbers for the Chrome Bumpers are:

Front: 1F2350031

Rear: ZZM150221

Can anybody tell me what are the cross referenced Ford Ranger part numbers?

Since the front/rear are covered in plastic top pads and/or lower valances there must be a direct fit/replacement between the two brands.
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Front 2001-2005 chrome bumper: 1L5Z17757CA

Rear Chrome Bumper: YL5Z17906HA
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It's not a direct fit for the rear bumper. It's real close though. I have a Mazda rear bumper on my 03 Ranger. The lower curve of the Mazda bed is different than the Ranger. The Corners of the bed just touch the bumper where it wraps around the bed. Probably not an issue if you put a rear Ranger bumper on a Mazda.
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It's not a direct fit for the rear bumper. It's real close though. I have a Mazda rear bumper on my 03 Ranger. The lower curve of the Mazda bed is different than the Ranger. The Corners of the bed just touch the bumper where it wraps around the bed. Probably not an issue if you put a rear Ranger bumper on a Mazda.
Okay. I wasn't aware that there was any difference in the beds between the two.

So you believe that a rear bumper from a Ford Ranger would work on the Mazda but they are not the exact same bumper?

Hmmm., this B2300 / Ford Ranger is more complicated than I realized.

I remain mystified as to how much of the Mazda B2300 is an exact duplicate of the 2003 Ford Ranger. I know they came off of the same assembly line/plant, etc., but "differences" seem to keep cropping up between the two.

Did Mazda engineer their own truck and have Ford build it? Or did Mazda take a Ford Ranger and heavily tweak it to their liking?
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Front 2001-2005 chrome bumper: 1L5Z17757CA

Rear Chrome Bumper: YL5Z17906HA
Thank you for that info. Now I have to figure out if they are one in the same between the B2300 and the Ranger.
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Look at the bed sides of a 2003 Ranger vs 2003 B series Mazda.
The Mazda's bed has mini step sides. The Ranger has style side or step sides.
The Mazda is the same as a Ranger except for cosmetic changes. Bed, grill, bumpers etc..
Ford used the Mazda bed on the STX model Ranger. The tail lights are different between the Mazda/STX and standard Ranger beds.
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Look at the bed sides of a 2003 Ranger vs 2003 B series Mazda.
The Mazda's bed has mini step sides. The Ranger has style side or step sides.
The Mazda is the same as a Ranger except for cosmetic changes. Bed, grill, bumpers etc..
Ford used the Mazda bed on the STX model Ranger. The tail lights are different between the Mazda/STX and standard Ranger beds.
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.!
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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.
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Yeah I would stick with the Mazda bumpers.

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.

Mazda rear chrome bumper.


Ranger rear chrome bumper.
My black rear bumper looks like the Ford Ranger but I like the looks of the Mazda SE chrome bumper.

I guess for the rear, I would need to order the Mazda rear chrome bumper assembly as a unit including the top plastic portion or should I order the Ranger chrome steel portion and use my Mazda top plastic piece?

It sure looks like the Mazda top plastic piece would work on the chrome portion of the Ford Ranger bumper.

The "Mazda SE" has a different look to the rear bumper unless that's only because it's in chrome and my Mazda B2300 with a chrome rear bumper would have matched the SE version.

Which came first? The Ford Ranger or Mazda B2300? Is it Mazda engineered and Ford manufactured; or is it a Ford tweaked by Mazda?

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You must get the plastic trim to match the bumper. They are not interchangeable.
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You must get the plastic trim to match the bumper. They are not interchangeable.
Okay. Thanks.

That gets pretty pricey so I need to look for a used Mazda Chrome bumper assembly that includes the plastic trim.

I guess the support frame members for the bumper is the same between the chrome and black versions.
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Yep the bumper to frame brackets are the same between chrome and black. Not sure about between Mazda and Ranger. I never compared them when I swapped mine. I bolted the whole Mazda bumper, brackets and all right on the Ranger.
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Yep the bumper to frame brackets are the same between chrome and black. Not sure about between Mazda and Ranger. I never compared them when I swapped mine. I bolted the whole Mazda bumper, brackets and all right on the Ranger.
Well that will save some money. Mazda wants about $383 just for the rear chrome plus delivery. If I tack on the top plastic, that will add another $100+. That puts me around $550 delivered to Atlanta.

I think I need to look into getting my existing black bumper chromed locally.
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Well that will save some money. Mazda wants about $383 just for the rear chrome plus delivery. If I tack on the top plastic, that will add another $100+. That puts me around $550 delivered to Atlanta.

I think I need to look into getting my existing black bumper chromed locally.
I would check local and nearby wrecking yards and also check Craigslist for people parting them out. If you were closer I would just trade you rear bumpers as I'm getting ready to build a plate bumper anyways.
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I resolved the issue with the rear bumper by realizing that my Mazda B2300 came with a Ford Ranger bumper and not a Mazda bumper.

MAZDA REAR BUMPER OEM: (Not on my truck)



FORD RANGER OEM: (This is on my truck)

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