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Door Panel Swap?

I did do a bunch of searching on here and found one post from 2004 that said the Interior door panels are pretty much interchangeable. I've got an '05 XL with the little door handle built in(teeny tiny almost useless armrest/door pull) and would like to have the (I think?) XLT style door panel with the pull bar instead. I've got no power options and don't plan to upgrade to power options either. Is it a direct swap to go to the panel with the grab bar and is it the XLT panel I am looking for?

I didn't want to hot link images so here is what I have
[code]http://us.autos1.yimg.com/img.autos.yahoo.com/izp/fordtruck_rangersupercab4x4_126inwbfx4offroadstyle side4door_2008_interior_doorcontrols_640x480.jpg[/code]
And this is the style I'd like to have(don't particularly care about map pockets or not but I think they come standard on the xlt)
[code]http://akamaipix.crutchfield.com/graphics/infolib/carlib/spkr_install/spkr_x14.jpg[/code]

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Welcome to R-F!

Yes, the XLT door panels should be a direct replacement for your XL door panels.
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No it is not a direct swap

I have done the swap.

Where the 2 white arrows go there are 2 screws. There are not mounting holes on your door now for these to screw into
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STL515273: How much of a hassle is it to swap? I've only got a regular cab.
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STL515273: How much of a hassle is it to swap? I've only got a regular cab.
Not a hassle at all

Just swap them out but you will need to zip tie the new grab handle to the door panel cause those 2 screws hold it on.

Unless you can obtain the piece circled in RED. That is what you need to use the screws
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Can two new holes be made in the door to fit those screws or would I be stuck without having them mounted? Looks like they are rather important...
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Dang, was posting my next question as you answered it! :) Thank you for the help!
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Can two new holes be made in the door to fit those screws or would I be stuck without having them mounted? Looks like they are rather important...
Rather important yes!!

Zip Ties work very good though

You can obtain that little piece for 9.89 at for though I don't have a part number for ya

If you remove your door panel you will see where you have a slot for one since the door is exactly the same so attaching it is not a problem.
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WAIT

I need some sleep I'm sorry I'm wrong

With the door panels you have now you have the little piece like this
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Switching to the other panel you have to remove that and add something like this for the screws to mount into

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Thanks for the info! If I get around to doing this in the next few weeks would there be any interest in a HOWTO?
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Probably so

Just have someone beside you taken pictures
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Ah, now that looks like an XLT door, I was wondering what had happened to that little piece on my door!
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BABAM! 03+ panels FTW!

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I'm in the middle of this swap still. (Should've been done months ago but I've been lazy) Just finishing up some wiring in the door and then I will be putting on my beautiful new 03+ XLT door panels. I went through the how-to's and noticed there isnt one on this so I figured I'd write one. So hopefully I'll get to it this weekend and there will be a new how-to written that you can follow, it will be really easy. I'm in the middle of 3 how-to's though so please be patient :o)
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Hey thats my door you linked lol
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what year pannels can i put on my 94 i dont like mine and i broke them when i was stupid and just pulled them off instead of lifting them up so what years will work?
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Hey thats my door you linked lol
Sorry couldn't find one with the part I wanted to explain
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Oh I don't care I just was surprised lol
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I did this mod today and would like to add some input.

I went to Lowe's today and picked up the necessary hardware.

2x 138672 Nylon Anchor Nut 3/8x.616
1x 136680 Stainless Steel Self Drilling/Tapping 12x1"

Then I had to head over to O'Reilly Auto Parts and pick up
1x Dorman 961-355 Nylon Nuts assortment pack

You will only use two out of the assortment pack but it was only a 1.50 at mine.

When you remove the 2 black screws holding the door mounting bracket you can reuse it for the door panel. Then you use the 7mm self tapping screw for the pull handles. I used this method and they are very secure. I will get some pictures tomorrow.
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I like those grab handles, a lot better then the ones on my 01.

I've always liked those map pockets too. My 01 Edge doesn't have them but I have seen others that do.
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this here is the actual part number for the correct things to use for it to work like factory

Little expensive totaling like 50 dollars

Door Retainer F2UZ-1523762-A (Need 4) $11.99 x 4

Door Screw (Pack of 4) 56907-S424 $1.99 for the pack of 4

So in the end cheaper to do it the way I did or Zach did
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this here is the actual part number for the correct things to use for it to work like factory

Little expensive totaling like 50 dollars

Door Retainer F2UZ-1523762-A (Need 4) $11.99 x 4

Door Screw (Pack of 4) 56907-S424 $1.99 for the pack of 4

So in the end cheaper to do it the way I did or Zach did
I remember you saying you had to do zipties and wasn't sure if you got it fixed yet. Since I had all the part numbers in front of me I thought I would share on the way I did it.

Mine was under 10 bucks.
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I got it fixed to where I don't have zip ties used anymore

My way or your way is a heck of a lot cheaper than buying the parts from ford though

Finishing mine up without zip ties cost around 10-12 bucks
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what year pannels can i put on my 94 i dont like mine and i broke them when i was stupid and just pulled them off instead of lifting them up so what years will work?
X2!!!
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I'd be very eager to see the complete how-to -- I have the same door panels as you, and the lack of a decent arm rest or map pocket is frustrating.
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