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A-Pillar Grab Handle Mod

I ve done some searching on here and was not able find much Im thinking of putting a grab handle from a newer ranger on my 01 edge Im wondering if this can be a straight swap out of the a-pillar or just what is involved.
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I'm STILL on the hunt for the correct parts for this swap. Here's what i've learned...

02 and older a-pillar plastic is different than 03 and up a-pillar plastic. 03 will work in a 01, but it doesn't fit right at all.

Its really hard to find the dark grey 98-02 style w/ grabs.

New brackets for the handle to screw into runs about $20 each from the ford dealer.

The handles themselves are all the same except color.


Basically what's needed : plastic a pillars, grab handles, screws, and handle bracket.
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Do you need the new A pillar? You can't just drill a couple holes in your current one and screw it into the bracket?

Just asking cuz I think I noticed the A-pillars and trim on the newer rangers all snap in, but in my truck they're all bolted in. So I think there's zero chance of my swapping in a new A-pillar
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Do you need the new A pillar? You can't just drill a couple holes in your current one and screw it into the bracket?

Just asking cuz I think I noticed the A-pillars and trim on the newer rangers all snap in, but in my truck they're all bolted in. So I think there's zero chance of my swapping in a new A-pillar
read above this is for an 01 edge
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So the brackets are different? My '03 has brackets that appear to be riveted in and stand up for the handle to be bolted to. I did not realize they changed
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i dont like them, on the drivers side anyway, i flipped my sport trac and the grab handle got pressed against the steering wheel, if i had my hand there it would have been crushed or cut off.

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i dont like them, on the drivers side anyway, i flipped my sport trac and the grab handle got pressed against the steering wheel, if i had my hand there it would have been crushed or cut off.

Man how'd you do that??

I like mine!!
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going way too fast on an icy road, i was going dead straight but the truck was floored, i hit a big pot hole with the rear tire while floored and the back just skid around doing about 60 and steered into a field and just started rolling lol. i am so glad i covered my face with my arms after seeing that grab handle on the wheel lol.
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That's crazy. Atleast all fingers are intact!!
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haha yea, i drove a ford fusion after that for a while, i didnt want anything that was prone to flip, now im back to a ranger and lifting the death out of it. lol, some people never learn.
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read above this is for an 01 edge
I know dude, then Shane said you need the different A-pillars, and I was trying to seek more information as to why the whole A-pillar was needed, in other words is it possible just to obtain a grab handle and bracket and make it work? This might be easier for you since Shane also said it's more difficult to find the 98-02 pillars with grab handles
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ok lone got it. i'm gonna search the junkyard I believe I saw an 03 that the A-pillars should work from, I just got up on wrong side of bed this morning lol.
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idk....i prefer the full oem treatment.

I suppose you can add the bracketry, drill holes for it for the handle screws and roll with it...but....it won't look finished/right to me. Plus, the ones designed for the grabs have recesses for the handles to "hide" into, thus making it all look like a finished product that looks good.

The a-pillar plastic snaps onto a lip on the a-pillar, and the upper part of the pillar snaps into holes into the roof. The ones that snap into the roof changed on 03+ trucks. I havn't gotten to the point of seeing if I could just dremel the roof, but i really don't want to do that.
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ok lone got it. i'm gonna search the junkyard I believe I saw an 03 that the A-pillars should work from, I just got up on wrong side of bed this morning lol.
phisically it'll fit.....but it won't fit right. try it if you want, you'll see what i'm talkin' about.
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damn Kev that was a nasty roll
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so I guess I'm in the same boat as you, I like the idea just gotta find a way to make it work and look good to.
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damn Kev that was a nasty roll
it looks worse then it actually was, i walked out of it, with only a bloody nose, and i wasnt wearing a seatbelt. cant you get the pillar and handle out of a sport trac? i know the dash is the same, and the pillars look the same.
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it looks worse then it actually was, i walked out of it, with only a bloody nose, and i wasnt wearing a seatbelt. cant you get the pillar and handle out of a sport trac? i know the dash is the same, and the pillars look the same.
That happens to be one thing i havn't tried yet....


Looks like I got something to do next week after work.....hit up the yards again and take a look at explorers and sport tracs.
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That happens to be one thing i havn't tried yet....


Looks like I got something to do next week after work.....hit up the yards again and take a look at explorers and sport tracs.
haha yea, but only explorer sports and sport tracs, i had a four door explorer and it looked different. but i know the sport trac had the exact same interior as my 02 ranger
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yea...but my thought is that since the doors are overall shorter than the ranger, the a-pillar plastic must be different too. Judging by your pic, the handle itself is different.
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yea...but my thought is that since the doors are overall shorter than the ranger, the a-pillar plastic must be different too. Judging by your pic, the handle itself is different.
really? i didnt really ever notice any height difference between the two doors or roofs, but i never really looked that far into it back then, the sport trac and ranger were my daily drivers, i had a bronco for wheelin back then.
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ok lone got it. i'm gonna search the junkyard I believe I saw an 03 that the A-pillars should work from, I just got up on wrong side of bed this morning lol.
No worries man
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I put a few of these on. My Ford dealer can get the brackets but not the screws to hold in the grab handles. Easily found at a hardware store tho. I used a small flat waher on them as well, seems to be a 'lil snugger fit now. Ford Dealer has the handles too, in whatever color I think about 22 bucks each. I found a few at the j/y, but yes the dark gray is somewhat hard to find.

I used bolts and nuts to hold in my brackets. Was kinda crazy, I couldn't get any rivets to work, so I used a magnet to drop the bolts (you will have to dremel an existing narrow slot above the bracket slightly bigger to fit in the bolts) down the A pillar and pull them thru the holes(the holes are already there in the A pillar and line up with the brackets. I used flat washers and lock washers, very snug.

The A Pillar windshield trim can be had at the dealer too or online about 28-32 bucks depending on short cab, super cab ect or try the j/y.

They look fine and are very snug. LOL I did mine in the Lowes parking lot hehe. I got tired of matching bolts, lol.
Hope that helps. Good luck!
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Mark, could you possibly post pics? I havnt got any pics of the apillar w/ grabs yet. Thanks man.
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Sure, I'll try to by tomorrow, my camera is down, but I think I can snag a friends.
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