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Old 07-31-2008
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ranger/explorer swap

is it possible to take the whole front clip off a explorer and put it on a ranger, cause i got a friend with a 02 that he wants to do that to
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has anyone here done this kind of swap? if its even possible
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What year explorer and just remember anything can be done with enough time and money.
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One of the biggest problems is the body lines are different on the sides. I have seen rangers with explorer grills grafted on though
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I've seen very very few pics of this swap. I want to do one.....called Exploranger. expo drivetrain, expo interior, expo front sheet metal, ranger body/frame, shaved upper bodymolding. it'd be sick!
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One of the biggest problems is the body lines are different on the sides. I have seen rangers with explorer grills grafted on though
I have seen this front end swap before, but they always shave the body line cuz it looks terrible otherwise.

It does look pretty cool though....just a lot of time and money.
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There is a guy on RPS...i cant remember his name haha...but hes done this on an older early-mid 90's ranger. Looks ok in my opinion
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http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...fications.html

In the nineties, Ford SVT built this prototype 5.0L Ranger with a Gen2 Explorer front clip. As mentioned above, the body profile is different at the fender/door junction and that would need to be addressed on any Ex/Ranger sheet metal swap.

This truck went through through a few variations in its life but obviously never made it to production. The last time I saw it running around Dearborn, it had a very healthy exhaust note AND a boost gauge on the A-pillar...
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holy hell thats sexy
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i like how that looks but it would take a lot of work it looks like
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Looks like the future of my truck. I found a mountaineer limited with the 5.0 AWD and air suspensions that will be grafted to my truck along with the front clip.
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mcneil racing inc. offers a fiberglass conversion, but it has flared fenders for desert style trucks
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This truck went through through a few variations in its life but obviously never made it to production. The last time I saw it running around Dearborn, it had a very healthy exhaust note AND a boost gauge on the A-pillar...
Agreed, that's dead Sexah!
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here's the front end swap with the bodylines still on the fender
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Bump...

Anyone done a later model Explorer front end? I was looking at an 04 the other day, thinking it might look good on a Ranger.
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