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Interchangeable parts between the Explorer, and the Mountaineer.

Discussion in 'Body Work & Detailing' started by xrobbx03, February 14, 2010.

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      xrobbx03 New Member

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      I just bought a 1997 Mountaineer AWD 5.0 v8. I was wondering what parts are interchangeable between the explorers of that generation and the mountaineer for example like tailights, headlights, grilles, that sort of thing.

      Thanks,
      Robby
       
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      Almost all interior parts that do not have the Mercury or Ford logos on them are interchangeable for 95-01s. The doors, liftgate, glass, and windshield are also interchangeable among 95-97s. My 1998 Explorer was basically pieced together from a 1997 Mountaineer.
       
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      What about headlights and taillight? Also do the grill inserts fit?
       
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      The '97 Mounty used the same headlights and tailights as the '97 Explorer. The grille shell is slightly different. I know others have put the '97 grille on their Explorers. All bets are off in '98 as the Mounty headlights and grille were much different than the Explorer. Mounty and 4 door Explorers shared tailights until '02.
       
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      Well the tailights changed in 98 for the explorer and the mountaineer. They fit in the 95-97 explorers and mountaineers but they stick out because the liftgate is different. And explorer healights 95-01 will fit your mountaineer. The grill insert, though, cannot be taken apart to place the mercury symbol on it. It comes as a whole unit. Celly is right about the 98 grill and headlight changes. Now, you can swap out the front of 98-01 with yours, but its a real pain. You can also do this with the liftgate and the taillights.
       
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      How far would the tail lights stick out?
       
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      A 95-97 explorers tailights are the same as the mountaineers but the 98-01 tailights slope outward toward the top. They are flush with the bottom of the liftgate so the top of the 98-01s might catch the gate.
       
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      95-97 and 98-01 tails are interchangeable but look like crap if you're dumb enough to do it. I think Joe Dirt has a thread in the archives that shows this.

      What I meant when I said the Mounty and Ex share tails in the 2nd gen holds true, taking into account the changes in tail design in 98.
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      interchangeable tailgates

      Not to resurrect a 6 yr old thread, but what years explorer/mountaineer tailgate will fit a 98 mountaineer? I was told ONLY a 98 mountaineer tailgate will fit a 98 mounty...nothing else. Mine is rusted beyond repair on the bottom. I want to get a "newer" on on it.
       
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      Any 98-01 Explorer/ Mounty and 98-02 Sport is a direct swap. Just switch the Ford and Mercury badging. 98 Explorers do not have mounting for the tailgate trim though 03 Sports have rear wiper in the window and it will not function correctly with our wiring.
       
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      thanks! Guess my local junk yard guy doesn't know as much as he tries to make people think
       

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