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Interchangeable parts between the Explorer, and the Mountaineer.

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Old 02-14-2010, 06:04 PM   #1
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Interchangeable parts between the Explorer, and the Mountaineer.

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.

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Old 02-14-2010, 06:22 PM   #2
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Welcome to this forum! I've moved your thread into the body work section. Body parts are not always so easy to swap. Drivetrain parts are pretty much interchangeable.
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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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What about headlights and taillight? Also do the grill inserts fit?
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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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.
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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