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wrigley_1285

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my explorer is no longer my daily driver since i bought my new f150. it's pretty much an off road rig that only get drivin around town every once and a while. i was thinking about completely ditching the body of my ex and trying to throw on a 98+ ranger ext cab and i'll probably use the front clip also since i don't think the cab and doors of the ranger would line up very well with my explorer. but anyways i'm just wanting to get some ideas from you guys. on a side note i've tried searching but couldn't find any threads with this done. i know i've seen it done with BII's and i know i've seen front end swaps. but i want to ditch the big heavy body of my ex and have just an ext cab.

here's some of the questions i've been asking myself.
-will the body mounts be in the same location for an ext cab/reg cab
-will an ext cab be too long for my sport wheelbase
-what ranger componets will i have to use instead of my ex parts(radiator, steering, etc)
-what will i have to do to keep it street legal(title,rear wheel fenders/covers, etc.)

those are just a few things that i've began to think of for now. but i'm more that willing to listen to ideas.
 



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wrigley_1285

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anyone have some input
 






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it's Ranger based so i would think there are many parts that cross over,,
it would seem a tape measure would be you friend , measure as many of the parts as you can to see if they fit,,
 






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the only other thing you can do is make your own mounts. it has been done (i've put a 49 chevy body on to a s10 frame years ago). as for being street legal, thats another thing. you would have a ranger cab on a explorer frame. how would you insure that, i wouldnt know. you would have to check your local laws on that one.
 






wrigley_1285

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i've been meaning to go out to the junkyard and take some measurements but i won't be able to at all this week since i'm watching my friends' 1 year old. i don't think she'd be too happy about that. my buddy would probably find it awesome if i took some pics

i'm guessing that they would go off the VIN on the cab. but maybe i can get ahold of someone at the DMV to help me out. i just hate getting the run around with them.

btw has anyone seen any threads with what i'm trying to do all ready done?
 






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