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Swapping 99-07 door panels for 08+ ones...
Well, as you may know by now, I can't leave my '05 F350 alone. The latest occupation of my free time has been researching any info for swapping my 05 door panels to the newer 2008+ style ones.
One reason I've not done this swap already was because up until recently, I was unaware that Ford was making the new panels in a more traditional gray color. I'd seen the "stone" color on the 08-10 models, but it really doesn't match the medium gray from 99-07 trucks. I recently noticed that the 2011-2012 XLT models are now offered with a gray interior. I can't say that it's exactly the same as our 99-07 medium flint, but it's gotta be pretty close.
Either way, I've ordered some XLT door panels (and 08+ wood switch bezels) and will be attempting to to fit them into my '05.
My understanding at this point is that the rear panels fit with only minor modifications (screw locations, etc). The fronts appear a bit more complicated. Why? I'm not totally sure yet. I have yet to see anyone post any pictures of what the problems are. Without seeing my panels in person yet, I'm still optimistic, but we'll see as things progress........ I can't imagine that Ford changed the doors that much in 2008.
Anyway, this will be another of my "quest" threads; Less about the wiring since Macoyle has already tackled that one... this one will be more about the actual fitment of the panels. ANYONE WITH INFO, POST IT UP!!!!
...to be continued...