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post #1 of 6 Old 01-13-2014, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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Front End Conversion -'12 to 03

Lightly tapped my front over the w/end. Damage to header-hood-lights-grill-bumper. Now I'm thinking ?????? Spent a couple of hours researching conversion threads. Plastic spacers for the fenders-cutting the frame for the bumper, etc isn't for me.

Can anyone with experience point out a thread or help with advice that is really not just "hanging it on". NO offense intended here - just use our EX a ton and going down the highway with a compromised bumper/fender etc. scares me some!!

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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A guy in here posted a thread and out the 11-13 front end on his 7.3


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You have to cut the frame for anything 08 and up.....the frame rails are lower in the front compared to the 99 to 07 due to the compatibility lawsuits (?)(why the 2000s have crash bars) . So its not just to clear the grill. And and its not really compermised the superduty uses a inner structure and the radiator support and frame rails are only slighty compermised but there is still plenty of strength there if done right. If youAre worried about it graft the front half of a 08 plus frame onto your older frame and the newer inner structure onto your truck.

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This is a 2000 truck with the new front end on it. Not my truck, but still looks great IMO. Raptor front ends are being used also on F-250/350s also these days. With the big Ford logo in the grill, it doesn't look too bad.

Not too difficult I believe, but core support has to be trimmed some for the headlights, radio antenna moved around a little, and some work to the fenders. Sure makes for a fine looking 7.3. In early March I hope to find all of the details as I am waiting for body guy to finish moving his shop, to get 1 done.



This is a Ford Raptor front end, without the big Ford grille package on a 2000 F-250.

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Lightly tapped my front over the w/end. Damage to header-hood-lights-grill-bumper. Now I'm thinking ?????? Spent a couple of hours researching conversion threads. Plastic spacers for the fenders-cutting the frame for the bumper, etc isn't for me.

Can anyone with experience point out a thread or help with advice that is really not just "hanging it on". NO offense intended here - just use our EX a ton and going down the highway with a compromised bumper/fender etc. scares me some!!

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Might try this one...

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Lightly tapped my front over the w/end. Damage to header-hood-lights-grill-bumper. Now I'm thinking ?????? Spent a couple of hours researching conversion threads. Plastic spacers for the fenders-cutting the frame for the bumper, etc isn't for me.

Can anyone with experience point out a thread or help with advice that is really not just "hanging it on". NO offense intended here - just use our EX a ton and going down the highway with a compromised bumper/fender etc. scares me some!!

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
You have to notch the frame rails in order to get the front bumper to fit proper. You can accomplish this with a sawzall and some drill bits and not use any heat at all on the frame. From what my body guy tells me the notch out is small and won't effect the strength of the earlier trucks frame. A plasma cutter will work also for this task as it won't heat the frame as much as if using a gas cutting torch with acetylene and oxygen. I sure wouldn't let this little notch out stand in the way of doing the conversion. Good Luck on your project.
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