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Hi guys,

Im in the process of converting to the 2005 front. I have the grill and headlights, just need the bumper.

My question is, does the 2005 header panel bolt right up in my 1999? I would rather do that instead of cutting my header panel.


Also, do I need the 2005 bumper brackets too?

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Header panel will bolt right up.

I don't know about the bumper brackets. I would guess you would.
 

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Thanks, header panels are not that expensive new, so thats good.
 

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I'm in the same boat as you, as far as swapping front ends. I'm making my own headlights, and have already installed the grill and bumper. I directly swapped the 05 bumper on I didn't mess with changing the mounted or anything, but I imagine it would work either way.

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I have my grill on, but need to still install the lights then find a bumper. At this point Ill just cut my header panel and put that money towards a bumper and paint.
 

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Header panels can be bought new for $50-75. ,y buddy just did the swap on his 99...found a panel somewhere online for $55. It's worth that to not fool with cutting and all that mess.
 

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Thats what Ive been told my buddies that have done the convertion. Ive heard its quicker to do the panel, is that true?
 

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It has to be quicker than cutting/fitting. A header panel is less than 10 bolts I think...remove bolts, old off, new on, bolts back in. That way your newer style lights will just bolt right up to the new panel.

Basically just depends on your time available, if you like fooling with alterations vs just swapping parts, etc.
 

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You need the correct header panel or the bottom of the grill won't snap in. Because your doing the full conversion you need the header panel.
 

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Yes, you need the bumper brackets as they are different from the 99-04 brackets. If I remember correctly, the outer "vertical" brackets are different as well. I had a set of the outer ones laying around, so I just used them, didn't compare them to the early style.

benny

Hi guys,

Im in the process of converting to the 2005 front. I have the grill and headlights, just need the bumper.

My question is, does the 2005 header panel bolt right up in my 1999? I would rather do that instead of cutting my header panel.


Also, do I need the 2005 bumper brackets too?

Thanks
 

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Yes, you need the bumper brackets as they are different from the 99-04 brackets. If I remember correctly, the outer "vertical" brackets are different as well. I had a set of the outer ones laying around, so I just used them, didn't compare them to the early style.

benny
Thanks, this is exactly what I need to know. Helps me figure the total cost for the bumper too.
 

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You need the correct header panel or the bottom of the grill won't snap in. Because your doing the full conversion you need the header panel.
I currently have the 05 grill on, I know, I have zip ties on it. :laugh:

At least the top screws match up.:grin:
 

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LOL...zip ties and duck tape can make anything work.
 
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