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kyramfan 07-11-2013 01:58 PM

2013 Ram front bumper/grille conversion.
 
I have a 2011 Ram 1500 SLT 4x4 quad cab . I have some front end damage from accident, bumper, hood, grille, etc. I really love the new 2013 ram sport front bumper, grille, vertical driving lights, projector headlamps. I know the headlamps will fit on truck, and work with harness adapter. I have been to a couple Dodge Dealer Parts Departments, and searched the internet. I can not find any answer as to if the 2013 front bumper, and grille will fit on 2009-2012 model. If I buy the parts they can not be returned if they don't fit. I know there may be some different mounting brackets, and the impact absorber is different. But I dont know if the bolt holes on frame horn, and radiator support from 2011 model would work on 2013 model grille, front bumper. I would just like to know if anyone has done this conversion, or have any information on if these parts will work, or will not work without major modifications, cutting, drilling,etc. I am new member, but longtime reader and fan of this forum. Sorry for the lengthy question, any help would be greatly appreciated.

huntergreen 07-12-2013 02:00 PM

i am surprised there are internal differences such as the impact absorber. can you go to a dealer and look underneath to see the mounting brackets and such?

kyramfan 07-12-2013 06:48 PM

I did look under the front bumper of a 2013 ram. The frame horn that the bumper bolts to has 4 bolt hole that appear to look like the same bolt pattern on the 2009- 2012 models. But the parts department printed off the 2011 and 2013 model ram sport parts diagram, the grille on the 2013 modem is about 1 inch taller, thats why the front bumpers are thinner in the center of bumper. To make room for the larger grille, and to save weight,or so I've read. Some of the brackets on the parts diagram looked the same on both trucks, and somw were different. Most noticeable differences are front bumper impact absorber and obviously the front bumper cover. I am sure with as many custom truckd out there. Someone out theee had done this or tried to do the conversion. The bowtie guys do front end conversions all the time putting Yukon, and Cadillac front colips on chevy and gmc trucks. Like i said before any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the reply HG.

Tonycast11 08-16-2013 07:38 PM

Conversion
 
Hey man, I'm on the same boat as you. I have a 2011 ram sport. I bought all the parts, (bumper cover, grill, and projectors, I mounted the projectors, however I took it to a body shop and they told me the bumper absorber was different, I've been researching all over for a 2013 bumper mount but can't find it. I tried mopar.com but doesn't give a part number. Any help woud be appreciated as well. I know it can be done, it's just a matter of finding those parts.

snrusnak 08-16-2013 07:43 PM

I HIGHLY doubt the made changes to the frame mounting points. It should fit up(if you buy ALL the bumper pieces/brackets/hardware).

huntergreen 08-16-2013 08:26 PM

op, what did you find out?

Alter Ego Trip 08-18-2013 07:59 PM

The changes were all to minor components. All major mounting points were left the same.

kyramfan 08-26-2013 09:00 AM

I have never got a straight up answer if the 2013 bumper, grille will mount up to 2009-2012 model. But by looking online at a website with diagrams, part numbers, and prices, in order for the 2013 front bumper/grille conversion to work, a person will have to buy new impact bar, energy absorber, bumper brackets, R and L side supports, fog lamp bracket, fog lights, lower air deflector, and bumper filler panel. The website I have found to have the best diagrams and prices is http://moparonlineparts.com I do not know if this is an official/trustworthy website, I just found it a couple of days ago. I have not ordered any parts yet for the conversion, once the parts are bought they can not be returned. And after investing 1,000 dollars I would like to know for sure it will work. Any information you find out, such as what parts will work from the 2011 model, bumper supports etc. would be greatly appreciated. But I am positive a new energy absorber, fog light brackets, and lights, and lower air deflector would be needed for sure in addition to the parts you already have.

InDeepWaterBlue 10-16-2013 06:48 PM

I'm curious as well, but wondering if the chrome section of the front bumper can be swapped as that the only bit I want to change. I imagine the painted top piece might bolt a little differently but it would be nice if that was an easy swap.

Silvercreek 10-17-2013 09:57 AM

I only want to swap the painted front and rear bumpers for chrome ones on my 2013 Laramie Longhorn.


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