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Old 03-10-2011, 09:37 PM
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Default Sport bumper to regular bumper swap....

ok...i know that everyone wants to change their chrome bumper to a sport but i have the opposite problem....

i have an 02 ram 3500 sport (OLD body style) that i want to change to a normal front end...it is my welding truck and because it is a sport i can simply just not find anyone who makes a push bar that will fit....so either i swap the front or a make my own push bar which i really dont want to do if i dont have to...

so my question is basically whats involved ?? i have no idea how possible this actually is.... is it a fairly simple swap?? i have 2 ram 1/2 tons (95 +97) that i could even use the bumpers from if need be....

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Just switch the bumpers including the brackets, also gonna have to switch the grille and the grille support on the hood.
I had the problem at one time to switch to a regular grille on my sport, notice the gap
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after really thinking about all the work and the painting of the sport grille to match the 1/2 ton im thinking it would be much easier to just find a push bar and alter the mounting brackets if i have to ???

anyone have experience doing this with a sport model or know of any push bars/bull bars ect.... that will fit a sport or come close to fitting a sport ????...there is not a single company out there that makes anything for the sport model !!!!.....nor does the truck have tow hooks but thats something i can probably rig up pretty easily i would assume....
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Since you have welding experience it probably wouldn't be too hard for you to alter an existing bar to fit.
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there is one by me and he has a grille guard, I will see if I can't snag a pic this weekend.
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no it obviously wouldnt be too difficult but it still means buying something and taking the time to alter it....if thats what i gotta do then it is what it is but it blows me away that nobody makes anything for the sport model...

any help and those pics would be awesome....thanks guys for the quick and helpful responses!!!...keep em coming !!......
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As my neighbor across the lane (Professional Welder) told me when walked into my shop - "You can do anything; You got a smoke wrench and a Mig!"
Once I figured out how to use the Mig reasonably well (at least by my standards), I have to agree with him.

From what I've seen, there are are few minor fitment issues caused by altered profile of the sport bumper, so if I were to consider this, I'd just find the one I like the best, and use the tools my neighbor spoke so highly of.

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Just switch the bumpers including the brackets, also gonna have to switch the grille and the grille support on the hood.
I had the problem at one time to switch to a regular grille on my sport, notice the gap
I have the SLT laramie and i dnt much care for the stock chrome bumper mostly because of the plastic stuff.. but i was wanting to switch to the sport bumper where did you find yours...
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My truck is a sport, I had just put the chrome grille on it from a regular ram. LMC carries the supports and cover
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ahh ok thanks.. so iff i install the sport bumper it will have that gap?
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