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Just to be clear, I'm wanting to know, if I was to change out the older front "clip" assembly with a newer one from a 97+ XJ, I know I would also need new fenders, but do I need newer doors or anything else in order to complete it? I won't be doing it anytime soon, but I am trying to figure it out ahead of time and so far just looking at pictures isn't helping too much. -Thanks

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I prefer the old look.  so many are changing it up that old is new again. :D   just don't throw anything away so you can go back later if you so desire. :L: 

 

you can swap just the front header panel in.  the only hiccup will be that the corners of the new panel are more rounded in the corners and it doesn't quite perfectly match the old fenders in that area.  

 

I can't find a closeup, but the spot is right there at the upper/outer corner where the fender touches the header.

 

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52 minutes ago, krustyballer16 said:

I like the look of the 97 swap way better than the stock. This is full exterior swap. But...if you use the new style flares on the new fenders, they won't match the factory rear flares. I shaved my rear flares to match the new fronts.8056202c38147e86dcf292d6f796ca91.jpg

 

Never noticed the extra rectangular holes in the air dam before...

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7 minutes ago, krustyballer16 said:

I had foglights but the constant vibrations of the little Cummins in mine rattled em off going down the road. The plastic brackets broke...

 

Undrstand, plastic isn't a very solid mounting place for lights..

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9 minutes ago, krustyballer16 said:

I had foglights but the constant vibrations of the little Cummins in mine rattled em off going down the road. The plastic brackets broke...
 

 

:roflmao:  I haven't lost anything that way yet, but many pieces of plastic have been removed by my own hands due to vibrations from the CRD causing insanely irritating reverberations.  #diesellife  :laugh2:

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I use my fogs as daytime running lights.  aaaaaaand that's about it.  :dunno:  they are mostly worthless otherwise, even after much brighter LED bulbs were inserted.

 

mostly I was referring to tow hooks though.  :D  

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5 hours ago, Pete M said:

the only hiccup will be that the corners of the new panel are more rounded

 

When I was young and foolish (now just old) I bought an entire header assembly (8pcs) from FEEbay … markers, grill, bezels … etc.   Anyway, the header itself was

injection molded plastic.  Had I known, I would have ordered the 97-01 version and shaved/sanded the rounded portion to meet the line of the older fender. 

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Crown-Automotive-55055233AE-Header-Panel-Fits-97-01-Cherokee-XJ/153116943063?epid=140529247&hash=item23a67b22d7

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