The part is almost identical to the original. The original is getting very rusted out and I plan on installing the replacement part within 12-mos. I am having a problem finding the replacement mounting hardware for the lower bolts, nuts, etc. that need replaced due to corrosion, though. I'll probably make due by putting something together myself. My truck is almost 23-years old and going strong and I'd like to keep it a while longer--maybe for another 27-years--1997 Ford Ranger XL with Standard Cab, 2wd, and manual transmission, almost 300,000 miles on it and the original engine (and I just can't get myself to give it up). I drive it out of state to jobs as far as 2,000 miles one way, and it just keeps on going as long as I keep it maintained.