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Vehicle Sticker Decoder

This tech article was originally posted at FordF150.net. It is primarily intended for 1990's-2000's Ford trucks but most likely also applies to other Ford models.

Need help decoding what axle or transmission you have? Look no further, because here are the answers.

** To decode the VIN, please go to our VIN decoder **

Here is an example of the vehicle sticker you will find in the driver's side door jamb:

Sticker on driver's side door jamb

Here is what each of the items are (corresponding numbers):

  1. Exterior Paint Code
  2. Region Code
  3. Domestic SpeciaOrder Code
  4. Wheelbase Code
  5. Brake Code
  6. Interior Trim Code
  7. Tape/Paint Pinstripe Code
  8. Radio Code
  9. Axle Code
  10. Transmission Code
  11. Spring Code

I won't decode each of these items, but I wildecode the popular ones.

Now for the decoding:

Axle Codes (LS=Limited Slip / Traction Lok):

F-150:

19 – 3.55 Non-LS
18 – 3.08 Non-LS
H9 – 3.55 LS
B6 – 3.73 LS

F-250:

27 – 3.31 Non-LS
26 – 3.73 Non-LS

Ranger:

84 – 3.45 Non-LS
86 – 3.73 Non-LS
87 – 4.10 Non-LS
89 – 4.56 Non-LS
F6 – 3.73 LS
F7 – 4.10 LS
92 – 3.08 Non-LS
R5 – 3.55 LS
91 – 3.27 Non-LS
96 – 3.73 Non-LS
R6 – 3.73 LS

Transmission Codes:

U – Automatic 4R70W (F-150, F-250)
E – Automatic E4OD (F-150, F-250)
M – 5 speed manuaoverdrive (F-150, F-250, Ranger)
D – Automatic 5 speed (Ranger)
T – Automatic 4 speed (Ranger)

Spring Codes

The following lists available spring codes.

Front Springs

1 — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (F-150, F-250, Explorer/Mountaineer)
2 — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (F-150, F-250, Explorer/Mountaineer)
3 — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (F-150, F-250)
4 — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (F-150, F-250)
G — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (F-150, F-250)
8 — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (F-150, F-250)
9 — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (F-150, F-250)
Z — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (F-150, F-250)
T — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (F-150, F-250)
U — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (F-150, F-250)
6 — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (F-150, F-250)
C — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (F-150, F-250)
E — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (F-150, F-250)
F — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (F-150, F-250)
B — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (Explorer/Mountaineer)
D — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (Explorer/Mountaineer)
E — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (Explorer/Mountaineer)
F — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (Explorer/Mountaineer)
G — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (Explorer/Mountaineer)
H — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (Explorer/Mountaineer)
J — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (Explorer/Mountaineer)
L — 5B326 (RH), 5B327 (LH) torsion bar (Explorer/Mountaineer)
P — automatic ride contro(Explorer/Mountaineer)
A — 5310 spring (Econoline, F-150, F-250, Ranger)
B — 5310 spring (Econoline, F-150, F-250)
C — 5310 spring (Econoline, Ranger)
D — 5310 spring (Econoline, Ranger)
E — 5310 spring (Econoline, Ranger)
F — 5310 spring (Econoline, Ranger)
G — 5310 spring (Econoline, Ranger)
H — 5310 spring (Econoline, Ranger)
J — 5310 spring (Econoline, F-150, F-250)
K — 5310 spring (Econoline, F-150, F-250, Ranger)
L — 5310 spring (Econoline, F-150, F-250)
M — 5310 spring (Econoline, F-150, F-250, Ranger)
N — 5310 spring (Econoline, F-150, F-250, Ranger)
P — 5310 spring (Econoline, F-150, F-250)
R — 5310 spring (Econoline, F-150, F-250)
S — 5310 spring (Econoline, F-150, F-250)
T — 5310 spring (Econoline, Ranger)
U — 5310 spring (Econoline)
V — 5310 spring (Econoline)
W — 5310 spring (Ranger)
Z — 5310 spring (Econoline)

Rear Springs

6 — 5560 spring (Econoline)
7 — 5560 spring (Econoline)
C — 5560 spring (Econoline, F-150, Ranger)
E — 5560 spring (Ranger)
N — 5560 spring (Econoline, F-150)
P — 5560 spring (Econoline, F-150)
R — 5560 spring (Econoline, Ranger)
S — 5560 spring (Econoline, Ranger)
T — 5560 spring (Ranger)
X — 5560 spring (Ranger)
G — 5560 spring (Econoline, F-150)
K — 5560 spring (Econoline, F-150, Ranger)
A — 5560 spring (F-150)
B — 5560 spring (F-150)
D — 5560 spring (F-150)
F — 5560 spring (F-150, Explorer/Mountaineer)
H — 5560 spring (F-150, Explorer/Mountaineer)
J — 5560 spring (F-150)
L — 5560 spring (F-150, Explorer/Mountaineer)
1 — 5560 spring (F-250)
2 — 5560 spring (F-250)
3 — 5560 spring (F-250, Ranger)
4 — 5560 spring (F-250)
X — 5580 spring, load-leveling suspension (F-250)
Y — 5580 spring, load-leveling suspension (F-250)

Interior Trim Codes

The following lists the interior trim and interior color codes:

Interior Trim

A — Hampton vinybucket seats — Econoline
E — Camden cloth captain chairs — Econoline
C — Stockton vinybucket seats — Econoline
F — Kirk cloth captain chairs — Econoline
A — vinyfulbench seat (split back), vinyfulbench (Mexico) — F-150, F-250
C — polyknit fulbench seat (split back), polyknit fulbench (Mexico) — F-150, F-250
F — cloth captains chairs with console — F-150, F-250
H — leather captains chairs with console — F-150, F-250
M — cloth 40/60 bench seat — F-150, F-250
E — leather 40/60 bench seat — F-150, F-250
A — vinybucket seats (Explorer)
J — cloth premium bucket seats (Explorer/Mountaineer)
Z — cloth sport bucket seats (Explorer/Mountaineer)
G — cloth sport bucket seats — less power (Explorer)
F — leather sport bucket seats (Explorer/Mountaineer)
M — cloth split bench seat (Explorer)
1 — limited leather sport bucket seats (Explorer)
H — simulated split vinybench seat (Ranger)
E — Cirrus cloth 60/40 split bench seat (Ranger)
G — Triad luxury sport bucket seats (Ranger)

Interior Color Codes

X — Medium Prairie Tan (F-150, F-250, Explorer/Mountaineer, Ranger)
2 — Medium Graphite (Econoline, F-150, F-250, Explorer/Mountaineer, Ranger)
S — Willow Green (F-150, F-250, Explorer/Mountaineer, Ranger)
D — Denim Blue (Econoline)
P — Mocha (Econoline)
N — Cordovan (F-150, F-250)
E — Dark Denim Blue (Explorer/Mountaineer, Ranger)

Tape Stripe Codes

B — Silver/Red — Econoline (Chateau)
C — Light Teal/Red — Econoline (Chateau)
D — Medium Silver/Red — Econoline (Chateau)
H — Silver Metallic/Heliotrope (F-150, F-250) 4x2
2 — Ebony/Amethyst (F-150, F-250) 4x2
T — Silver Metallic/Medium Titanium (F-150, F-250) 4x4
5 — Ebony/Graphite Sparkle (F-150, F-250) 4x4
R — Silver/Dark Toreador — upper, Dark Toreador/Silver — lower (F-150, F-250 Lariat)
8 — Dark Blue/CoraPeach — upper and lower (F-150, F-250 Lariat)
9 — Bright Green/Pacific Green — upper, Pacific Green/Bright Green — lower (F-150, F-250 Lariat)
S — Silver/Ebony/Silver — upper, Ebony/Silver/Ebony — lower (F-150, F-250 Lariat)
C — Light Prairie Tan/Heliotrope (F-150, F-250) 4x2
F — Light Prairie Tan/Medium Titanium (F-150, F-250) 4x4
V — Violet Metallic kit (Explorer XLT)
W — Light Willow kit (Explorer XLT)
R — Medium Santa Fe kit (Explorer XLT)
P — Platinum kit (Explorer XLT)
G — Anniversary Gold (Mountaineer)
P — Oxford White/Platinum (Mountaineer)
R — Toreador Red/Platinum (Mountaineer)
W — Medium Wedgewood/Platinum (Mountaineer)
Y — Pacific Green/Platinum (Mountaineer)
U — Ebony/Platinum (Mountaineer)
0 — Light PearGold Metallic (Explorer Limited)
1 — CharcoaGreen (Explorer Limited)
2 — Desert Violet (Explorer Limited)
3 — Ebony (Explorer Limited)
P — Platinum (Ranger XLT "Off Road")
S — Silver (Ranger XLT "Off Road")
B — Blue/Dark Blue (Ranger XLT)
C — Copper/Gold (Ranger XLT)
G — Green/Gold (Ranger XLT)
T — Tea(Ranger Splash)
V — Violet (Ranger Splash)
4 — Silver/Medium Graphite (Ranger SE/LE)
5 — Beige/Brown (Ranger SE/LE)
8 — Santa Fe/Woodrose (Ranger SE/LE)

Note: We strive to provide complete and accurate information. We realize the above information doesn't encompass all Ford makes/models but does apply to certain Ford trucks. This list may not be comprehensive depending on the year make and model of your vehicle.