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    Hey everyone, I'm building a Ford escape. Yes it's unibody with transverse engine and yes it's basically a tall Ford focus. But it's light and so far had done pretty well wherever I put it. Upcoming plans are boxing the front into a frame and converting it to a suspension from a 98 4x4 ranger with upper and lower control arms. Currently the escape is lifted on 31" wheels with some skid plates underneath also last summer a branch landed on the rear so I just cut it out and rocked it like a bronco. Finally cut apart a junkyard donor and fixed it. I'm looking forward to being a part of this community. Thanks.

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    Welcome and enjoy the sport.

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    sounds like an interesting project


    welcome to exploringnh ,enjoy your journey
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    Cool! I loved the Escape I had(last year of the first generation, which they all seem to have rot issues by now), because it was great in the snow, and relatively quick due to the light weight plus peppy engine. I always wanted to try it off-road as I read that they do well, but found there was vulnerable components unprotected underneath and nobody made skids(that I could find anyways) so they would have had to be fabricated. Not to mention the weak looking suspension pieces. However it looks like you have and will be addressing all that, so I wish you good luck and hope to see it in action someday.
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch simply do not ;)

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    Welcome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hackjobbob View Post

    Hey everyone, I'm building a Ford escape. Yes it's unibody with transverse engine and yes it's basically a tall Ford focus. But it's light and so far had done pretty well wherever I put it. Upcoming plans are boxing the front into a frame and converting it to a suspension from a 98 4x4 ranger with upper and lower control arms. Currently the escape is lifted on 31" wheels with some skid plates underneath also last summer a branch landed on the rear so I just cut it out and rocked it like a bronco. Finally cut apart a junkyard donor and fixed it. I'm looking forward to being a part of this community. Thanks.
    Welcome! I feel like I saw this rig for sale a few months ago?

    Ford Escape was the first 4x4 vehicle I owned - it went lots of places it probably shouldn't have! I look forward to seeing this project.

    Any reason for the 98 Ranger front suspension? Have people done it before, and is it relatively bolt-in? I ask, because why else swap IFS for another IFS?
    Big Jeep - 1998 ZJ Grand Cherokee 5.2 V8, NP242 ESY transfer case swap, Dana 44A rear axle protected by Mountain Vista Fabrication skid plate, Spartan front locker, reinforced uni-body rails, custom boxed steel rock sliders doubling as air tanks, 5.5" Long Arm lift, 1½" DOM crossover steering with Heim joints, 33x10.5R15 BFG Mud Terrain tires, 12000lb Badlands winch.
    Little Jeep - 1997 ZJ Grand Cherokee, 4.0 I6. Completely stock.
    Kermit - 1970 Jeep J-2500 pickup

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    No I don't think anybody has done it before, I mainly chose that vehicle because the wheel bearings are bolt in vs. pressed in, and diameter of the half shafts on a ranger is close to the CV axle diameter in the escape. 27 spline vs 28 spline so I'll be rebuilding my CV axles and using some of the half shafts parts. I'll be welding in the front frame rails of the ranger to a caged front end. Lots of Fab work. But the escape had a lower control arm with little articulation because of the coil over strut suspension. The ranger has upper and lower control arms. And I can use my strut tower as a mount for a longer travel shock.
    And yes I had sold it to some idiot who didn't even tell the windows down when he spray painted the truck black. Had to scrub the windows a good few days after I bought it back from him.
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