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Was hoping to get some feedback on lifts and tires. I have done some research and think I may go with an OME 2" lift. Has anyone installed one. I'm pretty handy in the garage, but have never tackled a lift before. Is this a pretty doable thing? Also, one main reason why I want the lift is for bigger tires. Has anyone found out what are the biggest BFG A/Ts you can put on? (stock wheels) Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

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For the OME's 2" lift you will need to do some cutting and welding in the front struts.
The front will get up about 1.5" and the rear 2" after everything settles down within the first 500 miles.You will also have to change the sway bar links otherwise the stock ones will bang on the lower arm.
As for tires on the 16" rims 235/70/16 is about the limit on the set-up you are talking about.
I'm curious as to your intentions with this set-up.
If fast off-roading is your gig, OME is not what you need on the Escape.
OME on the Escape is excellent for off-road excursions.
 

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wow, that's a lot of additional modifications. I won't be doing any serious offroading, I live in FL. The main things I encounter are gravel and sand trails which are nothing to write home about. I am just wanting a higher stance and some bigger tires that perform a little better than the standard size on now. Any suggestions on a way or manufacturer to lift w/out all the modifications that the OME kit requires? If not, what do you suggest as a bigger tire size if I were to not take the road of a suspension lift? Thanks for your extremely helpful advice, it's great to pick the brains of those who know about Escapes and their capabilities already.
 

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a very easy and less expensive option is adding a front set of 1.25' coil springs from Canuck motorsports. The coils ride a little more stiff then the OE and it will allow you to change to a larger tire size. On the '08 there is nothing else that needs to be changed and I believe the platform is the same as the '05. not absolutely sure but I'm sure somebody on the board can answer that.

(Be careful, once you get the taste of what the "E" can actually do off road, you might turn into a mad mod monster.)

A suggestion if you do place the coils on, when it's time to get new struts and shocks I would recommend you go with KYB G_Force or Monroe Sense-a-Trac
Keep us posted.
 

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megascape's solution I would think is the best alternative in your case.
In FL for gravel and sand my option would be for the tires 235 or even 245 width, as long as you do not have to handle any serious mud.Good luck with your choices and I hope that you keep us posted.
 

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Thanks guys, very helpful stuff. I've done some reading on the coils and it seems like that might be the better way for me to go. Is there a reason why you suggested only the front coils? I see they have the rear as well. Also, will the stock shocks and struts accommodate the coils, or will they max out? I'm new to this, so sorry for all the questions, some may be silly too. For tires I currently have 235/70, and I was thinking 245/75 or 255/70. Do you think I'll have any problems with rubbing in the wheel wells etc. Still debating on what to go with. Thanks again for all of your wisdom.
 

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I recommend the front coils only because it sounded like you want to level the Escape, if not go ahead and place all for coils. As far as the tires you will not have any problems with the 245 other then 2mph slower on the speedo. the OE shocks and struts are fine as well. I was just saying when the time comes you may as well get a better feel.
 
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