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Hey guys, newbie here. I just recently turned 16 and inherited the payments on my momma's 2007 Escape. Now I've seen quite a few posts about this. But, I figured why not give it a try. I want to make my Escape look the part of an offroad vehicle. Meaning bull bars, lights, light covers, big tires, maybe even a lift?!?! Yes, it is a 2 wheel drive, I know this LOL. I just really like my truck and want to make it look mud/trail ready. So, I was wondering if you guys had any websites that you get your things from that you maybe would like to share. Or maybe any people you know. Thanks in advanced!
 

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Welcome to the City and happy belated birthday! :happy:
Congrats on getting an awesome vehicle. You will find tons of ideas and helpful members here!
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=]] Thank you!!!
 

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You can look at the Escape in this thread (3rd post) to get some ideas, and the snorkel looks to be still for sale if you want to go that far.

viewtopic.php?f=21&t=1513

I would start with tires. Firestone Destination A/Ts look rugged but have good on-road behaviour. If you do actually plan on taking it off-road, take a look at the Firestone Destination M/Ts. 29-30" tires fill out the wheel well nicely, although you may want to go to 31" if you get it lifted. I personally think 31" tires affect the acceleration too much. If you want new wheels, stick with 15" or 16" if you want the off-road look. Our bolt pattern is 5x114.3 (5x4.5") with a 35 mm offset.

I like the WAAG Front Runner/Rear Guard. Simplistic and effective setup. If you live in a city, stick with 55 W lights so you can use them on-road, either with a separate switch or hooked to your brights. If you live in a more rural area, get 100 W lights like I did and use them on dark roads with no one around. Too much glare for oncoming drivers at any distance, but if you rarely see traffic, they light up the road wonderfully.

Lastly, get the No Boundaries roof rack and mount a Yakima roof basket. I don't know where to source this stuff in the States, so I'm just throwing out a few ideas. As with any big purchase, check craigslist, Kijiji, and eBay.
 

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Thank you! That's just what I was looking for. I like a set of BF Goodrich tires (M/T) that I saw my dad has the Firestone M/T's on his Jeep and he loves him. I'm also looking into a CB and a GPS.
 

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If you plan on getting big knobby tires, I would put in an external transmission filter. Mine was made by B&M and cost me $30, plus another $10 or so for transmission hose. I have a write-up on the install here: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=38

From what I have heard, the CD4E transmission is basically a beefed up F4EAT transmission out of an Escort.
 

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Awesome write up! I will deffinatly look into that. I appreciate the advice!
 
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