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#205 of 235 Tow rating for FEH
Apr 21, 2007 (6:22 am)
Aug 02, 2007 (11:37 am)
im trying to do some cheap and easy mods to both interior and exterior of my car to make it stand out and more attractive...any suggestions?
#208 of 235 Aftermarket navigation for the 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid
Aug 11, 2007 (2:32 pm)
Has anyone installed an aftermarket navigation in the 2008 Escape? I just bought the Escape w/o the nav and I'm trying to find out what the options are for getting a nav installed.
#209 of 235 Hybrid Escape: Lowering springs and cargo box?
Dec 09, 2007 (5:19 pm)
I am considering downsizing from an Expedition to an Escape Hybrid. A 2008 4WD FEH is a good size for daily use, but it is a tad small for hauling my family on trips. So I looked into rooftop cargo boxes from Yakima/Thule, but even with the smallest box there would be only 1/8" clearance between my garage door and the box (according to the Ford & Yakima specs).
So -- what about lowering springs? I've seen some advertised for Gen 1 V6 Escapes that supposedly lower by 1.5" (eibach, for example).
Obviously there a weight difference and probably a spring rate difference in the Hybrid. Does anyone know if these aftermarket springs would fit, and what the spring rates/dimensions are? I did have my Expedition XLT lowered and it improved the handling but it had truckish torsion bars instead of front coil springs.
#210 of 235 Escape Hybrid wiith box on top.
Dec 10, 2007 (12:02 pm)
The fuel econ penalty you will suffer from a box on the top is HUGE don't do it. Also it will substantially raise the center of gravity. Not something you want to do on an already tall narrowv vehicle with no stability control.
You probably won't find a FEH at a dealer anyway.
#211 of 235 Re: Hybrid Escape: Lowering springs and cargo box? [scottch]
Dec 11, 2007 (7:35 am)
Mark is right. You will negate a large amount of the Fuel Economy of the FEH by using the roof top box. Unless you do what I do and use the box only for trips......the Yakimas are designed to go on and off rather quickly. In this manner you would not have to drive the vehicle into the garage with the box on top (?).
If you need the room in the box most of the time...I think you need a larger vehicle - Highlander, Explorer, etc.
If you only need the box room for trips (every other month or less ?) then perhaps an FEH with the box taken on and off for the trips.
If you are going with a smaller vehicle with a full-time box on top - might as well go with a Subaru Outback or Forester or similar - they can get in the mid-20s mpg. (however, also lowered somewhat with the box on top)
The FEH will save a lot in exhaust emissions!
Depends on your priorities. Good Luck!
#212 of 235 Re: Escape Hybrid wiith box on top. [mschmal]
Dec 12, 2007 (10:01 pm)
I don't plan to drag it around all the time, maybe for a couple of weeks a year. I don't want to take it off just to park the truck. Lowering the truck with shorter springs (with proper spring rates, of course) would more than make up for a plastic roof box.
Reduced ground clearance is not an issue for me
BTW, there were 6 2008 Hybrid Escapes and 5 Hybrid Mariners on the dealer lots in Sunnyvale CA last week, with more on the way.
Anyway, my question is more about fit and specifications of lowering springs -- has anybody done it?
#213 of 235 North East Restriction appears to be lifted.
Dec 13, 2007 (3:26 pm)
I put in 2 orders, lets see if the get scheduled.
Dec 17, 2007 (5:25 pm)
On my stereo there is a button that is listed as "MP3 DIR" - what is that? Is there a connection for an MP3 player that i haven't found? Please email me at ylclarenceyahoo.com if you have an answer. Thanks!