H&R Lift Springs and KYB GR-2 Struts on '02 4WD Escape

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H&R Lift Springs and KYB GR-2 Struts on '02 4WD Escape

Postby Krohn - March 24th, 2016, 4:42 pm

So I finally did some suspension work. A month ago I had a rear shock's upper bolt rust in half. So after some thumping around and realizing it wasn't even attached, just nestled in the pocket, I replaced the rear two shocks with OEM Motorcraft ones. However, for the front I wanted to do a little more.

This last weekend, I had H&R's 1" lift springs installed along with KYB's GR-2 (Excel-G) struts installed including the additional required hardware and even some new Wagner brake hoses.

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Here are some quick pictures of the results. I'll take better ones soon... but these were iPhone quick ones in case anyone wanted to see how crazy of a difference it visually makes to the car's appearance (It doesn't). I also need to take a few of the springs and the articulation.

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As far as performance goes, it DOES feel stiffer as it should. It's my wife's car so I haven't driven it much this week but It does seem to have less nose dive and squat under hard braking and from digs.
Ground clearance measures ~9.5-inches to the bottom of the "recall-added" front cross member brace.
Along with other pics, I'll show some more measurements soon.

If you have any questions, let me know. I'll keep y'all up to date if anything changes or I have any issues.
2002 Ford Escape XLT 4WD V6 Auto (My Current)
245-70/16 Hankook Dyna-Pro ATM Tires, H&R 1" Lift Springs, KYB GR-2 Struts
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Re: H&R Lift Springs and KYB GR-2 Struts on '02 4WD Escape

Postby Squirrel - March 25th, 2016, 1:10 am

Not real noticeable of a lift. How does it seem when driving?
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Re: H&R Lift Springs and KYB GR-2 Struts on '02 4WD Escape

Postby Escape94 - March 25th, 2016, 12:17 pm

Very nice, that should improve handling. Slight visual difference :thumb:
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Re: H&R Lift Springs and KYB GR-2 Struts on '02 4WD Escape

Postby Krohn - March 28th, 2016, 9:05 am

It handles well, noticeably stiffer but that could be also that old suspension was... old.

Looks wise, there is not a huge difference. However, I've also learned that Escapes with the trim around the wheel wells, the fender flares, do not look as high as those without it. I sort-of wish mine did not have that option even though it is a "up-grade."

All in all, I'm quite content with the results. I don't feel like I've compromised any of the suspension's integrity, geometry, or life which is number one to me.
I wouldn't have changed what I had installed in any way. Now that I'm running larger than OEM tires, and taller springs (along with other replaced maintenance items), I feel I'm slowly upgrading the Escape to a better than new form. It definitely looks more as it should when parked next to Xterras and other "adventure" SUVs.
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245-70/16 Hankook Dyna-Pro ATM Tires, H&R 1" Lift Springs, KYB GR-2 Struts
Build: http://www.escape-city.com/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=30315

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Re: H&R Lift Springs and KYB GR-2 Struts on '02 4WD Escape

Postby Krohn - April 15th, 2016, 2:41 am

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2002 Ford Escape XLT 4WD V6 Auto (My Current)
245-70/16 Hankook Dyna-Pro ATM Tires, H&R 1" Lift Springs, KYB GR-2 Struts
Build: http://www.escape-city.com/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=30315

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 (My Previous, Traded 2016)
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Re: H&R Lift Springs and KYB GR-2 Struts on '02 4WD Escape

Postby Squirrel - April 15th, 2016, 8:09 am

Wow! :thumb: Looks better now! MUCH taller!
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Re: H&R Lift Springs and KYB GR-2 Struts on '02 4WD Escape

Postby pommesdeux - April 20th, 2016, 6:53 pm

Looks really good. Excellent.
Just waiting for a roadtrip and a excuse to burn some gas!!

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Re: H&R Lift Springs and KYB GR-2 Struts on '02 4WD Escape

Postby Krohn - April 21st, 2016, 8:27 am

Thanks! I have noticed that since the install, the rear end creaks more as the body twists over uneven pavement. I'm guessing that's due to increased force from the springs.
I now see why people buy the front strut tower brace, the car does need more bracing.
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2002 Ford Escape XLT 4WD V6 Auto (My Current)
245-70/16 Hankook Dyna-Pro ATM Tires, H&R 1" Lift Springs, KYB GR-2 Struts
Build: http://www.escape-city.com/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=30315

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 (My Previous, Traded 2016)
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Re: H&R Lift Springs and KYB GR-2 Struts on '02 4WD Escape

Postby Jtr04201984 - April 22nd, 2016, 8:49 am

I'm looking at options to level the back end of my 2012 when I haul my dirt bike on a hitch carrier, do the H&R lift springs seem to add more payload? I tried the Air Lift 1000 & haven't had much luck & spring assisted shocks seem to be non-existent. The only Air Bag suspension I've found is for 2001-2006...
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Re: H&R Lift Springs and KYB GR-2 Struts on '02 4WD Escape

Postby Krohn - April 22nd, 2016, 11:18 am

They are stiffer than OEM but I wouldn't imagine a whole much better. However, if you added these with the airlift bags, it may yield better results. I honestly don't know though.
2002 Ford Escape XLT 4WD V6 Auto (My Current)
245-70/16 Hankook Dyna-Pro ATM Tires, H&R 1" Lift Springs, KYB GR-2 Struts
Build: http://www.escape-city.com/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=30315

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 (My Previous, Traded 2016)
Recaros, Torsen Diff, MGW Shifter
2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (Wife's Current)
Auto, 4:10s, Navigation, Alpine 9-spkr System
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