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Notice: If you are not an advocate of modified vehicles – or perhaps, a pessimist of such - read no further as this thread will be of little to no importance to you. There are a few people on here that I know will appreciate the content in this thread. As always, I provide this information as a contributing member on this forum only and I am not responsible for what you do with the information nor am I liable for what you do to your vehicle.

In my personal conquest to improve certain characteristics of my 2013 Escape Titanium (2.0L), I came across some very interesting and exciting facts about some of the parts my model Escape has with the 2013 Focus ST.
Please note that I have only verified part numbers between the 2013 Focus ST and a 2013 Escape 2.0L EcoBoost with factory-equipped 19” wheels. Why 19” specifically? Well, for one, that’s what my Escape came equipped with, and two, some part numbers change between Escapes with different sized wheels from the factory.

So down to the good stuff; some of you here may have already read about some of my intentions to ‘upgrade’ the Escape’s suspension, tune, brakes, etc. for performance (street) purposes. A little background for those of you who are new here; I pretty much modify every car I own and I come from a history of turbocharged vehicles (only my wife’s cars are naturally aspirated). With that said, I went shopping for new suspension and brakes in anticipation of power upgrades (ECU tuning, custom exhaust, etc.) a little later down the road. “With great power comes great responsibility” - We’ve all heard that before, so I always upgrade brakes and suspension when adding power. I’m just waiting on the power now.

I found Monroe Sensa-Trac front struts (P/Ns: 72619 (Front Left) & 72618 (Front Right)) at Advance Auto Parts to suit my immediate needs for the H&R Sport Springs (P/N: 51603) I was installing (I will post a review on the struts and springs in another thread). Not satisfied with only struts and springs thus far, I continued my search for aftermarket parts when one search in particular yielded a ‘suspension walkaround’ for a 2013 Focus ST on Edmunds. I read the review and observed the embedded images and concluded that there was a striking resemblance between the ST’s suspension and my 2.0L Escape’s!

I trolled the FordParts.com website for hours comparing part numbers and took screen shots of the areas I was interested in. The results were exciting, considering my intent. Here is some of what I’ve found so far:
Between the 2013 Focus ST and 2013 Escape Titanium (2.0L, 19” wheels), the parts below share the same factory part numbers according to FordParts.com:

1. Front Sway Bar
2. Front Sway Bar End Links
3. Rear Sway Bar End Links*
4. Front/Rear Brake Calipers
5. Front/Rear Brake Rotors
6. *Rear Knuckle is the same part number on both, but the ST has an inverted (90 degrees) end link bracket which makes the ST rear sway bar incompatible with the Escape’s rear knuckle. However, you could swap for an ST rear knuckle and add an ST compatible rear sway bar to the Escape! :cool:

Additional parts of interest to me were the front struts and shocks all around. They are essentially the same from a mechanical fitment standpoint, but due to ride height and weight differences between the SUV and the hatch, it is obvious the Escape has taller springs and shocks. But if you’re looking to lower your Escape more than the H&R springs will allow (.5 inch front, 1.5 inch rear), you can opt for more aggressive Focus ST variant with adjustable ride height and damping. If anyone wants to sponsor the proof of concept in this matter, but doesn’t want to test on their own Escape; you buy the parts, I’ll install them on my Escape and review and evaluate them – no risk to you! :D

Lastly, we also share the same hub/bolt pattern dimensions as the ST. Dibs on the 18” Gloss Black ST wheels for my Escape! :cool:

That is all for now unless I remember anything else of relevance in which case I’ll edit or post here.

[FONT=&quot]For those still interested, keep a lookout for future news and reviews on my project Escape "ST!"[/FONT]
 

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Got me hooked! This is my second turbo car and love it. As you stated I also have always modded my rides and am very interested in seeing what your going to do! I'm sure Escapism will be excited too when he sees this his LED install was great but too pricey for me at this time
 

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Great information! Thanks for taking the time to post this.

To add another part...

The Steeda Focus Adjustable Rear Upper Camber Arm will work on the Escape and is great for dialing in the rear camber back to factory specs once lowered (say with H&R springs). -1-1/2 degree to +5 degrees. *However* something Steeda doesn't want you to know is that this $92.00 part provided by them is actually the EXACT SAME as the RayBestos Professional Grade Rear Upper Control Arm part no. 611-1187 for about $20.00 cheaper.

Now if only someone would made a heavy duty adjustable front strut mount we could use. Holding off on lowering springs until all the supporting hardware is available...someday soon I hope!
 

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What is big surprise? The Focus and Escort are the same platform.
I think you meant Focus and Escape; and yes, the new Escape has its roots with the Focus.

But you're right; It's not a surprise. I just confirmed the part numbers and shared the information here. Do with it what you please.
 

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SocalJayo, you may not like those Monroe Sensa-Trac's for a lowered Escape. My understanding is that this will provide a similar ride as OE and aren't really meant for lowered applications. Some reviews on other forum sites (on other vehicles) from Sensa-Trac owners say they are not any firmer than OE. You may be better off just using the factory struts and saving the extra money.

Personally, I'm hoping Koni develops their STR.T line for our Escape (I even signed up for R&D testing with them as a donor vehicle...haven't heard back yet though after 3+ weeks) as these work great with H&R springs. Koni actually develops many of their dampers specifically for use with H&R springs. I've used the STR.T's on 2 of my past lowered vehicles and have really enjoyed them. They are non-adjustable and firm, not harsh at all but firm.

I've also used Tokico HP dampers on an old import I had years ago and they were OK but the front struts both developed a leak within a year, and for the money I spent on them I was disappointed, but YMMV.

Anyways, wanted to throw my input out there about the Monroes. Hopefully if you end up going with them they will provide you with the ride quality you're looking for, be sure to let us know as I'm genuinely curious myself.

Sorry to get off topic about the parts interchange but this seemed relevant.
 

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socal_jayo you are the MAN!! I have been waiting for this kind of information to start surfacing about interchangeable parts between current Ford vehicles. I think the more information of this type that circulates the more aftermarket companies will be willing to offer performance upgrade parts for our Escapes. I can't think of one of my prior vehicles that I haven't done some kind of mod to. My "other" car is a heavily modified Mustang. It's usually easier to list what hasn't been done than what has been done. I think, arguably, the most important suspension components are shock absorbers/dampers. I have had great success with Koni shocks on the 'stang. Great product and a great warranty, if you need it. There are several other quality manufacturers out there that could easily offer them as well. H&R makes a great spring, but you could probably source a custom set of Hyperco springs if you wanted to. I'd probably wait on the sway bars till I got the car sitting where I want it with the right springs and shocks before I changed anything else in the suspension. Better to wait to see how things work before changing what might not need to be changed. I guess that would depend how you intend to use the vehicle or you driving needs. Coming from a car that has adjustable everything its easy to end up in the wrong direction if you're not careful.
 

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I think you meant Focus and Escape; and yes, the new Escape has its roots with the Focus.

But you're right; It's not a surprise. I just confirmed the part numbers and shared the information here. Do with it what you please.


Sorry Escape is what I meant. I also apologize if I cam across wrong. Lots of cold medicine.......
 

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@dasescape , Thanks for the input - I do appreciate it. However, it's too late in regards to the Monroe Sensa-Tracs; I installed them with the H&R springs this past Friday and will post a review on my findings after this Friday (1-week impressions). But for now - in case anyone is wondering - my current configuration feels firmer now so I'm content with it so far.

Stay tuned for my upcoming H&R, Monroe, EBC Brakes, and Wheel Spacers reviews :)

Current/Anticipated configurations/modifications are viewable in my garage (link to the left under member details and in my signature).

SocalJayo, you may not like those Monroe Sensa-Trac's for a lowered Escape. My understanding is that this will provide a similar ride as OE and aren't really meant for lowered applications. Some reviews on other forum sites (on other vehicles) from Sensa-Trac owners say they are not any firmer than OE. You may be better off just using the factory struts and saving the extra money.

Personally, I'm hoping Koni develops their STR.T line for our Escape (I even signed up for R&D testing with them as a donor vehicle...haven't heard back yet though after 3+ weeks) as these work great with H&R springs. Koni actually develops many of their dampers specifically for use with H&R springs. I've used the STR.T's on 2 of my past lowered vehicles and have really enjoyed them. They are non-adjustable and firm, not harsh at all but firm.

I've also used Tokico HP dampers on an old import I had years ago and they were OK but the front struts both developed a leak within a year, and for the money I spent on them I was disappointed, but YMMV.

Anyways, wanted to throw my input out there about the Monroes. Hopefully if you end up going with them they will provide you with the ride quality you're looking for, be sure to let us know as I'm genuinely curious myself.

Sorry to get off topic about the parts interchange but this seemed relevant.
 

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The Monroe SensaTrac shocks have valving that is designed provide soft ride at normal ride height and stiffer valving if it is out of the sweet spot. You may want to get shocks that either don't have this feature or are shorter by the amount of the lowering.

I have a friend that worked for Monroe and he explained to me why why one of my vehicles rode so bad and it was because I had raised the vehicle slightly and the shocks were out of that sweet spot. Just a thoight.
 

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The Monroe SensaTrac shocks have valving that is designed provide soft ride at normal ride height and stiffer valving if it is out of the sweet spot. You may want to get shocks that either don't have this feature or are shorter by the amount of the lowering.

I have a friend that worked for Monroe and he explained to me why why one of my vehicles rode so bad and it was because I had raised the vehicle slightly and the shocks were out of that sweet spot. Just a thoight.
Thanks for the insight. I have found that the Monroe's offer a complimenting/firmer ride in conjunction with the H&R springs in my setup, and I feel it has satisfied my initial intentions thus far. I will comment more on the subject in a 'formal' review later in the week or over the weekend.
 

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SocalJayo has made his intentions clear that his suspension modifications will be addressed in a more appropriate section of this forum, along with his complete review of these modifications once his project is complete.

As much as I'd like to beat on him to hear more, now, and offer my input (as well as many others!) about suspension modifications (brake fluid, pads, dampers, etc)...we need to calm ourselves and keep this thread on topic as painful as it may be.

In my humble attempt to keep this parts interchange thread on track, I'll throw another part out there if anyone is interested:

The Royal Purple oil filter, part no. #10-2835 will fit the 2.0L Escape and is a good upgrade over the MotorCraft FL-910S factory oil filter.
 

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Good info, dude, thanks! I've been wanting to swap out the sways for a while and was having a stupid hard time trying to figure out what to do with the rear end links, and now I know.

It's been too cold here (I know it's Texas, but I live here for a reason, and 30 degree temps aren't it) for me get underneath and install the H&R springs I have sitting in my garage.

I also spoke with the guys at FSWerks, and they're finishing up their tweaking on their suspension parts and intake kit specifically for the 2.0L Escape. They said it should be towards the beginning of the 2014, since they're doing real-world testing on them now.

I hate the waiting, because I want that stuff now.
 
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Since most of the suspension stuff from the ST will fit the 2.0L Escape, look into the Whiteline stuff already available if you can't wait.

Whiteline makes adjustable sway endlinks for the fronts and camber bushings for the rears:

End Links: Whiteline Adjustable Ball Socket Endlinks Front Mazda / Ford Models (inc. 2007-2013 Mazdaspeed3) KLC151 at RallySportDirect.com

Other ST parts: http://www.stage3motorsports.com/2013-Focus-ST-EcoBoost-Suspension-Upgrades.html

Edit: And FYI, ST Coilover Kits will fit the 2.0L Escape, but expect the ride height to be lower than the H&R springs only.
 

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...I also spoke with the guys at FSWerks, and they're finishing up their tweaking on their suspension parts and intake kit specifically for the 2.0L Escape. They said it should be towards the beginning of the 2014, since they're doing real-world testing on them now.

I hate the waiting, because I want that stuff now.
Ask them (FSWerks) to make a larger FMIC and piping kit, too
 

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Ask them (FSWerks) to make a larger FMIC and piping kit, too
I didn't bring that up with them, but my friend that works for Cobb Tuning told me last week that the FMIC kit from ATP for the Focus ST will fit the 2.0L Escape, but with some pretty generous bumper modifications.

He told me space is the real issue with the Escape, and that the front bumper cover has to be cut a lot to get it to fit properly. But any of the ATP turbo kits for the Focus ST will bolt straight up to ours.

How much did your H&R springs lower your car? I've seen the drop being all over the place, from 2 inches in the rear to only 1 inch in some instances.
 

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@Spider Pig, I haven't remeasured yet, but if I had to guess, I'd say .5-.75" up front, and 1.5-2" in the rear. I will post my specs and review later as the springs may still be settling.
 
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