F-150 Ecoboost Makes Huge Power Gains with Simple Mods

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F-150 Ecoboost

It doesn’t take much time or cash to take a humble Ecoboost engine to the next level.

Say what you want about the Ecoboost family of engines, but there’s no denying one simple fact. Each produces impressive power from the factory, yet there’s much more to be had. Like any turbo motor, the Ecoboost responds extremely well to simple mods. We’ve seen it time and time again, and now we’re seeing it again thanks to a nicely detailed intake, exhaust, and programmer installation on an Ecoboosted F-150 by Truck Trend.

It isn’t like the stock 3.5-liter 2nd gen Ecoboost is a slouch by any means. With 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque straight from the factory, even heavier F-150s turn in impressive performance as is. In this case, TT wanted to ramp up power while staying within the confines of both warranty restrictions and CARB compliance. So they dialed up legendary turbo tuner Gale Banks Engineering for help.

The build started where most do – exhaust. Banks supplied one of its own Monster units to help reduce backpressure and gas temperatures. To free up some air on the other end of things, a Banks intake was sourced to replace the restrictive factory setup. The final piece of this puzzle comes in the form of a Derringer Tuner & iDash 1.8, which helps unlock more usable power at the wheels. You know, where it counts.

At the end of the day, only one thing matters in an exercise like this. And that’s finding out just how much power these mods unleashed. Prior to installation, the F-150 put down baseline numbers of 331 hp and 340 lb-ft at the wheels. This combination of bits increased those numbers to 355 hp and 435 lb-ft. Even more impressively, horsepower and torque jumped 67 and 116, respectively, at a lower 4,100 rpm.

Not bad for a day’s work and around $1,700, eh?

Photos: Truck Trend

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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