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Old 03-20-2015, 01:19 PM   #1
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F150 ecoboost towing tuner

I have been reading many threads on electronic tuners. I am most interested in the "towing tunes". That is more power from 1500 rpm to say 3000 rpm. Although horsepower and torque do go up, the curves that manufacturers have published don't show increased torque at low rpms. Hence, I cant see how they help with towing. I am not interested in drag strip performance from 3000 rpm on up. What am i missing here?
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Old 03-20-2015, 01:52 PM   #2
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My opinion on tuners in new gas engines is that the very marginal gain you'll get isn't worth the time, money, or effort.

Diesel engines are ripe for tuning but new gas engines, not so much.

All IMO of course.
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:41 PM   #3
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You may try posting this question at this forum also, F150 Ecoboost Forum
there are a lot of knowledgeable owners there. Many of them use tuners on these engines with pretty impressive numbers.
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Just be careful tuners can and probably will void the trucks new or extended warranties. Seen it happen.

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For my 6.0 a $300 Diablo tuner was very effective, inexpensive and simple. Cant get much easier than plug in and push some buttons. Plus, you get to read & clear OBD codes, improve tranny action and many more options depending on model. 2011-2014 Ford F-150 Ecoboost
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:32 PM   #6
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These guys apparently do some great work if you're looking for a tune on the Ecoboost. It is a very tunable motor that can get some real gains, just Google Livernois F150 Ecoboost tune and read some of the feedback from other forums on it.

LME-AIW F150 Ecoboost tuner - Livernois Motorsports

I don't think there's any guarantee that you won't void your warranty, but their module can reset the tune program to factory and can easily be removed if you're concerned about taking it to a dealership for service.
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WOW, just read about this. Pretty Neat!
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:22 AM   #8
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Tx for the replies. I have been on the f150 forums and the manufacturer's web pages. I like what I read about several models and almost bought one until i looked for proof of performance at lower rpms for the ecoboost. The graphs i saw showed hp and torque tracking close to the OEM curves until quite high in rpms. Yes there were great gains as rpms get quite high. I am thinking that i would be disappointed to buy one only to find that there was little improvement in towing with the Ecoboost. I am going o search the net again to see if i can find more performance curves.
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Just be careful tuners can and probably will void the trucks new or extended warranties. Seen it happen.

Don't skip past this caution!
My 2007 GMC Sierra was tuned - alterations to both engine control software and transmission control software. The biggest improvement was the removal of abuse management and torque management in the transmission especially. When I bought my 2014 Sierra, my son (who is certified as a GM World Class Master Technician) told me "Don't do anything to this truck tuning-wise. The company is more apt to void your warranty now than in the past."
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My opinion on tuners in new gas engines is that the very marginal gain you'll get isn't worth the time, money, or effort.

Diesel engines are ripe for tuning but new gas engines, not so much.

All IMO of course.
This would be true for normally aspirated engines but the Ecoboost is twin turbo so huge gains can be made.
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