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Old 08-01-2012, 08:20 AM   #81
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why mess with it when its under warranty ??? You would be asking for trouble if something bad happens to that engine..wait till the warranty is gone ..then go for it..
Yep, like I said at the very beginning, Ford is showing no mercy to people adding programmers or other aftermarket stuff. I want to buy a tuner for my F250, but don't want to give up my warranty just yet.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:41 AM   #82
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I don't blame any manufacturer for voiding warranties when a "tuner" has been applied to the ECM. The tuners haven't done any long term testing and don't know the effects of their modifications. Ford had big issues with tuners on some of their diesels and learned a hard lesson. People were stretching head bolts! And some Ecoboost Taurus SHO owners have learned the hard way about engine damage.

Turbo engines can see big gains but you can also see big trouble. My truck works great in stock form and I'm not touching it.
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I added an Airaid cold air intake to mine - cleaner air
Next week I swap out the exhaust Catback system to a stainless steel one because we apply lots of salt on the roads here in NB Canada during the winter and spring.

my performance guy said to then look at headers but I may wait on that one. he said to avoid chips and stuff withthe Ford 3.5 because they don't need them.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:46 AM   #84
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I hear ya acadianbob. Some of these tuners will add over 300 HP and the owner expects it to last like a stock truck
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:48 AM   #85
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I added an Airaid cold air intake to mine - cleaner air
Next week I swap out the exhaust Catback system to a stainless steel one because we apply lots of salt on the roads here in NB Canada during the winter and spring.

my performance guy said to then look at headers but I may wait on that one. he said to avoid chips and stuff withthe Ford 3.5 because they don't need them.
Is your exhaust going to have dual outlets? Curious what a Ecoboost would sound like with a different exhaust.
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I added an Airaid cold air intake to mine - cleaner air
Next week I swap out the exhaust Catback system to a stainless steel one because we apply lots of salt on the roads here in NB Canada during the winter and spring.

my performance guy said to then look at headers but I may wait on that one. he said to avoid chips and stuff withthe Ford 3.5 because they don't need them.
I'd be careful. Modifying the exhaust on a turbo system can cause over-speed on the turbos because of reduced exhaust pressure. A turbo powertrain is a "complete system" that involves careful balance of all components. Your Airaid should be OK though.

Not trying to lecture. But I think the manufacturers know what they are doing. If there was real benefit in some of the changes, that doesn't effect longevity and driveability, I would think they would do it.

Anyway, I wish you success. Keep us posted on your experiences.
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I'd be careful. Modifying the exhaust on a turbo system can cause over-speed on the turbos because of reduced exhaust pressure. A turbo powertrain is a "complete system" that involves careful balance of all components. Your Airaid should be OK though.

Not trying to lecture. But I think the manufacturers know what they are doing. If there was real benefit in some of the changes, that doesn't effect longevity and driveability, I would think they would do it.

Anyway, I wish you success. Keep us posted on your experiences.
Bob you truly don't believe your first and second statement do you?

Respectfully there both false.
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Bob you truly don't believe your first and second statement do you?

Respectfully there both false.
Then explain to us why manufacturers don't send the product out the door with the aftermarket exhaust that adds 35 hp. If they could advertise that there product has an extra 35 hp and all they had to do to get it was include that other exhaust, you can bet your boots they would do it if it didn't introduce a compromise in another area.

Everything is a tradeoff, and the manufacturers have done tons of testing to get the best with the least compromises all around. Maybe it's just sound, maybe it's less low-end torque (which are both driveability issues that acadianbob mentioned), but any aftermarket device will have compromises.
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Pulled our Flagstaff V-Lite 21wrs to the races last week-end in 100+ heat, with 355 gears and never leaving 5th gear at 65 to 70 I averaged around 9.5 MPG. Complaints-none, I could actually increase speed on some pretty good grades. With our TT the Eco has plenty of power and pulls like a dream.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:15 PM   #90
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Bully dog looks like a good thing for the Eco boost to bad I would never buy a ford.

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Me either lol !
Then you better not drive one! You will have to either eat your words, or be disappointed that you drive an inferior product.
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