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8,000 Pounds of Awesome 2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty That’s Got It Goin’ On

Tyler Brancifort’s ’11 F-350 Makes Good Use of Nitrous for 1,386 Prodigious Horsepower

Brian Lohnes
Jan 24, 2016
Photographers: Dave Nutting
“We can speak from experience to tell you that when this thing lights off on the street, it plants you into the seat harder than any 8,300-pound accelerating object ever should.”
There’s just something about a big red truck, right? Even if the beast in these photos was just a lifted ’11 Ford F-350, it would still look good going down the road. Knowing it makes 1,171 hp and 1,622 lb-ft of torque before the nitrous oxide shows up and jacks those numbers to 1,386 hp and 1,978 lb-ft takes the thing to the next level of cool. What might be even more impressive than that is the fact that the power is made sensibly, so not only is the truck a fine street beast, but it is also capable of putting in work as well and sees lots of miles during the year pulling a heavy trailer down the highway. We’ll get to that later, though. For now, let’s talk about this blindingly fast Ford and how it came to be that way.
Tyler Brancifort personifies the diesel truck owner who has pushed the performance envelope for more than a decade. He’s a young guy who is motivated, hard working, and not afraid to jump in and get his hands dirty—either on his truck or the rigs of anyone else who wants to go fast. Tyler makes his money as an electrician, but he also works for Street Diesel Performance in Chaplin, Connecticut, helping out with web content, at events, and by handling whatever else company owner Sean O’Hara needs him to do.
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Tyler’s also a guy who loves to drive and lean on this truck, which sees lots of time at dyno shootouts, sled pulls, and dirt drags. This F-350 is not some piece of window dressing Tyler just rubs wax on. If he’s not working the 6.7L Power Stroke engine with the same fervor he runs it against the dyno’s brake, he just isn’t happy.
So, what makes up the hot engine combination in Tyler’s rig? A setup with the kind of torque that makes dyno operators fear for their equipment? Well, as you can probably imagine, the Street Diesel Performance–built 6.7L engine is stuffed with great components from top to bottom.
The build starts with the gear-welded 2015 crankshaft, a gear-welded stock camshaft, coated 2015 crank and rod bearings, R&R Racing Products’ billet connecting rods, SDP coated pistons, River City Diesel H13 wristpins, and ported and O-ringed 2015 cylinder heads. But that’s not even close to all. River City’s Titanium valvesprings, Midwest Diesel Performance chromoly keepers and retainers, Smith Brothers chromoly pushrods, Elite Diesel Engineering A1 H11 cylinder-head studs, stock head gaskets, and Maryland Performance Diesel’s crankcase ventilation kit add the reliability and strength needed to handle the truck’s four-digit output.
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But while that pile of parts is great and it all reads like a wish list for many Power Stroke owners, it also begs the question, “Where’s the magic?” As we all know, the “trick” for achieving success with any engine combination is the matching of components and making sure that everything works in concert. You can very easily screw up an otherwise potent engine with the wrong turbocharger, not enough fueling, or wrong ideas about how things like nitrous are supposed to work. Tyler and the guys at Street Diesel Perfor-mance did not fall into any of these traps. As a matter of fact, on the fuel and boost side, they nailed it.
Rather than compound-turbocharging the engine, the build was mapped out with a billet BorgWarner S475 ’charger built by Barder Turbo Service, with plumbing coming by way of a Maryland Performance Diesel S400 kit. The exhaust downpipe is an SDP-built 4-inch piece.
Fuel delivery is critical not only for making power, but also for ensuring the engine is happy. An AirDog II 165-gph lift pump gets the fuel moving from the huge 52-gallon Titan tank to an H&S Motorsports dual high-pressure pump setup, along with River City Diesel’s 100-percent-over injectors. Fuel flows like a river with this setup. It is also worth noting that the truck has a Street Diesel Performance–built 6R410 six-speed automatic transmission to harness all this madness and, despite what some would have you believe, that baby is up to the task.
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Wait! You said he uses this thing on the street and does lots of towing with it? You can’t do that with a setup like this! While this might be what a lot of you are thinking, when a combo like Tyler’s is properly tuned, it really does work like a champ. Tyler’s rig is often found dragging the heavy SDP vendor trailer to events in the eastern half of the country, and he says he would like to venture out West with the F-350 if time allows. He’s got no problems racking up the miles, and we can speak from experience to tell you that when this thing lights off on the street, it plants you into the seat harder than any 8,300-pound accelerating object ever should.
Lots of times, people forget this whole diesel performance revolution isn’t just relegated to the parts of the country where the corn grows tall. There are guys in every state building trucks for their own amusement, for competition, or to go out and thump the existing big names in the diesel world. Tyler Brancifort’s ’11 F-350 is one of the most brutally powerful trucks in the New England area, and if given the chance, he’d like to really get after it against some of the big hitters from other parts of the country.
Fast Facts:
Year/Make/Model: ’11 Ford F-350
Owner: Tyler Brancifort
Hometown: Cromwell, Connecticut
Odometer: 52,354 miles
Engine: 6.7L Ford Power Stroke V-8 with ported ’15 cylinder heads, ’15 crankshaft (with welded crank gear), coated rod and main bearings, R&R Racing Products billet rods, Street Diesel Performance de-lipped and coated pistons, stock cam with welded gear, River City Diesel H13 wristpins, River City Diesel titanium valvesprings, Midwest Diesel Performance chromoly keepers and retainers, Smith Brothers chromoly pushrods, Elite Diesel Engineering A1 H11 cylinder-head studs, factory head gaskets, Maryland Performance Diesel crankcase ventilation kit
Programming: H&S Performance Mini-Maxx tuner, and H&S Motorsports Maxx Calibration Control files created by Craig at Maryland Performance Diesel
Fuel: H&S Motorsports Dual High Pressure Fuel Kit, River City Diesel 100-percent-over injectors, Air Dog II 165-gph lift pump, and H&S Motorsports filter
Air: Billet BorgWarner S475 built by Barder Turbo Service, Nitrous Express two-stage progressive nitrous-oxide system, Maryland Performance Diesel–fabricated intercooler, and S&B filter
Exhaust: Maryland Performance Diesel machined log-style manifolds, Street Diesel Performance 4-inch downpipe, Magnaflow muffler, and MBRP tip
Transmission: Street Diesel Performance 6R140 six-speed automatic with SunCoast clutches and E-hub, Precision Industries 2,200-rpm torque converter, and Mag-Hytec pan
Power: 1,171 hp (fuel only)/1,386 hp (with nitrous oxide)
Torque: 1,622 lb-ft (fuel only)/1,978 lb-ft (with nitrous oxide)
Tires: 285/55R22 Nitto Terra Grappler G2
Wheels: 22x10 American Force Burnout
Suspension: Street Diesel Performance 2.5-inch leveling kit; One Up Offroad adjustable link arms and long-gusset, bottom-mount traction bars; Ready Lift 4-inch rear block; dual steering stabilizer with Bilstein stabilizers; Rancho RS 9000 adjustable shocks; Flight Fab front strap kit; and Timbren rubber rear overload springs
Axles: Stock housings with Mag-Hytec covers (front and rear); Snyder Performance Engineering full locking rear differential; 3.55 gears; and a Street Diesel Performance one-piece, heavy-duty steel rear driveshaft
Body: Painted grille surround, Rigid Q2 foglights, tinted windows, Street Diesel Performance mono-side window, Extang tonneau cover, BedRug, and amps for cranking out the jams
Interior: Stock ’11 Ford Lariat interior with black leather, Auto Meter A-pillar gauge pod, H&S Performance Mini-Maxx tuner, Edge Products CTS Insight Monitor, and single steering-column pod with 60-psi boost gauge
Fuel economy: 15 to 16 mpg (unladen) highway, 13 to 14 mpg towing
Fun Fact: Tyler gives special thanks to Sean O’Hara, owner of Street Diesel Performance. He also thanks Scott Johnson and the entire SDP family for their help in building this truck. Matt Chapman also gets a shout-out for hauling the rig to lots of events, when it’s not being driven down the road with the Street Diesel Performance vending trailer behind it.
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There’s a lot happening in here for sure, but the end result is a truck that can hang with some of the most serious Power Stroke–motivated rigs on the continent. The big, single BorgWarner S475 turbocharger that sits right on top of the engine is surrounded by Maryland Performance Diesel plumbing, which is definitely an integral part of this power equation.
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Turbodiesels love nitrous oxide, just like all other internal-combustion engines. However, fueling needs to be on point when you really put the spray to one of these powerplants. A Nitrous Express two-stage progressive system really packs a wallop when Tyler Brancifort hits the button.
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Tyler’s big red ’11 Ford F-350 is a great looking rig, and we’d still call it “cool,” even if its 6.7L Power Stroke was still in its original form. However, with more than double the torque of a stocker, this truck becomes an 8,000-pound rocket when Tyler leans on the throttle.
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One of the things we really like about this truck is the fact that it carries itself with class. The American Force Burnout wheels with polished lips look great, the tinted windows ensure interior privacy, and the wide Nitto Terra Grapplers give this thing a nice footprint. Oh, that 5-inch MBRP pipe is killer as well.
Photo 9/19   |   006 2011 Ford F 350 Rear Suspension
This look at the rear suspension gives you an idea of how well this truck is maintained. You could eat off of most of this stuff. The big One Up Offroad long-gusset, bottom-mount traction bars have withstood lots of frame-twisting torque in their day and still hold on strong. The Timbren rear overload springs and Rancho adjustable shocks look at home here as well.
Photo 10/19   |   007 2011 Ford F 350 Front Suspension
Like the rear suspension, the front uses One Up Offroad’s beefy and strong adjustable link arms. While some people like to concentrate all their truck upgrades on one facet of the rig, this one is built with balance throughout.
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With more than 1,600 lb-ft of torque on fuel alone and a little less than 2,000 lb-ft with nitrous at the party, destroying tires and making pretty white clouds is absolutely no problem for Tyler’s truck. The way he handled our request for action leads us to believe he’s likely done this before.
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While the huge 4-ton curb weight of this truck doesn’t help it on the dragstrip, it does actually contribute to its great ride when heading down the road. The Street Diesel Performance leveling kit works with the stock springs, and while you know you’re in a big truck, it definitely is a nice-riding example.
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One of the things that catches enthusiasts’ attention is the fact that Tyler has both an H&S Performance Mini-Maxx tuner and an Edge Products CTS Insight monitor functioning in unison with each other. While there is no magic involved, some deep thought makes it possible, and Tyler isn’t interested in sharing the details on this trick. Craig from Maryland Performance Diesel does the tuning with the H&S Motorsports Maxx Calibration Control software.
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One of the things Tyler takes pride in is the fact that his truck is reliable and gets worked—hard. Many enthusiasts with similar combos have problems keeping EGT down when doing stuff like towing or hauling stout payloads. Well, since this rig usually drags the Street Diesel Performance vendor trailer to and from events—and is pushed hard while doing so—the tuning from Maryland Performance Diesel has been the key to maintaining low exhaust temps.
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It’s kind of hidden, but that red pulley is a hint to the fact that the 6.7L Power Stroke engine gets its fuel from an H&S Motorsports dual high-pressure pump that feeds River City Diesel 100-percent-over injectors. Fully out of sight is an AirDog II 165-gph lift pump that gets the fuel up and out of the tank.
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With the exception of the Auto Meter gauges, H&S Performance tuner, and Edge Products CTS Insight screen, the truck’s Lariat interior remains exactly as it came from Ford. And that’s not a bad thing. The leather seats are comfy and give this truck the classy element we love so much.
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When we hung out with Tyler and his rig, which we nicknamed the Nutmeg State Nuke, it was late fall. And with winter fast approaching the New England region, you know what that means...more wrenching time!
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The painted grille surround and twin foglights in the bumper are cool enhancements to the front end that look virtually factory.
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