Whipple Supercharged F-150 - Whip It Good

Where There's Smoke, There's A Blower

Mark Halvorsen
Jun 1, 2007
Photographers: Steve Warner
Photo 2/26
We like superchargers, especially their whine and commotion and the way that they push us into our seats when we mash the throttle. So, we asked Whipple Superchargers to install one on our project F-150. Whipple's system was designed for the 5.4L 24-valve V-8 that powers the late-model Ford F-150 and Expedition. As you know, installing a supercharger takes a lot of work. So, rather than paraphrase the 54-page manual, we decided to simply give you the high points of what it takes to add gobs of power to your Ford. If you become inspired to run out and buy the Whipple Ford Racing F-150 and Expedition Supercharger System, then we suggest you take it to a shop that knows what it's doing. And, if you can afford the 6-grand for a supercharger, then you can afford to pay a technician to install it, right?
From the Driver SeatAfter filling the fuel tank with the now-required 91-octane gasoline and running the truck through some dyno testing, we opted to evaluate it with a less-scientific-but certainly still relevant-metric. Was the burnout smoky? Check. Was it loud? Check. Satisfying? Check. And, did it leave a measurable amount of tire rubber? Check. Oh, and we also got a boost of 6 psi, 404.76 hp at 5,250 rpm, and 463.97 lb-ft at 3,850 rpm. The stock numbers were 220.03 hp at 5,100 rpm and 250.35 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm. Installing a supercharger takes time, money, and skill. Do you have all three? Then put a supercharger on your truck right now! And, be sure to take it to a pro to get the job done right. The installation for a supercharger is relatively straightforward, but it is labor intensive, and the stakes are extremely high if you do it wrong.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Time Spent Working 8 hours
Mechanical Difficulty Advanced
Tools Needed Fuel pressure gauge, fuel line removal tool, torque wrench, tie straps, Blue Loctite #242 sealant, pipe Teflon, degreaser, one gallon distilled water and engine coolant for the intercooler, shop vac, clean shop towels, and standard shop tools.
Parts Used ’04-’06 Whipple/{{{Ford}}} Racing
5.4L 24V Supercharger System, PN {{{M}}}-6066-F105P $6,499.99.
Total Cost $6,499.99
(Not including labor.)

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Whipple Superchargers
Fresno, CA 93722
559-442-1261
www.whipplesuperchargers.com

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