2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost - Project Silver Bullet, Part 1 Photo Gallery
A V-6 Made How Much Horsepower?
Dan Ward –
Jul 10, 2013
Photo 1/22 | myth Buster July 2013 ford F 150 | 1307tr 01+myth buster july 2013+ford f 150
Photo 2/22 | myth Buster July 2013 ford F 150 | 1307tr 01+myth buster july 2013+ford f 150
Photo 3/22 | myth Buster July 2013 unplugging Mass Air Flow Sensor | 1. We began disassembly by first unplugging the mass airflow sensor...
Photo 4/22 | myth Buster July 2013 loosening Air Intake Tube Worm Clamps | 2. ...and using an 8mm socket to loosen up the air intake tube worm clamps.
Photo 5/22 | myth Buster July 2013 removing Air Intake Tube | 3. With the clamps nice and loose, we could unclip the airbox lid and remove the air intake tube as one whole assembly. The factory paper air filter was also discarded.
Photo 6/22 | myth Buster July 2013 air Charge Tube | 4. Rather than complete one portion of the install and move on to the next, it made more sense to work within the freed up area and start disassembling the intercooler air charge tube. It's hard to see and hard to get to, but the black air charge tube was connected via worm clamps, which were loosened at both ends.
Photo 7/22 | myth Buster July 2013 air Charge Tube | 5. After a short struggle and some maneuvering of the tube, it was finally pulled free.
Photo 8/22 | myth Buster July 2013 removing Factory Air Sensor | 6. Before comparing the factory tube with the new Paul's HP tube, we had to remove the factory air sensor and transfer it over.
Photo 9/22 | myth Buster July 2013 air Charge Tube Comparison | 7. Side-by-side, the new tube from Paul's HP is larger, has smoother mandrel-bent turns, and is wrapped in a hi-temp thermal sleeve for lower air temps. It also came with quality silicone hoses and strong worm clamps already installed.
Photo 10/22 | myth Buster July 2013 placing New Air Charge Tube | 8. If taking out the original hose was a chore, the new, larger hose was even more so.
Photo 11/22 | myth Buster July 2013 installed Air Charge Tube | 9. It took some wrangling and a few words that wouldn't make our mothers proud, but we got the tube in place and tightened it down.
Photo 12/22 | myth Buster July 2013 removing Factory Throttle Body | 10. With the hose in place, we could move on to the factory throttle body removal. Using a 10mm socket, the four bolts were removed and the throttle body pulled free.
Photo 13/22 | myth Buster July 2013 pauls Hp Throttle Body | 11. The Paul's HP taper-bore throttle body (bottom) is brand-new, not rebuilt, and it features what the name implies—a smooth and tapered inlet. This will help the incoming airflow right into the intake manifold where the turbos take over and make serious power.
Photo 14/22 | myth Buster July 2013 installing New Throttle Body | 12. Installation of the new Paul's HP taper-bore throttle body could not have been any easier. Using the original hardware, the new throttle body bolted in place without any issues.
Photo 15/22 | myth Buster July 2013 bully Dog Air Intake | 13. Going back to caption three, we were now ready to install the new Bully Dog air intake. The inlet tube was slid into the airbox lid and the filter attached to the tube. The Bully Dog air filter is pre-oiled, filters out 99 percent of debris, and is cleanable.
Photo 16/22 | myth Buster July 2013 bully Dog Intake Tube | 14. The intake tube, filter, and airbox were then slid into position and clamped down. The silicone hoses were connected to each side of the turbo inlet piping.
Photo 17/22 | myth Buster July 2013 installed Bully Dog Intake | 15. After a quick once-over to make sure all of the clamps were tight and that there were no leaks, we were ready to fire up the EcoBoost. To see if these bolt-on parts would actually make any more power, we headed back over to Stillen's dyno. Three pulls later, our twin-turbocharged F-150 was producing 49 rwhp more than stock. That's no bull—that's the cold hard facts. Torque was up too, at 10 lb-ft. Some of that power came from the three extra pounds of boost we picked up from the intercooler piping.
Photo 18/22 | myth Buster July 2013 bully Dog Gt Tuner | 16. Making 49 rwhp for around $1,200 is a huge accomplishment, but to squeeze even more power out of the mighty V-6 we turned to the Bully Dog GT tuner. This multifaceted tuner can be used to increase power, check engine vital signs, clear engine codes, and do cool things like correct your speedometer for aftermarket wheels and tires, raise the speed limiter, or be used as an air/fuel ratio gauge.
Photo 19/22 | myth Buster July 2013 installing Bully Dog Gt Tuner | 17. Installation was simple; all we needed to do was run a wire through the main grommet in the firewall and tap into an ignition source in the fuse box. We then ran the wire up through the dash and mounted the suction cup to the windshield.
Photo 20/22 | myth Buster July 2013 installing 2013 Ecoboost Tune | 18. Because our truck was a very early '13 year model, the original Bully Dog software wasn't compatible. After several phone calls to their tech support hotline, we were able to update the GT tuner with new software and firmware. This was achieved by transferring files from our office computer to the micro SD card in the GT tuner. Once we had the right program files loaded, we followed the screen's prompts and downloaded the '13 EcoBoost tune.
Photo 21/22 | myth Buster July 2013 main Menu Screen | 19. The main menu screen is programmable to suit your specific needs. For our twin-turbo V-6, we used the main screen to view air/fuel ratio (AFR), RPM, throttle percentage, and intake inlet temp.
Photo 22/22 | myth Buster July 2013 rollers | 20. Back on Stillen's dyno, the EcoBoost was programmed with the 91-octane tune and RFI intake update. Max power wasn't quite as much as we were hoping with the rollers being spun to 330 rwhp, but we did see under-the-curve gains of 30 rwhp over stock. Trucks need torque, and the Bully Dog GT tuner delivered big time with max torque coming in at 391 lb-ft at just 3,300 rpm. That's 49 lb-ft more than stock, and even a full 39 more than with the other bolt-ons alone. For under $2,000, we added nearly 50 stump-pulling pound-foot of torque. Those are big-block V-8 figures coming from a boosted V-6! Check back for even more power upgrades for Ford's mighty EcoBoost.