GOT A 2017-2019 F150 3.5L V6 ECOBOOST?
AREAS WE ADDRESS
The F150 3.5L EB V6 suffers from poor throttle response down low. A custom calibration will have enhanced improvements in better throttle response, step on go pedal, vehicle will respond quicker…this DBW system is a torque driven system, it works by taking a certain amount of torque via engine and wheel and applies it to what the driver foot say it needs; a better way to explain it is its a torque limiter. It only allows so much torque at a given pedal position. Stock tables are conservative and numb at best and that’s why one would feel sometimes a lag or a goofy pedal with DBW systems. For a 3.5L EB V6 this is one of the most critical areas that must be addressed and modified to generate more torque /hp and throttle response. By reworking the OEM strategies makes your 3.5L EB V6 come to life!
There are normally 3 types of limiters on most vehicles that can be adjusted safely and the F150 3.5L EB is no different. RPM, MPH (106) and transmission. MPH limiter is raised to 200 MPH. Output shaft limiters are slightly increased to a safe limit in our calibrations. We also leave the Fail Safe factory limiters enabled and in place that Ford has set from the factory. So in all temperature conditions if your vehicle needs to dial back some power on its own it can. This ensures a safe calibration for the life of your vehicle.
In all F150 3.5L EB V6 vehicles the Torque Converter strategies can be reworked to lock up sooner and stay locked longer at light cruising speeds to also help with economy…A locked converter is power to the ground. The new 10 speed brings new meaning to locking a converter, part of the clunk in and out of gears is Ford trying to lock all gears starting with 2nd gear. The converter strategies in our calibrations will have great emphasis on quick converter lock ups at the right mph in the right gears (key word) and rpm as to take advantage of the low torque that is available from the 3.5L EB V6 engine. End result will be smooth transition from gear to gear with no goofy clunking.
The 10 speed transmission that comes standard with the F150 3.5L V6 is a big improvement in driver controls over prior 6 speed transmissions. However, there are still some significant benefits to be had re-calibrating normal daily shift strategies.
DAILY MODE We have noticed that while in normal everyday mode that the transmission will move into 8th,9th, 10th gears really quickly around town with speeds as low as 42 mph this really lugs the engine and when trying to accelerate there is a pretty good delay to build boost and either downshift or accelerate. Also Ford is skip shifting in normal mode as well. We can correct this by moving some shift strategies patterns around in all gears. Our calibrations will have emphasis on shifting at the right mph and rpm as to take advantage of the low torque that is available from the 3.5L EB V6 engine, while maintaining great fuel economy and power to accelerate when needed.
TOW/HAUL Mode Coasting or slowing down the downshifts don’t command soon enough to keep the RPM’s up in torque range and when back in throttle multiple downshifts may occur. Also keep in mind engine braking; a V6 engine has less braking that Ford’s past V8 engines, so a quick downshift for braking is required for owners that are going to tow heavy. We have re-calibrated tow/haul mode strategies that enhances keeping the engine RPM’s elevated to take advantage of the torque band which will require less downshifting by optimizing gears. We have also enhanced the down shift patterns to allow better engine braking with this V6 engine. All of our calibrations have this new tow/haul strategy except economy mode calibrations.
SPORT Mode is a fun mode in factory form but does not have much use in a daily drive except wide open throttle. We have an enhance shift pattern that allows you to take advantage of this sport mode to make use of it during your daily drive when you want both sport and fun with keeping some of your drive ability in mind. Upper gears 8th, 9th, 10th are much more driver friendly after tuning being able to get into these gears at an except-able MPH is key.
Shift pressures can be increased and slip timers can be decreased to help keep trans temperatures down and give the truck or any vehicle a better overall feel. In a F150 3.5L V6 shifts are quick and slightly firmer most of the delay between shifts are eliminated when using custom tunes.
NGAUGE DEVICE : It is not important at the time of order. Our new NGauge will not need a strategy code at time of order , however when you receive your NGauge device you will do a “Stock Read of Your Vehicles PCM & TCM with the device and simple just email that copy back to us. At this point the custom tuning / mapping can be completed and sent back to you via email.
BULLY DOG BDX device :At the time of your order with Bully Dog BDX if your ECU strategy code is known, we will send your tuner loaded with tunes on your selected tuner. If this information is not known at the time your order is placed you will be provided a blank tuner to acquire the needed vehicle information.
Where do I find my ECU Strategy Code?
If using an SCT or Bully Dog Device: On your device under vehicle information, you will find your ECU Strategy Code. An example of an ECU Strategy Code is PKRK0R2.
Note: If your vehicle is a 2015+ we will also need your ECU SWPN (HL3A-14C204-BPH). For diesel applications we will also need your TCU Strategy (TPCL0HH) and TCU SWPN (HL3A-14C337-HH) in addition to your ECU Strategy and ECU SWPN.
If using an HP nGauge: Plug your nGauge into the OBD2 port the vehicle you intend to tune. Use the menu on your device to select TUNING, then proceed to select the PCM type and choose READ VEHICLE. Upon selecting “read” you will see a variety of vehicle options. Select your application vehicle such as: “2017 F150 Ecoboost 3.5L GTDI V6: PCM + TCM” “TC-277A 4M+TCM.”
If using an Diablo inTune or Trinity: For Diablo InTune & Trinity devices please follow the steps included with your device to acquire your stock upload file and last tune written file. The stock file will end in .frg and .grg and will include your needed vehicle information.
Custom calibrations allow for many choices when it comes to tuning your vehicle. 5 Star Tuning will be offering these popular choices for the new F150 3.5L V6.
These enhanced calibrations can increase economy and are completely safe to tow/haul your vehicles manufactured recommend weight rating in any mode.
Enhanced Safe Power – Great Drive Ability – Good Economy is our goals with all of our custom maps.
Calibrations will enhance some if not all of these areas depending on Map/Tune developed.
● drive by wire
● grill shutters
● cold/hot start idle
● idle drive
● variable cam
● shifting sport mode
● converter sport mode
● shifting normal mode
● converter normal mode
● shifting Tow/Haul mode
● converter Tow/Haul mode
● cruise/speed control
● variable speed fan
● speed limiters
● tire size (HP MPVI only)
● axle ratio (HP MPVI only)
CALIBRATIONS that are available for the F150 3.5L V6 are:
PERFORMANCE / TOW CALIBRATION
These are our number 1 tunes! They have great power and great drive ability while daily driving or towing factory weight ratings. Best all around tune for the F150 EcoBoost. (Can Tow Factory Weight Ratings with these Maps/Tunes)
85-87 Octane Performance/Tow
88-89 Octane Performance/Tow
90-91 Octane Performance/Tow
92-93 Octane Performance/Tow
These tunes are about straight line Max Performance. Slightly firmer shifting and quick turbo response. Fun tune to drive daily.
85-87 Octane Performance
90-91 Octane Performance
92-93 Octane Performance
These tunes are for all out Economy and can Tow Factory Weight Ratings . Works well in an heavy in town environment on a daily basis or open highway.
85-87 Octane Economy
88-89 Octane Economy
90-91 Octane Economy
92-93 Octane Economy
Our 2017 F150 Economy maps / tunes have a different strategy than years past EcoBoost Trucks. This Economy map / tune is a Hybrid type tune its the best of both worlds of low range torque and high end horsepower with the emphasis on efficiency. Drive Daily or Tow Factory Weight Ratings it does not matter. From a stop the Eco tune will even chirp/spin tires when throttle is stabbed!
We have developed an economy map/tune that keeps truck in vacuum while in town/traffic and while on highway steady state. But while at Wide Open Throttle (WOT) or stab the throttle has more power / torque to accelerate and tow as needed.
General specifications on our economy maps:
Depending on engine load & throttle 0-2000 rpms – vacuum – 2-4 psi boost
Depending on engine load & throttle 2000-3500 rpms – vacuum – 8-10 psi boost
Depending on engine load & throttle 5600 rpms – 12-13 psi boost
Fords new Auto/Start / Stop now across all F150 motors can be Disabled OR Enabled in all of our tuning based on your request.