How are these different from what's already on my truck?
Your EcoBoost F150 comes with a bypass valve (BPV) for each turbocharger. The BPVs work by venting turbo system pressure back into your truck's intake system via an air line and port. A BOV, by technical definition, vents excess pressure and air simply out in your engine bay in a process called vent to atmosphere (or VTA). Now, the Turbosmart Kompacts are actually dual-port BOVs which means they vent to atmosphere and recirculate to help avoid any drivability issues while providing the aggressive sound of a true BOV.
How easy are these to install?
Extremely easy, though they're much easier to install with the front wheels off the truck. If you have long arms and some decent socket extensions, you can probably get away with leaving the front wheels on. The BOVs themselves drop right into place of the factory BPVs very easily. Check out our installation video below. We did make Chris down at Extreme Performance do it the hard way with the wheels on, because we're mean like that:
Do these BOVs need adjusting?
No... but yes... maybe. I know that's not very helpful. 90% of the time these blow-off valves can be installed without any adjustments to their soft/firm settings. Out of the box, they should be set at a 50/50 firmness setting that ought to be fine for stock EcoBoost trucks, trucks with bolt-ons, or even trucks with a few mild bolt-ons and custom tuning. Really aggressive F150 builds with a ton of parts and aggressive tunes will probably need to set them firmer to hold extra boost pressure. Our recommendation is to install them without adjustments and quite literally play it by ear. If you're getting stalling or backfiring, then the BOVs need to be set firmer to hold in pressure. If you're getting turbo flutter, then you'll need to set them softer so pressure can be released and not cause compressor stall. All that being said, there's not much to worry about and most EcoBoost owners can throw these on their truck as soon as they land at the door. As always, you can call us directly at 1-877-578-2433 with any questions or concerns.
Can I use the 2011 to 2012 TurboSmart BOVs on my 2013 to 2014 F150
Nope. In 2013, Ford started using a single, remote-mounted electronic BOV instead of two turbo-mounted mechanical BOVs like the 2011 and 2012 EcoBoost F150s. However, our good friends over at Turbosmart have released their 2013-2016 F150 3.5L EcoBoost Turbosmart BOV Kit that will give you that wicked BOV sound. Check out our install video below.