The 2011 to 2014 F150 EcoBoosts are some of the most cost-effective trucks on the market when it comes to making huge power, and custom tuning sprinkled with a few bolt-ons can instantly transform your very own 3.5L EcoBoost V6 into a brutally powerful machine for the street, track, or trail. Needless to say, we here at Stage 3 Motorsports love the EcoBoost trucks and have been the proud owners of both a 2011 F150 XLT RWD 3.5L EcoBoost F150, as well as a 2012 F150 FX4 3.5L EcoBoost truck that served us well as test beds for a huge variety of F150 EcoBoost performance parts and accessories including cold air intakes, PCM tuners, and several of our awesome F150 EcoBoost performance packages. On top of power modifications, we here at Stage also carry some of the best suspension and lift components on the market, as well as plenty of other accessories so that you can get the most out of your F150 EcoBoost.
What does EcoBoost even mean?
It's Ford marketing terminology for "snazzy." The entire idea behind the Ford EcoBoost lineup is to have engines that get excellent fuel economy while still boasting power of larger engines with more cylinders. The 3.5L V6 uses a combination of two Borg-Warner turbochargers and direct injection to hit a very impressive 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, making it more powerful than the F150s with a 5.0L Coyote V8.
What should I get first?
Always start out with a F150 3.5L cold air intake and F150 EcoBoost tuner. While an intake doesn't do a whole lot on its own (besides add a nice sound and maybe some fuel economy), combining an intake with a performance tuner has the capability to add upwards of 60lb-ft of torque at the wheels with just a canned tune alone. Even better gains can be found when combining an intake and other performance parts with powerful F150 EcoBoost Custom Tuning from 5-Star that will get you even better power gains and drivability. If you're planning a real monstrous build, then go check out our F150 EcoBoost Performance Packages that combine some of the best tuning and EcoBoost performance parts in our inventory into money-saving kits that can transform your EcoBoost truck into a monster while saving you a buck.
How do I get a better exhaust sound? I miss that V8 rumble.
Just head on over to our F150 EcoBoost exhaust section and browse our F150 EcoBoost cat-back exhaust systems. Each of these cat-back kits use more efficient tubing and mufflers to increase the sound of your truck's exhaust note and give you a decent bump in horsepower and torque. While they can't quite give the EcoBoost trucks the deep rumble of the V8 trucks, many of them sound pretty amazing. Our current favorite is the F150 EcoBoost Solo Mach-X Cat-Back Kit (which is also available for the 157" Wheelbases). The Solo Mach-X has a nice, deep purr at idle and cruising and deep, clean tone in the upper rpm ranges without too much turbo whine, rasp, or drone. Install is also extremely simple, making it one of the best all-around EcoBoost cat-back kits in our arsenal.
What are your lift kit and leveling kit options?
We have a huge selection of high-quality lift and leveling kits for the EcoBoost F150s. Our F150 EcoBoost Leveling Kits consist of everything from basic spacer leveling systems to more extensive coilover leveling kits so that you can find the kit that fits your budget or performance needs. Our coilover systems include ICON's legendary "Staged" suspension packages and FOX Shock's packages that give your truck awesome off-road performance and just enough lift to transform your EcoBoost F150 into a competent desert or trail runner all in one place.
As far as complete EcoBoost Lift Kits are concerned, we have a ton of different options that range from 3" to massive 6.5" lift kits that let you fit on massive wheel and tire combinations. Our most popular F150 EcoBoost lift kits is our Rancho 4" Lift Kit for the 4WD F150 EcoBoosts. The Rancho 4" Kit gives these trucks an awesome and aggressive stance and is durable enough to handle tough performance applications. Rancho's kit comes with a variety of shock options and is extremely adaptable to a wide variety of other shock and suspension components to meet whatever application or F150 EcoBoost build that you have in mind.
I need my truck to look mean. What have you got?
The best exterior upgrades for the 2011 to 2013 are new lighting components. Our friends over at Recon offer some of the best F150 headlights, tail lights, and third brake lights that you can find. Our cross-town neighbors over at Rigid Industries have the finest selection of off-road LED light bars on the planet that can survive any environment that you can get your EcoBoost truck in to or out of. Our most aggressive exterior upgrades are our F150 EcoBoost Off-Road Bumpers. These high-quality bumper systems from ADD, LEX, Fusion, and Road Armor keep your truck protected off-road, give it a tough look, and serve as a mounting point for powerful lighting systems and winches that can help make your EcoBoost F150 one of the most versatile things on the planet.
What's this "condensation issue" I keep hearing about?
The infamous "condensation issue" that's been plaguing the EcoBoost 3.5Ls since their inception is caused by moisture and condensation building up in the intercooler which is then sucked into the intake system. The amount of moisture is so significant that it cause sputtering, a loss of power, and even hydro-locking in the worst case scenarios. Part of the problem is that the EcoBoost's PCV system isn't the best in the world and dumps a lot of oil blow-by and moisture back into the intake system which then settles in its lowest point -- the intercooler. Ford has been struggling to get a handle on the situation for a long while, and where they've failed, the aftermarket has come up with a few solutions. The easiest and most cost-effective are adding a set of oil catch cans. UPR Products has both a passenger side and driver's side oil catch can that capture oil blow-by and water vapor before it gets back into your truck's intake system, greatly reducing the chances of your motor having a problem. Your other option is to grab a complete aftermarket intercooler. While a good deal more costly than a catch can or two, a performance intercooler solves the condensation problem and gets your truck some better performance all in one go.
What are the best "bang-for-your-buck" performance mods for the EcoBoost trucks?
If you're dollar-conscious, or just want the most horsepower and torque per your dollar value, the best bang-for-your-buck EcoBoost performance parts are an aFe Bladerunner Charge Pipe, performance intercooler of your choice, downpipes of some sort, and custom tuning from 5-Star to tie them all together. While other modifications make some power, this Holy Quartet of EcoBoost performance modifications will provide you the most benefit for your bottom dollar. Still, grabbing a cold air intake, cat-back kit, or one of our EcoBoost Performance Packages aren't bad ideas and will get you nice gains.
2011 F150 EcoBoost Project Truck:
Watch as we build this 3.5L EcoBoost F150 Crewcab into a twin turbo-ed monster. View our EcoBoost Project Truck Here!
Do you have any turbocharger upgrades?
Not yet, but we're working on it. In the mean time, you can take a look at our F150 EcoBoost blow off valves or our F150 EcoBoost intercooler upgrades to get the most out of your truck's factory turbocharger system.
Meet our 2012 F150 EcoBoost FX4 Project Truck: