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?
Most folks start off with an F150 EcoBoost Cold Air Intake, and there's no shortage of options. While a cold air intake won't add a bunch of power, they can set you on the way to an out-and-out performance build. We've installed both aFe's F150 EcoBoost Cold Air Intake and Banks' F150 EcoBoost Cold Air Intake on our own project trucks, though S&B's F150 EcoBoost Cold Air Intake is also an excellent option if you want a great balance of price point and quality.
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?
For leveling kits, we carry a nice variety of both F150 EcoBoost Spacer Leveling Kits and F150 Coilover Leveling Kits. Spacers are great way to add some height without breaking the bank, while coilovers improve performance on top of their additional ride height, but are more expensive. Our most popular kits are by far and away the 2009 to 2013 F150 Fox 2.0 Coilovers and 2014 to 2015 Fox 2.0 Coilovers. With the stock struts not providing all that great of ride quality from the factory (especially after throwing some decent miles on them), it's not surprising that most folks opt for the much greener pasture of a complete coilover kit, and the Fox 2.0s keep your street ride smooth while greatly improving handling both on and off the road. A lot of our customers opt for our complete 2009-2013 F150 Fox Stage 1 Package or 2014-2015 F150 Fox Stage 1 Package that include a pair of Fox 2.0 rear shocks for a total suspension and handling overhaul for under $1000.00.
While our extremely popular Fox 2.0 systems offer up an excellent balance of ride quality, performance, and price; that balancing act does involve a little give and take, especially when it comes to off-road performance. If you need a suspension system that can handle really aggressive off-road applications and adds more ride height for larger tires, then you're going to need to turn to our friends over at ICON Vehicle Dynamics and their impressive "Staged" Performance Suspension Packages. These kits included ICON's powerful 2.5" Coilovers and ICON rear shocks that provide excellent rebound, compression, travel, and fade resistance for all of your off-road needs ICON's Kits are available in several different package options so that you can find the perfect off-road suspension setup for your application or budget.
There's nothing quite like a big, bad F150 EcoBoost on a huge lift with enormous tires, so we here at Stage 3 have made sure to hunt down just about every 2011 to 2014 F150 3.5L EcoBoost Lift Kit that we could find so that you can get the perfect look for your aggressive truck build. We have complete F150 EcoBoost 0-3" Suspension Lift Kits, F150 EcoBoost 4" Suspension Lift Kits, F150 EcoBoost 6" Suspension Lift Kits, and F150 EcoBoost 7+" Lift Kits available, giving you a ton of choices in how you want your truck to look and what tires you can reasonably fit. One of our most popular suspension lift systems is Zone's 6" Lift Kit, which ended up on our very own 2012 F150 EcoBoost Project Truck with fantastic results.
With us being, well, Stage 3 Motorsports, a 6" Suspension Lift just wasn't enough, so we built on our Zone Lift kit to create our very own Stage 3 Motorsports 2009-2013 F150 4WD 8" Suspension Lift Kit. Our 8" kit combines Zone's 6" Lift Kit with F150Lifts BOSS coilovers, Pro Comp Strut Spacers, a Pro Comp Add-a-Leaf Kit, and all the hardware you need to get everything installed. The end result is a towering ride height and the ability to easily clear 37" tires while keeping excellent ride quality on the street with extra off-road performance. A version of our 8" Lift Kit for 2014 F150s is also available.
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 oil catch can. UPR Products has a whole bunch of F150 EcoBoost oil catch-can options for your F150 EcoBoost 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. They have everything from their massive and highly efficient F150 EcoBoost MEGA Dual-Valve Catch Can to a more basic Passenger's Side In-Line Can and everything in between so that you can find the catch can solution best for your budget or application. 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: