It's been well known by frequent visitors to Stage 3 Motorsports that we've been a little in love with the 3.5L EcoBoost-powered F150s since they were first announced. Who are we kidding? We were madly in love with them. A twin-turbo V6 with direct-injection and enough torque to make an SVT Raptor blush was just too good to pass up. So off we went and got one of our very own. Our 2011 EcoBoost F150 started about as plain-Jane stock as the next guy, but we're stacking on the upgrades to make this EcoBoost one of the baddest street trucks roaming around the valley of the sun.
We have currently completed Phase 1 of our operation that involved throwing on an aFe Stage 2 Cold Air Intake kit and an Edge 91 octane Race tune from an Edge CTS tuner and dash monitor. With the combination of the intake and tuning, our 2011 EcoBoost put down 364 horsepower and 447 lb-ft of torque at its rear wheels. That means this truck generates over 500lb-ft of torque at the crankshaft. All of this with two very easy and basic upgrades.
Parts Installed: BBK 73MM Throttle Body & aFe Charge Pipe
Before we get going on exterior upgrades and all that fun stuff, we decided to add a little but more power with the help of an aFe intercooler charge pipe and a BBK 73mm throttle body. These two bolt-on upgrades gave us an extra 14 horsepower and 6 lb-ft of torque bringing our totals to 435 horsepower and 520 lb-ft of torque at the crankshaft. Read more about it on our install guide.
We finished off our Power upgrades by adding some style to our engine bay. We offer the stock Ecoboost engine covers painted in factory match colors.
Adding a leveling kit was very high on our list of wants. The front of these trucks sits far to low and really gives away the fact that our truck is 2WD. We went with the Daystar kit because they use a polyurethane spacer which gives a stock like right quality while letting us throw on some larger wheels and tires.
Parts Installed: Truxedo Lo Pro QT Tonneau Cover
We chose the Truxedo because we wanted a roll up cover that would allow for full access to the bed. We only have a 5.5 FT bed, so we couldn't afford to loose any cargo area. Truxedo proved to be a good option for us, install was easy and it functions perfectly.
Parts Installed: Painted Door Handles
With all the FX2 and FX4 guys showing off their painted handles, we wanted that look as well. We picked up a used set of handles and had them painted locally by Competition Body and Paint in Phoenix, AZ. The install on these isn't to bad. These take about 20 minutes to install per handle. Great appearance upgrade.
Parts Installed: Rigid D2 Dually LED Lights
While he stock headlights do an admirable job on the street, those pitch-black nights on the trail or out in the wilderness make them a bit inadequate. Even though our 2011 F150 EcoBoost project truck wasn't the adept off-road vehicle, we decided it needed some off-road lighting "oomph" to help us out. Naturally, we went with some of the best lights in the business with a pair of Rigid D-Series Off-Road LED Lights that we installed in the lower grille opening. The D-Series lights are the systems that helped put Rigid Industries on the map, and they turned out just perfect for our project truck.
The bed of the 2011 to 2014 F150s offers pretty good cargo room and capacity for the size of the truck, but in-cab storage is practically non-existent, which left tools, straps, hardware, and whatever the heck else we needed to stay in the cab just floating around. Husky Liners came to our rescue with their excellent under seat Gear Box. The Gear Box has a huge storage capacity and can even hold rifles and shotguns for your hunting trips. The Gear Box easily installs under the rear bench seats of SuperCab and SuperCrew trucks with just a few straps to instantly give you a place to stow all your gear.
Parts Installed: F150 Kicker 6x8 Door Speaker Upgrade Kit
While we do appreciate a high-powered bumpin' audio system, our EcoBoost Project isn't really that kind of truck. That being said, the base factory speakers are pretty weak and a solution was needed to get a better audio range and overall sound improvement. Kicker's 6x8" Speaker Upgrade package fit the bill perfectly, and all four of these more powerful door speakers dropped right in place of stock with very little effort. The sound quality improvement is like night and day with awesome range, great sound, and excellent quality all without needing to drop in an amp or new head unit.