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F150 EcoBoost 5-Star Custom Tuning & Lifetime Tunes

Things have been going extremely well for us here at Stage 3 Motorsports and our friends over at 5-Star Tuning. Our little F150 custom tuning partnership has blossomed into a full-blown romance. Business is good, our experiment is on track, and the future is bright. With things going swimmingly, we and 5-Star have decided to go all the way crazy with our F150 Custom Tuning options so that you can save even more cash on getting your truck tuned for a whole bunch of different F150 performance parts and accessories to keep you coming back.

F150 Lifetime Tune Program

Custom tuning is great. Getting your truck's PCM tuned is one of the best things you can do for more power and torque. What's not so great is adding on powerful F150 performance down the road like EcoBoost downpipes and needing to pay for another custom tune. So we took a page from our Mustang Loyalty Tunes and we and 5-Star are now offering Free Custom Tunes for life when you purchase your custom tunes and tunable parts from us here at Stage3 . For example, if you grabbed a Phase 2 or Phase 3 Package for your truck that came with custom tuning, and then bought a set of downpipes a few months later, the retune for the downpipes would be sent to you free of charge! Downpipes and headers are just an example, and many of our other F150 performance parts and power adders can be retuned at no additional cost to you.

2011-2013 F150 EcoBoost Custom Tuning

New Custom Tune Drop-Down Options

For each of our tuners that come with pre-loaded 5-Star custom tunes, we've added a set of three drop-down menus that allow you to select the tunes of your choice for any application you need. For instance, you can select a 93-octane performance tune that gives your truck maximum performance, an 87-octane towing tune to help you pull your hardware while using less-expensive gas, and a 91-octane economy tune for long road trips to places where gas quality may not be top-notch. After you've pulled your truck's strategy code and sent it to us, 5-Star will build you all three tunes based on both your selected parameters and your truck's current performance parts, and then e-mail them to you for upload on your SCT X-Cal 3 or Livewire Tuner. The tuner will then be shipped right to your door and you can choose between your three 5-Star custom tunes depending on your current application.

The following custom tunes are available:

  • 87 Fuel Economy
  • 89 Fuel Economy
  • 91 Fuel Economy
  • 93 Fuel Economy
  • 87 Performance/ Tow
  • 89 Performance/ Tow
  • 91 Performance/ Tow
  • 93 Performance/ Tow
  • 87 Trans Tune
  • 89 Trans Tune
  • 91 Trans Tune
  • 93 Trans Tune
  • 91 Performance
  • 93 Performance

Stage 3's Optional Powertrain Warranties for 5-Star Custom Tunes

One of the biggest and most contentious issues about custom tuning is losing your factory Powertrain Warranty, and while you're technically protected by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act in that your dealership would have to prove in court that a given part caused a failure, but out in the real world, things can get dicey in a hurry. That's why we here at Stage 3 are offering optional Powertrain Warranties for 5-Star's EcoBoost Custom tuning. A 2-year/24,000 mile, 5-year/60,000 mile, and 6-year/100,000 mile warranty are available and help keep your truck protected if a failure occurs and your dealership leaves you out to dry. Check out our dedicated warranty page for more information.

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Do I actually need EcoBoost custom tuning?
Only if you grab certain parts like downpipes or any other pretty crazy performance parts or custom engine builds. Honestly, your basic selection of bolt-on performance parts are compatible with the "canned" pre-built tunes that come standard on Edge's CTS or and of SCT's tuner without any problems. Both Edge and SCT have put a ton of work into their tunes and tuners,and even their general tunes can get your EcoBoost F150 excellent performance. However, custom tuning is generally a better option, especially with all the perks that we here at Stage 3 offer. Check out our dyno graph below of our 2012 F150 EcoBoost FX4 running a 5-Star 91-octane Performance/Tow tune.

2012 F150 EcoBoost FX4 with a 5-Star 91-Octane Performance/Tow Tune

Custom Tuning Procedure for 2011-2013 EcoBoost F150s

We've been having a problem or twenty with our F150 EcoBoost custom tuning as of late. While there's not an issue with anything critical to your truck, there is a problem related to a Technical Service Bulletin that Ford sent out a while ago that's giving us a few issues in regards to our custom tuning, namely getting the correct PCM code for your truck.

Back on February 15th, 2012, Ford issued TSB# 12-2-10 which addressed some stuttering, stalling, and power loss issues in the 2011 to 2013 F150 EcoBoost trucks. The issue was software related and Ford sent out new PCM software for dealers and service centers to re-flash trucks suffering from these problems. While Ford's tuning solved the engine issues, it had an unintended side effect of changing your truck's PCM code something other than what the computer's sticker says. This PCM code is critical for our custom tuning.

What's been happening and causing all our issues is that customers who ordered custom tuning on an SCT X-Calibrator 3 or Livewire TS for their EcoBoost alone or as part of our Phase 2, Phase 3, or Phase 4 packages will give us the PCM code that's on the label of their truck's engine computer. However, if their truck was flashed by their dealer because of TSB 12-2-10, then they're PCM will actually have a different unlock code in its new software than what's on the casing. The end result is that we here at Stage 3 get the wrong code and the tune we and 5-Star Tuning provide for your truck won't work at all.

2011-2013 F150 PCM Code Location

So, we need to change things up a bit, which means we're going to have to take a little bit of a detour to getting you your tune, but at least it will be correct and save you some grief over getting a tune for a PCM code that doesn't actually exist. When you order a custom tune from Stage 3 for your EcoBoost truck, we'll send you out a blank tuner without any custom tunes at all. After you receive your SCT X-Cal 3 or Livewire tuner, you'll hook it up to your truck and use it to pull your truck's "strategy code," which is the PCM code as it appears in the software. Once you have your strategy code, write it down and send an email over to tuning@stage3motorsports.com. We'll then use your truck's correct code to build a custom tune for your F150 EcoBoost performance parts that actually works.

Getting your PCM strategy code sounds difficult, but SCT's devices make it extremely easy, check below to find out how to get your truck's Strategy Code:

Strategy Code Instructions for Livewire TS:

  • Once the device is powered on using the OBDII cable provided, swipe from right to left once to get to the “VEHICLE INFO” icon.
  • Press on the “VEHICLE INFO” icon; you will be prompted to turn the key to the ON position.
  • Make sure you turn the key forward to the position before firing up the vehicle. Your dashboard should be lit with indicator lights.
  • Once the Livewire TS has detected you turned the key on, it will proceed to display your VIN, COMM and ECU Strategy.

Strategy Code Instructions for X-Cal 3:

  • From the Main Menu, select the Vehicle Info icon.
  • Select Vehicle Info again. You’ll be asked to turn the key on.
  • The VIN and Comm type will be displayed.
  • Press select to view the vehicle Strategy.

Strategy Code Instructions for SCT X4:

  • Select "Vehicle Info" from the main menu
  • Turn your key to the "On" position and select "Continue".
  • The strategy code is displayed under "ECU Strategy."

We're really sorry for the inconvenience, but this is the only way we can reliably send out the right custom tunes.

Our new EcoBoost Custom Tune Policy only effects EcoBoost trucks and is only required for custom tuning. Because we're not sure which trucks received the dealership flash, this new policy will be used on all 2011-2013 EcoBoost F150s that need custom tuning. "Canned" pre-built tunes don't require any extra steps. If you need any help at all, give us a call at 1-877-578-2433.

The following parts cannot be custom tuned at this time:

  • Turbo Upgrades/Swaps (tuning for these are in development)
  • Nitrous Systems
  • Stroked Engines
  • Ported Heads
  • Valve Jobs
  • Aftermarket Camshafts
  • Aftermarket Rotating Assemblies