Project F-150 Ecoboost – Making Serious Power with Garrett’s Powermax Twin Turbo and Intercooler Upgrade

The first step is to remove the license plate bracket to give access to the front bumper’s front plastic trim panels. After removing the trim panels you’ll have access to the bumper bolts.

Next, you carefully unsnap the finisher under and around the headlights.  With the finisher off you can access some more of the trim bolts above the bumper.

Next, remove the bolts holding the bumper to the bumper stay.

The trim is then pried off the top of the bumper and removed. Now the bumper can be removed.

Once the front bumper is removed you will notice the OE grill shutters. These open and close in order to maximize efficiency by reducing drag by closing when cooling demands are low (like light load on the freeway). They also help the engine warm-up faster by closing when the engine is cold. We’re going to get rid of the grill shutters altogether. Not only do they get in the way of the much larger Garrett core, but we’re all about maximum performance and will take the slight aerodynamic tax for the increased engine cooling and intercooler performance.

Once the shutters are removed, the inlet and outlet couplers are disconnected and the lower part of the intercooler’s core support can be unbolted.

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  1. I’m currently shopping for an Ecoboost F150, the stock intercooler setup just does not makes sense to me. First, with the acres of real estate on the front of an F150, why did they feel the need to put the licence plate right in front of the intercooler opening, covering 80% of it? Second, shutters? really? I mean I understand shutters on a radiator for warm up, but on an intercooler? And I don’t buy the aero benefit… with as much penny pinching as oems do, there’s no way that minuscule aero benefit could justify the price. My money is on the condensation build up Ford suffers with on their turbo cars. But to me thats like using pain killers to deal with a broken bone rather than casting it… I do kinda like the idea of fan on the intercooler tho… prolly helps with low speed high load situations that a truck could see..

      1. With the amazing prevalence of turbochargers on vehicles these days, and every tuning company offering a “stage 1” tune that increases boost pressure and fuel delivery, it makes me wonder how many other platforms fall victim to insane intake temperatures when pushed like this. All of the twin turbo German stuff, the turbo 4pot 2.0 everythings etc.

    1. AJ Hartman built a 3.5EB SN95 with the MT82. I bet it’s a riot!
      I wish the package was a little smaller. It would be a fun swap engine if the bay is wide enough.

      1. And then got boned by dyno procedures… ah, NASA.

        But yeah, again, it seems fun. I wonder if the Link GDI ECU would run one of these well.

  2. Did I miss you testing the new intercooler with the same aftermarket tune you ran on the OE turbo/intercooler setup that increased the temps a bunch? If not, did you and what where the temps?

  3. Jeeezlus, power is waaay too easy these days. 435whp on a Superflow on pump gas through a truck drivetrain wasn’t something you could bolt on without sacrifice (comfort, driveability, etc). Now? No problem, hell, you could even finance the parts! 🙂

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