Fuel tables are modified for either better economy or all out performance. Depending on your needs is how most tables are set up. We have noticed on the 2015 F150 3.5L V6 that the fueling tables are a little lean in their strategies in stock condition and have moderate delay timers set before allowing additional fuel at WOT. Our Fuel strategy is to add a tick more fuel at WOT to insure long and safe health of your vehicle. Long fuel delays create issues with additional power and torque improvements. However, some fueling delays are ok as they help with economy.
Drive By Wire
The F150 3.5L V6 suffers from poor throttle response down low. A custom calibration will have enhanced improvements in better throttle response, step on go pedal, vehicle will respond quicker…this DBW system is a torque driven system, it works by taking a certain amount of torque via engine and wheel and applies it to what the driver foot say it needs; a better way to explain it is its a torque limiter. It only allows so much torque at a given pedal position. Stock tables are conservative and numb at best and that’s why one would feel sometimes a lag or a goofy pedal with DBW systems. For a 3.5L V6 this is one of the most critical areas that must be addressed and modified to generate more torque /hp and throttle response. By reworking the OEM strategies makes your 3.5L V6 come to life!
There are normally 3 types of limiters on most vehicles that can be adjusted safely and the F150 3.5L is no different. RPM, MPH and transmission. Output shaft limiters are slightly increased to a safe limit in our calibrations. We also leave the Fail Safe factory limiters enabled and in place that Ford has set from the factory. So in all temperature conditions if your vehicle needs to dial back some power on its own it can. This ensures a safe calibration for the life of your vehicle.
Can be increased in most RPM areas for improved Torque and HP. Running a higher Octane fuel will net more power and economy from some timing/spark advancement. However, with a 3.5L v6 even running 87 Octane fuel can yield some respectable gains in power and torque over stock with the use of no additional timing advance (aka factory tables). The knock sensors and strategy we leave in place just like factory on the 3.5L v6 are very good in that they can advance and retard timing while you drive.
Torque Converter Strategies
In all F150 3.5L V6 vehicles the Torque Converter strategies can be reworked to lock up sooner and stay locked longer at light cruising speeds to also help with economy… a locked converter is power to the ground. Sometimes a stock truck when you hit any incline the truck will unlock OD gear and down shift. We can get your truck to hold OD longer and not unlock… now of course on large hills it will down shift…like it should… The converter strategies in our calibrations will have great emphasis on quick converter lock ups at the right mph and rpm as to take advantage of the low torque that is available from the 3.5L V6 engine.
The 6 speed transmission that comes standard with the F150 3.5L V6 is a big improvement in driver controls over passed 4 speed transmissions. However, there are still some significant benefits to be had recalibrating normal daily shift strategies.
DAILY MODE We have noticed that while in normal everyday mode that the transmission will move into 6th gear really quickly around town with speeds as low as 30-38 mph this really lugs the engine and when trying to accelerate there is a pretty good delay to build boost and either downshift or accelerate. We can correct this by moving some shift strategies patterns around in all gears especially in 4th, 5th and 6th gears. Our calibrations will have emphasis on shifting at the right mph and rpm as to take advantage of the low torque that is available from the 3.5L V6 engine, while maintaining great fuel economy.
TOW/HAUL Mode Coasting or slowing down the downshifts don’t command soon enough to keep the RPM’s up in torque range and when back in throttle multiple downshifts may occur. Also keep in mind engine braking; a V6 engine has less braking that Ford’s past V8 engines, so a quick downshift for braking is required for owners that are going to tow heavy. We have recalibrated tow/haul mode strategies that enhances keeping the engine RPM’s elevated to take advantage of the torque band which will require less downshifting by optimizing gears 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. We have also enhanced the down shift patterns to allow better engine braking with this V6 engine. All of our calibrations have this new tow/haul strategy except economy mode calibrations.
SPORT Mode is a fun mode in factory form but does not have much use in a daily drive except wide open throttle. We have an enhance shift pattern that allows you to take advantage of this sport mode to make use of it during your daily drive when you want both sport and fun with keeping some of your drive ability in mind. Upper gears 4th, 5th, 6th are much more driver friendly after tune.
Shift Pressures/Slip Timers
Shift pressures can be increased and slip timers can be decreased to help keep trans temperatures down and give the truck or any vehicle a better overall feel. In a F150 3.5L V6 shifts are quick and slightly firmer most of the delay between shifts are eliminated when using custom tunes.
Where is my PCM Code?
The 2015 F150 3.5L EB truck has to be read with the device once you receive by plugging into the OBDii port (Inside Cab Under edge of Drivers Dash) . We need the Part Number and ECU Strategy off the PCM that the device displays under Vehicle Info Menu (example FL3A-14C204-ABG & PKCMAC7). Once we have these part numbers & ECU Strategy we can then develop your 3.5L calibrations and email them back to you to download onto your device.
What Tunes do I want for my 3.5L EB F150?
Custom calibrations allow for many choices when it comes to tuning your vehicle. 5 Star Tuning will be offering these popular choices for the new F150 3.5L V6.
These enhanced calibrations can increase economy and are completely safe to tow/haul your vehicles manufactured recommend weight rating in any mode.
Enhanced Safe Power – Great Drive Ability – Good Economy is our goals with all of our custom maps.
Calibrations will enhance some if not all of these areas depending on Map/Tune developed.
· drive by wire
· grill shutters
· cold/hot start idle
· idle drive
· variable cam
· shifting sport mode
· converter sport mode
· shifting normal mode
· converter normal mode
· shifting Tow/Haul mode
· converter Tow/Haul mode
· cruise/speed control
· variable speed fan
· speed limiters
· tire size
· axle ratio
CALIBRATIONS that are available for the F150 3.5L V6 are:
PERFORMANCE / TOW CALIBRATION
These are our number 1 tunes! They have great power and great drive ability while daily driving or towing factory weight ratings. Best all around tune for the F150 EcoBoost. (Can Tow Factory Weight Ratings with these Maps/Tunes)
87 Octane Performance/Tow
89 Octane Performance/Tow
91 Octane Performance/Tow
93 Octane Performance/Tow
These tunes are about straight line Max Performance. Slightly firmer shifting and quick turbo response. Fun tune to drive daily.
91 Octane Performance
93 Octane Performance
TRANSMISSION CALIBRATION ONLY
These tunes have factory power levels with our custom transmission calibration. (Can Tow Factory Weight Ratings with these Maps/Tunes)
87 Octane Trans Tune Only
89 Octane Trans Tune Only
91 Octane Trans Tune Only
93 Octane Trans Tune Only
These tunes are for all out Economy and can Tow Factory Weight Ratings. Works well in an heavy in town environment on a daily basis or open highway.
87 Octane Economy
89 Octane Economy
91 Octane Economy
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼93 Octane Economy
What is our Economy Tune About?
Our 2015 F150 Economy maps / tunes have a different strategy than years past EcoBoost Trucks. This Economy map / tune is a Hybrid type tune its the best of both worlds of low range torque and high end horsepower with the emphasis on efficiency. Drive Daily or Tow Factory Weight Ratings it does not matter. From a stop the Eco tune will even chirp/spin tires when throttle is stabbed! We have developed an economy map/tune that keeps truck in vacuum while in town/traffic and while on highway steady state. But while at Wide Open Throttle (WOT) or stab the throttle has more power / torque to accelerate and tow as needed.
General specifications on our economy maps:
Depending on engine load & throttle 0-2000 rpms – vacuum – 2-4 psi boost
Depending on engine load & throttle 2000-3500 rpms – vacuum – 8-10 psi boost
Depending on engine load & throttle 5600 rpms – 12-13 psi boost