It's been a while since we've heard from our 2011 F150 EcoBoost Project Truck, and we know all of you had begun to think we've abandoned it for more throatier V8 pastures. Well guess again. We managed to squeeze some time in away from our 5.0L Project Truck and decided to give our EcoBoost F150 a little boost in sound. In lieu of exhaust system, we here at Stage 3 decided to throw a pair of Turbosmart Kompact Dual-Port BOVs onto our truck's 3.5L EcoBoost V6. These BOVs sound pretty awesome, are fairly easy to install, and come with adjustable firmness settings to dial in both sound and performance. Turbosmart's Kompact BOVs are much heavier-duty than the stock plastic valves and make for a good upgrade on just about any F150 EcoBoost. Anyway, here's our quick install guide.
We found the easiest way to attack the stock blow-off valves was through our truck's wheel wells. Kris's first step for removing the factory valve was to remove the air line bundle from its bracket and disconnect the line going into the nipple on the valve. Be careful, because it's really easy to break off the nipple.
With the line disconnected, all Kris had to do was remove the screws holding the stock BOV in place.
When loosening the last screw, try to get a hand under the BOV, as it pretty much just cames apart for Kris and the less parts bouncing around your garage or engine bay, the better.
Once the last screw is off, the stock BOV just fell away.
With the stock BOV out, Kris easily dropped in the Turbosmart BOV and screwed it into place.
Once the new BOV was completely screwed on, Kris connected the air line to the BOV's fitting and placed the line bundle back on its bracket.
The process is exactly the same for the passenger's side of the truck, and then you're finished up.
The Turbosmart BOVs sound pretty cool, but you may (or may not) have to dial in their performance and sound by adjusting their firmness settings. In any case, these blow-off valves are a pretty easy upgrade for the 2011 to 2012 F150 EcoBoosts and comes highly recommended.