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I just bought a 2018 XLT 3.5 ecoboost with 10 speed. I am wondering what would be the best performance upgrades to start with. My budget is $1500. I have seen an intake, tuner, and intercooler package and am interested in any information.
 

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Tune and Equalizer wdh with 4 point sway control. ~$1500
 
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Tune.....

Don't need a Intake... stock will flow as good as you will need for stock turbos

Then I would get an IC ... Many benefits.......

AMS Intake Tubes would not be a bad investment


You will get many different recopies, but a tune will always be the top mod, best bang for your buck!
 

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Not worried about preserving the warranty ?
 

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I just bought a 2018 XLT 3.5 ecoboost with 10 speed. I am wondering what would be the best performance upgrades to start with. My budget is $1500. I have seen an intake, tuner, and intercooler package and am interested in any information.
I'm not sure where you live, but you should start running E30 today (30% ethanol) if it's available. It's compatible with your stock truck and will increase HP by at least 20-30 and probably more like 30-40+, with zero tuning. If you are going to modify it, start with tuning. It will be your best bang for the buck by far.
 

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Yes a tune and CAC/intercooler are complimentary, and the best performance bargain to get. Tune makes the power, CAC keeps the intake charge cool to prevent the engine controller from pulling timing (removing the power gain). Depending on specific parts this will spend $1000 to the whole $1500.
No advice for towing, I do not tow anything. KM
 

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I'm not sure where you live, but you should start running E30 today (30% ethanol) if it's available. It's compatible with your stock truck and will increase HP by at least 20-30 and probably more like 30-40+, with zero tuning. If you are going to modify it, start with tuning. It will be your best bang for the buck by far.
Is E30 compatible with a 2013 EB?

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Is E30 compatible with a 2013 EB?

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With a tune it can be, but some people do have fueling issues even at E30. upgraded pumps are probably a good idea.

Doing it on the stock tune is asking a lot because its relying on the fuel trims to compensate. there is not flex fuel tuning active in the PCM by default so it will try to target the same lambda as it would with regular pump gas.
 
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Tune.....

Don't need a Intake... stock will flow as good as you will need for stock turbos

Then I would get an IC ... Many benefits.......

AMS Intake Tubes would not be a bad investment


You will get many different recopies, but a tune will always be the top mod, best bang for your buck!
What tuner would be the best? I would like pre programmed and the option for custom. I would prefer a larger screen with more options. Thank you!
 

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I'm not sure where you live, but you should start running E30 today (30% ethanol) if it's available. It's compatible with your stock truck and will increase HP by at least 20-30 and probably more like 30-40+, with zero tuning. If you are going to modify it, start with tuning. It will be your best bang for the buck by far.
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I just bought a 2018 XLT 3.5 ecoboost with 10 speed. I am wondering what would be the best performance upgrades to start with. My budget is $1500. I have seen an intake, tuner, and intercooler package and am interested in any information.
What tuner would you suggest?
 

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I would like to keep the warranty at least for now.
Then you cannot realistically tune it. If you have an engine failure than they can claim the tune was the cause.
 

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I think I'm willing to risk it if I have a solid tuner with factory defaults.
Then you might as well go all out with a few add-ons that take advantage of the tunes. Screw the warranty.
 
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Then you might as well go all out with a few add-ons that take advantage of the tunes. Screw the warranty.
He's Gen2. He doesn't need a single "bolt-on" to jump ~100HP

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With a tune it can be, but some people do have fueling issues even at E30. upgraded pumps are probably a good idea.

Doing it on the stock tune is asking a lot because its relying on the fuel trims to compensate. there is not flex fuel tuning active in the PCM by default so it will try to target the same lambda as it would with regular pump gas.
No offense, but you do not need any tuning to run E30. The computer will compensate and add extra fuel to keep the o2 sensor happy and there are no issues whatsoever. Google glacial lakes e30 and look around a bit. An ethanol plant and auto shop teamed up and ran a bunch of vehicles on E30 for quite a few miles, and the 2011 ecoboost was a beast. I know a lot of people running E30 in their ecoboosts here in SD, both the 2.7 and 3.5. It is a no-brainer and there is zero downside. I would suggest palm beach dyno ngauge or lund for tunes.
 

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He's Gen2. He doesn't need a single "bolt-on" to jump ~100HP

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He also expressed interest in CAC and CAI with a tune.
 

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No offense, but you do not need any tuning to run E30. The computer will compensate and add extra fuel to keep the o2 sensor happy and there are no issues whatsoever. Google glacial lakes e30 and look around a bit. An ethanol plant and auto shop teamed up and ran a bunch of vehicles on E30 for quite a few miles, and the 2011 ecoboost was a beast. I know a lot of people running E30 in their ecoboosts here in SD, both the 2.7 and 3.5. It is a no-brainer and there is zero downside. I would suggest palm beach dyno ngauge or lund for tunes.
I didnt say it wouldnt. I said it is asking a lot of the fuel trims. There is no flex fuel capability in the tune to let the PCM adjust the desired lambda for ethanol content.
 

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He also expressed interest in CAC and CAI with a tune.
Touché

But you and I both know that neither of those are power mods. So for warranty-stealth, reasonable to avoid.

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