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MISHIMOTO's '11-14 EcoBoost Intercooler Pipes R&D Thread!

Welcome, Everyone!


Some of you may have been following along in our 11-14 intercooler R&D thread and noticed a few posts about intercooler pipes in there. Well, the Mishimoto intercooler presale is ongoing but ending very shortly, and these pipes are a little ways behind. So, we thought it would be best to create a new thread to keep you all posted on the pipes, and leave the other thread for discussion / questions on the intercooler.

For those of you just joining us, let me give you a quick re-cap of what we've gone over so far.


Intercooler Pipes - Post 1

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In this entry, we took a bit of a look into the stock design to determine what we were working with. Learn about how we used our ROMER arm to accurately and precisely capture the dimensions of the stock pipes. This post was the sixth entry in the intercooler blog series, but effectively served as Post #1 of the intercooler pipes series! Read more on the Mishimoto Engineering Blog.


Intercooler Pipes - Post 2

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Next up, I showed you the first glimpse of our cold-side intercooler pipes coming together at the hands of our very capable welder, Mike! Also, one of the interesting and cool features of modern auto parts is the serviceability. When you're working on your truck and you run into a quick disconnect, it's a great feeling to know that Ford's engineers were thinking not only of drivers and workers, but us wrenchers as well! With the Mishimoto pipes, you'll have that same satisfaction. Check out the engineering blog for more details.


Great, now we're all caught up! For more updates on these pipes, keep your eyes to this thread. We will be posting some new info very shortly, so stay tuned! And don't forget to check out the '11-14 Intercooler pre-sale as well - only about a week left!


Thanks, everyone!
-Gardiner
 

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Hey everybody,


We have a quick update for you all on these pipes. We're getting really close to a pre-sale, so keep an eye out and let me know what you think!




Cool Air for the EcoBoost – Intercooler Pipe R&D, Part 3: Performance Testing






As the old cliché goes, some things just go together like peas in a pod. Peanut butter and jelly. Cold beer and tailgates. Intercoolers and intercooler pipes; you just can’t have one without the other. If you followed along with our 2011-14 F-150 EcoBoost intercooler thread, you’ve probably been waiting for an update on our intercooler pipes for a while now. Well, the wait is over.





In the last post, fabrication ended for our prototype cold-side pipe. Since then, we’ve been busy fabricating the hot-side piping and testing. Steve and Mike whipped up a hot-side prototype using the same process as the cold-side piping. Steve started by measuring the stock pipes using our ROMER CMM (coordinate mapping machine). Mike then used those measurements to cut and weld a set of prototype pipes.





The two pipes feeding the intercooler air from the twin-turbos are long and intricate, so proper measurements are imperative. As a final check, the welded hot-side prototype pipes went through test-fitment on the truck. After confirming fitment, it was time to go from prototype to production. Steve pulled the hot-side pipes off the truck and mounted them in our ROMER CMM. The data from the CMM allowed Steve to provide manufacturing with accurate 3D models of the hot-side and cold-side pipes. These models become the blueprint needed to produce a sample.





Fast forward to January. We have shiny production samples of our 2011-14 F-150 EcoBoost intercooler pipes in our shop and are ready to begin performance testing. Before strapping the F-150 to the dyno and running the pipes through their paces, Steve tested the stock pipes on the flow bench. To make sure he wouldn’t see any bottleneck from the stock intercooler, Steve mated the pipes to our performance F-150 EcoBoost intercooler. Testing the stock intercooler pipes established a baseline to compare the Mishimoto pipes to.





Steve continued the test by swapping out the plastic mass of hot-side tentacles for our aluminum pipes, while leaving the stock cold-side pipe in place. After noting the difference in flow, Steve then replaced the cold-side pipe with the Mishimoto aluminum pipe and repeated the test one final time. The flow bench revealed a 10% total flow increase with both the Mishimoto hot and cold-side pipes installed. But it’s not enough to just flow more air. The true test is in how the truck reacts to that air. It was time to run the truck on the dyno.





Better flow is great, but the real goal is to produce more power. With an internal volume increase of 41% on the hot side and 34% on the cold side, Steve was confident the truck would be able to translate airflow to horsepower. The stock intercooler was left on so we could be sure that any performance gain would be solely the work of our pipes. After several runs on the Dynojet, the pipes resulted in gains of 15 horsepower and 21 Ft/lbs. of torque.





We now know that our 2011-14 F150 EcoBoost intercooler pipes fit and perform. The last step in this journey will be a pre-sale in the next few weeks. So keep an eye out, and as always, let me know if you have any questions.




Thanks for reading!




-Steve
 

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Hey everybody,


We're excited to announce that these pipes are now on pre-sale! This is your chance to get the hot-side pipe, cold-side pipe, or both pipes with couplers at over 30% off! These pipes come in your choice of sleek silver or wrinkle black. Check it out!




2011-14 Ford F-150 EcoBoost, Cold-Side Intercooler Pipe Pre-Sale

Regular Price: $345.00
Sale Price $255.95













2011-14 Ford F-150 EcoBoost, Hot-Side Intercooler Pipe Pre-Sale

Regular Price: $425.00
Sale Price $314.95

















2011-14 Ford F-150 EcoBoost, Intercooler Pipe Kit Pre-Sale

Regular Price: $710.00
Sale Price $522.95








Let me know if you have any questions!


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Hey everybody,

This pre-sale is coming to a close soon, so be sure to get your orders in now! In the meantime, check out our features & benefits and install videos:





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Hey everybody,


I just wanted to let you all know that the pre-sale for these pipes has ended. If you'd like to purchase one of these kits, you can do so through our website. These kits will also be making their way to our distributors soon, so keep an eye out for that as well.


Another note: We got to do something really awesome with these pipes. We sent a set out to Jerry at Tifosi Performance to do a back to back comparison using the stock F-150 pipes and our pipes on his modified, 400+ WHP F-150. We expected these pipes would provide some great performance increases for anybody flowing more air than the stock truck we tested them on, and neither we nor Jerry were disappointed. Be sure to check out Jerry's awesome write-up here: Tifosi Performance - Mishimoto 11-14 F-150 EcoBoost Intercooler Pipe Review


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-Steve
 

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@Mishimoto Any tips on getting the charge pipe to clip on to the factory intercooler? I can re-install the factory charge pipe in 10s or less, and did so numerous times to assure myself I was going it correctly, one nice push on it and the retaining clip clips right into place. I was 4 hours yesterday pushing, wiggling and pulling on the Mishimoto charge pipe and it simply will not clip into place. I even pulled the intercooler out of the truck and put it on the bench to try to get it to engage and it will not. The hot side pipes all went in nicely with a lot of cursing and swearing and some bloody knuckles because of the tight areas.

Is it possible I got a defect or should the charge pipe be this challenging to install?
 

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@Mishimoto Any tips on getting the charge pipe to clip on to the factory intercooler? I can re-install the factory charge pipe in 10s or less, and did so numerous times to assure myself I was going it correctly, one nice push on it and the retaining clip clips right into place. I was 4 hours yesterday pushing, wiggling and pulling on the Mishimoto charge pipe and it simply will not clip into place. I even pulled the intercooler out of the truck and put it on the bench to try to get it to engage and it will not. The hot side pipes all went in nicely with a lot of cursing and swearing and some bloody knuckles because of the tight areas.

Is it possible I got a defect or should the charge pipe be this challenging to install?
I cant say for sure but we conduct what I call "mod" parties like once a week, and one of these instances a member had aFE hot/cold side pipes to be installed. As you have stated hot side was rather easy save for adjusting and knuckle tickles, but the cold side was a challenge. The flange is the same as the Mishimoto as they both were designed to fit the stock IC. I discovered in this install it took a great deal of force (pushing) to lock it into place. Frustrating BUT I am quite sure it is a very secure fitting. lol One thing I did do was to lube up the inner O-ring. Before I did this it was, in my opinion, impossible get it to lock into place. Hope this helps. Cant wait to get my Mishimoto hot/cold pipes for my 2016. Lucky you!:)
 

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I cant say for sure but we conduct what I call "mod" parties like once a week, and one of these instances a member had aFE hot/cold side pipes to be installed. As you have stated hot side was rather easy save for adjusting and knuckle tickles, but the cold side was a challenge. The flange is the same as the Mishimoto as they both were designed to fit the stock IC. I discovered in this install it took a great deal of force (pushing) to lock it into place. Frustrating BUT I am quite sure it is a very secure fitting. lol One thing I did do was to lube up the inner O-ring. Before I did this it was, in my opinion, impossible get it to lock into place. Hope this helps. Cant wait to get my Mishimoto hot/cold pipes for my 2016. Lucky you!:)
I'm pretty sure I used over half the can of silicon lube lubing the o-ring, inner pipe and intercooler outlet. I wonder how much more force I can put on it without breaking something lol I'm a 260lb bodybuilder, I like to think I can generate enough of it but could not get the thing to slide on at all.

I eventually gave up and put the stock charge pipe back on. I know I'll have to tear into it again, my Mishimoto intercooler came in damaged so I contacted stage3 with pics of the damage and when I put the replacement in I'll give the charge pipe another go.
 

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Dang. And I have a Wagner CAC (need to install the Turbosmart eBOV with the 90* adapter also). I used a fair amount of lube to get the stock hardpipes onto the Wagner. Sounds like I will need to spray even more this time.
 
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