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Hey everybody,

Mishimoto is excited to announce that we're developing an aluminum radiator for the 2011-2014 F-150 and 2010-2014 Raptor! Check out the first post below and let us know what you think!

-Steve

One of the Greats – Radiator R&D, Part 1: Stock Review

What does it take to make a great truck? For many, a great truck needs to be reliable, capable, and affordable. It’s no coincidence that Ford has been using that recipe for one of the best-selling trucks in the world since 1975. The 2011-2014 F-150 is the epitome of what a great truck should be. But even great vehicles age, and with age a key ingredient in that recipe begins to decline: reliability.

One of the first systems to show its age in any vehicle is often the cooling system, and the first component in the cooling system to fail is often the radiator. When your radiator fails, your F-150 is rendered useless, no matter how capable and affordable it once was. Luckily, Mishimoto is working on a radiator to keep your 2011-2014 F-150 and 2010-2014 Raptor as great as the day it rolled off the production line.


Before we can start on our aluminum replacement, we need to look at the stock F-150 and Raptor radiators to understand what features will be replicated and what can be improved. To begin we turned to Ford’s parts catalog to see just how many radiators we needed. Much like our 2015+ F-150 radiator, we wanted this rad to fit the 3.7L V6, 5.0L V8, 3.5L EcoBoost V6, and the 6.2L V8 found in the Raptor. Our research showed that the 3.7L V6, 5.0L V8, and the 3.5L EcoBoost share a light-duty radiator, while the 3.5L received the super-cooling version with a thicker core. That super-cooling radiator was also used on the high-output 6.2L V8 Raptor, but an additional fill neck was added.


After looking at each, we decided to base our radiator on the super-cooling radiator for the 3.5L EcoBoost and the Raptor. Due to the added fill neck on the Raptor, we’ll need to make two radiators: one for the 3.7L V6, 5.0L V8, and 3.5L EcoBoost, and one for the Raptor. No matter which engine you have in your F-150, our radiator will be a significant upgrade and fit like a glove. So, keep an eye out for the next update where we’ll begin designing our radiator for one of the greatest trucks on earth.


Thanks for reading,
-Steve
 

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Great news!

If possible can you test inlet and outlet temps under load before and after so we can see the change in differential temps?
 

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Where are you at on this?
 

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Very interested to see performance testing on this under load at high ambient temperatures. Especially with an Ecoboost. Thus far, we've seemed to see minimal gains with upgraded radiators on these engines. They run hot towing, especially in elevated temperatures. Mine does fine until the ambient temp gets above 85F. Unfortunately most of my towing is at 90-100F during the summer as we are going up the steep mountain grades trying to escape the heat!
 

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Very interested to see performance testing on this under load at high ambient temperatures. Especially with an Ecoboost. Thus far, we've seemed to see minimal gains with upgraded radiators on these engines. They run hot towing, especially in elevated temperatures. Mine does fine until the ambient temp gets above 85F. Unfortunately most of my towing is at 90-100F during the summer as we are going up the steep mountain grades trying to escape the heat!
I think we need a solution for the fans too.
 

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Where are you at on this?
We're still working on this! I should have an update for you in the next week or two!

Very interested to see performance testing on this under load at high ambient temperatures. Especially with an Ecoboost. Thus far, we've seemed to see minimal gains with upgraded radiators on these engines. They run hot towing, especially in elevated temperatures. Mine does fine until the ambient temp gets above 85F. Unfortunately most of my towing is at 90-100F during the summer as we are going up the steep mountain grades trying to escape the heat!
We will be load testing our 2015+ F-150 radiator (which shares a very similar core), but in order to get those ambient temperatures in Delaware, we'd have to wait to test until late July. Even though our ambient temperature will be lower, we would expect whatever results we get from our load testing to scale across higher ambient temps as well.

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Hey Guys!


Exciting news here from Mishimoto! The next installment of our radiator development is now live over on the Engineering Blog, so make sure you head over there to get the full scoop.





Since the last post we've had our production samples arrive and also put our radiator design through the ringer on the Dynapacks.


Head on over to the Engineering Blog for a look at how our design stacks up. And for the cherry on top, our radiator is now on presale, so make sure you get in on the sale while it lasts!

2011-2014 Ford F-150 Performance Radiator




As always, feel free to shoot over any questions you might have!


-Steve
 

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Looks like the inlet thermostat was doing its job and holding the coolant temps entering the engine constant, hence why the outlet temps are near identical.

Gotta hook a trailer up to it and drive it up a mountain.
 

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Looks like the inlet thermostat was doing its job and holding the coolant temps entering the engine constant, hence why the outlet temps are near identical.

Gotta hook a trailer up to it and drive it up a mountain.
Yup, we're only able to put so much load on the truck before we run into cooling issues with our Dynapacks and since this is a loaner vehicle, we can't really tow whatever we want with it. But, we would expect these results to scale across towing conditions. With our rad being so much larger than the stock unit, the resistance to heat-soak is going to be much higher as well.

Thanks!
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Hey everybody,


Just wanted to let you know that the pre-sale for this radiator has ended. Thank you to everybody who ordered, you should be receiving shipping information soon, if you haven't already.


Thanks again!
-Steve
 

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I have one on the way. I will be doing a thorough write up after I get some testing done in this Florida heat while towing. Soon to come!
 

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I have one on the way. I will be doing a thorough write up after I get some testing done in this Florida heat while towing. Soon to come!
I (we) couldn't ask for a better "data collector" nor a better environment for testing. BoostKing and Florida. :)

Wish you had a Gen2, selfishly.

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I have one on the way. I will be doing a thorough write up after I get some testing done in this Florida heat while towing. Soon to come!
Do you still stand by your previous comment that the stock radiator is fine for non towing conditions with GT turbo?
 

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Just a small update. Installed the radiator and expansion tank on Monday. So far everything has been awesome. This is not my official write up. However, fitment was SPOT ON, and the radiator is a work of art! Completely blown away with the quality parts and engineering that went into make this. No cutting, fairly easy installation, and it fit perfectly. So far temps seem to be quite a bit better, but I havent really got into that part yet.

Looking forward to some tow testing very soon and putting this all together. A+ so far.
 

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Just a small update. Installed the radiator and expansion tank on Monday. So far everything has been awesome. This is not my official write up. However, fitment was SPOT ON, and the radiator is a work of art! Completely blown away with the quality parts and engineering that went into make this. No cutting, fairly easy installation, and it fit perfectly. So far temps seem to be quite a bit better, but I havent really got into that part yet.

Looking forward to some tow testing very soon and putting this all together. A+ so far.
We're excited to see your write up!
Keep us posted!

Justin T.
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