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Old 11-17-2014, 10:02 AM   #1
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Hey guys ... I own a 2009 F150 5.4L with 50000 miles on it . Instead of upgrading to a newer truck that looks the same I am going to S/C mine . Our store sells Edelbrock so it is the only option I am looking at . The reason I am posting on this forum is that more people seem to be charged here than the 2009 and up .

My truck is a 4x4 also . Been wanting to do up a nice 4x4 for a while . I sold another toy and have some extra cash to put into the build . I am ordering a 4 inch lift / Rims / Tires / Charger .

The question is this - Will it still be reliable given I am not an idiot ? IT is not a daily driver as I have a company truck and it will only get 6-8000 miles a year .

So reliable ? Will the 5.4 handle boost ? Not planning on putting anymore than the Edelbrock comes set up with . Will look for a custom tune if I can find anyone around here who is good .

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You will be fine. The 5.4 loves boost. The fuel pump will support 10-12psi depending on a number of factors. The engine will handle that as well with no issue. Mine has 97,000 on it running 11psi on the street and 13psi at the track. I have twin 255lph pumps.
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Well that is great to know . I had my wholesale supplier on these kits tell me that it is safe to run up to 8 PSI because the Fords have a rod that cannot take too much more than that ? But he did say it was safe to run these kits and he had sold quite a few . This is the first Ford I am fixing up ... was always a chev man but got a really good deal on this truck and love it .
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Ordered the S/C today . Any advice is greatly appreciated .
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Here's some advice, enjoy the newfound power. Lol. It's gonna be night and day to drive over stock. A buddy has one that's charged. It'll probably take you a day or two to get used to, probably longer to get the grin off of your face. Haha.

On a serious note, I think making sure you do timely maintenance on the charger, you should have years of trouble free service. As far as custom tuning goes, there's tons of people doing it. Just have to look at the reviews (and weed through the propoganda BS one way or another) then make a decision. Good luck and glad you finally decided what to do with the "extra" money you have.
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Stay on top of the service.
Fuel filter every 15k. Run 93 octane or depending on your area 91. E85 will allow you to run more timing and make quite a bit more power if it is avaliable to you. Custom tuning would be a must. Fuel and fuel supply will be the life of the motor. Starving for fuel at any boost level will spell disaster.

Oil: I run fully synthetic 5/20 in mine and change it ever 3000-4000 miles depending on what I've been doing. K&N, Motorcraft, or Bosch filter.

Transmission: the tune will have a lot to do with how long it lives. So make sure if you get custom tuning you get someone who knows how to tune the trans as well as they do the engine.
Custom tuning. VMP or JDM. And on this one I would send you to Justin at VMP. Justin has spent a lot more time with the TVS blower then most.

Plug gap. .030-.032. I've ran as a much as .037 without spark blowout however I don't promote it as I would never won't someone to have to regap all their plugs because of something I said.

I'm sure I'll think of a few more things.
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Like Blown says, just stay on top of your routine maintenance and you should be fine. My 2006 came boosted from the factory and I haven't had any issues. I always let mine warm up for about 5-10 minutes depending on weather before I drive just to get the oil moving well, especially on cold days. Also, you should change the spark plugs every 35-40k miles instead of 100k the factory recommends. Change the intercooler fluid when you do radiator flush, and just like Blown said, fuel filter change every 15k to keep that high octane fuel flowing. Enjoy your new blower!!!
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Stay on top of the service.
Fuel filter every 15k. Run 93 octane or depending on your area 91. E85 will allow you to run more timing and make quite a bit more power if it is avaliable to you. Custom tuning would be a must. Fuel and fuel supply will be the life of the motor. Starving for fuel at any boost level will spell disaster.

Oil: I run fully synthetic 5/20 in mine and change it ever 3000-4000 miles depending on what I've been doing. K&N, Motorcraft, or Bosch filter.

Transmission: the tune will have a lot to do with how long it lives. So make sure if you get custom tuning you get someone who knows how to tune the trans as well as they do the engine.
Custom tuning. VMP or JDM. And on this one I would send you to Justin at VMP. Justin has spent a lot more time with the TVS blower then most.

Plug gap. .030-.032. I've ran as a much as .037 without spark blowout however I don't promote it as I would never won't someone to have to regap all their plugs because of something I said.

I'm sure I'll think of a few more things.
When you say custom tune at VMP is it an tune that can be downloaded ? I think the tune sent by Edelbrock even passes California emissions so I am sure there has been something left on the table .


Thanks for all the tips ... I have SC'd a truck before but they are all different . This is my first Ford and it is the first year for the 6 speed tranny .
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Here's some advice, enjoy the newfound power. Lol. It's gonna be night and day to drive over stock. A buddy has one that's charged. It'll probably take you a day or two to get used to, probably longer to get the grin off of your face. Haha.

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Thank you . I am really looking forward to it . Is your buddies a 5.4 or a 5.0L ? Certainly going to do the tune .
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Like Blown says, just stay on top of your routine maintenance and you should be fine. My 2006 came boosted from the factory and I haven't had any issues. I always let mine warm up for about 5-10 minutes depending on weather before I drive just to get the oil moving well, especially on cold days. Also, you should change the spark plugs every 35-40k miles instead of 100k the factory recommends. Change the intercooler fluid when you do radiator flush, and just like Blown said, fuel filter change every 15k to keep that high octane fuel flowing. Enjoy your new blower!!!
Thanks for the reply . Planning on keeping this for a long time ... especially after putting this much money into it . Great tips that I will definitely follow .
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