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Old 09-24-2018, 04:57 PM
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The wife and I test drove a new 5.0 F150 yesterday. It was a Supercrew with 3.73 gears. Wow, what a pig. From all the reading I've done on this forum I was under the impression that it would be able to get out of it's own way. When floored from a 5mph roll (in sport mode) the engine was screaming but we were going almost nowhere. People talk about getting low 14's to 13's but I'm telling you this pig would struggle to get high 15's. What am I doing wrong?

Granted the truck had 38 miles on the odo and it was myself, the wife and the sales kid but the motor just seemed to make a lot of noise and we weren't going anywhere too fast. My plan is to get one of these trucks and have Ford install a supercharger so I can have a warranty. But the truck was such a pig I don't think a charger would do much good...at least not worth the $8k-$10k effort.

Is there anyone on the forum that had Ford install a charger? I have a few questions.
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A supercharger adds over 200 wtq EVERYWHERE, so it's definitely going to give it a solid kick in the ***.

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Originally Posted by Whippled View Post
Hello folks, new to the forum.

The wife and I test drove a new 5.0 F150 yesterday. It was a Supercrew with 3.73 gears. Wow, what a pig. From all the reading I've done on this forum I was under the impression that it would be able to get out of it's own way. When floored from a 5mph roll (in sport mode) the engine was screaming but we were going almost nowhere. People talk about getting low 14's to 13's but I'm telling you this pig would struggle to get high 15's. What am I doing wrong?

Granted the truck had 38 miles on the odo and it was myself, the wife and the sales kid but the motor just seemed to make a lot of noise and we weren't going anywhere too fast. My plan is to get one of these trucks and have Ford install a supercharger so I can have a warranty. But the truck was such a pig I don't think a charger would do much good...at least not worth the $8k-$10k effort.

Is there anyone on the forum that had Ford install a charger? I have a few questions.
2018 3.5 EcoBoost isnít a pig...
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2018 3.5 EcoBoost isnít a pig...
20 less HP and 70 lbs more of torque won't change much. Besides, original plan is to put a charger on the 5.0. I was under the impression the stock 5.0 moved out a little better than it did. I was wondering if I was doing something wrong or just had too high of expectations.
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Originally Posted by Whippled View Post
20 less HP and 70 lbs more of torque won't change much. Besides, original plan is to put a charger on the 5.0. I was under the impression the stock 5.0 moved out a little better than it did. I was wondering if I was doing something wrong or just had too high of expectations.
What are you expecting? A whipple and e85 will liven it up. If you expecting sports car performance a twin turbo kit is the answer.
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What are you expecting? A whipple and e85 will liven it up. If you expecting sports car performance a twin turbo kit is the answer.
E85 isn't an option where I live and I'm not to sure I would be able to keep the warranty with an E85 tune. I was expecting more than what I got considering the ET's people get on non-charged F150's with the same options (supercrew, etc.). Like I said I understand it wasn't broken in and there were 3 people in the truck but it seemed to struggle to get out of it's own way. So I came here to see if I was doing something wrong or not considering something. I'm not expecting "sports car" performance but would be pissed if I spent the money on a charger and accessories and did a 14.3 second quarter mile.
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Plenty of videos of whipple charged F-150's to put you at ease.

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You didn't mention what trim level you were testing... I'd expect a SCREW XL to get up and go a little better than a loaded down Plat. Also, did you have Advancetrac disabled? I bet the 3.73 combined with the 10spd and no miles to learn the shifting had it in too low of a gear and felt sluggish. You might have better results with 3.55 or using Normal mode...

Also, 3.73 gears are generally not recommended for boosted engines, especially with the 10spd.
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Originally Posted by SixShooter14 View Post
You didn't mention what trim level you were testing... I'd expect a SCREW XL to get up and go a little better than a loaded down Plat. Also, did you have Advancetrac disabled? I bet the 3.73 combined with the 10spd and no miles to learn the shifting had it in too low of a gear and felt sluggish. You might have better results with 3.55 or using Normal mode...

Also, 3.73 gears are generally not recommended for boosted engines, especially with the 10spd.
My goal yesterday was to drive an F150 with a Supercrew cab to get a sense of a stock 5.0's driving characteristics. I know a 3.73 is too short of a gear for boost but the pickings were slim on the lot that had a Supercrew cab with a 5.0 motor. I would insist on the 3.55 or 3.31 gears. This F150 didn't have the 4x4 option that I want with a boosted 5.0 F150 and I believe it was an XLT.
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Originally Posted by Drix View Post
Plenty of videos of whipple charged F-150's to put you at ease.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDFsMqwUR6A
Dorians truck isnít really a fair comparison to the average blown CCSB truck.
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