Livernois And Airaid Tune Up Our Ford F-150 EcoBoost

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When Ford came out with the EcoBoost turbocharged V6 engine it knew what it was doing. Now highly regarded by enthusiasts and a hit with the truck crowd since the introduction in the F-150 in 2011, the EcoBoost does a great job of combining economy with performance.

However, many truck enthusiasts are just not satisfied with “great,” they want “wow” when they stomp on the gas pedal. So we decided to use our 2013 Ford F-150 4×4 CrewCab XLT EcoBoost Project Blue Collar Blue Oval as a test bed and dig deep into the aftermarket performance world for just the right parts to liven the truck up.

Strapping the 2013 Ford F-150 to our DynoJet to get baseline power numbers prior to installation was the first step.

Running the 2013 Ford F-150 on our DynoJet dyno to get baseline power numbers prior to installation was the first step.

Our search took us to Livernois Motorsports where we found a one-stop shop capable of providing a matched set of parts designed for maximum performance gain. This integrated approach was attractive to us because Livernois Motorsports has already figured out which downpipe to use with which exhaust, and so one, to get the optimum performance.

System Approach

“We developed an entire package to go beyond simply creating power. If there are inefficiencies in the other parts of your system, well then, that’s no good,” said Andy Ricketts at Livernois.

The EcoBundle kit from Livernois Motorsports includes a MyCalibr8or tuner by AIW (with custom tuning available exclusively from Livernois), an American Racing Headers downpipe (manufactured exclusively for Livernois), a Corsa cat-back exhaust system with patented RSC noise-canceling technology and a straight-through flow, a new thermostat and new spark plugs. It’s a complete package designed to increase power, and improve drivability.

Before purchasing the EcoBundle kit from Livernois, you must provide the strategy code that is printed on the EEC module located under the plastic cover on the passenger side firewall. Livernois preloads custom tunes for your truck.

Before purchasing the EcoBundle kit from Livernois, you must provide the strategy code that is printed on the EEC module located under the plastic cover on the passenger side firewall. Livernois pre-loads custom tunes for your truck.

We started the install day by performance testing the Project Blue Collar Blue Oval 2013 Ford F-150 4×4 EcoBoost on our Dynojet chassis dynamometer prior to the installation. Without tracking the before and after results of installing performance parts you are left to seat-of-the-pants tales of glory. Now don’t get us wrong, we’re all about the way a vehicle feels (and sounds) after performance mods, but we feel that it’s important to verify what parts actually do in a scientific manner.

Special Components

One of the most important aspects of the EcoBundle kit from Livernois is the AIW MyCalibr8or tuner. This tuner has multiple stages for increased horsepower and torque, dyno-proven air/fuel adjustments, tow-specific tunes, and transmission modifications with reduced torque management and modified shift points and firmness.

We developed an entire package to go beyond simply creating power. – Andy Ricketts, Livernois

When you order your kit you supply Livernois with your vehicle’s strategy code (located on the EEC module) and Livernois then loads four custom tunes into the device prior to shipping. The top speed limiter is removed and there are multiple octane levels available for use.

Installation of the tuner is about as simple as you can imagine. Just plug it into the OBDII diagnostic port and answer a few questions (what octane gas will you use, tires size, etc.) and then the tuner re-programs your truck with the new tunes.

The exhaust system extrication job is made much easier by first removing a center crossmember. Some sensors must be disconnected before the exhaust can be removed, but they will be reused in the Corsa system. We began with the most difficult task first, removal of the factory downpipes.

Included in the EcoBundle kit is a direct bolt-on American Racing Headers stainless steel downpipe with three-inch inner diameter tubes. Designed to be compatible with the Livernois kit, the down pipe reduces backpressure.

This is not exactly an easy install, but it’s not difficult either, you just have to twist your arms this way and that way to get the right angle on the nuts, bolts, and clamps that hold the downpipe on. Swivels and extensions are valuable during this part of the removal of the old downpipe and installation of the new one from American Racing Headers.

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Here’s the factory system (left) compared to the Corsa exhaust system that’s provided in the Livernois EcoBundle kit. Nice tips, eh?

A Corsa cat-back system is also a part of the kit and it’s a straight-through three-inch design that maximizes airflow, yet doesn’t drone on the highway due to the patented RSC technology. Corsa acoustically styles the sound without bottling it up. The system is 12 pounds lighter than the factory system and includes twin four-inch side swept stainless tips that exit on the passenger side. All components, even the clamps and hangers, are constructed of stainless steel.

The Livernois downpipes must be snaked into position from below for installation. The stock cat that was removed from the factory exhaust was then bolted on to the downpipes. Lastly, we attached the Corsa exhaust system to the factory cat's tail end.

This part of the install is extremely simple and Corsa makes it enjoyable with high quality clamps. The factory exhaust hangars are reused and Corsa’s attention to detail means everything lines up so it’s very easy work. The factory catalytic convertor will be reused on the new Corsa system.

Take the time to properly burp the cooling system during the install. – Andy Ricketts.

Two much smaller and easy to install products that are included in the kit are the thermostat and the spark plugs. Livernois includes a 160-degree thermostat to replace the factory 188-degree unit. Thankfully, the thermostat is easy to install. However, Ricketts suggests, “Take the time to properly burp the cooling system during the install. This way you won’t have temperature fluctuations from an air bubble in the system.”

The spark plugs are precision gapped to eliminate high boost flame-out misfires on the EcoBoost engine. Getting to the spark plugs for replacement is no more difficult than on most modern vehicles, so the help of an extension, a swivel joint … and maybe some tape make it easy enough.

Livernois offers a 160-degree thermostat in the kit to swap out for the 188-degree stock unit (left). This helps the engine work better with the tuning upgrades its system supplies. As well, the kit also includes a new set of Iridium spark plugs (right) that have a colder heat range and are gapped tighter than the factory platinum plugs as replacements.

Power Production

During a baseline dyno test (red), the F-150 put out a peak of 291 horsepower and 334 lb-ft of torque. After installing the EcoBundle kit from Livernois Motorsports with the 87 Octane tune, we made another set of runs and scored (blue) a 302 hp and 370 lb-ft torque peak. Check the first chart below, The Livernois Ecobundle completely reshaped the engine’s power curve, giving it much more juice down low. That’s a 36-point jump in torque down in the mid- and low-RPM range where you really feel it and use it most.

A few days later we brought the F-150 back in, performed another base line dyno run to re-establish a starting point, and then installed an Airaid No. 401-101 SynthaMax Dry Filter intake system. This kit eliminates the factory restrictions and provides a high-flowing dry air filter. You don’t have to oil the air filter, yet you can clean it when it’s dirty. It’s a nice benefit that Airaid offers a “No Hassle” lifetime warranty on its filters and it is built in the U.S.A.

The air box has to be bolted together but it’s only a few nuts and bolts, a very easy job. The Airaid system gets rid of the “accordion” section that Ford included in their air tube. The installation involves removing the factory air box and tube, disconnecting the air meter while doing so, and the MAP. The air meter and MAP are reused on the Airaid system.

Since the Airaid intake assembly uses the factory airbox bottom it’s an easy process. You just stick the panel’s tabs into the slots, and then lower the tube side down and fasten three clips. After placing the Airaid tube onto the new box and reinstalling the sensors, you’re ready to go.

The factory air filter box, much of the intake tubing, and filter are replaced. A few screws is all that is required to assemble the new Airaid filter box. The new Airaid filter is secured to the inlet tube entering the new Airaid box. The new intake/filter system flows a higher volume of cooler air than the factory system.

After the Airaid kit installation, we put the truck back on the dyno to record performance numbers (see the second chart below) that included the tuner, downpipe, exhaust install, and the Airaid filter system. The truck’s output at the rear wheels went up 6 hp and the 6 lb-ft. A little more power never hurts, and the Airaid system provides a much better filtration system, offering the security that your powerplant will be fed nothing but purified air.

The MyCalibr8or tuner is made exclusively for Livernois by AIW. It’s a simple “yes/no” list of questions to answer and then the device loads in up to four custom tunes (and the stock tune too).

The MyCalibr8or tuner is made exclusively for Livernois by AIW. It’s a simple yes/no list of questions to answer and the device loads up to four custom tunes (and the stock tune too).

Just for kicks, we then decided to turn things up a notch. We programmed in the 91 Octane Tune, emptied out the 87 octane fuel, and gave the F-150 enough 91 octane gas to make some good dyno runs. We recorded an additional 47 peak hp and 119 ft-lbs of peak torque from where we started that day! The torque was something you could really feel when accelerating, and it certainly showed up when driving this truck.

Proof Positive

Another reason for the better acceleration and seat-of-the-pants feel was the increase in horsepower and torque in the low- and mid-range RPMs in the 87 Octane and 91 Octane Tunes. A shift in power at lower RPMs is really the secret to this Livernois Motorsports EcoBundle power boost system.

As you can see in both charts at bottom, the “area under the curve” in the after-installation dyno runs show a substantial improvement in horsepower and torque. The result is a much easier to drive truck, and a lot more get-up-and-go in the places where you will feel it the most.

F-150 on dyno wheels turning

Our 2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost could put out as much as 333 hp and 392 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels after the installation of the Livernois Motorsports EcoBundle performance kit and Airaid filter.

Our installation of the Livernois Motorsports EcoBundle’s exhaust components proved to be much less difficult than it seemed at first, and required no specialized tools. The Airaid performance air filter kit designed to work with it was easy to pre-assemble and install, making it a no-brainer for any enthusiast looking for improvement. The programming of any of the performance tunes was simple as 1-2-3.

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The feeling we got when driving the “new” truck was amazing, and the numbers back up our impression. Taken as a whole, the Livernois EcoBundle kit worked as a system to provide a very useable and valuable uptick in the power where it was needed and wanted most in our 2013 Ford F-150 4×4 Crew Cab EcoBoost.

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