You asked for it, we built it!
It’s no secret that the stock front mount intercooler (FMIC) on the Ford F-150 (2.7L and 3.5L) EcoBoost trucks are undersized and quickly become heat soaked. This causes a reduction in available power. For that reason, an upgraded front mount intercooler is the best hard part upgrade for your F-150 EcoBoost!
This cast aluminum, TIG welded assembly has a core with 70% greater volume than the stock unit and offers 10% more cooling surface area. All while mating snugly to the OEM shutter shroud requiring absolutely no cutting, trimming, or permanent modification to the vehicle.
This FMIC was designed in house with attention to detail lacking on other aftermarket offerings. Computational fluid dynamic analysis was used to create the smoothest end tank design which increases flow evenly and resulted in no areas of significant turbulence. The outlet port of the intercooler was also designed with a large chamfer to provide a smooth transition out of the intercooler into the throttle body tube to further reduce turbulence in the system.
For those planning additional modifications like water or methanol injection, this intercooler also has two flat sections into the casting. The top flat can easily be drilled and tapped to introduce a nozzle. The bottom flat can be used as a drain port.
Our original version of the upgraded FMIC took up more real estate than a greedy developer. This works great when trying to maximize performance but does come with the trade-off of a complicated install that requires a bit of modification to the vehicle. The COBB factory location FMIC seeks to still offer the benefits of an upgraded unit while making install a breeze.
Just how easy is it to install?
Check out Brian in action below to see just how quick and easy the most beneficial hard part bolt-on can be added to your truck.
So you’ve got the new FMIC installed. Now what?
The Ease of Tuning with the Accessport
Tuning is NOT REQUIRED for the intercooler upgraded. Running the FMIC on the stock tune will still yield benefits in the form of consistent power delivery. But, with a tune, you’re able to greatly increase horsepower and torque.
The Accessport is incredibly easy to use. An Accessport plugs directly into the truck’s OBD port which connects it to the ECU. This allows you to apply one of several tunes or off the shelf maps that come pre-loaded on the Accessport. It also gives access to other useful features.
A map from an Accessport reprograms the the ECU which changes the way things like fuel, ignition, and boost are managed with the goal to increase power and improve the overall driving experience.
The simulated stock, Stage 1, and Stage 2 maps are all compatible with this upgraded intercooler. Power gains will vary at each level. For maximum gains, use the Stage 2 maps.
Below is the dyno chart of a 3.5l EcoBoost F-150. The only modification is a Front Mount Intercooler and Stage 2 93 off the shelf map. The truck picks up ~100 lb-ft of torque and ~50hp to the wheels over stock!
Power gains will vary depending on whether you have a 2.7, 3.5, Limited, or Raptor F-150. Gains will even vary within the same truck depending on whether you’re using 91 or 93 octane fuel. To get a better idea of the power gains for your specific application, check out the F-150 map notes.