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My 23 Avalanche 3.5EB 4x4 build

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22 PCM unlocked by HP Tuners
E50 tune from ZFG Racing
CV Fab Titan v2 Intercooler
Turbosmart Vee Port Electronic BOV
NGK 95605 plugs

Suspension/wheels/tires
Rear Block Removed
VAS traction bars
22x10 Forgestar X14 in satin bronze
305/45R22 Toyo Open Country AT3s

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Cervini 3" Cowl Hood
Paint to match grille and side badges w/ race red accents
Black and race red painted Ford emblems
Truxedo Sentry Bed Cover
Window Tint - 50% windshield / 20% sides and rear
Tinted tail lights
Husky rear fender liners

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Skar under seat loaded inclosure with (2) 12" subs
Rockford Fosgate R2-1200x1 amp
Audio Control LC2i LOC


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I Figured I would start a build thread to track all of my poor financial decisions in one place. Here is the new truck. It's a 23 Avalanche XLT Sport 3.5 Ecoboost 4x4. This was the day after I bought it 2 weeks ago, fresh from the tint shop.

Ford F-150 My 23 Avalanche 3.5EB 4x4 build 20230829_121255


This is how it currently looks. I have added a Truxedo Sentry CT hard rolling bed cover. VAS Fab traction bars, inlays for the f150 indent on the tailgate and removed the rear block to give the truck less rake.

Ford F-150 My 23 Avalanche 3.5EB 4x4 build 20230909_143651


It currently is at Livernois Motorsports getting tuned. I am hoping to pick it up today. For those that are impatient like me, tuning a 23 (build date after 12/22) is EXPENSIVE! From what I could find, LMS is the only one tuning them currently. You have to pay for a blank ECM and take the truck to them, where they program the ECM to the truck then tune it. It's about $1800 all in. With a little patience I am sure there will be more tuning options and they will be cheaper.
Patience is not a virtue I do well though. It is what it is.... I am getting 3 files. An 87 tow/economy tune, 93 performance tune and e30 performance tune. I plan on moving to the e30 file pretty much immediately when I get the truck back. They informed me they had to find injectors for the port injection (apparently the fuel rail is different on the 23) but they are working on an e85 tune with upgraded port injection. As soon as that one is available I will be getting injectors and moving to e85.

I acted on some Labor Day sales and have these goodies sitting at the house waiting for me to have time to install them...
CVF Titan v2 intercooler
Turbosmart Vee Port BOV
Skar dual 12" ported under seat sub enclosure
1200/1 Rockford Fosgate Amp (reclaimed from the old truck)

A little background on why this thread could turn stupid. Here is my last truck. An 18 STX 4x4 5.0. It got a 6" RC lift and 35x12.50R22 Ridge Grapplers on 22x12 -44 wheels within 2 weeks of purchase. within 6 months, I had added a Gen 3 Whipple, JD dual pump fuel system, ID 1050 injectors and an e85 tune. According to the Dragy and scales, it was around 820-830whp. It was a ton of fun to mess with muscle cars in this thing. The confused look on their face was priceless.

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I ran it that way for a few years and got tired of climbing in and out as well as the ride with a 6 inch lift and 12 ply 35s. When it was time for tires, I went with 305/40R22 on 22x9 wheels with a 3/5 drop kit. It rode good, handled good and as an added bonus I picked up over 6mpg on the highway. Yes, it is the same truck.

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It had 120k miles on it and I really liked some of the features on the Gen 14s so I traded it in. I plan to keep the ride height where it is now with the blocks removed. I haven't decided completely on a wheel and tire combo yet, but I am leaning toward an All Terrain NON-LT tire.

I will try to keep this thread updated so that you all can follow along on what any financial advisor would call a tragedy, lol.
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Following for financial advice.
 
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Livernois tune is installed. I also got the CVF titan intercooler and turbosmart veeport BOV installed. I am running the e30 tune. It's a big difference over stock. That said, I think Livernois is a little conservative on their tune. Hopefully I can do some data logging and get it turned up some more. The shifting is much milder than my OZ tuned 5.0 was in sport mode. Not necessarily bad, but less aggressive. All in all truck runs good, but I think there is more to be had. Best I have seen so far on the Dragy. This was in sport mode, 4WD, with advance trac off. Judging by numbers I have seen on 21-22 trucks tuned by 5 Star and MPT I believe I am 3-4 tenths slow and I think most of that is early in the run.
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Did some paint work yesterday. I never did like the factory XLT grill and the fender badges had room for improvement as well.

We body matched the grill with some race red accents. I also took the badge apart while I had it off and painted it race red and black.
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On the fender badges I took them apart. I paint matched the outer part and made the mesh inner part race red. I also installed the Ikonic flag badges while I was at it.
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I have a set of 22x10 Forgestar X14s sitting in the garage. I have to get around to ordering tires and those will be going on.
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Planning on some 305/45R22 (roughly 33x12) Toyo Open Country AT3s.

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I haven't updated in a bit. I got my Forgestars and Toyos installed. I think they turned out pretty good. I ordered a Cervini 3" cowl hood during some of the Christmas sales, but it doesn't ship until the 17th.

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I haven't updated in a bit. I got my Forgestars and Toyos installed. I think they turned out pretty good. I ordered a Cervini 3" cowl hood during some of the Christmas sales, but it doesn't ship until the 17th.

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Stunning photos, Brandon. Glad to see you are enjoying your F-150. Thanks for sharing with the Ford community!
 

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Awesome build!!!
 

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the new wheels are eye catching
 

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Those wheels go well with your avalanche color, some days I wish I went with this color. Good luck with the build
 
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the new wheels are eye catching
Those wheels go well with your avalanche color, some days I wish I went with this color. Good luck with the build
I was back and forth between these and the Anthracite (dark grey) of the same model wheel. I am glad I chose these. I think the bronze goes well.
 

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3/5 drop kit. It rode good, handled good and as an added bonus I picked up over 6mpg on the highway. Yes, it is the same truck.
How did you uncut the cross member when you removed the 6 inch lift?
 
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How did you uncut the cross member when you removed the 6 inch lift?
I actually had thrown out the old piece, but found a guy selling his crossmember that still had that flange attached to it. I bought it and had a buddy of mine with more skill than me weld it back in place.
 
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I added a current mod list to the top of the first post.

Also I have some news on the performance front. I am pretty certain I am the first 2023 Ecoboost to be tuned with HP Tuners. If you go to their site, they still do not officially support the 2023. I want to give props to Adam at ZFG for going down the road of "let's experiment" with me.

I was not happy with the "cookie cutter" tune I got from Livernois. Don't get me wrong, it worked perfectly fine, and I didn't have any issues because of it. That said, the first time I sent in a datalog and called and asked for some changes, they told me "We have an F-150 on the dyno now, and are working on the next revision." I replied, that I wasn't looking for the next revision, I was looking to make some adjustments to my truck. They simply said to watch the portal for an update. There are custom tunes and then there are aftermarket tunes. Livernois is an aftermarket tune. They build a one size fits all tune that they are happy with and expect everyone else to be happy with it too. That probably works for most customers. I am not most customers though.

We are on revision 01 and I can already tell this is more to my liking than Livernois. Once the snow clears and I can get more logs, we will be refining it further.
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