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Hey folks, I'm wrapping up the install on my 23' XLT (build thread) and wanted to post a few pics and notes on the kit & install process. The base @beefcake kit with options included the following:

Core Beefcake Kit
- V3 SI based tuner kit from Vortech
- ID 1050x Injectors
- VMP Pump Voltage Booster w/ PNP Wiring Harness
- SCT X4
- Tuning: Opted for 5 Star (Josh @ 5 Star tuned Beefcake's 22' Vortech F150)

Selected Kit Options
- Satin Finish
- Maxflow BOV
- Brisk XER10S Plugs (Not needed yet but grabbed them so I have them down the road)

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- Green Filter (drop-in replacement)
- 3.5 EcoBoost Map Sensor (more on that below)

I called Terry a few days before X-Mas to inquire about the kit. After talking for quite some time I placed my order. I had everything with the exception of the satin Vortech kit itself within a week. I received the Vortech kit about 2.5 weeks later directly from Vortech.

All parts were bagged, tagged with hand-written QC checks & sign-off. The Vortech parts were bagged by category which correlate to phases of the installation for the most part which helped tremendously. Everything coming from Beefcake racing directly was packaged with great care and as mentioned, arrived lighting fast. The powder coating is flawless. The brackets, tubing and head unit are all beautiful. Nothing felt cheap or rushed. The instructions for the install (link) were very straight forward. I re-read them a number of times. We were just winding down from the holidays with a bit of travel so I couldn't immediately jump on the installation.

There are a few steps which require augmenting OEM parts like the coolant hose assembly and adding a check valve to the crank case breathing hose. I mention this because I'm pretty sure I spent more time working on the part enhancements than actually installing the piping, brackets, intercooler and blower head unit. It was a quick install when I compare it to previous F/I systems I've had, less complex too but that may be due to having so much space to work around. Man these trucks are a pleasure to wrench on. We have an R35 GTR (alpha 8) and a big turbo MK7 Golf R. They are both bonkers but a PITA to work on given how cramped everything is.

I'll be picking up a 3.5 EcoB MAP sensor for an optimized tune that Josh @ Stage 5 wrote in addition to the OEM tune. Rather than apply the OEM MAP tune I'm just going to wait another day and get the EcoB MAP sensor on to take full advantage of the kit, injectors and pump booster. I can't wait to fire it up.

Terry at Beefcake made the entire process a joy. We have little ones with pretty active schedules so it just so happened that questions I had typically popped up on the weekend during the windows I could work on it. We texted back and forth and every time I'd call he answers with the exception of once, he then called back literally 15 seconds later an apologize for missing my call. His whole team rocks. Vortech ended up sending me a wrong part. I called Vortech and was told I needed to work through Beefcake. No big deal so I call Terry and he said he's on it. Bang, like 20 minutes later and I get a 2 day air tracking number with the part coming directly from Vortech. Anyhow, the kit is great and all that but especially these days, it's harder and harder to find folks like Terry and his crew. I can't recommend them enough.

Ok onto some pics:

Packaging was very organized:

Ford F-150 Vortech V3-SI Beefcake Supercharger Kit Installed on 2023 F150 XLT vortech-f150-kit

Ford F-150 Vortech V3-SI Beefcake Supercharger Kit Installed on 2023 F150 XLT vortech-v3si-intercooler



The included intercooler is a beast. They brand it but it has Fluidyne badging on the end caps, very nice.

Ford F-150 Vortech V3-SI Beefcake Supercharger Kit Installed on 2023 F150 XLT intercooler-progress

Ford F-150 Vortech V3-SI Beefcake Supercharger Kit Installed on 2023 F150 XLT intercooler-before-hood



The FPDM unit with the adapter. This mounted nicely under the rear seat. It's grounded on one of the seat bolts (bored out ground terminal to fit) with the wiring running through a plastic pop-out panel on the floorboard under the carpet. I used a dremel to cut an access hole. There is a tab that needs to be shaved on the FPDM for the adapter harness. This would have been a PITA if I didn't have a dremel. I was able to leave the FPDM in place and just come from behind with my dremel while laying there in front of it.

Ford F-150 Vortech V3-SI Beefcake Supercharger Kit Installed on 2023 F150 XLT VMP-voltage-booster

Ford F-150 Vortech V3-SI Beefcake Supercharger Kit Installed on 2023 F150 XLT FPDM



Bracketry and head unit installed. Everything is very stout, nothing feels like it will rattle loose or easily be compromised. Although Vortech says the kit is compatible with most CAI kits, I opted for a green filter drop-in.

3rd pic down is the breather post modification per the Vortech instructions. This is the line that will have the step-less crimp clamps.


Ford F-150 Vortech V3-SI Beefcake Supercharger Kit Installed on 2023 F150 XLT v3si-mounted

Ford F-150 Vortech V3-SI Beefcake Supercharger Kit Installed on 2023 F150 XLT v3si-bracket

Ford F-150 Vortech V3-SI Beefcake Supercharger Kit Installed on 2023 F150 XLT IMG_1748

Ford F-150 Vortech V3-SI Beefcake Supercharger Kit Installed on 2023 F150 XLT air-intake-green-filter

Ford F-150 Vortech V3-SI Beefcake Supercharger Kit Installed on 2023 F150 XLT f150-front-intercooler-done


I'll update the post after I get the EB Map sensor on and its tune. I'm hoping tomorrow. We have a dyno shop locally so after a few hundred miles I'm going to get on their schedule and see what its putting down.

- UPDATE -

Got the EB map sensor on and the tune applied and she fired right up! No errors or roughness in the idle. Going to take it out for an initial drive after dinner.

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great post
 

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Why does your 3.5 EcoBoost appear to have a 5.0 V8 intake manifold on it and 4 spark plug coils per side? :oops:
Check out his other threads; it is indeed a 5.0 Coyote truck. It also has the block off plate below the grille that is open for the EB trucks.

My guess is that with the cognitive load of tearing his truck apart and with the 3.5 EB MAP sensor on the brain; he mislabeled the thread title.

It would truly be a trip if he were installing a centrifugal supercharger on a 3.5 EB!
 

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I'll be picking up a 3.5 EcoB MAP sensor for an optimized tune that Josh @ Stage 5 wrote in addition to the OEM tune. Rather than apply the OEM MAP tune I'm just going to wait another day and get the EcoB MAP sensor on to take full advantage of the kit, injectors and pump booster. I can't wait to fire it up.
I'm thinking (stand clear--danger zone) that the 3.5 MAP sensor is used due to it being able to read / process boost, but I could be wrong....🤷‍♂️
 

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Why does your 3.5 EcoBoost appear to have a 5.0 V8 intake manifold on it and 4 spark plug coils per side?
It's one of d'em d'ar new fangled 5.0 to 3.5 EB conversion kits :giggle:
 
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Wow, no explanation, just excitement nerves and plain idiocy. I almost want to leave it due to how absurd it sounds hahahha. I had just talked to Terry about the 3.5 EB sensor.
 

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Great write up! Congratulations on the install! Looks nice and clean! After tearing things apart it's very gratifying when it finally starts!
 
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Why does your 3.5 EcoBoost appear to have a 5.0 V8 intake manifold on it and 4 spark plug coils per side? :oops:
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Haha, I for sure would call me out too even if I only had 2% battery left hahaha.
 

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Haha no worries, I figured it was exhaustion :ROFLMAO:. I actually like this setup since it appears to allow you to keep the stock intake manifold, nice write up.
 

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I actually like this setup since it appears to allow you to keep the stock intake manifold
I gotta say having the Whipple IC cores (full of coolant) hanging over the intake is a bit concerning... I try not to think about it ;)
 

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How long did it take you to do the install? Any special tools? Tricks and tips for others considering the kit?
 

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Why does your 3.5 EcoBoost appear to have a 5.0 V8 intake manifold on it and 4 spark plug coils per side? :oops:
I spotted that the lower intake was blocked off 5.0 style. Both EB's have that open to feed the intercooler.

Could the Moderators change the thread title so it actually reflects what is happening here?
 
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How long did it take you to do the install? Any special tools? Tricks and tips for others considering the kit?
I'd say 5 to 6 hours dedicated but I took my time on the provisioning and modifications of the existing OEM parts. The only tips I can think of would be:

Grab a baby 1/4" ratchet. These help a ton with clamps and such. Make sure to grab a pair of step-less clamp crimpers. There are only a handful of step-less clamps that need to be crimped and its easy but I couldn't imagine trying to do it with anything other than a crimping tool. They are cheap, like $20 and you'll be glad you have them when needed.

The dremel really helped turn the FPDM tab shaving into a 20 second task verse having to pull it down and shave it off with a razor. The bolts are blind access and one of them has a grounding strap on it, I could feel it but they are impossible to see so its either finagle with that to get the unit down for shaving or as mentioned in the post, just lay in front of it and bring the dremel up from behind. I regret not taking a shot while holding the dremel up there but once underneath it becomes pretty clear.

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Could the Moderators change the thread title so it actually reflects what is happening here?
I updated it about an hour ago, I'm seeing the correct title now but are you still seeing "3.5 Ecoboost" in the title? Here is what I see:

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