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Old 08-10-2011, 05:21 PM   #1
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Performance chips in F-150

I have a 2009 F-150 and would like to increase the power. Has anyone any experience with the use of "Performance Chips" to increase HP and torque?
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:17 PM   #2
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Get an 11 ecoboost. Great power and great fuel economy.
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:52 PM   #3
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With the vehicles of today, you don't change the chip, you buy a programmer. I don't have a Ford, but did buy a programmer for a GMC, an '07 5.3 liter, and couldn't really tell the difference. However, I was able to tell the difference when I changed the rear end gears from 3.73 to 4.10:1.

Quite a bit more towing power, and actually got a little better fuel mileage. I did need the programmer to calibrate the speedometer.
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:35 PM   #4
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Can't discuss programming computer on your truck, but I did this on my car using an XCal 3 from SCT. Provided very noticeable power increase AND about a 10% increase in fuel economy. Also allowed me to increase the idle speed a bit to smooth out the vibration with the A/C on (4 cylinder engine). the XCal 3 has programs for many Ford vehicles and costs about $400.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:09 PM   #5
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I have a power programmer for my F-150...i like the shift point adjustment...but must agree with some others.: gas mileage got worse and except for the higher rpm shift and sweet exhaust notes singing no noticeable improvement. Changing axle ratios is a better bet, but mines a 4x4 and i'm not regearing both.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:55 AM   #6
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My wife has a 2007 Lincoln LT, just a fancy F-150, with the 5.4, auto, and 3.73 rear. I bought a Superchip programmer for it after the first 3,000 miles of "break-in", and have used the Superchip in the "high performance" setting ever since. I also added the "drop-in" K&N air filter and did a duel exhaust Magnaflow on it. The Superchip at the performance level is amazing and she still gets 15 in town and almost 19 on the highway at 75-80. The programmer says I should use 91 octane but I get by with 88-89 no problem. She has 38,xxx miles on it and it shifts and runs really good.

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