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Has anyone done performance tuning to a 2013 3.5 non-EcoBoost?

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by 2013LTD, February 28, 2013.

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    1. Sgt1411

      Sgt1411 Elite Explorer

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      I did not do any tuning on 3.5L N/A Limited, decided to get EcoBoost Sport.

      Im pretty sure digital speedo is Interceptor only, I haven't found it on Sport
       
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      In my mind the engines dont compare at all, EcoBoost is way more powerful and fun to drive. Especially the way the torque is produced at your most usable RPM.

      Its not just the EcoBoost engine that sold me, its the SPORT package.

      Different EPAS Sport tuning
      Different Sport Suspension tuning, 20mm lower, 37% stiffer
      Different brakes, WAY better brakes.

      Paddle shifters are fun to use but being honest, the novelty wears off.

      It comes down to Limited luxury features vs Sport performance features, which ones can you live with or without?

      I miss heated steering wheel, rain sense wipers, HIDs, Lane Keep, Powerfold 2/3rd row seats, but not enough to override the performance features.
       
    4. Alan in AZ

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      Thanks great response - just what I was looking for.

      I would miss the HID, Powerfold & lane keep - wipers I can live without (They seem a bit random anyway!).

      I'd really like a Limited with the better engine/transmission/brakes. I don't really want lower.

      Maybe eventually (for replacement time) they will offer something closer

      One other question... what have you seen on fuel efficiency between these?

      Alan
       
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      Alan

      I haven't finished the first tank of gas yet. LOL!

      To be completely honest this is my first EcoBoost Twin Turbo and the power is so much fun to drive its hard to drive economically.

      As I mature as a EcoBoost owner and begin to drive more responsibly I will do a fair comparison.

      But just anecdotally by watching the fuel GUI I think its not much different, Im wondering if my 2013 was leaking a bit of gas under pressure and I never smelled it. The 2013 never got the Fuel module recall done so that may have effected it.

      Definitely love the SPORT, I look forward to going driving.

      I should be driving to Goodyear AZ soon so I will have a better highway comparison.
       
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      Spot on!

      I test drove the sport before we bought one... Rented many explorers, still do. I like the Sport better!

      The sport is what Ford should have built all along... Going from Sport other exs seem "week"...
       
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      Some of us like the week(weak). Maybe Ford should bring back the Windstar in a Sport version-- who knows, a mini van on steroids.
       
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      Guess I didn't catch spell check checking that! Weak!

      But that is why we have choices!
       
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      Sorta like Missouri or Missoura
       
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      Reviving an old thread!!! I'm the owner of a 2013 Limited and am interested in an intake, a tune down the road. Today I removed the snorkel from the air box and went for a drive. To my surprise, it sounded very good. I'm not sure if there is any performance improvement, but I can't see why not. Which raises the question in my mind, why pay $300 on a new intake if one could simply remove the snorkel tube and drop in a K&N filter? Its too bad the snorkel tube is restricted like it is, it actually does hook up to replicate a ram air intake affect...What do you all think?
      I've also been looking at tunes, and I think I'd like to go the route of a remote tune to save some money. Are there any recommendations out there? Thanks
       
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      Welcome to the Forum Andy.:wave:
      The "snorkel" I'm guessing you refer to is bringing in the cold air. Without it you are just drawing in warm/hot air which is not what you want. That is why the intakes are referred to as Cold Air Intakes (CAI). That is another reason you want to stay away from aftermarket intakes with metal tubes/snorkles because they heat up.

      Peter
       

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