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Kyle
04-25-2013, 10:21 PM
Has anyone put an aftermarket programmer or chipped the 5.4L.


I'm considering doing my KR but don't know what brand is the best. Will I feel a good butt dyno or not? Will my gas mileage go from 14 to something better.

I have cleaned the throttle body, installed a K&N filter element (not cold air) and thats it. I want to change the plugs in the near future. 94k miles.


Thanks

Kyle
04-25-2013, 10:22 PM
Oh and I want one that I can read and clear codes.

prostar205
04-25-2013, 10:29 PM
I had (get to that in a minute) the SuperChips Microturner in my 1999 Expedition with the 5.4L engine. It worked really good for what it is. It also read and cleared codes. I didn't everything possible in aftermarket add-ons to that engine:

- Western Motorsports Cold Air Intake
- K & N Filter
- SuperChips Microtuner
- BBK Underdrive Pulleys
- Dual 16" Electric Fans

Now, the engine is in the process of being removed and replaced with a 450hp Ford Lightning crate engine with a polished and ported Eaton Supercharger. Therefore, I no longer need the Microtuner.

Good luck - they are good for the money and I did notice a change in performance when I had it programmed. However, you'll have to use superunleaded gas once you install the program. Finally, remember to put everything back to stock when you take it to the dealer for service or they will flash the OEM stock program right over your Microtuner and you'll never get it back.

Kyle
04-25-2013, 10:39 PM
I think the super chips has a 87 and 91 octane setting.


Do I still have to run 93 in either prigram

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
04-25-2013, 10:52 PM
Be careful changing the plugs, they can get stuck with carbon on the electrode and break at the porcelain. I changed mine at 60k to curb this. I think they changed design in 2007 so you should be ok, but if they start to squeak while removing stop and soak it down with carb cleaner so it wicks down to soften the carbon, give them a good soaking for awhile then carefully remove them. They also take a special 14 mm (9/16)socket a standard 14 mm will not work. Apply some nickle anti seize to threads and where the threads and the electrode tip meet, if they do break matco has a special removal tool so the heads don't have to come off. I did a salesman truck awhile back and every f*! ing plug broke even after soaking. An hour job turned into 4 hrs of *€... My local Ford dealer charges $450 labor plus plugs and an extra $100 for every broken one...

socket http://www.matcotools.com/catalog/product/BDM186/9-16-DEEP-MAGN-SPK-PLUG-SOCK/

broken plug remover http://www.matcotools.com/catalog/product/BPR65/FORD-BROKEN-PLUG-REMOVER/?source=igodigital

I'm sure you can find the equivalent online somewhere

Kyle
04-25-2013, 11:00 PM
Well geese I guess I'll shop for a tool now.

James, do you have a recommendation on the tuner.

Diablo, superchips, etc

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
04-25-2013, 11:09 PM
If your going to leave truck mostly stock, I'd go with the edge evolution, otherwise if your doing cat back and cai I'd go diablo sport. Just about every programmer out there will do engine trouble codes and adjust speedometer for tire changes.

Kyle
04-25-2013, 11:49 PM
I've had superchips before.

Don't they all do the same?

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
04-25-2013, 11:58 PM
Just passing on what some of my ford buddies say, edge for stockers and diablo for modified, I personally have not programmed my Lariat 5.4L 4x4, although I do have a Magna flow cat back and SLP black wing CAI, I get about 12mpg no matter towing or not.

Kyle
04-26-2013, 12:04 AM
Just passing on what some of my ford buddies say, edge for stockers and diablo for modified, I personally have not programmed my Lariat 5.4L 4x4, although I do have a Magna flow cat back and SLP black wing CAI, I get about 12mpg no matter towing or not.

I'm not opposed to the other upgrades.

Just scared that loud pipes on a king ranch would be ghey.

I'm also not opposed to a CAI


I'm just worried that if I drop 1k in upgrades that I would be disappointed.

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
04-26-2013, 12:09 AM
I'm not opposed to the other upgrades.

Just scared that loud pipes on a king ranch would be ghey.

I'm also not opposed to a CAI


I'm just worried that if I drop 1k in upgrades that I would be disappointed.

my magnaflow is not loud, nice deep tone under accel and almost stock quiet at idle (not flowmaster sounding), but overall I think you would be disappointed in the performance level or rather non performance for 1k bucks. best to save another 4k to the first thou and put a supercharger on it. I actually lost about 2mpg when I put this stuff on my truck, I mean honesty if everything goes as advertised its at best 50 hp you won't feel that in your seat dyno, other than maybe crisper throttle response.

Kyle
04-26-2013, 12:58 AM
my magnaflow is not loud, nice deep tone under accel and almost stock quiet at idle (not flowmaster sounding), but overall I think you would be disappointed in the performance level or rather non performance for 1k bucks. best to save another 4k to the first thou and put a supercharger on it. I actually lost about 2mpg when I put this stuff on my truck, I mean honesty if everything goes as advertised its at best 50 hp you won't feel that in your seat dyno, other than maybe crisper throttle response.

Thanks James.

I kinda figured the seat dyno would be pathetic.

prostar205
04-26-2013, 01:00 AM
Agree with the comments regarding the $1K spend. You won't feel much of anything but a better throttle response and quicker, firmer shift points.

I sold my motor for $650 on Craigslist and will be installing the supercharged Lightning crate engine next week.

GoneBoatN
04-26-2013, 01:23 AM
Has anyone put an aftermarket programmer or chipped the 5.4L.


I'm considering doing my KR but don't know what brand is the best. Will I feel a good butt dyno or not? Will my gas mileage go from 14 to something better.

I have cleaned the throttle body, installed a K&N filter element (not cold air) and thats it. I want to change the plugs in the near future. 94k miles.


Thanks

I changed my plugs in my 5.4L at 83K and when I seen them it could have stood being done earlier. Just my experience.

GoneBoatN
04-26-2013, 01:30 AM
Be careful changing the plugs, they can get stuck with carbon on the electrode and break at the porcelain. I changed mine at 60k to curb this. I think they changed design in 2007 so you should be ok, but if they start to squeak while removing stop and soak it down with carb cleaner so it wicks down to soften the carbon, give them a good soaking for awhile then carefully remove them. They also take a special 14 mm (9/16)socket a standard 14 mm will not work. Apply some nickle anti seize to threads and where the threads and the electrode tip meet, if they do break matco has a special removal tool so the heads don't have to come off. I did a salesman truck awhile back and every f*! ing plug broke even after soaking. An hour job turned into 4 hrs of *... My local Ford dealer charges $450 labor plus plugs and an extra $100 for every broken one...

socket http://www.matcotools.com/catalog/product/BDM186/9-16-DEEP-MAGN-SPK-PLUG-SOCK/

broken plug remover http://www.matcotools.com/catalog/product/BPR65/FORD-BROKEN-PLUG-REMOVER/?source=igodigital

I'm sure you can find the equivalent online somewhere

Interesting method to remove the plugs - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIQevez-DG0

GoneBoatN
04-26-2013, 01:38 AM
Champion plugs over Motorcraft - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoSh9O3XOho

tommcat
04-26-2013, 01:59 PM
there really arent any large gains to be had with that engine, but if you are going to go with a tuner i prefer the superchips tuners. the new one that uses your android phone is pretty nice, i've installed a few of them now and also have one in my ecoboost F150.
as far as the spark plugs, you should have done those at 60k miles with the 5.4 3 valve. you are most likely going to break at least one on removal. we rarely do them at that mileage without breaking a few.
and use the ford spark plugs, we change them all the time after a customer put in aftermarket plugs and caused all kinds of running issues. the new ford plugs are strengthened as well so they shouldnt break in the future