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Swapping a 2018 gen2 3.5tt into a 2012 f150
« on: September 07, 2021, 09:48:29 AM »
I know it has been done, and i know that there is a fella that did a write up on doing this swap.

I am reaching out hoping one of you can point me into the direction of that post, and or fill me in on the biggest issues that i will run into going this route.

-I would think 1st and foremost is using the 2nd gens pcm and getting it to communicate with the older truck.

- then is it possible to keep the 6 speed( i actually like the trans)
Or does that in it self need to be swapped , then you get into driveline changes and such.

- motor mounts( same different/line-up,  or need adapters,

- intercooler/and  piping, bov would need to be swapped,

- not sure what differences are made between the hose connections to the rad

-also thw vac pump is a different  set up

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Currently
2012 f150 platinum screw 4x4
Sct x4
Unleashed Tuning
E70
Variety of dry filters ( aem, k&n, sprectre )
170 stat
M-12405-35t plugs gapped @ .026
Xdi35 hpfp
Dw400lpfp
Snow 2.5 meth kit with the vc-50 controller 80/20 with m1 -625ml/min
Innovate ethanol sensor /gauge
Spd adapters
Spd catted down pipes
Mbrp mid side exit cat back
Powerstop rotors and pads @4 corners
Icon coilovers up front 2.5" up
Bilstien 5160s rear 1.5 up
33x12.5 kenda klever r/ts
20x10 -25 offset toxic wheels
3m volcanic flare / brushed metallic black wrap

Some others things i can't recall


@ 154k miles

I've built this ol' gal up with these chewed up claws of mine over the last 2 years, and as any gearhead would, i have loved ever min. of it.

Gotta get it back up and running asap, considering this is my mobile work station for my graphics co.

Bottom line, is i am trying to determine if it makes more sense to just get a reman2012  and new injectors. ( turbos this spring )
Or, pick up a complete 2018 gen2 and have something unique and a better starting point for building power.


All postive input is greatly appreciated,
I've been in the auto world for the better part of 25yrs.
Not a skill set issue, currently just lacking the approach and the bits and pieces its easy to over look.
« Last Edit: September 07, 2021, 09:52:14 AM by Stickerslapper2po »
2012 platinum f150 4x4 3.55 eloc|33x12.5r20/-25
Sctx-4 5* 87-93 tunes|Unl. 93/e30 tunes
Dw400 lpfp / aem filter /modified airbox
Icon 2.5 coilovers front/bilstein 5160s rear.

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Re: Swapping a 2018 gen2 3.5tt into a 2012 f150
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2021, 05:30:22 PM »
I would stick with a 2012 motor since you are not hauling etc.

Side by side if you could race your 2 truck builds. Would all the extra work done to convert to a 2018 motor be worth it for a few truck lengths on a drag strip per say ? It sounds like a lot of work.

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Re: Swapping a 2018 gen2 3.5tt into a 2012 f150
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2021, 10:50:26 AM »
Sorta ,
But even tho I do like tonrun this thing hard,
The 2nd gen motors have a lot more going for them than the 1st gen.
Dual fueling , larger turbos,  better head flow, and a hand full of others that  I cant think of at the moment.


But on the other hand you arent wrong either,
If my heads arent toast, then a built rmb short block might be the best route and I'll stick to direct port meth for extra fuel.
2012 platinum f150 4x4 3.55 eloc|33x12.5r20/-25
Sctx-4 5* 87-93 tunes|Unl. 93/e30 tunes
Dw400 lpfp / aem filter /modified airbox
Icon 2.5 coilovers front/bilstein 5160s rear.

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Re: Swapping a 2018 gen2 3.5tt into a 2012 f150
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2021, 12:31:29 PM »
Sounds like an awesome project! Keep us posted on your progress!!
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