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General Information / Re: 3.5eco transverse prone to water pump failures?
« Last post by ZSHO on February 16, 2019, 05:13:12 AM »

Man if you crack 400 awhp tune only that will be epic!  Since you're swapping out thr t stat why not upgrade it

We will see.  She went 391/470 last time.  Honestly IMO there is zero gain from a lower T-stat. We can go round and round, but operating temp is operating temp.  In 118 degree heat, it does not matter. The T-stat is at mercy of how efficient the actual cooling system is. I laugh inside when people say put a lower T-stat in, and even when tuners recommend a lower t-stat.  Here is a good read about this...

Since your in AZ I would @ least try to lower the Coolant ratio down to 40/60 Coolant or lower especially if categorized under Extreme Hot climate. Z

How To Articles / Re: Radar rear view mirror Tap!
« Last post by ZSHO on February 16, 2019, 05:01:17 AM »
Glad this thread was of some assistance and straight to the point. Lol.  Z   :D
Recalls, TSBs, SSMs and Investigations / Re: Ford F150
« Last post by SHOdded on February 15, 2019, 10:58:45 PM »
February 11, 2019 NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V075000
Unexpected Transmission Downshift

Unexpectedly downshifting into first gear may result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V075000
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Components POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected 1,263,051


Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2011-2013 F-150 vehicles equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The transmission may unexpectedly downshift into first gear, regardless of vehicle speed.


Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 4, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S07.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

3 Affected Products
FORD    F-150    2011-2013
Gearhead Automotive Performance / Re: Gearhead Intercooler Review
« Last post by TopherSho on February 15, 2019, 07:18:00 PM »
I was finally able to get a decent datalog on the new IC.. here are two multigear pulls...one before the intercooler and one after the intercooler. Ambient outside was the same temps for both, notice that the starting temps are the same, so its about as close as you can get to similar environmental variables. 

The IC itself it very stout with no plastic parts and is a very solid piece of work. Install is not horrid if you plan for a few hours and take your time. Not gonna go over it as it has been video taped (yea I know... ) and documented...

With the stock intercooler driving in traffic I would normally see 140F at the intake manifold while sitting in stop and go. Once it heatsoaked it would take a long time of constant driving to get the temps to stay down, otherwise it would creep up to 140+F.. nothing new here, we have all experienced this..

With the new intercooler I took my car to work today, and when you live in NoVA, its a hellish commute. I have to say, the highest I saw the intake temps were 131F during my drive to work and home from work. This included sitting in traffic(a lot). When I was able to get up to the speed limit the intercooler was able to keep the air under 100F and I was unable to get it to heat soak as it recovers extremely fast. Additionally I have not noticed any lag in the turbos with the extra volume, and part throttle is just as stout if not more so than before. 

On my way home I was able to get a datalog on the highway during a stretch of open road, and it just pulls hard, temps dropped and stayed low. The temps were still dropping when I pulled out of it, which is a huge change! Usually during a pull the temps drop a bit but then start to sky rocket. The datalogs I posted show this. This is also typical at the track as well which kills your times as you pull spark (and boost with GH) when the temperatures climb. Looking at my datalogs from today, due to the temperatures staying below 100F I was hitting full load up to redline which was 1.78! The butt dyno for sure is telling me that there is significant gains with this new addition.

Sunday night after the installation I took the car out and hammered on it for awhile just to see if I can get the IC to heat soak and test recovery. After hammering on it, I parked it for 30-34 minutes, then started it back up. IATs were in the 140+F range as you would expect. Normally with the stock intercooler it takes FOREVER to get those temps to drop, and then you hammer it, and your right back to heat soaked. A slow drive around the block, hit up the highway, blast it, and temps were back under 80F. I proceeded to hammer on it some more but with how well this IC recovers, I was unable to heat soak it while driving.

Being as my 2010 had meth, I was considering adding meth to my 2016 to assist with keeping the temps in check. I would say with this IC upgrade, meth is not on the table for me personally. The real world data I am pulling shows a SIGNIFICANT improvement in IATs which is huge being as these cars traditionally heat soak TERRIBLY. Until now, our only recourse has been to add methanol injection. I loved me my meth, but there is maintenance overhead along with the concern of running out of meth on a drive.

Ultimately getting good data from a couple track runs will be very beneficial to post, but based on street driving, the IC is worth every penny. Excited for track season and seeing what it can do with hot lapping. If you are looking for build out your SHO, I would say this is on the list of must haves. Tune, 3BAR, upgraded HPFP, and the upgraded GH intercooler are a deadly combination.

Bravo GH!

Keep those logs handy :) I am VERY curious about how effective it will be in august at any drags you attend.  Thats what will convince me :)

Why wait? The data is overwhelming in the fact it helps. Let me throw up a screen shot of a meth injection IAT trend against the GH intercooler IAT trend... extremely similar... people were seeing several tenths off their 1/4 mile just in the cooling properties of meth... not even taking advantage of the additional octane.

Just do it...


You read that sm105k? You tickled his emotion chip... lmao...

He most certainly did.....

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SHO and MKS / Re: Friend looking at 2013 SHO
« Last post by ZSHO on February 15, 2019, 02:24:58 PM »

MDesign Performance - ON PROBATION - BUYER BEWARE!!! / Re: Delivery feedback.
« Last post by Sabtaj1 on February 15, 2019, 01:14:10 PM »
Well they never responded to PayPal so I was issued a refund for my purchase.  So thatís a plus
Recalls, TSBs, SSMs and Investigations / Re: Lincoln Continental
« Last post by ZSHO on February 15, 2019, 09:43:52 AM »
Lincoln Continental recall ordered to fix door latches that may fail to engage. Z

FEBRUARY 13, 2019 ó A Lincoln Continental door latch recall has been ordered for more than 28,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada.

The 2017-2019 Continentals may have door latch motors that suffer from contamination from silicon, resulting in latches that don't fully engage.

Ford says there haven't been any reports of crashes or injuries, but a door unintentionally opening while driving is a good possibility.

The recalled Lincoln Continental cars were built between November 30, 2015, and November 14, 2018, with the majority (27,000) located in the U.S. and the remaining 1,200 cars recalled in Canada.

Lincoln dealers will replace the door latch assemblies on all four doors of the Continentals, but the automaker didn't announce when recall notices will be mailed.

Drivers concerned about their doors flying open should call 800-521-4140 and ask about recall number 19S03

How To Articles / Re: tial wastegate for charge piping
« Last post by Brewineer on February 14, 2019, 07:09:53 PM »
I read that the reason why wastegates leak around the valve stem in the valve guide was to cool the valve stem, and this was normal, even with high end wastegates.

I suspect it has more to do with the tolerances required to machine the valve guide & stem smooth & tight enough to make an air tight seal.

Do those of you with high end wastgates, e.g. Tial, not have any significant leaks around the valve guide?

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