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Title: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 28, 2015, 11:43:02 PM
I had hoped to have at least 50 pictures and 5 threads of the new truck posted up by now, but life happened. :uugly:

I haven't even properly washed it yet as I have been on the road for the last two weeks. When I returned, my level kit was waiting patiently for me, so I decided to get in done yesterday after work. pretty straight-forward job with no surprises. I ended up doing a 2" level on the front and leaving the rear stock. I have blocks that would raise the rear 1.5" from where it sits now, but I figure that would give it too much rake for my liking. I'll have to set up an appointment to get it re-aligned as I am sure it needs it.

Before and after the level in the same spot (although, it isn't level ground).
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150427_170145_zpsktf0ilum.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150427_170145_zpsktf0ilum.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150427_201140_zpssfrnnq7g.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150427_201140_zpssfrnnq7g.jpg.html)

Here is an after on more level ground
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150427_201627_zpslp6esvf4.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150427_201627_zpslp6esvf4.jpg.html)

Once it was bounced over a few speed bumps, the front has seemed to settle down about a 1/4" since the pics.

Tomorrow I hope to get the door sills polished out and then hit with sealant or maybe Opti-Coat 2.0 so I can get the 3M done this weekend.

Short term plans
 - Plasti-dip the F150 emblems flat black
 - Remove the Ecoboost Emblems and install a 2015 one on the tailgate (on order)
 - Remove the Fx4 decals from the box
 - Spray rear wheel wells with box liner, I don't like them being blue
 - Complete detail with polish and protection
 - Tonneau cover
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: gipraw on April 29, 2015, 07:31:25 AM
what cover are you looking at?  I need to grab one for my truck, and can't decide what I want to do.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 29, 2015, 10:17:32 AM
what cover are you looking at?  I need to grab one for my truck, and can't decide what I want to do.

The 2010 had a Access roll up cover which I thought was pretty good and seemed to hold up well to 5 or so years of use. The only thing I noticed was the buckles on top of the cover had faded. I have been told that this has been fixed on the newer covers.

The only other one I was thinking about was the truxedo Lo Pro. A buddy has just got it and said it is nice. I have to see it in person for myself before making any choices.

Because of the access I often need to the box and the preferred look, I will be going with a roll up cover.

I hope to decide on one in the next couple of months.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 29, 2015, 07:50:37 PM
Looks good.   Any wheels and tires in the future?   

I have an access limited edition tonneau or something like that.   I like it.   I was going to get the lower profile one but decided not to and am glad.   While the inch or so in heigh doesn't seem like much,  I've packed my bed to the max on numerous occasions.   

Also,  I hated having painted wheel wells.   My truck looks way better with the plastic liners.

Tapatalkin...

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 29, 2015, 11:57:23 PM
Looks good.   Any wheels and tires in the future?   

I have an access limited edition tonneau or something like that.   I like it.   I was going to get the lower profile one but decided not to and am glad.   While the inch or so in heigh doesn't seem like much,  I've packed my bed to the max on numerous occasions.   

Also,  I hated having painted wheel wells.   My truck looks way better with the plastic liners.

Tapatalkin...

I hope to get wheels and tires sometime in the future, but probably won't be for a while unless there is a steal on Craigslist or something.

I agree that the higher Tonnaeu has it's merits, but haven't decided on which one till I see all in person. I'm leaning toward the Lo-pro ones as I like the look and really don't put a bunch of stuff in the bed anymore. But who knows, the regular ones don't seem to intrude into the bed as much.  :dunno:

Plastic liners may be the way I go too, just started looking into them. Not sure on cost, but a rattle can of box liner is only $7  :uugly:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 30, 2015, 12:10:19 AM
Started another project today. I wanted to get 3M on the bottom of the door sills to help keep them from getting scuffed up. I already managed to scuff up the drivers side while biking last weekend.  :moody:

I picked up a roll of 4" standard 3M Scotchgard clear film. One roll is about enough to do two doors.

Since I scratched up the drivers side, I first polished out the scratches with a orange LCC 4" pad on the PC with M105 (yes 105, not 101). Then it was followed by M205 on a white LCC 4" to get the shine back into it. I wiped it down with iso and then got to work.

I trimmed the piece to fit and rounded off the corners for less chance of peel up. I used a soap solution and sprayed down the film and painted surfaces. Using a vinyl working tool, I worked from the center out after getting it in place and lined up.

It isn't that great of an application as I was unable to get all of the bubbles worked out. I will probably re-do once I get a technique down. I went out and bought the recommended soap and may wax the other side to help allow the solution to be worked out easier and reduce the chance of bubbles.

onto the proof!

Before
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0055_zpsgxtnqkue.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0055_zpsgxtnqkue.jpg.html)

After the 105
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0057_zps7foxqjfw.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0057_zps7foxqjfw.jpg.html)

A scratch that is just too deep
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0059_zpsf99p8k7h.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0059_zpsf99p8k7h.jpg.html)

After 205
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0060_zps4ww9dm5x.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0060_zps4ww9dm5x.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0061_zps7umk4mmf.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0061_zps7umk4mmf.jpg.html)

Trimmed edge
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0062_zpsq4r1jajm.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0062_zpsq4r1jajm.jpg.html)

Edge of vinyl against the paint
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0063_zpswh0tzoao.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0063_zpswh0tzoao.jpg.html)

The lighter colors you see in the pic are just reflections, it actually is very hard to see the edge in person. I had to feel for it to find it easily.

Onto the passenger side tomorrow!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: gipraw on April 30, 2015, 12:39:49 PM
Nice.  Where did you pick up the 3M stuff?


I think I am going to go with a hard cover, since the wife is now driving the truck.   Better security for her, and I can always pull it if I need to haul something. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 30, 2015, 03:57:17 PM
Nice.  Where did you pick up the 3M stuff?


I think I am going to go with a hard cover, since the wife is now driving the truck.   Better security for her, and I can always pull it if I need to haul something.

I picked it up at a local auto parts store. They carry it in their paint shop dept. I get a bit of a price break, so it was cheaper than online. I'll get the 3m part number and post it up. Great stuff that is easy to work with. My cousin was told that a product called "Duraflex" was better, but I haven't looked into it at all.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 04, 2015, 04:50:24 PM
I made some good progress on the Truck over the Weekend. It looks much better now in my opinion (and that's the one that matters...) :uugly:

The main goal was to get the paint all taken care of and protected.

I hit the coin wash to use the high pressure hose to rinse off whatever I could. Next up was a two-bucket with Meg's Gold class. I clayed with optimum clay and ONR @ QD ratio. Lots of fine brown stuff (like rail dust) came off the hood, roof and arches. Not so much came off the doors, bed sides, etc.

The FX4, EcoBoost and dealer decals were removed

There were a couple of spots that needed a bit of remediation. I hit them with M101 on a 4" White LCC pad.

The wheels had some grease marker and some sort of adhesive residue on them. I just used a cheap MF with M105 and it all came right off.

I hit the whole truck with a 6" green Super Buff pad with M205 on the Rupes Bigfoot. It was a light pass, just to ensure the paint was thoroughly cleaned prior to sealant. It also seemed to knock a bit more clarity into the paint overall, I could see a difference.

At the last minute, I decided to hit the F150 emblems with Flexi-Dip (Plastic-Dip's cheap Canadian Cousin). So I taped off, using generous amounts of paper and then hit them with 7-8 coats of the stuff. It seems to work just as well as Plasti-dip, so that's good.

LSP was Menzerna Power Lock. I prefer to apply by hand with a foam applicator. Easy on, easy off. Beautiful slick finish and the metal flake pops nicely in the sun. I did hit all the door jams, tailgate jams, hood jams, pretty much any painted surface.

Wheels were treated with Poor Boys Wheel Sealant.

All the window trim, bed caps, bumper trim was hit with Meguiar's Interior/Exterior Protectant. I really like how it dries and holds up to rain. The fender flares, running boards and mud flaps were hit with HD @ 4:1.

Some pics

I was so excited, that I had to bust out a brand new wash mitt
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150502_112512_zpsxmwgixcm.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150502_112512_zpsxmwgixcm.jpg.html)

Clay after a 2 square Ft. chuck of the hood.
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150502_121830_zpskwrctbxm.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150502_121830_zpskwrctbxm.jpg.html)

Tape job for the Flexi-Dip and product
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150502_160339_zpskjjhhqmv.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150502_160339_zpskjjhhqmv.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150502_160354_zps66uwzfx6.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150502_160354_zps66uwzfx6.jpg.html)

Stuff on the wheels
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150502_165051_zpsvhznwi8i.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150502_165051_zpsvhznwi8i.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150502_165103_zps2bvswkaa.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150502_165103_zps2bvswkaa.jpg.html)

Afters

Solid sun shot
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150503_174050_zpszo26nnfm.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150503_174050_zpszo26nnfm.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150504_130008_zpsnqf5so70.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150504_130008_zpsnqf5so70.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150504_130017_zpskqw1k3zo.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150504_130017_zpskqw1k3zo.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150504_130035_zpsul2kh3cy.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150504_130035_zpsul2kh3cy.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150504_141737_zpsgca1gvdx.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150504_141737_zpsgca1gvdx.jpg.html)

I still plan on using Opti-Coat on the roof, but I'll leave the Power Lock there for now.

Next up is hopefully my custom FX4 and EcoBoost badges show up.

I think I will just spray the Wheel wells for now until I have budget for plastic liners. Bike rack and tonnaeu cover are priority.

If you guys have any suggestions for new-car prep, please let me know. I hope to tackle the underside with fluid film this weekend.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on May 04, 2015, 07:36:07 PM
Nice looking truck - and it keeps looking better and better!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 15, 2015, 03:06:22 PM
A couple of goodies showed up in the mail today

A full interior LED light swap kit and my custom Ecoboost decals.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150515_125917_resized_zpsfoehdi5b.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150515_125917_resized_zpsfoehdi5b.jpg.html)

I am looking for thoughts on the placement of the decals. I was thinking either back in the original location or just one on the tailgate in the bottom right-hand corner.

What do you guys think?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 15, 2015, 05:51:45 PM
I like the decals.   Not sure what I'd do with them though.   Maybe on the side of the bed back by the tail lights.   Up high near the very top.   Near the fx4 sticker but higher.   Was it the Harleys that used to have that?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Rollingrock on May 17, 2015, 01:13:55 PM
Looking good man, those rear wheel wells got some pop!! 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 19, 2015, 12:06:05 AM
Well I decided to put the new decals where the old emblems were. I have another set and may move them, but i like it for now.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150518_144121_zpsqyvotlwu.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150518_144121_zpsqyvotlwu.jpg.html)

Now I just wait for the FX4 decals, should be here in the next couple of days.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Rollingrock on May 19, 2015, 12:23:42 AM
That looks really sharp man.   That paint looks sick in that light

BTW, do you need to update your signature?   LOL




Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 19, 2015, 05:48:59 PM
That looks really sharp man.   That paint looks sick in that light

BTW, do you need to update your signature?   LOL

Good Catch, Sig updated.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 20, 2015, 07:41:03 PM
FX4 decals came in the mail today. I threw them on as soon as I got home. I think it looks much better than the stock decal.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150520_172317_zpsykux14aw.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150520_172317_zpsykux14aw.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150520_172211_zps2atzbw2k.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150520_172211_zps2atzbw2k.jpg.html)

Oh and here are pics of my ding on the front bumper. zero paint damage, thank God!

Before
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150515_215138_zpsjdo2no5g.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150515_215138_zpsjdo2no5g.jpg.html)

After a quick clean-up. I will buy another whole bumper film, but I wanted to keep as much protection as possible until it's installed. So I left this one on.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150515_215910_zpsu7lubnzv.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150515_215910_zpsu7lubnzv.jpg.html)

LED's installed inside. (sorry for such a crappy pic)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/20150515_221808_zpsmmsboa8n.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/20150515_221808_zpsmmsboa8n.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 20, 2015, 07:42:46 PM
Access "Vanish" Tonneau cover also ordered, hopefully it will be here next week.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 20, 2015, 08:20:31 PM
Wait a minute.   What is this damage you speak of.   What the hell happened.   What did I miss?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 20, 2015, 11:30:52 PM
Wait a minute.   What is this damage you speak of.   What the hell happened.   What did I miss?

It's a tight squeeze to back into the garage, I mean really tight. So I was a wee bit tired and just caught the bumper on the door guide rail. It rubbed the 3M film, but no actual paint damage.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on May 21, 2015, 04:23:13 PM
Wait a minute.   What is this damage you speak of.   What the hell happened.   What did I miss?

It's a tight squeeze to back into the garage, I mean really tight. So I was a wee bit tired and just caught the bumper on the door guide rail. It rubbed the 3M film, but no actual paint damage.

Damn you're lucky. If it were me, carnage would have occurred.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 12, 2016, 06:49:31 PM
I figured I would bring this back up instead of starting a new thread.

The truck received a few minor updates last weekend.
 - Blackvue 2ch DR650 Dash cam
 - Recon smoked LED 3rd brake light
 - OEM Raptor wheels and Toyo GSi-3 Winter tires 285/70/17

I have the recon tail lights for it too, but they are used and need to be re-wired and new resistors put in (I got them really cheap).

How she sits now

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0056_zpspmimfege.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0056_zpspmimfege.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0055_zps0x3o9lfo.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0055_zps0x3o9lfo.jpg.html)

The photo is a bit of an illusion, the new tires are only about an inch taller than the stockers
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0029_zpsdd2vawcg.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0029_zpsdd2vawcg.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Obsessive Detail on January 12, 2016, 11:17:53 PM
Great work, this truck is coming out awesome!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 13, 2016, 10:36:28 AM
Looking good! What's next?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 13, 2016, 01:41:32 PM
Looking good! What's next?


I've just ordered an overhead switch panel that I found in this thread. I have been searching and searching for a nice way to add switches.

http://www.f150forum.com/f59/custom-overhead-switch-panels-317038/ (http://www.f150forum.com/f59/custom-overhead-switch-panels-317038/)

The plan for the switches is to power a 42" light bar that will be behind the grill, power some reverse lights and bed lights. I will leave me a switch for something in the future (ordered a 4 switch plate).

After that, nothing really planned, I need to trim my truck budget a bit to get Wifey a new set of wheels. She wants a new Edge Sport or Grand Cherokee with the diesel.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on January 13, 2016, 02:06:07 PM
Looks good. I like the wheels. I love the color.

Will a 42" light bar really fit behind the grill? I had a 30" in my last F-150 and it didn't look like anything much bigger would fit behind the grill.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 13, 2016, 05:55:34 PM
Looks good. I like the wheels. I love the color.

Will a 42" light bar really fit behind the grill? I had a 30" in my last F-150 and it didn't look like anything much bigger would fit behind the grill.
I have a 20" in my Silverado grille and there is plenty of room for a bigger light in the grille itself.  Obstructions behind the grille are another story but I bet I could fit it.   
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 13, 2016, 06:37:21 PM
Looks good. I like the wheels. I love the color.

Will a 42" light bar really fit behind the grill? I had a 30" in my last F-150 and it didn't look like anything much bigger would fit behind the grill.


here is where I stole the idea from. I have the 42", but may go with the 32" idea (second link) as there is one locally for cheap and sell the 42".

http://www.f150leds.com/f150-led-42-bar (http://www.f150leds.com/f150-led-42-bar)

http://www.f150leds.com/f150-led-32-bar- (http://www.f150leds.com/f150-led-32-bar-)

I didn't buy the light bar from these guys, I found it on Craigslist new in a box. It's a made in china special, but actually seemed decent and I hooked it up to a battery to see how much light it put out before buying.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 13, 2016, 10:51:07 PM
Well there ya go.  It'll fit.  I don't know how much I like the placement behind the logo like that.  What are the specs on those LEDs? I'm going to guess 3 watts each?

I hacked my grille apart with a dremel.  Haha.  It sticks out a bit but I'm pretty happy with it.  I had a picture in my phone, but that was two phones ago.  Haha.  I'll have to take another tomorrow.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 13, 2016, 11:49:44 PM
Well there ya go.  It'll fit.  I don't know how much I like the placement behind the logo like that.  What are the specs on those LEDs? I'm going to guess 3 watts each?

I hacked my grille apart with a dremel.  Haha.  It sticks out a bit but I'm pretty happy with it.  I had a picture in my phone, but that was two phones ago.  Haha.  I'll have to take another tomorrow.

Cool, post a pic of what you did, I'm curios.

You can raise or lower the bar on the supports, you just have to drill your own hole instead of using existing. With my grill (which I don't like, but won't have $$$ to replace anytime soon), I can place the light bar so that it won't be blocked by the logo or much of the grill at all.

I'm just in no rush to install as I am rarely out of the city these days and won't use it much.

I also bought a auto lock mech for the tailgate. I had to have one after I saw Doug's. I'm waiting for my primary wire to show up and I'll run the bed light wires and auto lock wires at the same time.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 14, 2016, 09:14:54 AM
What is this auto lock mechanism you speak of?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: gipraw on January 14, 2016, 12:20:29 PM
What is this auto lock mechanism you speak of?


A kit that adds a power lock actuator to the tailgate, so whenever you lock or unlock the doors, the tailgate does the same. 

Mine is a Pace.  Truck shop installed it for free when they put my powerboards on.  I couldn't live without it, especially with the wife using the truck a lot. 

http://www.autoanything.com/tonneau-covers/60A1818A0A0.aspx (http://www.autoanything.com/tonneau-covers/60A1818A0A0.aspx)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: gipraw on January 14, 2016, 12:22:01 PM
Well there ya go.  It'll fit.  I don't know how much I like the placement behind the logo like that.  What are the specs on those LEDs? I'm going to guess 3 watts each?

I hacked my grille apart with a dremel.  Haha.  It sticks out a bit but I'm pretty happy with it.  I had a picture in my phone, but that was two phones ago.  Haha.  I'll have to take another tomorrow.

Cool, post a pic of what you did, I'm curios.

You can raise or lower the bar on the supports, you just have to drill your own hole instead of using existing. With my grill (which I don't like, but won't have $$$ to replace anytime soon), I can place the light bar so that it won't be blocked by the logo or much of the grill at all.

I'm just in no rush to install as I am rarely out of the city these days and won't use it much.

I also bought a auto lock mech for the tailgate. I had to have one after I saw Doug's. I'm waiting for my primary wire to show up and I'll run the bed light wires and auto lock wires at the same time.

Nice.  can't wait to see the pictures.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 14, 2016, 01:55:49 PM
Well there ya go.  It'll fit.  I don't know how much I like the placement behind the logo like that.  What are the specs on those LEDs? I'm going to guess 3 watts each?

I hacked my grille apart with a dremel.  Haha.  It sticks out a bit but I'm pretty happy with it.  I had a picture in my phone, but that was two phones ago.  Haha.  I'll have to take another tomorrow.

I checked and they are 3 watt CREE LED's. The 42" bar I have is 240w combo. The 32" I see on CL is 180w (Dual row). They aren't Rigid standard by any means, but at $140-$160, I can afford it.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 14, 2016, 03:01:19 PM
I'm guessing shipping is expensive for you but I was going to say take a look at www.Mudthrowers.com for good prices on Aurora light bars.  They use 5 watt cree in their bars and 10 watt in their cubes.  Jason is running the cubes.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 14, 2016, 07:00:27 PM
Those look really, really nice! I am sure the 5w LED would make a difference. I only paid $150 for my 42" new in the box and couldn't pass it up. It has 80 3w LED's, so it should put out some decent light. I doubt it will get used that much.

I'm pretty sure I would pay at least half that on shipping alone, never mind the ridiculous exchange rate right now. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 15, 2016, 07:47:06 PM
I kept forgetting to grab a pic and it was a little late but here are a few in crappy light on a filthy truck. 
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160116/ccb4e8dbcdd35bef91d3b1050000ba3e.jpg)
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160116/92f86acaa94fb05bf9470e504d777081.jpg)
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160116/9f382dcb19ac31d4d765f3f749ea964f.jpg)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 15, 2016, 11:53:58 PM
That looks pretty good and looks like a good spot.

I think I am going to try and get mine mounted up tomorrow or Sunday. Still waiting for the switches before I can get it all tied up though.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 16, 2016, 09:35:32 PM
Light bar installed. All  wired up and the connection is sitting inside the cab waiting for the switches to show up. Seems to shine some decent light.


(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0061_zpslxpxdvkl.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0061_zpslxpxdvkl.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0063_zpswhuwfqud.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0063_zpswhuwfqud.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 16, 2016, 10:11:28 PM
Super clean install.  Only reason I did mine the way I did was because I didn't want any obstruction of light.  I like it though.  Looks awesome.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on January 17, 2016, 09:25:21 AM
That's exactly where I mounted the 30" bar in my 2010 F-150 before I sold it. Awesome looking installation!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 17, 2016, 04:03:55 PM
Thanks guys, it was the easiest lights I ever put in. It just bolted right into place.

The only thing I need to figure out are what the two "things", I removed do. I'll post up a pic.

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 17, 2016, 10:45:34 PM
Never mind, found out they are grill bumpers.

I'll have to put them back in... :dope:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 31, 2016, 12:07:23 AM
I was able to sneak away to the garage for a bit today. I was able to install the overhead switches and get the light bar wired up.

I did mess up the headliner and am pretty miffed about it to say the least. I was using the dremel and Heather came in the garage and startled me. You can see it in the final pic under the switches near the left.

It is a really nice kit and I'm very happy with it other than my mess up. :cheers:

Some assembly required
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0107_zpsmsxshg5s.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0107_zpsmsxshg5s.jpg.html)

All soldered up
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0109_zpsv7undjks.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0109_zpsv7undjks.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0110_zpst1gxvkwk.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0110_zpst1gxvkwk.jpg.html)

All installed
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0111_zpslto0dqrd.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0111_zpslto0dqrd.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 31, 2016, 12:11:45 AM
Nice kit.  I like the placement.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on January 31, 2016, 08:24:07 AM
Sweet!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Rollingrock on February 06, 2016, 12:48:49 AM
That looks super clean man!    That kit isn't cheap either. 

RR
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 06, 2016, 11:42:38 PM
That looks super clean man!    That kit isn't cheap either. 

RR

It isn't cheap, but the only other option I was considering was retrofitting Raptor upfitter switches. Would have been more and I would have had to mess up the dash.

This way, I figure I'll be set for at least a few add-ons.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 20, 2016, 03:23:36 PM
So I have been gathering a couple of items to get down on the truck. The Wife and wee one will be heading back east for a couple of weeks in May and I will try to get these all done at that time.

I don't have the coin for new tires right now, so the stock wheels and tires will be going back on. I am not going to run winter's in the summer :uugly:

 - tint for front windows and tail lights. I have an appointment set up already.
 - G2 Tail lights. I like them better than the Recons and will probably just sell the Recons.
 - LED light strip for under the tailgate. Hopefully it will help with people that really don't seem to pay attention.
 - Hydro Dip the stereo surround, center console (part of it anyway) and some of the parts of the door panels.
 - Full paint correction and detail
 - Wire in LED strips for bed lights

Here are the tail lights I bought
http://www.f150forum.com/f38/2009-14-f150-g2-tail-lights-yes-no-330009/ (http://www.f150forum.com/f38/2009-14-f150-g2-tail-lights-yes-no-330009/)

Here is the graphic of the Hydro film I'll be using. right now, I think the base color will be Blue Flame. I think it will look really neat.
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/waterdip%20film_zpsb5cqkiso.png) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/waterdip%20film_zpsb5cqkiso.png.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 21, 2016, 08:34:15 PM
I'm excited to see how that dip turns out.  Hurry up!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 04, 2016, 10:39:58 AM
Hydro dip film arrived today!

There isn't anything else I really need other than time. So hopefully, I will get to it on the 14th or 15th.

I might have a vehicle to detail that weekend though, but we'll see what happens.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 04, 2016, 07:36:21 PM
I'm so impatient.  Haha.  But I fully understand being busy.  A little too much.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 12, 2016, 10:18:30 AM
Getting closer. I picked up the base coat I wanted and will look for a tank heater today.

My friend broke her ankle playing baseball last weekend, so I don't have a car to detail and will start on the truck!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 16, 2016, 12:45:01 AM
Well, I didn't get a single thing done on the truck this weekend and I fly to Nashville for the week tomorrow.

Next weekend is a long weekend up here, so I will dedicate some time.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 16, 2016, 01:05:02 AM
Boooooo! 



Th constant hustle can be a drag.  I find myself becoming  frustrated at times.  Sometimes I have to sit back, organize and prioritize.  When I make it a process and take each step accordingly I can enjoy it more without feeling bogged down or scattered. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on May 16, 2016, 11:48:53 AM
...<snip>...I fly to Nashville for the week tomorrow....<snip>...

Make sure to watch the security line time when heading back home.

ORD TSA Pre was 55 min last night.  I don't know if Nashville is as bad.
- Regular line was 2 hours this AM.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 16, 2016, 12:41:23 PM
Boooooo! 



Th constant hustle can be a drag.  I find myself becoming  frustrated at times.  Sometimes I have to sit back, organize and prioritize.  When I make it a process and take each step accordingly I can enjoy it more without feeling bogged down or scattered.

That was it for me this weekend. Just too rushed and I wanted to take my time. Next weekend is pretty open, so looking forward to getting at this project.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 16, 2016, 12:43:51 PM
...<snip>...I fly to Nashville for the week tomorrow....<snip>...

Make sure to watch the security line time when heading back home.

ORD TSA Pre was 55 min last night.  I don't know if Nashville is as bad.
- Regular line was 2 hours this AM.

Jeepers, just landed in ORD and it is really busy!

I hope that since I'll be coming back through on Saturday, that it won't be too bad.

Not much you can do other than give yourself enough time.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on May 16, 2016, 02:34:16 PM
Jeepers, just landed in ORD and it is really busy!

I hope that since I'll be coming back through on Saturday, that it won't be too bad.

Not much you can do other than give yourself enough time.

I thought the same thing, Sunday night 10:30 PM flight it won't be bad.  :dope:

Nashville might not be nothing like it. 
My partner waited 2 hrs this AM to miss his 9:15 AM plane, and the next one that had a seat was the 10:30 PM ( same one I was scheduled on SUN night ).

I am getting ready to head back into the mess in a bit for my 7:50 PM rescheduled flight.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 22, 2016, 01:02:09 AM
Made it back home, early day for me getting up at 3:30am.

I hit the jackpot with Craigslist today and picked up a set of 20's from a 2016 sport. I thought it was a scam, but just turned out to be a kid with too much of Daddy's money and wanted to dump his stock wheels. He had a really nice '16 Lariat with 6" BDS lift and 35's on Fuel wheels.

Anyway, I was able to get the wheels on the truck and removed the lower air dam tonight. They need to be cleaned  along with the truck, but that will happen later. I will also have to swap out the pressure sensors as the new ones are not compatible with my truck.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0335_zpscnb0qgvf.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0335_zpscnb0qgvf.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0336_zps2rmqxhuj.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0336_zps2rmqxhuj.jpg.html)

Tomorrow I hope to really make some progress. The ambitious plan is:
 - Remove door panels
 - Pull apart panels to get pieces that will be painted/dipped done
 - Get the parts prepped and painted so they can cure overnight for dipping on Monday
 - Install auto-tailgate lock
 - Run wiring for tailgate lock, lighting and 12v power supply at the back of the truck
 - Enjoy several adult beverages
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 22, 2016, 09:30:41 PM
Didn't you put wheels on it already before?

Patiently waiting for more progress...
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 23, 2016, 01:32:48 AM
Yeah, but I came across these super cheap and needed to put AT's on the Raptor wheels anyway. I keep both sets and sell my stock 18" wheels. I think I'll put some Nitto 420's on the 20" wheels and Toyo AT II's on the Raptor Wheels. I just have to sell some of my extra crap first. :redneck:

Made a bunch of progress today. The wiring took forever.
 
 - Took door panels off, pulled them apart and painted some of the pieces.
 - Installed Recon tail lights
 - Installed LED light strip
 - Roughed in all the wiring for the LED bed lights
 - Installed the power tailgate lock
 - Ran a 8ga power wire from the tail lights (coiled up behind the light for now) and all the way up to the power distribution box

Some teaser pics

Panels before
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0338_zpswqllvkjc.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0338_zpswqllvkjc.jpg.html)

Close enough for me
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0353_zpsuzmcucwm.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0353_zpsuzmcucwm.jpg.html)

Panels after I painted the speaker grills black
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0354_zpsnt08mkgx.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0354_zpsnt08mkgx.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 23, 2016, 09:52:27 PM
I was able to get much more done today (currently typing this as I wait for epoxy to dry, lol).

Today:
 - Hydro Dipped the panel inserts
 - Finished up LED bed lights
 - Started re-assembly of door panels

The Hydro Dipping took a long time, way longer than I expected. I started at 10am and finished around 2pm just getting the pieces dipped. There is definitely a learning curve to the process. I had the water to warm to start with, then I was using too much activator... :blah:

After testing on a few random pieces, I started with the actual parts. Went pretty smooth, but had to do one piece at a time for the larger bits, but I was able to do both sets of the smaller pieces in pairs.

From the top!

So here is the speaker grills after paint. They just pop out of the panels really easy
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0341_zpsk6qbxouh.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0341_zpsk6qbxouh.jpg.html)

Then I started on painting the panel inserts.

Scuffed up
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0343_zpsnkw47c3l.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0343_zpsnkw47c3l.jpg.html)

Primer
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0344_zpsgl2p8enp.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0344_zpsgl2p8enp.jpg.html)

After a couple coats of paint (6 coats total)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0351_zps3b6svl7f.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0351_zps3b6svl7f.jpg.html)

I set up the bathroom in the basement as an oven. I put a ceramic heater in it with the parts to "bake" them a bit and speed up the drying process.

While I waited for paint to dry I did some other stuff
Installed auto tailgate lock
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0357_zpsimor27pq.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0357_zpsimor27pq.jpg.html)

Installed LED light Bar strip, I hardwired it right to the tail lights.
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0358_zpsueecyebx.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0358_zpsueecyebx.jpg.html)

I ran the wires for the bed lights, auto lock and 12v power
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0359_zpslxdcl8rv.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0359_zpslxdcl8rv.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0360_zpsu7lxry6p.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0360_zpsu7lxry6p.jpg.html)

I just left the 12v wire right by the power box for easy hook-up. It's coiled up behind the tail light in the back.
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0361_zpsvch1wq8e.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0361_zpsvch1wq8e.jpg.html)

Today was onto the dipping!
Here is my hillbilly "dip tank" (that is a fish tank heater to maintain temps)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0367_zpstougqbdy.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0367_zpstougqbdy.jpg.html)

Why you need to wear gloves
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0365_zpsl2av3pzk.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0365_zpsl2av3pzk.jpg.html)

After the dip
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0368_zps15jhor7c.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0368_zps15jhor7c.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0373_zpspc4f1xyl.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0373_zpspc4f1xyl.jpg.html)

While waiting for the dip to dry, I finished up the LED bed lights. They have adhesive on them, but I added clear adhesive silicone and held them in place with some duck tape till it drys
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0369_zpshcn9h4zz.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0369_zpshcn9h4zz.jpg.html)

I soldered, heat shrunk, wrapped and ran the wires into the stake pockets
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0371_zpsd3ctulqq.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0371_zpsd3ctulqq.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 23, 2016, 09:59:25 PM
Bed lights turned on
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0372_zpse9hqjiar.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0372_zpse9hqjiar.jpg.html)

Once the dipped pieces were dry, I hit them with a few coats of clear.

After the clear
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0376_zpsdwi01bpq.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0376_zpsdwi01bpq.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0377_zpsycf39f3x.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0377_zpsycf39f3x.jpg.html)

They sat in the bathroom with the heater to cure a bit and now I am onto re-installing them. I had to drill out all the melted plastic rivets that held them in place, so I am using epoxy to re-install.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0339_zps1liimyfx.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0339_zps1liimyfx.jpg.html)

I'll post up the finished goods after I'm all done, so close!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 24, 2016, 06:01:29 PM
I was able to get things all wrapped up. pretty happy with the outcome. I think I'll pull the trigger on doing the stereo surround and console around the shifter. I will need to order more film though. I though I ordered plenty extra, but didn't account enough for the learning curve... :uugly:

Epoxy used to re-install panels.
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0378_zps9yytze19.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0378_zps9yytze19.jpg.html)

Pieces back in
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0379_zpskqazlhn5.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0379_zpskqazlhn5.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0380_zpsvraywx46.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0380_zpsvraywx46.jpg.html)

Door panels back on
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0381_zpsnvkoerst.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0381_zpsnvkoerst.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0383_zpsk7kxdwzc.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0383_zpsk7kxdwzc.jpg.html)

LED tails and light strip
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0384_zpso5vm333h.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0384_zpso5vm333h.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 24, 2016, 06:20:45 PM
Annnnnnnd he's at the coin-op.  Haha

It's looking good.  The dip is more subtle than I expected.  It looks good though. 

Tails lok good.  I've never been a fan of the tailgat bars though.  Mostly because they seem to always lose a couple lights so they leave a bad impression on me.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 24, 2016, 10:47:08 PM
Lol, I needed to use the pressure washer to rinse out the wheel wells and underneath instead of pulling mine out. I promise NO brushes touched the paint :nana:

It got a quick wash once I got back home last night. I here ya on the light strip, but so many around here don't pay attention, it's actually more for safety than looks. I will just rip it out if LED's start failing, it was cheap enough.

You can see much more contrast in the daylight. I like how you need to look at them to really see what the pattern is.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0385_zpsrlz6zwxz.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0385_zpsrlz6zwxz.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0386_zpsaembkelg.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0386_zpsaembkelg.jpg.html)

Washed up, but nothing dressed yet. I think the tires look a little small, but I will run them for a while.
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0387_zpsottdjsjt.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0387_zpsottdjsjt.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/IMG_0388_zpshxdkql9w.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/IMG_0388_zpshxdkql9w.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Rollingrock on May 24, 2016, 11:31:15 PM
"Like"

Oh wait, sorry that was a FB moment.   LOL


Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 22, 2016, 12:30:45 AM
I am still waiting for the local vendor to bring in Liquid Red, so I haven't touched the paint yet. I did however get a Hellwig Sway bar installed on the rear. WOW, what a difference! I only took it for a quick rip around the block and it is soooooo much better. Corners much flatter and with better traction. I am curios to see if it will help with towing too.

Black lug nuts arrived, so hopefully I will get them on this weekend. Then it's paint and getting rid of the rest of the exterior chrome by painting the Ford emblems.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 27, 2016, 11:11:17 AM
Really liking the sway bar!

I was able to wash up the truck this weekend, but not much else. I have the black lugs, puddle lights and marker lights yet to go on. Fox 2.0 shocks ordered for the rear, but they will be a long time coming.

For the paint correction, I think I am going to have to tackle it piece meal. Just don't have a full day to sit and knock it out.
If the local supplier doesn't have Natty's red Liquid by next week, I am just going to place an order without it.

I have also decided that I like the Raptor wheels better. So the plan is to put some nice tires on them and sell the 20's.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 28, 2016, 07:47:19 PM
I still haven't bought the red.  Or the black for that matter.  These days I'm lucky if I can wash it let alone polish or wax it. 

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 08, 2016, 01:15:46 PM
Apparently the local vendor should have the Natty's liquid red by next week. I'll put in my order early August when I'm back from vacay.

I made a little more progress in the last few days
 - ceramic tint on front windows done 50%. any tint is illegal here
 - Recon Puddle lights, WAY brighter than OEM
 - ANZO LED marker lights. I recently found out they are junk, so we will see how long they last
 - Ordered Morimoto LED fog lights. Found a killer deal and couldn't pass them up
 - Bought a used stereo trim piece that I can hydro-dip to match the door panel inserts. Since there are buttons and stuff, I wanted to have a back-up in case I messed it up.

Once all that is done, I think the truck will just be getting a full detail this summer. I'll cool it on the mods for the next little while. I will keep an eye out for a deal on tires to put on the raptor wheels and then sell the 20's. At least that will be a wash.

I'll try and get some pics up this weekend!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 08, 2016, 08:16:28 PM
Never heard of ceramic tint.  Have to say though I've never had a problem with tint on any of my vehicles.  Never scratched and never been stopped for it.  Any tint on front doors is illegal here.  I have 15%. 

I have a pair of diode dynamics in my stock fog location.  I love them.  My girlfriend has them in her Impreza and they're even more noticeable but they do exactly what they're supposed to.  Low and wide. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 08, 2016, 09:43:49 PM
Since I went with a lighter tint, I went Ceramic for it's improved heat blocking. I was already going for it, but the dude showed me the difference with a spotlight and temp gun. Same sales pitch crap as this, lol.
https://youtu.be/8lkLTsRA8I4 (https://youtu.be/8lkLTsRA8I4)

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/Window_Film/Solutions/Markets-Products/Automotive/Ceramic-Series/ (http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/Window_Film/Solutions/Markets-Products/Automotive/Ceramic-Series/)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 09, 2016, 08:41:28 PM
Well that's interesting. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on July 10, 2016, 06:11:57 PM
Apparently the local vendor should have the Natty's liquid red by next week. I'll put in my order early August when I'm back from vacay.

I made a little more progress in the last few days
 - ceramic tint on front windows done 50%. any tint is illegal here
 - Recon Puddle lights, WAY brighter than OEM
 - ANZO LED marker lights. I recently found out they are junk, so we will see how long they last
 - Ordered Morimoto LED fog lights. Found a killer deal and couldn't pass them up
 - Bought a used stereo trim piece that I can hydro-dip to match the door panel inserts. Since there are buttons and stuff, I wanted to have a back-up in case I messed it up.

Once all that is done, I think the truck will just be getting a full detail this summer. I'll cool it on the mods for the next little while. I will keep an eye out for a deal on tires to put on the raptor wheels and then sell the 20's. At least that will be a wash.

I'll try and get some pics up this weekend!

I have the Morimoto LED Fogs in the Tacoma and love them.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 13, 2016, 03:31:11 PM
Awesome, they showed up today and look good.

I like that they match the color of the HID's very closely and don't have the "Chrome" look. Hope to get them on this weekend, but we'll see.

I have a ML and A4 to do some detail work on this weekend, might be too busy to do my own stuff.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 18, 2016, 01:53:37 PM
Well the wife was very forgiving this weekend and gave me some time to get s**t done. Considering it was our anniversary on Saturday (married 11 blissful years), I was happy to get this done.

Truck didn't get washed, but it's meant to rain today and tomorrow. But I did get the Morimoto fog lights in and the marker lights wired up. Very happy with the fogs for the money, quality is way better than OEM. Glass lens and aluminum body instead of all plastic with the OEM. Install was very, very easy.

Before
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/FC5DEA0D-687E-4C38-AE8A-7F2A24076861_zpsjr2iqhx1.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/FC5DEA0D-687E-4C38-AE8A-7F2A24076861_zpsjr2iqhx1.jpg.html)

50/50
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/A4252E80-721F-4BB3-AA57-CBBAD3756AF6_zps8i6tshv2.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/A4252E80-721F-4BB3-AA57-CBBAD3756AF6_zps8i6tshv2.jpg.html)

OEM vs XB's
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/BCD3AEE8-FBD7-42B7-85BC-A7283968DEE3_zpsezeeowwu.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/BCD3AEE8-FBD7-42B7-85BC-A7283968DEE3_zpsezeeowwu.jpg.html)

Afters
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/3CD7B07C-B2B7-4061-BA2E-8E33FD371288_zpsuf1ksyso.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/3CD7B07C-B2B7-4061-BA2E-8E33FD371288_zpsuf1ksyso.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/8740C709-D8BC-4F2F-9CEB-E5668C007275_zpsndo2i83k.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/8740C709-D8BC-4F2F-9CEB-E5668C007275_zpsndo2i83k.jpg.html)

Mirror lights
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/8E1A6AE1-CB6E-4C56-B872-84CBD5D06FB4_zpsoqfca1zj.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/8E1A6AE1-CB6E-4C56-B872-84CBD5D06FB4_zpsoqfca1zj.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/076214F2-7DE7-4C15-8CAE-250285CE00DF_zpstatfl36g.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/076214F2-7DE7-4C15-8CAE-250285CE00DF_zpstatfl36g.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 18, 2016, 08:30:51 PM
Nice!  I like both mods!  Nice little touches. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on July 19, 2016, 07:59:46 AM
Probably the nicest thing I can say about the OEM Ford Fog Lights is that they're absolutely pathetic. You're going to love the way those xB's perform!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 21, 2016, 12:18:08 PM
Order placed for some detailing stuff
 - PB Liquid Red Wax
 - PB Bug Squash
 - PB Spray and Rinsh
 - Chemical Guys V4 AIO polish/selant
 - Glass Mf's
 - Spray bottles
 - Grit Gaurd Washboard insert (for cleaning wash mitt and nanoskin mitt)

Should do me for the rest of the season.

Last day At work before I head on for vacation till the 2nd of August!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on July 21, 2016, 06:54:38 PM
Order placed for some detailing stuff
 - PB Liquid Red Wax
 - PB Bug Squash
 - PB Spray and Rinsh
 - Chemical Guys V4 AIO polish/selant
 - Glass Mf's
 - Spray bottles
 - Grit Gaurd Washboard insert (for cleaning wash mitt and nanoskin mitt)

Should do me for the rest of the season.

Last day At work before I head on for vacation till the 2nd of August!

What is this "vacation" thing of which you speak?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 21, 2016, 08:45:57 PM
Order placed for some detailing stuff
 - PB Liquid Red Wax
 - PB Bug Squash
 - PB Spray and Rinsh
 - Chemical Guys V4 AIO polish/selant
 - Glass Mf's
 - Spray bottles
 - Grit Gaurd Washboard insert (for cleaning wash mitt and nanoskin mitt)

Should do me for the rest of the season.

Last day At work before I head on for vacation till the 2nd of August!

What is this "vacation" thing of which you speak?
I swear he was just on vacation... haha
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 21, 2016, 11:27:32 PM
I get 7 weeks of vacation a year and make sure I use them! If not, they are gonzo.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 05, 2016, 02:15:50 PM
Order arrived while I was away. Everything looks good.

As we are driving out to Calgary next week (600 miles one way), I am going to do a quick hit on the paint to prep it for bugs, etc.

 - Usual Wash
 - nanoskin clay
 - Chemical Guys V4 AIO
 - Natty's red liquid LSP (just to top the AIO sealant, not sure how good it is)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Random/24DB7BAA-F851-4D44-A5F2-99F8BDA623D8_zpsw7cyzsl1.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Random/24DB7BAA-F851-4D44-A5F2-99F8BDA623D8_zpsw7cyzsl1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 08, 2016, 10:41:43 AM
I was able to get the truck done over the weekend. Lot's going on so had to take time in bits to get it done.

The focus was solely on the paint, so the trim, wheels, wheel wells, etc are all still un-detailed.

- Two bucket wash with Meg's MF mitt and my new Grit guard washboard
- Clay with Nanoskin mitt with ONR @ QD ratio
- M101 on a 0rang LC smart pad (5")
- Chemical Guys V04 on a white LC smart pad (5")
- Poor Boy's Liquid Red by hand with foam applicator
- Menzerna PL used on the mirror skull caps and bumpers/lights

Products used
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/FA30CD56-BCC4-4910-ABF4-D0226AABE024_zpse6eit1q3.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/FA30CD56-BCC4-4910-ABF4-D0226AABE024_zpse6eit1q3.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/2BB13AF1-9E6E-421F-970E-1381B73F5D18_zpsivgo2ngn.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/2BB13AF1-9E6E-421F-970E-1381B73F5D18_zpsivgo2ngn.jpg.html)

Paint before. Mostly deeper marring, not much in the way of swirls
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/226CD18E-6C3A-4426-8A8D-0688F197286F_zpsgj687z9s.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/226CD18E-6C3A-4426-8A8D-0688F197286F_zpsgj687z9s.jpg.html)

Tape job
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/E806B4F3-3680-4FDA-8A8E-6BFDA29A79AF_zpsxrgqtuv1.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/E806B4F3-3680-4FDA-8A8E-6BFDA29A79AF_zpsxrgqtuv1.jpg.html)

After clay, I went straight to the V04 on a AIO Orange Superbuff pad. It did have some cut, but not enough to get out the marring I had. So I moved to a LC Orange pad and M101. The V04 is VERY thick and took a bit of dialing in to figure out how much product to put on the pad. I would say it's cutting power is a bit less than M205. I did a ISO wipe down to see what there was for fillers and it didn't appear to have much. It did go on ans come off pretty easily. It didn't leave a very "slick" feeling paint behind, which I didn't like. I wasn't sure on the protection and wanted to try out the liquid red, so that was the LSP. Liquid red was really, really viscous. It soaked right into the applicator pad, I've never had a wax that was that thin before. It did make it really easy to apply super thin and removed very easily.

V04 AIO prior to removal
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/4BA7BF41-EB81-4371-8E31-DBBE17D75AB3_zpsok28vdpb.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/4BA7BF41-EB81-4371-8E31-DBBE17D75AB3_zpsok28vdpb.jpg.html)

Overall, very happy with the end result. the Liquid red left a very nice slick feeling paint and added very nice depth. the paint looks deeper and more "liquid" than when I use Menzerna PL.

It was cloudy out, so no good sun pics, but here are some afters
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/68FE4541-3E56-4F44-A123-165E8DC9D10F_zpsusuybyr1.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/68FE4541-3E56-4F44-A123-165E8DC9D10F_zpsusuybyr1.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/A8496521-E462-4794-8C68-6ED49035C37B_zps2pr11zor.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/A8496521-E462-4794-8C68-6ED49035C37B_zps2pr11zor.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/8B420B6C-FD91-40F0-A859-682857784042_zpsfripso7g.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/8B420B6C-FD91-40F0-A859-682857784042_zpsfripso7g.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on August 08, 2016, 02:08:49 PM
Dude.  Those afters are awesome.  For what its worth, liquid blue is the same way.  Extremely thin.  Most people question whether or not its even good.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 08, 2016, 02:40:43 PM
Dude.  Those afters are awesome.  For what its worth, liquid blue is the same way.  Extremely thin.  Most people question whether or not its even good.

Thanks Man, Good to know on the PoorBoy's waxes. I wondered, but trusted that was how it was meant to be.

Looking at the pics, the color looks completely different in the halogen lights compared to the natural sunlight. I have to say though the flake really comes out now.

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on August 08, 2016, 05:46:24 PM
Looks really nice!  :nw:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on August 08, 2016, 08:23:19 PM
Funny.  Just got done talking to Steve and completely forgot to tell him about this.  I will see him in a couple weeks.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 08, 2016, 11:22:26 PM
Thanks TS! A couple of co-workers saw the truck today and I now have a older BMW 330i and a Audi A4 to do in the next few weeks.

Mike, Please let Steve know that I am super happy with the wax so far. I'll have to get a pic of the beading as it is amazing (rained here today).
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on August 09, 2016, 08:48:04 PM
Of course it rained!  Haha
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 11, 2016, 12:13:32 AM
Just made it to Calgary. I'll wash the truck up tomorrow and see how easy the bugs come off. Long day, 11 hrs to do 638 miles.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on August 11, 2016, 08:57:17 AM
That's about our trip to Tennessee including a few food and gas stops.  I want to try to make it on just gas stops but I'm never alone and my girlfriend will freak out.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 11, 2016, 11:03:46 PM
Bonus of the 36gal gas tank is I don't have to stop for gas at all. We try to limit ourselves to two stops along the way, but often have a third just for sanity sake.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 26, 2016, 12:31:54 PM
From last week, but I took a couple of pics while at home depot. I put one of them on the FB page.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/IMG_0631_zpsu77ibott.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/IMG_0631_zpsu77ibott.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/IMG_0632_zpsppolfxcp.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/IMG_0632_zpsppolfxcp.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on August 26, 2016, 01:05:45 PM
I saw the one on Facebook.  I was the one that liked it on behalf of the cafe because I can't figure out how to post or like anything from my own personal account on the cafe's page.  Haha

   I haven't seen one that color, or any color, look that good. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 30, 2016, 04:10:42 PM
Started the prep work on the Stereo surround last night. All tapped off. I hope to get it sanded and primed tonight.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/43B125C0-1BD1-44CA-9E14-20E4972F1485_zpsrkznukjq.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/43B125C0-1BD1-44CA-9E14-20E4972F1485_zpsrkznukjq.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on August 30, 2016, 04:30:19 PM
I hate masking anything.  More power to you. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 30, 2016, 11:46:06 PM
I hate masking anything.  More power to you.


It's a PITA, but needs to be done.

I made a bit more progress today.

Sanded it down, wiped it down with ISO, Primed and painted

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/B85E6163-7324-4E20-ADDB-A0BD72CB94EC_zpsta7lnvph.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/B85E6163-7324-4E20-ADDB-A0BD72CB94EC_zpsta7lnvph.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/743BBB7F-3C41-4AD3-BEFF-6227FDE8AA14_zpsnbqfkpgf.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/743BBB7F-3C41-4AD3-BEFF-6227FDE8AA14_zpsnbqfkpgf.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/87ECE6F8-0C08-4F68-8B8C-486F413792A3_zpsakxao4iv.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/87ECE6F8-0C08-4F68-8B8C-486F413792A3_zpsakxao4iv.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/DDFCC858-A85B-45F6-A09C-5B8EAAC210D3_zpsusc87lya.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/DDFCC858-A85B-45F6-A09C-5B8EAAC210D3_zpsusc87lya.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 01, 2016, 11:42:38 PM
Dipped the bottom plate without issue.

Unfortunately, I didn't notice that the activator spray didn't spray very well and it messed up the film when I went to dip the big piece.

So it's messed up and I'll have to sand it down, re-paint and try again. No biggie, just a bit of a pain.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on September 02, 2016, 08:06:01 PM
Bummer, man!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 03, 2016, 11:58:26 PM
Had some success tonight. I'll try and get the parts cleared tomorrow and post up some pics of my mess up and the end result.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on September 04, 2016, 10:53:11 AM
Oh look, updates with no pictures.  Awesome haha
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 04, 2016, 10:33:14 PM
Oh look, updates with no pictures.  Awesome haha


Hahaha! Yup, a thread without pics is kinda useless. I wasn't able to do the clear-coat today, but I hope to tomorrow.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/062CD799-AFE9-4701-83B8-6EE5CE67A5C2_zps6lddyer1.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/062CD799-AFE9-4701-83B8-6EE5CE67A5C2_zps6lddyer1.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/8C0B0E76-A7B4-4279-AE88-52755430ECA1_zpseqlxmwf4.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/8C0B0E76-A7B4-4279-AE88-52755430ECA1_zpseqlxmwf4.jpg.html)

Close up of the mess up
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 06, 2016, 12:03:33 AM
Finished up the clearcoat. Now I'll just let them cure a couple of days (baked them a bit tonight) and then final polish and coating before install.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/4125A794-CCEE-45AC-9962-3A0D847C7F44_zpsdcjlnsg4.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/4125A794-CCEE-45AC-9962-3A0D847C7F44_zpsdcjlnsg4.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/65BCFFB3-1843-4C15-8F87-6DBE874AF7C7_zps16uhht5i.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/65BCFFB3-1843-4C15-8F87-6DBE874AF7C7_zps16uhht5i.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/4C1E4F2D-C4FC-49CA-93B2-DC42DBF8792F_zpspktvnae9.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/4C1E4F2D-C4FC-49CA-93B2-DC42DBF8792F_zpspktvnae9.jpg.html)

Shouldn't have bothered washing the truck yesterday, rained here today and got dirty heading up to the bike trials.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Random/D4FF56C0-A984-4C0D-9220-D9033893456D_zpsfdllvc9l.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Random/D4FF56C0-A984-4C0D-9220-D9033893456D_zpsfdllvc9l.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Random/EC558858-F0F6-433E-B6D6-D964BCC30082_zpslc8seeuk.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Random/EC558858-F0F6-433E-B6D6-D964BCC30082_zpslc8seeuk.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on September 06, 2016, 03:48:22 AM
Looks good!  Actually looked pretty cool without the clear too. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 12, 2016, 11:09:13 PM
Finally, some results! I was able to get the surround installed today. The bottom piece...well I kinda messed that one up. I went to clear coat it and grabbed a can of WHITE paint that I slapped a clear-coat lid on :uugly: dumb, dumb, dumb. So I re-painted it and now have to find some time to dip it.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/A06656E2-AF49-4205-820C-82785B113BFF_zpsbxq77fxf.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/A06656E2-AF49-4205-820C-82785B113BFF_zpsbxq77fxf.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/81A29054-EF65-47B6-AD10-BC65F91DACD3_zps7jwbzjk8.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/81A29054-EF65-47B6-AD10-BC65F91DACD3_zps7jwbzjk8.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/B9F5C41C-02B1-45B5-9239-FA8B429F7B91_zpsd6rm1i67.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/B9F5C41C-02B1-45B5-9239-FA8B429F7B91_zpsd6rm1i67.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 13, 2016, 06:30:17 PM
Dipped and cleared the bottom piece today. Now I just have to wait a bit for it to cure, polish it and pop it on.
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/AD15A462-5DBF-4BF7-88D6-7C41FE946C9F_zpsmvcuk1o6.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/AD15A462-5DBF-4BF7-88D6-7C41FE946C9F_zpsmvcuk1o6.jpg.html)

Next step is to hit all the dipped pieces with C.A.R. Bullet proof coating. I'm going to attempt to do it at the same time I apply the coating to the roof and bumpers.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 13, 2016, 06:31:20 PM
Double Post
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on September 13, 2016, 06:36:54 PM
Looking good!  Couldn't help but laugh at the white pain though.  Mostly because I put myself in your shoes and I can only imagine the thoughts and feelings as it sprayed white.  Haha
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 14, 2016, 02:23:38 PM
Man, at first I was pretty miffed. Than I realized it was not really a big deal, just more time to get it sorted out.

All done now and onto the next project! PTM FORD and F150 badges.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Obsessive Detail on September 15, 2016, 09:05:27 PM
Finally, some results! I was able to get the surround installed today. The bottom piece...well I kinda messed that one up. I went to clear coat it and grabbed a can of WHITE paint that I slapped a clear-coat lid on :uugly: dumb, dumb, dumb. So I re-painted it and now have to find some time to dip it.

([url]http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/A06656E2-AF49-4205-820C-82785B113BFF_zpsbxq77fxf.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/A06656E2-AF49-4205-820C-82785B113BFF_zpsbxq77fxf.jpg.html[/url])
([url]http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/81A29054-EF65-47B6-AD10-BC65F91DACD3_zps7jwbzjk8.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/81A29054-EF65-47B6-AD10-BC65F91DACD3_zps7jwbzjk8.jpg.html[/url])
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Very cool!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 18, 2016, 10:13:58 PM
Knocked out the Badges today. I had Plastic-Dipped the F-150 emblems, so I wanted to re-do them with actual paint. Man, what a pain to sand down really well. They came out OK, but I wish I hadn't sanded down the inset what I did them originally. I'll likely buy a new set of Limited badges when I can put some money aside for them.

Before and after Plasti-Dip removal
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Chrome pieces after matt Black paint
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/DBC1F0B5-B2D7-4B84-A6A0-9639E9F2ED3D_zpst8lhqi8j.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/DBC1F0B5-B2D7-4B84-A6A0-9639E9F2ED3D_zpst8lhqi8j.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/9504CB71-CB87-410B-BF1E-DEA0F70BF59B_zpscbuzsqmy.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/9504CB71-CB87-410B-BF1E-DEA0F70BF59B_zpscbuzsqmy.jpg.html)
Insets painted blue
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/D639623A-F2FA-405D-A36F-ECC1A6B6DB08_zpslvxycuts.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/D639623A-F2FA-405D-A36F-ECC1A6B6DB08_zpslvxycuts.jpg.html)
Rear badge after assembly
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/92F6C65F-7D10-4954-8297-C1A70569BCE7_zpsukb2quab.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/92F6C65F-7D10-4954-8297-C1A70569BCE7_zpsukb2quab.jpg.html)
Installed
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/5367B2AC-B154-4AD6-AC09-7512C960DB94_zpsqgqqmcqj.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/5367B2AC-B154-4AD6-AC09-7512C960DB94_zpsqgqqmcqj.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/92906FFB-0830-428E-99D5-862669481857_zpshli8z4sw.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/92906FFB-0830-428E-99D5-862669481857_zpshli8z4sw.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Rollingrock on September 18, 2016, 11:03:41 PM
Man.....that is awesome stuff.   I hope you keep this right for a long time

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on September 19, 2016, 07:19:02 AM
That's really is awesome. Nice work!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 19, 2016, 05:39:29 PM
Thanks Guys, I like the results. Only chrome left is the lug nuts and I already have black ones to replace them.

I'm tossing around getting the Raptor wheels done in PVD black Chrome. I think it would look pretty cool. Only thing holding me back is if I lift the truck in a couple of years, that the Raptor wheels won't work.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on September 19, 2016, 07:41:40 PM
Hey the PVD done by someone reputeable.  My wheels are PVD bright chrome and they're peeling BAD!  Mine are American Racing. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 20, 2016, 03:18:29 PM
Hey the PVD done by someone reputeable.  My wheels are PVD bright chrome and they're peeling BAD!  Mine are American Racing.

I've heard good things about a local shop and they warranty their work. Only good option otherwise looks like Detroit wheel and tire. It would be a lot extra shipping them back and forth.

Apparently, there is also a good powdercoating shop in town that does wheels. I'm going to dig into it a bit.

I just love the black-chrome look and think it might pop a little on the truck.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 24, 2016, 02:52:37 PM
Couldn't wait any longer, I ordered some 2" blocks for the rear. Stocker's are 1.25" and I am thinking the 3/4" will give me the rake I'm looking for. I have a set of 3" blocks that came with the front spacers, but think it would just put me back into too much rake.

I hope to get them in the same time I install the Fox 2.0's on the back.

I was finally able to wash the truck the weekend after a month of neglect. Raptor wheels with the winters will go on next weekend. I may even get a deal on some take off KO2's. I'm not holding my breath though and don't really even need to spend the $$$ right now. But a deal is a deal...right??? :dunno:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 03, 2016, 05:08:02 PM
2" blocks showed up and I think I'll go another route. I ordered a Pro-Comp AAL kit that waiting for me to pick-up. Fox Shocks will be here tomorrow too.

I pulled the Raptor's from storage and started polishing. Just to clean them up a bit, I'm using M105 and a Power Ball (the small one). They are coming out pretty good for winter wheels and once all done, I'll hit them with Opti-Coat 2.0.

I'm still going to have to find the funds, but I've decided on doing a set of Nitto Ridge Grapplers on the Raptors. Likely 285/70r17's. If they aren't too much heavier, I may go up to the 75 series. The truck will have a big Xmas road trip again this year, so I'll start on some winter prep in the coming weeks.

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 03, 2016, 07:16:55 PM
Hadn't heard of the ridge grapplers before.  Not a bad looking tire. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 04, 2016, 11:01:50 PM
They seem to fit what I'm looking for and come in a "C" rating.

I installed the Add a leaf and Fox 2.0's in the rear today. Photobucket is down, so I'll get the pics up in the morning. Lifted the rear more than I would like, so I'll do some measuring and see if it makes sense to pull the stock blocks out.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 05, 2016, 07:04:46 AM
Were you specifically looking for a C rated tire?  I've never seen anyone look for a C on purpose.  I'm genuinely curious what the reason is.  It seems most people that don't need more than a C don't really care if it ends up being a D or even an E.  They just get whatever they like and will work. 

Any chance the AAL will settle a bit?  I suppose you could always add the blocks back in if it does.

My truck rides like a tank so I am always considering upgrading new shocks but I suspect it's the crazy hard tires because tbays when the ride seemed to change. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 06, 2016, 12:08:09 AM
Nothing really special about the C rating other than saving some weight. Of all the tires I looked at the Nitto's are pretty much the only ones I liked that came in at a decent weight. 285/70/17's are 54lbs each. KO2's (E rating only) in the same size are almost 10 lbs heavier. I noticed a difference adding the 10lbs when I went to the 20's and don't want to make it too much worse on performance. The also do a C in the 285/75/17 which is nice and would put me close to a 34" tire.

You can get Toyo AT II's in a P rating and they are light, but I would much prefer to run the Extremes like yours and I had on the F350. The regular ones just don't do it for me.

I still have to get a pic of the truck showing the rake, but I was able to do some measuring. The rear is a full 2.5" higher than the rear and it was dead-even before. So I think pulling the blocks is the right thing to do as the rear should still be 1.25" higher than the rear after I pull them. It's easy enough to do and reverse if needed.

Here are some pics of the install. Completely forgot to take a pic before I put the tires back on. All in all, a bit of cursing but straight forward install.

Took it for a bit of a ride today. The ride is certainly stiffer, but in a good way. It really highlights that the fronts need to be done too. I may have to put the fronts on before I think about tires.

The goods
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/IMG_0860_zpszhqkfwd3.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/IMG_0860_zpszhqkfwd3.jpg.html)

Ready for disassembly
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/IMG_0861_zpstsj6olhq.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/IMG_0861_zpstsj6olhq.jpg.html)

Shocks in
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/IMG_0862_zpsla5jrely.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/IMG_0862_zpsla5jrely.jpg.html)

AAL installed
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/IMG_0863_zpsemnd4t7l.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/IMG_0863_zpsemnd4t7l.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 06, 2016, 01:26:45 PM
I suspected that was the reason for the C rating as I've shopped by tire weight before.  Give difference in performance and mileage. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 07, 2016, 01:23:34 AM
The rake was way too much for me. Actually measured 2 3/4" higher in the rear. I pulled it apart and took out the 1 1/4" OEM block. Sits bang on where I want it now.

Whew, glad that's done with. Major PITA to drop the axle without a lift.

Sorry, it was dark, so these are really crappy pics. I try and get some better ones if it stops raining.
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/3E45562F-8085-46F5-AE61-B2C6458A7ADF_zpsn5nx3epq.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/3E45562F-8085-46F5-AE61-B2C6458A7ADF_zpsn5nx3epq.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/FE56324F-0E12-4297-8F85-6D89E7D1DB6B_zps9zz1pxks.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/FE56324F-0E12-4297-8F85-6D89E7D1DB6B_zps9zz1pxks.jpg.html)

Blocks in, then out
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(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/C6694CCA-8301-41F2-A8CA-B7AA37F9443C_zps0rp6rtql.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/C6694CCA-8301-41F2-A8CA-B7AA37F9443C_zps0rp6rtql.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 07, 2016, 09:14:48 PM
Better without blocks anyway.  Those pictures do suck though.  Haha.  Sorry.  I do really like your truck though.  Look forward to more pictures when you get a chance. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on November 07, 2016, 11:46:13 PM
I suspected that was the reason for the C rating as I've shopped by tire weight before.  Give difference in performance and mileage.

How much performance and millage delta is there really by adding 20% to the weight of the tires ?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 08, 2016, 04:37:41 PM
Better without blocks anyway.  Those pictures do suck though.  Haha.  Sorry.  I do really like your truck though.  Look forward to more pictures when you get a chance.

Lol. The problem is now I drive to work in the dark and drive home in the dark. My garage has crap lighting. I will get some pics up this weekend or maybe even on Friday since it's a holiday here.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 08, 2016, 04:44:30 PM
I suspected that was the reason for the C rating as I've shopped by tire weight before.  Give difference in performance and mileage.

How much performance and millage delta is there really by adding 20% to the weight of the tires ?

I found a difference in acceleration, braking and mpg (be it only be 1 mpg) difference going from the OEM 18's to the NBS OEM 20's. Combo was pretty much 10lbs heavier on each corner.

If I have no need for an E rated tire, I will try to find one that I like that is lighter. They are generally cheaper with the added bonus of less weight. I like the KO2's overall, but they are quite heavy. When you start running 65lb tires, you're spinning 100lbs at each corner with wheels. It all adds up in the end and I want to keep the weight down if possible.

If they had more aggressive tread in a P-Metric tire, I would consider it. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 08, 2016, 06:24:11 PM
I've had similar results with wheel and tire changes.  I don't rememeber the numbers but they  were significant.  Back when I had my expedition and I went to a larger heavier tire on the same stock wheels my acceleration fell off quite a bit.  Brakes would fade faster as they had to work harder and got hotter.  Mileage dropped 3 mpg I think.  Evenually went to a shorter but wider (still bigger than stock) street/AT tire and picked some of that back up.  Thats why your high end cars use magnesium and carbon fiber when money isn't an issue.  It makes a difference.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 08, 2016, 06:25:45 PM
Better without blocks anyway.  Those pictures do suck though.  Haha.  Sorry.  I do really like your truck though.  Look forward to more pictures when you get a chance.

Lol. The problem is now I drive to work in the dark and drive home in the dark. My garage has crap lighting. I will get some pics up this weekend or maybe even on Friday since it's a holiday here.
I know the feeling.  Except it's like that most of the year.  Haha.  Even worse if you count the fact that I go right to the gym from work. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on November 09, 2016, 01:19:32 PM
I found a difference in acceleration, braking and mpg (be it only be 1 mpg) difference going from the OEM 18's to the NBS OEM 20's. Combo was pretty much 10lbs heavier on each corner. ...<snip>...
I've had similar results with wheel and tire changes.  I don't rememeber the numbers but they  were significant. ....<snip>....

So we are talking about SOTP dyno numbers EG: It feels slower.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 09, 2016, 01:24:54 PM
Seat of the pants is the beat judge on a daily driver.  What else matters.  But braking is equally if not more important and its always nice to have more mpg.  In the end, it makes a difference.  Unlike a lot of intakes or exhausts that technically on a dyno adds a few hp/tq but you can't even tell.  SOTP FTW 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on November 09, 2016, 03:34:07 PM
Seat of the pants is the beat judge on a daily driver.  What else matters.  But braking is equally if not more important and its always nice to have more mpg.  In the end, it makes a difference.  Unlike a lot of intakes or exhausts that technically on a dyno adds a few hp/tq but you can't even tell.  SOTP FTW

Actual performance increases instead of SOTP it just feels quicker. 
- Other wise it is no different than the intakes or exhausts you posted about.

What is the time reduction in terms of 30 to 50 MPH ( or 50 to 70 or 60 to 80 )  by decreasing weight 10# in each corner of a 6000# truck for the same size tire ?
- 0 to 60 for a Ford F150 is ~ 6 seconds.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 09, 2016, 06:47:36 PM
Seat of the pants is the beat judge on a daily driver.  What else matters.  But braking is equally if not more important and its always nice to have more mpg.  In the end, it makes a difference.  Unlike a lot of intakes or exhausts that technically on a dyno adds a few hp/tq but you can't even tell.  SOTP FTW

Actual performance increases instead of SOTP it just feels quicker. 
- Other wise it is no different than the intakes or exhausts you posted about.

What is the time reduction in terms of 30 to 50 MPH ( or 50 to 70 or 60 to 80 )  by decreasing weight 10# in each corner of a 6000# truck for the same size tire ?
- 0 to 60 for a Ford F150 is ~ 6 seconds.
Generally if you can feel it, there's actual increase.  The same isnt always said for the other way around.  You won't feel that extra 4 HP from an intake even though its there.  You should feel a difference in rotating mass.  All things equal, spinning a 10lb object vs a 20lb object should require noticeably more force/effort.  Once that object, lets call it a disk, it up and moving, its also much harder to stop the heavier object.  You can break it down in to percentages but heavier is always going to be harder, be it one pound or 20 pounds.  The greater the change the greater the difference.  How much of that you feel is going to be personal sensitivelity, and how much you can live with is all going to be personal preference.  The difference is there even if it doesn't bother you as much as the next guy.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 11, 2016, 12:25:05 AM
Seat of the pants is the beat judge on a daily driver.  What else matters.  But braking is equally if not more important and its always nice to have more mpg.  In the end, it makes a difference.  Unlike a lot of intakes or exhausts that technically on a dyno adds a few hp/tq but you can't even tell.  SOTP FTW

Actual performance increases instead of SOTP it just feels quicker. 
- Other wise it is no different than the intakes or exhausts you posted about.

What is the time reduction in terms of 30 to 50 MPH ( or 50 to 70 or 60 to 80 )  by decreasing weight 10# in each corner of a 6000# truck for the same size tire ?
- 0 to 60 for a Ford F150 is ~ 6 seconds.

I absolutely agree that SOTP feel is subjective. For me, that combined with the difference at the pump (keep in mind I pay more than $5 a gallon for gas) and them being a cheaper tire, is a no brainer.

Acceleration and braking degradation was noticeable moving to my 20's. IMO, the weight was only one factor. Going to 20's, I shifted the weight further away from the axles. It makes just as much of a difference. Same going to bigger tires on the same size wheels, which is what I'll be doing.

I have no need for heavy D or E rated tires, heck C rated tires have a way higher capacity (and still heavy IMO) then even my rear GAWR. For my needs, if I could find an aggressive AT that was P rated, I would go for it.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 11, 2016, 12:26:12 AM
A slightly better pic of the truck as it sits today. :uugly:

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/B756EACB-57C6-42B4-9D8C-B70BA65BCD48_zpslfimbolc.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/B756EACB-57C6-42B4-9D8C-B70BA65BCD48_zpslfimbolc.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 11, 2016, 10:09:35 PM
Looks like its sitting pretty damn perfect!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 19, 2016, 10:58:03 PM
Opticoat done and I'll let them sit overnight to cure a bit before putting them on.

Proof is in the pictures as Tom would say.

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(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/7761BA47-0436-43AD-B66E-C27EA7B1CB4C_zpsd0d8prdc.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/7761BA47-0436-43AD-B66E-C27EA7B1CB4C_zpsd0d8prdc.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on November 20, 2016, 08:34:19 AM
Nice looking shoes!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 20, 2016, 08:37:42 AM
I've completely lost track of your wheel and tire combos.  Looks good though!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 25, 2016, 07:31:36 PM
Ha, these are the same as I ran for winter last year. I really hope I can figure out a way to scrape together some $$$ for the ridge grapplers. I saw them in person today and am very impressed.

I was able to get the Raptor's mounted today with some new Black lug nuts. I honestly think they look better with Chrome lugs, so I'll likely order a set of Gorrilla in Chrome. I also went and picked up a AVS Aeroblade bug deflector. I don't think I'll be super happy with the look, but I want to protect the hood from rock chips. The paint on this thing is razor thin. I won't put it on until do the coating on the hood.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/55A42C95-4842-4948-86A6-F87A703DE627_zpsenutdcna.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/55A42C95-4842-4948-86A6-F87A703DE627_zpsenutdcna.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/593BAFB9-1FF3-407D-802F-93823CF05433_zps6n8ekij4.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/593BAFB9-1FF3-407D-802F-93823CF05433_zps6n8ekij4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 25, 2016, 07:34:00 PM
What about a clear film on the front end.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Rollingrock on November 26, 2016, 09:17:39 PM
Man that truck reminds of a Jeep.....you are NEVER done with it.   

Just one more mod, just one more, just one more.

Your whip looks so awesome dude.  Seriously.  I am almost as satisfied as you are with the "build"   

 :nw:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 26, 2016, 10:03:41 PM
Good thing you don't have a hitch on.  How many times have you hit that wall?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 27, 2016, 12:40:45 AM
Front Bumper has 3M clear vinyl on it, but I never did the hood or front edge of the fenders. Should have when new, but now it's too late with the couple of chips on the hood. I figure the aeroskin will look good enough to be on for the winter.

I guess I'm never really done with anything, but I'm pretty happy with it as it is now. I like the Ridge Grapplers enough that I may sell the 20's to get them. We'll see as the Raptor wheels aren't in mint shape and I like the idea of running separate wheels in the winter.

Good thing you don't have a hitch on.  How many times have you hit that wall?


I've bumped it a couple of times, but nothing bad. I love having the back-up camera.

Here's how tight it usually is  :wow:

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/EE29FFD5-7A2A-4F8B-841B-3F9CE63FEFEA_zpsd5d0wdy0.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/EE29FFD5-7A2A-4F8B-841B-3F9CE63FEFEA_zpsd5d0wdy0.jpg.html)

I hope you all are enjoying the long week-end. I made the mistake of going out yesterday to do some shopping. Took almost 30 minutes just to get a parking spot. :drive:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 27, 2016, 07:28:21 AM
My gym is in the mall parking lot across from another mall.  Wanna guess what that was like?  Haha.  I didn't hit any traffic getting there but leaving... I wanted to stab people. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 30, 2016, 12:07:38 AM
I picked up a set of painted OEM fender flares today for $50! Pretty happy even though they are black, they were mint and taken off the truck before it even left the dealership. For that price, it won't break the bank to have them painted in Blue Flame.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on November 30, 2016, 06:35:43 AM
I picked up a set of painted OEM fender flares today for $50! Pretty happy even though they are black, they were mint and taken off the truck before it even left the dealership. For that price, it won't break the bank to have them painted in Blue Flame.

I'm not sure about up there, but here, the price of paint and painting will scare you. The new water based paints they have to use are stupid expensive. You'll probably be able to save some money by doing the prep work (scuff & wet sanding) yourself though. Good luck!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 01, 2016, 11:26:03 AM
Yeah, I was surprised. First guy quoted $500, but I found a guy that will do it on the side for half that. Part of the deal will be me doing the wet-sanding, but he will prime, paint and clear. I asked if he would go "Heavy" on the clear and he said he will do a couple extra coats. I doubt it will happen until after the holidays as I need to ensure i have some X-mas $$$.

Seemed like a pretty nice guy who was also into F-150's, so we were able to chat about a few things that may end up costing me more money... :dope:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 17, 2016, 09:32:43 PM
Well it's time to prep the truck for the road trip. I will be going from Vancouver to Calgary to North-Western Ontario and back. It will be roughly a 3400mile round trip.

The problem I may run into is that it is still below freezing here. It will make for a tough time getting the truck properly coated. I am trying to see if I can get into a friend of a friend's shop to do it.

I know there are a few "experienced" folks here, so I'm open to any input on something I may be missing.

 - I plan on coating the whole truck with Opti-Coat and C.A.R Bullet Proof. Some areas will get one, and some the other.
 - Aeroskin bug deflector. (every time I cross the mtn's in the winter the front of the hood gets chipped)
 - Adding cable to be able to drop the rear seat and store behind it.
 - Fluid film and Krown application to all door bottoms, underneath and suspension components
 - Windshield washer fluid swapped for low-temp fluid.
 - New Ridge Grappler tires, going on Monday
 - Flashlight, compressor, tire plugs, tool kit, tow strap, clevis hitch, Regular hitch, boots, sleeping bag, glove, propane heater, tire chains to be stowed behind the back seat. Shovel in the box.
 - Small flashlight, knives, multi-tool, etc. in center console.

I will have proper winter apparel by default.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 18, 2016, 02:33:51 AM
Unless you can leave the truck in that shop for 24 to 36 hrs at 60* or better, I would not bother with putting paint coating on it.  OptiCoat ( gloss ) it still workable for 24 hrs after application as it has not fully cured.

You might as well go with a sealant like Powerlock or a Wipe on Walk away sealant like Opti-Seal

2 coats of Menz PL should do the job for 90%+ of that trip.

My 2006 was PL on the hood and sides and would get another coat in the middle of winter and that did the job for me.  I could tell when the salt spray had taken it's toll on the sides.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on December 18, 2016, 07:57:14 AM
I'm about to embark on a similar length trip. (Round trip to Colorado.) I'm going to take it to the marina's heated bay and apply a coat of CAR Bullet Proof if I get enough time. If I'm pressed for time, it'll get a coat of Menzerna Power Lock and the BP when I get back. So I guess I'm agreeing with Steve here.

Drive safe!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 18, 2016, 06:20:17 PM
Thanks for the input guys! I've been doing some reading and have come to the same conclusion.

It's meant to hit +7c (45f) here tomorrow, so the plan will be to wash it up and park it in the garage tomorrow night with a space heater. Leave it in the garage all day on Tuesday with heat and then knock out the PowerLock Tuesday night. Leave the heat on and say it's good enough by Wednesday morning.

Any input on maybe doing Chemical Guys V04 and them PL? I would get a bit of extra "paint cleaning" out of the V04 and it leaves some sealant behind. Then top it with the PL.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 18, 2016, 11:23:28 PM
I would not use an AIO then PL myself, if I am looking for surface adhesion.

I have always gone with PB ProPolish then PL after polishing the surface.

It is just the way I think after doing so many Opti-Coat / Opti-Gloss applications. 
The surface needs to be clean of anything before applying Opti-Coat to the point of an IPA wipe down.

Dumb question time for me, is there a reason you are going after a polish at this point ? 
I would think waiting until after you get back ( and after winter ) before doing a polish on the paint.

I would be thinking wash, maybe a clay towel wipe down and then PL and call it good.
- You are going to get enough defects on the road and tunnel washing it while on the trip that it will need it later.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 18, 2016, 11:50:38 PM
That's a really good point. I really don't need correction at this point and will hit it with
Iron remover and a clay mitt prior to LSP. I'm guessing this trip will be hard on the sealant and I'll re-do it sometime before a proper spring correction and coating anyway.

Based on the forecast, I am 100% sure the truck will see a wand wash once I hit Winnipeg. I have a good friend that runs one and can use his buckets and wash mitts instead of a brush. I'll take some ONR with me just in case.

It may be just habit, but I like the idea of doing a mild polish prior to sealant. I figured the the AIO would help me cheat a bit, lol.

In the end, I think you're right and who knows if they will play well together anyway. Best bet is to stick to the basics and get it knocked out. We know PL holds up pretty well and I don't have a chance in **LL of getting a coating cured in time.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 19, 2016, 07:32:41 PM
You are correct, when every you touch the paint you run the chance of creating marring and more so when doing a clay ( clay substitute ) that requires at least a touch up polish.

I cannot say one way or the other if an AIO would reduce the surface adhesion; I just don't chance it.
- This is more drummed into my methods from Opticoat usage over the years.

In the winter I do go off script and skip the polishing for 99.9% of the time.
- I have gotten a wild hair in my ass and done a correction and PL on the Mrs' G6 in a snow storm waiting on it to let up to snow blow the drive.

Iron remover and clay mitt you should have a clean enough surface for PL for what you have going on for that duration.

I have the same issue in the Winter in Chicago; I really worry about protection not paint condition.
- I tunnel wash the truck at least 2x / month to make sure the bottom is completely cleaned off of salt.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 20, 2016, 03:07:53 PM
Made some headway yesterday.

- 285/70/17 Ridge Grapplers installed. already tested on dry roads, wet roads and snow. Very impressed with this tire. I cannot believe how quiet they are!
- Interior cleaned up
- modified the back seat latch so I can easily drop it to access behind it.
- Fit a few things behind the seat
- Recovery Strap
- 75ft of climbing rope
- Air Compressor
- Booster pack
- Seat Cover
- Yoga Matt (nice to lay on if you need to do something in the snow)
- Roll of shop towels
- Clevis Hitch
- Mechanics and Nitril gloves
- Underside and doors hit with Fluid Film and Krown rust inhibitor
- Installed the Aeroskin bug deflector

Tonight will be a mad scramble to get PL applied and some last minute checks done.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/CA397531-2362-4903-9333-275CA0222FF1_zpsjtqmyqum.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/CA397531-2362-4903-9333-275CA0222FF1_zpsjtqmyqum.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/1230BFFB-F7D9-4270-AF13-8915BA76E3BC_zps4gme1anm.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/1230BFFB-F7D9-4270-AF13-8915BA76E3BC_zps4gme1anm.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/AAE6AD17-C403-4382-8817-C296A9B0C32E_zpsv8xqzt5j.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/AAE6AD17-C403-4382-8817-C296A9B0C32E_zpsv8xqzt5j.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/D1F2C98A-F318-4A38-B254-4126773CC5C7_zpsabapnjga.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/D1F2C98A-F318-4A38-B254-4126773CC5C7_zpsabapnjga.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/4400E0B6-35AC-4990-9146-0D42A3F7E375_zps9mwpn9z4.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/4400E0B6-35AC-4990-9146-0D42A3F7E375_zps9mwpn9z4.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/F2500701-C47D-437F-885E-54B297C88AA4_zpsyxghg8et.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/F2500701-C47D-437F-885E-54B297C88AA4_zpsyxghg8et.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/3AB65DE9-E0AE-443A-9579-2D251BDE5CA5_zpshdxudvg5.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/3AB65DE9-E0AE-443A-9579-2D251BDE5CA5_zpshdxudvg5.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/C52349A6-3EC4-4844-85BA-20BA31D3AAF6_zpsf3j9z5ae.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/C52349A6-3EC4-4844-85BA-20BA31D3AAF6_zpsf3j9z5ae.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 21, 2016, 01:40:32 AM
Well Steve, all that typing for nothing!

Mother in-law has taken a turn for the worse. She's been battling Cancer for a year and has been hospitalized. The family has requested that my BIL and I get there ASAP (safely). Tonight was a mad scramble to get some stuff sorted out, truck packed up and the usual road trip checks (fluids, tire pressure, etc.)

I'm going to try and get some sleep and then hit the road as soon as I wake up. Picking up the Brother in-law in Calgary and then straight through to home.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 21, 2016, 11:00:40 AM
Crap, I hope it turns out as best as it can.

Best wishes to you and the family
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 21, 2016, 10:02:06 PM
Ryan, best wishes.  My thoughts are with you and your family.  Travel safe!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 21, 2016, 10:59:33 PM
Thanks guys, much appreciated. Made it to Calgary. I was held up for almost two hours while crews recovered Semi Trucks.

Truck got a rinse at the wand wash
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/243BA24E-0338-4989-9B94-E2B2A815E760_zps3hmvlhp2.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/243BA24E-0338-4989-9B94-E2B2A815E760_zps3hmvlhp2.jpg.html)

Some random pics
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(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Random/354A0A94-6159-427A-BB11-1CA0E23CB6FC_zps1okcnknt.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Random/354A0A94-6159-427A-BB11-1CA0E23CB6FC_zps1okcnknt.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Random/D3A6EDF4-FA7A-4DBB-BF01-C0D810CEEE94_zpsygkq7ygs.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Random/D3A6EDF4-FA7A-4DBB-BF01-C0D810CEEE94_zpsygkq7ygs.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Random/49202834-F25A-4345-B845-CD0FBFB5CD43_zps93yi8wlh.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Random/49202834-F25A-4345-B845-CD0FBFB5CD43_zps93yi8wlh.jpg.html)
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(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Random/52262012-4935-4368-85BF-D60D3C20C2E4_zpstyp93mvm.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Random/52262012-4935-4368-85BF-D60D3C20C2E4_zpstyp93mvm.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on December 23, 2016, 10:53:14 AM
Your truck looked a hell of a lot worse than mine did after 1,900 miles to Colorado. But I didn't run into any snow. And of course I didn't get any pics.

Good thing they weren't winching your truck up that slope! Looks like a scene from "Highway Through Hell" on the Weather Channel!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 23, 2016, 02:15:13 PM
It's funny as that portion of the highway is "Highway Through Hell" on the Discovery Channel.

Made it the rest of the way yesterday. Total drive time just over 27 hours. Truck did awesome. A little thristy on gas as it was loaded right up to max GVW and we were not going slow. Now I can enjoy some whisky tonight.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/9EE67444-309D-4323-BD01-2DC84D91D9B4_zps3dzhuowv.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/9EE67444-309D-4323-BD01-2DC84D91D9B4_zps3dzhuowv.jpg.html)

Stopped to meet up with Dad and transfer over some Xmas goodies (new tires for his truck)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/A44CB2BF-890E-4453-9DAF-6FCDB1FCFC44_zpsenkjvyp2.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/A44CB2BF-890E-4453-9DAF-6FCDB1FCFC44_zpsenkjvyp2.jpg.html)

Very impressed with these new tires for winter conditions, they did very well. I ran the tire pressure at 34psi, so that may have hurt the MPG's a little too.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 24, 2016, 04:29:29 PM
I'm a sucker for those mountain scenery pics. 

Glad you mad it safe unlike some of those semis. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 24, 2016, 06:24:01 PM
Am I reading that info center picture wrong ?

It looks like you averaged 100 kph on your trip...
 :Me:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 25, 2016, 09:28:59 PM
Am I reading that info center picture wrong ?

It looks like you averaged 100 kph on your trip...
 :Me:

Yes sir, I figure it's pretty good considering the idle time and road conditions. Even when doing very long stretches at 85 mph, it's amazing how fast the averages drop when you're on the 35 mph bits.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 26, 2016, 12:09:42 AM
Yes sir, I figure it's pretty good considering the idle time and road conditions. Even when doing very long stretches at 85 mph, it's amazing how fast the averages drop when you're on the 35 mph bits.


I was just wondering how you averaged 100 kph with roads like this
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Random/49202834-F25A-4345-B845-CD0FBFB5CD43_zps93yi8wlh.jpg)

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 27, 2016, 08:29:09 AM
That was one of the slower bits. The bonus is that nobody will go on the snow covered passing lanes when they come up after these road-blocks...except me.

I would post up some dash cam footage, but I don't have an SD adaptor for the PC. May see if I can download via the app.

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 27, 2016, 09:09:29 AM
Yes sir, I figure it's pretty good considering the idle time and road conditions. Even when doing very long stretches at 85 mph, it's amazing how fast the averages drop when you're on the 35 mph bits.


I was just wondering how you averaged 100 kph with roads like this
([url]http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Random/49202834-F25A-4345-B845-CD0FBFB5CD43_zps93yi8wlh.jpg[/url])

I don't even bat an eye at speeds like that in bad weather.  When you're job is to go out and clean up storms during and after, you get used to it.  I imagine being up Ryans way it just becomes a way of life.  When I was down in Tennessee and they got an inch of snow, all of the stores closed.  Bass Pro was still open so we drove out and I felt like such an ass for flying down the highway blowing past people but thats normal up here.  I didn't feel like I was speeding.  As long as you provide enough time and room to stop, and understand the pitch and grade of the roads, you'll do ok.  Sometimes that means you might go a quarter mile at a time going perfectly straight down the road while the wheel is turned and the truck is slightly sideways.  I always tell people to go out and find an empty parking lot and learn how their vehicle reacts in bad weather rather than be afraid of it.  My girlfriends sister is 19 and not allowed to drive if they're even calling for bad weather and is now afraid of it.  It's a damn shame and I hope there is never am emergency or she is going to end up in a ditch or an embankment.

I'm rambling...
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 28, 2016, 01:45:53 PM
Overall I agree Mike. I have been driving in bad conditions since I received my license. Driving on frozen lakes and rivers is the norm around here. My brother lived on an island and crossing a frozen lake was the main way to gain access in the winter. I will however say that constantly accessing the road conditions is key. Watching for changes in the reflection of the surface, brake testing (when you're away from others) and acceleration testing are methods I use often along the way.

Heck, I hopped out of the truck to take a leak and almost fell on my butt not far from the destination. The road was glare ice in the packed tracks. I was running along staggering the tracks and glad I was. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 28, 2016, 05:16:07 PM
Its funny you mention some of the stuff you look for while driving.  I dont give it much thought but reading your post I realize I'm just always aware of that stuff so I guess I am doing the same out of habit.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 29, 2016, 07:41:39 AM
Had to go out salting today.  On the way home it started snowing like crazy.  Roads went to crap instantly.  I think they were counting on daylight coming before the snow and didn't have anything ready.  The roads are around my house are crazy winding country roads with steep  grades.  Definitely found myself doing constant checks of the conditions.  I even slid right past one of the roads u needed.  Haha
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 03, 2017, 01:41:21 AM
Made it back home. Long drive, but the truck did awesome. I'll see if I can post up some of the dash cam footage as some of the roads were pretty sketchy.

The truck is really, really dirty. I hope to get the clean up started tomorrow.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 13, 2017, 06:43:54 PM
Truck is still really dirty inside and now has a nice long crack in the windshield. I'll make an appt to get it replaced when I get back next week.

I hope it warms up just a bit, so I can get the interior cleaned up and re-rinse the outside.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 13, 2017, 11:41:31 PM
How did the crack come about? 

My truck is absolutely filthy.  I'm starting to grow mud snards inside my doors.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 14, 2017, 12:00:16 AM
Semi tossed a rock while on a high mountain road. It was just a chip, but couldn't get it filled in time and it turned into a heck of a crack. PITA to get swapped out, but I can't stand a cracked windshield.

Wife and kid are away this weekend, hopefully I can get to cleaning the Edge and truck. Trying to find a car wash with enclosed bays, but they are rare around here.   
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 14, 2017, 10:04:42 PM
I was able to get the interior cleaned up today. Took it to the wand wash and rinsed it down pretty well.

Lot's going on around here and decided that I wanted to go for a bit of an explore drive tomorrow to clear my head. So I threw in all my emergency gear and removed the sway bar for better off-roadability.

Looking forward to heading out early tomorrow to see where the road takes me. I'll try and get some pics, should hit some scenic road.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on January 15, 2017, 11:56:52 AM
Semi tossed a rock while on a high mountain road. It was just a chip, but couldn't get it filled in time and it turned into a heck of a crack. PITA to get swapped out, but I can't stand a cracked windshield.

Just an FYI. If you happen to use Rain-X (either the wipe on stuff or the windshield washer fluid), don't bother trying to get a chip fixed. I found out the hard way that using that product prevents the chip repair epoxy from bonding. So I have a couple of chips in both vehicle windshields that I'm just hoping won't expand into full cracks.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 15, 2017, 09:33:47 PM
Semi tossed a rock while on a high mountain road. It was just a chip, but couldn't get it filled in time and it turned into a heck of a crack. PITA to get swapped out, but I can't stand a cracked windshield.

Just an FYI. If you happen to use Rain-X (either the wipe on stuff or the windshield washer fluid), don't bother trying to get a chip fixed. I found out the hard way that using that product prevents the chip repair epoxy from bonding. So I have a couple of chips in both vehicle windshields that I'm just hoping won't expand into full cracks.
Can't you just use something stronger to remove it first and then have the chip filled? 


Ryan, that sounds like a good day to me but a little worriesome about needing to clear your head.  Hope all is good. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 15, 2017, 10:17:29 PM
Thanks for the input, but it has turned into a pretty long crack. I was then hit again this afternoon right in the line sight for the driver. Pretty good chip that will crack shortly too. Only fix is a new windshield at this point.

Great drive, but I took a lot of pics so I'll start a new thread. I never like to post up too much on the 'ol net, but the drive was needed. The Wife and Boy had to fly out east to get back home as the MIL is on her death bed. Very tough situation. I'm flying out soon as well.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on January 16, 2017, 07:20:31 AM
Semi tossed a rock while on a high mountain road. It was just a chip, but couldn't get it filled in time and it turned into a heck of a crack. PITA to get swapped out, but I can't stand a cracked windshield.

Just an FYI. If you happen to use Rain-X (either the wipe on stuff or the windshield washer fluid), don't bother trying to get a chip fixed. I found out the hard way that using that product prevents the chip repair epoxy from bonding. So I have a couple of chips in both vehicle windshields that I'm just hoping won't expand into full cracks.
Can't you just use something stronger to remove it first and then have the chip filled? 

According to the guy who came to repair mine, no. I guess once the Rain-X gets down into the chip, it's impossible to get it all out.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 16, 2017, 08:51:08 AM
Thanks for the input, but it has turned into a pretty long crack. I was then hit again this afternoon right in the line sight for the driver. Pretty good chip that will crack shortly too. Only fix is a new windshield at this point.

Great drive, but I took a lot of pics so I'll start a new thread. I never like to post up too much on the 'ol net, but the drive was needed. The Wife and Boy had to fly out east to get back home as the MIL is on her death bed. Very tough situation. I'm flying out soon as well.
Understandable.  I'm the same way.  I don't post much about stuff like that, at least on social media.  I actually tend to vent more here to you guys, which is still the net but feels different.  Obviously we lost Cassies grandmother this past year to cancer which was, and still is, very hard.  My mom just had surgery for bladder cancer right before Christmas.  They said they got it all but as a precaution  they  she just started her first of 6 treatments on Friday.  It's a tough thing that I wish no one had to deal with.  My thoughts are with you.  Now where are those pictures!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on January 16, 2017, 11:20:58 AM
Understandable.  I'm the same way.  I don't post much about stuff like that, at least on social media.  I actually tend to vent more here to you guys, which is still the net but feels different.  Obviously we lost Cassies grandmother this past year to cancer which was, and still is, very hard.  My mom just had surgery for bladder cancer right before Christmas.  They said they got it all but as a precaution  they  she just started her first of 6 treatments on Friday.  It's a tough thing that I wish no one had to deal with.  My thoughts are with you.  Now where are those pictures!

Sorry for your troubles, that is rough to go through. 
I hope things turn out as best as they can for your mom.

you guys have had a rough 6 months in addition to moving.  That is a lot going on at one time !
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 16, 2017, 05:23:36 PM
Sorry to hear it's been tough on that end. You guys have had a lot going on.

The Mother in Law passed away last night. It was peaceful and painless after a long hard battle with Cancer.

To top it off, I just got the phone call that my Great Aunt also passed away last night. We were pretty close as I spent some of my summers with her and my Great Uncle growing up.

Now I have to see if I can make both Funerals, but doubtful as they will be 400 miles apart. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 16, 2017, 05:33:34 PM
I'm really sorry to hear that.   There's never any words that can make a person feel better in situations like these.  I'm glad your mother in law went peacefully.  Hopefully you can find comfort in remembering all the good times and knowing there is no more suffering.  One of the things that helps me with Cassies grandmothers passing and battle with cancer, is remembering her personality and  knowing what she would be saying if she was here to see everybody mourning her.  She would tell everybody "What can ya do?  Deal with it!"  Haha.    She told us that multiple times during in home hospice.  Funny woman she was.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on January 17, 2017, 12:03:55 AM
sorry to hear about your MIL & Grand Aunt.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 22, 2017, 11:42:12 PM
I picked up a 3" MBRP cat-back from Craigslist for $100. Like new, the guy bought it, put it on and then pulled it off later the same week to trade in the truck. Haven't put it on yet because I'm pretty sure it will sound like crap. But I couldn't pass it up for the price for some reason... :uugly:

Other than that, I doubt much more will happen with the truck in the coming months. It will be due for a sold detail and I'll tie up some of the smaller projects that are more time than money. The Wife and I have decided to seriously look into getting a new house in a different city. So that means tightening the belt and fast-tracking some debt pay off.

We'll see what happens. :dunno:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 04, 2017, 01:52:33 PM
Windshield replaced on Wednesday. Very glad I fought for an OEM replacement.

It was pretty funny when I went back to the shop, a bunch of the guys were standing around the truck. I walked up and asked if there was a problem or something. One guy says "just trying to figure out all the things you changed on this truck". One dude saw most of them. They were impressed with the mods and hadn't seen a bunch of them before. I showed them what they missed (overhead switches, AAL, wheel well liners and back seat access) and one dude started taking notes on his phone for what he could do to his.  :redneck:

Unexpected and made my day.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 20, 2017, 11:41:04 PM
Well, we talked about making a move and decided that this summer would just be too soon. Which is great, because I found a set of GT turbos a guy was selling in Canada. Not really a mod I was looking at doing anytime soon, but at the price I paid I couldn't pass them up. Also ordered up a set of ported and ceramic coated manifolds to help with the exhaust flow.

Probably won't be installing them anytime soon. Maybe I'll be able to get them done in a couple of months or so. We'll just have to see.

Just waiting on the weather to warm up a bit so I can do some paint correction and get some of the truck protected with a coating.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 21, 2017, 10:26:34 AM
New turbos?  I like the sound of that.  Are those stock manifolds or aftermarket headers?  I'm not sure how that works with turbos.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 21, 2017, 05:27:19 PM
They are OEM manifolds that have been ported and ceramic coated inside and out. Nobody is making "Header style" Manifolds for OEm location turbo's yet. Full Race say they have somthing the works, but they area a long way out.

These are the same turbos that come on the new Raptor, they move much more air and should keep intake temps down. We'll see how well they actually work.

Should be fun.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 29, 2017, 03:38:45 PM
Manifolds have showed up! Now I just have to finish up the parts list for nuts/bolts/gaskets and get them ordered.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 31, 2017, 07:43:33 AM
Annnnnnnnd... No pictures!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 31, 2017, 10:59:41 AM
I know, I know....Slacker

I haven't pulled the Turbos out yet, but will have to soon to see what he supplied for install parts. FYI, the manifolds came from Keller, TX  :nana:

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/8CC95375-818C-49CF-B39E-EA5F7DCE1702_zpststhqvky.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/8CC95375-818C-49CF-B39E-EA5F7DCE1702_zpststhqvky.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/4E92F898-E63A-442F-83B5-F61310121B1E_zpscebpbrme.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/4E92F898-E63A-442F-83B5-F61310121B1E_zpscebpbrme.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/4906C2FC-8B78-4C18-8B89-557788F7AE97_zpshsuez3zd.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/4906C2FC-8B78-4C18-8B89-557788F7AE97_zpshsuez3zd.jpg.html)

I'll compare the ported manifolds to the stock ones when I swap. but to give you an idea of how small the exit port on the oem manifold is, you can't fit a quarter in the opening.

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 31, 2017, 11:27:01 AM
Doesn't look like much, but it improves the flow greatly

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Random/Eco%20Manifold%20Porting_zpslv21zd9e.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Random/Eco%20Manifold%20Porting_zpslv21zd9e.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 31, 2017, 08:38:41 PM
Interesting.  So what's this last picture?  Is that a before or after picture?  It looks sort of like the current setup with the red circle representing the size of the after.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 01, 2017, 05:03:10 PM
Yup, should have explained it that one better. It's a OEM Manifold marked with how much material they remove. So, they will go out as far as the red circle to match the gasket and turbo inlet.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 01, 2017, 11:06:55 PM
That is significant.  I'm excited to hear your results and your seat of the pants impression. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 03, 2017, 10:45:54 AM
Kind of embarrassed. Gave the truck a good hand wash yesterday and the paint feels like sand-paper. Just awful. Looked at it in the light and there is tar and crud in the paint everywhere.

I'm going to see if I can start getting the paint taken care of in the evenings piece meal.

I just feel dirty driving it around knowing the paint is like this  :dope:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Obsessive Detail on April 03, 2017, 08:33:53 PM
Kind of embarrassed. Gave the truck a good hand wash yesterday and the paint feels like sand-paper. Just awful. Looked at it in the light and there is tar and crud in the paint everywhere.

I'm going to see if I can start getting the paint taken care of in the evenings piece meal.

I just feel dirty driving it around knowing the paint is like this  :dope:

You sound like me.  Our personal vehicles have been neglected lately because we have been so busy.  It's like by the time we are done, we don't even feel like doing our own vehicles.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 03, 2017, 08:39:32 PM
It's been so long I think I've forgotten how to wash my vehicle.  Windex and a brush should get it all off right?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on April 03, 2017, 10:23:40 PM
It's been so long I think I've forgotten how to wash my vehicle.  Windex and a brush should get it all off right?

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That is about your only option with how bad your water pressure is...

 :wow:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 05, 2017, 10:22:57 AM
Kind of embarrassed. Gave the truck a good hand wash yesterday and the paint feels like sand-paper. Just awful. Looked at it in the light and there is tar and crud in the paint everywhere.

I'm going to see if I can start getting the paint taken care of in the evenings piece meal.

I just feel dirty driving it around knowing the paint is like this  :dope:

You sound like me.  Our personal vehicles have been neglected lately because we have been so busy.  It's like by the time we are done, we don't even feel like doing our own vehicles.

I don't doubt you guys are busy! I saw on facebook that you are now handling some perfromance parts. That's awesome!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 05, 2017, 10:25:11 AM
It's been so long I think I've forgotten how to wash my vehicle.  Windex and a brush should get it all off right?

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That is about your only option with how bad your water pressure is...

 :wow:

Mike just needs to take it to one of those auto-wash thingys, I hear the ones with the rotating brushes work best to get everything off! Sometimes they do too good of a job and take an antenna or paint in the process  :uugly:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 05, 2017, 10:27:40 AM
170* Thermostat ordered and should be here next week. I have my parts list together and sent it to my Cousin to see what he can do for prices. Pretty surprised at how cheap the studs, nuts and gaskets are.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 05, 2017, 10:29:47 AM
Kind of embarrassed. Gave the truck a good hand wash yesterday and the paint feels like sand-paper. Just awful. Looked at it in the light and there is tar and crud in the paint everywhere.

I'm going to see if I can start getting the paint taken care of in the evenings piece meal.

I just feel dirty driving it around knowing the paint is like this  :dope:

You sound like me.  Our personal vehicles have been neglected lately because we have been so busy.  It's like by the time we are done, we don't even feel like doing our own vehicles.

I don't doubt you guys are busy! I saw on facebook that you are now handling some perfromance parts. That's awesome!
I saw that.  Good to see him expanding.  Saw the weather tech floor mats as well. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on April 06, 2017, 08:51:06 PM
Mike just needs to take it to one of those auto-wash thingys, I hear the ones with the rotating brushes work best to get everything off! Sometimes they do too good of a job and take an antenna or paint in the process  :uugly:

I have not seen one take off an antenna in decades; but point taken.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 06, 2017, 10:27:51 PM
Mike just needs to take it to one of those auto-wash thingys, I hear the ones with the rotating brushes work best to get everything off! Sometimes they do too good of a job and take an antenna or paint in the process  :uugly:


I have not seen one take off an antenna in decades; but point taken.


Still happens...
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Random/Antenna1_zpsmzcjei6g.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Random/Antenna1_zpsmzcjei6g.jpg.html)

But I gotta say, it has to be rare.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 09, 2017, 04:30:26 PM
Mike just needs to take it to one of those auto-wash thingys, I hear the ones with the rotating brushes work best to get everything off! Sometimes they do too good of a job and take an antenna or paint in the process  :uugly:


I have not seen one take off an antenna in decades; but point taken.


Still happens...
([url]http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Random/Antenna1_zpsmzcjei6g.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Random/Antenna1_zpsmzcjei6g.jpg.html[/url])

But I gotta say, it has to be rare.

That blows.  Damn aluminum.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 12, 2017, 04:26:09 PM
Co-worker let me know that my 170* T-Stat showed up today. slowly getting closer!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 12, 2017, 05:55:38 PM
What's left?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 14, 2017, 11:08:37 PM
The only thing I am waiting on is to get all the gaskets, studs, bolts, nuts, etc. They are sitting at the dealer waiting for my final word. I still have to confirm a couple of pieces.

Then it will just be deciding when I can actually get time set aside to swap them out. I'm guessing it won't be for a couple of months yet. I will need pretty much a whole weekend.

Depending how things go, I may do the intercooler at the same time. They are pretty pricey though, so we'll see what happens.

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 17, 2017, 10:32:03 PM
Started the spring detail on the truck. I'll have to post some proof, but all progress was halted by a nasty stomach flu yesterday.

Passenger side done with Dodo Juice Iron remover, Clay mitt, M101, M205, Wet Reflections past wax. Need to do the same on the drivers side. Then hood, roof, tailgate and bumpers will be hit with Opti-Coat 2.0 instead of Wax as a LSP.

Feeling a little better, so I'm going to head out and just put a coat of wax on the drivers side so it's protected will next weekend (hopefully less time will be spend re-claying).
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 18, 2017, 11:33:45 PM
Just to prove that I did at least start on the truck... :hp:

Iron Remover doing it's thing
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/33791995-6DA2-4D02-8A19-B5EB4D966813_zpslhmc4ks1.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/33791995-6DA2-4D02-8A19-B5EB4D966813_zpslhmc4ks1.jpg.html)

After a the wash and clay mitt
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/6A696CD3-9AC3-4155-AAB3-F8C064984A46_zpslvjau6mw.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/6A696CD3-9AC3-4155-AAB3-F8C064984A46_zpslvjau6mw.jpg.html)

Not so bad in some areas
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/1355C9DE-62C0-49AA-ABBC-79671ED30A80_zpshzovrwje.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/1355C9DE-62C0-49AA-ABBC-79671ED30A80_zpshzovrwje.jpg.html)

Not so good in others...
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/A09F7F2C-6DBC-4038-A272-A5AD4CE423D8_zps1cn01tzz.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/A09F7F2C-6DBC-4038-A272-A5AD4CE423D8_zps1cn01tzz.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/E006AFBB-C39E-4EE7-8076-6CE362D7944B_zpssrxgxwmo.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/E006AFBB-C39E-4EE7-8076-6CE362D7944B_zpssrxgxwmo.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/839B6C54-242F-4A6B-B4CA-01D552DE34D9_zpsgjou2nyc.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/839B6C54-242F-4A6B-B4CA-01D552DE34D9_zpsgjou2nyc.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Obsessive Detail on April 19, 2017, 02:37:58 PM
Lookin good!


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 22, 2017, 11:23:33 PM
Thanks Justin!

Made a bit more progress today, got the drivers side knocked out.

Quick waterless wash and check to see if I needed to re-clay anything, it was clean, so I just went at it.

M101 on an orange LCC Pad, then a quick switch back to a Meg's MF pad as it was cutting faster and leaving a better finish IMO. M205 on a white LCC pad. I made the decision to go ahead and try out the C.A.R. Bulletproof Coating I picked up from Justin a while back. I ended up doing three coats. Prepped with a Iso wipe-down before-hand.

It is REALLY EASY to apply compared to Opti Coat 2.0. Much longer working time and you can layer it. The true test will be in seeing how this BP coating holds up. I will be doing the hood, roof and tailgate with Opti-Coat 2.0 so I can directly compare.

Photobucket appears to be down currently, so no proof yet...

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 22, 2017, 11:28:34 PM
Trying to add photos via tapatalk. Had a bit of help today too
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 23, 2017, 06:34:05 AM
Man, where do you find the time?  Truck is looking good.  My truck is starting to develop interior rattles are driving me insane and I just can't get to them. 

I'm patiently waiting for the performance upgrades.  It's not even my truck... Haha

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on April 23, 2017, 07:21:15 AM
I'll be sending a rotary, wool pads and Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound for the little guy to practice with. Cute!

 :funny:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on April 23, 2017, 10:54:25 AM
I'll be sending a rotary, wool pads and Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound for the little guy to practice with. Cute!

 :funny:

It is even easier to use now that it is in liquid form

(https://curations-imaging.nexus.bazaarvoice.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.cdninstagram.com%2Fhphotos-xaf1%2Ft51.2885-15%2Fs640x640%2Fsh0.08%2Fe35%2F12543353_212235342452000_1870490271_n.jpg&checksum=bd4110ce&width=215&height=215&exact=true)

 :redneck:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 24, 2017, 12:02:57 AM
Man, where do you find the time?  Truck is looking good.  My truck is starting to develop interior rattles are driving me insane and I just can't get to them. 

I'm patiently waiting for the performance upgrades.  It's not even my truck... Haha

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It's why I'm doing it piece meal, just can't set aside a whole day to detail these days.

Funny you should say that, my brother was complaining when I was talking to him yesterday about the same thing. Rattles drive him nuts (he is certainly on the OCD spectrum). IIRC, his Duramax is a 2012.

I'll be sending a rotary, wool pads and Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound for the little guy to practice with. Cute!

 :funny:


It is even easier to use now that it is in liquid form

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 :redneck:


No, please no. I have a feeling that I will have enough "help" on my hands when he gets a bit older. He was already trying to use a MF to "buff" the paint.

I didn't want to take the truck out in the rain today, but a friend was in a bind and needed help moving some stuff. Hope the Coating had enough time to cure.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/00724A2A-E3C1-44CC-B456-F4FE1058C3A6_zpsbxsgeq8j.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/00724A2A-E3C1-44CC-B456-F4FE1058C3A6_zpsbxsgeq8j.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on April 24, 2017, 10:06:06 PM
No, please no. I have a feeling that I will have enough "help" on my hands when he gets a bit older. He was already trying to use a MF to "buff" the paint.


How hard can it be for him...

(http://www.armorall.com/sites/default/files/Ultra%20Shine%20Wash%20Wipes_0.png)

wipe on, walk away..done.
- there must be 20# of glaze in these things..
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 24, 2017, 11:01:00 PM
I can only imagine what your hand would feel like after using one of those...yuck.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 27, 2017, 11:15:55 PM
I have some friends that are a very bad influence. Buddy called me up and told me he found a wrecked Raptor and they were parting it out pretty cheap. I now have a Raptor Steering wheel and running boards. Really good deal, but unexpected.

He bought the rear shocks for stupid cheap, if they don't work on his '16, I'll put them on mine and give him my 2.0's as I know they'll fit.

Sad thing is that these parts will be in Winnipeg, no idea when I'll actually get them. :uugly:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 04, 2017, 01:03:45 AM
20" sport wheels were removed from the truck today and should be sold tomorrow. With the other Raptor Parts bought, I figured it made more sense to go with the Raptor wheels year 'round.

I'll be using the cash for a upgraded intercooler and possibly intake depending on the final cost.

Pretty sharp kid for 15 months. pays close attention to everything. He even got a couple lug nuts started on his own.
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Random/AC033F65-7F65-4277-B2BE-063297633DE2_zpsawajzrd2.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Random/AC033F65-7F65-4277-B2BE-063297633DE2_zpsawajzrd2.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/0D4E9F70-D6C8-41F7-A891-AAF8FC97B8E9_zpsq51aqczw.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/0D4E9F70-D6C8-41F7-A891-AAF8FC97B8E9_zpsq51aqczw.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 04, 2017, 11:28:00 PM
20's sold. I should have asked more, a dozen solid people interested in 24 hours.

Pretty excited as this lets me order up a bigger intercooler and a couple of other goodies. I'm really hoping to get the truck on the dyno this month to get a baseline and see what improvements the mods get me.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 05, 2017, 07:17:34 PM
I'm going to lock this post until the install.  I want results.  Damn tease...  Haha. Looking forward to the mods.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 06, 2017, 10:37:19 PM
Trust me, I'm chomping at the bit too. Swapping the Turbos will take me a full weekend, gotta time it just right.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 07, 2017, 11:37:13 PM
The little guy had a 3 hour nap today, so I was able to get the passenger side coated with C.A.R. BP coating.

Wash, paint check, M205 (really light pass), Iso wipedown and then 3 coats of the coating.

I beg your forgiveness in advance, no time to dress the trim, wheels or wheel wells.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/8C1A72B0-C83B-4CE2-AD24-5F4E90FBDDFD_zpszyuyezx8.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/8C1A72B0-C83B-4CE2-AD24-5F4E90FBDDFD_zpszyuyezx8.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/37C316A5-8796-4F67-9F65-4FE3153668B3_zpscyldyshw.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/37C316A5-8796-4F67-9F65-4FE3153668B3_zpscyldyshw.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on May 08, 2017, 08:00:53 AM
At least you are making progress on it.

I am screwed for doing anything this summer. 

The street in front of the house is getting completely tore up.
New storm and sanitary sewers, new water main and water lines to the b-box
- It is pretty much everything is coming out and being replaced.  Dust will be flying until mid NOV.

I am tossing the old pads in the trash, and putting everything in plastic for the year.
- I am going to be having serious withdrawal symptoms. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 08, 2017, 11:43:49 AM
Wow, that isn't fun at all! Construction is a necessary evil though!

I'm hoping this weekend or the long weekend (ours is a week before memorial day), That I can get the hood, roof, tailgate, grill and bumper all done with Opti-coat 2.0. Then I can compare durability.

Full Race Intercooler and Drop-in filter ordered up.

Now to schedule some dyno time to get baseline numbers. Really hoping to get it done next week.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 19, 2017, 12:22:50 AM
Getting closer to Dyno Day. Scheduled for the 30th.

MPT sent me a updated performance tune and a "stock" tune with the speed limiter removed. That way I can do a clear comparison between 100% stock and tune only.

Tunes already ordered up for the mods, so I just have to get them installed and ask Mike to get me a base tune to start the data logging.

This is gonna be fun!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 19, 2017, 05:36:38 AM
Now you're talking!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 24, 2017, 12:40:15 AM
Finally got around to finishing this! Took forever as I started it (routing the main power) last year.

The goal was to have a power point in the bed of the truck. could be for camping, powering a small 12v cooler or just to be able to charge a phone, whatever.

I went with a three pot mount and put in a standard 12v socket, dual 5v USB and voltmeter. I rigged up the the 5v and voltmeter to be only on when I turn on the switch. The 12v is hot all the time.

Power was routed through a Blue Sea 6 circuit fuse box.
Main power is a direct 8ga (fused) run from the power distribution box under the hood.

before install
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/80B548E3-9BA7-43C6-ADEC-872BA52FE171_zpshx32i5o2.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/80B548E3-9BA7-43C6-ADEC-872BA52FE171_zpshx32i5o2.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/89E53173-7D1E-46EB-8991-B43359B07B90_zpszunerrpi.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/89E53173-7D1E-46EB-8991-B43359B07B90_zpszunerrpi.jpg.html)

Man, I hate drilling holes, but I figured worst case scenario that I can just put rubber grommets in the holes.
Holes sprayed with zinc-rich rust converter spray after drilled
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/3FF3A546-E8ED-4CA7-AA51-80D7A8A2C87E_zpsxibayl25.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/3FF3A546-E8ED-4CA7-AA51-80D7A8A2C87E_zpsxibayl25.jpg.html)

Hole drilled in the back of the stake pocket and grommet put in to protect the wiring
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/41ACB268-95A1-4EBB-A11B-5AC91B12FFD3_zpsxfvwm36y.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/41ACB268-95A1-4EBB-A11B-5AC91B12FFD3_zpsxfvwm36y.jpg.html)

Main power run into the Blue Sea box
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/204A8727-4192-41A9-BE57-56586C17C6D4_zpsvjgzhp9p.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/204A8727-4192-41A9-BE57-56586C17C6D4_zpsvjgzhp9p.jpg.html)

Box is affixed with 3M two sided tape
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/12736134-BA2D-423A-A367-123BAF9EBA40_zpsvxwpihof.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/12736134-BA2D-423A-A367-123BAF9EBA40_zpsvxwpihof.jpg.html)

Box mounted
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/42E842BA-D92E-4F71-A694-810B8367C6F8_zpsdcgqqwyx.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/42E842BA-D92E-4F71-A694-810B8367C6F8_zpsdcgqqwyx.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/31D7FDF9-6E0B-4AF1-BC09-7A36D99C7628_zpsffwyicg2.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/31D7FDF9-6E0B-4AF1-BC09-7A36D99C7628_zpsffwyicg2.jpg.html)

Power connected to the main distribution box
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/4BC5355F-C9F1-4565-B91A-BC11B6458FE4_zpsznvjkkce.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/4BC5355F-C9F1-4565-B91A-BC11B6458FE4_zpsznvjkkce.jpg.html)

Looks pretty good to me and out of the way. Almost OEM, lol.
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/8ABC2697-FFAC-415F-83D8-0905E4A3437B_zpsyxu9sqcr.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/8ABC2697-FFAC-415F-83D8-0905E4A3437B_zpsyxu9sqcr.jpg.html)

Switch turned on
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/F11DFA93-9E1F-46AF-9FD7-D58C33AB1A4F_zpshygrhxab.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/F11DFA93-9E1F-46AF-9FD7-D58C33AB1A4F_zpshygrhxab.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 24, 2017, 12:42:34 AM
The bonus is with the Blue Sea box in the back, I now have easy power for reverse light or anything else I want power for at the back of the truck.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on May 24, 2017, 06:29:37 PM
that turned out very nice, great job !!!  :clap:

I am a junkie for those Blue Sea dual USB ports.  I keep 2 or 3 of them in the garage; just in case.
- Another mfgr has a 4.2 A dual, instead of the 2.1A.

I had 2 mounted in the center console in the '0 F150 and I put one in the Nav on the side of the center console.  I just feel like I need to have dedicated power USB ports.
- MKZ came with 2 USB ports in easy reach for the Mrs.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on May 24, 2017, 06:37:19 PM
Nice, professional looking installation!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 25, 2017, 11:06:20 PM
Thanks Guys!

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

Next up is the Dyno runs next week. Really curios to see what the numbers will be. I have a rough idea, but still looking forward to real data for my truck.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 30, 2017, 10:38:42 PM
Dyno runs all done, but something was off in how they had it set up. I logged the runs and sent to Mike for some input. Stock numbers made sense, but the tuned numbers were off, like way off. There may have even been an issue with how I loaded the tunes (not going back to stock between loads)

I'll see what Mike has to say and go from there. I would like to know what he thinks before I start bolting stuff on. It may even be worth it to hit a different dyno.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/05B4DF31-8B17-47E6-932F-3881BE02E209_zpskm9xuja7.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/05B4DF31-8B17-47E6-932F-3881BE02E209_zpskm9xuja7.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/6498E5D7-31E8-4EA1-A9F1-82F0B45F479A_zpsk1seoe8o.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/6498E5D7-31E8-4EA1-A9F1-82F0B45F479A_zpsk1seoe8o.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 31, 2017, 07:29:40 PM
Dyno time isn't necessarily cheap is it?  Bummer something seems off.  What kind of numbers are you looking at.  You can't leave that kind of info out!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 01, 2017, 12:12:55 AM
Dyno time is not cheap, but the guy seemed to know what he was doing.

Stock the truck put down an expected 281whp, but was a little higher tq wise @ 380wtq (should be about 350-360).

With MPT's biggest tune (93 octane PRX), it made more power from 2400rpm to 4300rpm, but then ended the same as stock higher in the RPM band. So not what it should be. The logs show that it should be making considerably more power than the Dyno was telling us. I don't want to say what the Dyno said because it's not fair to MPT as something was certainly off. Logs were saying around 340whp peak.

I may go do a couple more pulls before I put the Turbos on just in hopes of better numbers, but in the end it doesn't really matter. When the stuff is all bolted on that's when I'll care what it's making.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 01, 2017, 08:48:48 PM
I'm a little confused as you basically said the truck made the same power tuned as stock but just later in the rpm range with a steeper climb mid-range.  But then you also said you don't want to say what it made unless you were just referring to torque, otherwise you may want to edit.  I understand not wanting to put out any negative vibes toward a company.  Especially before knowing the issue yet.  It's just as important to me that the customer service be as good as the product so if it all gets worked out then it's all good anyway. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 02, 2017, 12:14:26 AM
Yeah, wasn't too clear. I hope this makes more sense.

According to the Dyno, the peak HP numbers were very, very close. According to the logs, the PRX tune made way more peak HP.

According to the Dyno, the PRX tune made more power lower in the RPM band (2400-4300rpm) over the stock tune, but again, not as much as the logs would suggest. The power also dropped off in the upper rpm to match the stock power levels and curve, which is odd.

340whp is what the data in the logs show for what the PRX tune should have made peak, but the Dyno chart is telling a different story. I just don't want to post the sheet more than anything else, as it could easily be copied and tossed around to slander MPT. I personally don't think it's a MPT issue at this point, but working with Mike to see what next steps should be. He has been great and I know he will make sure all is good before the turbos go on.

So, in the end if I had more funds I would hit another Dyno. Since it doesn't really mean much with the planned mods that I'm doing pretty quick, I'm not terribly worried about it.

I will say that I will be VERY suspicious of the Dyno results next time if they show similar numbers. I should be easily over 400whp on that Dyno, even if it reads conservative.

I have been analyzing the logs over the last couple of days. Nothing is really standing out as to why they say I should be making the expected numbers, but the Dyno reads lower. The #/min of air is usually pretty reliable for knowing what the motor is making for power, but I also see really hot intake temps. Lot's of hot air will not make for great numbers, so it MAY be a big factor, especially in the upper RPMs. I'm really hoping the FR intercooler will be here next week. I'll put it in right away and see if it changes anything. I talked to the Dyno shop and they will give me a reduced rate to do a couple of comparative pulls.

It's all in good fun and kinda neat learning how to read logs better and see how this plays out. I'm not racing or chasing a number so it's all good.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 03, 2017, 12:48:51 PM
So are you leaning towards a Dyno error or just a faulty tune install, not to be confused with a poor tune?  You mentioned maybe it didn't load correctly. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 03, 2017, 03:28:59 PM
Seems to be a combination of Dyno error and Heatsoaking causing power to be pulled. I confirmed similar numbers in the logs, but with less heat soak after I did a complete set to stock, KAM reset and reload of the PR-X 93 tune.

I didn't run it up to 135mph like on the dyno, but ran it WOT for a similar length of time to get comparative logs.

I think Mike's tune is good, 0-60 and 0-80 times drop as they should (1.2/1.6 seconds or so).

At this point, I am just going to wait for the Full-Race intercooler to show up and get to work swapping parts. Due to some other stuff going on in life, I am currently planning on getting it done the last weekend in June. I should be able to get the intercooler in before that and will do some logging again. Curious to see what kind of effect the OEM 2/3rds block CAC has.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 04, 2017, 06:19:39 AM
I agree with doing the install.  Having all of the actual numbers to compare would be cool but ultimately worthless to you and therefore not worth the extra money for more Dyno time.  Knowing what you're putting down in the end on the other hand it fun info to have.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 05, 2017, 04:22:44 PM
Starting to find out more as we look into it. Mike reviewed some of my logs from last night and confirms that the "94" octane here, just isn't. Probably closer to 90-91 based on the timing being pulled. So that is factor number 3. Good to know there is actually some reasons for things being off. I have been doing some checking and other performance enthusiasts are claiming the same about our crappy gas.

Mike sent me a revision to adjust for it and I'll do some more logging after I try gas from another brand. He's happy to review logs now as it will help when he goes to build the tune for the Turbo's and other goodies.

Off to burn some more ridiculously priced gas!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 05, 2017, 04:23:45 PM
Oh, and the truck got a quick wash in the dark last night too.

This is a detailing forum after all... :uugly:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 05, 2017, 04:47:13 PM
I always use Shell gas when I can.  Next choice is Sunoco.  Sunoco is the only place I've ever seen 94 around here.  Sometimes you can't even find 93, only 92.  Makes you wonder though what you're actually putting in and you cant help but worry when it's recommended to run high octane and it might not be.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 05, 2017, 05:14:45 PM
The issue is that Chevron is the only brand here that lists anything above 91, so since it's not good for a 93 tune, I don't have any other options.

So, we'll give it a shot with gas from a different station, but I'm guessing that I'm ending up with a 91 tune. In all honesty, I'm fine with it as I'm not going to start mixing aviation fuel or VP additives/race fuel. That would be kind of ridiculous for 20hp.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 05, 2017, 05:26:39 PM
How do you trust it though?  I think I'd try to contact Chevron and see what they say about your discovery.  Maybe they don't even know and it's a certain station trying to pull a fast one.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 05, 2017, 05:53:39 PM
I'm trying to contact a dude on another forum that was actually able to test a bunch of gas brands for Octane rating. From what he has posted online (specific to this area) is that our 94 gas is actually 91 and the 91 is 90. Somehow they are getting away with it due to their "Method" of calculating the octane rating. Shell seems to be the most honest.

Looks like quite a few others have raised it to Chevron and it's gone nowhere, even guys that have blown up engines.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on June 06, 2017, 11:35:27 PM
I always use Shell gas when I can.  Next choice is Sunoco.  Sunoco is the only place I've ever seen 94 around here.  Sometimes you can't even find 93, only 92.  Makes you wonder though what you're actually putting in and you cant help but worry when it's recommended to run high octane and it might not be.

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Unless Sunoco has changed in the past few years, they have the highest BTU content for each octane.

This is what mike Troyer said when doing dyno runs and tunes for F150s.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 08, 2017, 10:49:12 AM
I always use Shell gas when I can.  Next choice is Sunoco.  Sunoco is the only place I've ever seen 94 around here.  Sometimes you can't even find 93, only 92.  Makes you wonder though what you're actually putting in and you cant help but worry when it's recommended to run high octane and it might not be.

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Unless Sunoco has changed in the past few years, they have the highest BTU content for each octane.

This is what mike Troyer said when doing dyno runs and tunes for F150s.

I wish I had more options, but we are pretty limited here. I did confirm with a couple of tuners in the area that the 94 Chevron consistently performs like 91-92 when it's fresh. Shell 91 has a higher RON (research octane number) than Chevron 94.

We have no-namers, Shell, Chevron, Esso, Petro Canada, Husky. And they all only provide a 91 octane option other than Chevron.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on June 08, 2017, 10:52:17 PM
I wish I had more options, but we are pretty limited here. I did confirm with a couple of tuners in the area that the 94 Chevron consistently performs like 91-92 when it's fresh. Shell 91 has a higher RON (research octane number) than Chevron 94.

We have no-namers, Shell, Chevron, Esso, Petro Canada, Husky. And they all only provide a 91 octane option other than Chevron.

I don't know what happens north of the 49th parallel with fuel, it could all be out the window.

Mike was only working from his area with fuel options down here in the states.
- the east side of the country has a ton of processing so I don't know if we ever see finished fuel from CAN or just sand flats crude..

I do not get Sunoco until I am in Indy or over in MI.
- The ones in MI are usually in sketchy areas of DTW.... :wow:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 10, 2017, 12:44:06 AM
Pretty much 100% of our fuel comes from US processing plants, yet the fuel is different somehow.

I know out east around Toronto, you can get better gas and there are more 91+ Octane options.

All well, can't do much about it and if I do happen to find better fuel, the truck will adjust (somewhat) for it.

The goal is 400whp, we'll see if we can actually hit it running water for gas...
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 14, 2017, 11:37:08 PM
Progress!

Intercooler arrived today as scheduled. I honestly thought I would have to wait until at least tomorrow.

Showed up at my door 1:30, installed and the truck was running by 3:30. Pretty straight forward, probably should have read the instructions as I have a tiny screw left over in the parts, but think it may be for the eBOV elbow. The only real pain was the supplied vacuum line for the BOV was too small for the fitting on the intake. I had to rig up an adapter using some fuel line parts I had. I'll be getting a proper adapter and line tomorrow.

I know it's been mentioned many times before, but they don't mess around with the packing!

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/5E814C5A-3BA4-46D1-B48D-AA480AD12D5A_zpsu4yop38x.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/5E814C5A-3BA4-46D1-B48D-AA480AD12D5A_zpsu4yop38x.jpg.html)

Awesomeness
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/07BD03C3-4E24-421E-904B-CFA9BFFD7C67_zpsstqsds5c.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/07BD03C3-4E24-421E-904B-CFA9BFFD7C67_zpsstqsds5c.jpg.html)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/5AECCCEF-AF9E-4D8B-B941-AF8D012A8025_zps1hmx8jgj.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/5AECCCEF-AF9E-4D8B-B941-AF8D012A8025_zps1hmx8jgj.jpg.html)

It's hard to see, but I do have a "corked up" OEM CAC. Really too bad, but whatever it's out now.
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/777B0074-67F4-4C2B-BB4A-0DEE42EC9295_zps7terpeur.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/777B0074-67F4-4C2B-BB4A-0DEE42EC9295_zps7terpeur.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/C7AF6415-FA96-4FBE-A252-BE26005075C9_zpsbld1z7ws.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/C7AF6415-FA96-4FBE-A252-BE26005075C9_zpsbld1z7ws.jpg.html)

Thanks to Chris H, I also installed a Tial BOV.
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/9943937D-67F6-497D-BA6F-7E1E1B2E0915_zpsd3s4wvn4.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/9943937D-67F6-497D-BA6F-7E1E1B2E0915_zpsd3s4wvn4.jpg.html)

I'll hopefully do some datalogging in the next couple of days to compare IAT2 temps.

I also put in a AEM dry drop in filter.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on June 15, 2017, 05:43:24 PM
I have to ask the dumb question, why is there a Y pipe feeding it ?

Is that to work at cooling 2 streams instead of a single stream of air ?

(https://www.full-race.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/9b-clamps.jpg)

I don't know what the guts of it are, from not doing much research on it.
- I have the 5.4 N/A engine and the wife's 3L twin turbo does not need help in that small of a vehicle.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 15, 2017, 11:54:50 PM
Not a dumb question at all.

That is where the two hot pipes from the Turbos connect to the intercooler. They run directly to the OEM intercooler as two individual pipes.

On the other end, it's a single pipe running up to the intake. The BOV mounts on the cold-side pipe close to the intercooler.

It's a pricey unit, but honestly the nicest built and most complete kit (you get a "free" cold-side pipe which is $200ish by itself).

Very impressed with the quality and it allows me to run a winch in the future (gotta keep your options open, ya know, lol)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on June 16, 2017, 08:30:51 AM
Got it !

I was looking at it backwards, not realizing the single side of the Y went to the full race intercooler.

The pictures on the full race web site install section are small, so I am trying to magnify them to see what the heck you had to do with the install. 
I was curious what it was, what appeared to me, so quick of an install.

Now that you post that, I can understand what the heck I am looking at.

From the turbos
(https://www.full-race.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/5a-couplers-ypipe.jpg)

Factory unit
(https://www.full-race.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/3h-disassembled.jpg)

The factory BOV is it a eBOV ?
If it is beyond the additional vac line, is there programming needed for the PCM, or is there no feedback to the PCM from the eBOV ( it is a boost confirm to the PCM )  ?

The install does not show the BOV, is that up high in the engine compartment ?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 16, 2017, 04:30:22 PM
The website has awful pics for trying to figure it out. It was a quick install, the OEM intercooler drops out in 10 minutes or so. It took me more time to fight some of the rubber joints on than it did to tighten up all the clamps. I didn't even need to read the instructions, everything was pretty straight forward.

I'll take a couple of pics this weekend of the Tial BOV so you can see where it sits now. The idea is that it's in the lowest location of the system, so that it will evacuate any possible build up of condensation. It's on the cold side of the intercooler between the intercooler and the cold-side pipe going to the intake. It's pretty much on the bottom of the intercooler. It requires a vacuum reference to open (as traditional BOV's work). There is a "spare" nipple on the intake that you can use, but requires an adapter. I rigged it up to work for now until I have the adapter.

The stock BOV is electronic and doesn't rely on any vacuum source. It's all controlled by witchcraft in the ECM. I also bought the adapter pipe so I could run the stock BOV if I wanted. I'm not 100% sure of the Tial operation in very cold weather. Also if I get back into doing any offroading, having a open BOV low in the truck can ingest water on water crossings. I wasn't sure if I would like the sound of the Tial BOV either, but it's way quieter than I thought, which is good. I don't need to sound like a Turbo'd Civic whenever I let off the gas.

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 16, 2017, 05:14:37 PM
I'm not gonna lie, I have always loved the sound of a BOV.  Haha.  Civic or not. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 17, 2017, 11:42:31 PM
Just to show the difference. Here are comparative 0-80mph runs. Same road, same everything except the swapped out intercooler.

OEM Intercooler
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/0-80%20OEM%20CAC%20IAT2_zpsl1pkq3jl.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/0-80%20OEM%20CAC%20IAT2_zpsl1pkq3jl.jpg.html)

Full Race Intercooler (orange line is the speed)
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/0-80%20Full%20Race%20IAT2_zpsbrkm2sz1.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/0-80%20Full%20Race%20IAT2_zpsbrkm2sz1.jpg.html)

I'm really itching to get the turbos on now!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 19, 2017, 06:23:15 PM
What do the numbers on the graph represent.  Maybe a stupid question.  I assume the numbers running vertical are the temperature in F.  What's the graph show on the bottom?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 19, 2017, 10:48:51 PM
The bottom numbers are the "Seconds" of the log".

So the top 0-80 is 984 seconds into the datalogging I took.

Make sense?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 20, 2017, 04:03:59 AM
Yup.  Simple enough.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 24, 2017, 10:19:20 PM
To give you an idea on where the BOV sits. This is looking up from underneath and towards the Drivers side.

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/62315EDA-E0AE-4A59-91FB-0151CE709C1E_zps0wjewik4.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/62315EDA-E0AE-4A59-91FB-0151CE709C1E_zps0wjewik4.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 26, 2017, 01:24:51 AM
Well Mike, I hope to actually have some progress pics for you by the end of next week. If I can get some work stuff sorted out, I plan on taking Thursday/Friday off to get the Turbo's installed.

I believe I have everything in order to get them done. I'm going to pick up another MAP gas torch that has a hose instead of threading right on the bottle. Should make it easier to get some of the bolts heated up.

Then, fingers crossed I don't hit any snag's.

Another guy just tuned his GT's with MPT and hit 452hp/512tq at the wheels. I would be pretty happy if I can get close to that.

I know that you could double that with just a tune on the old dirtymax, lol.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 26, 2017, 12:42:09 PM
Those numbers would make for one heck of a fun daily driver.  My old truck with the 6.2 was a lot of fun so I can only imagine. 

Ahhh, the need to tune the dmax is real.  Haha.  Im just paranoid.  I've never been paranoid with any of my past vehicles. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 27, 2017, 04:32:37 PM
Yeah, it would be roughly 530hp at the crank so not too shabby for a little wee-6.

Your D-Max is a very stout motor and can take a tune no problem. I just don't know how GM is about warranty stuff. I've heard that the Dodges have a flash counter to tell if a truck has been tuned, not sure about the GM's.

I'm sure there are some sneaky folks out there that have found a way around it with a piggy-backing system.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 27, 2017, 04:49:27 PM
Yeah, it would be roughly 530hp at the crank so not too shabby for a little wee-6.

Your D-Max is a very stout motor and can take a tune no problem. I just don't know how GM is about warranty stuff. I've heard that the Dodges have a flash counter to tell if a truck has been tuned, not sure about the GM's.

I'm sure there are some sneaky folks out there that have found a way around it with a piggy-backing system.
Banks claims to have a safer tune than factory that adds something like 120hp and a dealer cant tell it's there providing you return to stock before taking it in.  However, EVERYONE was claiming BS and that they know for a fact GM can tell.  So who knows.  I imagine it depends on the dealership as far as if they will cover something.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 28, 2017, 02:00:37 PM
Do they offer their own warranty? 5 star does for F-150's. It's not cheap, but a heck of a lot cheaper than a motor.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 28, 2017, 02:04:23 PM
Mike has sent me a base tune for the GT's. I think I'm going to start tearing into the truck tomorrow.

Getting Nervous, I don't have a lot of time if something goes wrong (I fly back out on July 4th).

Wish me luck.

As a side note, I found a very cheap AFE Stage 2 intake. Problem is that it's for a 2011 that has a different sensor in the intake tube. So I will have to make some sort of adapter plate.

Still saved over $500 over grabbing a new one.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 28, 2017, 07:23:11 PM
No idea on the warranty.  I didn't look in to it myself.  It was all forum talk. 

Saved over 500?  How much does one cost new?  I remember I had an AFe stage 2 intake on my Expedition years back. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 29, 2017, 11:29:33 PM
New, up here the same intake is $700 plus taxes (with cover). I picked this one up for $200. I wouldn't have paid that much for one new though!

Turbo's and manifolds done!

Started at 7:30 and was rolling again by 4:30. No real surprises. All the bolts came out without issue. Had to fight one of the coolant lines off the drivers side turbo.

Got it all buttoned up and then realized I forgot to put in the 170* t-stat, opps. Probably just going to leave it out and see how things go. I can always throw it in later and get an adjusted tune.

Planning on getting the Cat-back and intake done tomorrow.

Pics for proof!
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/B445846F-B3BB-414A-9B1F-21CF7BC49465_zpsgga2scll.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/B445846F-B3BB-414A-9B1F-21CF7BC49465_zpsgga2scll.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/2E42629B-AF39-4280-BECB-95BA366971F1_zpsyivsliwi.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/2E42629B-AF39-4280-BECB-95BA366971F1_zpsyivsliwi.jpg.html)

SPD adapter on top of the oem one. A bit of a difference.
(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/096CCDE4-7121-4600-BE76-61DD85C1AE7C_zpsa0pfbttd.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/096CCDE4-7121-4600-BE76-61DD85C1AE7C_zpsa0pfbttd.jpg.html)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/68F8587D-87AB-4B52-81E5-28BE16A12B15_zpsgumrbxsu.jpg) (http://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/68F8587D-87AB-4B52-81E5-28BE16A12B15_zpsgumrbxsu.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 30, 2017, 06:15:35 AM
I think you're having a picture hosting issue.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 30, 2017, 09:42:58 AM
 :funny:

Yup, done with photo bucket. Too bad, but I'm not paying $500 a year to be able to post pictures in forums.

Once I have some time, I'll swap over to Imgur.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 30, 2017, 11:56:07 AM
:funny:

Yup, done with photo bucket. Too bad, but I'm not paying $500 a year to be able to post pictures in forums.

Once I have some time, I'll swap over to Imgur.
Until then, I guess you really didn't get anything done.  Being there's no proof and all...

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 04, 2017, 11:28:47 PM
There's proof on my phone, just have to get it on tapatalk and post, post, post.

Away visiting family out east the rest of the week.

Took the truck to do some data logging early on Sunday morning, what a beast! Even on the mild, near stock tune, it feels really strong right to redline.

I don't think I'll be keeping the intake though, too loud. You don't really hear the turbo's, just air sucking noise.

The exhaust is still debatable, I think I'll add a small Magnaflow muffler in place of the resonator and see if I like it better. If not, it's going back to stock with the stock resonator removed.

Very happy with how it's turning out. Think I'm close to letting it just sit like this for a while.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on July 05, 2017, 09:36:48 AM
the tune you have is already setup for the intake and new turbos ?
- Cold be the turbo swap is direct with no need, I have no clue on the turbo engines.

The cat back is not impressive to you so far ?

Sounds like a lot of work, all I did was transplanting this weekend  :dunno:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 05, 2017, 05:58:01 PM
The intake is too loud?  I don't mind that air sucking sound.  I'd be disappointed if it caused me to not hear the turbos but if it's beneficial then I'd live with it. 

What's wrong with the exhaust?  Maybe it's in the thread somewhere but what did you replace it with?  Why are your only options catback plus magnaflow or stock minus resonator?  Why not catback without the resonator all together?  Or are you trying to quiet it down? 

Glad to hear it's running strong though! 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 05, 2017, 10:38:08 PM
the tune you have is already setup for the intake and new turbos ?
- Cold be the turbo swap is direct with no need, I have no clue on the turbo engines.

The cat back is not impressive to you so far ?

Sounds like a lot of work, all I did was transplanting this weekend  :dunno:

Tune was a "starter" for the Turbos. Mike has done quite a few of them now so he starts out pretty close. Additional logging is done to dial in for my particular set up and truck. Intake doesn't play in a ton to the performance as the stock intake is pretty good. This CAI is loud. I may try to mess with it a bit.

The Cat-back has a decent tone (for a V6), but is too loud for my liking. Getting old I guess. the Quiet "refined" sound of the stock truck has actually grown on me.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 06, 2017, 06:41:44 AM
I can understand the quieter exhaust being appealing.  I was tired of the sound of my 6.2 and welcomed the Duramax with open arms.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 13, 2017, 12:03:29 AM
Ordered up a 6" round Magnaflow muffler to replace the front resonator. Should get the decibel level down enough. If not, I'll pull it and sell it for more than I paid.
Since back form the trip, I've been able to drive the truck more. It runs really strong, I hope my butt dyno isn't way off and it's all placebo.

I've been trying to call to get some dyno time booked, but haven't been able to make it happen. Big trip planne in two weeks and I would like to get numbers and logs for Mike before I go.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 16, 2017, 08:26:48 PM
A fun trip or a business trip?  I need to take a trip somewhere. 



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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 17, 2017, 01:44:47 AM
Fun trip thank goodness! Making the drive back home again to bring stuff there and back.

Also have a few "races" lined up. My brother wants to line up and kick my but with his Duramax and my nephews want to beat me with their Camaro SS and BOSS 302 Stang.

Should be fun. I expect they will all beat me in the 1/4, but will be fun to give them a run.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 17, 2017, 01:49:06 PM
Dyno Booked for the 26th!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 18, 2017, 06:48:58 PM
Nice!  Looking forward to the results.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 20, 2017, 12:52:39 AM
Threw a fresh set of plugs in it in prep for the Dyno next week. The originals still looked great, but I figured I had them so I should just throw the new ones in.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on July 20, 2017, 07:43:48 AM
Threw a fresh set of plugs in it in prep for the Dyno next week. The originals still looked great, but I figured I had them so I should just throw the new ones in.

How many miles are on it ?

I did mine in my 2014 at 60K while the VCT solenoids were being replaced; not as if that is a good compare with the 5.4 to the EB.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 21, 2017, 10:43:52 AM
It only has 35k miles on it. But, I kept reading about how hard the eco is on plugs. I guess mine is some sort of unicorn and the plugs were ok.

People say that they have to replace their plugs every 15k miles when tuned, or they have "blow-out" issues. Mine were fine and still close to the original gap.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on July 21, 2017, 12:55:23 PM
It only has 35k miles on it. But, I kept reading about how hard the eco is on plugs. I guess mine is some sort of unicorn and the plugs were ok.

People say that they have to replace their plugs every 15k miles when tuned, or they have "blow-out" issues. Mine were fine and still close to the original gap.

Either that or the replacing plugs every 15K miles is over done, same as how the 2V 5.4L was very susceptible to the plugs blowing out.
- 3 people doing something turns into 300,000 per month for some reason with the rumor mill.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 21, 2017, 03:18:42 PM
It only has 35k miles on it. But, I kept reading about how hard the eco is on plugs. I guess mine is some sort of unicorn and the plugs were ok.

People say that they have to replace their plugs every 15k miles when tuned, or they have "blow-out" issues. Mine were fine and still close to the original gap.

Either that or the replacing plugs every 15K miles is over done, same as how the 2V 5.4L was very susceptible to the plugs blowing out.
- 3 people doing something turns into 300,000 per month for some reason with the rumor mill.

I'm sure it stemmed from the first two years of the motor. FoMoCo didn't have any consistency with the plug gap from the factory floor. So a lot of people had blow out issues and blammed it on the plugs "wearing out" too early.

I figured that I change plugs every 50k miles in my other NA vehicles, so a boosted motor (running higher than OEM boost levels) may need plugs sooner than that.

At least now I know and I will go 50k on this set, checking gap halfway through.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 21, 2017, 07:28:39 PM
The 5.4L in my 2002 Expedition spit a plug. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 21, 2017, 11:32:43 PM
The 5.4L in my 2002 Expedition spit a plug. 

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So did my 2000 5.4 on the side of a mountain while moving to Vancouver. That sucked.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 21, 2017, 11:39:13 PM
Couple of minor tweaks to the truck today. Cut out the resonator to put in a larger muffler. So basically running two mufflers now, lol. Volume was reduced and is now acceptable to the Wife. I prefer it now too. Just doesn't sound as good as a V8 and never will.

(http://i.imgur.com/dJK8q5G.jpg)

Also put in a GrillCraft MX lower Grill. Found it cheap on Craigslist and wanted something to fill the hole. I have "grand plans" to put in a winch sometime in the future, but it's a bit of a pipe-dream at the moment.

I ended up ordering the same upper grill and it should be here next week. Not a Raptor Grill like I wanted, but much cheaper and changes it up from the stock one that I just don't like.

(http://i.imgur.com/guUttpQ.jpg)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on July 22, 2017, 12:46:26 PM
The 5.4L in my 2002 Expedition spit a plug. 
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So did my 2000 5.4 on the side of a mountain while moving to Vancouver. That sucked.

This is how the 'high numbers' start.

This is 2 did. 
Mine, Toms and JPs did not, so some will come up with a 40% failure rate..
- 2 out of 5

 :dunno:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on July 22, 2017, 12:49:47 PM
...<snip>....I have "grand plans" to put in a winch sometime in the future, but it's a bit of a pipe-dream at the moment. ...<snip>....

Would a winch block the airflow down there ?

There was some plate mounting hand waving about with blocking airflow to the cooler.

I don't know one way or the other.

It was funny to me to read all the supposition on F150OL about the EB when they 1st came out.
- The 'you just have not had the problem yet' statements...
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 24, 2017, 11:41:53 AM
The 5.4L in my 2002 Expedition spit a plug. 
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So did my 2000 5.4 on the side of a mountain while moving to Vancouver. That sucked.

This is how the 'high numbers' start.

This is 2 did. 
Mine, Toms and JPs did not, so some will come up with a 40% failure rate..
- 2 out of 5

 :dunno:

I blame mine on me. I just did the plugs before the trip in preparation. I didn't pull out the torque wrench and torque them properly. I just did the good 'ol "snug" tightness.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 24, 2017, 11:45:30 AM
...<snip>....I have "grand plans" to put in a winch sometime in the future, but it's a bit of a pipe-dream at the moment. ...<snip>....

Would a winch block the airflow down there ?

There was some plate mounting hand waving about with blocking airflow to the cooler.

I don't know one way or the other.

It was funny to me to read all the supposition on F150OL about the EB when they 1st came out.
- The 'you just have not had the problem yet' statements...

One of the reasons I went with the Full Race intercooler. It relocates up to be in front of the radiator. I figured it would also pick up less road debris being higher. My stock intercooler has a lot of sand and rock damage.

So now I have the same available space as the 5.0. I was even considering moving my plate back to the center, but then put this grill in there instead.

It's not likely to happen, but with no grill something could fly in there and has a straight shot at the crank pulley/belt.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 24, 2017, 12:28:22 PM
The 5.4L in my 2002 Expedition spit a plug. 
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So did my 2000 5.4 on the side of a mountain while moving to Vancouver. That sucked.

This is how the 'high numbers' start.

I blame mine on me. I just did the plugs before the trip in preparation. I didn't pull out the torque wrench and torque them properly. I just did the good 'ol "snug" tightness.

This is 2 did. 
Mine, Toms and JPs did not, so some will come up with a 40% failure rate..
- 2 out of 5

 :dunno:
Mine hadn't been changed yet, at least not while I had owned the vehicle.  I'm guessing at this point but I had already put maybe 40k miles on it by that point.  I feel like that should never had been an issue in the first place but then again all mistakes are avoidable in hindsight. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on July 24, 2017, 08:58:19 PM
Mine hadn't been changed yet, at least not while I had owned the vehicle.  I'm guessing at this point but I had already put maybe 40k miles on it by that point.  I feel like that should never had been an issue in the first place but then again all mistakes are avoidable in hindsight. 

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It was not an issue for you, it was only an issue for a small number of vehicles.
- You were lead to believe it was an issue without seeing it; 'someday' it would happen.

My 2001 had a hard 65K miles on it when changed, also not an issue.

Your post reads as someone that expected it to be a problem...
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 25, 2017, 10:24:28 AM
Mine also had 160,000 miles of hard use on it before it spit a plug.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on July 25, 2017, 10:38:49 AM
Mine also had 160,000 miles of hard use on it before it spit a plug.

On the 1st set of plugs ?

I was pushing the AF ratio pretty hard on my 2001 for track racing it.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 25, 2017, 12:07:34 PM
For sure not, I do plugs every 50-60k miles. I don't like to let any plugs go longer than that. Coppers get replaced every 50k miles tops.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 25, 2017, 06:01:06 PM
Mine hadn't been changed yet, at least not while I had owned the vehicle.  I'm guessing at this point but I had already put maybe 40k miles on it by that point.  I feel like that should never had been an issue in the first place but then again all mistakes are avoidable in hindsight. 

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It was not an issue for you, it was only an issue for a small number of vehicles.
- You were lead to believe it was an issue without seeing it; 'someday' it would happen.

My 2001 had a hard 65K miles on it when changed, also not an issue.

Your post reads as someone that expected it to be a problem...
It absolutely was an issue for me.  It was an issue for anyone that it happened to.  I'm one of those people that thinks "it'll never happen to me." That goes for all things.  This was no exception.  I knew it was happening but I always assumed it wouldn't happen to me.  It did.  It shouldn't have.  I just feel like it was a poor design.  But like I said, hindsight is always 20/20.  What might seem ok at the time can turn out to not be the best way to do something.  Regardless, it seemed to be limited to one specific motor out of how many on the road from all different manufacturers?  It's not a coincidence.  It was indeed a problem, be it a relatively small one in numbers or not, still a problem.  Much like with all of the diesels on the road, the 6.0 was the only one with it's specific issues.  Every manufacturer has their issues but that doesn't lessen their affect on an individual.  I think for a while Duramax were having costly injector issues. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on July 25, 2017, 10:25:03 PM
It absolutely was an issue for me.  It was an issue for anyone that it happened to.  I'm one of those people that thinks "it'll never happen to me." That goes for all things.  This was no exception.  I knew it was happening but I always assumed it wouldn't happen to me.  It did.  It shouldn't have.  I just feel like it was a poor design.  But like I said, hindsight is always 20/20.  What might seem ok at the time can turn out to not be the best way to do something.  Regardless, it seemed to be limited to one specific motor out of how many on the road from all different manufacturers?  It's not a coincidence.  It was indeed a problem, be it a relatively small one in numbers or not, still a problem.  Much like with all of the diesels on the road, the 6.0 was the only one with it's specific issues.  Every manufacturer has their issues but that doesn't lessen their affect on an individual.  I think for a while Duramax were having costly injector issues. 

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So it DID happen. 
You post did not read that way, with theplugs hadn't been changed yet, at least not while you had owned the vehicle

thank you for the clarification.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 25, 2017, 11:42:16 PM
Kinda nervous about the Dyno tomorrow. It's like taking your kid to hockey, you want them to do well, lol.

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 26, 2017, 03:07:27 PM
Well, what can I say. The truck didn't put down the HP number I was hoping for (400), but I did some math and I shouldn't be too disappointed.

Running 91 pump gas only, not Meth or anything else goofy. Mustang Dyno that reads 10% low compared to DynoJets, loss of 10whp thanks to the bigger tires.

Enough with the excuses.

Previous run (91 Octane tune only)
284hp/381tq

Today (Intercooler, Turbo's, Intake, Cat-Back, ported Manifolds, 91 PRX tune)
342hp/449tq

So a 17% gain HP and 16% gain in Tq, with much better curves. I would sacrifice some Tq for some HP, if I could.

If I convert my final numbers to Dynojet Numbers, they are 376hp and 493tq/

At the crank, rough conversion is  432hp  567tq

(http://i.imgur.com/WoDTUCp.jpg)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on July 26, 2017, 10:33:34 PM
Enough with the excuses.

Previous run (91 Octane tune only)
284hp/381tq

Today (Intercooler, Turbo's, Intake, Cat-Back, ported Manifolds, 91 PRX tune)
342hp/449tq

So a 17% gain HP and 16% gain in Tq, with much better curves. I would sacrifice some Tq for some HP, if I could.

That is nothing to sneeze at. 
Might have been a tad pricey to get there but without the expense you were not going to make it with the EB engine.

That is the thing, you are starting with a pretty well engineered engine, trying to make as much HP as it can on small displacement. 
- It is not like having a big sloppy 5.4 that can pound out HP without a lot of work.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 27, 2017, 12:07:21 AM
The sad thing is that I did a bunch of work to my old 5.4 and it didn't put down numbers like this.

There is a lot left on the table due to the fuel I'm running. Keeping everything else the same and just running better gas, it would put down 400whp.

Probably not going to do much else performance wise for a while. Next up will be down-pipes and turbo-to-intercooler piping. Should get me pretty close.

Looking at the logs, I could probably add a couple degrees of timing and still be safe. That would add 20-30hp.

It's all just fun in the end, had a good time at the Dyno. They knew right away that I was put some work in and the truck was running stronger. The high TQ is very noticeable when driving.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 27, 2017, 07:15:57 AM
The numbers don't really matter in the end as long as you feel justified based on the seat of your pants gain.  Atleast you know there's quite a bit more available to you.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on July 27, 2017, 08:01:35 AM
...<snip>...
Looking at the logs, I could probably add a couple degrees of timing and still be safe. That would add 20-30hp.
...<snip>...

Considering altitude and the wide range of temp, is this a good thing to push that hard ?
- I guess it comes down to how the dmap for the IAT is written and if you are changing the default or only under TPS > 80%

You don't want the truck to start retarding timing under load.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 27, 2017, 10:51:23 AM
The numbers don't really matter in the end as long as you feel justified based on the seat of your pants gain.  Atleast you know there's quite a bit more available to you.

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Yeah, honestly I am pretty happy. To some, I'm sure the number will look low. If you look at 5400rpm and compare the HP difference, it's around 120hp. That's the area of the curve where I reallly wanted to see the improvement. Peak HP is always the "go to", but when you look at the area under the curve, it's a big jump in HP.

Roughly 150hp gain at the crank @ 5400rpm. Nothing to sneeze at. The truck doe 0-60 in 5.12 seconds.

...<snip>...
Looking at the logs, I could probably add a couple degrees of timing and still be safe. That would add 20-30hp.
...<snip>...

Considering altitude and the wide range of temp, is this a good thing to push that hard ?
- I guess it comes down to how the dmap for the IAT is written and if you are changing the default or only under TPS > 80%

You don't want the truck to start retarding timing under load.

Agreed that it's a fine line. I can see though that the base timing is low for what it can pull on this gas. The knock sensor is seeing "0" knock, even when the truck is auto-advancing 5 degrees on top of the base timing from 4000rpm on. I'll talk with the tuner as it's his "rep" on the line. I would hold nothing against him if the truck grenades after I ask him to get more aggressive. Looking at fuel supply/AFR, IAT's and how much air the Turbo's are pushing, I can see that there is some power left on the table.

If he's fine with adding 2 degrees, I'll be pretty happy I think. No more funds for the truck till next summer, so I have time to plan what I'm going to do. Still toying with the idea of a new Raptor next summer or summer of 2019. Still loving this truck, so hard to make a change.


Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 28, 2017, 12:24:21 AM
Current upgrade list
Exterior
Raptor Wheels and 285/70/17 Ridge Grapplers (winters)
OEM 2016 Sport 20" with OEM Hankook's (Summers) - SOLD
Expel film on front Bumper
Spray in Box liner
Morimoto XB Fogs
Removed lower air dam
Access "Vanish" tonneau cover
AVS in-channel visors
AVS bug deflector
AS 2" level
Hellwig sway bar
Pro-Comp AAL
Fox 2.0 Rear shocks
Rear wheel well liners
EZ Tail Gate assist
Pop a lock tail gate lock
LED bed lights
Recon 3rd Brake light
Recon Tail lights
Recon LED puddle lights
ANZO LED marker lights
Flat black FX4 Bed decals
Custom flat black "EcoBoost" decals
Painted F150 emblems
Painted FORD emblems
50% ceramic window tint on the from windows
42" LED Light bar - Removed for FR CAC
12v/5v Power outlet in box of the truck

Interior
WeatherTech Digital Fit Mats
3M protective film on the door sills
Kicker Subgate upgraded sub
DRW-650 2-channel dash cam
Back seat access mod
Custom Hydro dipped door panel inserts and stereo surround
Full LED interior light conversion
Custom overhead light switch panel

Performance
SCT Xcal4 Tuner with MPT tunes (87 perf/chill, 87 tow/street, 91 Perf/street, 91PRX, 93PRX)
Full Race FMIC in Black
Tial BOV
AFE Stage 2 CAI
3" MBRP Cat-Back Exhaust (added Magnaflow 6" round muffler)
GT Turbos
Ported Manifolds
SPD Turbo adapters
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on July 28, 2017, 10:37:12 AM
Can I ask the dumb question.

why are you spending all this money on it, if you are considering replacing it next year or the year after ?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 28, 2017, 11:09:17 AM
Can I ask the dumb question.

why are you spending all this money on it, if you are considering replacing it next year or the year after ?

Because I have a problem :uugly:

It's just what I get enjoyment out of. I like tweaking and messing with stuff. I'm sure by this time, you've noticed I upgrade and mess with pretty much everything I own. I've been very good and not really touched the Edge. Some of the $$$ is lost when I go to sell, but I would be pulling a lot of stuff off of it and going back to stock.

I honestly don't know what will happen. If my cousin says they will give me a Raptor at A-Plan pricing or a sweet used one becomes available, I'm in. But, I can keep trucking along in this one too. I think if I were to keep it longer than the next couple of years, I'll likely start building a motor and trans for it.

I'm always open to the options. Life's too short to drive one truck forever. :yoda:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 28, 2017, 02:25:56 PM
Talked to the Dyno guys and starting to get at least SOME understanding of why my HP number is low.

Apparently the largest factor vs. a DynoJet (I ran on a Mustang Dyno), is that the Mustang calculates in weight and air resistance of a vehicle. It's more of a "real world" simulation. So since I have a big truck, the numbers will appear much different than a car with the same power at the crank. All the numbers Full-Race and the tuners are posting are closer to DynoJet numbers.

I'm taking this all with a grain of salt until I can get on a Dynojet. I'll be calling a shop today to book an appointment with them for when I return from Vacay. The purpose is two-fold. One so I can see the comparison and two so that my tuner can see a graph from a Dyno he is familiar with.

Using a usual 10% difference to calculate what a Dynojet may be compared to my Mustang Numbers, doesn't work in my case. That percentage it based on a 3000# car (obvious weight and Aero difference).

So stay tuned folks, we will see if we can get to the bottom of this.

As I stated earlier though, if you look at percentage gains, it paints a much brighter picture.

All on 91 octane tunes

vs Tune only
17% gain in Peak HP
16% gain in Peak TQ

@ 5400rpm (vs Tune only)
32% gain in HP
33% gain in TQ

You can also compare numbers to this video. The truck was run on the same model/style of Dyno

They made 327whp and 354wtq. I beat that TQ number by almost 100 ft-lbs

Look @ 28:30

https://youtu.be/0pf5oNsRicg
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 05, 2017, 05:45:05 PM
Made it to the in-laws. Had quick detour up to my Dad's place.

Left Wednesday Afternoon and arrived here last night.

2999km's or 1,868 miles so far. Truck never missed a beat.

Enjoying some beer on the deck watching the boats and planes in the river.

Hope y'all are enjoying the weekend!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on August 06, 2017, 06:37:30 AM
That is insane mileage.  Glad you made it and the truck a running good.  Enjoy!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 17, 2017, 12:44:41 PM
Vacay was too short as always. Made it back home monday night @11:30. Left Winnipeg around 5pm the previous day.

(http://i.imgur.com/VmR5GZI.jpg)

Had a great time with friends and was able to get the Raptor Boards and steering wheel installed. Still have a grill to put in (GrillCraft MX).

Borrowed Dad's Grizzly for some riding and also got to play around with a few other Toys
(http://i.imgur.com/y4Tnktg.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/KGDi6Mx.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/DhmBwQD.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/lBpMkiD.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/4Yej1yj.jpg)

Up with the Sun (usually way too early for me, lol)
(http://i.imgur.com/kSAhrxN.jpg)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on August 19, 2017, 08:38:54 PM
Looks like a good time.  I gotta get the Grizzlies out.  Think mine needs a new CV joint so i will end up swapping in a new axle. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 28, 2017, 11:17:35 AM
Raptor Boards and steering wheel, MX Grill and one of our poor meters in Houston...

(http://i.imgur.com/SJxcu1x.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/PdUypIf.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Hq7iqgt.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/JvaLOLJ.jpg)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 31, 2017, 04:33:19 PM
Put the bug shield back on. I didn't think it would grow on me, but seemed odd without it.
(http://i.imgur.com/VyXOP2n.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/kkdG9TG.jpg)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on September 01, 2017, 09:02:50 PM
Not sure how I feel about the grille.  I don't hate it.  Everything else I love though.  Looks great regardless.  I feel like the grille might look awesome in person though. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 01, 2017, 11:56:31 PM
To me, it really does look better in person. The camera puts a "fish eye" to it.

However, I will say that it seems a little to plain. I am going to see about getting a custom painted ford emblem and putting it in the center. Should break it up a bit and not look so "street".
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 06, 2017, 12:06:36 AM
I couldn't take the doors swinging wide open or only opening a few inches. Ordered up Door detents 3.0.

Should make opening the doors in the garage a non issue now!

http://www.northlightlabs.com/ (http://www.northlightlabs.com/)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on September 07, 2017, 07:02:37 PM
I didn't even know that was a thing.  Pretty awesome actually.  I don't think I have ever been happy with where any door stops.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 07, 2017, 11:10:10 PM
Installed them today. Only took 10 minutes. It's nice, my door doesn't hit thee edge when parked in the garage.

You can see the extra notch in the top one.
(https://i.imgur.com/yYNg4fj.jpg)

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 13, 2017, 09:39:14 PM
Well, Down-pipes are ordered. Did some work on some trucks (upgrade installs) and putting the money towards the last planned performance mod.

The owner at Full Race has been quite nice to me, so they will be coming ceramic coated.

Pretty stoked about getting these on. Should open up the exhaust quite a bit. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on September 15, 2017, 08:06:40 PM
New parts!  Woohoo!  Haha.  Always exciting. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 29, 2017, 02:48:44 PM
Down-pipes are on their way!

Should arrive when I'm back home Thursday of next week. I may work from home on Friday and throw them on. Itching to see what they do!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 02, 2017, 10:25:50 PM
Scheduled shipping with Fed-Ex so they arrive on Thursday!

I've been driving the truck to Seattle and back for work over the past few weeks. Racking up mileage that I can expense. I already told the wife the funds the truck makes the truck gets to spend...odd that she didn't see it that way too! :bore:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 05, 2017, 06:34:35 PM
Man, these things are very well made. Glad I got the ceramic coating, should keep them looking good.

The welds are amazing.

(https://i.imgur.com/8MOeiF5.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/KCVpm91.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/iS3b8ur.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ZvbpbWs.jpg)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on October 05, 2017, 06:57:37 PM
Wow those are really nice.  Now get em on!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on October 06, 2017, 06:32:12 PM
First JP shows off his new wash buckets on the dining room table. Now you show us your new exhaust on a beautiful hardwood floor. How the hell am I supposed to top that?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on October 06, 2017, 06:41:14 PM
First JP shows off his new wash buckets on the dining room table. Now you show us your new exhaust on a beautiful hardwood floor. How the hell am I supposed to top that?
I love the little.plastic wheel barrow next to the yoga ball and workout bench.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 09, 2017, 11:23:02 PM
Yeah, gotta have something for the little guy to do while you try and get in a few reps.  :uugly:

DP's installed yesterday. They were a major pain, every nut/bolt/fitting fought me the entire way. I put a set on a friends truck and it took me 2.5 hours. Mine took me 7 hours.

You sure can hear the turbo whistle now! I think it sounds really good, but the wife thinks it's too loud. I'll leave it for a bit and see if she gets used to it.

I was contacted by another tuner as he wants to use my truck to do some data logging and help him get together a tune that will work with these turbos. I get a free tune out of the deal. I told him I'm in, so we'll see how it goes.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 12, 2017, 09:43:31 AM
I'm going to have to get a video up for you guys, the turbo whistle is awesome!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on October 12, 2017, 12:32:07 PM
But has the wife come around to it yet?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 12, 2017, 12:59:53 PM
Nope, she hates it. All well, I'll throw the stock cat-back on it when I have a chance.

In the meantime, I'm on the road so much that it shouldn't make much of a difference.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on October 12, 2017, 01:21:25 PM


Nope, she hates it. All well, I'll throw the stock cat-back on it when I have a chance.

In the meantime, I'm on the road so much that it shouldn't make much of a difference.

Did you try to explain to her that her opinion is wrong?  Haha

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 12, 2017, 07:13:38 PM
I have to concede when it wakes up the kid in the morning.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 16, 2017, 10:39:34 PM
Crawled under the truck on Sunday and re-adjusted the DP's and then put the stock cat-back on it.

I won't be able to leave it on for long. Too quiet (pretty much stock even with the down-pipes) and I can tell it killed some power.

Maybe I can live with it through the winter and buy the Magnaflow cat-back I want.

Only things left on the truck I really want to do:
 - Cat back...again :redneck:
 - Fox 2.0's up front
 - Speaker upgrade
 - PTM fender flares (I have them, just got to get them painted)

I'll see how this Transmission thing plays out with Ford (noise from 3-4 and 4-3 shifts). I may just go ahead and order up a Circle-D torque converter to go in in while the transmission is out.

I'll be pulling some Datalogs for the tuner tomorrow on my drive to Seattle, looking forward to seeing what he can do.

Really happy with how the truck sits right now, one of my funnest and quickest builds to date.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on October 17, 2017, 11:44:47 AM
I think out of all of the vehicles I've had with exhausts, my favorite was my magnaflow cat back on Expedition.  Just the overall tone and driveability from a noise stand point.  Everything was spot on.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on October 17, 2017, 11:18:58 PM
I think out of all of the vehicles I've had with exhausts, my favorite was my magnaflow cat back on Expedition.  Just the overall tone and driveability from a noise stand point.  Everything was spot on.

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I liked the Bassani on my 2001 2v 5.4L over the magnaflow on my 3v 5.4L.
Could be cheating, the Bassani was the kit for the lightning and I took out that crap factory Y pipe and turned it into a X pipe before going to the dual mufflers.  I got the parts from Chickenears.
(https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.f150online.com-vbulletin/580x435/80-picture_php_pictureid_180087_b379ecac60ada7462c1f22843f233df3fd86a167.jpg)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 19, 2017, 12:31:35 AM
I do love bassani, they make some very nice stuff. on several vehicles now, I have been very happy with magnaflow mufflers. Just something about the tone I like.

I think I'll go with this
https://www.amazon.ca/Magnaflow-12579-Stainless-Steel-Muffler/dp/B000XQM1M6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508390833&sr=8-1&keywords=magnaflow+12579 (https://www.amazon.ca/Magnaflow-12579-Stainless-Steel-Muffler/dp/B000XQM1M6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508390833&sr=8-1&keywords=magnaflow+12579)

I'll have to talk with the local exhaust place and see what they would charge to cut it in and put in a resonator delete pipe. If I make it all 3", it should give me the performance I want and keep the volume down. Way cheap than ordering up another cat-back.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on October 19, 2017, 09:59:10 PM
I think I'll go with this
https://www.amazon.ca/Magnaflow-12579-Stainless-Steel-Muffler/dp/B000XQM1M6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508390833&sr=8-1&keywords=magnaflow+12579 (https://www.amazon.ca/Magnaflow-12579-Stainless-Steel-Muffler/dp/B000XQM1M6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508390833&sr=8-1&keywords=magnaflow+12579)

I'll have to talk with the local exhaust place and see what they would charge to cut it in and put in a resonator delete pipe. If I make it all 3", it should give me the performance I want and keep the volume down. Way cheap than ordering up another cat-back.

Do you want the 18" muffler or the 24" muffler ?
- The dimensions on that are 24" overall, 18" of muffler.

If you are replacing the muffler you have and deleting the resonator, you might be back where you are at now.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 21, 2017, 12:39:27 AM
I found a local that is on another forum. He is running the 18" muffler (24" overall) in the link above with the same down-pipes and no resonator.

We are trying to find some time to sync up so I can listen to it. I'm honestly in no rush as I have to set it all back to stock to get Ford to look at my transmission.

I thinking I'll be really getting back to having some fun early next year. So much going on with work and personal stuff, that the truck is getting tougher and tougher to spend time on. Just life, adulting sucks.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on October 21, 2017, 06:54:04 AM
Set it all back to stock?  How much of it has to go back to stock? 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on October 22, 2017, 12:44:12 AM
I'm honestly in no rush as I have to set it all back to stock to get Ford to look at my transmission.

Trans problem ?  Ouch that is going to suck pulling the items off that require a tune.
 
How much of that will work with the factory PCM load ?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 22, 2017, 09:18:38 PM
The truck would run 100% normal on the stock tune as it sits. The issue are the visuals like the intercooler.

Thankfully the turbo's look like stock and even have "FoMoCo" stamped on them. Nobody would know otherwise.

So I'll have to swap the intercooler, intake and down-pipes back to stock. pretty easy to do in a day.

I can talk around the manifolds if they ask as the are OEM, just ceramic coated.

It does suck, but if I can save $3-4k, I'll do it.

I'll just have to cycle the key like a 1000 times after I put the stock tune on it. The only thing they can see at the dealer level is the amount of key cycles which get's reset whenever you load up a tune.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 23, 2017, 12:50:53 AM
Well, I had a pretty interesting conversation with a Ford drive-line tech. I went to the dealer to grab a oil filter and he happened to be at the parts counter. He saw my truck outside and wanted to check it out.

After some compliments and pointing out his identical truck (when mine was stock) in the parking lot, he asked if there was anything I didn't like about the truck. I told him about the 3-4 or 4-3 shift noise. He brought up the addictive right away and I let him know I already added it. He asked how much and I let him know I followed the instructions in the TSB (9-10ml). He found in his experience that it wasn't enough and he added the entire amount (16ml) as you would if you experienced tranny shudder. I thanked him and said I would bring the truck in for warranty if that didn't resolve it. He said he would make sure nothing was "flagged" as long I set the tune back to stock and took the DP's off. Nice guy. I thanked him and headed home.

So, I added the rest of the additive and after a cruise to work and back, I can't get it to make the noise anymore. So I'm crossing my fingers that I won't have to mess with the tranny for a while. Not holding my breath as I haven't had a chance to do a run on the hwy yet, but here's hoping.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 30, 2017, 07:41:49 PM
Well, I had a pretty interesting conversation with a Ford drive-line tech. I went to the dealer to grab a oil filter and he happened to be at the parts counter. He saw my truck outside and wanted to check it out.

After some compliments and pointing out his identical truck (when mine was stock) in the parking lot, he asked if there was anything I didn't like about the truck. I told him about the 3-4 or 4-3 shift noise. He brought up the addictive right away and I let him know I already added it. He asked how much and I let him know I followed the instructions in the TSB (9-10ml). He found in his experience that it wasn't enough and he added the entire amount (16ml) as you would if you experienced tranny shudder. I thanked him and said I would bring the truck in for warranty if that didn't resolve it. He said he would make sure nothing was "flagged" as long I set the tune back to stock and took the DP's off. Nice guy. I thanked him and headed home.

So, I added the rest of the additive and after a cruise to work and back, I can't get it to make the noise anymore. So I'm crossing my fingers that I won't have to mess with the tranny for a while. Not holding my breath as I haven't had a chance to do a run on the hwy yet, but here's hoping.
How's the truck running?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 01, 2017, 12:06:30 AM
I've been quite happy. No more noise!

I've put over 600miles on it since I put in more additive and have tried to re-create.

Fox coil-overs should be here by the end of next week, I'm really looking forward to putting them on and seeing if I can remove the rear sway bar. I found out about some logging roads up North that I want to explore and it will be better without the sway bar.

I've been working with a tuner a bit on tweaking a tune for the truck. He is charging pretty much nothing for the experience of tuning the bigger turbo's. He sure knows his stuff.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 26, 2017, 06:40:09 PM
Almost ready to wrap up this build, only a couple of items left that I really want to get done.

Tuning is going really well, this tuner knows what he is doing and how I like the truck to drive. Not thinking I will see more WOT power, but the drive-ability is where it's most important anyway. When I get back home I have another revision to test out. Hoping to get it wrapped up in one more revision if I can get him the logs and info he needs.

Fox coil overs arrived and they look great. I hope to get them on and a alignment sometime in January or maybe February depending on work travel.

Other than some smaller cosmetic stuff the only two real items left on the list are skid plates and cat-back exhaust that is "quiet".

I've reached out to RCI about a custom combo of skids and that should be it till spring time. Then I'm hoping to get the exhaust sorted out. I have a old sled riding buddy that owns an exhaust shop back in Winnipeg, he wants to make a system for me, but that means he has to have the truck and well, that's 1500 miles away lol.

We'll see how it goes on the exhaust, still tossing around the idea of getting the Full-race exhaust and then putting in a bigger muffler. It's friggen pricey though and I'm running out of budget for this truck!

Only real wish-list item is adding a winch, still not sure about this one. I think I need to do more actual off-road driving and camping to make use of it, otherwise it's just adding weight to the truck. it would look cool though,  :uugly:

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 26, 2017, 08:24:31 PM
I believe this truck will be wrapped up when it's sold and not a moment sooner.  Haha.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 28, 2017, 03:18:42 PM
You're probably right, but should be much smaller and cheaper items, I hope...

Skid plates ordered up in Aluminum to save a bit of weight. Should only add about 25lbs once I remove the OEM skids.

I made the mistake of looking local for a winch and may have found one. I'll see if it's still posted up when I get home. Good Price and it's BNIB.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 02, 2018, 04:10:47 PM
What all will the skid plates be covering?  Are they making them in HDPE yet or even UHDPE?  Very light and strong and also has the ability to glide over rocks rather than grab on and hang up.  Also doesn't dent.  I have a full front to back sheet under my Grizzly.  It can even be heated and bent. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 03, 2018, 01:25:28 AM
I think they are a pretty standard Aluminum Alloy, 1/4" thick. Should be able to protect things since I have no plans on doing anything crazy off-road. May even help a tiny, tiny, tiny bit in the mpg department, lol.

I bought the "set", so basically four pieces.
- Front cover behind the bumper
- Engine plate
- Transmission plate
- Transfercase plate

You can also buy the gas tank skid, but the truck already came with one, and I didn't see a need in replacing it.
The truck is a FX4, so it already has a engine and transfer-case plates that I'll be replacing. hey aren't very good for much and these will look much nicer. Main driver for the purchase was to protect the down-pipes where they cross under the transmission. Nothing was there OEM other than a rigid fabric type piece that I figure is more for mileage than anything else.

I'll see what kind of a pain it is to drop the front skid to get at the oil filter. I may be looking at a relocation kit, but weary as I have heard they can be unreliable.

According to the tracking, I may have them by Friday. It they show up, I'll try and get them on this weekend.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on January 03, 2018, 12:36:27 PM
Sounds like a nice one stop shop for the plates.

Dumb question, do they hold a lot of salt ?
-I don't have any under my nav, so I have nothing to work from a factory standpoint.

The oil relocation kits, I have read a lot of good sucess stories on F150OL, but I was also  scared of them.
- I had all the parts for my 2001, but never did it.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 03, 2018, 12:46:07 PM
Sounds like a nice one stop shop for the plates.

Dumb question, do they hold a lot of salt ?
-I don't have any under my nav, so I have nothing to work from a factory standpoint.

The oil relocation kits, I have read a lot of good sucess stories on F150OL, but I was also  scared of them.
- I had all the parts for my 2001, but never did it.
I never thought about the salt.  I know they're aluminum but holding that salt up against the steel could be problematic.  We have a truck at work we used for snow removal.  No plowing.  Just hauling shovels, blowers and salt and spreaders around.  That truck took a beating and it rusting far faster than even the older ones that don't get used or that.  I know my Grizzly skids hold a ton of mud but then again I'm also riding in waist deep mud and water. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on January 03, 2018, 03:10:44 PM
I never thought about the salt.  I know they're aluminum but holding that salt up against the steel could be problematic. 

That was my line of thinking and being in salt country, everything starts with this thought in my head.

I don't know if it is or not, I don't have a frame of reference to work from.
- The nav is not exactly off road material from the factory.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 04, 2018, 12:25:53 AM
Very good question Steve!

They are designed to have drainage areas, but are mostly flat and I do expect they will hold onto stuff. Two out of the four skids are replacing OEM skids, the OEM ones hold crap too I've noticed and I do rinse them out when needed.

Bonus for me is that salt is a rarity around here and I'll have make sure I rinse them out regularly.

I thought about the coated ones to help with "corrosion", but hope that my usual application of fluid film and Krown will help.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on January 04, 2018, 09:32:03 AM
So no different than the way it came from Ford.  That is good.
- I don't have skid plates, that is why I asked the dumb question.

They are AL, so they might get the dissimilar metal corrosion like the non stand off FPDM got back in the day; but at least you can get to these without needing 2 steps before hand.

My thought was centered around where they connect to the truck, not the plates. 
The plates are easy to change if they get really bad; so solid call on not spending the cash on the coated ones.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 04, 2018, 02:50:17 PM
I have a set of rubber washers that I'll use to isolate the plates from the frame. Honestly not worried about the bolt heads against the plates as they are treated bolts.

They should be arriving tomorrow!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 06, 2018, 12:02:02 AM
Skid plate showed up today. I hope to get them on tomorrow. I'll be doing an oil change and adding a fumoto valve at the same time.

(https://i.imgur.com/zGyLuZa.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/A0wnruB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/1Pudxsq.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Ap1J0in.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/yXTmtkR.jpg)

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 06, 2018, 11:52:48 PM
Oil Change done, Fumoto valve installed and Skid plates on
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 07, 2018, 12:05:10 AM
Oil Change done, Fumoto valve installed and Skid plates on
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on January 07, 2018, 09:46:26 AM
Sweet! And some serious looking protection there too!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on January 07, 2018, 11:04:23 AM
Nice !!

The mfgr did a nice job with that kit.  Any problems putting it on or was it all direct bolt up ?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 07, 2018, 02:12:34 PM
Looking good!  Time for the next mod now!  Haha

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 08, 2018, 01:44:47 AM
Thanks guys, very happy with them.

They went on very, very easily. everything lined up as it should and the hardware was very good quality coated Grade 8.

If I were to give them a knock, it would be on two things.
 - They want you to re-use two bolts from the OEM parts. I would have preferred to replace them, so went to the hardware store to get new ones.
- The tranny skid plate could be wider, I would love to see it go from frame rail to frame rail. Nothing is really exposed, but it would provide additional protection.

With the aftermarket 3" down-pipes, the one skid is very close to the flex pipe. It isn't touching and I'll drop to inspect in a couple of weeks to see if any movement of flexing is allowing for contact. Easy fix though, I can put a thick washer between the plate mounts and the frame to give it some room.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on January 08, 2018, 04:36:32 PM
I'm chicken shit, I would have stuck the spacer in there from the get go.

Rubber or plastic of some type, just to keep the corrosion down.  too bad you are not close by I have a ton of plastic spacers from parts off things.
- I keep thinking FPDM corrosion against the frame on my 2006.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 08, 2018, 10:08:03 PM
Only thing giving me some hope is that they fasten with treated clip nuts. So the plates aren't right against the frame, they hit the clips first. I had a bunch of polyurethane washers I was going to use anyway, but couldn't find the dang things.

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 15, 2018, 09:19:00 PM
Full Race Cat-Back Exhaust installed. Very high quality SS and fit was perfect. Sounds really good and is nice and mellow (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/a7dc5684912e7c31c716088de0383cae.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/04a04222d214728d2bedeb910c780fc2.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/09f7b72c0047d2ab9cfdef63a0e3b234.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/2a8496803548baee5c73b457f1084ab9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/c3c6aa15c81b6189e1d97586aff637a6.jpg)


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 17, 2018, 12:35:11 AM
Nice and mellow.

Sure ain't no V8, but it'll do.

https://youtu.be/7Yw8LQ5BdMs

https://youtu.be/aMxlDVdKilc

https://youtu.be/uDpWLdt3p3s


Edit, why don't my links ever work?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 18, 2018, 09:11:25 AM
The links seem to work for me. 

It's crazy how quiet that thing sounds.  I have come to appreciate the quietness on a daily driver.

It looks really nice.  Really well built.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 18, 2018, 11:44:12 AM
Thanks Mike, pretty darn happy with it. I guess one should be for that $$$.

For the Youtube links, I never can get them to embed directly in the post. I must be doing something wrong.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 18, 2018, 11:49:29 AM
Thanks Mike, pretty darn happy with it. I guess one should be for that $$$.

For the Youtube links, I never can get them to embed directly in the post. I must be doing something wrong.
I just paste the link and the forum seems to do the rest.  Maybe it's tapatalks that does it.  Either way yours are embedded for me.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 20, 2018, 09:51:40 PM
Cold Start Vid and a few picks from a drive up a local mountain. I was getting really tired of the rain...

https://youtu.be/8h1tm8u6VO8

(https://i.imgur.com/dBkcaxi.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/4imfu4N.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/1VquWoQ.jpg)

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 20, 2018, 10:12:38 PM
Your snow looks better than our snow.  Cool pics!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 03, 2018, 12:53:41 AM
Well, as we know I have a bit of a problem.
I'll post pics next weekend, but....

SmittyBuilt 10k Winch with synthetic rope and hidden winch mount were picked up this week.

I've also ordered up a deadpedal.

The wife and I want to go do some exploring this summer, so I'll be kitting the truck up a bit in the direction of a overlander.

More details to come.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on February 03, 2018, 01:13:55 PM
New parts... Who woulda guessed.  Haha

I like where this is going.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 04, 2018, 04:37:04 PM
So basically the goal is to be able to explore some of the back country around here and head south to explore around Oregon. Should be fun, I'm really looking forward to it

I'm not going down crazy jeep trails and beating up the truck, but there are plenty of old logging roads and trails that we can tackle. I want to be able to get somewhere, set up camp and hang for a day or three.

We used to do a lot of camping, but mainly at camp sites or with a larger group if we were boon-docking/back country camping.

So far the list includes
- Winch and winch kit (straps, shackles, pullies, etc.)
- Bed rack system (jack, axe, flashlight, shovel, etc. mounting)
- Rotopax gas and water containers
- Bed rail cargo rack
- Roof top tent (to be mounted on the rail cargo rack system)
- Small genny (1000w Honda type thing)
- Usual camping stuff, which I already have but need to inventory
- Possibly looking at adding on-board air. Still not sure about this one.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on February 04, 2018, 05:21:41 PM
I always intended to get a rotopax for the grizzly but never could bring myself to pay for one.  Not sure what they go for anymore.  I just want it in case I travel deeper in to trails than a half tank.  Haha.  Currently I just risk it but it can also cut your trip short if you turn back earlier than necessary to be on the safe side. 

I know generators aren't cheap but I love the little Honda eu2000 generators.  We have 6 of them at work.  Simple enough to grab with one hand an walk off.  Ask the guy who stolen two of them out of our trailer in Philly while we were working.  And if you get one that has a companion you can hook them together to double your power.  I've done this for welding in a pinch and to run a coating sprayer powered by an electric air compressor.  Put it all on a wagon and wheeled it down to a remote area to get the job done.  Plus they're quiet enough at full throttle to hold a conversation over and even easier when we idle is turned on. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on February 04, 2018, 07:04:18 PM
...<snip>...
- Roof top tent (to be mounted on the rail cargo rack system)...<snip>...


You are looking at a system similar to this ?

(http://cdn3.volusion.com/hvypp.uuxwt/v/vspfiles/photos/00-7779-F-01-1150-3T.jpg?1498134411)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on February 04, 2018, 07:24:49 PM
F it.  Just get the system that has the ladder and tent up top.  Haha

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 05, 2018, 12:30:51 AM
...<snip>...
- Roof top tent (to be mounted on the rail cargo rack system)...<snip>...


You are looking at a system similar to this ?

([url]http://cdn3.volusion.com/hvypp.uuxwt/v/vspfiles/photos/00-7779-F-01-1150-3T.jpg?1498134411[/url])


If I were to do that, I would probably just get a topper and then mount the tent on top of it. I want to keep all the gear hidden under the cover.

But, I'll be doing something much simpler. I'll basically be taking the heavier duty Thule roof rack system and mount it to my bed rails. So it will only be 4" high and let me roll up the tonneau cover if needed.

Kinda like this, but my rail system will be much lighter weight.
(https://i.imgur.com/y6sILCa.jpg)

I can make use of the rack system regardless to hold a cargo rack or pod as we seem to run out of room under the tonneau cover on the longer trips.

Kinda like this, but I'll be using beefier cross bars and 3 or 4 of them depending on weight capacity.
(https://i.imgur.com/70FiVZg.jpg)

I have a truck bed tent, but it's small for the tree of us, worked great for just Heather and I.
So if we stick with a traditional tent, then the rack is still good for something, but if we really like the RTT (we can rent them here), I'll buy one used and be done with it. It will be lower than the roof line folded up, so the truck will fit in the garage.

I'll be trying to find as much of this stuff used as possible.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 08, 2018, 11:52:00 PM
Dead Pedal and Kevlar brake lines arrived today. I won't be doing anything with the brake lines until this summer, but they were heavily discounted so I didn't want to pass them up.

We'll see how things go, but I may get the winch installed in the next couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 10, 2018, 01:22:10 AM
Pictures!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180210/ea3c6fd522345a0d5e4fe8c53c8157fa.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180210/ddd1661f67d62a2ad83d035e63d47259.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180210/2332c093f20090022bbf68efd1544585.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180210/96df6bd930c17e80beb858c04bce955b.jpg)


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on February 10, 2018, 07:24:39 PM
How hard is it to get the mat out from under that dead pedal ?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 10, 2018, 11:51:28 PM
It has a bit of flex where it mounts, so not too bad. You just have to pull the mat out, but when putting it back in, you have to hold the pedal up to clear.

I'm very happy with it, makes driving much more comfortable.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on February 11, 2018, 08:36:15 AM
It looks huge.  Haha.  Looks like a nice piece though.  It'd be cool if the other pedals matched it.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 12, 2018, 08:34:57 AM
It's pretty big, one of the reasons I went for it. It really makes the drive more comfortable. I do think it would be better if it looked the same as the OEM pedals, but it's much more grippy the way it is.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on February 12, 2018, 08:49:51 AM
It's pretty big, one of the reasons I went for it. It really makes the drive more comfortable. I do think it would be better if it looked the same as the OEM pedals, but it's much more grippy the way it is.
I was thinking more along the lines of trying to swap the pedals too.  Not sure what options are out there.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 22, 2018, 12:28:33 AM
So, it's cold as balls here. I was hoping to get some stuff done like the coil-overs and winch, but I just don't know if I want to mess around in the cold.

Tomorrow should be a slow work day and I can work from home. Maybe I'll put a couple of hours into it and try and at least get the winch mounted.

Collected a couple of small items for camping/off-roading. All craigslist finds and never used.
- Rotopax 3 gal gas can and mount
- Hi-lift Jack
- 2.5lb fire extinguisher (I only kept a little 1lb one behind the seat before)

We are planning a week long trip in Oregon for May, so the goal is to get everything sorted out for then. Probably due a couple local dry runs to make sure it all works out and the little guy doesn't hate it. Parts figured out for the bed rail system, so I'll start piecing that together next.

Just other stuff that I have yet to put on.
- New filters for the AFE intake
- Powerstop rotors
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 27, 2018, 09:44:58 PM
Back in Seattle till tomorrow , then back home to my Dads on Friday for a week. Iím really looking forward to some vacay!


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 13, 2018, 06:24:45 PM
We had a awesome vacay back at home. The boy loved being outside, even if it was -10 some days. He got to ride on/in a bunch of toys and loved every minute of it. This is one of him and the FIL in our BR160 groomer that I took them for a spin in.  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180313/dbdd451fb122c7af3adefc4055958447.jpg)


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 13, 2018, 06:27:19 PM
I tried to get the winch installed last night, but it didnít go as planned. The BOV hits the winch mount. Iíve reached out to Full Race to see what they can do. This is the winch mount they say works. Weíll see...(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180313/720162106426e36b5928ffcbf838f6a5.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180313/895fb5cacfb92c2cc69164dcdda32b15.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180313/e8eced091819b2677d61912943256cf5.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180313/18ab5f376f68b5a9786ef88e5ed60879.jpg)


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 13, 2018, 09:35:01 PM
Glad to hear the vacation was a great time!  Sucks about the winch.  Hope it gets worked out.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 13, 2018, 11:11:57 PM
 Worst case scenario is that I'll take the pipe to a fabricator/welder and get them to cut off and move the BOV mount.

I was doing some looking and measuring today and I may even be able to get away with a silicon coupler that is 3" longer. I would rather fix it properly though.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 29, 2018, 10:27:19 PM
Well, between some crazy stuff going on at work and crazy stuff going on with the family, I took some time to get a couple of truck things ordered up.

Full Race will be sending me a new elbow with the BOV mount in the right place so I can get the winch installed. Probably be a couple of weeks before I see it though.

I also ordered up the bed rack system and seat latches from Builtrightindustries.com

https://www.builtrightind.com/products/builtright-industries-bedside-rack-system-4-panel-kit-2009-2014-ford-f-15 (https://www.builtrightind.com/products/builtright-industries-bedside-rack-system-4-panel-kit-2009-2014-ford-f-15)

I will have to figure what I want to do for mounts for the gear and then order that up. Hopefully, I can get these installed and then mock up the tools, etc and then buy the mounts I will need.

Snatch block, tree savers, and other winching gear arrived this week while I was away. I'll get some pics up when I get home. I really hope to be able to put the wrenches to the truck in April and get ready for some May exploring!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 29, 2018, 10:34:59 PM
Glad Full Race has you covered.  That rack system is pretty cool.  And for what it's worth, that's a bad ass axe they used as an example.  I have one. 

Hope all is well with whatever crazy stuff is going on with the family. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 30, 2018, 08:19:55 PM
Thanks Mike, I guess I'm just getting to the age where the parents are getting on and just aren't as independent as before.

At lease we have a plan and things should turn out well.

I also bought a Fiskars axe and hatchet to mount up to the rack. Found them on sale through a local independent hardware store and couldn't pass them up. Crazy light and I think they look cool, lol.

The goal would be to use the racks for
- RotoPax Gas can
- Hi-Lift Jack
- 2.5lb Fire Extinguisher
- Fiskar Axe, Hatchet, sawzall
- First Aid Kit
- RotoPax water container and maybe their storage container if I can find a deal on one

One of the racks will have to be "modified" so I can still access the 12v and USB outlets I mounted in the box. Not sure yet, but I may take it to be powder coated properly after I cut it up. We'll see....

I'll probably just take a day off work and spend it on the truck. Projects are starting to pile up. Getting close to spring detail season too, so looking forward to that.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on April 01, 2018, 03:27:21 PM
Although the parents may not be as independent as before, at least you still have them. Stella and I lost our parents a number of years ago and we both miss them dearly. Treasure every moment with them as I'm sure they treasure every moment with you.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 01, 2018, 10:22:55 PM
Although the parents may not be as independent as before, at least you still have them. Stella and I lost our parents a number of years ago and we both miss them dearly. Treasure every moment with them as I'm sure they treasure every moment with you.

Absolutely Right Tom. Wife and I both lost our Mom's to Cancer last year. We are very far from our Dads and my step-Dad. I honestly think we will be moving this summer to be closer. Family is extremely important and I had to fly back last week at the last minute and then drive 8 hours. Do it again in a heartbeat if needed.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on April 02, 2018, 10:04:59 AM
...<snip>..
I also bought a Fiskars axe and hatchet to mount up to the rack. Found them on sale through a local independent hardware store and couldn't pass them up. Crazy light and I think they look cool, lol.
...<snip>...


I got2 of these, 1 for my truck and 1 for mom & Dad's RV some years back
- I still had the 2001 Screw when I got them.

(http://forresttoolco.com/i/thumb/Max%20Lay%20Out%20Better%20Color%20Tone.jpg)

http://forresttoolco.com/the_max.html (http://forresttoolco.com/the_max.html)

It is an axe, so it weighs like an axe ( 3.5# head ). 
It makes fast work of tree roots from a mature schubert chokecherry tree.
- The tree guy cut it down and ground the stump, I found the roots when I was putting in the bushes that replaced it.

Dad has used the shovel a few times and said it worked good.
- I have not used the attachments, at home I have a pickaxe and pick mattock head for the same handle ( #7 eye ?? ) and full size shovels, but this is my only axe
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 02, 2018, 06:35:21 PM
...<snip>..
I also bought a Fiskars axe and hatchet to mount up to the rack. Found them on sale through a local independent hardware store and couldn't pass them up. Crazy light and I think they look cool, lol.
...<snip>...


I got2 of these, 1 for my truck and 1 for mom & Dad's RV some years back
- I still had the 2001 Screw when I got them.

([url]http://forresttoolco.com/i/thumb/Max%20Lay%20Out%20Better%20Color%20Tone.jpg[/url])

[url]http://forresttoolco.com/the_max.html[/url] ([url]http://forresttoolco.com/the_max.html[/url])

It is an axe, so it weighs like an axe ( 3.5# head ). 
It makes fast work of tree roots from a mature schubert chokecherry tree.
- The tree guy cut it down and ground the stump, I found the roots when I was putting in the bushes that replaced it.

Dad has used the shovel a few times and said it worked good.
- I have not used the attachments, at home I have a pickaxe and pick mattock head for the same handle ( #7 eye ?? ) and full size shovels, but this is my only axe


That looks like a pretty nice kit. I probably would go for it if I didn't already have the shovel, Axe and pick-axe.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 06, 2018, 08:47:30 PM
Custom Full Race elbow showed up today. Took about an hour, but all went well and I was able to install the winch mount. Hopefully this weekend I can get the winch installed.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180407/afe689cfdb9ba7d9c50ffb75e837b664.jpg)
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 09, 2018, 07:30:32 PM
Looks good!  Get on it.  I have no patience for this stuff.  I want to see it finished! 

On a side note, I need a winch for the Maverick.  Im thinking a Superwinch 4500. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 10, 2018, 12:25:09 AM
Fine...
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 10, 2018, 12:26:44 AM
It was a tight fit! 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 10, 2018, 12:28:48 AM
Looks good!  Get on it.  I have no patience for this stuff.  I want to see it finished! 

On a side note, I need a winch for the Maverick.  Im thinking a Superwinch 4500. 

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I would go with at least a 4500# winch. Super winch are really good value. You may hit the jackpot on a warn on a forum or local Craigslist. Lots of folks pull them off these days to sell separate from their SxS.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 10, 2018, 06:58:12 AM
Awesome!  It it just mounted or do you have it wired up yet?  Go find a tree and try not to rip the bumper off. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 10, 2018, 11:13:15 AM
All wired up and ready to go. I do have to spool it out and then reel it in with some tension on the rope. Hope to do it this weekend, just need to find a tree! :uugly:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 10, 2018, 06:53:06 PM
Tree... Neighbor's car... Whatever works.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on April 10, 2018, 07:07:11 PM
Tree... Neighbor's car... Whatever works.

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Maybe he could borrow that pesky tree on your property?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 10, 2018, 07:11:13 PM
Tree... Neighbor's car... Whatever works.

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Maybe he could borrow that pesky tree on your property?
I don't know.  I wouldn't.  That tree is 2-0 right now. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 10, 2018, 07:31:38 PM
Tree... Neighbor's car... Whatever works.

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Maybe he could borrow that pesky tree on your property?
I don't know.  I wouldn't.  That tree is 2-0 right now. 

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Lol. I donít like those odds! 


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 10, 2018, 07:35:25 PM
I wrapped up some meetings early this afternoon, so I tackled the panels for the bed and the rear seat access latches. I will have to ďmodifyĒ the one panel so I can get access to my power point. The panels arenít as big as I had hoped, so I might not get everything mounted on them I wanted.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180411/b2d113ad61418631971b32b4a341864c.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180411/0ae6806f6bb1fe3de5239cab510cd07d.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180411/66f600bfb06b100ecb35ec737f7ee435.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180411/5d54383f92ac4c5433f97ec4a0fed85e.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180411/ed0f5daa512a33628af837a30c9a826b.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180411/7641dde96deff11ef42a47a97cf481ad.jpg)


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 12, 2018, 09:16:48 AM
They look good.  They don't look like they could have been much bigger.  Maybe a little in to the wheel well area.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 12, 2018, 03:33:28 PM
Yeah, basically I was hoping that the rear ones extended further over top of the wheel wells. Not a huge deal as I think I can still mount a bunch of stuff on them.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 12, 2018, 11:35:14 PM
Cargo rack system showed up today. I took the day off tomorrow, so I'll try to get it installed and mess around with mounting some stuff on the panels in the bed. I haven't made the decision yet, But thinking about mounting the hi-lift jack directly to the box across the front. We'll see, I'm not a fan of drilling holes that I can easily un-do or hide.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 14, 2018, 08:48:31 PM
I'll post a couple of pics via tapatalk. Rack isn't mounted yet, but I was able to mark all the holes, line up all the hardware and mock up the fitment to make sure it will all go together as hoped. I had some "911" calls to deal with at work and spend 7 hours of my day today on a conference call. I need a Crown and Coke ASAP.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 14, 2018, 08:53:55 PM
I'll post a couple of pics via tapatalk. Rack isn't mounted yet, but I was able to mark all the holes, line up all the hardware and mock up the fitment to make sure it will all go together as hoped. I had some "911" calls to deal with at work and spend 7 hours of my day today on a conference call. I need a Crown and Coke ASAP.
7 hours on the phone is 420 minutes too long.  I hate being on the phone.  I'll drive 45 minutes to have a 2 minute conversation in person.  Haha

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 14, 2018, 08:57:15 PM
It was insane and worst part is that it wasnít really our problem, but wanted to help the client out.

Iím very impressed with how solid the cross bars seem, I donít think Iíll need to add a third to hold up the RTT.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180415/6d1cc0091ce015ab14cb753e3893b13e.jpg)

Still decent lighting, even with the panels.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180415/4cf27065821109eb2518cbeabfa165b5.jpg)


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on April 15, 2018, 08:23:18 AM
Man, you could use that thing for a bomb shelter! Cool!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 15, 2018, 02:27:29 PM
Looks like it takes some work to close that tonneau up.  Looks like you could use an extra inch or so of height out of those cross bars but I'm sure it's manageable. 

What does this roof top tent look like that you have in mind.  Maybe I missed it.  Just curious how it works.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 15, 2018, 10:19:44 PM
That is the bad thing. I bought the low profile towers as I didnít think about rolling the cover up with the tent or cross bar installed. Iíll see if it really becomes a issue, if it does I can buy the higher tower mounts.

Iím planning on a RTT like this one.
https://cascadiatents.com/shop/mt-rainier-standard-summit-series/

I was able to wrap up the install today. It was a royal pain to get the plastic bed rail caps off! I also had to remove the Tonnaeu, which is pretty easy.

Drilled, painted (to help prevent rust) and then installed the nut rivets. Then it was just popping the covers back on and bolting the tracks down.

Currently running without the cross bars.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180416/b8acb608d52cf08b1679d819977df3ad.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180416/d85ed7f308aa349d858ee89c3643ff31.jpg)

Also had lots of help today

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180416/2cd84debcb09f980265fa4ee05d0a323.jpg)


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 16, 2018, 12:45:41 AM
I also was able to get the Starky ďRaptorĒ front lights in. Great kit thatís very well made. I did end up cutting back the ground wire to route it better. Looks great and it may not look like it in the pic, but the colour is bang on.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180416/97b55271049039d90801cb9d7c1ea61d.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180416/0178135e17a3f25a16d1893f1e3bc26b.jpg)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 16, 2018, 10:03:35 AM
That tent is a nice setup but wow, almost $3k.  Can you put a sheet of plywood or something similar on the rack and see if you can close the tonneau?  If it even clears the rails on the first place.  If the tent is mounted, will it even be possible to access much if the tonneau is open? 

By the way, the little man is getting to be not so little. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 16, 2018, 08:06:18 PM
Yeah, the tent is pricey. Hopefully I can find a used one. Iím going to start checking out the overlander and Jeep forums.

Honestly, I donít think Iíll be accessing much in the bed unless itís via the tail gate. Just one of the downsides of not doing the elevated bed rack. But his way, I fit in the garage and the office garage.

I was able to mount a few things today, still messing around with configuration.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180417/064811e8662d45db50d1d903b8b0f67c.jpg)
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 19, 2018, 10:53:49 PM
So since I took the day off tomorrow, then plan is to wash, clay, M205 on a white pad and top it with this.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180420/df13bb4feb8f698f6e86ca8fbcc20f31.jpg)

I figure itís worth a shot just to try it. The wife bought it as a ďthank youĒ gift for me.

Hope it lasts enough to get through a couple months, then I think it will be the new Opti-Coat and proper paint correction.

If I still have some time, Iíll mess around with the box panels and mounting the rear of the gear.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 20, 2018, 06:45:20 PM
I was able to get the truck washed, coated and sealed. Took a good look at the paint and figured it wasnít worth doing any correction. Side effect may be that this meguiars sealant doesnít last long on the C.A.R. Bulletprooof coating. Guess weíll just have to wait and see.

Just as I was wrapping up, it started to rain so no real good pics. Too bad as I dressed up the Wheel wells just for Jason, lol.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180420/d5d55b0f037ebad4da2ae992bfd40a3d.jpg)

Roof and hood werenít too bad, but the sides had a lot of fine road grime that the clay pulled off.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180420/0b0f9f91b55e29adb29bcacb2b2669f2.jpg)

Youíll have to trust me, it looks pretty good, ha.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 20, 2018, 07:03:17 PM
Truck is looking good. I can't wait to see it out in the wild with a tent set up on it. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 20, 2018, 09:30:52 PM
I was also able to get the one panel ďmodified and installed.  Not super happy with the cuts, but Iíll probably file it down a bit and then take in to re-powder coat.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180421/5658db49e9e34986ce176f84c70f2875.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180421/0cd3116aff715adaf34e63a335f97241.jpg)


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 21, 2018, 10:33:48 PM
So that Meg's stuff went on like a coating and they are claiming up to a year of protection. Very curios to see how it lasts. Very easy and fast to apply, even if it only lasts 4 months, it may be good to have in the arsenal.

Did the Edge today. Wash, clay, the Meg's stuff and then a cleanup of the interior.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 21, 2018, 10:35:10 PM
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 22, 2018, 07:02:36 AM
You have too much energy.  I thought you worked and had a kid and all that stuff.  Slow down.  You're making us all look bad. 

But the rides look great!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on April 22, 2018, 10:19:44 PM
It was just snowing here last week.  Today was the 1st day it hit 60, so no detailing yet.
- I am prepping for meetings out of town this week, so I got to look at the sun from the office window
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 22, 2018, 11:14:36 PM
Lol, glad itís been warmed up here a bit. Itís wasnít crazy warm, but the sun was out!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on April 24, 2018, 10:54:44 AM
looking great.   :clap:

I'm jealous.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 24, 2018, 12:59:33 PM
Thanks Steve!

I went ahead and pulled the trigger on this tent. Not as big as the other, but should do just fine for us. I had a 15% off coupon, so the price was a little better.

https://www.4wheelparts.com/Outdoor-Lifestyle-and-Camping/Smittybilt-Overlander-Roof-Top-Tent-2783.aspx?t_c=88&t_s=565&t_pt=9576&t_pn=S/B2783][url]https://www.4wheelparts.com/Outdoor-Lifestyle-and-Camping/Smittybilt-Overlander-Roof-Top-Tent-2783.aspx?t_c=88&t_s=565&t_pt=9576&t_pn=S/B2783 (http://[url)[/url]
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 24, 2018, 05:31:18 PM
Thanks Steve!

I went ahead and pulled the trigger on this tent. Not as big as the other, but should do just fine for us. I had a 15% off coupon, so the price was a little better.

[url]https://www.4wheelparts.com/Outdoor-Lifestyle-and-Camping/Smittybilt-Overlander-Roof-Top-Tent-2783.aspx?t_c=88&t_s=565&t_pt=9576&t_pn=S/B2783]https://www.4wheelparts.com/Outdoor-Lifestyle-and-Camping/Smittybilt-Overlander-Roof-Top-Tent-2783.aspx?t_c=88&t_s=565&t_pt=9576&t_pn=S/B2783][url]https://www.4wheelparts.com/Outdoor-Lifestyle-and-Camping/Smittybilt-Overlander-Roof-Top-Tent-2783.aspx?t_c=88&t_s=565&t_pt=9576&t_pn=S/B2783 (http://[url=https://www.4wheelparts.com/Outdoor-Lifestyle-and-Camping/Smittybilt-Overlander-Roof-Top-Tent-2783.aspx?t_c=88&t_s=565&t_pt=9576&t_pn=S/B2783)[/url]
That link didn't work for me.  It looks like it's 3 or 4 links in there but I gathered it's this one...
https://www.4wheelparts.com/Outdoor-Lifestyle-and-Camping/Smittybilt-Overlander-Roof-Top-Tent-2783.aspx?t_c=88&t_s=565&t_pt=9576&t_pn=S/B2783&gclid=CjwKCAjwq_vWBRACEiwAEReprA1-R5w90oBFwxCkLBn7q5BnD1WqrHyVlar2Ky1oL6BD7ZKNYHlyAxoCVXIQAvD_BwE

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 25, 2018, 10:01:12 AM
Thanks Steve!

I went ahead and pulled the trigger on this tent. Not as big as the other, but should do just fine for us. I had a 15% off coupon, so the price was a little better.

[url=https://www.4wheelparts.com/Outdoor-Lifestyle-and-Camping/Smittybilt-Overlander-Roof-Top-Tent-2783.aspx?t_c=88&t_s=565&t_pt=9576&t_pn=S/B2783]https://www.4wheelparts.com/Outdoor-Lifestyle-and-Camping/Smittybilt-Overlander-Roof-Top-Tent-2783.aspx?t_c=88&t_s=565&t_pt=9576&t_pn=S/B2783][url]https://www.4wheelparts.com/Outdoor-Lifestyle-and-Camping/Smittybilt-Overlander-Roof-Top-Tent-2783.aspx?t_c=88&t_s=565&t_pt=9576&t_pn=S/B2783]https://www.4wheelparts.com/Outdoor-Lifestyle-and-Camping/Smittybilt-Overlander-Roof-Top-Tent-2783.aspx?t_c=88&t_s=565&t_pt=9576&t_pn=S/B2783]https://www.4wheelparts.com/Outdoor-Lifestyle-and-Camping/Smittybilt-Overlander-Roof-Top-Tent-2783.aspx?t_c=88&t_s=565&t_pt=9576&t_pn=S/B2783][url]https://www.4wheelparts.com/Outdoor-Lifestyle-and-Camping/Smittybilt-Overlander-Roof-Top-Tent-2783.aspx?t_c=88&t_s=565&t_pt=9576&t_pn=S/B2783 (http://[url=https://www.4wheelparts.com/Outdoor-Lifestyle-and-Camping/Smittybilt-Overlander-Roof-Top-Tent-2783.aspx?t_c=88&t_s=565&t_pt=9576&t_pn=S/B2783)[/url]
That link didn't work for me.  It looks like it's 3 or 4 links in there but I gathered it's this one...
[url]https://www.4wheelparts.com/Outdoor-Lifestyle-and-Camping/Smittybilt-Overlander-Roof-Top-Tent-2783.aspx?t_c=88&t_s=565&t_pt=9576&t_pn=S/B2783&gclid=CjwKCAjwq_vWBRACEiwAEReprA1-R5w90oBFwxCkLBn7q5BnD1WqrHyVlar2Ky1oL6BD7ZKNYHlyAxoCVXIQAvD_BwE[/url]

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 25, 2018, 12:55:48 PM
Thank you! Not sure what happened with that link.

I'll throw up some pics, but I scored a set of Fox 2.5 coil-overs with compression control for a absolute steal. Pretty excited as that completes the suspension and I really don't have much else to do other than small stuff.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 25, 2018, 01:53:31 PM
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 25, 2018, 04:13:56 PM
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Awesome! What are they off of?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 25, 2018, 08:21:20 PM
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Awesome! What are they off of?

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They came off a 2015 F150. Guy wanted to do a mid-travel kit.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 25, 2018, 08:23:20 PM
A couple more things mounted to the panels. Sorted out where to put the shovel, but need more mounts.

Still not sure what to do about the jack.
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I also figured out that I can get access to the box even with the rack on top. So thatís a nice bonus if needed.
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 27, 2018, 09:40:48 AM
That can't be a smooth process opening up the cover.  Obviously it's not rolled up very well.  Haha.  But hell, I guess it's nice to know you can do it should you need to.  Though I imagine it will be more difficult with the tent mounted. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 27, 2018, 07:08:52 PM
That can't be a smooth process opening up the cover.  Obviously it's not rolled up very well.  Haha.  But hell, I guess it's nice to know you can do it should you need to.  Though I imagine it will be more difficult with the tent mounted. 

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Yeah, it will definitely be harder with the tent but sometimes you gotta make sacrifices.

At least I can roll it up after if I need to leave it open, but not ideal.




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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 27, 2018, 07:10:59 PM
Coil-overs installed today. Itís pretty amazing how much better they ride and handle the bumps. Iím blown away with how. Composed it is over speed bumps.

Itís also sitting more level now. Weíll see if they settle in a bit.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 27, 2018, 07:16:45 PM
Are those reservoirs susceptible to damage should you crawl over a log or rock or something?  Maybe unlikely of a scenario but looks like you could drop down on to them. 

Glad to hear they handle better though.  That's awesome!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 27, 2018, 11:18:05 PM
I'll get a pic from a different angle, it would be pretty hard to whack one of them but not impossible.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 28, 2018, 11:13:14 PM
Are those reservoirs susceptible to damage should you crawl over a log or rock or something?  Maybe unlikely of a scenario but looks like you could drop down on to them. 

Glad to hear they handle better though.  That's awesome!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 28, 2018, 11:15:10 PM
PowerStop rotors and raybestos pads installed today. Wasnít much left of the old pads, lol.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on April 29, 2018, 10:50:09 AM
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That looks like it is above the new skid plate if I am seeing the unpainted edge of it below the reservoir.

I downloaded the image and zoomed in, but my old eyes might be failing me.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on April 29, 2018, 02:02:37 PM
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That looks like it is above the new skid plate if I am seeing the unpainted edge of it below the reservoir.

I downloaded the image and zoomed in, but my old eyes might be failing me.

I'm just sitting here marveling at how little rust you have on your undercarriage. Man, if you were up here, it wouldn't look nearly that pretty. Road salt sucks!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 29, 2018, 04:20:03 PM
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That looks like it is above the new skid plate if I am seeing the unpainted edge of it below the reservoir.

I downloaded the image and zoomed in, but my old eyes might be failing me.

I'm just sitting here marveling at how little rust you have on your undercarriage. Man, if you were up here, it wouldn't look nearly that pretty. Road salt sucks!
My geographical knowledge doesn't extend to Canada but I believe he's a little farther north than you are.  Maybe to the point they don't use rock salt because it's ineffective. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 29, 2018, 10:50:38 PM
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That looks like it is above the new skid plate if I am seeing the unpainted edge of it below the reservoir.

I downloaded the image and zoomed in, but my old eyes might be failing me.

I'm just sitting here marveling at how little rust you have on your undercarriage. Man, if you were up here, it wouldn't look nearly that pretty. Road salt sucks!
My geographical knowledge doesn't extend to Canada but I believe he's a little farther north than you are.  Maybe to the point they don't use rock salt because it's ineffective. 

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Steve, you're correct. That is the skid plate edge. so it's above the plate, but not really protected if the tire throws up a rock or something. I may look at mounting them on the strut towers if the lines are long enough.

TS, I am very thankful for the lack of salt around here. We do get a dose of it here and there, but our winters are so mild and rainy, that often rain will follow a cold spell and rinse all the salt away. The liberal use of Krown in the fall seems to have helped too.

Kitzy, back east and north of here where it get's pretty cold, they use way more sand then salt since salt doesn't do much past 10 below. I rather take salt over sand though, as I can decently protect and rinse off the salt. The sand pelts the paint and undercarriage.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 03, 2018, 12:16:03 AM
I to move things around on the panels a bit to get everything to fit. Just need some quick fist mounts for the shovel and we are all set. Only downside with this config is that the Jerry can blocks one of the tie down points. So I may try to move it a bit once I know exactly how I will get the shovel mounted.
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Also bagged up my basic recovery gear stuff. Instead of buying the ďkitĒ for $360, I pieced this together for about $140.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on May 03, 2018, 07:50:15 AM
Please tell me you are not mixing Crown Royal and Pepsi
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 03, 2018, 07:20:33 PM
Get er done.  It's really coming together!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 07, 2018, 12:04:57 AM
Please tell me you are not mixing Crown Royal and Pepsi
 :redneck:

Unfortunately Yes, it is my favorite combo!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 07, 2018, 12:07:03 AM
Get er done.  It's really coming together!

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I'm sure you saw the pics on Facebook, I'll get them up here too. I am very happy with how this truck has turned out.

Other than some cosmetic stuff, this truck is all but done. Who knows though I guess, I may always get it under my skin that it needs to be lifted or a built motor. :uugly:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 07, 2018, 09:41:02 AM
Those pics were killer.  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't jealous.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on May 07, 2018, 03:43:17 PM
I'm sure you saw the pics on Facebook, I'll get them up here too. I am very happy with how this truck has turned out.

Other than some cosmetic stuff, this truck is all but done. Who knows though I guess, I may always get it under my skin that it needs to be lifted or a built motor. :uugly:

Or sell it and start over... :crazy:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 08, 2018, 04:49:14 PM
Thanks Mike. It was a great time, I put up some pics in the general section for the group.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 08, 2018, 04:50:55 PM
I'm sure you saw the pics on Facebook, I'll get them up here too. I am very happy with how this truck has turned out.

Other than some cosmetic stuff, this truck is all but done. Who knows though I guess, I may always get it under my skin that it needs to be lifted or a built motor. :uugly:

Or sell it and start over... :crazy:

Iím not gonna lie, if the budget allowed it I would be buying a Raptor and swapping over a few things. But I canít see that happening as we are talking about buying a different house and moving to be closer to family.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 11, 2018, 08:22:19 PM
Well, I guess I'm going to have to find some budget to do something as the motor started to knock on the drive back from Seattle last night.

Either I build a motor for it (get someone to professionally build one) or trade it in and let the dealer fight with warranty.

This is gonna be a tough call as I already know it's not likely that a Ford regional rep will look at my truck and give me the thumbs up on warranty coverage. I talked with some tech friends and they say Ford has gotten even worse over the last couple of months for approving warranty claims.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 11, 2018, 08:27:05 PM
Well, I guess I'm going to have to find some budget to do something as the motor started to knock on the drive back from Seattle last night.

Either I build a motor for it (get someone to professionally build one) or trade it in and let the dealer fight with warranty.

This is gonna be a tough call as I already know it's not likely that a Ford regional rep will look at my truck and give me the thumbs up on warranty coverage. I talked with some tech friends and they say Ford has gotten even worse over the last couple of months for approving warranty claims.
Heart breaking, man!  Do you think it was tune related? 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 11, 2018, 08:51:52 PM
It certainly is possible, but more likely the amount of HP it's making. Anything over 425whp is taking a gamble. I rolled the dice and now gotta take my lumps, lol.

The tuner is a very good and well known tuner. We were tinkering around with a few things, but being pretty careful to do it in increments.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 12, 2018, 01:21:09 PM
I say build it!  It's gotta be more cost effective than the loss you will take trading it and the time to tear down and possibly part out.  Buy can you be without the truck in the meantime?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 12, 2018, 08:45:48 PM
Itís looking more like thatís the way to go. Need to get some final numbers from the engine builder next week and then the wife and Iíll decide what to do. It would be the cheapest option in the long run for sure and I really like this truck.

I could get away with not having a truck for a couple months (sucks that it will mess with the camping trips we had planned). I will need some sort of wheels though. Probably pick up a beater for a few grand and then just sell it to get some money back when the truck is drivable again.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on May 13, 2018, 04:35:14 PM
You know the saying...

Fix it until it breaks and back off one.  You now know where the mark is for backing off one.

Dumb question time for me...  Does your motor have the VCT like the 5.4L N/A motor ?

If nothing else, you could start with a Livernois built short block.
The pro series is 5,800.00 US and the race series is 8,000.00.  :drool:
- Both versions have the oil holes modified for increased flow.  :dunno:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 13, 2018, 04:50:55 PM
The problem is you will have to find the limitations of the built motor now. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 16, 2018, 12:35:36 AM
You know the saying...

Fix it until it breaks and back off one.  You now know where the mark is for backing off one.

Dumb question time for me...  Does your motor have the VCT like the 5.4L N/A motor ?

If nothing else, you could start with a Livernois built short block.
The pro series is 5,800.00 US and the race series is 8,000.00.  :drool:
- Both versions have the oil holes modified for increased flow.  :dunno:

Not a dumb question at all, yes the Eco's have VCT and are known to be a point of failure. After doing some testing, I don't think they are the problem.

Looking at working with a very well known Eco builder. He really builds "custom" engines to the spec the owner wants. Seems to be a very good guy so far and I expect to have a quote for what we discussed over the weekend and yesterday. We discussed a $12k budget for a long block as I want a new timing set and a couple of nice "options" to make this a "one and done" sort of deal.

My cousin will also have a few new truck options for me to review tomorrow, but I'm thinking that's not my preferred direction at this time.

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on May 16, 2018, 08:38:57 AM
Not a dumb question at all, yes the Eco's have VCT and are known to be a point of failure. After doing some testing, I don't think they are the problem. ...<snip>...

That was my thought on the knocking sound but you already took that out of contention.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 16, 2018, 11:51:01 PM
The problem is you will have to find the limitations of the built motor now. 

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Talked with the engine builder tonight. I should have some options in cost form tomorrow. The motor will be build to support 1000hp if I pull the trigger.

New truck purchase is still on the table, but after reviewing some numbers today, it would impact a new set of wheels for the Wife this summer that we planned.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 18, 2018, 09:11:49 PM
I'm excited for this!  I want to see this happen!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 22, 2018, 10:45:47 PM
Pricing looks within reason for a built engine. Now just need to convince the Wife.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 24, 2018, 10:39:13 PM
So what "we" are thinking is

Brand new, scratch build (buy the OEM parts we need instead of started with a OEM long block)
Raptor Crank
Manley H Beam Rods
Custom JE pistons. Drop the compression a bit and coat them in a snazzy ceramic coating
Custom Ring set
Ported heads (mild Port)
Upgraded valve springs with the stock valves
Upgraded Fuel pump
New water Pump
New Vacuum Pump
New Oil Pump

So basically a complete motor with no accessories, manifolds or Turbo's.

Still need final numbers and a discussion with Heather, than we can play.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 25, 2018, 04:06:43 AM

I love how ever post concerning the new motor ends with the wife.  Haha.  Is she going to be on board?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 25, 2018, 05:28:57 PM
I think so, weíve talked about it and sheís Ok. She just wants to see the quote from the builder so we can plan accordingly. Iím pretty lucky and as long as I tell her about the major purchases and how Iím paying for them, sheís OK. Just had timing as we are thinking about moving and buying a bigger house.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 25, 2018, 07:30:58 PM
I think so, weíve talked about it and sheís Ok. She just wants to see the quote from the builder so we can plan accordingly. Iím pretty lucky and as long as I tell her about the major purchases and how Iím paying for them, sheís OK. Just had timing as we are thinking about moving and buying a bigger house.


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I don't know about you but sudden unplanned purchases that cost thousands pretty much are always going to be bad timing. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 05, 2018, 10:35:37 PM
Looks like Iím a go on the built motor. Just hammering out some details and itíll be on order by the end of the week.

I picked up a replacement set of wheels for use during the down-time.
2003 Lincoln Aviator. Has 100k miles on it and seems to run and shift like it was new. It needs some serious paint correction and a good detail.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 06, 2018, 07:36:26 PM
What's the turn around time on the motor once ordered?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 06, 2018, 10:43:29 PM
About 4 weeks to build and a week to ship. So hoping Iíll be back running by the middle of July.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 08, 2018, 09:50:15 PM
Motor ordered up and deposit sent off. I'm gonna have to do some detailing to make some money to at least cover the shipping, lol.

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 09, 2018, 09:11:50 PM
I'm so excited.  Haha.  Is that weird since it's not my truck!?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 09, 2018, 09:17:20 PM
Certainly an unexpected purchase, but should be pretty cool when done.

Iíll post up some specs of the build next week once we finalize compression ratio and the work thatís gonna be done to the heads.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 12, 2018, 10:08:36 PM
New JE custom cut and coated pistons and heads going off for some porting.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 21, 2018, 07:44:28 PM
Winch is coming out and the stock intercooler and exhaust going in the truck this weekend. Fingers crossed that the dealership my cousin and Uncle work at will be able to get me a motor under warranty. The deal is that I get a free motor swap for my Built motor and a new motor that I can sell. Weíll see if it actually plays out.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 23, 2018, 06:40:18 PM
That's awesome if you can make it happen!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 24, 2018, 03:30:37 PM
That's awesome if you can make it happen!

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I really hope so, but itís a bit of a long shot. Weíll see what happens.

Pulled the Intercooler and winch last night and the Down-piped and cat-back today. Man the DPís are not fun to swap.

So other than the turbos and manifolds, it stock from a performance standpoint. Manifolds are OEM, just ported and coated and the turbos look 100% stock.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 25, 2018, 04:28:58 PM
300 miles down and 300 to go. Still running...


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 26, 2018, 10:05:22 PM
Made it the rest of the way. Engine is making a bit more noise, but nothing major.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 29, 2018, 10:19:26 PM
Well, the engine builder twisted my arm...

Adding a upgraded HPFP and a upgraded Torque Converter. I was gonna add them, then dropped them, then added them again.

I don't like the idea of my truck being in someone else's hands, but I guess it's gotta happen in this case.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 30, 2018, 12:43:32 PM
Man, I hope you plan on keeping this truck for a while.  Haha.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 01, 2018, 05:39:25 PM
Iím pretty sure I will. Canít see a reason to get rid of it anytime soon. 

Probably just end up keeping it when looking to get something else in the future. If we move, Iíll have some driveway space.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 05, 2018, 11:21:49 PM
While waiting for the truck to get the engine swapepd, I came across a great deal on a set of scratched OEM 20's. The same 5 spoke ones I had before off the 2015+ trucks.

Picked them up last night, I'll head over to the self-serve sandblaster and then take them for powder coat. They were so cheap that I figure I'll have some fun with them and try going for a bronze-type color. These will be wrapped with whatever tires I can find for a decent price, probably something used. I'll be keeping the wheels/tires I currently have, but these will be something different to run once in a while.

This is the wheel
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These are the two colors I ordered. I'll choose which one after the PowderCoater does a couple test pieces.

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 05, 2018, 11:22:31 PM
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on July 06, 2018, 06:12:04 PM
Finally, some wheels that aren't black!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 06, 2018, 06:38:25 PM
Finally, some wheels that aren't black!
A-Fn-men!!

Cassie's wheels are bronze are her WRX.  I love it.

Do it!  It will look killer on that blue.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 06, 2018, 10:44:24 PM
Thanks Guys, I wanted to stay away from Black as it just seems to be the default.

It's pretty funny as the Subie's are the main reason I'm looking at a Darker Bronze. They seem to have a pretty close blue to mine and it was a good comparison to see how the Bronze would work with it.

The two options are very close in color, but one is glossy and the other is semi-gloss. Semi-Gloss is my gut, but I want to see them in person.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 11, 2018, 11:17:06 PM
Looks like we are about 4-5 weeks till the motor arrives. I asked for a bit of a change to the head work which delayed things about a week.

I'm getting pretty stoked about this now that things are happening. I gotta say that this engine builder has been nothing short of awesome to work with and understands a strict budget (hit on top of it by a 35% less CDN dollar).

If anyone needs a EcoBoost or 5.0 built engine, I highly suggest RMB Motorsports.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 14, 2018, 12:42:46 AM
I decided it's a good idea to drop the wheels off to get them checked for straightness before going through the effort of custom coated them.

Found a good local place through a friend that will check them for free and seemed reasonable if they need a little tweaking.

Both samples of the powders look good, but I'll be going with the lighter one. It's the one posted before with the Wheel example. I think it will look really good.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 17, 2018, 01:41:31 PM
I dont think you could go wrong with either. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 21, 2018, 10:49:27 PM
Talked with the Engine Builder today. Engine will be in a crate on the hwy by August 10th. Later than I had hoped, but all good in the end and the wait will be worth it.

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 22, 2018, 10:39:43 AM
Talked with the Engine Builder today. Engine will be in a crate on the hwy by August 10th. Later than I had hoped, but all good in the end and the wait will be worth it.
Are you having someone else put it in for you?

Did I miss it?  What's the deal with the warranty claim?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 22, 2018, 09:56:57 PM
Talked with the Engine Builder today. Engine will be in a crate on the hwy by August 10th. Later than I had hoped, but all good in the end and the wait will be worth it.
Are you having someone else put it in for you?

Did I miss it?  What's the deal with the warranty claim?

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Dealer is going to swap the motor. We are planning on leveraging a SSM that Ford put out, but won't be able to confirm until the engine is out and we confirm a broken skirt or cracked piston.

So the goal is to cover the engine swap under warranty and I walk a away with a motor under the hood and a spare in the box, lol.

if warranty coverage doesn't work out, I'll be covering the cost of the swap at a reduced rate and getting $1500 for the engine coming out of the truck as a core.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 25, 2018, 06:28:47 PM
Torque converter showed up. Looks pretty slick, too bad you never see it
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 25, 2018, 08:48:37 PM
Oooh shiney stuff!  Now we're talking!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 27, 2018, 12:49:47 AM
Talked through some options with the dealer, they think I'll be covered under warranty. There is a catch though, they HAVE to install the replacement motor that Fords sends them. Apparently the regional rep will verify the motor has the correct serial number installed in the truck.

So I'll likely end up with a new spare motor, but will have to cover the cost of the swap for my built motor. They will give me a deal on labor and see where they can cut corners on the the first motor swap.

It all sounds a bit crazy, but they gotta play by the rules and I understand that. I'll still be in a better place if I can get a brand new Ford motor to sell and offset the costs.

If for whatever reason, they can't pass the warranty claim, it's actually not too bad to pay for the swap with the discount they'll give me. All in all, it's crappy to have a motor fail, but I'm pretty happy with my chosen route.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 29, 2018, 06:59:39 AM
Sounds like it's working out the best possible way it could.  It sucks you can't get straight to having your motor put in but oh well.  I imagine the rep may want to see it run.  So you can't just drop it in and bolt it down, let the rep check the number and see it in there, then pull it right back out.

So what do you think you can get for your new eco boost motor when you sell it?  That could really make a cool project for someone. 



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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 10, 2018, 12:18:58 AM
It will 100% have to run and leave the shop under it's own power with the Ford motor.

Truck goes under the knife next week. We'll know how it'a all gonna play out very shortly...

Our house has an accepted offer and should subjects should be off by next week. We have a offer out on the house we want to buy and I hope we get it signed by tomorrow. We move a bunch of stuff to storage next week and plan on closing dates for both houses to be Sept. 30th. A lot to do in very little time and all without my truck. I really wish I had it right now.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on August 14, 2018, 02:49:04 PM
Time to go the pod route without the truck.  Fill them up and let someone else move it to storage.

All the moving companies around here have here have their own version of pods, so you can shop the price on pickup and retrieval of it ( them ? ).

Might be worth looking into it; sounds like you have a lot to move, and I don't know how many trips you would have needed with the truck to begin with.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on August 14, 2018, 10:33:30 PM
Itís gonna be some work, thatís for sure. Due to the housing market cooling a bit here, we are short $40k of the planned budget. Doing everything we can to cut some costs out of the move.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 02, 2018, 10:19:56 PM
All of our crap moved and I grabbed my still injured truck up on Friday. Since I am still  waiting on my engine, we aren't going to do anything with the truck till then.

It was really nice to drive it again, I actually missed it.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on September 03, 2018, 01:42:11 PM
How far out is the new motor?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 04, 2018, 11:54:57 AM
Cams have to come from New Zealand, so they are about two weeks out. 1-2 days for final assembly and inspection and then about a week on a truck to get to me.

I'm guessing it's going to be around October before the truck is getting torn down at this point. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 17, 2018, 03:03:31 PM
Fender bender on Friday while we were sitting at a light. Goof was trying to get around the back of he truck and cut the turn too tight.

Now I gotta deal with an insurance company again. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180917/1bd53fc0bd0c4874ca26af796b706831.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180917/a187c097744c3087c5862cf54411c49b.jpg)

On a Positive note, I ended up ordering a new Full Race Rad to go in at the same time as the motor.

Truck is also now officially paid off!

So other ďupgradesĒ waiting to go on
- traction bars
- Full Race V2 Rad
- Full Race Trans cooler
- Improved Racing remote mount oil cooler
- in tank Walbro pump with return system and regulator.


This S**t is getting pricey!


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 17, 2018, 03:04:03 PM
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Rollingrock on September 17, 2018, 03:10:49 PM
Oh man....that sucks.. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on September 17, 2018, 04:55:00 PM
Oopsies!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on September 17, 2018, 06:03:58 PM
WTF.  That's just stupid.  Sorry to see that. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 17, 2018, 09:37:58 PM
Once the adjuster clears everything, Iíll post the footage. Youíll scratch your head.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 21, 2018, 09:09:57 PM
https://youtu.be/g8qeyK7djc8
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 21, 2018, 09:11:25 PM
Cams are stuck in Customs. Really hope they don't get stuck for long!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on September 21, 2018, 09:18:56 PM
Customs is a joke.  We get stuff stuck in customs all the time for work.  Hope you get your parts soon.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on September 24, 2018, 11:09:19 AM
https://youtu.be/g8qeyK7djc8

did you take this down for a reason ?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on September 24, 2018, 06:54:11 PM
Man, I didn't even see the video before.  I only saw the post about the cams.  I don't mean to laugh at your expense but I'm so glad there was sound.  I loved her initial reaction.  Serious though that really sucks.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on September 24, 2018, 09:59:00 PM
that sucks big time.  I have to agree: really 2 times..stop moving !!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 24, 2018, 10:45:10 PM
https://youtu.be/g8qeyK7djc8

did you take this down for a reason ?

Does it work for you now? I had it as private, but changed it to unlisted.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 24, 2018, 10:49:10 PM
Man, I didn't even see the video before.  I only saw the post about the cams.  I don't mean to laugh at your expense but I'm so glad there was sound.  I loved her initial reaction.  Serious though that really sucks.

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Well, you gotta laugh. I mean the guy was completely clueless. You could tell that he didn't want to even roll down his window, he was pretty scared.

It does suck, but stuff happens I guess.

So I talked with the All-state rep today. I have $0 deductible (0% at fault) and they will give me $1000 to put towards a aftermarket bumper and fix the damage to the panel.

Pretty happy with that and bumper is on order. I have a local accessory place that thinks they know where one is in stock. That would be great, as I wouldn't have to wait for a freshly built one.

This is the one I went with.

https://www.drivingline.com/articles...bumper-review/ (https://www.drivingline.com/articles...bumper-review/)

I need to see it in person, but I may try and modify it a bit and then get it line-x'd. I think it could look a little cleaner.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on September 25, 2018, 06:55:47 AM
The link isn't working for me. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on September 25, 2018, 04:21:14 PM
https://youtu.be/g8qeyK7djc8

did you take this down for a reason ?

Does it work for you now? I had it as private, but changed it to unlisted.

It was working yesterday, I must have caught it moments after you changed it.

BTW : Still working, just tested it.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 25, 2018, 11:06:13 PM
Perfect, glad it works. I still shake my head when I watch it.

After some careful deliberation and soul searching, I decided to go with the "Dimple R".

I just couldn't get used to the "bolted on" plates of the Venom bumper. Bonus is that it was $450 cheaper.

Should be here next week, then goes straight to Line-X. I'll do a front bumper eventually...maybe  :uugly:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on September 25, 2018, 11:08:04 PM
The link isn't working for me. 

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Try a "copy/paste", it should work.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 23, 2018, 12:42:26 AM
Lot's of fun stuff happening. I have been crazy busy with work and moving into the new house.

New motor is in final assembly...finally and should be on the road by the end of the week. To save on shipping, I've asked for all the fuel mods to ship with the motor and it may delay shipping a few days.

Other fun is I found a set of like new BFG KO2's (needed a "winter" rated tire to for the winter). These were crazy cheap, I feel bad for how little I bought them for, but the kid has more money than brains. $600 for all four 305/65/18's.

Then ordered up a set of Method wheels from my cousin at cost, so not super cheap, but not bad.

(https://i.imgur.com/HMudh8I.png)

Can't say I'm a massive fan of the "fake" beadlock look, but I like them overall.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on October 23, 2018, 07:44:30 PM
I am literally sitting here and Cassie is asking me about method wheels and telling me she wants BFG KO2s for her next ride.  I mean literally as the page loaded. 

Nice choice on both the wheels and tires.  I am super excited to bear about the truck.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 23, 2018, 10:13:49 PM
Lol, that's hilarious. I like the look of a few of their wheels, but these ones seems to strike me as right for the truck.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 23, 2018, 10:16:47 PM
Finished up the baseline pulls for the truck. Due to the elevation change and the fact that I can't find a mustang dyno around here, I figured it would be good to get some numbers to compare against.

(https://i.imgur.com/Slnx6OJ.png)

I think it actually did pretty well.

This is with just the turbos, manifolds and intercooler upgrades. No Intake, down-pipe or Exhaust upgrades.

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on October 24, 2018, 09:04:26 AM
So then the motor is in and the truck is running?  That second run looks nice.  A little lower on power but it comes on sooner. 
Finished up the baseline pulls for the truck. Due to the elevation change and the fact that I can't find a mustang dyno around here, I figured it would be good to get some numbers to compare against.

(https://i.imgur.com/Slnx6OJ.png)

I think it actually did pretty well.

This is with just the turbos, manifolds and intercooler upgrades. No Intake, down-pipe or Exhaust upgrades.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 24, 2018, 02:47:09 PM
Still the original motor, knock and all...lol.

New motor is on the road, but wanted to get some numbers from the dyno locally to compare against after the new motor is in.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on October 24, 2018, 06:27:22 PM
Still the original motor, knock and all...lol.

New motor is on the road, but wanted to get some numbers from the dyno locally to compare against after the new motor is in.
Gotcha.  Man I was confused for a second.  That's one torquey motor.  It all makes sense now that I read that post again about the baseline and elevation and not having the same Dyno since you moved.  I had a "moment".  I'm good now.  Haha

So by "on the road", you mean the new motor is crated up and in transit?  When can we expect another Dyno run?



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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 24, 2018, 11:10:52 PM
Yup, motor is all boxed up and on a truck somewhere around Detroit by now.

I honestly don't know when I'll get it in and then broken in. I do plan on taking the whole US Thanksgiving week off to dedicate to the truck. But you never know what challenges you'll run into with a project like this.

Lot's of pictures to come!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 28, 2018, 07:56:19 PM
I ended up getting an amazing on a set of 305/65/18 KO2ís. They were literally were like brand new.

I figured it was a good bit and I would just sit in them till a good deal on a set of wheels came up. I ended up ordering a set of Methods from 4wheel parts for 20% off.

To save a few bucks, I mounted the tires on the rims myself with balancing beads.

I should be able to sell my Raptor wheels and Ridge Grapplers for enough that this new combo should only cost about $100.

Also installed a set of Rokbloks mud flaps.

Iím pretty happy with how it turned out.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on October 28, 2018, 08:00:47 PM
These will be my next tires.  And apparently  Cassie's too. 

Is it just me or does no one else do bronze like Method does bronze?  Method's bronze just looks richer if that makes sense.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 29, 2018, 10:48:09 AM
I agree, other Brands like fuel wheels just don't seem to do Bronze as well. It all comes down to personal taste of course, but I like this color.

Now I just have to get the 20's Powder Coated in the Bronze that I already bought. It will be a darker Bronze, but will still look sharp IMO. No rush on getting these done as I won't run them till spring and need to put some money into painting and doing work on the garage. It has a stupid BLACK painted roof and horrible lights.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on October 29, 2018, 01:49:02 PM
I agree, other Brands like fuel wheels just don't seem to do Bronze as well. It all comes down to personal taste of course, but I like this color.

Now I just have to get the 20's Powder Coated in the Bronze that I already bought. It will be a darker Bronze, but will still look sharp IMO. No rush on getting these done as I won't run them till spring and need to put some money into painting and doing work on the garage. It has a stupid BLACK painted roof and horrible lights.
The ceiling is black? 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 30, 2018, 03:32:19 PM
The ceiling is black? 

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Don't judge the mess :uugly:

Black floor and black ceiling, with the absolute worst lights possible. I do plan on knocking down the wall between the single and double.
(https://i.imgur.com/v1GLbfg.jpg)

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Rollingrock on October 30, 2018, 09:16:18 PM
I'll admit that I haven't been following this thread....and i think this thread is a record for the most posts. 

That said, those freaking wheels are G-D Gorgeous.   And those floors....dude, that is legit.   I am saving some money to get my floors done.   I am super poor right now.   

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on October 31, 2018, 09:41:35 AM
Wow.  That's gloomy.  I don't think any amount of light would even help.  That black ceiling would have to go.  Do you like the floors or are you changing those as well?  They look ok.  Hard to tell from then pictures if they're quality and how nice they are.  Could look really sharp though if the rest of the garage comes together.  I'm going to stop looking at the pics though because all the clutter gives me anxiety.  Haha I get it though. No judgement.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on October 31, 2018, 10:31:05 AM
I'll admit that I haven't been following this thread....and i think this thread is a record for the most posts. 

That said, those freaking wheels are G-D Gorgeous.   And those floors....dude, that is legit.   I am saving some money to get my floors done.   I am super poor right now.   


That's OK JP, Mike keeps me company :nana:

It's been a pretty epic journey on this one and isn't over yet!

Wow.  That's gloomy.  I don't think any amount of light would even help.  That black ceiling would have to go.  Do you like the floors or are you changing those as well?  They look ok.  Hard to tell from then pictures if they're quality and how nice they are.  Could look really sharp though if the rest of the garage comes together.  I'm going to stop looking at the pics though because all the clutter gives me anxiety.  Haha I get it though. No judgement.

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The Floor is OK, but was a DYI job. I will probably end up re-doing it as it only goes to that wood framing on the floor (he had a row of cabinets on there that I pulled). It's lower on the priority list, so maybe I'll get it re-done in the spring. I have to wait on the decision to knock out the wall or not. about 90% sure I will, but need to make sure there is no support in it for the roof.

Basic plan
- White ceiling
- light gray walls
- swap lights for 4ft LED lights

I hope to add a second set of lights at the door end sometime later when my electrician buddy comes to visit. 
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on November 01, 2018, 10:35:23 AM
Basic plan
- White ceiling
- light gray walls
- swap lights for 4ft LED lights

I hope to add a second set of lights at the door end sometime later when my electrician buddy comes to visit.

The ceiling I would just take it down and put up new fire rated drywall.
You are going to be priming the crap out of that black to get it to not bleed through the white paint.
- If you are removing the knockdown finish in the process, you will spend days trying to sand & durabond that level.

If you do go the remove the black and put up new drywall, adding the light on the other side of the I beam will be easy.  By the drop on the I beam, the floor joists / rafters above run over the beam not into it.
- I had the same problem in my garage before the remodel; but my remodel took away most of the garage ceiling.

I just put up 3 of the Lithonia single tube LED lights over the work, reloading and cleaning benches in the basement.  I used the 4' ones, they also come in 8'

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N1S2AYK/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&th=1
They are amazing.

The floor color I would not be concerned about.  If you have the correcting lighting layout, about all you are changing is how well the bottom side of the rocker panels is illuminated.
- You can fix this with a halogen task light down low.

I think you can stop gap the lighting until you figure out the wall / ceiling with a few 4'   Lithonia on cord ends and temp in a female cord end were the gooseneck track is at.

Good news you have a heater by Trent's dad !! :clap:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 02, 2018, 12:01:52 AM
Thanks for the tips Steve, much appreciated!

Iím going to give painting a try on part of the ceiling to see how it covers. I have a suspicion that youíre right though.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 08, 2018, 10:46:08 PM
Iíll make a separate thread, but making progress on the garage. The wall should be coming down this weekend. Iíve never been this excited about house Renoís before,


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on November 09, 2018, 09:39:37 AM
...<snip>... Iíve never been this excited about house Renoís before,

That is because it is a garage reno, something we can all appreciate.  :clap:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 16, 2018, 01:41:31 AM
Engine builder sent me some pics while he was building. The motor is stuck in customs, I guess they didnít like some of the paperwork. Getting it sorted out in the morning and should have the motor next week.
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 16, 2018, 10:20:00 AM
Sure looks pretty! 

Customs is such a pain in the ass. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 16, 2018, 04:16:54 PM
Sure looks pretty! 

Customs is such a pain in the ass. 

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Looks like I got it all sorted out. 1 hour on the phone with the customs broker.

It's held in the Detroit area, so I probably won't see it now till the end of next week.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 21, 2018, 08:24:31 AM
Spent a couple hours on it yesterday.
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on November 21, 2018, 07:04:35 PM
Getting it ready to come out?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 22, 2018, 02:05:31 AM
Getting it ready to come out?
Pretty close. Today I pulled all the exhaust, tranny housing bolts, Torque converter bolts, starter, motor mount bolts.

A couple checks and seeing if I have to pull more wiring harness before I pluck the motor.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 23, 2018, 12:38:13 AM
All ready to pull out. I messed around today cleaning up tools and such.

I figured it will be easier to pull if I have the front end as low as possible,
So I dropped it on jack stands.

I will have a extra set of hands tomorrow to help and make sure it comes out as easy as possible and to help pop off the hood.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 23, 2018, 05:43:14 PM
Motor is out. Not too bad overall. Only missed one  tranny housing bolt! 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on November 23, 2018, 06:03:51 PM
How long did it take before you figured out you were still bolted up? I hate it when I do that!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 23, 2018, 10:12:17 PM
When is the arrival date of the new motor?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 23, 2018, 10:17:48 PM
How long did it take before you figured out you were still bolted up? I hate it when I do that!

I found it pretty quick fortunately. I gave the motor a little tug and then checked the bell-housing. I could see one side didn't split. Quick look and one bolt (motor side) was still there. Popped it out and the motor came out pretty easy. I think it's gonna be fun to line up the tranny on the way back in, not much wiggle room. I can now see why the Dealer lifts the cab, lol.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 23, 2018, 10:19:38 PM
When is the arrival date of the new motor?

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Tracking info is saying Tuesday, so since it YRC (trucking company) I'll say Thursday. Hasn't been officially "cleared" of customs yet, but Thanksgiving likely threw a wrench into it for this week.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on November 24, 2018, 11:08:49 AM
Motor is out. Not too bad overall. Only missed one  tranny housing bolt! 

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181123/f9620fcbaeba0ad4c20c9c0d43f1fb1b.jpg)

Good on you.  :clap: I would have been playing with that one bolt for 3 hours.

I have to ask, how hard was it to get the truck in there sideways ?
- the front wheel look just about where the cabinets were on the floor on the old wall dividing the bays.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 24, 2018, 04:15:07 PM
Motor is out. Not too bad overall. Only missed one  tranny housing bolt! 

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181123/f9620fcbaeba0ad4c20c9c0d43f1fb1b.jpg)

Good on you.  :clap: I would have been playing with that one bolt for 3 hours.

I have to ask, how hard was it to get the truck in there sideways ?
- the front wheel look just about where the cabinets were on the floor on the old wall dividing the bays.

It was about a 15 point turn,


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 26, 2018, 01:16:27 PM
So...my wife will probably murder me once she see's this months VISA bill, but oh well...

Ordered up a set of Performance manifolds for the new motor. The ported ones I have now, will have to be re-coated and I just don't have the time.

Also ordered up a set of Icon "Delta Joint" Upper Control Arms. Huge sale that I had to take advantage of. At least this was a planned purchase.  :uugly:

Later today I will go through the list of OEM parts I need for the swap. Actually doesn't look too bad, thank goodness.

New motor is scheduled for delivery on Wednesday!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on November 26, 2018, 02:13:52 PM
I think I see where the 20K short on the house move went to.... :om:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on November 26, 2018, 03:49:43 PM
Man, I wish I had unlimited funds.  Haha.  It's like the Canadian version of Jason, eh...

Kidding of course. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 27, 2018, 09:46:56 PM
Yeah, this has gotten out of hand, even for me. Close to done though...for now. :nana:

Still cheaper than the new Raptor or Loaded Lariat I was looking at!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 27, 2018, 09:52:55 PM
Break in motor oil, Dif fluids and Spicer Diff cover showed up today. I should be able to get the Control Arms tomorrow and the manifolds should show up by Friday.

Should be lot's to start with this weekend. Amongst all of this, I want to get the paint corrected and coated before the truck leaves the garage.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on November 28, 2018, 09:02:16 AM
...<snip>..Still cheaper than the new Raptor or Loaded Lariat I was looking at!

You mean as long as you do not include the cost of the used truck you are putting everything on...  :redneck:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 28, 2018, 01:43:55 PM
...<snip>..Still cheaper than the new Raptor or Loaded Lariat I was looking at!

You mean as long as you do not include the cost of the used truck you are putting everything on...  :redneck:

Lol, I ran the numbers and the thought of a new truck was pretty nice. I know that I would just be needing to do stuff to the new one and almost nothing I have now would transfer over. It was a close decision in all honesty. I bought the truck new for $43k and have close to that spent on the mods.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 30, 2018, 01:30:44 PM
Motor arrived this morning! Woohoo!  :cheers:

Up on the stand and ready to swap over some parts.

(https://i.imgur.com/CoIyoQk.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0O0VQbC.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/za39gIZ.jpg)

It came with the new Rad, Torque Converter, Catch Can and remote oil filter mount.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on November 30, 2018, 11:55:56 PM
I got a few small things done today. Still have to order a few parts and figure out plumbing for the fuel set up, so not in much of a rush.

Icon Upper A-arms installed, Front Diff fluid changed, some minor things swapped over to the new motor and a few things like wire harness and turbo's/manifolds pulled.

Oh, I also fixed my f**k up from when I did the IWE's last time. I tightened down the axle nut before I made sure the axle, IWE and hub were all lined up. Ended up breaking the IWE in two...FFS. All well, another new IWE installed with more care this time.

(https://i.imgur.com/BdHpjJS.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/W03dE8S.jpg)

Diff change is pretty easy with the motor out, lol.

Collected about 1.6 liters of fluid, so pretty good.

(https://i.imgur.com/BB4qATd.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/aatA43Q.jpg)

Icon's installed. These worked out to being a hair over $500US. Couldn't pass them up (yes I have a problem when deals come up).

(https://i.imgur.com/5vCj0tP.jpg)

Old motor is looking a bit more bare

(https://i.imgur.com/UXaXB5q.jpg)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 01, 2018, 07:36:26 AM
It's like you're the woman in the relationship... But honey, they were on sale! 




Impatiently following along...

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 01, 2018, 11:52:47 AM
yes I have a problem when deals come up...<snip>...

Are you sure this is cheaper than a new Raptor ?

I can see why you tell your wife that, but come on you can be honest with us...

 :funny:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 01, 2018, 06:52:12 PM
yes I have a problem when deals come up...<snip>...

Are you sure this is cheaper than a new Raptor ?

I can see why you tell your wife that, but come on you can be honest with us...

 :funny:

Yup! A decent Raptor up here, starts around $90k. Plus taxes, plus the stuff I would ďhaveĒ to add.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 01, 2018, 09:00:16 PM
yes I have a problem when deals come up...<snip>...

Are you sure this is cheaper than a new Raptor ?

I can see why you tell your wife that, but come on you can be honest with us...

 :funny:

Yup! A decent Raptor up here, starts around $90k. Plus taxes, plus the stuff I would ďhaveĒ to add.


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That's ridiculous. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 02, 2018, 11:05:21 AM
That's ridiculous. 

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That is ~ 70K USD which is about right for a non base model raptor.

Can need a thread title change to [ DIY Shelby Raptor build from a F150 ]

It is even the correct color  :redneck:
(http://www.shelby.com/vehicles/2017SR-main.jpg)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 02, 2018, 04:07:03 PM
LOL, I think a new Raptor would be pretty awesome, but my path has been chosen.

I'll get a few more things done on the truck this evening.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 02, 2018, 04:20:28 PM
LOL, I think a new Raptor would be pretty awesome, but my path has been chosen.

I'll get a few more things done on the truck this evening.
You'll be putting more power to the ground than a raptor anyway.  Have you ever addressed the gearing?  I don't ever recall it mentioned.  What gears are in it?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Rollingrock on December 02, 2018, 05:20:42 PM
Man, I wish I had unlimited funds.  Haha.  It's like the Canadian version of Jason, eh...

Kidding of course. 

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Just caught that.....I think you mean Gip.  That guys money tree is producing.    :) 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 02, 2018, 09:30:07 PM
LOL, I think a new Raptor would be pretty awesome, but my path has been chosen.

I'll get a few more things done on the truck this evening.
You'll be putting more power to the ground than a raptor anyway.  Have you ever addressed the gearing?  I don't ever recall it mentioned.  What gears are in it?

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I have no plans to go bigger than 34's, so I'll keep the stock 3:55's in it.

If all goes well, this truck will make around 160HP more than a Raptor (at the crank) and about 130ish more at the wheels. So this truck will not be a slouch at all. Truck should do more than 610 at the crank.

It's all a theory till it hits the Dyno though!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 03, 2018, 12:06:38 AM
Man, I wish I had unlimited funds.  Haha.  It's like the Canadian version of Jason, eh...

Kidding of course. 

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Just caught that.....I think you mean Gip.  That guys money tree is producing.    :) 

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And trust me, I don't have unlimited funds, lol. I just don't like cutting corners and want to do this once.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 03, 2018, 12:14:18 AM
Not as much done today as I had hoped, but a 3 y/o and 5 inches of snow will distract you.

I pulled everything off the old motor that I will need to swap over. I also took some time to inspect the intake valves to see the effects of "not running a catch can". I gotta say, no worse than any port injection motor I have ever looked at. I do have a catch can going in with the new motor, but it's mainly for venting to ensure I don't build ANY case pressure.

Still trying to decide if I completely dissect the motor or just try to sell it at core price.

These were the worst valves. Far from clean, but not really that bad.
(https://i.imgur.com/b2KEucc.jpg)

If you look at the above pic and compare, you can see how much these head have been opened up. the "hood" has been completely cut out. On the bench these heads can flow 90% more than stock.
(https://i.imgur.com/wb4QPgi.jpg)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 04, 2018, 07:43:01 AM
Did the whole warranty thing end up not working out for the original motor?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 04, 2018, 08:40:41 AM
Did the whole warranty thing end up not working out for the original motor?

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Took it in and apparently it wasn't making enough noise to justify a tear-down. I didn't feel like paying for them to tear into it, when I can do it myself at this point.

I pulled the valve covers and a few cam caps, cams are in near perfect shape. Heads are sold, I just have to pull them. I'm thinking about turning the block into a table for the man cave in the basement. It's pretty much only worth it's weight in scrap unless someone really wanted it to re-build. I may post it and see if I get any bites.

I don't really care at this point, but if I find a broken piston skirt, I may try to raise hell with the service manager and the regional rep.

So with me saving labor on the engine swap and selling the heads, I'm about even compared to Ford giving me a new motor that I would have to sell as used. Bonus is that I can do the upgrades at the same time vs. the dealer who didn't want to touch any of them (not even the FR radiator).
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 10, 2018, 12:32:00 AM
Everything I think I need at this point is in a box on it's way to me, other than some fuel line. So fingers crossed that next weekend will be all truck work.

Today, I was able to get Moog Sway bar bushings and end-links in, Motor mounts, Alternator, High Pressure fuel line and Belt tensioner, put on the motor.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 10, 2018, 08:23:53 PM
This is taking too long.  I need to see it run.  Hear your thoughts.  Get some Dyno numbers.  Come on.  Quit dragging your feet.


Haha.  I know it's probably way worse for you. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 10, 2018, 08:26:03 PM
Dude, Iím barely hanging on here. All the work crap is keeping me distracted though.

Iíll have some good pics for you later, a few bits showed up today.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 11, 2018, 12:16:49 AM
Something for you to look at in the meantime.

Improved racing remote filter mount. The engine adaptor will run to this and then there will be a run to a aux. oil cooler mounted in the grill
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Radium fuel regulator
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Mount location for fuel line mock up
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181211/41b0864a7d11126a9b132bbe20c01eb1.jpg)

Injector Dynamics fuel filter (will be mounted under the truck by the evap box)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181211/e20320342dc030284421e05a54ffcc86.jpg)

Bulk oil line Iíll cut up for filter housing and oil cooler.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181211/c54903728db80bfa2374492c9f24e5f4.jpg)


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 11, 2018, 08:44:49 AM
...<snip>..
Injector Dynamics fuel filter (will be mounted under the truck by the evap box)...<snip>..

I am trying to recall 2009 + MY, isn't there a filter screen on the fuel pump in the tank ?

If I got that right, did you remove it ?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 11, 2018, 11:27:59 AM
Ok we have a problem. 

What am I seeing?  Are those Crocs? 
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 11, 2018, 06:21:45 PM
Ok we have a problem. 

What am I seeing?  Are those Crocs? 
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 11, 2018, 10:54:46 PM
...<snip>..
Injector Dynamics fuel filter (will be mounted under the truck by the evap box)...<snip>..

I am trying to recall 2009 + MY, isn't there a filter screen on the fuel pump in the tank ?

If I got that right, did you remove it ?

Yes, there is a filter sock on the in-tank pump. I'll be leaving it on the new pump as it's a pretty coarse filter. This one is 5 microns.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 11, 2018, 10:56:01 PM
Ok we have a problem. 

What am I seeing?  Are those Crocs? 
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Dang it! I thought I got all the pics Croc free! I ran out quickly to get "Somebody" pictures.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 11, 2018, 11:04:08 PM
Ok we have a problem. 

What am I seeing?  Are those Crocs? 
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Dang it! I thought I got all the pics Croc free! I ran out quickly to get "Somebody" pictures.
Funny thing is, I was in Tennessee visiting family once and grabbed a pair of someone's Crocs just to run outside for something.  Man, they are comfy. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 12, 2018, 11:55:22 AM
Measurements for custom fuel lines sent and are now being made (I really didn't want to mess with fuel by making my own).

Random parts all ordered up and should be here by Friday. Once I get the parts, the fun can really start.

In the meantime, I took Friday off to tackle the paint. Game plan is, ONR wash, clay mitt, Correction (need to test a few combos) and the Optimum Gloss coat. Since the truck has to go to the body shop afterwards, I don't have to mess with the passenger side box panel.

Other items planned for this weekend
Trans pan drop and filter change
Transfer case fluid change
Rear diff fluid and new diff cover
Rear diff sand and paint
Under hood clean up
Remote oil Filter mount location Mock-up
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 12, 2018, 01:17:35 PM
Funny thing is, I was in Tennessee visiting family once and grabbed a pair of someone's Crocs just to run outside for something.  Man, they are comfy. 

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People like Barry Manilow, that does not make it OK...

Yes I am comparing Barry Manilow to Crocs or Crocs to Barry Manilow; either way they are both wrong...
- What does Dead Pool call them... :wow:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 12, 2018, 02:43:30 PM
Funny thing is, I was in Tennessee visiting family once and grabbed a pair of someone's Crocs just to run outside for something.  Man, they are comfy. 

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People like Barry Manilow, that does not make it OK...

Yes I am comparing Barry Manilow to Crocs or Crocs to Barry Manilow; either way they are both wrong...
- What does Dead Pool call them... :wow:
You don't have to tell me.  You wont find any pictures of me wearing Crocs. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 12, 2018, 02:44:23 PM
Measurements for custom fuel lines sent and are now being made (I really didn't want to mess with fuel by making my own).

Random parts all ordered up and should be here by Friday. Once I get the parts, the fun can really start.

In the meantime, I took Friday off to tackle the paint. Game plan is, ONR wash, clay mitt, Correction (need to test a few combos) and the Optimum Gloss coat. Since the truck has to go to the body shop afterwards, I don't have to mess with the passenger side box panel.

Other items planned for this weekend
Trans pan drop and filter change
Transfer case fluid change
Rear diff fluid and new diff cover
Rear diff sand and paint
Under hood clean up
Remote oil Filter mount location Mock-up
Good call on the fuel lines. Sounds like me with electrical stuff.  Ultimately the same fear I assume.  Fire

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on December 12, 2018, 04:45:27 PM
Funny thing is, I was in Tennessee visiting family once and grabbed a pair of someone's Crocs just to run outside for something.  Man, they are comfy. 

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People like Barry Manilow, that does not make it OK...

Yes I am comparing Barry Manilow to Crocs or Crocs to Barry Manilow; either way they are both wrong...
- What does Dead Pool call them... :wow:
You don't have to tell me.  You wont find any pictures of me wearing Crocs. 

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Being that I'm comfortable with my manhood - and the fact that I could give a rat's butt about what other people think of me at my age - I will admit to buying a pair to wear on the beach for the cruise Stella and I took this summer. They're stupid comfortable. So I'll proudly stand beside my friend from the Great White North on Crocs!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 12, 2018, 05:34:29 PM
Measurements for custom fuel lines sent and are now being made (I really didn't want to mess with fuel by making my own).

Random parts all ordered up and should be here by Friday. Once I get the parts, the fun can really start.

In the meantime, I took Friday off to tackle the paint. Game plan is, ONR wash, clay mitt, Correction (need to test a few combos) and the Optimum Gloss coat. Since the truck has to go to the body shop afterwards, I don't have to mess with the passenger side box panel.

Other items planned for this weekend
Trans pan drop and filter change
Transfer case fluid change
Rear diff fluid and new diff cover
Rear diff sand and paint
Under hood clean up
Remote oil Filter mount location Mock-up
Good call on the fuel lines. Sounds like me with electrical stuff.  Ultimately the same fear I assume.  Fire

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Yeah, I really don't want a fire to happen. Also, crappy lines or crappy connections often lead to fuel smell.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 12, 2018, 05:35:50 PM
Funny thing is, I was in Tennessee visiting family once and grabbed a pair of someone's Crocs just to run outside for something.  Man, they are comfy. 

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People like Barry Manilow, that does not make it OK...

Yes I am comparing Barry Manilow to Crocs or Crocs to Barry Manilow; either way they are both wrong...
- What does Dead Pool call them... :wow:
You don't have to tell me.  You wont find any pictures of me wearing Crocs. 

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Being that I'm comfortable with my manhood - and the fact that I could give a rat's butt about what other people think of me at my age - I will admit to buying a pair to wear on the beach for the cruise Stella and I took this summer. They're stupid comfortable. So I'll proudly stand beside my friend from the Great White North on Crocs!

I've had these things for over a decade, they don't get wore often. They do come in handy sometimes though. I prefer them for boating over sandal's.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 12, 2018, 06:27:19 PM
I love how this thread has derailed in to Crocs shaming and croc defending. 

Just gonna leave these here. 

Someone just has to make a pair out of actually crocodile skin so the Texas boys can join in on the fun.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181212/7b4ac7dbe2850e222df428ab482e3e7c.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181212/1269b2f165448a7132859c41398be6ff.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181212/1d8fb23a1cce453b302dd58dd46d98ba.jpg)

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 12, 2018, 08:53:47 PM
I shouldn't cast stones. I have a pair of Birkenstock Arizona hippy sandals.
- They look like foot wear for someone that smells like patchouli and is unemployed.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: GreyMichFX4 on December 13, 2018, 04:16:40 PM
I don't feel so bad about my Under Armor Flip Flops now.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 13, 2018, 07:40:55 PM
Went to visit my nephew today.  The little SOB was wearing Crocs.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 13, 2018, 10:51:20 PM
Went to visit my nephew today.  The little SOB was wearing Crocs.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 13, 2018, 10:54:14 PM
Some OEM parts showed up today. Iíll get a few things done tomorrow and post some pics!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 15, 2018, 12:22:05 AM
I was able to get the paint done today (well basically the sides).

ONR waterless wash
Meguiars regular clay with ONR clay lube
Spot hits with M101 and orange LC cutting pad on the PC (4Ē pad)
M205 with a white 5.5Ē LC pad on the Rupes
Optimum paint Prep
Optimum Gloss Coat

I gotta say the Gloss coat went on very easy. If it holds up, itís gonna be a staple in the arsenal.

Paint was still in pretty good shape a door rub and a few scratches had to be dealt with, but nothing too bad. Clay only picked up some tar, probably thanks to the C.A.R. Bullet proof that went on last time.

After wash and clay

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A couple of dings
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Just for you Mike...
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After
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on December 15, 2018, 05:16:40 AM
Looks great! I'm going to be using the same stuff on the Taco a bit later today.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 15, 2018, 09:47:52 AM
...<snip>..
I gotta say the Gloss coat went on very easy. If it holds up, itís gonna be a staple in the arsenal.
...<snip>..

I have had very good luck.  My old 2006 F150, now doing duty as Dad's work truck, is still holding up nice on the roof and hood.  It sits outside all summer.
- It only goes in the garage when they leave for the winter and take Mom's CRV.
It was converted to a work truck and no matter how I try, dad will not break that habit of a bucket of dirty soap water with the mitt from the Reagan era to wash something off it.  He won't get rid of his towel that feel like 180 grit sand paper.  I think I saw one from the bicentennial in his garage last weekend.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on December 15, 2018, 05:30:34 PM
Looking at your pictures, I see your syringe of the product is almost empty. Did you use the whole thing on just your truck? I'm on my third vehicle with mine (20cc kit) and it's still probably got two more vehicles left.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 15, 2018, 06:24:04 PM
Looking at your pictures, I see your syringe of the product is almost empty. Did you use the whole thing on just your truck? I'm on my third vehicle with mine (20cc kit) and it's still probably got two more vehicles left.

I think I see ~ 10cc in the syringe still.
The black plunger end is between 20cc & 30cc marks and with the syringe on it's side that 20cc area is~ half full. :dunno:
- I did not even need r & h for that... :wow:

I also seem to recall he did OPT Gloss Coat on the wife's vehicle some time back, if that was the same kit and my old brain is recalling the correct person... 
Too many people are back to using OPT Gloss Coat.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 15, 2018, 09:15:25 PM
Looking at your pictures, I see your syringe of the product is almost empty. Did you use the whole thing on just your truck? I'm on my third vehicle with mine (20cc kit) and it's still probably got two more vehicles left.

Nah, lots left! Does anyone know if this is different from Opti-Coat 2.0? Sure seemed easier to apply.
Here is what's left
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I can tell you that I didn't use as much as they did during this video!
https://youtu.be/ctFtza_jGxs
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 15, 2018, 09:18:03 PM
What google said.
Gloss-Coat has greater gloss and slickness and up to 2 years durability - 2.0 was more durable but had less gloss. Gloss-Coat is easy to apply with fewer high spot issues, can be topped with wax or sealants, and 10 mls can cover up to 2 vehicles.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on December 15, 2018, 09:22:55 PM
What google said.
Gloss-Coat has greater gloss and slickness and up to 2 years durability - 2.0 was more durable but had less gloss. Gloss-Coat is easy to apply with fewer high spot issues, can be topped with wax or sealants, and 10 mls can cover up to 2 vehicles.
That sounds about right. Glad you liked the stuff. I did the Taco today. If I get time, I'll post some pics tomorrow. It came out great. Then again, I'm about to put over 3,000 miles on it.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 16, 2018, 11:44:58 AM
What google said.
Gloss-Coat has greater gloss and slickness and up to 2 years durability - 2.0 was more durable but had less gloss. Gloss-Coat is easy to apply with fewer high spot issues, can be topped with wax or sealants, and 10 mls can cover up to 2 vehicles.
That sounds about right. Glad you liked the stuff. I did the Taco today. If I get time, I'll post some pics tomorrow. It came out great. Then again, I'm about to put over 3,000 miles on it.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 16, 2018, 11:57:54 AM
What google said.
Gloss-Coat has greater gloss and slickness and up to 2 years durability - 2.0 was more durable but had less gloss. Gloss-Coat is easy to apply with fewer high spot issues, can be topped with wax or sealants, and 10 mls can cover up to 2 vehicles.
That sounds about right. Glad you liked the stuff. I did the Taco today. If I get time, I'll post some pics tomorrow. It came out great. Then again, I'm about to put over 3,000 miles on it.

Drive Safe!!!


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When I first read that, I thought he was finally going to hit 3,000 miles.  I thought, "Man, he really is one of those old people.  Only goes for groceries and out for Sunday drives."

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 16, 2018, 11:59:01 AM
Truck is looking good, Ryan.  I have to say though, I'd much rather see it running and out in the sticks somewhere getting dirty than in your garage getting cleaned up.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 16, 2018, 12:01:39 PM
Truck is looking good, Ryan.  I have to say though, I'd much rather see it running and out in the sticks somewhere getting dirty than in your garage getting cleaned up.

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You and me both! Iíll probably keep it pretty babied through the winter to keep salt exposure down. But I do have two fun exploring trips planned for this summer.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on December 16, 2018, 06:22:53 PM
What google said.
Gloss-Coat has greater gloss and slickness and up to 2 years durability - 2.0 was more durable but had less gloss. Gloss-Coat is easy to apply with fewer high spot issues, can be topped with wax or sealants, and 10 mls can cover up to 2 vehicles.
That sounds about right. Glad you liked the stuff. I did the Taco today. If I get time, I'll post some pics tomorrow. It came out great. Then again, I'm about to put over 3,000 miles on it.


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When I first read that, I thought he was finally going to hit 3,000 miles.  I thought, "Man, he really is one of those old people.  Only goes for groceries and out for Sunday drives."

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Believe it or not, the Tacoma has almost 75,000 miles in it. The Toaster is at just under 110,000 miles on it. And no, most of those miles were not put on with my left blinker on!  :om:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 16, 2018, 07:45:45 PM
Nah, lots left! Does anyone know if this is different from Opti-Coat 2.0? Sure seemed easier to apply.
Here is what's left
https://i.imgur.com/UUcv8VQ.jpg

I will agree with the less high spot issues with Gloss Coat, but it was as bad as some made it out to be.  Very rarely went back after flashing it with the air hose with the OC 2.0 formula.

I also found it easier to dispense with a 19Ga blunt luer tip on the syringe instead of the henna luer dispensing tip that is sent with it.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Rollingrock on December 17, 2018, 10:51:04 PM
Nah, lots left! Does anyone know if this is different from Opti-Coat 2.0? Sure seemed easier to apply.
Here is what's left
https://i.imgur.com/UUcv8VQ.jpg

I will agree with the less high spot issues with Gloss Coat, but it was as bad as some made it out to be.  Very rarely went back after flashing it with the air hose with the OC 2.0 formula.

I also found it easier to dispense with a 19Ga blunt luer tip on the syringe instead of the henna luer dispensing tip that is sent with it.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/416u6H6U91L._SL1000_.jpg)

Interesting Steve....I always fear I have to hammer down on the plunger to get product out....then sometimes, I spray that chit everywhere.  Had to quickly spread some product out on a qtr panel once......once.   

Where does one get those fancy tip thing a ma giggers?   No science or molecular properties big word talk, just a interwebs link....LOL


Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on December 18, 2018, 06:28:49 AM
Nah, lots left! Does anyone know if this is different from Opti-Coat 2.0? Sure seemed easier to apply.
Here is what's left
https://i.imgur.com/UUcv8VQ.jpg

I will agree with the less high spot issues with Gloss Coat, but it was as bad as some made it out to be.  Very rarely went back after flashing it with the air hose with the OC 2.0 formula.

I also found it easier to dispense with a 19Ga blunt luer tip on the syringe instead of the henna luer dispensing tip that is sent with it.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/416u6H6U91L._SL1000_.jpg)

Interesting Steve....I always fear I have to hammer down on the plunger to get product out....then sometimes, I spray that chit everywhere.  Had to quickly spread some product out on a qtr panel once......once.   

Where does one get those fancy tip thing a ma giggers?   No science or molecular properties big word talk, just a interwebs link....LOL

I too struggled with the urge to press down on the plunger and thus splatter product all over the place. One of the videos I watched on how to apply it had a great hint. Just tap the plunger instead of trying to push it in. Tapping it gives you droplets of the product on the applicator and that works just great.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 18, 2018, 08:17:47 AM
TS, We must have seen the same video as that's what I learned to do. It seems to work OK for me, but I like Steve's idea.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 18, 2018, 08:57:27 AM
Interesting Steve....I always fear I have to hammer down on the plunger to get product out....then sometimes, I spray that chit everywhere.  Had to quickly spread some product out on a qtr panel once......once.   

Where does one get those fancy tip thing a ma giggers?   No science or molecular properties big word talk, just a interwebs link....LOL

One word, and it is not big : Amazon.
 :redneck:

There are multiple gauges, I found this size works best for me. 
If you are going with the tap method, I don't know if you should go with a larger or smaller gauge
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51f80u0cAhL.jpg)

You can also get a 5ml or 1ml syringe and a luer lock to luer lock coupler and pull product out of the larger syringe if you are worried about getting too much product out.

The 1/2" tip dispensing needles are fulfilled by Amazon and qualify for my smiles donation to Wounded Warrior Project. :clap:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 18, 2018, 09:04:28 AM
I can tell you that I didn't use as much as they did during this video!
https://youtu.be/ctFtza_jGxs

I got a chance to watch this last night.  The Mrs was laughing her ass off at me yelling at the video.
That guy worked for OPT. :wow:

I saw at least 3 mistakes, one being how much product he used on that front fender.
- I wonder if he had someone else clean that fender off and fix what he did to it...
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 18, 2018, 12:34:11 PM
I can tell you that I didn't use as much as they did during this video!
https://youtu.be/ctFtza_jGxs

I got a chance to watch this last night.  The Mrs was laughing her ass off at me yelling at the video.
That guy worked for OPT. :wow:

I saw at least 3 mistakes, one being how much product he used on that front fender.
- I wonder if he had someone else clean that fender off and fix what he did to it...

Yeah, when he was applying to the applicator, I was saying "STOP!".  :redneck:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on December 18, 2018, 07:11:15 PM
I can tell you that I didn't use as much as they did during this video!
https://youtu.be/ctFtza_jGxs

I got a chance to watch this last night.  The Mrs was laughing her ass off at me yelling at the video.
That guy worked for OPT. :wow:

I saw at least 3 mistakes, one being how much product he used on that front fender.
- I wonder if he had someone else clean that fender off and fix what he did to it...

Yeah, when he was applying to the applicator, I was saying "STOP!".  :redneck:

'saying' STOP,  that is a nice way of putting it.
- I bet your volume was a loud as mine and I was yelling the same exact phrase.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 19, 2018, 10:37:30 PM
Two very important boxes of parts are scheduled to arrive tomorrow! Should be enough stuff to get this show on the road!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 27, 2018, 01:55:51 AM
I need to get some pics up, but getting a few things done. The most important package got held at the border and is still there, so me and the vendor are trying to get it sorted out. I'm also working on plan B, just in case these gaskets and O-rings don't show up.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 27, 2018, 08:01:31 PM
Unreal.  This is the longest process ever.  If I did t already have no hair, I'd have pulled it all out by now.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 28, 2018, 02:06:41 AM
I am really looking forward to making some real progress. Got a few things done, but wanted to get in some family time as well.

Just waiting on custom coolant lines for the new Turbos, wastegates and some gaskets.

Some stuff will show up tomorrow, so I can at least get the Manifolds bolted on.

Painted the calipers and dressed the engine with the harness, mocked up some adapters for the wastegates and started getting the fuel system upgrades together.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 28, 2018, 07:25:35 PM
The held parts showed up today!!! I canít tell you how great this is. I was almost ready to tell the vendor to re-ship everything and it was about $500 in parts.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 28, 2018, 09:49:57 PM
The held parts showed up today!!! I canít tell you how great this is. I was almost ready to tell the vendor to re-ship everything and it was about $500 in parts.

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Woohoo! 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 30, 2018, 01:28:34 PM
Getting closer...
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on December 30, 2018, 02:57:34 PM
Getting closer...
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on December 30, 2018, 03:08:50 PM
Now things are going to get interesting!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on December 30, 2018, 09:41:04 PM
Further along. Nothing too bad, just takes time.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 01, 2019, 05:42:18 PM
almost there. Should be firing it up tonight. Just some under hood stuff and exhaust.

It took a while, but Iím happy that I found a oil cooler spot that works with the skid plate and winch. Iíll monitor temps, but may end up putting a fan on it.

Iíll wait till the end to put the hood back on.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 01, 2019, 05:48:53 PM
I look at that truck and think man there is so much missing off of it.  Then I wonder what the test of the garage looks like.  Haha.  There's gotta be stuff everywhere.  It always amazes me people don't lose stuff in situations like this. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on January 01, 2019, 06:35:44 PM
I can't wait to see the look on your face once you get this beast back up and running!  :drive:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 02, 2019, 12:54:25 AM
Yup, there is stuff everywhere!

Sheís running! Noise is the High Pressure fuel pump (normal)

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 02, 2019, 07:28:19 AM
Finally! 

Now if only I could find that hood that I misplaced somewhere in the garage.  If I was your wife, I would have hidden the hood at the neighbors house or something just to really blow your mind.  Like how do you lose something like the hood. Just for the LOLz.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on January 02, 2019, 11:07:19 AM
It's alive!  :clap:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on January 02, 2019, 01:03:57 PM
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It might have been running a day earlier if you were not detailing everything as you went.
- Note spray bottle on passenger side...

 :redneck:

Congrats on the fire up. :clap:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 02, 2019, 03:09:44 PM
Yeah, getting the lines sorted out for the Turbos and oil cooler certainly set me back. I wanted them to be as good as possible and not interfere with anything else.

Also, if parts would have shown up earlier and I spent more time cleaning while I was waiting, it would have gone quicker.

Good should be going on tonight and Iíll take it for a spin and then change the oil and send out for analysis.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 02, 2019, 03:10:35 PM
Best part is...No extra bolts laying around!


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 03, 2019, 01:30:21 AM
Took it for a spin tonight and it ran like a top.

There are a few loose ends to tie up, but it's all running and good.

Things left
Catch can - Need one fitting that's in transit
Return fuel system - Need one fitting that's in transit
Rear Diff - need to get off my butt and swap the diff cover and fluid (I just hate diff fluid because it's stinky...)

Then it's just getting the other bolt-ons re-installed like the Winch and skid plates.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 03, 2019, 07:41:16 AM
Took it for a spin tonight and it ran like a top.

There are a few loose ends to tie up, but it's all running and good.

Things left
Catch can - Need one fitting that's in transit
Return fuel system - Need one fitting that's in transit
Rear Diff - need to get off my butt and swap the diff cover and fluid (I just hate diff fluid because it's stinky...)

Then it's just getting the other bolt-ons re-installed like the Winch and skid plates.
So what I need to know is seat of the pants...

Obviously you're not thrashing on it but is there a noticeable difference in the way it drives?  Any negatives besides the huge, gaping hole in your wallet?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 03, 2019, 11:06:18 AM
Took it for a spin tonight and it ran like a top.

There are a few loose ends to tie up, but it's all running and good.

Things left
Catch can - Need one fitting that's in transit
Return fuel system - Need one fitting that's in transit
Rear Diff - need to get off my butt and swap the diff cover and fluid (I just hate diff fluid because it's stinky...)

Then it's just getting the other bolt-ons re-installed like the Winch and skid plates.
So what I need to know is seat of the pants...

Obviously you're not thrashing on it but is there a noticeable difference in the way it drives?  Any negatives besides the huge, gaping hole in your wallet?

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It on a near-stock tune right now, so it actually feels slower than the tune it was running before, lol. It runs well though, so I just need to get through break-in before I turn it up a few notches.

I'm taking it pretty easy on it right now, no WOT and lots of RPM varying.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 03, 2019, 12:31:34 PM
Took it for a spin tonight and it ran like a top.

There are a few loose ends to tie up, but it's all running and good.

Things left
Catch can - Need one fitting that's in transit
Return fuel system - Need one fitting that's in transit
Rear Diff - need to get off my butt and swap the diff cover and fluid (I just hate diff fluid because it's stinky...)

Then it's just getting the other bolt-ons re-installed like the Winch and skid plates.
So what I need to know is seat of the pants...

Obviously you're not thrashing on it but is there a noticeable difference in the way it drives?  Any negatives besides the huge, gaping hole in your wallet?

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It on a near-stock tune right now, so it actually feels slower than the tune it was running before, lol. It runs well though, so I just need to get through break-in before I turn it up a few notches.

I'm taking it pretty easy on it right now, no WOT and lots of RPM varying.
How long is the break in period?  I want dyno numbers.  I want WOT runs.  I want to see you launch it through the air... Ok ok.  Maybe not that although I wouldn't complain. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on January 03, 2019, 04:29:03 PM
Best part is...No extra bolts laying around!
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You put it back together wrong if nothing was left over.. :slow:
- Everything comes with built in spare parts...
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on January 03, 2019, 04:53:09 PM
...<snip>...  I want to see you launch it through the air... Ok ok.  Maybe not that although I wouldn't complain. 

I'm expecting a launch.

Not the redneck 90' jump version...
- If you have not seen it, it did not end well.
(https://i1.wp.com/www.ford-trucks.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/raptor-flies1.jpg?w=640&ssl=1)

Maybe not a Ken Block jump either. 
- Ford sends him cars & Trucks being a sponsor of his.  If he misplaces a prototype Ford just sends him another one.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 03, 2019, 05:50:45 PM
...<snip>...  I want to see you launch it through the air... Ok ok.  Maybe not that although I wouldn't complain. 

I'm expecting a launch.

Not the redneck 90' jump version...
- If you have not seen it, it did not end well.
(https://i1.wp.com/www.ford-trucks.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/raptor-flies1.jpg?w=640&ssl=1)

Maybe not a Ken Block jump either. 
- Ford sends him cars & Trucks being a sponsor of his.  If he misplaces a prototype Ford just sends him another one.
Ok then I change my stance.  I definitely want a launch.  That's two votes for a launch.  I think a third seals it.  Normally I think we could count on Ryan to be that third vote but something tells me probably not this time.  Isn't this why you upgraded the shocks?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on January 03, 2019, 10:53:22 PM
Isn't this why you upgraded the shocks?

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I seem to recall he would have had to upgrade the shocks on a Raptor as part of the: This is cheaper than buying a Raptor explanation.  :funny:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 04, 2019, 12:32:31 AM
NO launching it unless it's off the line for a drag race, lol.

I do love these shocks though, speed bumps are like nothing, even the humps don't rock the boat that much. One of my favorite upgrades.

Break-in is really the first 3500 miles. I'll be able to start laying into it around the 500 mile mark though. But at that point it will be some serious logging and maybe a Dyno run just to get data to the tuner.

First oil change after the first 30 miles will be tomorrow. I'll cut open the filter and take a peek. Next change in 250 miles. Then another 1500 and 2500ish before a switch to full synthetic.

No the fun begins!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 04, 2019, 12:33:50 AM
One thing to note, that according to the logs, it's already making more power than it was before. That's with the turned down break-in tune...
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 04, 2019, 02:03:24 AM
PhotoBucket Test
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 04, 2019, 02:04:34 AM
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on January 04, 2019, 09:02:51 AM
OK, so geek in me was curious why there was an errant URL tag at the end of the shock picture, so I just had to quote the post to see what it looked like...
- Yes, here comes the boring part....

There were 3 links in that post for some reason..
- I changed the tag brackets [] to the other brackets {} so the post won't get parsed.

1. a imgur.com link with the width & height set, but the end bracket on the close image tag was missing.
{img width=285 height=380}https://i.imgur.com/5vCj0tP.jpg{/img
I think that link would have worked fine if the end bracket was on it.

2. A URL link with the PITA PhotoBucket referring web page with the image link.  The close URL tag was outside the image tag so a copy image worked as one would expect not be forced to PhotoBucket's web page of the image.
{URL=https://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/20150410_080724_zpstw7j0djw.jpg.html}{IMG}https://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/20150410_080724_zpstw7j0djw.jpg{/img}{/URL}

The window sticker image was like the 2nd URL, but without the extra URL tag at the end...

Yea for the dork this AM..   :dope:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 04, 2019, 11:43:00 AM
Thanks Steve, I decided to pull the trigger on the photobucket subscription and just wanted to see how it played with the Imgur image when copied back to back. I guess I must have copied over one of the links and caused the mix up.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 05, 2019, 07:59:46 PM
I finally decided to start and mess with Forscan. It is pretty straightforward, just save your original config in case you need to revert.

I did
Bambi mode
Compass in the instrument cluster
Enable Nav use while moving
Disabled TPMS (donít have them in the new wheels yet.




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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 06, 2019, 06:46:09 PM
I finally decided to start and mess with Forscan. It is pretty straightforward, just save your original config in case you need to revert.

I did
Bambi mode
Compass in the instrument cluster
Enable Nav use while moving
Disabled TPMS (donít have them in the new wheels yet.




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I suppose I could look up forscan but I feel like Google could potentially return some very unwanted results... And I'm lazy.  It sounds like a tuner though. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 06, 2019, 07:51:04 PM
I finally decided to start and mess with Forscan. It is pretty straightforward, just save your original config in case you need to revert.

I did
Bambi mode
Compass in the instrument cluster
Enable Nav use while moving
Disabled TPMS (donít have them in the new wheels yet.




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I suppose I could look up forscan but I feel like Google could potentially return some very unwanted results... And I'm lazy.  It sounds like a tuner though. 

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It a program you run on a PC and connect to the vehicle via the OBDII port. Itís kinda like a IDS tool, but made by Russian Hackers.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on January 06, 2019, 08:01:00 PM
I finally decided to start and mess with Forscan. It is pretty straightforward, just save your original config in case you need to revert.

I did
Bambi mode
Compass in the instrument cluster
Enable Nav use while moving
Disabled TPMS (donít have them in the new wheels yet.




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I suppose I could look up forscan but I feel like Google could potentially return some very unwanted results... And I'm lazy.  It sounds like a tuner though. 

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It a program you run on a PC and connect to the vehicle via the OBDII port. Itís kinda like a IDS tool, but made by Russian Hackers.


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What could possibly go wrong?  :funny:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on January 06, 2019, 10:42:56 PM
What could possibly go wrong?  :funny:

That was my 1st thought.
- IDS has dual meanings to me though...
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 07, 2019, 12:52:23 AM
You just need to save your original config. If you mess something up, just re-load it and you're good to go.

300miles on the new motor and second oil change done. Things are still looking pretty good. I think I'll have to go back to the original t-Stat as the 170* one is just too cold for the winter climate here.

Sent off some logs to the tuner and should be getting a second revision. I can start pushing it a bit now.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 08, 2019, 01:43:29 PM
Tune revision sent over from the tuner, but now I have to head to Indy for the week. So no fun till this weekend.

I'm going to swap back to the stock Thermostat as this one is just too cold and put the proper lower Rad hose in at the same time.

Looks like with the added boost, I'm going to need the 3 Bar Map sensor. Ford has them on backorder, so I need to make a few calls to see if I can find one in stock somewhere.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on January 08, 2019, 04:25:54 PM
Tune revision sent over from the tuner, but now I have to head to Indy for the week. So no fun till this weekend.

I'm going to swap back to the stock Thermostat as this one is just too cold and put the proper lower Rad hose in at the same time.

Looks like with the added boost, I'm going to need the 3 Bar Map sensor. Ford has them on backorder, so I need to make a few calls to see if I can find one in stock somewhere.

Check the ford dealers around Indy.  You might be able to pick one up while you are down there.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 08, 2019, 05:17:59 PM
This whole Indy trip is unacceptable. We need you at home working on the truck.  Call in sick. 

On second thought, you probably need to work as much as you can to afford everything on the truck. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 08, 2019, 07:32:36 PM
Tune revision sent over from the tuner, but now I have to head to Indy for the week. So no fun till this weekend.

I'm going to swap back to the stock Thermostat as this one is just too cold and put the proper lower Rad hose in at the same time.

Looks like with the added boost, I'm going to need the 3 Bar Map sensor. Ford has them on backorder, so I need to make a few calls to see if I can find one in stock somewhere.

Check the ford dealers around Indy.  You might be able to pick one up while you are down there.

Yeah, I'm going to call around while I'm down. I also have a couple of folks looking for me too. Shouldn't be this hard to find one.

This whole Indy trip is unacceptable. We need you at home working on the truck.  Call in sick. 

On second thought, you probably need to work as much as you can to afford everything on the truck. 

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Yeah, I gotta bring in the dough. Wifey doesn't bring in the same Cheddar as she did when we were in Vancouver, so I gotta still work. What a bummer!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 08, 2019, 07:52:55 PM
Updated list
Exterior
RCI Aluminum Skid Plates
Method Racing wheels with 305/55/18 KO2's
Raptor Running Boards
MX GrillCraft Grill
Expel film on front Bumper
Spray in Box liner
Morimoto XB Fogs
Removed lower air dam
Access "Vanish" tonneau cover
AVS in-channel visors
AVS bug deflector
Pro-Comp AAL
Fox 2.5 Coil-overs with DSC
Fox 2.0 Rear shocks
Rear wheel well liners
EZ Tail Gate assist
Pop a lock tail gate lock
LED bed lights
Recon 3rd Brake light
Recon Tail lights
Recon LED puddle lights
ANZO LED marker lights
Flat black FX4 Bed decals
Custom flat black "EcoBoost" decals
Painted F150 emblems
Painted FORD rear emblem
12v/5v Power outlet in box of the truck
Fumoto Valve
Rough Country Hidden 1010 winch mount
SmittyBilt 10k "X20" Winch
BuiltRightIndustries Bed rack/panel system
Yakima Bed Rack system (Mounted to Bed rails)
PowerStop Rotors with Raybestos hybrid pads
Kevlar Brake lines
Spicer Rear Diff Cover
Aimsoil Fluid in front and Rear Diffs

Interior
Raptor Steering Wheel w/Blue Vinyl Centering Stripe
WeatherTech Digital Fit Mats
3M protective film on the door sills
Kicker Subgate upgraded sub
DRW-650 2-channel dash cam
Custom Hydro dipped door panel inserts and stereo surround
Full LED interior light conversion
Custom overhead light switch panel
CravenSpeed Dead Pedal
BuiltRightIndustries - Rear Seat Latch

Performance
RMB Built Motor!
- Closed Deck Block
- Custom JE Pistons with Custom Ring Set and Coating (9.5:1)
- Manley I-Beam Rods
- Gen 2 Crank (micro polished with modified oiling)
- Pocket Port "R" heads
- Upgraded Valve Springs w/OEM Valves
- Custom Grind HPFP cam
- XDI-35 HPFP
- Return Fuel System with Injector Dynamics External filter, Walbro 450 Fuel Pump, Radium regulator, B&M fuel line
Circle D Torgue Converter 2500-2700 Stall
SCT Xcal4 Tuner with MPT tunes (87 perf/chill, 87 tow/street, 91 Perf/street, 91PRX, 93PRX)
Full Race FMIC in Black
Tial BOV
AFE Stage 2 CAI
2019 Raptor Turbo/OEM Turbo Hybrid's
CRP Manifolds
SPD Turbo adapters
Full Race Catted and Ceramic Coated DP's
Full Race Resonated Cat-Back
Full Race Catch Can
Full Race Gen 2 Radiator
Remote oil filter using Improved Racing Adapter and remote mount
Setrab remote oil cooler
Ford Raptor "Saudi" Trans Cooler
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on January 08, 2019, 09:07:51 PM
Updated list
Exterior
RCI Aluminum Skid Plates
Method Racing wheels with 305/55/18 KO2's
Raptor Running Boards
MX GrillCraft Grill
Expel film on front Bumper
Spray in Box liner
Morimoto XB Fogs
Removed lower air dam
Access "Vanish" tonneau cover
AVS in-channel visors
AVS bug deflector
Pro-Comp AAL
Fox 2.5 Coil-overs with DSC
Fox 2.0 Rear shocks
Rear wheel well liners
EZ Tail Gate assist
Pop a lock tail gate lock
LED bed lights
Recon 3rd Brake light
Recon Tail lights
Recon LED puddle lights
ANZO LED marker lights
Flat black FX4 Bed decals
Custom flat black "EcoBoost" decals
Painted F150 emblems
Painted FORD rear emblem
12v/5v Power outlet in box of the truck
Fumoto Valve
Rough Country Hidden 1010 winch mount
SmittyBilt 10k "X20" Winch
BuiltRightIndustries Bed rack/panel system
Yakima Bed Rack system (Mounted to Bed rails)
PowerStop Rotors with Raybestos hybrid pads
Kevlar Brake lines
Spicer Rear Diff Cover
Aimsoil Fluid in front and Rear Diffs

Interior
Raptor Steering Wheel w/Blue Vinyl Centering Stripe
WeatherTech Digital Fit Mats
3M protective film on the door sills
Kicker Subgate upgraded sub
DRW-650 2-channel dash cam
Custom Hydro dipped door panel inserts and stereo surround
Full LED interior light conversion
Custom overhead light switch panel
CravenSpeed Dead Pedal
BuiltRightIndustries - Rear Seat Latch

Performance
RMB Built Motor!
- Closed Deck Block
- Custom JE Pistons with Custom Ring Set and Coating (9.5:1)
- Manley I-Beam Rods
- Gen 2 Crank (micro polished with modified oiling)
- Pocket Port "R" heads
- Upgraded Valve Springs w/OEM Valves
- Custom Grind HPFP cam
- XDI-35 HPFP
- Return Fuel System with Injector Dynamics External filter, Walbro 450 Fuel Pump, Radium regulator, B&M fuel line
Circle D Torgue Converter 2500-2700 Stall
SCT Xcal4 Tuner with MPT tunes (87 perf/chill, 87 tow/street, 91 Perf/street, 91PRX, 93PRX)
Full Race FMIC in Black
Tial BOV
AFE Stage 2 CAI
2019 Raptor Turbo/OEM Turbo Hybrid's
CRP Manifolds
SPD Turbo adapters
Full Race Catted and Ceramic Coated DP's
Full Race Resonated Cat-Back
Full Race Catch Can
Full Race Gen 2 Radiator
Remote oil filter using Improved Racing Adapter and remote mount
Setrab remote oil cooler
Ford Raptor "Saudi" Trans Cooler

One word: Unbelievable!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 08, 2019, 10:00:45 PM
Updated list
Exterior
RCI Aluminum Skid Plates
Method Racing wheels with 305/55/18 KO2's
Raptor Running Boards
MX GrillCraft Grill
Expel film on front Bumper
Spray in Box liner
Morimoto XB Fogs
Removed lower air dam
Access "Vanish" tonneau cover
AVS in-channel visors
AVS bug deflector
Pro-Comp AAL
Fox 2.5 Coil-overs with DSC
Fox 2.0 Rear shocks
Rear wheel well liners
EZ Tail Gate assist
Pop a lock tail gate lock
LED bed lights
Recon 3rd Brake light
Recon Tail lights
Recon LED puddle lights
ANZO LED marker lights
Flat black FX4 Bed decals
Custom flat black "EcoBoost" decals
Painted F150 emblems
Painted FORD rear emblem
12v/5v Power outlet in box of the truck
Fumoto Valve
Rough Country Hidden 1010 winch mount
SmittyBilt 10k "X20" Winch
BuiltRightIndustries Bed rack/panel system
Yakima Bed Rack system (Mounted to Bed rails)
PowerStop Rotors with Raybestos hybrid pads
Kevlar Brake lines
Spicer Rear Diff Cover
Aimsoil Fluid in front and Rear Diffs

Interior
Raptor Steering Wheel w/Blue Vinyl Centering Stripe
WeatherTech Digital Fit Mats
3M protective film on the door sills
Kicker Subgate upgraded sub
DRW-650 2-channel dash cam
Custom Hydro dipped door panel inserts and stereo surround
Full LED interior light conversion
Custom overhead light switch panel
CravenSpeed Dead Pedal
BuiltRightIndustries - Rear Seat Latch

Performance
RMB Built Motor!
- Closed Deck Block
- Custom JE Pistons with Custom Ring Set and Coating (9.5:1)
- Manley I-Beam Rods
- Gen 2 Crank (micro polished with modified oiling)
- Pocket Port "R" heads
- Upgraded Valve Springs w/OEM Valves
- Custom Grind HPFP cam
- XDI-35 HPFP
- Return Fuel System with Injector Dynamics External filter, Walbro 450 Fuel Pump, Radium regulator, B&M fuel line
Circle D Torgue Converter 2500-2700 Stall
SCT Xcal4 Tuner with MPT tunes (87 perf/chill, 87 tow/street, 91 Perf/street, 91PRX, 93PRX)
Full Race FMIC in Black
Tial BOV
AFE Stage 2 CAI
2019 Raptor Turbo/OEM Turbo Hybrid's
CRP Manifolds
SPD Turbo adapters
Full Race Catted and Ceramic Coated DP's
Full Race Resonated Cat-Back
Full Race Catch Can
Full Race Gen 2 Radiator
Remote oil filter using Improved Racing Adapter and remote mount
Setrab remote oil cooler
Ford Raptor "Saudi" Trans Cooler

One word: Unbelievable!

Yeah, pretty much stock


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 14, 2019, 02:38:51 AM
Got the winch back in, everything worked out just like I planned, which is pretty awesome. Super happy that the truck is getting back to a 100% state.

(https://i.imgur.com/2O5Ptxe.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/cXMbSgo.jpg)

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And I think the truck was finally worthy of a new decal
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 14, 2019, 08:02:36 AM
Awesome, man.  So what's left?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 14, 2019, 10:27:58 AM
The truck is getting a Wheel Balance and alignment right now. NEVER use balancing beads, they just don't work well.

I need to get the fuel return system completed, which will hopefully be this weekend. I'll do that at the same time as the new painted valve covers. Then we can really get into tuning.

Truck has to go to the body shop to get fixed up and the new bumper installed. Probably going to wait a while on that though. I want to get the tuning sorted out first.

Other than that, it's just messing with the set up of the bed rack again. I bought some better mounts for the QuickFist Clamps to hold the shovel and ax a little more securely.

I also got the Skid plates back on last night. Just waiting on the T-Case Skid until I get the return system in.

Things are coming together!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on January 14, 2019, 04:29:48 PM
The truck is getting a Wheel Balance and alignment right now. NEVER use balancing beads, they just don't work well.


I looked into balancing beads several times and eventually found out that they just don't work with wide / low profile tires. They work great in (big rig) truck tires, but they're classic narrow / tall sidewall affairs. Bummer, because I'd really like to get away from either hammer on weights that mess up your wheel finish or stick on weights that fall off.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 14, 2019, 05:58:54 PM
The truck is getting a Wheel Balance and alignment right now. NEVER use balancing beads, they just don't work well.


I looked into balancing beads several times and eventually found out that they just don't work with wide / low profile tires. They work great in (big rig) truck tires, but they're classic narrow / tall sidewall affairs. Bummer, because I'd really like to get away from either hammer on weights that mess up your wheel finish or stick on weights that fall off.

I've tried them twice now with no luck. Sometimes it was a smooth ride, sometimes it wasn't.

I've had pretty good luck with the stick on weights. Usually though, I will clean the barrels of the wheels really well before bring them in for a balance.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 14, 2019, 10:09:43 PM
The tire tech was pretty impressed when I told him I did the alignment with a tape measure and a level. I was very close!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 15, 2019, 07:51:05 AM
The tire tech was pretty impressed when I told him I did the alignment with a tape measure and a level. I was very close!

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That's really impressive!

I spent days doing the SxS.  Levels, tape measures, string lines... It handled better but who  the hell knows if it's right. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 15, 2019, 08:54:07 AM
Back on the road for travel, so nothing going to happen until the weekend, ugh.

I ordered up a tailgate seal to try and keep dust out of the bed, we'll see if it actually works. The quick connect fitting I needed to attach the last Catch can line showed up yesterday, but I ordered the wrong one! All well, right one is on the way and at only $10, it's not a massive mistake.

I took some time yesterday to give the interior a clean up, as it was a bit dusty. I think if the weather is decent, I'll do a quick walk-around video and post on Youtube. Sure would be cool if I had a Drone to do some aerial shots  :uugly:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 15, 2019, 09:11:55 AM
Back on the road for travel, so nothing going to happen until the weekend, ugh.

I ordered up a tailgate seal to try and keep dust out of the bed, we'll see if it actually works. The quick connect fitting I needed to attach the last Catch can line showed up yesterday, but I ordered the wrong one! All well, right one is on the way and at only $10, it's not a massive mistake.

I took some time yesterday to give the interior a clean up, as it was a bit dusty. I think if the weather is decent, I'll do a quick walk-around video and post on Youtube. Sure would be cool if I had a Drone to do some aerial shots  :uugly:
I never put the tailgate seal on when I had a tonneau.  I never felt like I needed it.  Even in the current house on the dirt road.  Sure can't hurt though.

I've been eyeing up a mobile gimbal.  That's what you need for cool shots of the truck.  Been trying to decide on which one I want.  Slight thread derail here (it's been a while since the last derail).  I was looking at the Smooth-4 but saw a big multi gimbal review where the footage was shakey, defeating the purpose of the gimbal.  Think I might go with the DJI Osmo Mobile 2.  Biggest gripe I see is it feels cheap and doesn't have a trigger.  They do cool things though like time lapse and if you use the tripod mount to attach a pole you can raise the camera up pretty high over something like the truck.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 17, 2019, 12:55:05 AM
I was curious about the gimbal. Almost seems like a need for a few different types of shots.

My box seems to fill up with dust from gravel roads, I hope the seal really knocks it down.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Robby32 on January 17, 2019, 09:44:21 AM
I used the one-sided foam tape that is used to seal box rails to topper. Put it on the sides of the box where the tailgate closes. Works good for me - But I'm not on gravel roads very often. Cheap fix. Hope the seal you are getting works.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 17, 2019, 11:37:00 PM
I used the one-sided foam tape that is used to seal box rails to topper. Put it on the sides of the box where the tailgate closes. Works good for me - But I'm not on gravel roads very often. Cheap fix. Hope the seal you are getting works.

 :cheers:

It was pretty cheap @$20. I figured I would give it a shot as it would be nice to keep the bed a bit cleaner with all the stuff on the racks.

Weíll see how it actually helps.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Robby32 on January 18, 2019, 11:33:01 AM
I just used the excess that was left over after putting on the topper.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 18, 2019, 09:07:55 PM
It's the weekend.  Get to work on the truck.  Haha

My DJI Osmo Mobile 2 gimbal showed up today.  100% dead battery. It's taking forever to charge.  You may have noticed but I'm super inpatient so maybe it seems longer than it is.  Haven't even been able to turn it on yet

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 18, 2019, 11:19:20 PM
It's the weekend.  Get to work on the truck.  Haha

My DJI Osmo Mobile 2 gimbal showed up today.  100% dead battery. It's taking forever to charge.  You may have noticed but I'm super inpatient so maybe it seems longer than it is.  Haven't even been able to turn it on yet

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Tailgate seal didnít show up, but I have everything I need to get the fuel return system done. Itís the boys Birthday tomorrow, so Iím not too sure how much Iíll actually get done.

I may just take Monday off to get it all done.

I also need to get these on.

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Iím looking forward to seeing how your Gimbal works out. You gonna fly tomorrow?


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 18, 2019, 11:46:08 PM
It's the weekend.  Get to work on the truck.  Haha

My DJI Osmo Mobile 2 gimbal showed up today.  100% dead battery. It's taking forever to charge.  You may have noticed but I'm super inpatient so maybe it seems longer than it is.  Haven't even been able to turn it on yet

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Tailgate seal didnít show up, but I have everything I need to get the fuel return system done. Itís the boys Birthday tomorrow, so Iím not too sure how much Iíll actually get done.

I may just take Monday off to get it all done.

I also need to get these on.

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Iím looking forward to seeing how your Gimbal works out. You gonna fly tomorrow?


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Those looks great!

Probably no flying tomorrow.  Wind and snow.  The new gimbal is a handheld unit for mobile phones so after some running around and then the gym, I will attempt to test the new gimbal.  Probably with some running around the yard with the dogs.  Thats pretty much all my Facebook is anyway. Haha

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 19, 2019, 03:25:51 PM
Happy Birthday to the little guy!  Oliver, I believe.  Enjoy the day with him.  My nephew got to be a lot of fun between 3 and 4.  I can best then crap out of him now and not worry about breaking him.  And I can teach him inappropriate things that he doesn't understand but still loves to repeat and then laugh as he gets sent him to his parents. 

Side note, the gimbal is still charging.  So it has a 3 light charge indicator.  The charge progression is one blinking light, then two, then three, and then they remain lit (solid, no blinking).  I watched it progress for probably 8 hours yesterday.  It was blinking all three when I went to sleep.  I woke up and it was blinking one light again.  7 hours later, there flashing lights.  I swapped the charging block so we will see.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 21, 2019, 11:47:46 PM
Lol, Ollie had a great Birthday. His party is actually this coming Saturday.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 21, 2019, 11:50:04 PM
Last ďmajorĒ upgrade done. Return fuel system installed and man what a pain to drop the fuel tank! I donít want to do that again.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on January 22, 2019, 07:52:19 AM
Damn that looks sweet! Nice work!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 24, 2019, 04:23:50 PM
I missed this before.  Probably one of those times I saw it late at night and figured I'd revisit it in the morning.  That happens alot. 

Looks great though.  Really gives it a custom look to go with the added performance you got going on under the hood.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 26, 2019, 01:25:32 AM
Thanks guys, it adds a little something I think.

Dual catch can install complete. I had to wait for a fitting to tap into the passenger side intake tube.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on January 26, 2019, 07:55:53 AM
It's so nice that you're doing all of this before you sell the (fully sorted) truck to me at a substantial loss. I can't wait!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on January 27, 2019, 05:35:31 PM
It's so nice that you're doing all of this before you sell the (fully sorted) truck to me at a substantial loss. I can't wait!

Don't forget the 24% price reduction going from CAD to USD... :cheers:

 :redneck:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 27, 2019, 05:39:02 PM
It's so nice that you're doing all of this before you sell the (fully sorted) truck to me at a substantial loss. I can't wait!
The least you could do is trade him the toaster. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on January 27, 2019, 09:45:24 PM
It's so nice that you're doing all of this before you sell the (fully sorted) truck to me at a substantial loss. I can't wait!
The least you could do is trade him the toaster. 

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Based on your recommendation, what the heck, I'll throw it in.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 28, 2019, 12:55:30 AM
It's so nice that you're doing all of this before you sell the (fully sorted) truck to me at a substantial loss. I can't wait!

$60k US and it's yours. And YES, at that amount, I am taking a loss.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 28, 2019, 12:57:54 AM
The truck has been running great. Tuner is turning up the boost and raising the rev limiter. If the Injectors play along, we should be getting close to 650hp at the Crank. That would mean I am at my goal of 500whp. Which is pretty great in my books.

Still need to dial in the Torque converter a bit and do some specific logging around shifting, but it's pretty close, so we want to dial in the power first.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on January 28, 2019, 08:19:36 PM
The truck has been running great. Tuner is turning up the boost and raising the rev limiter. If the Injectors play along, we should be getting close to 650hp at the Crank. That would mean I am at my goal of 500whp. Which is pretty great in my books.

Still need to dial in the Torque converter a bit and do some specific logging around shifting, but it's pretty close, so we want to dial in the power first.
Now we're talking! 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 30, 2019, 09:45:27 PM

We are making some great progress. Had a bit of a scare with a overboost situation the other night (tune wasnít opening up the wastegates in time I think). It was -18c (0f) and I have it everything. It hit 26lbs of boost and held it till I had a miss-fire. So the truck was making over 500hp at 4500rpm. If it held to redline, that works to over 800hp at 6500rpm.

But, in warmer weather, the fuel would never support that and the fuel pump was struggling to keep up, lol.

More logging tonight to see if we can make a move to start dialing in the shifting and torque converter.

Almost 1500 miles on the new motor.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on January 30, 2019, 09:46:11 PM
Oh yeah, a 4wheel launch lights up all four tires (cold, but dry pavement)


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on February 03, 2019, 03:13:05 PM
Oh yeah, a 4wheel launch lights up all four tires (cold, but dry pavement)


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Not without proof it doesn't. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 03, 2019, 07:19:58 PM
Oh yeah, a 4wheel launch lights up all four tires (cold, but dry pavement)


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Not without proof it doesn't. 

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Iíll get a vid soon. Too cold to beat on it right now.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 07, 2019, 10:28:24 PM
With all the extra weight on the front, I ordered up some heavier springs for the coil-overs. It should get the ride height back up and firm up the ride to where it should be.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on February 08, 2019, 07:41:34 AM
With all the extra weight on the front, I ordered up some heavier springs for the coil-overs. It should get the ride height back up and firm up the ride to where it should be.
Ahhh, the aftermarket parts list just wasn't long enough. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 08, 2019, 10:57:08 AM
It was getting close to being back at stock rake, I just couldn't have that.... :redneck:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on February 08, 2019, 10:59:25 AM
It was getting close to being back at stock rake, I just couldn't have that.... :redneck:
Haha totally unnacceptable. 

What were the big weight adders?  The winch for sure.  Is the motor that much heavier? 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 08, 2019, 11:10:56 AM
Winch is 67lbs
Winch mount plate 50lbs
Intercooler 22lbs over stock
Skid plates also added some weight, but not sure what they actually weigh
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on February 08, 2019, 11:15:21 AM
Winch is 67lbs
Winch mount plate 50lbs
Intercooler 22lbs over stock
Skid plates also added some weight, but not sure what they actually weigh
The mount plate and the intercooler surprise me.  All on the nose of the truck too.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 08, 2019, 01:35:21 PM
Winch is 67lbs
Winch mount plate 50lbs
Intercooler 22lbs over stock
Skid plates also added some weight, but not sure what they actually weigh
The mount plate and the intercooler surprise me.  All on the nose of the truck too.

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The winch plate is a solid piece, has to be able to handle some serious load and force. The intercooler is massive and no plastic, means more weight.

I'm not looking forward to swapping the springs though. I may just pull the coil-overs and have a shop swap them.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on February 08, 2019, 03:50:02 PM
Winch is 67lbs
Winch mount plate 50lbs
Intercooler 22lbs over stock
Skid plates also added some weight, but not sure what they actually weigh
The mount plate and the intercooler surprise me.  All on the nose of the truck too.

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The winch plate is a solid piece, has to be able to handle some serious load and force. The intercooler is massive and no plastic, means more weight.

I'm not looking forward to swapping the springs though. I may just pull the coil-overs and have a shop swap them.

If you don't have a proper spring compressor, don't mess with them yourself. Too much energy stored in those bad boys. If you were a little closer, I'd loan you my wall mount Branick spring compressor. I bought it off Craigslist a few years ago and was just going to use it for one job. Then I decided to keep it because it made the job so much easier and safer. Oh, and I stole it too.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 08, 2019, 10:57:08 PM
The wall mounts are awesome to have. I was going to just rent if I do it myself. I'm hoping that if I backed off the pre-load adjuster that they wouldn't be too bad. But on the other hand, I had a buddy have a compressor snap (he WAY over tightened it) and  the spring literally stuck into his roof of his garage. He was pretty lucky it didn't head in his direction.

They are one of the few things that scare me. I've even had some close calls with small Sled and Quad shocks.

We'll see how brave I'm feel when they arrive. Not likely to happen next week, even though they would be great to have installed for the 1400mile round trip planned for the 16th to the 23rd.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 15, 2019, 02:39:18 AM
Got some stuff done last night and tonight

Tonneau cover back on
BuiltRightIndustries racks back in
Crap mounted back on them
Fluid and fastener check
PTM F150 emblems swapped (I had the shop properly paint a set in Blue Flame)
Waste Gates installed (pic of my beautiful adaptor plate, lol

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I hope to get my rear diff fluid changed and Spicer cover on tomorrow. Weíll see how it goes, I still have to finish rebuilding a sled motor and get it installed before I hit the road 6am on Saturday.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on February 15, 2019, 07:27:53 AM
I like the emblem and that rear bumper looks good.

Nothing like trying to cram everything in last minute.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on February 15, 2019, 09:40:39 AM
Too bad you did not have time to get the lights installed in the bumper, they might come in handy with the trip.

You got a lot done before hand. :clap:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 15, 2019, 09:48:26 AM
Too bad you did not have time to get the lights installed in the bumper, they might come in handy with the trip.

You got a lot done before hand. :clap:
Yeah, I have them sitting on the bench. I doubt Iíll be able to get them in tonight.

I need to get the snowmobile running as the priority.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on February 15, 2019, 05:56:18 PM
That truck needs to be featured in a magazine someplace! Awesome attention to detail!  :nw:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: GreyMichFX4 on February 18, 2019, 08:51:40 AM
Ryan, are going to bring the truck to Michigan for the 2020 Snow Ball?

https://www.carthrottle.com/post/meet-the-dedicated-ford-raptor-owners-carving-up-700-miles-of-michigan-snow-every-year/ (https://www.carthrottle.com/post/meet-the-dedicated-ford-raptor-owners-carving-up-700-miles-of-michigan-snow-every-year/)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 18, 2019, 09:33:43 AM
That would be serious fun!


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on February 26, 2019, 01:49:57 PM
The truck did very well on the trip, about 1900 miles.

I'll get some pics up, but I was able to get about 500 miles on sleds, did some trail clearing and grooming and some fun visiting.

I feel pretty blessed with my little guy. It's about a 14hr drive one-way and we did it in one shot both ways. He is gonna be like Dad and love to drive I think.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on February 27, 2019, 07:54:06 PM
Glad to hear it was a good trip.  Looking forward to the pictures.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 01, 2019, 12:09:16 AM
It was a ton of fun. A buddy and I grabbed a few beer and went out to clear trail.
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Fell through the ice by a beaver dam, but were able to get it out pretty easy.

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Even made a snard!
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 01, 2019, 12:14:12 AM
The boy went and did some grooming with my Dad and step mom. He was beyond excited!
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Iíll also got out to do some riding
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10 hours into the 14 hour drive back.
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 01, 2019, 08:01:04 AM
Looks awesome!  The little guy looks wore out there in that last picture. 

Looks like you're in the middle of nowhere.  So what is this place anyway?  I'm not sure how to word it.   Do they just own a ton of property or is it business related that they have a groomer?  Or is that just the way of life up there and everyone with some land had a groomer? 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on March 01, 2019, 09:26:23 AM
Yes, the little guy looks plum tuckered out in that last pic. Bet he slept well that night! Great pics!

Now, how about a snow angle instructional video?  :redneck:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 01, 2019, 01:49:16 PM
My Dad does have about 1500 Acres, but almost half is bush. Mostly used for wild hay and hunting. He does live in the middle of nowhere! He lives about 14 miles from a small town called Gypsumville, Manitoba.
(https://i.imgur.com/xQP8XPM.jpg)

My Dad is the president of the local snowmobile club (has been for about 30 years). The club has three groomers that we use to maintain the trails. A BR160, BR180 and a Tucker 190. They all have drags that we pull behind them. We also have two "Snowmobile" groomer" that pull small Drags. The club has over 300 miles of trails to maintain. My Dad was doing one of the trails and took the boy along for a ride along some of it. We actually groom the trail right to my Dad's back yard, which is pretty sweet.

The pics of the sled were on a very small swamp lake 60 miles North-East of my Dad's place. The area is completely inaccessible in the summer, so it's fun to go out there in the winter. It's a really swampy, low lying area.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 02, 2019, 07:11:48 PM
My Dad does have about 1500 Acres, but almost half is bush. Mostly used for wild hay and hunting. He does live in the middle of nowhere! He lives about 14 miles from a small town called Gypsumville, Manitoba.
(https://i.imgur.com/xQP8XPM.jpg)

My Dad is the president of the local snowmobile club (has been for about 30 years). The club has three groomers that we use to maintain the trails. A BR160, BR180 and a Tucker 190. They all have drags that we pull behind them. We also have two "Snowmobile" groomer" that pull small Drags. The club has over 300 miles of trails to maintain. My Dad was doing one of the trails and took the boy along for a ride along some of it. We actually groom the trail right to my Dad's back yard, which is pretty sweet.

The pics of the sled were on a very small swamp lake 60 miles North-East of my Dad's place. The area is completely inaccessible in the summer, so it's fun to go out there in the winter. It's a really swampy, low lying area.
That sounds pretty amazing. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 04, 2019, 12:54:04 PM
I love going back home and now that I can easily get there in a day, it makes it more doable.

With the boy getting a bit older, I can go take him out and not have to worry much. My dad already bought a dedicated car seat for him in the side by side, lol.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 05, 2019, 03:12:34 PM
I love going back home and now that I can easily get there in a day, it makes it more doable.

With the boy getting a bit older, I can go take him out and not have to worry much. My dad already bought a dedicated car seat for him in the side by side, lol.
Get there in a day and easily get there in a day are totally different things.  14 hours of driving is not an easy day trip.  Haha

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on March 05, 2019, 08:34:35 PM
I love going back home and now that I can easily get there in a day, it makes it more doable.

With the boy getting a bit older, I can go take him out and not have to worry much. My dad already bought a dedicated car seat for him in the side by side, lol.
Get there in a day and easily get there in a day are totally different things.  14 hours of driving is not an easy day trip.  Haha

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Aw hell, 14 hours is about day #1 of my annual (2 day) trip to Colorado. That's still a pretty good haul for a little guy!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on March 06, 2019, 07:55:19 PM
Get there in a day and easily get there in a day are totally different things.  14 hours of driving is not an easy day trip.  Haha

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14 hours in a Ford is still an easy day....  :redneck:
- Sorry I could not resist giving a little bow tie jab...
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 07, 2019, 12:25:50 AM
14 hours of driving is a far cry from the 26 it was from Vancouver.

Itís a long day, but this truck is pretty comfy to cruise in. The shocks actually make a difference on the rough roads, noticeably less fatigue.



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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 07, 2019, 08:28:46 PM
You guys know there are things called airplanes, right? 

I probably wouldn't mind those kind of drives once maybe just for the adventure but I wouldn't want to keep making the same one.  The 14 hours is worth it just to have your own vehicle.  Especially if the alternative is a flight for 3. 



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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on March 07, 2019, 09:08:46 PM
I like flying, but not during the holidays when every idiot on the planet seems to be out in force. (Not to mention the high ticket prices at those times.) And to tell you the truth, I kind of like driving long distance. Yea, I'm weird. (Old too.)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 07, 2019, 09:13:47 PM
I like flying, but not during the holidays when every idiot on the planet seems to be out in force. (Not to mention the high ticket prices at those times.) And to tell you the truth, I kind of like driving long distance. Yea, I'm weird. (Old too.)
Probably 10mph under the limit in the left lane with your blinker on...

Haha couldn't resist.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on March 08, 2019, 08:16:50 AM
I like flying, but not during the holidays when every idiot on the planet seems to be out in force. (Not to mention the high ticket prices at those times.) And to tell you the truth, I kind of like driving long distance. Yea, I'm weird. (Old too.)
Probably 10mph under the limit in the left lane with your blinker on...

Haha couldn't resist.

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You forgot the part about the upside down AAA sticker on the bumper.  :funny:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 08, 2019, 08:36:42 AM
I like flying, but not during the holidays when every idiot on the planet seems to be out in force. (Not to mention the high ticket prices at those times.) And to tell you the truth, I kind of like driving long distance. Yea, I'm weird. (Old too.)
Probably 10mph under the limit in the left lane with your blinker on...

Haha couldn't resist.

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You forgot the part about the upside down AAA sticker on the bumper.  :funny:
The sticker is fine.  The car is upside down.  You're in a ditch. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on March 08, 2019, 11:02:24 AM
I like flying, but not during the holidays when every idiot on the planet seems to be out in force. (Not to mention the high ticket prices at those times.) And to tell you the truth, I kind of like driving long distance. Yea, I'm weird. (Old too.)
Probably 10mph under the limit in the left lane with your blinker on...

Haha couldn't resist.

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You forgot the part about the upside down AAA sticker on the bumper.  :funny:
The sticker is fine.  The car is upside down.  You're in a ditch. 

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That explains why my seatbelt is so tight and I'm not making any progress on my GPS even thought the speedometer still reads 54 MPH.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 08, 2019, 11:36:19 AM
I like flying, but not during the holidays when every idiot on the planet seems to be out in force. (Not to mention the high ticket prices at those times.) And to tell you the truth, I kind of like driving long distance. Yea, I'm weird. (Old too.)
Probably 10mph under the limit in the left lane with your blinker on...

Haha couldn't resist.

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You forgot the part about the upside down AAA sticker on the bumper.  :funny:
The sticker is fine.  The car is upside down.  You're in a ditch. 

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That explains why my seatbelt is so tight and I'm not making any progress on my GPS even thought the speedometer still reads 54 MPH.
Ahh.  54 mph.  You must be on the interstate.  On the plus side you're now put of the passing lane and not holding up traffic. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on March 08, 2019, 03:44:37 PM
Remember, this is the same guy (picture from last summer) you're making fun of:

(https://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e60/tfwarda/Progression%2022%20Pictures/Seneca%20Big%20Air%202018_zpsl7t7ggzz.jpg)

Yes, you can try to keep up with the old geezer now.  :yoda:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 08, 2019, 05:05:45 PM
Remember, this is the same guy (picture from last summer) you're making fun of:

(https://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e60/tfwarda/Progression%2022%20Pictures/Seneca%20Big%20Air%202018_zpsl7t7ggzz.jpg)

Yes, you can try to keep up with the old geezer now.  :yoda:
Mid day nap.  Fell asleep on the throttle. 

Cool picture though for sure.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 08, 2019, 06:28:56 PM
I spend enough time on a plane for my job. I love driving, always have and can eat up the miles with the radar detector on.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 08, 2019, 06:36:12 PM
I spend enough time on a plane for my job. I love driving, always have and can eat up the miles with the radar detector on.
I used to love driving.  I drive quite a bit for work.  Over 200 miles a day usually.  I think I just have driving in Pennsylvania.  Driving home from Tennessee, as soon as you hit West Virginia, you start to see All of the Pennsylvania plates and it's not a coincidence that you suddenly have to be the worlds most defensive driver.  You can't relax at all.  New Jersey is the same way, maybe worse and those are the two states ai spend all my time driving in.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on March 09, 2019, 02:52:15 PM
Remember, this is the same guy (picture from last summer) you're making fun of:

(https://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e60/tfwarda/Progression%2022%20Pictures/Seneca%20Big%20Air%202018_zpsl7t7ggzz.jpg)

Yes, you can try to keep up with the old geezer now.  :yoda:

I always love your boating pictures, it is as if you have a professional photography team following you.

 :clap:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 09, 2019, 03:04:09 PM
Remember, this is the same guy (picture from last summer) you're making fun of:

(https://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e60/tfwarda/Progression%2022%20Pictures/Seneca%20Big%20Air%202018_zpsl7t7ggzz.jpg)

Yes, you can try to keep up with the old geezer now.  :yoda:

I always love your boating pictures, it is as if you have a professional photography team following you.

 :clap:
Everyone turns in to a photographer when they hear the words, "Hold my beer.  Watch this."

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on March 09, 2019, 05:19:23 PM
Remember, this is the same guy (picture from last summer) you're making fun of:

(https://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e60/tfwarda/Progression%2022%20Pictures/Seneca%20Big%20Air%202018_zpsl7t7ggzz.jpg)

Yes, you can try to keep up with the old geezer now.  :yoda:

I always love your boating pictures, it is as if you have a professional photography team following you.

 :clap:
Everyone turns in to a photographer when they hear the words, "Hold my beer.  Watch this."

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Thanks Steve! That one did happen to be taken by a professional photographer at a charity Poke Run I do every year.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 11, 2019, 01:47:39 PM
Looking for input guys, keep or scrap the FX4 decal? I'm kind of liking it without, but on the fence. I always thought it broke up the paint a bit, maybe even just drop the "Off Road" bit...

(https://i.imgur.com/0gc29av.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/YcoK6LU.jpg)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 11, 2019, 01:48:54 PM
Remember, this is the same guy (picture from last summer) you're making fun of:

(https://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e60/tfwarda/Progression%2022%20Pictures/Seneca%20Big%20Air%202018_zpsl7t7ggzz.jpg)

Yes, you can try to keep up with the old geezer now.  :yoda:

That is a very cool pic. I am impressed that the guy was using a lens so fast that he captured the prop.

I always love your boating pictures, it is as if you have a professional photography team following you.

 :clap:
Everyone turns in to a photographer when they hear the words, "Hold my beer.  Watch this."

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Thanks Steve! That one did happen to be taken by a professional photographer at a charity Poke Run I do every year.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 11, 2019, 02:02:46 PM
Looking for input guys, keep or scrap the FX4 decal? I'm kind of liking it without, but on the fence. I always thought it broke up the paint a bit, maybe even just drop the "Off Road" bit...

(https://i.imgur.com/0gc29av.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/YcoK6LU.jpg)
I think this was a topic with Jason's new truck.  I think the consensus was to get rid of them.  At least that's my opinion.  I don't like them on any vehicle.  So much cleaner without them.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on March 11, 2019, 02:10:11 PM
I kind of like them. But I'm old.  :om:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on March 11, 2019, 06:29:11 PM
Looking for input guys, keep or scrap the FX4 decal? I'm kind of liking it without, but on the fence. I always thought it broke up the paint a bit, maybe even just drop the "Off Road" bit...

(https://i.imgur.com/0gc29av.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/YcoK6LU.jpg)
I think this was a topic with Jason's new truck.  I think the consensus was to get rid of them.  At least that's my opinion.  I don't like them on any vehicle.  So much cleaner without them.

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Another vote for get rid of them.  I am not a decal guy either.

This opinion is worth exactly what you paid for it.
EG: the opinion and a toonie will get you a small double - double.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 13, 2019, 04:38:02 PM
Well, I think I'm going to pull the FX4 decal from the Driver's side and both Ecoboost badges. I'll put one EcoBoost Badge on the tailgate and leave it at that...

Also, PhotoBucket hosting test.
(https://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss281/2000BlownF150/Blue%20FX4/6498E5D7-31E8-4EA1-A9F1-82F0B45F479A_zpsk1seoe8o.jpg) (https://s584.photobucket.com/user/2000BlownF150/media/Blue%20FX4/6498E5D7-31E8-4EA1-A9F1-82F0B45F479A_zpsk1seoe8o.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 13, 2019, 07:03:48 PM
Old wheels.  Is this a new pic on a Dyno or an old pic just for test purposes.  Damnit, don't mess with my emotions.  Can we expect new numbers or not?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 13, 2019, 07:06:11 PM
Lol! Just was messing with PhotoBucket. Itís a old pic.

I donít expect to get numbers until late April or Early May. Lots of time on the road and it will take a few more revisions to get the tune dailed in.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 13, 2019, 09:22:38 PM
Lol! Just was messing with PhotoBucket. Itís a old pic.

I donít expect to get numbers until late April or Early May. Lots of time on the road and it will take a few more revisions to get the tune dailed in.


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You disappoint me. 

Haha

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 13, 2019, 09:27:39 PM
Hahaha, trust me, I want numbers too.

Iím just not gonna rush it and then be disappointed.

The goal is 500whp, it would be nice to see 550, but I donít think it will happen unless I mix some race gas.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 14, 2019, 02:51:52 PM
Finally found the cause of some odd wastegate behavior. The Springs were different lengths and I did have the caps on correctly causing a air leak.

Springs swapped and all is installed properly now. No more issues. I ran the truck for a couple hundred miles last night to make sure I had it licked.

Weather is warmer and issue sorted so we can get back on with tuning. New revision hit my inbox this morning, so I'll go run it tonight and log.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 14, 2019, 03:42:01 PM
Wtf?  Haha.  I love.how you can just randomly go log a "couple hundred miles" at night.  Who does that?  Haha.  I would have probably driven it 20 minutes and called it good.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 14, 2019, 04:13:24 PM
The issue would sometimes take a bit to show itself, so I wanted to be as sure as possible. Plus it was a nice drive to the mountains.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 14, 2019, 04:24:25 PM
The issue would sometimes take a bit to show itself, so I wanted to be as sure as possible. Plus it was a nice drive to the mountains.


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I can appreciate a nice drive to the mountains for sure.  I just think it's hilarious. 

"Man, somethings not right with my truck.  Let me try a few things and drive half away across the state (province?) to see if it happens again.".

So I heard drive to the mountains but no pictures...

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 14, 2019, 08:54:43 PM
Ha, I can see that. The things I do for my truck, lol. :redneck:

No pics, it was night time as I could only get away after I put the boy down for bed. I will make sure to get plenty of pics this summer though and MAYBE even some Drone footy.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 19, 2019, 10:35:52 PM
I drove the truck around on a near stock tune to gather some data for the upgraded torque converter. The truck feels like a absolute slug when it's making 200 less HP, lol.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 20, 2019, 01:30:33 PM
I drove the truck around on a near stock tune to gather some data for the upgraded torque converter. The truck feels like a absolute slug when it's making 200 less HP, lol.
Wait, what upgraded torque converter?  Did I overlook this or is this a new part?  Why revert back to stock/near stock?  Did you just put it in or was it in during your trip to your parents?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 20, 2019, 01:41:13 PM
Custom Circle D converter went into the truck when I installed the motor. We made a bunch of changes to the tune for the TC and wanted to do a comparison on lock-up compared to the stock programming. We had to do it, because the tune wasn't locking up the TC at the right RPM. It actually turned out that the Throttle body was out of calibration and throwing off the load tables, which was making the TC act wonky.

SO MUCH S**T TO FIGURE OUT WHEN YOU'RE DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE  :dope:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 22, 2019, 07:51:56 AM
Custom Circle D converter went into the truck when I installed the motor. We made a bunch of changes to the tune for the TC and wanted to do a comparison on lock-up compared to the stock programming. We had to do it, because the tune wasn't locking up the TC at the right RPM. It actually turned out that the Throttle body was out of calibration and throwing off the load tables, which was making the TC act wonky.

SO MUCH S**T TO FIGURE OUT WHEN YOU'RE DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE  :dope:
It would probably be easier if everything wasn't done like a long distance relationship.  Haha

What a pain in the ass.  It will be worth it though.  When it's all done and you're bored again, you're going to have to sell the truck and start over.  By the time you're done tuning, you're going to have 100,000 miles just in test drives. 

What fuel do you have to run in it? 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 22, 2019, 11:27:50 AM
Yeah, I'm kind of having fun with the journey as I always do. Since it's paid for, I want to hang onto the truck for a long time and get a Mustang or BMW to satisfy the mod itch, but that is likely a few years down the road. I'm certainly a consumer and want so many things....

On the list right now...
Mavic 2 Pro
Mountain Bike (funds from selling the Lincoln will go towards this)
Enclosed trailer (16ft x 7ft)
Maverick X3
KTM 690 Enduro R

I did promise the Wife a new whip this summer. We are waiting on the 2020 Explorer for her to test drive, before she decides what she wants. She's been really liking the X5, but we would have to go used and she wants her first new vehicle since she has been working her tail off and we have no debt other than a small mortgage on the house.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 22, 2019, 01:12:24 PM
Our list looks similar. 

I want a Mavic 2.
I think I'm better off not touching my mountain bike.
I need a new, bigger trailer.  Enclosed is nice but I am afraid of roof height.  My Maverick barely fit in the enclosed work trailer.  Cleared by about an inch.  The X3 is much shorter though.
While an X3 itself isn't necessarily on my list, parts for my Maverick are.
I'll stick to 4 wheels.  Haha

The new Explorers are nice but wow are they getting expensive.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 22, 2019, 02:18:44 PM
The height of the trailer will really be key as I need to account for putting tracks on it down the road. I did find a couple that make over height ones, but would have to measure everything out. I would be more worried about the added width with tracks.

Probably won't be this summer anyway though, as we have #2 on the way and getting my Bike and a SUV will be more than enough.

All the money I had saved up for "toys" went into the truck last year, so I gotta start saving over again.

As for fuel in the truck, I'm running 94 octane, but it's water compared to US fuel. Based on the timing I see, it's pretty close to 92 Octane state-side.

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 22, 2019, 03:17:04 PM
Looks like the tracks add about 5" to the height.  Also looks like it's about 7" to the width.  That's a lot, but even if you opt for the 72" X3, you would still be under 7' wide by a good bit.  All three of our enclosed trailers (two 8' enclosed and one 8.5', thsta the box and not the outside of the tires and fenders) measure more than 7' between the fenders inside.  Are you wanting a Max or a 2 seater?  A Max with tracks is crazy long.  But with the little guy growing up and I'm assuming when you just said #2 on the way, you were referring to another kid, you may need the extra room to take the family out.  If it's too tall, you could always do a swap back to tires just for transporting.  If you have to trailer it to a trail head somewhere then that would get annoying. 

By the way, congratulations on #2!  Did I miss that announcement? 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on March 22, 2019, 06:10:51 PM
...<snip>..She's been really liking the X5, but we would have to go used and she wants her first new vehicle since she has been working her tail off and we have no debt other than a small mortgage on the house.

My old partner had 2 of them 2 years apart ( 2016 & 2018 ), and talk about uncomfortable for anything longer than a 3 hour drive.

He drove twice and after that he parked it in my garage and I drove the Nav.  He could not believe how much better he felt when we would get to DSM or STL from ORD.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 22, 2019, 06:37:39 PM
...<snip>..She's been really liking the X5, but we would have to go used and she wants her first new vehicle since she has been working her tail off and we have no debt other than a small mortgage on the house.

My old partner had 2 of them 2 years apart ( 2016 & 2018 ), and talk about uncomfortable for anything longer than a 3 hour drive.

He drove twice and after that he parked it in my garage and I drove the Nav.  He could not believe how much better he felt when we would get to DSM or STL from ORD.
Cassie's sister has an X5.  It's really nice.  I've never heard her complain of any discomfort.  She also does not drive it far at all.  Farthest is to our house which is about a half hour.  It's definitely on the sportier side though and not exactly a cruiser.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 22, 2019, 11:09:46 PM
Looks like the tracks add about 5" to the height.  Also looks like it's about 7" to the width.  That's a lot, but even if you opt for the 72" X3, you would still be under 7' wide by a good bit.  All three of our enclosed trailers (two 8' enclosed and one 8.5', thsta the box and not the outside of the tires and fenders) measure more than 7' between the fenders inside.  Are you wanting a Max or a 2 seater?  A Max with tracks is crazy long.  But with the little guy growing up and I'm assuming when you just said #2 on the way, you were referring to another kid, you may need the extra room to take the family out.  If it's too tall, you could always do a swap back to tires just for transporting.  If you have to trailer it to a trail head somewhere then that would get annoying. 

By the way, congratulations on #2!  Did I miss that announcement? 

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I would certainly be looking at a 64" wide X3. The 72" ones are just too wide for most of the trails I would be exploring. The max is a serious consideration, but on the flip side, the wife would probably like to drive her own rig. So maybe a Outlander max or something as well. Lot's of time to figure it out as it would be a couple years before I put the second kid in one.

Thanks, I honestly don't remember who we have told. We just never got around too it and now it's a bit late, lol. Very excited to be expanding the family.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 22, 2019, 11:11:57 PM
...<snip>..She's been really liking the X5, but we would have to go used and she wants her first new vehicle since she has been working her tail off and we have no debt other than a small mortgage on the house.

My old partner had 2 of them 2 years apart ( 2016 & 2018 ), and talk about uncomfortable for anything longer than a 3 hour drive.

He drove twice and after that he parked it in my garage and I drove the Nav.  He could not believe how much better he felt when we would get to DSM or STL from ORD.
Cassie's sister has an X5.  It's really nice.  I've never heard her complain of any discomfort.  She also does not drive it far at all.  Farthest is to our house which is about a half hour.  It's definitely on the sportier side though and not exactly a cruiser.

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Yeah, long distance haul comfort is mandatory. We test drove a 2016 X5 diesel and it seemed super comfy, but we all know that can change after a few hours behind the wheel. Time will tell, I will leave this up to her with a little bit of influence as needed  :whisp:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 23, 2019, 09:00:05 AM
Realized I didn't post the X3 Max on tracks.  Sooooo big.  Haha
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 23, 2019, 10:22:57 AM
Whelp... I guess this "little" project should be over either 2020 or 2021...

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a26912015/ford-f-150-raptor-v-8-supercharged/

I'll take two, please!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 23, 2019, 10:36:28 AM
Realized I didn't post the X3 Max on tracks.  Sooooo big.  Haha
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Even without the tracks, itís so long that I think it would get hung up on stuff all the time.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 23, 2019, 10:37:18 AM
Whelp... I guess this "little" project should be over either 2020 or 2021...

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a26912015/ford-f-150-raptor-v-8-supercharged/

I'll take two, please!

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That would be pretty frickin awesome, maybe in 8 years!


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on March 25, 2019, 09:10:05 AM
Yeah, long distance haul comfort is mandatory. We test drove a 2016 X5 diesel and it seemed super comfy, but we all know that can change after a few hours behind the wheel. Time will tell, I will leave this up to her with a little bit of influence as needed  :whisp:

Bill's 2016 was fine until we reached the IL border.  Then the next 3 hours from there to DSM were a torture rack. 
Then again I have both hips replaced and Bill has a hip and shoulder replacement.
This is not an issue in the Nav. I drive 5+ hours to a lot of places in my territory without this problem and don't dread the return trip once I am there like his X5.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 25, 2019, 09:23:27 AM
Yeah, long distance haul comfort is mandatory. We test drove a 2016 X5 diesel and it seemed super comfy, but we all know that can change after a few hours behind the wheel. Time will tell, I will leave this up to her with a little bit of influence as needed  :whisp:

Bill's 2016 was fine until we reached the IL border.  Then the next 3 hours from there to DSM were a torture rack. 
Then again I have both hips replaced and Bill has a hip and shoulder replacement.
This is not an issue in the Nav. I drive 5+ hours to a lot of places in my territory without this problem and don't dread the return trip once I am there like his X5.
So is it a matter of aches and pains or just annoying ride?  Uncomfortable seats or suspension?  Combination of things?  Suspension is a trade-off of something else.  You can't have it all.  Uncomfortable seats to the point of causing pain, however, I feel there is no excuse for these days. 

This is a whole other animal but our work trucks are TERRIBLE!  Now keep in kind they are stripped down 4500s.  But the seats... They cause me so much pain and I spend 3-4 hours per day driving it.  You don't realize it when you get in and drive a half your or so but sit there for an extended period of time and you quickly realize there's a problem.  I've looked in to it and have seen a lot of people complain about the Ram seats causing this exact thing. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 26, 2019, 12:25:41 PM
Well crap...

Blew a turbo yesterday. I pulled it last night and from what I can tell, it was a overspeed problem. I did have some over boosting and WG issues which can cause this.

Should have replacement parts on order by this afternoon to get this thing back to testing and tuning.

I'll post up some pics of the carnage. Oil EVERYWHERE  :dope:

Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 26, 2019, 12:27:42 PM
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 26, 2019, 12:36:18 PM
Damn, Ryan.  I'm sorry to see this.  When a turbo goes, it really goes. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 26, 2019, 12:42:01 PM
Damn, Ryan.  I'm sorry to see this.  When a turbo goes, it really goes. 

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It just plain sucks. We were really starting to get somewhere and things were running pretty great.

All well, gotta take the sh*t with the sugar when modifying stuff.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 26, 2019, 12:44:05 PM
Atleast we got some new pictures out of ya!  Haha.  Sorry... Too soon.



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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 26, 2019, 12:49:21 PM
And the Wife is super happy with me after dropping $4k on a bike, lol.
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 26, 2019, 12:51:38 PM
And the Wife is super happy with me after dropping $4k on a bike, lol.
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Imagine how much it would cost if you got one with pedals. 

Check one more off the list.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 26, 2019, 12:55:07 PM
Pedals and upgraded Brakes on order...
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 26, 2019, 12:59:04 PM
Pedals and upgraded Brakes on order...
I'm not even surprised

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on March 26, 2019, 04:09:34 PM
Pedals and upgraded Brakes on order...

Talk to Mike about brakes. He only uses the front ones though.  :funny:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 26, 2019, 04:11:21 PM
Pedals and upgraded Brakes on order...

Talk to Mike about brakes. He only uses the front ones though.  :funny:
I would have been better off if I had a bike with no pedals. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on March 26, 2019, 04:25:49 PM
Pedals and upgraded Brakes on order...

Talk to Mike about brakes. He only uses the front ones though.  :funny:
I would have been better off if I had a bike with no pedals. 

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What about the training wheels?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 26, 2019, 04:43:05 PM
Pedals and upgraded Brakes on order...

Talk to Mike about brakes. He only uses the front ones though.  :funny:
I would have been better off if I had a bike with no pedals. 

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What about the training wheels?
What I really needed was wheelie bars.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on March 26, 2019, 05:40:52 PM
Pedals and upgraded Brakes on order...

Talk to Mike about brakes. He only uses the front ones though.  :funny:
I would have been better off if I had a bike with no pedals. 

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What about the training wheels?
What I really needed was wheelie bars.

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And here I thought you went over the bars and onto your head Ö That's a whole different kind of stupid. BTW, How's your neck?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 26, 2019, 05:47:51 PM
Pedals and upgraded Brakes on order...

Talk to Mike about brakes. He only uses the front ones though.  :funny:
I would have been better off if I had a bike with no pedals. 

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What about the training wheels?
What I really needed was wheelie bars.

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And here I thought you went over the bars and onto your head Ö That's a whole different kind of stupid. BTW, How's your neck?
Can I change my story?  I'd like one that makes me look less stupid.  So I was flying up this hill like an unstoppable mad man when out of nowhere came this deer and just took me out... I mean, my middle name is David. 

But no, it wasn't a big hill either.  It was pretty sad.  My neck isn't 100% yet but I have full mobility.  It's not going up in to my head or down between my shoulder blades anymore.  So that's progress.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 26, 2019, 10:09:39 PM
Mike, you'll have to make it up to Canada one day. I'll take you on some fun downhill trails!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 27, 2019, 12:13:35 PM
Mike, you'll have to make it up to Canada one day. I'll take you on some fun downhill trails!
Are you trying to kill me.  You realize I fell in my own front yard...

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 27, 2019, 02:21:12 PM
Mike, you'll have to make it up to Canada one day. I'll take you on some fun downhill trails!
Are you trying to kill me.  You realize I fell in my own front yard...

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Ha! If my buddies 5 y/o can ride a couple of the trails, I think you could too. Ya just have to remember which brake is for the front.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 27, 2019, 04:25:01 PM


Mike, you'll have to make it up to Canada one day. I'll take you on some fun downhill trails!
Are you trying to kill me.  You realize I fell in my own front yard...

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Ha! If my buddies 5 y/o can ride a couple of the trails, I think you could too. Ya just have to remember which brake is for the front.


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Ouch.  To think a 5 year old might possibly be better than me. 

And damnit, Tom.  You have people thinking I don't know which brake is which.  That I know, even though it's opposite the four wheeler.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on March 27, 2019, 05:44:01 PM


Mike, you'll have to make it up to Canada one day. I'll take you on some fun downhill trails!
Are you trying to kill me.  You realize I fell in my own front yard...

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Four wheelers got brakes?  :drive:
Ha! If my buddies 5 y/o can ride a couple of the trails, I think you could too. Ya just have to remember which brake is for the front.


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Ouch.  To think a 5 year old might possibly be better than me. 

And damnit, Tom.  You have people thinking I don't know which brake is which.  That I know, even though it's opposite the four wheeler.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 27, 2019, 06:58:59 PM


Mike, you'll have to make it up to Canada one day. I'll take you on some fun downhill trails!
Are you trying to kill me.  You realize I fell in my own front yard...

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Ha! If my buddies 5 y/o can ride a couple of the trails, I think you could too. Ya just have to remember which brake is for the front.


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Ouch.  To think a 5 year old might possibly be better than me. 

And damnit, Tom.  You have people thinking I don't know which brake is which.  That I know, even though it's opposite the four wheeler.

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To be honest, I think you would be surprised at what some kids hit in the Whistler bike park.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 28, 2019, 07:10:21 PM


Mike, you'll have to make it up to Canada one day. I'll take you on some fun downhill trails!
Are you trying to kill me.  You realize I fell in my own front yard...

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Ha! If my buddies 5 y/o can ride a couple of the trails, I think you could too. Ya just have to remember which brake is for the front.


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Ouch.  To think a 5 year old might possibly be better than me. 

And damnit, Tom.  You have people thinking I don't know which brake is which.  That I know, even though it's opposite the four wheeler.

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To be honest, I think you would be surprised at what some kids hit in the Whistler bike park.
Man, I remember being young, talking anywhere between 6 and 12 probably, and not being afraid of anything.  "What?  Yeah I'll hit that jump.  Let me get more speed first though." Now?  I might walk up it but I'll be thinking the whole time, I hope I don't roll and ankle.  Somewhere in that age range, I actually broke my bike in half.  Snapped both tubes right off at the neck. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on March 28, 2019, 07:35:18 PM


Mike, you'll have to make it up to Canada one day. I'll take you on some fun downhill trails!
Are you trying to kill me.  You realize I fell in my own front yard...

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Ha! If my buddies 5 y/o can ride a couple of the trails, I think you could too. Ya just have to remember which brake is for the front.


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Ouch.  To think a 5 year old might possibly be better than me. 

And damnit, Tom.  You have people thinking I don't know which brake is which.  That I know, even though it's opposite the four wheeler.

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To be honest, I think you would be surprised at what some kids hit in the Whistler bike park.
Man, I remember being young, talking anywhere between 6 and 12 probably, and not being afraid of anything.  "What?  Yeah I'll hit that jump.  Let me get more speed first though." Now?  I might walk up it but I'll be thinking the whole time, I hope I don't roll and ankle.  Somewhere in that age range, I actually broke my bike in half.  Snapped both tubes right off at the neck. 

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Been there, done that. That's partially why I learned how to repair bikes - which eventually became my first paying job. And before you say it, yes, they had bicycles way back then!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on March 28, 2019, 07:41:19 PM


Mike, you'll have to make it up to Canada one day. I'll take you on some fun downhill trails!
Are you trying to kill me.  You realize I fell in my own front yard...

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Ha! If my buddies 5 y/o can ride a couple of the trails, I think you could too. Ya just have to remember which brake is for the front.


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Ouch.  To think a 5 year old might possibly be better than me. 

And damnit, Tom.  You have people thinking I don't know which brake is which.  That I know, even though it's opposite the four wheeler.

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To be honest, I think you would be surprised at what some kids hit in the Whistler bike park.
Man, I remember being young, talking anywhere between 6 and 12 probably, and not being afraid of anything.  "What?  Yeah I'll hit that jump.  Let me get more speed first though." Now?  I might walk up it but I'll be thinking the whole time, I hope I don't roll and ankle.  Somewhere in that age range, I actually broke my bike in half.  Snapped both tubes right off at the neck. 

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Been there, done that. That's partially why I learned how to repair bikes - which eventually became my first paying job. And before you say it, yes, they had bicycles way back then!
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 28, 2019, 08:26:27 PM
I know that I'm not as brave as I was in my younger days. I was probably the worst in my early teenage years, did some stupid stuff but not broken bones.

Tom isn't that Old, he was at least ripping around on a big wheel...

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on March 29, 2019, 05:40:45 PM
And just as handsome now as I was then - 150 years ago.  :om:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on March 30, 2019, 08:39:37 PM
Yeah, long distance haul comfort is mandatory. We test drove a 2016 X5 diesel and it seemed super comfy, but we all know that can change after a few hours behind the wheel. Time will tell, I will leave this up to her with a little bit of influence as needed  :whisp:

Bill's 2016 was fine until we reached the IL border.  Then the next 3 hours from there to DSM were a torture rack. 
Then again I have both hips replaced and Bill has a hip and shoulder replacement.
This is not an issue in the Nav. I drive 5+ hours to a lot of places in my territory without this problem and don't dread the return trip once I am there like his X5.
So is it a matter of aches and pains or just annoying ride?  Uncomfortable seats or suspension?  Combination of things?  Suspension is a trade-off of something else.  You can't have it all.  Uncomfortable seats to the point of causing pain, however, I feel there is no excuse for these days. 

This is a whole other animal but our work trucks are TERRIBLE!  Now keep in kind they are stripped down 4500s.  But the seats... They cause me so much pain and I spend 3-4 hours per day driving it.  You don't realize it when you get in and drive a half your or so but sit there for an extended period of time and you quickly realize there's a problem.  I've looked in to it and have seen a lot of people complain about the Ram seats causing this exact thing. 

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I missed this for the exploding turbo...

The seats are not really that comfortable for long distances.  I had 5.5 hrs to play with them the 2nd time and could never find anything that was right. 
The seats in my 2006 F150 were more comfortable than the X5 and I had Bilsteins on it so it was not a suspension issue with the X5.
The X5 reminded me of driving the HP-mobile ( 2012 4x4 Escape 4 door ).
The seats in my 2014 Nav are not much different that my 2006 F150 Lariat, aside from the cooling function. They are not the 20 way adjustable ones in the newer version; so it is not as if I have advance seating in my Nav.

The other problem was you could not shift around, the front was kind of small.  I'm 6-1 Bill is 6-5 and 350# ( ex KC Chiefs player ).  Bill did look ridiculous in there, like he was driving a Mini Cooper.
- It was great working with him, I felt small at 282#.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on March 30, 2019, 08:45:18 PM
And just as handsome now as I was then - 150 years ago.  :om:

I can only hope I look at good as you do now, when I am 55..
- That is around the corner, so there is not much hope for that.

I do have the same color hair....
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I had to slouch down, as not to tower over the moderator..
- I am almost not on the seat..
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on March 30, 2019, 09:02:02 PM
Yeah, long distance haul comfort is mandatory. We test drove a 2016 X5 diesel and it seemed super comfy, but we all know that can change after a few hours behind the wheel. Time will tell, I will leave this up to her with a little bit of influence as needed  :whisp:

Bill's 2016 was fine until we reached the IL border.  Then the next 3 hours from there to DSM were a torture rack. 
Then again I have both hips replaced and Bill has a hip and shoulder replacement.
This is not an issue in the Nav. I drive 5+ hours to a lot of places in my territory without this problem and don't dread the return trip once I am there like his X5.
So is it a matter of aches and pains or just annoying ride?  Uncomfortable seats or suspension?  Combination of things?  Suspension is a trade-off of something else.  You can't have it all.  Uncomfortable seats to the point of causing pain, however, I feel there is no excuse for these days. 

This is a whole other animal but our work trucks are TERRIBLE!  Now keep in kind they are stripped down 4500s.  But the seats... They cause me so much pain and I spend 3-4 hours per day driving it.  You don't realize it when you get in and drive a half your or so but sit there for an extended period of time and you quickly realize there's a problem.  I've looked in to it and have seen a lot of people complain about the Ram seats causing this exact thing. 

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I missed this for the exploding turbo...

The seats are not really that comfortable for long distances.  I had 5.5 hrs to play with them the 2nd time and could never find anything that was right. 
The seats in my 2006 F150 were more comfortable than the X5 and I had Bilsteins on it so it was not a suspension issue with the X5.
The X5 reminded me of driving the HP-mobile ( 2012 4x4 Escape 4 door ).
The seats in my 2014 Nav are not much different that my 2006 F150 Lariat, aside from the cooling function. They are not the 20 way adjustable ones in the newer version; so it is not as if I have advance seating in my Nav.

The other problem was you could not shift around, the front was kind of small.  I'm 6-1 Bill is 6-5 and 350# ( ex KC Chiefs player ).  Bill did look ridiculous in there, like he was driving a Mini Cooper.
- It was great working with him, I felt small at 282#.

Good to know, The BMW offered a extended test drive in one, not sure on the year of your buddies, but we are looking at 2016-2017ís.

Iím still thinking we will end up with a new explorer or expedition, but she loved the X5.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on March 31, 2019, 10:09:28 AM

Good to know, The BMW offered a extended test drive in one, not sure on the year of your buddies, but we are looking at 2016-2017ís.

Iím still thinking we will end up with a new explorer or expedition, but she loved the X5.
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Bill had a 2016 and then replaced it with a 2018.  I do not know if they come in trim levels or options; so I cannot say what his were.

If size is not an issue for the wife, go with the Expedition EL.
Problem might be budget.  2016-2017 BMW X5s go for ~ 32k around here all day long. 
You are not going to get a new Expedition any trim level for that. 
2020 Explorer XLT  would be in the ball park compared to a used X5.

I think you would want the 2020 Explorer ST with the 3.0L TT V6.   :clap:
That is the same motor as the Mrs' 2017 MKZ. No need to turn a wrench on it, get in press start and go !!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 01, 2019, 01:30:09 PM
We would like to stick around $60k CDN.

The EL would be out, too long for the Wife and we just don't need that much space. She liked the Shorty, but needs to take it for a spin again.

#1 on my list is the Explorer ST, but only going off what I can see as of yet. It may be a 'whole different convo when we actually drive it.

I'm going to try to use some of this down-time on the truck to get the rear end cover and the gauges done.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 03, 2019, 02:28:01 PM
Diff cover swapped and Aimsoil fluid used.

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I might have to do a hand wash in the garage. This thing is crazy dirty

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on April 03, 2019, 06:28:59 PM
And the Y-pipe is laying there because?  :Me:
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Post by: Kitzy on April 03, 2019, 06:45:03 PM
And the Y-pipe is laying there because?  :Me:
Lighter is faster?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 03, 2019, 10:32:05 PM
And the Y-pipe is laying there because?  :Me:
Because Iím still waiting on the turbo. Probably be a while yet. Trying to get other stuff done while I wait.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 05, 2019, 02:37:29 PM
Looks like Iíll be busy tonight! Woohoo!
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 05, 2019, 02:56:58 PM
Looks like Iíll be busy tonight! Woohoo!
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Sweet! 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 06, 2019, 06:21:00 PM
Almost got it all done last night. Family time today, but should be able to sneak out to the garage to wrap it up.

Then I will be spending some time to do a spring clean up on it and under it.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 06, 2019, 06:28:09 PM
Almost got it all done last night. Family time today, but should be able to sneak out to the garage to wrap it up.

Then I will be spending some time to do a spring clean up on it and under it.


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You need to make 6 or 7 more trips out to the mountains to get these tunes dialed in so you can get this thing on a Dyno. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on April 07, 2019, 09:28:20 AM
Almost got it all done last night. Family time today, but should be able to sneak out to the garage to wrap it up.

Then I will be spending some time to do a spring clean up on it and under it.

I don't know how you get anything done at the new house with the truck project.
As I was reading: spring clean up that is going to be house... Nope truck again..

How long before the wife turns you and the truck into a Viking Funeral ?
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 07, 2019, 09:49:07 AM
I finished the truck up last night and went for a drive. All seems good, it will just take a while to get all the oil out of the exhaust. 


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 07, 2019, 09:50:55 AM
Almost got it all done last night. Family time today, but should be able to sneak out to the garage to wrap it up.

Then I will be spending some time to do a spring clean up on it and under it.

I don't know how you get anything done at the new house with the truck project.
As I was reading: spring clean up that is going to be house... Nope truck again..

How long before the wife turns you and the truck into a Viking Funeral ?

The Wife and kid go to bed early, so I accomplish most truck stuff at night.

Today will be painting the kids room and then a oil change and brake job on the wifeís car.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 07, 2019, 11:37:18 AM
This is totally off the rails here... Hard to believe, right? 

So speaking of Viking funerals.  Has anyone ever seen the movie "What We Did On Our Holiday"?  Very much a family friendly movie but it's absolutely hilarious. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 07, 2019, 01:17:24 PM
This is totally off the rails here... Hard to believe, right? 

So speaking of Viking funerals.  Has anyone ever seen the movie "What We Did On Our Holiday"?  Very much a family friendly movie but it's absolutely hilarious. 

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Never even heard of it. Gonna have to check it out.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 07, 2019, 01:46:54 PM
This is totally off the rails here... Hard to believe, right? 

So speaking of Viking funerals.  Has anyone ever seen the movie "What We Did On Our Holiday"?  Very much a family friendly movie but it's absolutely hilarious. 

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Never even heard of it. Gonna have to check it out.


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It's not some big blockbuster type of movie.  I think I found it browsing the depths of Vudu one night.  Having kids, you will appreciate the movie. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 08, 2019, 07:33:09 AM
This is totally off the rails here... Hard to believe, right? 

So speaking of Viking funerals.  Has anyone ever seen the movie "What We Did On Our Holiday"?  Very much a family friendly movie but it's absolutely hilarious. 

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Never even heard of it. Gonna have to check it out.


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It's not some big blockbuster type of movie.  I think I found it browsing the depths of Vudu one night.  Having kids, you will appreciate the movie. 

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I tagged it on demand, so I can watch it while in Seattle this week.




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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 08, 2019, 07:37:53 AM
Truck got some drive time and seems all good except for the IAT sensor. I think the oil vapours took it out, so a new one is one order.

Truck got a quick wash, before moving onto the car.

Car got new brakes, oil change, summer tires back on and a quick wash and interior clean-up.

The little guys room is painted, so when I get back weíll start moving his stuff I and onto prepping the room for #2.

In the middle of trying to find the brake pads I already bought, I ended up re-arranging our little shed (5x12). So glad thatís done too.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 08, 2019, 06:24:20 PM
Truck got some drive time and seems all good except for the IAT sensor. I think the oil vapours took it out, so a new one is one order.

Truck got a quick wash, before moving onto the car.

Car got new brakes, oil change, summer tires back on and a quick wash and interior clean-up.

The little guys room is painted, so when I get back weíll start moving his stuff I and onto prepping the room for #2.

In the middle of trying to find the brake pads I already bought, I ended up re-arranging our little shed (5x12). So glad thatís done too.


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Where so you find time to eat, work and sleep?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 08, 2019, 09:53:08 PM
I find time for most things, but sleep.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 10, 2019, 10:26:30 PM
I get back home late tonight (technically tomorrow morning) and the new sensor is waiting for me.

Gonna slam it in tomorrow and make sure Iím back 100%.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 12, 2019, 07:25:36 PM
Back up 100%. Gotta drive it and get the exhaust pretty hot to burn out some oil in the exhaust.

Hopefully no more major set backs and I can hit the Dyno in mid May.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 12, 2019, 08:03:13 PM
Back up 100%. Gotta drive it and get the exhaust pretty hot to burn out some oil in the exhaust.

Hopefully no more major set backs and I can hit the Dyno in mid May.


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Woohoo!  Stop breaking sh!t!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 12, 2019, 09:25:22 PM
You sound like my Wife!


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 13, 2019, 05:49:27 AM
Haha yeah but for different reasons I'm sure.  She probably wants you to stop spending so much money on the truck.  I don't care about that.  I just want results and they get delayed when you break stuff.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 15, 2019, 12:13:17 PM
Haha yeah but for different reasons I'm sure.  She probably wants you to stop spending so much money on the truck.  I don't care about that.  I just want results and they get delayed when you break stuff.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 19, 2019, 09:13:43 AM
I had some time yesterday, so I cleaned up the engine bay.
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 20, 2019, 08:04:30 PM
I do love those blue covers. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 22, 2019, 10:54:42 PM
Gauges finally installed and FX4 decal removed. Now to decide if I pull the ecoboost decals before I polish and re-coat.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 24, 2019, 06:54:47 PM
Ah, I saw this then other day and forgot about it.  I love the way it looks without the graphics in the back.  I don't mind the ecoboost ones.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on April 24, 2019, 07:25:17 PM
Gauges finally installed and FX4 decal removed. Now to decide if I pull the ecoboost decals before I polish and re-coat.

I am still in the remove them camp.
- I took every badge off the tailgate on the Nav.

Working on debadging the rear of the MKZ, or more correctly talking the Mrs into it.
- It might accidentally get done the next time she is out of town..
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 24, 2019, 09:29:33 PM
Gauges finally installed and FX4 decal removed. Now to decide if I pull the ecoboost decals before I polish and re-coat.

I am still in the remove them camp.
- I took every badge off the tailgate on the Nav.

Working on debadging the rear of the MKZ, or more correctly talking the Mrs into it.
- It might accidentally get done the next time she is out of town..

I think I'm going to pull them and then put one on the lower right of the tailgate. Just so the truck doesn't feel too naked.  :funny:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 27, 2019, 04:27:15 PM
Went for a rip up to the mountains for a night. Truck is running really well. I think we finally have things dialed in enough to turn the power up a notch.

Unfortunately itís snowing and we could see up to 8Ē back at home by tomorrow. Dirty truck...again.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 27, 2019, 08:10:08 PM
Turn it up!!!!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 28, 2019, 05:06:13 PM
Took the back roads home. Had a blast, but now the truck is really dirty.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on April 28, 2019, 05:13:17 PM
Took the back roads home. Had a blast, but now the truck is really dirty.

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Hmm.  Looks like a good place to fly a drone.  Just sayin...

My truck always looks like that.  Unless we get heavy rain storms.  Then I leave my truck outside and let nature take it's course.

Now you know what your truck would look like with white wheels. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 28, 2019, 05:51:32 PM
Itís just getting a good rinse until the snow is all gone. Then I gotta crawl underneath and clean the undercarriage again.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on April 30, 2019, 08:48:10 PM
If anyone has a F150Forum.com login...

https://www.f150forum.com/f32/vote-april-2019-truck-month-444765/index3/ (https://www.f150forum.com/f32/vote-april-2019-truck-month-444765/index3/)
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 02, 2019, 11:15:04 AM
Dyno booked for May 31st. Should be fun.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 04, 2019, 10:16:41 PM
Dyno booked for May 31st. Should be fun.


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I'm out of it lately.  I knew I saw this post.  I'm super excited for this. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 07, 2019, 12:10:33 PM
Next up is to get the LED lights in the bumper. I have been messing around with a couple of wiring options and think I will have them hooked up to a "always on" power source and just use a switch to turn them on when I want.

I thought about triggering off of the reverse lights, but in the end, I only want them on sometimes.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 07, 2019, 08:30:58 PM
Next up is to get the LED lights in the bumper. I have been messing around with a couple of wiring options and think I will have them hooked up to a "always on" power source and just use a switch to turn them on when I want.

I thought about triggering off of the reverse lights, but in the end, I only want them on sometimes.
I like the idea of them coming on automatically but there are just times you don't want them.  Immediately comes to mind is backing out of a parking spot in a parking lot full of people walking around.  I do really like the VLED license plate back up light but it's no cube light.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 07, 2019, 09:01:20 PM
Yeah, for sure. I just don't want to be "obnoxious" and have the lights come on when I am backing up all the time. I also have control issues...

I'll likely set everything up so that I can just tap into the reverse circuit if I want to down the road. I have a good relay that I can use, but may look and see if they have relays with two different trigger inputs. I don't like the idea of running a diode, but not needed for what I have decided on right now.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: sscully on May 07, 2019, 09:58:28 PM
Mine is on the reversing circuit on the 7 pin trailer tow.

I don't want to hear 'I didn't know you were backing up'
- If they claim that with the cube light, they are blind.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 16, 2019, 04:55:24 PM
2016 "Sport" 20's dropped off for Sand Blasting and Powder Coating. Should have them back in a couple of weeks.

Now to find a light AT tire to run on them. Looking at going for a 275/60/20. Should give me good weight, size and look for a "sporty" set of wheels to run sometimes.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 16, 2019, 05:11:25 PM
2016 "Sport" 20's dropped off for Sand Blasting and Powder Coating. Should have them back in a couple of weeks.

Now to find a light AT tire to run on them. Looking at going for a 275/60/20. Should give me good weight, size and look for a "sporty" set of wheels to run sometimes.
If you're going sporty why not just get a street tire?  Something that will hook, ride smooth, will be quiet. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 16, 2019, 07:17:43 PM
I thought about it and havenít completely ruled them out. I was thinking ATís as I could use them for road trips and still be able to hit gravel and some logging roads if we wanted to.

Nitto 420ís are pretty cheap.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 18, 2019, 06:53:09 AM
Back when I had my expedition I went from Mickey Thompson MTZs to Cooper Zeon LTZs.  Holy crap what a difference.  Boring sidewalls but man was it more enjoyable to drive with the smoother, quieter tire.  And yet I still get aggressive tires to this day.  Haha

I saw a Silverado yesterday with a sportier look that had Hankook DynaPro ATs on it.  Really good looking tire.  I don't know anything about them though.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 20, 2019, 01:14:10 PM
Thatís the goal, weíll see if I can actually settle on something that checks all the boxes.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 23, 2019, 12:01:17 AM
Well warranty is almost up, Bahahaha!!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 24, 2019, 05:58:28 PM
Well warranty is almost up, Bahahaha!!

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Let the mods begin!  Oh wait...

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 24, 2019, 07:18:28 PM
Well, had another set back last night. I have had this intermittent stutter at higher power levels.  It got quite a bit worse last night so I did some checking.

I found that #2 piston and plug were running richer than the other cylinders. After some testing, it appears to be the injector.

So new injectors are at least a week out. The Dyno will have to be re-booked.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 24, 2019, 07:21:11 PM
Well, had another set back last night. I have had this intermittent stutter at higher power levels.  It got quite a bit worse last night so I did some checking.

I found that #2 piston and plug were running richer than the other cylinders. After some testing, it appears to be the injector.

So new injectors are at least a week out. The Dyno will have to be re-booked.


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You're killing me, man. 

That's the way these things go I guess.  Lots of new parts and tweaking and testing.  That sucks.  Any damage outside of the bad injector?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 24, 2019, 07:25:35 PM
Doesnít seem to be any collateral damage so far.

Iím really bummed as I was also going to run it down the track tomorrow.




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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on May 29, 2019, 01:33:28 PM
Dyno re-booked for June 12th. I should have what I need by the end of next week to get back to 100%
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on May 31, 2019, 07:21:16 PM
Dyno re-booked for June 12th. I should have what I need by the end of next week to get back to 100%
I'll believe it when I see it. Haha

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 02, 2019, 12:57:37 AM
Truck I back online. So weíll see what she does next week, pending any more disasters.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 09, 2019, 07:02:23 PM
It's almost that time...

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 09, 2019, 10:01:51 PM
Getting close!


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 12, 2019, 07:20:48 PM
Sooooooo....?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 12, 2019, 07:27:31 PM
Very disappointing today. The issue I have been having on the street is way worse on the Dyno. 

So I have some work to do and figure it out.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 12, 2019, 07:36:12 PM
That sucks, man.  Hate to hear it didn't go as you had hoped.  What are you thinking?  Tuning issue? 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 12, 2019, 08:44:58 PM
I have two different tuners and the same issue, so not likely, but not impossible.

First things to look at are injectors and wiring. Itís possible that I pinched a wire during install or something got in the fuel system and caused some injector issues.

Not fun stuff, but Iíll get it figured out.

The silver lining is that it made that much power by 4500RPM, so should be pretty easy to hit my goal once I have this sorted out.

Truck drives 100% under normal circumstances, it just has the issue at WOT at the higher RPM


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 17, 2019, 07:47:08 PM
Have you had a chance to do any troubleshooting?

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 18, 2019, 07:13:59 AM
Waiting for injectors and new injector harnesses to show up. If I'm going that deep, I'm just going to replace them.

I did take some time to inspect the engine wire harness and all connections. Nothing found and everything looked good.

Once I get back Thursday from this business trip, I should have the parts and will swap. We start the road trip on Saturday, so it would be really nice to sort this out.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 19, 2019, 06:59:27 PM
Injectors and wiring Harnesses arrived. so I'll be a busy beaver tomorrow.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 20, 2019, 08:42:03 PM
Crossing my fingers

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 20, 2019, 08:47:03 PM
Nope, swapped them and still have the issue.

Iíll have to think about what I need to do next.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 20, 2019, 08:52:42 PM
Damn man.  Sucks to keep throwing money at the problem. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 20, 2019, 08:54:06 PM
These parts were free, thanks to the engine builder, but gonna have to dig deep and maybe get my hands on a scan tool to do some testing.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 20, 2019, 08:56:19 PM
So I guess the builder was thinking the injectors were the issue too?  Do you have any idea at this point?  I can't imagine how frustrating this must be.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 20, 2019, 08:58:07 PM
Honestly seems electrical. Yeah, since we had one legit bad injector, it was possible for two. We were actually thinking a pinched/damaged wire in the harness was more likely.

It is still possibly a tune issue, but doesnít seem likely.


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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 23, 2019, 09:48:25 PM
Truck ran really good with the tow tune.

I did about 70-75 the whole way, quite a few pit stops where I left the truck running.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 24, 2019, 10:06:13 PM
Same speeds and reset the mileage for the last 350ish miles. No trailer, but truck weighed 7136lbs when I hit the scales with cargo, passengers and almost a full tank of fuel.

Not too shabby.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on June 28, 2019, 08:12:06 PM
Haha the speedo threw me for a loop for a second.  I thought, man you were moving!  Then remember, oh yeah, Canada.  Kph. 

So the speedo is kph but the fuel economy is mpg?  Or did you just change it for us simple minded Mericans?  Haha.

Truck is looking good.  That's good mileage though.  Looks like a fun trip with the kid.

I also need to stop glancing at threads mid day when I can't respond because I totally forget about them.

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on June 28, 2019, 10:01:23 PM
I changed it to MPGs for the pic. Although, honestly Iím more inclined to convert to MPGs as that has always been my baseline.




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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on June 30, 2019, 06:57:22 AM
Too bad the little guy doesn't seem to be having any fun.  :funny:
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 08, 2019, 10:22:42 AM
Had a awesome trip away with my little guy. He did really well for the amount of driving (he's only 3). We got to see lots of family and have some fun camping for a few nights throughout the trip.

The truck did awesome. The trailer was hooked up for all but 500ish miles of the trip. Did some exploring and off-roading, hundreds of miles of gravel, a lot of "pee stops" and some serious headwinds coming back west.

14 days
2765 miles
222 gal of gas used
13MPG Overall
63.06 hrs of "run time"

Wiring harness looks to still be a few days away. I'll update once I get it swapped out.
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 21, 2019, 09:41:55 PM
Had some fun today doing a few shuttle runs on a mountain about 40 minutes from home.

We hit 4 trails and one was STEEEEEP! I wish I would had the GoPro on.

Nice day for a ride!

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Too Stroked on July 22, 2019, 06:27:19 PM
Damn that looks like fun!
Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 22, 2019, 07:07:54 PM
Well the scenery looks nice.  No proof the bike was ever used though. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 22, 2019, 08:36:35 PM
Well the scenery looks nice.  No proof the bike was ever used though. 

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Oh, it got used, lol.
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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Kitzy on July 23, 2019, 05:58:20 AM
Alright alright.  I got nothin!  Nothing else to get on your case about. 

Hoping to get out on the quads and SxS this weekend.  We cancelled our plans this past Saturday due to the 110 degree weather. 

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Title: Re: Slowly making progress - 2014 F-150
Post by: Blown F-150 on July 23, 2019, 09:24:41 AM
Excellent! I'm looking forward to some pics and vid!
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