The 8 Best Tuners For The F-150 Ecoboost
We spent 28 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Could your F-150 do with a performance boost? Perhaps you want to run a little more torque at lower speeds, or you simply want to recalibrate your vehicle to work more efficiently with those custom wheels you bought. Whatever the case may be, you'll need the help of a tuner - a device used to communicate with your truck's Electronic Control Unit - in order to modify default behavior settings. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best tuners for the f-150 ecoboost on Amazon.
June 02, 2019:
Tuners are designed to plug into diagnostic ports – most commonly OBD-II ports in the US- and come with a variety of pre-installed (or ‘canned’) tunes (or tune files) as well as space for custom tunes.
Tuning is most commonly an effort to improve performance by reprogramming the ECU (Electronic Control Unit) mapping of the engine power profile, though there are a variety of end purposes for tuning including boosting fuel economy, turning off manufacturer preinstalled functions, re-calibrating a vehicle to aftermarket parts, or simply creating a selection of different engine power (performance vs RPM) profiles for unique driving conditions.
Keep in mind that while tuning on an F-150 Ecoboost may be done for a variety of reasons, the engine is already relatively fuel-efficient owing to the turbocharger, which increases horsepower without sacrificing as much in the way of fuel economy as a larger engine would.
While nearly all reputable tuners on the market will increase vehicle performance given the right calibration of settings, I wanted to highlight those tuners that: (a) come with out-of-the-box, ‘canned’ tunes that are effective enough to boost performance sans customization; and (b) are easy enough to use for the tuning-novice.
To illustrate the above point, a pre-installed Bully Dog BDX 91-octane performance tune on a 3.5-L F-150 Ecoboost can improve horsepower by 120hp and torque by 120lb.ft, leading to ¼ mile timing gains of over 1 second; and while these improvements are impressive, similar results can be expected with most highlighted programmers here. Furthermore, the aforementioned BDX comes with many advanced features that may be overwhelming for the novice tuner - for these reasons, other models were favoured over this one.
For the novice, I’ve highlighted the Hypertech 2000 Max Energy 2.0. The product has an easy-to-use interface and is something of a hidden gem as the brand is less commonly associated with the F-150 compared to SCT, and Diablo.
The SCT 5015P Livewire TS+ is a sophisticated option, but many of the programmer’s features are geared towards unlocking the performance capabilities of larger F-Series (F-250, 350 and 450) trucks with heavier 6.0-L and 7.3-L Ford Power Stroke engines. That being said, SCT 5015P tunes can work well with the 3.5-L Ecoboost engine.
It’s worth noting that while the Livewire TS+ platform (the successor to SCT’s X4 platform) combines many advanced settings and interactive features that are currently hard to find together on other programmers, a better upmarket choice to the SCT 5015P may be the Diablo Sport T1000 Trinity. The price of the T1000 Trinity is lower than that of its counterpart, and its advanced features compensate for its marginal increase in cost over the rest of the budget and mid-range programmers listed here.
Please note that not all models are compatible with newer F-150 trucks: The Diablo Sport 8145 i3 and SCT 5015P are not compatible with F-150 models from 2017 and beyond, and the Hypertech 2000 Max Energy 2.0 isn't compatible with the 2019 model. Similarly, some models may work better with the 3.5-L Ecoboost (compared to the 2.7-L Nano Ecoboost).