Adding a high performance air-to-air intercooler to a 2017 Ford F150 3.5L Ecoboost is a bolt-on upgrade for the turbocharged Ford EcoBoost engine that is truly worth the money. Also called by many the 'C-A-C' (Charge Air Cooler), Full Race moves the intercooler to higher up in the grille, enhancing fresh airflow and to make sure it is kept out of the of any harm. Independent datalogs show the factory intercoolers reaching 190F at max load. That's quite high when you compare it to the 100F temperature that the Full-Race Intercooler upgrade is able to maintain. Full Race features efficient and durable bar-and-plate intercoolers with optimized Fin pitch, and professionally TIG welded gussetted brackets / endtanks in precise fixtures. The lower mounting beam is hand-constructed from strong steel and powder coated black, adding to the durability. This intercooler also features 3" inlet / 3" outlet and can be purchased with water/meth bungs on the coldside charge pipe. Each intercooler is individually pressure tested to 50 psi before it is sent to you.
The Ford F-150 is a rugged and durable truck that will be tested by both job site and off-road conditions. That makes strength and durability necessities. Factory ecoboost intercoolers are constructed with thin aluminum cores crimped with plastic endtanks. This design is cheap, fast and simple to produce, offering cooling that can deal with the OEM turbos. Yet, high-performance and bigger turbos can be outside the capabilities of the stock core, leading to what is known as 'heatsoak' (intake air temperatures increasing widly) and a loss in power right along with it. In high humidity or rainy environments, the stock intercooler position can many times cause condensation water to build up inside the stock cooler. Upon sudden acceleration and boost, this water can be sent into the engine, leading to a misfire event. If you have dealt with this multiple times, Full Race recommends using a mechanical vent-to-atmosphere BOV (blow-off valve) on the lower charge pipe, after the intercooler. These assist in evacuating moisture from the charge air stream, keeping it from entering the engine's throttle body.