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2011 F150 Ecoboost - Plow recommendation

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Bigdoghd, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. Bigdoghd

    Bigdoghd Member
    Messages: 46

    Hey guys just picked up a new 2011 F150 Eco Boost 4X4 and was going to retire my super clean 1997 Tahoe with strobes an Sno-way plow......looking for suggestions on what plow to go with for the new truck.

    Thank you in advance
  2. Bigdoghd

    Bigdoghd Member
    Messages: 46

    So I'm watching all this Eco-boost stuff and kids telling me about the HP and pulling power etc. Finally time to off the H2 and buy the 2011 F150......just started to find out the truck is not Ford tuff....you can't put a plow on the truck omg. Now I can see the issue with running short on air flow, but I believe that can be handled with a winter scoop etc. As I read further there is also a electrical issue and load and another issue with the steering. Looks like I'm SOL on a plow for my new truck :-(

    Ps The truck does not get no where near 21 mpg. Or should I say with driving it like a baby on a trip to Nashville...running at speeds of 75mph, the most I pulled out of it was 16.6 MPG
  3. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,319

    Snoway 26 Series is the only approved plow to go on the 11-up F150s, contact Basher.
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
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    Messages: 8,993

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    Messages: 1,747

    I've seen all the ads about how much power the Ecoboost has. But if you look at Ford's website, the 5.0 still beats it in the power department.
  6. Bigdoghd

    Bigdoghd Member
    Messages: 46

    Thanks Basher...still bumped thought. Thought I'd buy this Ford and be able to have a great rig.....love the truck as a truck....but mileage is no where near what they said and also now the plowing issue. Like I said before....I own a shop, always do my homework and we build some bad azz turbo stuff......just figured wow this will be a great rig. Power, fuel economy etc.

    The other issue is I bought I last Thursday left on a trip on Friday. We checked the vehicle over when we got back because I felt it was spot delivered and not checked over. Turns out that a mouse was living in the engine compartment. The insulation that covers the fuel injection was chewed up, the foam that is on top of the radiator was chewed up, the battery box side cover was chewed up and the foam cover a wire loom was chewed.There was a huge pile of stuff in the air box....where it was nesting.

  7. JK-Plow

    JK-Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    When your talking no issues, do you mean even the F150's with the Eco-boost engine. When I look at the Snoway site, they say not to use it on F150's with the Eco-boost engine. With the air intake for the turbo charger near where the plow mounts go, I would think there would be a problem.
  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    There are mounts available, they have been installed and used without issue. It is my understanding the application guide will be changed to reflex the ecco-boost fit.
  9. blueline38

    blueline38 Senior Member
    Messages: 436


    Horsepower 302 @ 6500 rpm (3.7L V6)
    360 @ 5500 rpm (5.0L V8)
    411 @ 5500 rpm (6.2L V8)
    365 @ 5000 rpm (EcoBoost®)
    Torque 278 @ 4000 rpm (3.7L V6)
    380 @ 4250 rpm (5.0L V8)
    434 @ 4500 rpm (6.2L V8)
    420 @ 2500 rpm (EcoBoost®)

    Not sure what numbers you're looking at! Also, look at the rpm range on the torque. That's where you pulling power is!
  10. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    When a vehicle is using boost to make power, especially a low spooling turbo in a bi turbo/twin turbo setup - do you really expect good fuel mileage? I had an SRT4 that was claimed to get 30mpg's, which may very well be possible if I stayed in Vacuum all day and never hit boost, but I usually got around 18-20mpg's out of it.

    Its fairly obvious in my opinion that a twin turbo V6 in a heavy brick shaped truck like the F150 is going to be in boost nearly all the time to get it moving, in turn resulting in poor MPG's.

    Don't get me wrong, its an awesome motor - a simple, proper cat back system will net 30HP and a tuner could net nearly the same, but going for MPG's only, I'd stick with the 5.0. I've driven 4 or 5 of them over 300 miles at a time and consistantly get 19-20mpg's out of them (there were 4 or 5 different trucks).
  11. JK-Plow

    JK-Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    The Ram EPA rating is 19 highway. Several people I have talked with are getting in the mid 20's on the highway. GM 1500's are also getting low 20's with the 5.3 engine. Why spend more on an F150 that really does not do that well.
  12. brookline

    brookline Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    Has anyone put the 26R on an F150 with the electric power steerring? If so how did they handle the extra weight of the R compared to just the 26 series? i have been looking all over to see an f150 with the 26r on it actually in action but all i find is from the Snow way website with a guy talking about it standing in front of the truck and never raises it or plows with it.
  13. crankerthedude9

    crankerthedude9 Junior Member
    Messages: 10