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post #1 of 5 Old 03-16-2017, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Ford Raptor 2017 EcoBoost 3.5 with E85

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I'm importing a new Ford Raptor 2017 in Europe which should be there half of may 2017. I would like to know what is the best way to adapt the engine to use Flex Fuel, meaning any mix of octane and bioethanol, until the E85 fuel, and what are the consequences in terms of horses and torque gains, as well as impacts on the engine durability please. Some official importer in Paris told me that it is only a question of reprogramming the software but others propose to install a smart plugin (with software) to check the ratio of mix octane/bioethanol within the tank, to always adapt in real time the level of fuel and oxygen injected.

Thanks in advance for your advice, even if it concerns standard F-150 models using flex fuel.

Cheers,

Fred.

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-16-2017, 03:34 PM
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It may be beyond just re-programming. A re-program will be necessary, but you may also need to change fuel lines and filters perhaps. After tuning it, you should be able to make more power from a tune than you can on 91 octane I think
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-17-2017, 01:43 PM
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I think these days it's not even necessary to change out the lines and filters. Heard the tune is all you need to "fix"

Best thing to do is take it to your local tuner and see what they say
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Thanks already for your replies.

The point is that I have two differents approaches suggested. One concerns only software parameters adaptation, which sounds in my opinion to re-setup the injection based on a E85 only for instance, which sounds static. The other option is to install a box which analyses the mix in the tank and adapt the software parameters in real-time. The last option sounds more coherent but I'm still not convinced about the engine durability due to the ethanol explosion and transport in the tubes in comparaison with standard octane which is less corosive.

Did anyone have bad experience using E85 in a F-150? Did you just fill in the tank in E85 or used some extra box tuning?
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Personally haven't had bad experiences. The only time I've seen people with bad experiences is when the tune was a mess. I think the second option for you would be better though because real time will be able to adjust to any variable change.
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