Ford F-150 gets entirely new engine lineup

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Last Updated on Friday, 27 August 2010 21:14 Written by Christopher Ihara Wednesday, 11 August 2010 10:55

For 33 years the Ford F-150 has been the best selling truck in America, and with good reason.  Excellent design, attention to detail, and outstanding capability have been the truck's hallmark for years.  The only tarnish on the F-150 for the past few years has been the engine.  All of that is about to change.

Starting with the 2011 Ford F-150 an entirely new lineup of engines has been introduced.  After a hiatus of the past few years a V6 is again available in the F-150 in trim levels up to XLT in Rear Wheel Drive applications.  The 3.7L V6, the same one used in the Mustang and several other cars is available in the F-150 pumping out 300 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque and will tow up to 6,100 pounds.

Gone is the 4.6L SOHC engine and in its place is the new 5.0L 32-valve, DOHC engine found in the Mustang.  Albeit with specific changes that make it more suitable for trucks.  A slight reduction in compression ratio to 10.5:1 as well as a revised exhaust camshaft help to move peak torque lower.  The engine now generates 360 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque and is capable of towing up to a class-leading 9,800 pounds.

The new premium engine for F-150 will be the 3.5L ecoboost V6 engine, which has undergone some revisions to make it suitable for truck duty.  Final specs are not available for power and torque output yet, but should be available in about six to eight weeks.

But there's even more big news.Ford 6.2L SOHC V8 F-150 Engine


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SYNC Lockpick Install - Add a backup camera to your SYNC system

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 August 2010 14:28 Written by Christopher Ihara Wednesday, 04 August 2010 07:24

SYNC-LP1If you want to add extra performance to your Mustang, it's as easy as hitting the net and getting some performance parts for you engine headed your way. But what if you want to supercharge the factory SYNC system? As good as Ford's SYNC system is, it does have some limitations. If you want to add features that you didn't originally order, it's difficult to do on your own. This is why you need Coastal Electronic Technologies Lockpick system. The SYNC-LP1 Lockpick will allow your SYNC enabled Mustang to have expanded capabilities and will allow you to add features that you could only get as factory ordered options. The unit is available for SYNC systems with and without the Ford touch screen navigation system. Installation is easy and fairly quick, requiring only simple hand tools and about two hours of free time. Anyone who is competent with a screwdriver should have no trouble with installation.

What exactly does the SYNC-LP1 do? The SYNC-LP1 enables many SYNC features that are shut off by the factory at certain times during the drive cycle. It also enables features that the car may not have been ordered with from the factory. Unfortunately several models of Mustangs cannot be ordered with a rear view camera, including: California Special, Shelby GT500 and some cars with certain spoiler or delete options. The need to have a camera becomes readily apparent when you try to back one of the new S197 cars into a garage. The high decklid, package tray and spoiler can block a significant portion of your rear view. This makes it impossible to see lower objects directly behind and to the sides of the car.

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Last Updated on Friday, 13 August 2010 09:33 Written by Christopher Ihara Thursday, 12 August 2010 05:01

Jack RoushCONCORD, N.C. (August 12, 2010) – Jack Roush, co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing and chairman of ROUSH® Enterprises, was released from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., yesterday.  

“I would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and concern I have received the past two weeks,” Roush said. “Our teams and drivers have not missed a beat in my absence, and I am proud of the effort they have put forth. I look forward to rejoining them at the track soon.”

It has not yet been determined when Roush will return to the race track.

The official Roush web sites will have more information and updates as they become available. They will be posted to and


Corral loses a member to tragic accident

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 July 2010 13:19 Written by Christopher Ihara Monday, 19 July 2010 12:19

Ben TowleOn July 16, 2010 The Corral family lost one of its members to a tragic accident.  At approximately 8:15pm, Ben Towle known as purdueranger on the forums was working on his Cobra in the garage at his apartment complex.  While the car was in the air, it shifted and fell off the jack, landing on top of him.  A neighbor responded to his calls for help but was unable to get the car off of him in time to save him.

Ben was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ben Towles was born on June 25, 1983 and has been a member of The Corral since December 2003.  He was an active member of our mid-west forums and will be sorely missed.  Please keep his family and friends in your prayers.


Roush, Shelby Collaborate on SR-71 Charity Mustang

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 July 2010 05:23 Written by Administrator Friday, 16 July 2010 21:45

It’s a collaboration that’s never happened before, a collaboration that will result in a one-of-a-kind 2011 Mustang that simply will be without equal. For the first time ever, Carroll Shelby and Jack Roush were on site to meet with Ford Motor Company to design, engineer and produce the SR-71, a vehicle inspired by the SR-71 “Blackbird,” the long-range reconnaissance USAF aircraft built by Lockheed Martin.

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