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2011 F-150 with the 3.5 Ecoboost and I'm running a 93 octane tune on it. Love the truck. 80,000 miles so far. I bought it used about a year and a half ago. I hate getting in and out of cars so for me, unless something crazy happens, a truck will always be my daily driver. 

 

I want a diesel truck, but don't tow often enough or heavy enough to warrant that. But it doesn't mean I can't dream about it! 

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11 minutes ago, homeskizzle said:

2011 F-150 with the 3.5 Ecoboost and I'm running a 93 octane tune on it. Love the truck. 80,000 miles so far. I bought it used about a year and a half ago. I hate getting in and out of cars so for me, unless something crazy happens, a truck will always be my daily driver. 

 

I want a diesel truck, but don't tow often enough or heavy enough to warrant that. But it doesn't mean I can't dream about it! 

Ya, according to everyone on my F-150 forum they all say running 93 octane is better even if your completely stock. Do you know if that's true or not? I actually just recently switched to 93 at my last fill up and to be perfectly honest I don't notice any difference really. Maybe a tiny bit smoother but nothing like what they are saying. Everyone on the forum says I'll have way more power and all this.  I am still only about a quarter way through the tank though so who knows maybe I'll see a difference. 

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and only those who really know something about it can say for sure, but maybe it takes more than just 1 tank to begin to 'get stuff cleaned up/out', burning out impurities & such?  IDK but seems like I've heard that over the years

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Premium fuel normally contains added detergents and will allow for advanced timing hence adding a bit more horsepower, how much depends on the engine itself,  turbo pressures and injector settings.

 

Personally i would not bother unless the added cost of fuel does not hurt you financially.

 

 

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1 hour ago, AaronB123 said:

Ya, according to everyone on my F-150 forum they all say running 93 octane is better even if your completely stock. Do you know if that's true or not? I actually just recently switched to 93 at my last fill up and to be perfectly honest I don't notice any difference really. Maybe a tiny bit smoother but nothing like what they are saying. Everyone on the forum says I'll have way more power and all this.  I am still only about a quarter way through the tank though so who knows maybe I'll see a difference. 

High octane is only needed to prevent premature ignition of fuel in the combustion chamber on the compression stroke of the piston...aka "knocking".  

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16 hours ago, AaronB123 said:

Ya, according to everyone on my F-150 forum they all say running 93 octane is better even if your completely stock. Do you know if that's true or not? I actually just recently switched to 93 at my last fill up and to be perfectly honest I don't notice any difference really. Maybe a tiny bit smoother but nothing like what they are saying. Everyone on the forum says I'll have way more power and all this.  I am still only about a quarter way through the tank though so who knows maybe I'll see a difference. 

 

Ford says to use 93 if you're towing but otherwise, there's not much difference in normal driving and even little difference in towing. I run 93 only because the tune I have requires it. Otherwise I'd just run 87. 

 

The power that you can get out of these Ecoboosts is fantastic - obviously at the risk of the engine. There are a slew of guys running high 12s and 13s in the quarter mile with just a tune...on full size 4x4 trucks. 

 

F-150 Forum is a solid place to learn a lot. I've saved a lot of money and time with some researching there. Ecoboost Forum is a secondary site to look at to also see what's going on. 

 

For my price range and year range, no other truck manufacturer offered the full 4 door cab with a 6.5ft bed. So it made the choice pretty easy for me. So far, no regrets. 

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