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Does anybody know of anybody that is retuning our trucks so we get more power and torque out of it. I have a 2.0 and would like a little more umph.
 

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Get one with a 2.3. Actually use premium fuel and you will allow the engine to run at its full potential. Any tune not approved by Ford will probably revoke your warranty.
 

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At first I didn't want to fill up with premium but once I did it... The change is noticed immediately and if u really want some 'umph' driving in sport mode is awesome
 

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^....agreed, night and day difference!...premium is a higher octane gas,MKC seems to really like it,regular does the job, but premium really wakes it up!
 

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A quick look around the fanboy sites of the MKC's cousin car, the 2.0 Titinium Escape, and I see there are 'tuner chips' out there in the market right now. Of course you should have a detailed discussion with the vendor to confirm its applicability to the MKC.
If you have never had a chip, understand that the fresh programming on there comes with trade-offs. Anybody who says they get both power AND economy gains is full of it. Ford/Lincoln does know what it is doing but necessarily has to set parameters for the mass market.
Depending how radical the performance profile is and how it makes the engine do more is important. For instance, moving up the redline can spin the engine accessories (alternator, AC compressor) faster than they are designed and kill bearing life on them. (I had an '89 SHO that went through this) Underdrive pulleys can take care of that, but how far do you want to go (nitrous? different waste gates on turbo?) before swapping for that 2.3 MKC makes sense.
I totally agree with trying out higher octane fuel and the Sport mode as a first round.
Supposedly the MKC does some 'learning' about how we like to drive and tunes parameters itself to some degree..........so drive it often like you stole it.:)
 
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Personally, I like having it in S rather than D....add to that premium fuel and this ride rocks...
Justin, careful what you do with tuning.....it IS the fastest way to throw your warranty out the window, just saying. I added a bunch of bolt ons to my Mustang GT....too much to mention here, but I went into modding knowing my warranty would be toast....it was also done by a reputable tuner shop in Ajax known for just working on Mustangs.....I now have a Kenny Bell supercharger and all supporting mods,uprated injectors, larger throttle body and a whole bunch more...it was also dyno tuned so I don't get any lean conditions.
Canned tunes are taking a chance, find a good tuner that knows his karma!
Just know this, whatever you "add" to the engine, will be known to Lincoln the second they open the hood and plug into it, tuner beware!
 

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I think there is Ford Performance or something like that your dealer can install.
 

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I'm happy with the performance of my MKC with the 2.3 engine as is. There is no way I am going to pay approximately $0.15/litre (about $0.57 per US gallon) more just to get a little quicker performance. When I really need faster pick up I just shift into S mode.
 

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The reason why I ask is a I nicely modded 05 gto. As well, and was thinking that I could do a computer tune to see if Ford was holding something back on this engine. I look at the focus and see what it is putting out and wonder if My little 2.0 could just with a computer tune find me another 15hp 8-9lbft of torque in drive alone. Just a thought but glad to see the responses thank you everyone. I drive in sport, but will us high test Gas more often!!!
 

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Nice! a bunch of guys with new 2015 Mustangs sporting eco boost engines have already been modding them according to ALLFORDMUSTANGS....some post very positive comments about the ProCal uploads...others are going the different route with bolt ons....nice to know the warranty remains intact with the ProCal,although I'd like to read what they consider still under warranty.
I saw a few that have bolted bigger turbo's, and are pushing between 6-8 lbs of boost!....some guy in Arizona went with a 50 trim Garret turbo and supporting mods,I would imagine higher cycle injectors and tweaked the fuel maps....he did not get into a lot of detail but according to him,it definitely woke her up! LOL.
 

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The reason why I ask is a I nicely modded 05 gto. As well, and was thinking that I could do a computer tune to see if Ford was holding something back on this engine. I look at the focus and see what it is putting out and wonder if My little 2.0 could just with a computer tune find me another 15hp 8-9lbft of torque in drive alone. Just a thought but glad to see the responses thank you everyone. I drive in sport, but will us high test Gas more often!!!
There's at least 40 hp that can be easily and safely extracted from that little 2.0.
 

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But will the transmission take the extra torque? I think the 2.3 transmission is beefed up a bit from the 2.0.
 

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I was thinking the same thing blankster....seems the weakest part is the first to give out.
 

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A quick look around the fanboy sites of the MKC's cousin car, the 2.0 Titinium Escape, and I see there are 'tuner chips' out there in the market right now. Of course you should have a detailed discussion with the vendor to confirm its applicability to the MKC.
If you have never had a chip, understand that the fresh programming on there comes with trade-offs. Anybody who says they get both power AND economy gains is full of it. Ford/Lincoln does know what it is doing but necessarily has to set parameters for the mass market.
Depending how radical the performance profile is and how it makes the engine do more is important. For instance, moving up the redline can spin the engine accessories (alternator, AC compressor) faster than they are designed and kill bearing life on them. (I had an '89 SHO that went through this) Underdrive pulleys can take care of that, but how far do you want to go (nitrous? different waste gates on turbo?) before swapping for that 2.3 MKC makes sense.
I totally agree with trying out higher octane fuel and the Sport mode as a first round.
Supposedly the MKC does some 'learning' about how we like to drive and tunes parameters itself to some degree..........so drive it often like you stole it.:)
I don't know about "chips", but tuners know how to get the efficiency out of specific engine. This enhances both power and economy. Usually car manufacturers install "safe" tunes(or programs) to account for the various types of drivers. My 06 mustang GT has gone through the gambit of cold air kits, under drive pullies, delete plates, comp cams stage 2 VSR, 373 gears and 410 gears and now sports a 530 hp(flywheel) Saleen VI supercharger. Each stage added hp and if you driver it normally - increased mileage. Initially when first purchased with 331 gears car averaged about 24 mpg (us gallons).
Brenspeed tune and C & L cold air kit brought it up to 27 mpg. After cams and gear changes it brought it down to about 24 mpg - like new stock. Now with supercharger if I drive normally on highway I can get about 25 mpg. Get your foot into it - different story, but power is exhilarating. Never did bring up the redline so it doesn't spin faster - just gets up there quicker. Just my experience in the past 10 years with this car. If a tune becomes available for my 2015 MKC I would probably get an SCT loader and tune for it.
 

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Amen Lanko....power is addictive to say the least! lol....the 3:73 gears are awesome on mine as well....when I added the Kenny Bell SC and under drive pullies it completely changed the game....normal driving without getting deep into boost gives me better fuel mileage!
 

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^....agreed, night and day difference!...premium is a higher octane gas,MKC seems to really like it,regular does the job, but premium really wakes it up!
My '14 Escape 2.0 was factory rated at 240 HP. That rating is achieved with 93 octane gas. When running 87 octane, the HP drops to 231. I'm sure the 2.3 rating of 285 HP is achieved with 93 octane also. I'm sure it is less with 87 octane. These engines have variable timing and will run fine on either fuel, but for the advertised HP, the higher octane is required.
 

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If you thinksits faster, good for you. As stated above, tranny shifting is the limiter on this vehicle. Feel free to contribute to the gas giants for that extra .1 sec
 

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But will the transmission take the extra torque? I think the 2.3 transmission is beefed up a bit from the 2.0.
Same transmission, no difference. This small power increase doesn't justify a beefed up transmission and is unnecessary. A few hundred more HP - different story.
 
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