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TopCoat F11 on the Raptor - wow, nice shine!

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OK - you've probably seen the ads online and on Facebook - TopCoat F11 - never wash your car again!  LOL right?  Wouldn't that be nice!?

Well, I bit the bullet during the holidays to try it out - and I'm pretty impressed to be honest!  They send you a bottle of TopCoat spray, 1 small sealer, and 2 lint free polishing cloths. 





At first, I was like - what is this bottle?  Seriously?  It smells funky to be honest - but then I realized I could apply it on EVERYTHING!  Doesn't matter if it's paint, glass, bumpers, etc.  It puts a great shine on everything!  
First I washed the truck with ONR wash n wax - that itself is amazing.  I used a 5-gallon bucket with ONR, a Grit Guard insert, and about 2 gallons of water with some microfiber cloths...


once you've tried ONR, you'll never go back!
After everything is washed and dried - it's time for the TopCoat...  honestly I wasn't expecting much, reviews say it streaked, etc...  so I started one panel at a time.



My Forscan favorite tweaks to the 2017 Ford Raptor

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From my previous blog about Forscan it's a free tool that lets you monitor, modify the computers in your vehicle.  The 2017 Ford Raptor is able to take advantage of this tool as well!


Please do some research. After doing that - you'll need the following setup to repeat what I've done with my truck:

Windows Laptop with Bluetoothhttp://www.forscan.org/ software, and follow the process from my previous blog.A modern OBDII device, I chose the ScanTool 426101 OBDLink MX Bluetooth - yes it's pricey, but it's seriously one of the best devices as you can leave it installed and it has auto power on/off.


The Forscan tutorial is continually updated, I highly suggest reading through it since it will simplify your understanding for your vehicle and what risks/benefits you'll find.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-8dKaS_Spu4Zw4hV_CrKC4tLoP9G8yejqegF1wxIqxY/edit 
There are tweaks for multiple vehicles, but for the Raptor you'll want to use the F-150 Forscan spreadsheet...…

SPD Exhaust Adapters for the 3.5L Ecoboost F-150 Ford Raptor

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Engines are air-pumps - plainly said, more air in = more air out.  In general, if you can move more air/fuel - you make more power...

This is why SPD Performance created these SPD Exhaust Adapters - see below...




So you wonder - what the heck is this?
If you see below, the SPD adapter is on the left and the OEM adapter is on the right... These larger adapters will maximize flow, greatly reduce exhaust back-pressure and help to lower Exhaust Gas Temperatures (EGTs). 
The outlet is 2.3125" ID compared to the stock outlet which is 2.0625" ID. This is a 25% increase in area for the exhaust to leave the turbo...

You'll need a stud puller - well worth the $20 to save your knuckles!

The guys at the garage had all the right tools to install these puppies... thank God!

They seem to be doing the job - the exhaust sounds a little deeper too!



F-150 Ford Raptor VTA (Vent to Air) MOD - so simple!

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OK - gosh I feel like I should be 17 again...  you know, that cool WHOOSH sound that a turbo car makes, well dammit - mine can do it too! LOL

There's a simple VTA (Vent to Air) MOD that takes the hose off the blowoff/bypass valve that vents the excess turbo pressure and you plug the return hose - instant PSSSHHH!

First - buy a really nice billet plug http://www.stage3motorsports.com/S3M-VTAMOD-2013-2014-F150-3-5L-EcoBoost-S3M-VTA-MOD-Plug.html - I got mine used for $20 shipped.

Some guys use this (honestly you can!)



Simply remove the plate under the front driver skid plate, you know - the one you take off to change the oil filter... 6 bolts, super easy.  You reach up and simply untwist the hose connecting to the BOV off the intercooler.  You can see the hose disconnected below.

Next, you take your fancy plug and stick it in the hose you just removed.

Now, just so I can be cool - I ziptied the hose to the BOV so it won't be jangling around by the fans
And here's the sound r…

My visit to Whipple Supercharger in Fresno

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I setup a fantastic Group Buy for the Whipple Stage 1 Kit online - we hoped to get at least 10 guys in to get the discount, little did I know that 42 people signed up in 2 days!!  If you know Whipple Superchargers then you understand why they're so good!  They've been around for decades and are most popularly know for their twin-screw superchargers.

Well, the 2017 Ford Raptor - is a twin-turbo V6, so why the heck would Whipple mess with a turbo car?  It's a totally different forced induction running from exhaust gases versus compressing incoming ambient air like a supercharger does... well, it's because Whipple has had a masterful relationship with Ford and they work together to build an amazing ECU tune for this truck!

The kit comes with a new Cold Air Intake (CAI), a bigger intercooler (which is critical in keeping temps lower), and of course the masterful computer retune.  I visited the Whipple home site in Fresno, CA and dropped it off for the upgrades.

Naturally t…

who wants a do it all boom box with a Ford logo?

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This is so retro cool - who wants to buy me one?

it's badass!
8-inch woofer, 3-inch tweeter, and 100-watt peak power amplifier pumps up the volume - great for outdoor adventure!IPX4 water-resistant - okay to leave in the rain"All-terrain tire" rubber-treaded body and 75-hour rechargeable battery for uninterrupted fun from a durable speakerTelescoping handle, wheels, and two side carrying handles give you all you need for portabilityIncludes 12V input jacks and cable to keep your speaker working while you're on the go

Installation of the Ford Raptor Lights Kit - you can do it!

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From a previous post, I jumped on the Black Friday deal at http://fordraptorlights.com and had a custom setup delivered.  https://2017-ford-raptor.blogspot.com/2017/11/gonna-lite-up-nite-with.html
When the kit arrived, I was super excited.
I've never owned a truck, and I've never wired up lights before - but the new Ford Raptor makes it REALLY easy with the AUX switches that are built into the ceiling console.  For some, this is a trivial install - but it's fun to try something NEW!   Here's the process and steps I took to install...
Custom Triple Bezel Kit Full With Wire Harness Brackets  KC HiLiTES Flex Lights and all hardware × 1 KC HiLiTES FLEX amber covers × 1 BAJA SQUADRON SPORT DRIVING COMBO PAIR BAJA SQUADRON PRO SPOT PAIR

Unboxed everything, all in great shape!  Seriously good quality in this build - the frames are SOLID and each piece fits together perfectly!
Here's a closer look at one of the frames with the KC HiLites 10W LED and amber cover.
 One of the amb…