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Old 09-12-2013, 06:40 PM   #309
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Anyone with experience towing is welcome to explain/advise. :-) In the mean time, I'm trying to read through Ford information and website definitions etc. so I don't torch the 2.0 EcoBoost and make it an EcoBust. LOL

read your owners manual, all the truth is in there.
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:01 PM   #310
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OK, I am not the only odd person in my family. My brother is putting an Ecoboost from an F150 into a Ford LCF. This stands for Low Cab Forward. It is basically a small cab over design that they only made a few years. He is having a difficult time of it. He originally got the engine, instrument cluster, and harness, but it turns out that is not enough. There are quite a few electronic modules that he needs as well. One is the body control module. I had a difficult time trying to figure out what that would do. I was quite surprised to hear that this is basically the network switch, and power supply for the high, and medium speed networks. It is actually the steering column that he needs. Specifically the key. Wont run without it.

He is struggling to get through the 7000+ pages of the manual. Two Fridays ago, around the camp fire, he read me the part that describes the optional trailer brake controller. It uses the yawl sensor, and the steering wheel sensor to determine if the trailer is swaying, then it automatically applies just the trailer brakes. Wow. I think that in a few years, (maybe 5) I will have to get an Escape with the Ecoboost and the towing package, and optional trailer brake control.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:41 AM   #311
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He is struggling to get through the 7000+ pages of the manual.
Unfortunately there have been 526 design changes since the manual was printed

Only one guy knows them all.

He now works for GM.
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He was on about page 5500 when he found the trailer brake control details.
He wont be using this, because there is a different configuration that has to be uploaded for each vehicle, (different physics) and they don't have a LCF configuration.
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I couldn't begin to imagine swapping a modern engine into anything else. Heck, BMW has a hard time swapping a new engine into a new BMW!

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I think the point of this engine-swapping discussion is important: the systems of a modern vehicle are complex and highly integrated, so it pays to buy it correctly configured rather than expecting to upgrade it later.

David, I admire your brother's efforts, but if he wants a commercial truck with the 3.5 L EcoBoost maybe he should just wait for the Transit. The LCF truck normally known as the Ford Cargo (cleverly branded "LCF" here) was originally a Ford UK design (as is the Transit); I'm not surprised that compatibility with the EcoBoost is poor.
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