SEMA 2008 Preview: Turbonetics Ford F-150


Turbonetics has manufactured turbochargers and related forced-induction performance products for gas and diesel engines for almost 30 years. Now, it’s applying its expertise to a 2009 Ford F-150 for this year's SEMA show.

Tyler Tanaka, marketing manager for Turbonetics, said the company will add a Turbonetics ceramic ball-bearing turbo to the F-150's 5.4-liter V-8. Tanaka conservatively estimates the turbo (pictured below) will add more than 100 horsepower to the 320-hp engine. To keep things cool, the company will also add a Spearco intercooler mounted in a custom front air dam below the front bumper.

Turbonetics will match the turbo's power with street-tough looks, courtesy of a lowering kit from Suspension Max, L&G Enterprises custom body and paint work, Alsa Paint Products custom paint and stripes, and a Street Scene body kit.

For pavement grip, GAC will supply custom 24x9.5-inch wheels wearing Yokohama Prada Spec-X P295/35R25 rubber. Baer six-piston 6S MonoBlock big brakes will ensure the truck stops as quickly as it accelerates.

Inside, the whistle of the turbo will be drowned out by a Rockford Fosgate sound system wired up by Scoshe Industries. Custom carbon fiber and suede will drape the instrument panel, doors and seats.


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