Under the hood, at the passenger’s side front of the engine bay, locate the intercooler outlet pipe where it connects to the engine brake (looks like a throttle body, see the circled area on the picture above) on the intake elbow. Use an 11mm, deep well socket to loosen the clamps at this connection and also where this pipe connects to the intercooler in front of the radiator. Carefully remove the outlet pipe and the associated clamps and set them aside.
Boost line installation:
Note: At the time of this writing we are unaware of a boost source location on this truck that does not require drilling and tapping the intake elbow. The procedure detailed below discusses the methods required to drill and tap the intake elbow. If you do not feel comfortable with performing this work after reading the information below, please consult a qualified mechanic.
So you’ve got a 2008 Ford Super Duty Diesel and you want to unleash some of that hidden performance locked in your truck, but also want to have a way to monitor that brand new engine to make sure you know what’s going on under the hood? This tech article will show you how to install the critical gauges needed to keep tabs on your modified diesel.
We realize that there is some duplication of instrumentation involved with this install as the new Ford Trucks carry factory Boost and Trans Temperature gauges in the factory instrument cluster. It is our experience that these gauges react slowly and provide insufficient information for the needs of modified trucks. Follow along as our Tech Department shows you where and how to install Boost, Pyrometer, and Transmission Temperature gauges on your truck.
Tip: These trucks build 40psi of boost from the factory. For most applications, we recommend using a 0-60psi Boost gauge for this installation. For the really hardcore folks, we now offer 0-100psi boost gauges in several series as well.
Use a marker and mark the location of where you are going to drill and tap before any further disassembly to ensure proper clearance of all components. Pay special attention to the electrical connector located on the engine brake and make sure that you have proper clearance between the Boost Line connection point and the connector allowing the connector to be removed. Disconnect the electrical connector off of the engine brake.
Blow out any leftover shavings with compressed air, and clean surfaces thoroughly to be certain that no metal pieces are sent into the intake assembly.
Re-install the housing.
TIP: It helps to install the lower mounting screw into the engine brake, then carefully hold the engine brake in its location and thread in the screw with the long T30 torx. Then thread in the other two, and gently tighten all of them.
Re-install the electrical connector, then the intercooler pipe and clamps. Be certain to properly locate and torque the intercooler pipe clamps. Failure to do so can result in the outlet pipe “popping off” under high boost conditions. Do not over-tighten on the intercooler itself as the connector piece is plastic.
Transmission Temperature Installation:
Look at the drivers’ side of the transmission, just above the pan. You will see a threaded in pipe plug. Remove this pipe plug.
If using a short sweep electric gauge, We suggest that you use a model #2259 sender instead of the sender that came with the gauge, as the port may be very shallow. If using a full sweep, electric gauge, then carefully measure the depth of the port prior to installing the sender to make sure that the sender does not bottom out and break inside of the transmission.
If the port is too shallow for the full sweep sender, then you may need to use a short 1/8” NPT extension.
TIP: If you are unsure of the difference between short sweep and full sweep, the short sweep electric uses a single wire, threaded terminal sender and the full sweep electric uses a 2-wire, plug in connector type of sender.
A mechanical trans temp gauge with a capillary tube will not fit into this port. Modification to the pan for a mechanical gauge would be necessary.
Use a 5/16” drill bit and a 1/8” NPT pipe tap. We drilled 1-1/2 inches from the flange at the rear of the manifold. Due to the shallow depth of the manifold from top to bottom, it is necessary to drill and tap at a slight angle when using a “fixed depth” probe which is common to most of our pyrometer kits. Please see the photos for an idea of the location and angle for this.
Use a center punch and a 5/16” drill bit to drill straight through the marked location. Follow through with a 1/8” NPT pipe tap. Install the male 1/8” NPT boost fitting.
Use a T30 torx to remove the three screws that retain the engine brake. For the lower screw, you will need a long shank T30, as the socket style is too fat to fit far enough in to reach the screw.
Install the supplied probe fitting and the probe.
From under the vehicle, look up at the drivers’ bank exhaust manifold and mark the location where you are going to drill.
Lighting for gauges:
Remove the vertical trim panel on the driver’s side of the dashboard containing the light and dimmer switch assembly by carefully pulling straight back to release the retaining clips. The purple wire with a gray stripe on the corner of the headlight switch connector proves to be a good dimming lighting source for the gauges.
If you are using LED lit gauges (such as our Next Generation Instruments) and if “flickering” is noticed during dimming, you may then need to use a model #9114 dimmer module to the park light circuit instead and use the #9114 dimmer to control the brightness of the LED gauges.
Finish installation as per instructions provided with the products being installed.
Pillar pods are molded in Black Revotech plastic from the factory. We employed a body shop to paint the pillar mount shown in this picture to match the factory interior colors of this truck.