Review & Install Video
The Roush R2300 Phase 2 Kit will be for the '11 to '14 5-liter truck owners out there who are looking for massive power gains over a stock or naturally aspirated setup and would like to go with an all-inclusive turnkey kit from one of the leaders in aftermarket Ford tuning. In fact, Roush does advertise this kit as 570 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque at the crank after everything is installed. Now, prospective buyers will be able to take advantage of Roush's optional 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty when using their included calibration, which is a nice little piece of mind for those of you who do value a warranty.
Now, of course, adding this much power to your truck doesn't exactly come cheap as you're gonna be looking at right around 7000 bucks for the Phase 2 Kit we have here. The install is certainly gonna test any of my weekend wrenchers out there, so I'm gonna go full three out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter with a little bit more detail later in the video.
But what do you say we dive headfirst into the power gains you might be able to expect when bolting up the Roush Phase 2 TVS Kit to your Coyote-powered truck. Now, we've already got our baseline run out of the way using a 2012 5-liter truck. We then installed the kit, reran the truck, and here are those results.
Baseline run using our 5-liter F-150 gave us 310 horsepower and 328 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. With the blower installed, the truck is now making 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. That's good for a peak gain of 190 horsepower over our baseline numbers and gain of as much of 154 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque under the curve. Now, obviously, there's gonna be a ton of factors at play here when talking about dyno numbers, guys. Tunes will be different, your bolt-ons might be a little different, and, ultimately, the dyno and conditions will change your final numbers as well. However, this is just to give you a better idea of what to expect when bolting up the TVS kit to your own truck.
Let's break down this kit a little bit further, and without a doubt the star of the Roush Phase 2 Kit is the Eaton TVS2300 rotor pack which is located in this housing here, and it is gonna be the next generation or step up, if you will, from the older style M122 blower from Eaton, which was found on things like the old SBT Lightning, for instance. Now, the TVS or Twin Vortices Series here is an extremely popular design that utilizes twin four-rotor lobe packs that are twisted 160 total degrees, which just does create a more efficient flow of the older style blowers and is basically just able to make more power at lower boost levels.
Now, that rotor pack is then loaded into the rotor housing here which on the surface might look pretty familiar, especially if you're kinda up to speed on these blowers, and that's for a good reason. Now, that's because Roush, Ford Performance, and even BMP often utilize a very similar housing design, but with a big difference between the Roush and BMP option. The Roush here is going to utilize a separate elbow, which is not pictured on the table here. It is a divided elbow. Now, the BMP, on the other hand, is going to incorporate the elbow into the actual housing here, which they claim is gonna be a little bit better from a flow perspective, and it can be utilized with bigger aftermarket throttle bodies. But, as you guys saw with our dyno numbers, the Roush design certainly has no problem making power.
So what are gonna be some of your big benefits when choosing the Roush blower or a TVS blower in general? Well, in my opinion, there are a few biggies to talk about. The first of which is going to be this instantaneous power along with a nice fat torque curve. Now, the power delivery is going to be very linear and very predictable making them a great choice for just about any type of driving style out there, and it is gonna be a little bit different from those turbos or centrifugal superchargers which tend to suffer from a little bit of lag. Another nice thing about going with a TVS-style blower like this is the relatively simple layout overall making for a slightly easier install at least in my humble opinion. Now, the turbo, you have to alter the exhaust manifold along with intercooler piping, run oil lines, change the exhaust along with just a host of other modifications. Not really the case here with the Roush TVS blower. You're simply gonna be replacing your intake manifold on top of the motor, meaning you're really not gonna have to change the exhaust or plumb intercooler piping, things like that.
Now, sure, guys, of course, there is going to be some modification needed as I'll discuss in a second, but far or less in installing or building a turbo kit. But, as I pointed out earlier here, gang, this is certainly an all-inclusive turnkey kit, and while I don't have everything on the table with me here, because there is a lot included, I can run down some of the big things you can expect when opening the box for the very first time. Now, in addition to the TVS rotor pack here, you are gonna be receiving the lower unit as well, which is actually your air-to-water intercooler portion of the blower. Now, working to help cool the intercooler will be the included heat exchanger as well. Just a heads-up here, guys, this thing does not include any external or additional fans, but that is something you can add if you are interested. Roush also includes their twin 60-millimeter throttle body and matching spacer with their kit, which is fed by their 100-millimeter mass airflow tube and cold air intake system along with the corresponding airbox. Now, I'll be the first to admit, guys, the cold air intake certainly isn't the biggest on the market, but the design is definitely on point and will deliver a nice smooth mass airflow signal, which is something your tuner will appreciate if you do go the custom tuning route.
And, with that said, this seems like a great time to mention the tuning options with this kit, because, again, you do have some options here. Now, this kit does include the Roush calibration, which is backed by their 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty. The calibration, however, would need to be flashed by your local Ford dealer using the specific RDT Roush software. Now, guys, again, I will be the first to tell you the Roush calibration is going to be a little bit more conservative, and some people might argue correctly that you're gonna leave some power on the table. However, some people might value a conservative tune along with a corresponding warranty a little bit more than extra horsepower. On the other hand, you can certainly check out one of many different custom tuning options out there, but keep in mind, guys, this will add to the final price, because you will have to factor in the tune itself along with the necessary device, and you will not be able to retain that Roush warranty if you do go this route. Now, ultimately, again, there are a ton of options out there if you did wanna check out some custom tuning. For instance, I have a Roush TVS on my '14 GT at home. I went with BMP for their tuning expertise, and I've had absolutely no complaints, but, again, that is up to you guys at the end of the day.
Getting back to the Phase 2 Kit, we talked about the TVS rotor pack, we've talked a little bit more about the intercooler setup here, your intake in the tune, but now let's talk fueling. The Phase 2 Kit doesn't include 47-pound injectors in addition to a unique set of high-flow fuel rails. Now, some tuners might try to recommend a larger injector along with checking out a fuel pump booster, better known as a booster pump, but this does depend on your power goals or if you go custom tune altogether, but, again, this is all just an added cost you would have to factor in if you did wanna gun for bigger power.
Finally, gang, Roush does include a 75-millimeter pulley with the Phase 2 F-150 Kit, which depending on your modifications will put you right between 9 or 10 pounds of boost with your particular setup. Now, a nice thing about the TVS blowers is that pulley swaps literally take a matter of minutes, don't require any crazy tools or pullers. Now, rounding out the kit, you're gonna find a number of different poses, all of your wiring, new colder spark plug, brackets, and a new reservoir for your heat exchanger, and just a number of other things to make this a 100% complete and turnkey option. And if I can quickly just throw in my own two cents here, again, I have a Roush blower on my 2014 GT at home, and just the level of ingenuity and thought that goes into this kit really is apparent the moment you go to install it for the first time, and then once it is installed, it just looks right at home in the engine bay, it does look like an OEM part.
Let's switch gears and talk about the installation briefly, and as I pointed out at the very top of this video, you're gonna be looking at a full three out of three wrenches on the overall scale of difficulty, anywhere from a day at least to a weekend in the shop or garage to get knocked out depending on your mechanical expertise. And speaking of expertise, guys, this isn't necessarily something I'd recommend to my first-time wrenchers out there as there are a lot of steps involved, and it can be a little in-depth and tricky, so you might wanna take this one to your local speed shop instead. On the other hand, if you plan on getting down and dirty with the Roush install, here's a couple of big steps to expect. Make sure you have a large set of tools on hand before getting started along with the necessary installation instructions either printed out or pulled up on your laptop ready to go. Again, Roush does have a very detailed write-up that you can reference or print online.
Now, your first set of steps here basically, guys, is going to be disassembly. This includes disassembling the front end of your truck slightly along with removing that intake manifold. Now, once your disassembly is complete, you will need to modify the front engine cover. Now, this process can be a little different depending on your year, but, basically, the idea is you're gonna need to grind off some material using a grinder or a cut-off wheel in order to make room for the blower and the belt itself. Now, something to keep in mind here also, guys, is that 2014 trucks will require a different FIAD system, which is available on the product page.
Now, once that front engine cover has been modified, you can get to work installing the actual supercharger along with some other steps as well. This includes your fuel rail setup and the throttle body itself. You're also gonna be tackling the vacuum lines at this point along with most of your electrical connections. At this point, you can move to the front of the truck and get ready to install the heat exchanger along with all of the corresponding water lines. Now, depending on the year of your truck, your front bumper cover might require a little bit of trimming, but, again, just reference those detailed instructions. With the heat exchanger installed and plumbed, it's time to move on to the belt assembly. Now, there are a few different brackets and idler pulleys that will need to be installed first before you can actually get to the belt itself. Roush does include the belt routing diagram in the instructions to help you out along the way.
With the belt in place, it's time to finish up the little stuff, like checking the rest of your electrical connections, regapping the plugs if necessary according to the Roush instructions, and then move on to the cooling system making sure it's filled and primed before your first startup. At this point, you'll need to figure out the tune situation as well. If you have a custom tune, well, then just simply load that thing up, and you're good to go. However, if you are using the Roush calibration, go ahead and get it flashed by your local dealer. After all of this, start the truck up, check for any leaks, and your installation is complete. Now, keep in mind here, guys, this is a very basic and very general walk-through of the installation. It is a lot of steps, so just make sure if you are gonna tackle this one on your own you're prepared for a lengthy install.
Wrapping this one up here, guys, as a proud owner of the Roush blower myself, I can tell you that the Phase 2 Kit is going to be an awesome way to totally transform your 5-liter-powered F-150, and you can look into a kit right here at americantrucks.com