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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com. And today, we're taking a closer look at and installing the SEC10 Throttle Response Controller available for the 2015 and newer F-150. You should be checking this out if you're tired of your F-150 feeling a little bit sluggish off the line, especially if you have a lift kit and bigger wheels and tires. Sitting in our 2015 F-150, our fleet vehicle here, which does have a four-inch lift on it, and some really large 35-inch mud terrain tires. Those are the type of mods that can slow down your F-150, make it a little bit sluggish off the line, and decrease some of the throttle response and acceleration. Adding a SEC10 Throttle Response Controller can be a huge help and will be a huge help. There are several different modes that this thing has in order to reduce or even completely eliminate the delay between the time you hit the gas and the time your truck gets going, also known as the drive-by-wire delay. Now, with those different modes, you have sport, performance, track, eco, valet, and stock. So, about six different modes, one of which being stock of course. And what that basically is gonna do, the progression is going to reduce and reduce and even completely eliminate that delay. You can expect a small throttle response increase with sport mode, and the biggest throttle response increase with track mode. Basically, completely eliminating that delay. It's worth noting here that this is in no way, shape, or form adding horsepower or torque to your truck, it's just reducing and eliminating the time delay between hitting the pedal and getting going. You're really just gonna feel a huge increase in acceleration, your ECU is communicating faster, all because of this plugged right in to your pedal and to your new harness. Very, very simple install. It'll communicate right with ECU and make all the changes. And the cool thing is, it doesn't take up your OBD-II, you can still have a tuner or a gauge plugged into that OBD-II if you wanna use that in conjunction with this. So it works with your SET tuners, it works with any aftermarket tuner as long as you don't have anything else plugged in your OBD-II. With that said, basically this is gonna come in right around 225 bucks. I wanna take you guys through the entire installation, but before we do that, let's walk through some of the modes. I got my key here, throw it right in the ignition, and pop this on. This right here is a button. This is feeding right down to our throttle controller, and you just click this lightning bolt right here in the middle and it changes colors. No color lit means it is in stock mode. This is essentially making no changes at all, it's as if your F-150 is bone stock. Hit it once and it lights up green. Green is gonna indicate your sport mode. One more time, you get this orange color which indicates performance. Again, a deeper red indicating track mode. Once more, a darker blue indicating valet mode, which is basically going to render your throttle response actually a little bit less than what you would expect. What that basically means is, if you're handing your keys off the valet, you're handing it off to the kids, maybe you don't want them having insane throttle response at the pedal, this will actually slow things down, make it a little bit more tamed, which is good if you're handing the keys off to somebody you don't want having the full potential.One more time, you have a more turquoise or aqua color, this is indicating eco mode. Now, eco mode is gonna have a friendly combination between fuel economy and throttle response. This is basically gonna make sure that if you're cruising on the highway for a long time, if you're taking a road trip, going to work in the morning everyday, this is just gonna be a little more eco-friendly and help you save a couple of MPGs. And then click it again and it's off. It's really, really simple. It's worth noting here that sport, being green, and orange being performance, this is going to be the modes that most people would use on a daily basis. These are very street-friendly modes. Sport mode being a little bit less than performance, performance being a little bit better in terms of throttle response increase. But track mode here is strictly meant for off-road use. This is gonna completely eliminate that delay. So you just wanna make sure you're in the proper environment before you put it in track mode, because, trust me, it can make the world of difference. And honestly, you'd be pretty surprised at how effective it would be in track mode. So, just be careful driving on the street, if you do throw it in track mode, it is meant for off-road use. With all that in mind, guys, I wanna walk you through the install. It's extremely simple. One out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, it'll take you 15 minutes at the absolute most, and you don't really need any hand tools, so, what do you say we get started?Well, guys, for the install, step number one is to really just climb under our driver side dashboard. We're basically just gonna unplug the connector right above our throttle pedal or gas pedal. So, once you got that unplugged, we'll plug in one side of the connector to its stock location, then we'll plug the factory harness into the other piece of this harness from our SEC10 Controller. And then we'll really be able to tuck this away and run our button up to the dashboard within arm's reach. So, step number one, let's unplug. All right. Step number one is to go right up to our connector here with the red locking tab. Push straight up on that tab to release it, and you're basically gonna pinch and disconnect. Take the portion of the connector on the SEC10 that fits into that harness, and you're basically just gonna snap them in together. Just pinch those together, drop down that red locking tab, and you're good to go for that. Take the other side of the connector and plug it in to that factory location. Drop down the locking tab, and that's basically the install. Now, for the module here. This has four open holes, one on each corner here. If you'd like to screw it into place on the side panel or something, there's actually a pretty good gap back here, if you want, you can just tuck it in, and zip tying it would make it a little more secure and keep it from falling out. You just wanna make sure wherever you're securing it, it's not going to drop down in front of your gas pedal, that can be pretty dangerous. So, next, we're gonna take the remote harness and feed it up to our driver side. Now, what I like to do is actually feed it up under the dashboard and pull it out through the bottom of your steering shaft. Now, if you tilt your steering wheel all the way up, and just feed that harness right underneath, you'll actually be able to pull it straight through. We can secure it up close to the driver side. All right. Now, at this point, we have this wire pulled through. This is a perfect spot for it, I think. You can do it on either side. I like it here on the inside. Now, what you can do is either go straight across like this, you can bring it downward a little more so that it's facing upward. I particularly like it horizontally like this, so there isn't as much wire sticking down. Once you figure out where you wanna mount this, and really it can be anywhere, it's all personal preference, peel off the 3M tape. Make sure that you give it a good wipe down in the spot that you're securing it. Really just gonna push. There you go. Well, guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the SEC10 Throttle Response Controller for the '15 and newer F-150. If you wanna pick yours up, you can do so right here at americantruck.com.
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