Ford Edge Tuning

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The edge is a crossover SUV and sold in the North American region, and shares many parts and platform features with the Ford Fusion.

It was launched in 2006 and became quite a popular and important model for Ford in the crossover SUV class.

The Edge is a brilliant project car to play with. If you do your research then you can create an awesome Edge but don't be fooled there are lots of high performance modifications out there that will simply not suit it read our unbiased guides first.

The Ford Edge are popular tuning projects and with carefully chosen sports modifications like remaps, turbo kits and camshafts you will certainly maximize your driving fun.

Here we look into Edge tuning and show the best modifications.

Tuning tips and articles

Engine tuning Transmission tuning Care care Intake & exhaust mods Improve handling Forums

See our video which provides a complete introduction to Ford Tuning, it contains some tips on performance and handling modifications.

Handling/Suspension upgrades

Handling modifications are a good place to start for the Edge.

Fully adjustable suspension allows you to fine tune the handling of you Edge greatly improving your drive.

We would go to a maximum drop of 24mm - 42 mm. on most models. You could risk compromizing the handling.

We have heard good things about Eibach and H&R. These brands offer lowering springs that maintain ride comfort while improving dynamics. Coilovers from KW or Bilstein provide adjustable options for those looking for a more custom setup.

Putting meatier brake discs and better high friction brake pads should make for greatly improved stopping. (That is they will brake effectively over longer periods during heavy use than stock brakes would, but note that tire grip has more of a bearing on the cars ability to stop).

Bear in mind that motorsport pads can be noisier and will have to be hot before they start to work.

In every day driving the brakes are only used rarely, therefore won't be all that effective so select pads which have a low working temperature.

Top end power should be your overall aim on the Edge with a nice fat peak torque band.

With our hints your Edge can make some decent track times and still be a reliable daily driver.

The best power gains come from larger engine sizes. The more you start with the bigger the return on investment so engine swaps are good value mods for small engined cars.

Power mods.

These are the uprated modifications are usually fitted by our members, decide how far you want to go before you get started.

First Gen U387 2007-14

  • 3.5L Duratec 35 V6 (Engine Code: 3.5L V6)
    • Power Range: Approximately 265 hp
    • Notable for its introduction as the standard engine in the first generation, offering a balance of power and efficiency.
  • 3.7L Duratec 37 V6 (Engine Code: 3.7L V6)
    • Power Range: Approximately 305 hp
    • Initially reserved for the Edge Sport model, providing enhanced performance.
  • 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 (Engine Code: 2.0L EcoBoost)
    • Power Range: 240 hp to 250 hp
    • Introduced as a turbocharged option offering a mix of efficiency and power, probably the most tunable of the engines if you are on a budget.

3,496 cc (213.3 cu in) 3.5 Duratec V6

  • 265 bhp (198 kW) @6,250 250lbft (339Nm) @4,500 2007-2010
  • 285 bhp (213 kW) @6,500 253lbft (343Nm) @4,000 2011-2014

3,721 cc (227.1 cu in) 3.7 Duratec V6

  • 305 bhp (227 kW) @6,250 280lbft (380Nm) @4,500 2011-2014

1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) Ecoboost 

  • 240 bhp (180 kW) @5,500 270lbft (366Nm) @1,750–4,500 rpm 2011-2014

Second gen 2015-

  • 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 (Engine Code: 2.0L EcoBoost)
    • Power Range: 245 hp to 250 hp
    • Introduced as a turbocharged option offering a mix of efficiency and power, with updates over the years.
  • 2.7L EcoBoost V6 (Engine Code: 2.7L EcoBoost)
    • Power Range: 315 hp to 335 hp
    • Available in the Edge Sport and later the ST model, this engine delivers significant performance.
  • 3.5L Duratec 35 V6 (Engine Code: 3.5L V6)
    • Power Range: Approximately 280 hp
    • Continued from the first generation, offering a naturally aspirated option for those seeking a traditional V6 experience.

Ecoboost I4

  • 245 bhp (183 kW) @5,500 rpm 275lbft (373Nm) @3,000 rpm 2015–

3,496 cc (213.3 cu in) Duratec 35 V6

  • 280 bhp (210 kW) @6,500 rpm 250lbft (339Nm) @4,000 rpm 2015-2018

2,720 cc (166 cu in) 2.7 Ecoboost  V6

  • 315 bhp (235 kW) @4,750 rpm 350lbft (475Nm) @2,750 rpm 2015-2018
  • 335 bhp (250 kW) @5,550 rpm 380lbft (515Nm) @3,250 rpm 2019–

2.0 L (120 cu in) TDCI I4 (Europe)

  • 180 bhp (130 kW) @3,500 rpm 295lbft (400Nm) @2,000-2,750 rpm 2016-2018

2.0 L (120 cu in) TDCI I4 (Europe)

  • 210 bhp (160 kW) @3,000-4,500 rpm 332lbft (450Nm) @2,000 rpm 2016-2018

2.0 L (120 cu in) EcoBlue I4 (Europe)

  • 190 bhp (140 kW) @3,500 rpm 295lbft (400Nm) @2,000 rpm 2018–

2.0 L (120 cu in) EcoBlue I4 (Australia)

  • 190 bhp (140 kW) @3,500 rpm 295lbft (400Nm) @2,000 rpm 2018–

2.0 L (120 cu in) EcoBlue I4 (Europe)

  • 238 bhp (177 kW) @3,750 rpm 369lbft (500Nm) @2,000 rpm 2018–

Getting the correct grade of modifications for your planned usage of the car is vital. Stage 3 motor sport mods just won't work well on the road and will make the car undrivable.

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Best mods for your Edge

  1. Intake and Sports Exhausts - NB: on their own these mods will NOT ADD HP , but they permit you to release power after other modifications by freeing up a restriction.
  2. Upgrades to turbochargers and superchargers - A New Turbo is the most significant way to raise the intake air supply, which permits you to combust more fuel and make power gains. It is one of the most expensive modifications it does provide the largest gains.
  3. Low mass flywheel - a lighter flywheel will significantly improve the engines free revving nature. In some cases flywheel lightening is not beneficial for all Edge engines.
  4. Brake Upgrades - Improve your Edge's stopping power ought to be near the top of your Mods list.
  5. Flowing and porting the engine head - for larger gains, you will get better flow and make a more efficient engine if you do this to support your other mods.
  6. Engine Tunes - A tune/remap provides the biggest gains in terms of your investment, replacement ECUs, and Tuning boxes are all alternatives.
  7. Edge Suspension - Replacing worn bushings and shocks greatly enhances your Edge road holding and cornering. Poly Bushes and Coilovers are typically fitted to achieve this

Edge Tuning Stages

Typical stage 1 mods often include: Suspension upgrade (drop 24mm - 42 mm.), Panel air filter, Engine Tunes/Remapping, Alloy wheels, Sports exhaust, Lighter flywheel.

Typical stage 2 mods often include: Ported and polished head, high flow fuel injector, Fast road cam, fuel pump upgrades, throttle bodies, Power/Sport clutch.

Typical stage 3 mods often include: Adding or upgrading forced induction (turbo/supercharger), Engine balancing, Competition cam, Sports gearbox, Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves).

Peak power is good on competition cars but for a daily driven car you need a wide power band and perhaps extending the rev range.

The whole point of our pointers is to give a little insight into the world of tuning performance parts and point you in the right direction, our forum is best place to go if you need more detailed advice and tips on your car tuning project, the best uprated mods and all aspects of modding cars.

Ideally you'd add other mods and finish up with a remap. TorqueCars would caution you not to go with a motor sports profile cam as this affects the engines idling and general town driving characteristics.

Engine Tunes / Remapping

For the Ford Edge, ECU (Engine Control Unit) tuning options can significantly vary depending on the model year and engine type. ECU tuning involves adjusting the software parameters that control the engine's operation, such as fuel delivery, ignition timing, and boost pressure (in turbocharged models), to improve performance, fuel efficiency, and sometimes even both. Here are some general options for ECU tuning available to Ford Edge owners, keeping in mind that availability may depend on the specific Edge model and engine:

Handheld Tuners and Flash Devices

  • SCT Performance: SCT offers handheld tuners that are popular among Ford owners. These devices can preload performance tunes, adjust factory settings for specific upgrades (like cold air intakes or different tire sizes), and even read and clear trouble codes.
  • COBB Tuning: Although more known in the Subaru and VW communities, COBB does offer tuning solutions for Ford vehicles, focusing on turbocharged models which might include certain Edge variants.
  • Custom mail-order tunes - tailored to your vehicle's modifications and use case, whether it be for more power, better towing capability, or improved fuel economy.

Performance Chips and Modules

  • Tuning / Piggyback Devices  These performance modules that interface with the vehicle's ECU to adjust timing, fuel delivery, and air/fuel ratio for better performance. These are typically plug-and-play devices that can be easily installed and removed but won't offer the same gains as a bespoke engine tune, especially if done on a rolling road.

Smartphone Apps and Bluetooth Devices

  • Throttle Boosters: While not a direct ECU tune, a booster offers a device that connects to your Edge's Drive BY Wire throttle pedal to reduce throttle response time, making the vehicle feel quicker without altering engine parameters.

When pushing up the power you will need to pay attention to the fuelling. More power needs more fuel.

Using higher octane fuel is another option if you find you are suffering from pinking or premature ignition on your Ford project after fitting other parts. Increasing the injectors is another beneficial modification and will deliver sufficient fuel.

Uprate the fuel pump to cope with the extra fuel requirements of your tuned Edge's uprated injectors.

Intake and Exhaust Tuning.

Now we move on to the intake and exhaust and ensure proper flow through the engine on your Edge.

Please note that WE DO NOT FIND IMPROVEMENTS WITH INDUCTION KITS, unless you have tuned your car massively and are finding that the standard air intake has become limited.

Cold Air Intake Systems:

Induction kits and cold air intakes  improves airflow to the engine, potentially increasing power and efficiency primarily by removing a restriction.

  • K&N, aFe Power, Green Cotton, Pipercross & AEM. These brands are well-regarded for their quality and the noticeable improvement in throttle response and engine sound.

Panel Filter Upgrades

Derestricting the airflow into the engine is the primary part of car tuners so get a freer flowing panel air filter if you find that the car is running lean only if you find the car is running lean. Induction kits can sound sporty but due to the warm air in the engine bay they will not really increase power and often rob you of power on most cars.

Throttle Body Mods

Individual Throttle Bodies (ITBs) represent a high-performance upgrade primarily found in racing and high-end sports cars, though increasingly popular among tuning enthusiasts for their significant impact on engine performance.

Unlike a single throttle body that regulates air intake for the entire engine, ITBs provide a dedicated throttle body for each cylinder, allowing for more precise control and significantly improved air flow.

This setup reduces the distance air needs to travel to each cylinder, drastically improving throttle response and potentially increasing power by ensuring a more direct and efficient air charge to each cylinder.

Additionally, ITBs can contribute to a more linear power delivery and offer an unmistakable, aggressive induction roar that enhances the driving experience. Ideal for engines that are already optimized with other performance modifications,

Throttle bodies are a key component in the air intake system of a naturally aspirated vehicle, regulating the amount of air flowing into the engine. By controlling air flow, they play a crucial role in the engine's combustion process, which directly affects the vehicle's performance, efficiency, and overall driving experience.

A larger throttle body can increase the volume of air flowing into the engine. More air, combined with the appropriate amount of fuel, means more powerful combustion, leading to an increase in horsepower and torque.

Improved Throttle Response

Upgrading the throttle body can improve throttle response, making the vehicle feel more responsive to driver inputs.

Sports exhausts increase the flow of air through the engine. But if the exhaust is too large, ie: it's over 3.5 inches bore, you will lose much of the exhaust flow rate and end up lacking power and torque.

Head work including a gas flow and 3 or 5 angle valve job will really help to release the potential of the engine. When you start tuning your Edge you will often find that the standard clutch starts to fail so get an uprated clutch. The best mods that we recommend for your Edge are remaps, sports camshafts and induction improvements.

NA (naturally aspirated) engines do not achieve big power gains if you tune/remap them, unless you have done extensive modifications. With turbocharged engines this is another story. A tuned/remapped turbo will give phenomenal power gains and take full advantage of the strength of the block.

Despite the large cost involved adding forced induction to a NA (naturally aspirated) engine will give large power gains. Turbos are often harder to add than a supercharger. Turbos give boost in exponential proportion to rising engine speed and this can make mapping difficult.

Superchargers, however will give a boost which is proportional to engine speed so is simpler. To cope with forced induction you will usually need to decrease the engines compression ratio .

Alloy wheel upgrades.

As alloys are less heavy they improve performance and they will help to cool the brake disks. Don't forget that your choice of rubber greatly affects your cars grip and handling. It is not worth compromising performance with cheap tyres when you can buy directional tread pattern performance tires.It is worth noting that although they can look cool on the Edge big alloys will actually decrease your performance. The larger you go the lower your acceleration will be - this to the change in your effective final drive ratio.

With this in mind we would advise sticking to a maximum wheel size of 20 inches, although we know some of our members have with bigger wheels with no problems.

Wheel and tire sizes

  • SE (AWD), SE (FWD)SEL = 18-Inch 245-60-18
  • Titanium = 19 Inch 245-55-19
  • Sport,Titanium = 20 Inch 245-50-20
  • Sport = 21 Inch 265-40-21
  • Sport = 22 Inch 265-40-22

In our opinion the 21's and 22's ruin the handling and ride quality and we actually prefer the Edge to run on 19's or 20's. Le me know your thoughts on wheel sizes and you have got on with them.

If you would like to know more, or just get some friendly advice on Tuning your car please join us in our friendly forum where you can discuss Edge options in more detail with our Edge owners. It would also be worth reading our unbiased Ford tuning articles to get a full grasp of the benefits and drawbacks of each modification.

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