All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Honing the Blade – 2016+ Polaris RZR XP Turbo Performance Intercooler R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review and Design Plans  

Much like the sharpened blade that it takes its name from, Polaris’s RZR is a purpose-built tool designed specifically for making precise cuts through the rugged wilderness. The 925cc torquey twin paired with forced induction, knobby tires, and long-travel suspension, all placed neatly in a fun-sized chassis makes this side-by-side the ideal specialty tool for off-the-grid excursions. Much like an actual razor, though, this machine needs constant honing to retain its sharp performance, and in this case, our whetstone is the intercooler.

The OEM intercooler is one aspect of this rugged rig that can dull … Continue Reading ››

Low Road – 2021+ Ford Bronco 2.3L/2.7L Performance Stock Location Intercooler R&D, Part 5 – 2.7L Dyno Results

For any community, the wants and needs of the enthusiast essentially boil down to style and speed. These Broncos already roll off the assembly line looking the part, but, let's face it, we all want that extra grunt under the hood, no matter the reason. These Off-roaders weren't exactly designed for speed, but some extra ponies added to the pack only make the Bronco more capable when the trail gets treacherous. One of the best stepping stones on the quest for additional power out of your rig comes from an intercooler upgrade. While the 2.7L powered Broncos are … Continue Reading ››

Functionally Wild – 2021+ Ford Bronco 2.7L Performance Intercooler Piping R&D, Part 2 – Prototyping

Plotting courses is a significant part of a life off-road. While these Broncos are designed to take on any spontaneous adventure and leave the asphalt behind, knowing your path home is a vital part of any journey, no matter what vehicle you’re piloting. Like mapping these off-road excursions, the quest of packing more ponies into the 2.7L EcoBoost is a long and sometimes complex. Upgrading the intercooler piping is one of the vital legs of the journey, but Ford’s layout can leave some aimlessly wandering this part of the wilderness. Not us, though. In our Continue Reading ››

High Horse – Ford Bronco Borne Off-Road Snorkel R&D, Part 2 – Prototype

We’ve all heard it before – Failing to plan is planning to fail. It’s an old adage, but it still rings true, especially regarding your off-roading adventures. Nothing makes you feel quite as stranded on the trail like forgetting a crucial part of your recovery gear or vital tools from your kit. Having a plan in place is great in theory, but it still needs to be implemented. Making checklists of the gear that needs to be piled into your rig and shakedown runs is ideal for keeping you and your Bronco from being stranded. When it comes … Continue Reading ››

Wild Breath – 2021+ Ford Bronco 2.7L Performance Air Intake, Part 8 – 2.7L Testing Results

Navigating the engine bay of the 2.7L powered Bronco was quite an arduous journey. The maze of hardlines, pipes, and fluid hoses added a degree of difficulty to our journey, but we were still able to find the hidden treasure buried under the dense labyrinth of stock components – more power. The success of this expedition was explicitly tied to our fresh new intake design that’s now found a home in the 2.7L EcoBoost jungle and is contributing to its thriving ecosystem.

To find out just how much this kit is contributing, we started on … Continue Reading ››