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3.5 EcoBoost Engine Specs
|Bore x Stroke||3.92 in x 3.58 in (99.49 mm x 90.88 mm)|
|Displacement||345 cu in (5.654 cc)|
|Applications||Ford: F150, Flex, Explorer, Expedition, Taurus, Transit
Lincoln: MKS, MKT, Navigator
How We Find the Best Spark Plugs for 3.5 EcoBoost?We have no secrets. Finding the best plugs for a 3.5 EcoBoost is a fairly easy yet time-consuming process. You can do it on your own, but we’ve done it for you to save your time. Here are the steps of the research.
1. Find the OEM plugIt all starts from recommended plugs. For 3.5 EcoBoost is Motorcraft SP-534. From it, we see that the OEM plug is Motorcraft SP-534, so we are able to know its dimensions and specifications to find replacement plugs.
OEM Spark Plugs Specifications
|Thread||14 mm x 1.25 mm|
|Gap||.031″ (0.8 mm)|
2. Find cross reference spark plugsWe’ve collected a comprehensive spark plugs database, part of which was released to the public access as a spark plug cross reference tool. We filter the database by OEM characteristics to get the complete list of plugs that will fit.
3. We evaluate their featuresThe important parameters, besides must-have specifications, are:
- Electrode materials (longevity) Spark plug reliability and longevity depend on them. The best materials are platinum, iridium, and ruthenium (by reliability ascending)
- Ground electrode design (performance) It impacts performance and efficiency by how well ignited A/F mixture will spread. There is a great article from NGK on this topic.
- Price (value) Everything is relative, right? We evaluate how the spark plug’s price correlates with its features in comparing with other plugs. Another parameter we consider is miles per cent (longevity/price ratio).
Motorcraft SP-534 - OEM Spark Plugs for 3.5 Ecoboost
|Materials||Copper + Iridium|
Featuring copper center electrode and iridium ground one, their reliability is greater than copper+copper combo but lesser than double platinum or iridium ones.
Motorcraft iridium spark plugs for 3.5 EcoBoost aren’t made for performance. Their ground electrode has a standard square shape, which works fine but is not the most effective design in terms of performance.
Considering its price of around 7 bucks per plug and decent mileage, they are a good cost-effective solution for the 3.5 Ecoboost.
Bosch HR7NII332W - Best Spark Plug for 3.5 Ecoboost
|Electrode design||Taper cut|
This plug has both center and ground electrodes made of iridium. This makes the plug much more durable, resulting in an almost x2 mileage increase compared to OEM.
Instead of the square-shaped ground electrode, it features a taper cut design, meaning the 2 corners are cut creating fewer obstacles for fire to grow, improving the ignition, performance and efficiency.
It has better materials and improved efficiency in comparison to OEM. The good news is those upgrades don’t affect much a price: it costs only 50 cents more.
NGK LTR6BHX - Best Performance Spark Plug for 3.5 EcoBoost
|Materials||Platinum + Ruthenium|
|Electrode design||Projected square|
This plug features new material – ruthenium. It’s more durable than iridium, thus it increases the plug’s lifespan beyond 100k miles and decreases misfires. This is the best durability out there.
The projected square platinum electrode provides even better ignitability than the tapered cut electrode. NGK patented this design and recommends it for turbo and supercharged engines – a perfect fit for the EcoBoost engine. Those are the best 3.5 EcoBoost spark plug upgrade currently available on a market.
It’s the most expensive plug out there with almost twice the price of an OEM plug. Instead, it provides twice a lifespan and better performance, so the price difference is not a big thing, especially considering innovative electrode design and materials. However, it’s a newer plug and prices vary a lot since there aren’t many of them on a market yet.
Those are 3 spark plugs worth your attention. There are more plugs that fit the engine but don’t bring anything on a table and loose in terms of value. Those worth mentioning plugs are:
- Champion 7004, 9016
- NGK LTR6CI-8
- Autolite XP5363, XP5683, XP5863
- Pulstar IEF1H
- E3 E3.74
FAQ on 3.5 EcoBoost Spark Plugs
How many spark plugs does 3.5 EcoBoost have?
The 3.5 EcoBoost is a V6 engine with one spark plug per cylinder, totaling 6 spark plugs for the engine.
When to change plugs on 3.5 EcoBoost?
It depends on the plugs you are using. OEM Motorsport 3.5 EcoBoost spark plug change interval is 60k miles. If you install the same plugs, the next change will be also after 60k miles. If you decide to change spark plugs, the 3.5 EcoBoost spark plug replacement interval will correspond to the plugs’ lifespan from the manufacturer.
What is the 3.5 EcoBoost spark plug socket size?
The socket size for 3.5 EcoBoost plugs is 5/8 inches or 16 millimeters.
What is the 3.5 EcoBoost spark plug torque spec?
Considering its block is made of aluminum alloy, the torque spec for plugs is 15 Nm or 11 lb-ft.
What is the spark plug gap for 3.5 EcoBoost?
The optimal gap for 3.5 EcoBoost spark plugs is .30″-.33″ or 0.75-0.85 mm. The OEM gap is .31″ or 0.8 mm.
What are the best spark plugs for 3.5 EcoBoost?
In terms of value, it’s Bosch HR7NII332W; in terms of performance, it’s NGK LTR6BHX.