Vehicular Wizardry with Triton

by George Javier - Date: 2007-01-19 - Word Count: 490 Share This!

We know how much you want to step back, take a proud look at your vehicle and be able to say: "All systems go, let's get ready to ruuuuummbbblleee!" But hold your horses... Before you come to that happy time of "rumbling," make sure that your mental checklist says the same thing. Sure, you want your truck to measure up to your sky-high standards. Driving without snags and unnecessary hitches seems easy enough when you think about it, but the tough part is going over every part, every detail of your truck to make sure that everything is up and running. You need to spend big patches of time smoothing out every wrinkle and looking at every nook and cranny. But no matter how great you are at tinkering around with your vehicle, there are just some places out of reach and you will need, absolutely need more than your trusty wrench.

There are plenty of trucks in all shapes, sizes and colors populating the automotive industry and one of the more popular trucks around are Ford's Triton series. There are basically three models of the Triton: the 4.6 Triton, 5.4 Triton and the 6.8 Triton V10 The smallest Triton model was the 4.6 L (4605 cc/281 in) V8, which was patterned after the 90 Ford Modular engine design. 4.6's engine is available in two choices: either a cast iron or an aluminum block. Both kinds use aluminum heads. All units of 4.6 L Tritons are either one of two kinds: 2-valve SOHC or, with the release of the Ford Explorer in 2006, 3-valve SOHC designs.

The 5.4 Triton is another model also based on the Ford Modular engine design. Same bore as the 4.6 but stroke was stretched to 4.17 in. There are two versions of the 5.4 L Triton: the SOCH 2-valve and the SOCH 3-valve with VCT. The 2-valve version was the most widely used in Ford trucks by 2004. It utilizes a cast iron engine block and aluminum SOHC 2-valve cylinder heads. It has several ports for fuel injection, roller rockers forged steel crankshaft, fracture-split powder metal connecting rods and assembled reinforced plastic intake manifold.

And in 2005, the tri-valve version of the Triton, which was the 6.8 L V10 was introduced and built alongside the two-valve engine. It has an output of 362 hp (266 kW) and 457 ftlbf (620 Nm) and a 2005-2006 Ford F-series Super Duty application.

And yet even with the best truck model, there are just some things that mechanical wizardry can't take care of especially with the fast-paced, modern times. Most of today's vehicular technology are determined by "yes, you guessed right," computers. And what your will and your wrench could not tackle, an electronic programmer will take care of. Gadgets such as the Triton F150 Programmer will access those impossible to reach parts of your truck and tune them for you. The changes you can make are instantaneous, just like a true wizard.

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George Javier was middleweight boxing champion at Princeton. He is now a race car enthusiast, a great departure from his Princeton education.

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