Documenting: 2014 5.4l 3 valve early oil pump and tensioners upgrade

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Absolutely. I used the following:
* Melling BT403 Stock Replacement Timing Chain Tensioner: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004A66EIW
* Melling BT402 Stock Replacement Timing Chain Tensioner: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004A6DP98
* Melling Hi Volume Oil Pump 4.6 5.4 Modular Ford 20% more volume than stock, Model Number: M340HV: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0799R3K78

Some added items that were unrelated to the oil pump and tensioners that I as well purchased to do some engine bay cleanup:
* Genuine Ford 9L1Z-8311-A Air Deflector: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FZFT8I0
* Ford, Air DEFLECTOR, BL1Z-8310-A: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y8CROC
* Design Engineering 010480 Cell Saver Battery Insulation Kit: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000MY0MQ6

Still running very well after 300 or so miles. Prior to the upgrade, there was a noticeable "tap tap tap" when the engine first started that would only be audible after the truck sat for a while. It would only last about .2 seconds or so. That is now gone. I believe it to have been the chains barely hitting the timing cover before pressure would build.
 

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I didn't want to create a thread for this so I'm piggybacking on yours since it's related(ish). Not an upgrade but stock components on the cheap.

For anyone that needs to do the tensioners and/or timing set on their 5.4, there's an impossible deal on Amazon right now. Complete Ford OEM timing set for $255.


I'm not affiliated and get nothing from this. I've had it on my wish list for ages for the day when I'd need to buy the parts. I still don't need it but figured I'd pass along the find in case someone else is ready to pull the trigger.

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Incredible price on the kit of Ford OEM parts above. Check the reviews; a handful of folks only were sent a single phaser by that seller.

I bought my parts from Tasca Ford a couple of months ago. Cost me over $1000 with solenoids, valve cover gaskets and crank bolt added.
 

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I did the same on my 2011 limited with 90k at the time. When I opened it up both tensioner seals were blown. The passenger chain was also a bit loose and I noticed the corresponding cam had some minor pitting. I changed everything. Both cams, followers, chains. I used the ratcheting cast iron tensioners and the Melling HV pump. I also put in locked phasers with a 5 star tuning kit. I have about 101k now and it runs amazing. In my opinion these tensioners go at an early life despite any noticeable symptoms. When you get the chatter it’s too late like you said. It’s a maintenance item from factory that can be permanently fixed. Don’t be afraid to lock those phasers, they will last forever that way without that clutch.
 
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I'm now past first oil change and have passed 80k miles. No issues, no sounds out of the ordinary, and I have started migrating to 5w30(had a couple quarts still left of 5w20).
The fuel injectors are seemingly way less noisy. It feels solid and runs smoother than prior. So far so good.
 

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I'm now past first oil change and have passed 80k miles. No issues, no sounds out of the ordinary, and I have started migrating to 5w30(had a couple quarts still left of 5w20).
The fuel injectors are seemingly way less noisy. It feels solid and runs smoother than prior. So far so good.
I’m just doing the same .. I have a concern about the clearance between the melling m360hv and the Block it looks very tight ? I took the crank gear off just to double check that the pump was seated correctly, it was. Have an 2014 expi EL
 
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Getting ready to hit 90k miles, still running like a top.
 

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Just hit 80k on my '08 EL. Going to dive into the timing chains and tensioners sooner than later, before any irreversible damage happens. My motor is quiet now, except for a couple very faint of taps right when she starts up cold.
 

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I did mine at about 100k. Very lite occasional noise on startup. Both tensioner seals had failed, so I think your making the right choice. Added high volume pump at same time.
 
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