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Old 04-16-2009, 05:27 PM
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New to Diesel mods....would appreciate assistance

I am brand new to the forum and performance parts, and I have some questions on what to buy and what some of these acronyms mean.

First:

I've picked out gauges, programmer, and TB exhaust (haven't bought them yet), but why would I want to delete my cat and will I still be able to pass emissions testing?

Next:

Do I bother with an innercooler or is the stock one sufficient?

Last:

What is an EGR delete?
What are studs?
What is the Zoodad mod and is it necessary?
Am I missing anything?

I use it for day to day driving and pull a 14K fiver through mountains 6 or 7 times a year.

I appreciate any and all help.

2005 F-250 6.0 Lariat Crew 4x4 -- only 40K miles and completely stock at the moment.
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I am brand new to the forum and performance parts, and I have some questions on what to buy and what some of these acronyms mean.

First:

I've picked out gauges, programmer, and TB exhaust (haven't bought them yet), but why would I want to delete my cat and will I still be able to pass emissions testing?

Next:

Do I bother with an innercooler or is the stock one sufficient?

Last:

What is an EGR delete?
What are studs?
What is the Zoodad mod and is it necessary?
Am I missing anything?

I use it for day to day driving and pull a 14K fiver through mountains 6 or 7 times a year.

I appreciate any and all help.

2005 F-250 6.0 Lariat Crew 4x4 -- only 40K miles and completely stock at the moment.
Which gauges and programmer were you looking at ??

with an 05 your intercooler is good
depending where you go for inspection you may need the cat, i have a delete pipe in mine and i just replace my cat for inspection when i go.


the 6.0 motors are more prone to blowing the head gaskets so you put head studs in, they are stronger and hold the heads on better, but not always needed

the egr's is another part of the 6.0 that is prone to failure and should just be gotten rid of.


the zoodad is just a hole cut behind the grille in front of the air intake so that you can get more air into the intake since it is pretty solid in front of it
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:21 PM
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Thanks for the reply, Zippy557.

I am looking at the Auto-Meter Ultra-Lite 2 gauges (Pyro, Trans, Oil, and Volt meter). I think I can trust the stock boost gauge. SCT X3 programmer and 4" MBRP dual exhaust. Are there any recommendations on where to purchase these products?

What is egr an acronym for and is it a difficult task to get rid of?

I think I will wait on the studs as that sounds expensive. I just found some pictures of the zoodad mod and it looks pretty simple.
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Thanks for the reply, Zippy557.

I am looking at the Auto-Meter Ultra-Lite 2 gauges (Pyro, Trans, Oil, and Volt meter).

Oil temp or oil psi?


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I think I can trust the stock boost gauge.
Either the analog gauge or the factory gauge is off by 2 psi. I could attribute that to eletrical current to either one though. I prefer the range of display on an a/m boost gauge over the factory.

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SCT X3 programmer and 4" MBRP dual exhaust. Are there any recommendations on where to purchase these products?
I think most would recommend that you get them from Innovative.


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What is egr an acronym for and is it a difficult task to get rid of?
EGR = Exhaust Gas Recirculation. It's not difficult, although the metal is relatively weaker in the up-pipes there, so be careful when you do work around there, very easy to get them cracked.
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as for your cat, some say it doesnt affect flow and others say it does. same with emissions testing. however, it will let your turbo be more audible which is probably the best reason yet. if you need to keep your cat, you can always get a delete pipe if it doesnt already come with the system your buying and swap it in when you need it. this one is easy to install as well...

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From what I have read the best gauges to get if you want to monitor a lot of the trucks functions are as follows egt(exaust gas temp) boost, tranny temp. The next ones are oil temp, fuel pressure, coolant temp. The oil and coolant temp can tell you a lot about the egr system on a stock truck and save you money.
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i agree with tex on innovative, you can deal with them or raul at stealth automotive he may have a package that would work for what you want ... and the x3 comes with innovatives tunes.
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i would def remove the cat.... if your looking for all 3 we can set you up with a package deal that will save you some money... let me know

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Oil temp or oil psi?

Oil Temp! I think that is more important, but I could be wrong.


Either the analog gauge or the factory gauge is off by 2 psi. I could attribute that to eletrical current to either one though. I prefer the range of display on an a/m boost gauge over the factory.

I don't have room for all these gauges, so I can live with a 2 psi tolerance.



EGR = Exhaust Gas Recirculation. It's not difficult, although the metal is relatively weaker in the up-pipes there, so be careful when you do work around there, very easy to get them cracked.

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