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Hitting the road - Worried about fines for DPF

Hey all. I've been reading for days on the DPF/EGR deletes and their being Federally illegal. This is clearly the only thing keeping me from doing the deletes. Here is the rub and where I need advice. I am currently planning on full-timing with a 38' toy hauler fifth wheel and plan on travelling to ALL contiguous states. I want to do the deletes for HP, MPGs and longevity and I know I'm fine here in Nevada, but what happens when I get pulled over in another state?

I'm still trying to find instances of where someone has actually received a fine for not having the smog crap.

I intend to register in Texas when I start my journey and there are no smog laws on diesels where I'll be registered. My understanding, however, is that makes no difference and I can still get a ticket from any cop that wants to be a hardazz, including in Texas.

I need some informed opinions. Would you do the deletes in my shoes? I will NOT be in familiar territory the vast majority of the time.

The other option I see is just to software-disable the EGR and leave it all alone and intact and then gut the CAT and DPF, leaving the completely stock look on the truck. I sometimes hate the forums because I had a great plan until I started talking to guys at the local places saying that some states are really kicking it up a notch to catch the tuned trucks. HELP!
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Hey Sticky

I drove from ID to GA and didnt have any issues with DOT or the cops. Only tips I have for you are if your going with a custom exhaust to delete your emissions equipment you could just keep your factory tip which is supposesdly one of the things they look for when they are after tuned diesels. Or like how you mentioned just gutting the DPF and CAT then when they look under the truck everything looks like its there. As far as the EGR mine was deleted when I bought this truck but I have read that even though tuners can disable the EGR they could still fail and leak coolant how that works I'm not sure. Also I have yet to hear about anyone who has recieved a fine for having there DPF deleted as of yet, but I would definitely be interested hear about it.

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Thanks for the reply. I kind of figured that just going with the EGR block-off plates would work and leave the equipment in place for any inspection. I had read that the EGR can fail with just the software delete also, so was concerned about doing it that way.

Okay, next question: What 4" downpipe has a bolt up (for downpipe back) where the factory one is? I really want to get rid of that restriction in the factory downpipe. The problem is it looks like all the aftermarket exhausts don't bolt up to the factory downpipe back stuff. That would be key in making it appear unmodified.
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Sticky, what part of Nevada if you don't mind me asking?

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Hey, Hunter. I'm in Carson City. But come October, I'll be declaring my "domicile" (permanent residence) with an Escapees address in Livingston, Texas. At that point, I'll have TX license and plates.
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Hey Sticky

I drove from ID to GA and didnt have any issues with DOT or the cops. Only tips I have for you are if your going with a custom exhaust to delete your emissions equipment you could just keep your factory tip which is supposesdly one of the things they look for when they are after tuned diesels. Or like how you mentioned just gutting the DPF and CAT then when they look under the truck everything looks like its there. As far as the EGR mine was deleted when I bought this truck but I have read that even though tuners can disable the EGR they could still fail and leak coolant how that works I'm not sure. Also I have yet to hear about anyone who has recieved a fine for having there DPF deleted as of yet, but I would definitely be interested hear about it.
Edge Products which manufactures the devices got fined.
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I used the 2 piece "powerstroke67 DP" from Rudys and was able to put my dpf/doc back on the truck. Its best to install it and use you dpf/doc pipe for alignment before you tighten up the two halves of the downpipe. The straight pipes will allow it to be just about anywhere and still match up.
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Oh. And you're going to want wrap it. The old dp is double walled which helps with the heat but shrinks the inner diameter.

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Thanks for that, Xplosiv. So you also gut your DPF? Or did you leave it factory restrictive? For those who've gutted it, did you just break it out? I don't want to cut it even though my welding skills are decent.
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