What are the performance gains with an EGR Delete?
None. You will gain 0 horsepower and 0 ft/lb's of torque. You WILL gain piece of mind knowing that since you no longer have an EGR cooler, it can not fail and end up in the boat you are sitting in right now
I have a 2005 If put in a quality delete unit will my engine still throw codes?
Yes, you will likely get the infamous p401 code, insufficient egr flow detected, but this code can be overwritten when you install an SCT tuner. The entire EGR function will be removed from the programming as part of the tunes.
Which is the best brand to buy.
My opinion of the available kits has recently changed. Weeks ago, I would have told you to go to fleabay and buy the $150 delete kit. Now, I won't. River City diesel has the best kit for the money.
What is the best way to go. I'm installing the Bullet Proof remote oiling system, but wonder if the delete EGR is good or should I leave the EGR intact with a bulletproof EGR ?
If you do not have emissions testing, do not plan on ever selling the truck, are willing to take a chance at "someday" you could get checked for the EGR and be fined for not having one in place... delete it.
If you want to have the appearance of having one in place, Bulletproof diesel sells a unit that appears to be an egr cooler, but is actually a delete.
Or, if you wish to put an EGR cooler in the truck, but disable the EGR valve function, buy the real EGR cooler from Bulletproof diesel, and have a tune written that disables the EGR valve function.
All have drawbacks.
The EGR deletes can result in a hefty fine (up to 10 grand) if you are caught operating your truck on public roads and are caught without a functioning EGR cooler.
The "fake egr cooler" delete sold by bulletproof has the drawback (that you can address) and that is that it retains a serious restriction in the passenger side up-pipe. There is a "scoop" that directs exhaust flow into the EGR cooler, that should be removed. A dremel would work nicely. There is also the drawback of emissions testing with a "sniffer" as it would fail.
Putting in the Bulletproof EGR cooler and diabling the EGR valve function in a tune leaves a potential weak point in the system. The EGR cooler is not likely to fail again, but you never know. Also, deleting the EGR valve function does not mean that high boost won't force the valve open. It can, and does, happen.
This round is going to be real expensive and I want to do it right, the first time.
High quality EGR delete, high quality bullet proof EGR cooler ? Which is the best way to go for performance and reliability ?
I'm already planning to also go with a ARP stud set, Garrete Powermax upgrade Turbo, and Air Dog II just to make sure my injectors always get the right amount of clean fuel.
Any advice would be appreciated. This is going to be real expensive no matter which way I go. But, the truck has been sitting for 5 months and now its time to get it fixed.
What I would do is put in the ARP's (and check the heads for flat/straight and magnafluxed for cracks..also check the block for flat..if you can swing the cost, hardened valve seats installed).
Install the BPD oil cooler system (you can consider the "cold weather package" that has an internal thermostat, it will direct the flow of oil either into the cooler for cooling or bypass it to heat the oil to 180°F)
Install an EGR delete. River City Diesel.
The powermax and airdogII are power adding and unless you get custom tunes, are a waste of money. You WILL need specific tunes to be written to enjoy the gain that the turbo is capable of. If the truck is not tuned for that turbo, you will experience alot more turbo lag. I highly recommend Quick Tricks Auto for the tuner and the tunes. Just tell them what your plans are and what you plan to do with the truck, and you will get back among the best tunes in the business. You may even get free tunes from them, depending on the tuner you buy.
Do not forget to add gauges to your list. Going without gauges is flying blind and flirting with disaster.