Welcome to our delete guide for the 2008-2010 Ford 6.4L Powerstroke.
In this article, we will cover the available delete kit options for your truck and what they can do to improve your engine’s reliability, while also increasing your MPG and HP.
You might be wondering why you would want to remove any factory systems from your truck and what the benefits are and we’ve designed this guide to help answer those questions.
Benefits of DPF removal:
- Drastically slows down the bad oil dilution problem that 6.4s have, which decreases wear and extends engine life.
- Improves exhaust flow, turbo spool rate and lowers your exhaust gas temps, mainly because the restriction is no longer slowing the exhaust gases after the turbo.
- More efficient as far as MPG and HP without the restrictions or regen cycles.
EGR delete benefits:
- Better MPG by eliminating hot exhaust gasses from entering the intake.
- Extends the life of the EGR cooler because there is no more 1200 degree exhaust gasses passing through, which can cause the coolers to crack and fail.
- Removes the risk of premature engine damage from EGR system failure.
So now that you can see the benefits of deleting your EGR and DPF systems, you might be asking what could possibly be the downside?
Technically these modifications are not road legal if you drive your truck on public highways in the US. That being said, if you race your truck or live somewhere without enforcement of emissions, it would be a disservice to the life of your truck if you don’t do the deletes.
Because of the restrictions in the US, you sometimes have to go out of your way to find parts for your race truck that can actually delete the EGR and DPF systems. To make it easier for those looking to find the right parts to pull this off, below I’ve listed what you will need for each type of delete and where to find them.
Note: this guide is only for the ’08-2010 Powerstroke, if you have the newer 6.7L click here.
Best Delete Tuner for the 6.4L
Hands down the best option for a 6.4 programmer, the Spartan Phalanx II has tunes designed specifically for the 6.4L Powerstroke, ranging from a mild 40HP increase, all the way up to 350HP, for trucks with really built powertrains. There are also towing mode tunes that help greatly when you are trying to have the power and efficiency for pulling heavy loads.
The Spartan tuners are flexible and highly customizable, but the most important feature; with the Phalanx II you have all the preloaded tunes that retain emissions, and the ones that allow you to delete the EGR and DPF individually or both together.
The 6.4L tends to run best at the 250 HP tune with EGR and DPF deletes installed. It will feel like a whole new truck, just keep the boost below 40 psi if you’re still on stock head gaskets and bolts.
Spartan Phalanx II Flash Console 2008-2010 Ford 6.4L 250HP Tuner
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Spartans 6.4 custom tuning is the market's only true custom tuning for the new Ford diesel engine, and delivers power and fuel efficiency unrivaled to any other! With tuning options available from 40 RWHP to 350 RWHP. The Phalanx II console is specialized to the Ford Powerstroke, it is not a "generic" performance device to fit all vehicles Along with its tuning ability the Phalanx offers a full line of parameter monitoring and datalogging, serving as a full set of digital and analog gauges. The ability to monitor Exhaust Gas Temp Engine Oil Temp Transmission Temp Fuel Rail Temp Fuel delivery volume DPF pressure Charge Air Temp Engine Coolant Temp Boost Fuel Rail Pressure Injection Timing Regeneration Status Intake Air Temp and hundreds (literally) of other parameters Tested on the street, strip and pulls the Phalanx Flash Console leaves no vehicle configuration or user needs unanswered. With proper support for all 2008 & 2009 6.4 latest "reflashes", automatic and manual transmissions. **All DPF-OFF tuning products are STRICTLY FOR RACE USE ONLY** Not for sale or use on any pollution controlled vehicle in the state of California. We will NOT ship to these to California According to the EPA Clean Air Act, they are illegal for use on any Federal, State, or Local public highways and illegal use is punishable by the penalties enacted by the mentioned laws. Spartan Diesel does not condone or promote illegal use of these products. An Environmental and Liability waiver must be signed in order to activate any racing products after purchase.
Cheapest Delete Tuner for the 6.4L
Another really good tuner for the 6.4 is this one from the now-defunct H&S. The Mini Maxx Race is the hot version that allows for the DPF and EGR to be removed.
Right out of the box it has preloaded tunes for the 6.4L which let you delete the EGR and DPF and unleash your truck. It doesn’t have as many tunes, or the amount of customizability for the 6.4 that the Phalanx comes with, but it will allow you to add a lot more power and delete the emissions systems – for about half the cost.
It’s the cheapest way to get the ability to delete the emissions systems, and it also serves as a good live engine monitor at the same time, with diagnostics built in. A solid 6.4L programmer choice, the MiniMaxx will work great for 90% of what daily drivers need.
H&S MINI MAXX TUNER WITHOUT PYRO
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The Mini Maxx race tuner is part of the next generation of diesel downloaders from H&S that offer everything a diesel owner could want, all in one high-tech unit. Exclusive to H&S Performance, the Mini Maxx offers the flexibility of shift-on-the-fly tuning, as well as giving you the ability to monitor vital engine statistics at a glance. The full color, high resolution screen allows the user to view up to four parameters at one time
Best Exhaust Kit for Removing the DPF
A race exhaust with a straight pipe to replace the DPF filter is required if you are running a tuner that deletes the DPF from the computer.
Otherwise the filter will get clogged with soot because the regen will be turned off. This is terrible for backpressure, and has the potential to build up so much that it can pop your head gaskets if the exhaust isn’t upgraded to a straight pipe.
This model from MVP is made from stainless steel, SS409 to be exact, which means that it’s going to last alot longer than an aluminized or mild steel exhaust. On my own vehicles I will only run stainless, just because I like not having to frequently mess with rusted out exhaust parts.
SS409 Stainless Steel 4" Turbo Back Race Exhaust No Muffler Straight Pipe System With Downpipe Down Pipe Included For 08-10 Ford F250 F350 6.4L Diesel Pickup Truck
- Fit: 2008-2010 Ford F250 & F350 Turbo Diesel 6.4L, Automatic Transmission Only
- 4" Turbo Back Performance Race Exhaust System (Down Pipe Included)
- Will Fit Extended & Crew Cab, Short Bed or Long Bed. Extension Pipe May Require Trim-To-Length, Depending On Wheelbase
- Straight Pipe Design, No Muffler Or Tip. Bolt On Installation, Clamps & Hangers Included
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The turbo back type exhaust system mounts directly to the turbo and provides maximum diameter as well as reduced band degree angles and mandrel bent pipe. The objective is to provide the absolute lowest exhaust gas temperatures, maximum exhaust flow, torque and horsepower possible.
Best 6.4L EGR Delete Kit
Technically, after installing a tuner that deletes the EGR on your 6.4, it will no longer function and will be disabled. However, simply deleting the EGR codes in the computer and doing nothing else to remove the system is not the recommended way to do it.
Leaving the EGR installed can still allow exhaust gasses to flow into the system, causing soot build-up that makes the valve stick open. It’s just best to remove the system entirely with an EGR delete kit that has replacement coolant lines to remove the EGR coolers and the block off plates for the exhaust side, as doing it this way will eliminate any possibility of unreliability in the future.
The EGR coolers have a terrible way of cracking and failing on these trucks, and when that happens it can spell disaster for your engine – the way the system is designed the failure can allow coolant to enter the cylinders, causing some very serious damage if not noticed. It’s even possible to hydro-lock the motor, which very quickly turns the engine into a write-off.
Ford Power Stroke Engine 6.4L EGR Delete Kit, for 2008, 2009, 2010 Super Duty Diesel Trucks
- Bypasses the Ford EGR System, No Other Parts Required (You will need a tuner / programmer).
- CNC Machined Billet Aluminum and Steel
- Includes Detailed Installation Instructions
- You Will See Lower Coolant Temperatures Quicker Turbo Spool Up, And You Will Never Have To Worry About A Blown EGR Cooler Again
- Intended for off road use. Please check your state laws before installing kit.
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On the more modern Powerstrokes, another benefit to deleting the DPF systems is that you no longer have to buy urea to fill up the aux tank for the DEF system to run on.
With the 6.4L, it does not actually use a DEF type system so there is no need to worry about that in the first place, once you eliminate the DPF from the exhaust and flash the tune, you are essentially done.
Hopefully you now have a good idea of what it takes to remove these systems from your truck, and have a feel for what parts are the best for doing so.
As always, we would love to hear any questions or comments that our readers might have, so feel free to drop us a line in the comments below. Thanks for reading!