Originally Posted by Skyler4991
Awesome I appreciate it. From what iv been seeing is I get a tuner mod to monitor the temps, delete the EGR, and add a coolant filter I should be good for a while (fingers crossed). I would like to have the head bolts swapped to studs but from my understanding the cab would probably have to come off, and unfortunately I definitely am on a budget so trying to save money best I can but still do it right.
An empty panel van and you can do a cab off but starting building out that interior forget about it! That puppy is going to have to come out the front.
So this is just my opinion but I'd leave the EGR system alone. It's the coolant that is the issue. With proper maintenance it's probably ok but it has silicates which drop out and form a sludge. That, combined with leftover casting sand in the block is what clogs the small passageways on the oil cooler. The oil cooler is upstream of the EGR cooler. If it clogs that restricts flow to the EGR cooler which can then rupture and coolant get's in the cylinders blah blah and voila no more head gaskets. Get that coolant filter on there and replace the Ford Gold with an ELC. That might be all you need to do for now. Drive it like you stole it!
An EGR delete is a big job on a van. All the top end stuff has to come off including the intake manifold. You might consider waiting until your oil cooler eventually does clog. On a 2010 you already have the improved OEM cooler with an additional passageway. In the meantime you could get a tuner (for example, an SCT tuner) and have it programmed to turn off the EGR valve. You'll still have coolant flowing through the cooler but you won't have the soot issue and clogging of the valve. That turbo likes to be pushed so don't baby it. If you do decide to do a delete then the one I like is the one-piece unit from IPR. It also comes with a stainless up-pipe.