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Air Force Ford Super Duty Pickups Lack Emissions Equipment

The topic of diesel emissions, specifically, has been a hot one in recent years, with automakers installing increasing amounts of equipment aimed at helping those types of engines emit fewer pollutants amid ever-increasing standards. Regardless, many enthusiasts continue to remove (or delete) that same emissions equipment, whether it be to increase performance or reliability, or to simply enable them to “roll coal,” as they say. However, it seems as if Ford Super Duty pickups operated by at least one division of the U.S. military don’t bother with such things.

@mayorga._saul 6.7 powerstrokes and their leaky oil pans. But isnt it crazy how their vehicles have no emissions… Maybe due to the unreliability of them but yet all regular civilian pickups are forced to have them? #67powerstroke #deletedpowerstroke #diesel #mechanic #alumaduty #dieseltech ♬ original sound – MIDNITE DIESEL

That outfit is the Air Force, which apparently has a fleet of Ford Super Duty pickups in its arsenal that don’t have the same sort of emissions equipment present in consumer versions that are also equipped with the turbocharged 6.7L V8 Power Stroke diesel. This interesting tidbit of information comes to us from TikTok user Saul Mayorga, who has posted a pair of videos showing off these unique rigs in recent days.

As we can see in the videos, there is no emissions equipment lurking under the hood of these enlisted Ford Super Duty pickups, and instead, the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system is blocked off, and there’s no diesel particulate filter (DPF) present, either. Those components are equipped on these same trucks from the factory, and are typically removed by tuners in an effort to increase power – though those same outfits have faced increasing scrutiny from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recent months.

@mayorga._saul For all those who wanted to hear the exhaust note on these Factory deleted 6.7 powerstrokes #67powerstroke #deletedpowerstroke #mechanic #alumaduty #dieseltech #wiggysgarage ♬ original sound – MIDNITE DIESEL

As for why this is the case, it’s likely the Air Force is more concerned with reliability than anything else, and the DPF in modern diesel-powered Super Duty pickups has faced some issues in recent years that prompted a recall just last year. As we can hear in another video, the deleted diesels indeed sound a bit different than stock – as one might expect – though at least it isn’t rolling any coal that we can see.

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H/T: Road & Track

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Westly Martin

    This is nothing new. I have seen Duramax’s up for auction on govplanet/ironplanet marked as not having emissions equipment on them. The Military has long exempted themselves from emissions laws, and I don’t blame them. It would be embarrassing to say: ‘Well, we were going to go and finish off ISIS, but dammit we’ve got to wait for the rigs to regen!’
    I know of law enforcement agencies that delete the equipment when it inevitably fails. Hell, the Presidential limousine has long been rumored to be a Duramax Diesel, and if it is, I guarantee it doesn’t have emissions equipment on it.

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    1. Mf

      The fact that it’s been going on for a long time doesn’t make it any less bull.

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      1. Westly Martin

        Agreed. Rulle for thee, not for me. That’s another reason why I didn’t have a problem with VW ‘cheating’ on their TDI emissions. Dumb laws are meant to be broken.
        But I have heard of people going to jail for deleting emissions equipment on diesel trucks. totally out of line.

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  2. Mf

    It’s total garbage that the EPA can arbitrarily set rules and requirements for us, but then the rest of the government can choose to ignore them. It should be rules for everyone, of these EPA regulations are “for the benefit of the people”.

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    1. Westly Martin

      ‘SILENCE PEASANT!’ You will put DEF on your Diesel Truck and you will be happy about it!

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  3. Scooter

    Unless Uncle Sam can get a huge discount by the lowest bidder to purchase DEF. It’s better for US Taxpayers, that Emissions equipment not be standard on Military equipment. 😉

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  4. MIKE BARANOWSKI

    What a bunch of idiotic comments. Do you want military vehicles that are used in life and death situations such as bring a B52 crew to the flight line having a balky vehicle? No. I don’t like emission controls and I do think they are going to extremes trying to clean up every last bit but, can we exist with diesels blowing out soot and stink like on the older models? No a balance needs to be achieved.

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    1. Bobo

      Not all vehicles get deployed, many stay on base or used in training. Government should be held to a higher standard, they use our money to needlessly pollute the environment while must follow arbitrary rules. Anybody factored in the pollution cost with def cardboard and plastic, the cost of manufacturing replacement parts, motors, fluids?…

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  5. StarLord

    The govt has been laughing at us on a daily basis for 250 years

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  6. Pat

    Reliability is the name of the game here. In an emergency situation you have no time for a regen or a plugged DPF. Besides look at the number of pickups the military has compared to the public, I’m betting it’s a small percentage, so not a big number on emissions.

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  7. EB1959

    Typical. Do as we say, NOT as we DO.. curtsy of U.S. Government’s illegal EPA

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  8. Dave Mathers

    Do as I say, not as I do! Wow.

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  9. Ted

    Lol at these comments. Think about what the air force uses these vehicles for and where they use them. Many of the places they use them don’t have the fuels we use here. They are sometimes filled with jet fuel, paint thinner or anything that will combust. Emissions equipment will shut the vehicles down immediately. Would you want that on a critical mission?

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    1. J.P.

      This is the correct answer. The Air Force hauls a lot of support equipment overseas and it would likely be impossible to find DEF and U.S. spec diesel. That is one reason I bought a 7.3 as I plan on taking my truck to Africa and Soith America.

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      1. NerdHunter

        Let us know how it goes. If you aren’t killed or kidnapped for being American outside of America. No joke. Youre very likely to encounter either especially where you plan on going.

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  10. Maj Tom

    All military diesel trucks lack emissions equipment, and it’s not just the Air Force. Most of these trucks get shipped overseas in deployed settings where they face austere environments, abused, neglected, and there isn’t a Buccee’s nearby to load up on DEF.

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  11. Maj Tom

    I should clarify that the military doesn’t delete them. They come from the manufacturer this way. They don’t even have DEF tanks or fillers. Where you normally put the DEF is blank. I drove a similar truck in Afghanistan, except it was spray painted federal tan instead of sage green. Owned by the Navy, and no emissions equipment, thankfully.

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  12. Greeko Anthropos

    Who the F can watch the video when the commercials and other junk keeps popping up? Ridiculous. Every time.

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  13. Austin

    The amount of people trying to defend the government here is ridiculous. They hate you, and you’re scratching their back.

    I agree that the US Airforce should not have to have those emissions regulations. But if they can do it for reliability, why can’t I? This is hypocrisy. It’s time the government is reminded they work for the people, not us for them.

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    1. Ted

      I’m guessing you’re too young/weren’t alive to remember what our air/sky used to look like in the sixties and seventies before emmisions mandates. It’s a common problem among younger Americans. We did such a good job cleaning up the air that they don’t even know the problem existed.

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      1. NerdHunter

        Im sure not and it hasn’t changed in big cities where it was prevalent then and still is today. .04% of all our atmosphere. Oh noooooo! If anything we suffer more drought and plant life is dying nationwide over this stupid eco-scam that is only about lining pockets. The people who push it are the worst abusers of the “reforms” with their jets, supercars, etc. It’s disguised elitism and kleptocracy. That’s all tf it is and I’m all for a clean planet but come tf on. It’s largely bs top to bottom. If I gave enough money to “researchers” they’d find that breathing too much causes cancer. Stop being so gullible.

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  14. Bobo

    The government only cares for the environment, when they can tax and control it. Rules for thee but not for me… Government is above the law.

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  15. Walt

    Paigeing Mr. Banks, who said that egr delete does not make a more efficient or reliable truck on his youtube channel.

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