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Government Crackdown On Illegal Diesel Mods Created Black Market For Sketchy Tunes

Photo: Ford
Photo: Ford

If you have something really heavy to tow, you would think a new heavy-duty pickup truck would be more than enough to handle it. The 2023 Ford Super Duty, for example, can be ordered with a 6.7-liter turbodiesel that makes 1,200 lb-ft of torque, and it can tow up to 40,000 pounds. For many diesel enthusiasts, though, that’s not enough to do any “real” work, and the only solution is to get rid of the emissions equipment, the planet and the law be damned. And with the Environmental Protection Agency finally cracking down on illegal diesel mods, a new black market has sprung up.

The Drive recently took a dive into the world of illegally modifying diesel pickup trucks, and it’s a fascinating read. When it comes to getting rid of the exhaust gas recirculation system or diesel particulate filter, people have reportedly turned to ordering kits from other countries, with Canada playing a large part in shipping EGR block-off plates, straight pipes and other equipment into the U.S.