- I've got the materials to fab parts for the first and I plan on cracking the seal on a bottle of single malt when the EGR is gone. I'm planning on plumbing a pyro probe and gauge into the 0.25 inch upper plate of the EGR delete when that's done. Right now I'm waiting on some reasonable weather before I start messing around in the guts of my Deli.Timing is advanced by default. Retard the timing and with the combination below you'll see massive gains in mpg,torque and power without hurting the engine.
- delete the EGR. It's horrible. Blanking plate is the best.
- Pyro probe/EGT gauge. Must have to monitor the heat climbing.
- retard the timing
- use a good diesel additive
- boost gauge/adjust wastegate and up psi.
I've done this on all my delica's and I'm able to run 31's with a full load and do 60mph down the I5 without breaking a sweat. Before it would suffer at 40mph.
Also I've done a lot of worthwhile upgrades along the years. Most of them are documented over at delica . ca forum.
- Retard the timing? Lets talk details. Seriously, its my daily driver and I can't waste time messing about trying to tweak or dial it in. Is there a procedural for the DIYer?
- Argh! I've seen the additive advice soooo many times (both in MMC and VW circles), but it's rarely ever qualified. Add to this that there is a crap top of expensive snake oil you can dump in your tank and it become increasingly likely I'll throw a rod before my engine does. With winter upon us I've been adding both a CETAN booster and an injector lubricant. The last bottle was from AMS IIRC. The reason for the lube should be self evident, the booster helps deal with the winter fuel formulation. What are you using, when and why?
- Boost gauge? Hell yeah! Plan on mounting mine right next to the EGT once that's in, although I'm suspicious of how much adjustment the waste-gate will allow for additional lift. Again, can you recommend a how-to?
Yeah, that wasn't meant to be insulting. Diesels from this era are pretty much universally gutless, but carry a ridiculous amount of torque. When I bought my Delica I knew this would be the case (with or without lift). Basically, I reread the first chapter of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" whenever I start feeling impatient. Driving a vehicle like this is about making "good time" with the emphasis on "good."As for the non-turbo camper model I have being gutless. It is and it isn't. It's slow up hill but has awesome torque. Without the turbo I find myself just cruising and enjoying the drive as opposed to rushing somewhere. The camper is not meant to fly down the road. It's unique to drive and people love it wherever I go. The seating position is similar to my old 70's VW Westy. Skinny steering wheel. Just just lean on it and relax.