Oh man...i feel foolish...
So i went out and took a look under the hood to verify wiring and sensor placement to see what tools i might need.
Lo and behold...the ECT wasn't even plugged in.
So for the last year or so (since i replaced the thermostat anyways) it hasn't even been plugged in.
Needless to say, after plugging it in...clearing codes...i now get a 111...systems pass!
Not sure if i will see a mileage increase or if the EGR codes will pop up again, but will keep an eye on it since i got this new code reader.
Thanks for your guys help, and i will for sure be posting again.