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Driven Diesel Fuel Tank / Pre-Pump Kit (Hutch Mod)

Driven Diesel Fuel Tank / Pre-Pump Kit (Hutch Mod)

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The Driven Diesel Fuel Tank / Pre-Pump Kit (commonly referred to as the "Hutch Mod") is the first step in the fuel system upgrade process. This kit includes all of the parts necessary to eliminate "air leaks" in the fuel circuit before the electric fuel pump (suction side) and add additional fuel filtration. Air in diesel fuel causes noisy operation and can damage the fuel injectors. This kit fits both the Super Duty Trucks and Excursions.

This kit includes:
• Extended Fuel Tank Pickup Tube *
• Extended Fuel Tank Return Tube *
• 15' New Gates 3/8" Fuel Line From Tank to Pump
• Optional 25' of Hose Total (see note below)
• High Quality Spin-On Filter Head
• Baldwin Fuel Filter / Water Separator **
• Driven Diesel Heavy Duty S.S. Custom Filter Mount **
• Complete Hardware Package including All Fittings, Nuts, Bolts and Washers
• Installation Instructions

NOTE: Some CAB AND CHASSIS trucks may require more than our standard 15' of hose. If you are using this kit on a C&C truck with a "behind the axle" fuel tank, please take a measurement from the fuel tank to the fuel pump (along the frame, the way the hose would route) and confirm whether the standard 15' hose length will work for you, or if you need the longer 25' length.

This kit is only rated for B20 Bio-Diesel. This is primarily due to the B20 rating Baldwin places on their filters and not the hose we've chosen to use. We are not aware of any appropriate pre-pump style filters that will work with higher concentrations of Bio-Diesel. If you are running Bio-Diesel, please be mindful of your filter service intervals and periodically check your hoses for signs of damage from the fuel.

NOTE: We DO NOT OFFER this kit without the filter due to lack of interest from customers and the high importance of a quality pre-pump filter.

This kit is NOT required with installations utilizing an AirDog or FASS.

This kit does NOT fit the E-Series Van due to the different configuration of the fuel tank. Please do NOT attempt to order this kit for use in an E-Series Van. We do NOT make a kit for the E-Series Vans.

Check out the cool ball valves in the "Related Products" section below, they make servicing the filters a much cleaner experience! We recommend TWO of these valves (inlet and outlet) with the Pre-Pump kit.

* - We make every attempt possible to source and use as much U.S. made product/material as we possibly long as doing so doesn't sacrifice the quality of the final product. Items marked with a * above have been modified or assembled by U.S. workers in a U.S. shop. Items marked with ** above were ENTIRELY produced from U.S. material, in U.S. shops, by U.S. workers. We can't always control where every component of one of our products comes from, but you count on us to keep looking for ways to increase the % of American Made parts and materials in the products that we produce.


Driven Diesel Fuel Tank / Pre-Pump Kit (Hutch Mod) fits the following vehicle(s):
  • 2000 Ford Excursion 7.3L
  • 2001 Ford Excursion 7.3L
  • 2002 Ford Excursion 7.3L
  • 2003 Ford Excursion 7.3L
  • 1999 Ford F250/350 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 1999.5 Ford F250/350 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 2000 Ford F250/350 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 2001 Ford F250/350 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 2002 Ford F250/350 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 2003 Ford F250/350 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 1999 Ford F450 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 1999.5 Ford F450 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 2000 Ford F450 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 2001 Ford F450 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 2002 Ford F450 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 2003 Ford F450 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 1999 Ford F550 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 1999.5 Ford F550 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 2000 Ford F550 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 2001 Ford F550 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 2002 Ford F550 Super Duty 7.3L
  • 2003 Ford F550 Super Duty 7.3L
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Customer Reviews
# of Ratings: 39
1. on 10/28/2017, said:
Great product. I installed it on my 99 f350 and I've saw 1.25 mpg increase since and that was with my injectors on their last leg. I didn't use the mounting bracket like the instructions said. I welded my bracket to the frame up higher beside the filler neck. The hose in the kit is more than long enough for a crew cab truck. I do suggest getting the pick up screens and ball valves with the kit
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2. on 4/8/2017, said:
Great kit. I installed this on my 2001 last weekend. Great instructions. The hardest step was actually getting the fuel lines unhooked-they are different than the ones in the instructions, no tool required, just a push tab. I would strongly recommend buying the fuel pickup screen when you order this kit, mine was in tiny pieces in the bottom of my tank. You don't want to find out you need it after you have the tank on the ground.
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3. on 2/21/2017, said:
Easy install, good instructions, and a well thought out kit. Helped quiet my injector cackle, and eased my scheduled fuel filter maintenance.
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4. on 10/8/2016, said:
My mechanic installed the mod for me. His comments were that this option was not only better than the factory setup, but that it was less expensive. I love getting better for less money!
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5. on 7/5/2016, said:
My review is here:
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6. on 5/20/2016, said:
Great kit! Comes with everything including very good instructions. 02 F250 runs smooth and a bit quieter. Seems to run better all around. Also gained 4 to 4.5 gallons byou doing the suggested Harpoon mod. No more spilling fuel out of the filler neck.
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7. on 12/23/2015, said:
first mod that should be done on the 7.3. You can piece it together for a little less if you don't put a price on your time doing so. Straight forward install and better response from the X after doing so.
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8. on 5/18/2015, said:
Installation was simple. Cured an issue that I believe the previous owner replaced several other parts trying to cure. Highly recommend regardless of tank material.
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9. on 4/11/2015, said:
Product was as described install instructions were right on the money. Hardest part was dropping the tank and putting it back in place the kit itself was very easy to install. The mod seems to have fixed the problem I was having.
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10. on 3/5/2015, said:
Recently Installed this kit on my 2000 7.3 4x4 (325K miles) with loss of power under load and very poor fuel milage issues. Original everything but with a Chip. Kit instructions could be a bit better, but got thru it. The quality of parts are very good, as expected. I rated a 5 star due to the customer service and prompt assistance i received after my purchase and during install, thank you!!! I also added the pick-up screen and ball valves with this kit, which was a good choice. My pick-up screen laying loose in the fuel tank. Get the fuel line removal tools from your local AP store before you start. For less than $5, it will be worth it as your stuck with out them. While your there get around 2' of vent hose just in case. My forward fuel tank vent hose had totally deteriorated, the rear was still good. Results... Power under load and most of the original fuel milage is restored. I have not noticed the slight engine sputter/miss I had before the kit install either. Thanks again!
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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
Question:Yes I have been considering this KIT from StricklyDiesel as an option.

One concern I have come across and need to resolve a good feeling about is this: Will the installation of a post-tank/pre-pump filtration set-up cause the fuel pump to fail premature?

Reading about some of these installs has me concerned about the flow rate through the filter and the vacuum pull by the OE pump.

I am NOT doing a removal or elimination of the OE Fuel Bowl or any other fuel related mods at this time.

My issue began with this:

Hello, I wonder if you will take the time to reply to me? Here is my question. If I do the Hutch and Harpoon Mods do you think I will cause my fuel pump to fail if I installed a post tank / pre-pump 20 Micron filter as I describe here?

I have an issue with my sending unit which indicates my tank is full which I know it is was not. I was needing fuel the other night, so I put in $30.00 (about 10 gallons) and now the needle seems to stay a tad bit above the full mark.

In addition, the truck seems to have started to act a bit sluggish and I am pretty sure there is a problem inside the fuel tank based on the info I have looked into via reading about this issue on this forum and some YouTube videos.

So I am working up to the task at hand of dropping the tank and checking for the problem, and while in there will probably do "the Hutch and Harpoon" mods.

I also am thinking I need to add a post tank/pre-pump fuel filter. I want to hear some feedback please?

The post filter parts I have been considering using here are part numbers: Fleetguard 142784S Fuel Filter Head by Cummins Filtration (or mount head Fleetguard #3930618S); plus the mount bracket, Cummins part number: 3312054S; and a filter like the Fleetguard FF105.

OR... the Hutch Mod Kit that is sold for $199.00.

OK ... does anyone know what the micron rating is on the two small tube filters that I will be eliminating from the pickup on the sending unit when I do the Hutch Mod?

And finally what do you think? Any suggestions here?

I want it simple and I am not into fancy stuff or overkill, this is a work truck. Thanks!

My rig: 2001 F-250 7.3 Turbo with 190K

Any ideas? Comments?

Thanks again, Richard Precht, Alexandria,VA - Richard (02/02/2015)
Response:Richard...your questions really should have been phoned in or emailed in to us. An FAQ like this is for answering simple, single questions. None the less, here are the answers. NO, the Pre-Pump filter is not restrictive enough to damage your stock fuel pump. It has a very high flow rating, many time more than the stock pump flows, so the only way it could create a problem for the pump is if it is neglected and allowed to become so clogged that it just can't flow any fuel. With proper maintenance and service intervals, this will not be a problem. If you are not removing your stock fuel filter from the engine, no other filtration is needed. If the tank sending unit is acting up, it is best to purchase a new one BEFORE installing this kit. Then, install this kit on the new sending unit assembly.