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

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Part Number: DD-73FS-TKF-v3
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Regular Price: $229.95
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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. The base kit fits both F250/350 Super Duty Trucks and Excursions (see below for extended wheelbase vehicles). This kit is ideal for owners wanting the benefits of the "Hutch Mod" while still keeping their engine fuel system mostly stock and retaining the OEM fuel filter bowl.

Thinking of doing a FUEL BOWL DELETE in the future? If so, take a look at our PRE/POST FUEL FILTER KITS instead. The Standard Pre/Post kit offers all of the "Hutch Mod" advantages, but also gives you the necessary POST PUMP fuel filtration to delete the filter bowl (regulated return required) from the engine valley. The Sump and 5/8" Pickup versions allow for easy future pump upgrades to support larger injectors.

This kit includes:
• Extended Fuel Tank Pickup Tube *
• Extended Fuel Tank Return Tube *
• 15' New 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.

VAN OWNERS LOOK HERE!!! : This kit was not designed to fit the E-Series Van due to the different configuration of the fuel tank. The van fuel tank has a baffled pan around the pickup assembly that interferes with the extended return, and the installation instructions were written for a Pickup/Excursion. If you wish to use this kit in your van, you will NOT be able to use the extended return tube, and your installation may differ somewhat from the instructions due to the location of the van fuel tank and differences in the van frame (the kit does fit). If you have an extended length van, or you simply want to be sure you won't have any issues, we recommend ordering the optional longer hose length, as the vans have the fuel tank behind the rear axle like the cab and chassis trucks do. Also, van fuel tanks have a liner in them that is notorious for a condition called "Delamination". Delamination is a problem with the fuel tank and has nothing to do with the installation of this product. If you purchase this kit and install it in a van, you are doing so with the understanding that any issues with tank delamination are not the responsibility of Driven Diesel or Strictly Diesel.

Check out the cool ball valves in the "Related Products" section above, 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 can...as 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

Customer Reviews

(4.41)stars out of 5
# of Ratings: 46
1. on 6/21/2022, said:
5 stars out of 5
Started this job at 2pm, finished at 4am. With the help of my 15 year old son, we got the job done. We found the instructions were read before, during and after the installation process. The key to the directions is to read them several times, and to look at every detail of the pictures. For instance, I installed the bracket and had the bottom bolt installed where the threads were on the side of the filter, the picture shows them to be on the other side, I had to change it to the other side to allow the filter to be installed. Also, you should know the brief guidance to 'zip-tie a plastic bag over the end of the factory fuel supply line', I was not understanding why. That line is no longer going to be used due to the filter installation and I did not understand until I got to the step involving the fuel pump, around Step 30 or so. Also, a suggestion, is to mount the filter assembly behind the transfer case and in front of the fuel tank, there is plenty of room at that location, but put inside the fuel rails. I have seen more than 1 truck locally that has the filter mounted OUTSIDE the frame rails and that is dangerous and invites someone to mess with your system. I tried to use a utility knife to cut the fuel hose, that stuff is tough! I used a pair of duck bill wire cutters and that worked very well. Be sure to run the fuel hose in the frame rail, zip tie in advance of re-installing the fuel tank. I would suggest leaving the zip ties slack so you can pull the extra through after you get the fuel line onto the fuel tank. On that note, the kit does not include the aftermarket barb that allows you to use the factory quick-disconnect option, I have seen them sold on the internet, not sure how reliable the after market unit is, but man, after installing the bare hose on the fuel supply line, I was exhausted. As stated above, I did read the instructions several times but some of the process was not fully consumed until in the midst, or even after, a step was completed; this is more due to me than to the instructions. While this kit can be created on your own, the time savings, the support of a great business and more, I recommend this kit. OH!! DO NOT FORGET TO BUY the valves to help make your filter change a bit less messy by allowing you to shut off the fuel flow. I am happy with the kit, saved me time and effort and is MADE IN USA for the most part.
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2. on 6/21/2022, said:
5 stars out of 5
Started this job at 2pm, finished at 4am. With the help of my 15 year old son, we got the job done. We found the instructions were read before, during and after the installation process. The key to the directions is to read them several times, and to look at every detail of the pictures. For instance, I installed the bracket and had the bottom bolt installed where the threads were on the side of the filter, the picture shows them to be on the other side, I had to change it to the other side to allow the filter to be installed. Also, you should know the brief guidance to 'zip-tie a plastic bag over the end of the factory fuel supply line', I was not understanding why. That line is no longer going to be used due to the filter installation and I did not understand until I got to the step involving the fuel pump, around Step 30 or so. Also, a suggestion, is to mount the filter assembly behind the transfer case and in front of the fuel tank, there is plenty of room at that location, but put inside the fuel rails. I have seen more than 1 truck locally that has the filter mounted OUTSIDE the frame rails and that is dangerous and invites someone to mess with your system. I tried to use a utility knife to cut the fuel hose, that stuff is tough! I used a pair of duck bill wire cutters and that worked very well. Be sure to run the fuel hose in the frame rail, zip tie in advance of re-installing the fuel tank. I would suggest leaving the zip ties slack so you can pull the extra through after you get the fuel line onto the fuel tank. On that note, the kit does not include the aftermarket barb that allows you to use the factory quick-disconnect option, I have seen them sold on the internet, not sure how reliable the after market unit is, but man, after installing the bare hose on the fuel supply line, I was exhausted. As stated above, I did read the instructions several times but some of the process was not fully consumed until in the midst, or even after, a step was completed; this is more due to me than to the instructions. While this kit can be created on your own, the time savings, the support of a great business and more, I recommend this kit. OH!! DO NOT FORGET TO BUY the valves to help make your filter change a bit less messy by allowing you to shut off the fuel flow. I am happy with the kit, saved me time and effort and is MADE IN USA for the most part.
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3. on 6/21/2022, said:
5 stars out of 5
Started this job at 2pm, finished at 4am. With the help of my 15 year old son, we got the job done. We found the instructions were read before, during and after the installation process. The key to the directions is to read them several times, and to look at every detail of the pictures. For instance, I installed the bracket and had the bottom bolt installed where the threads were on the side of the filter, the picture shows them to be on the other side, I had to change it to the other side to allow the filter to be installed. Also, you should know the brief guidance to 'zip-tie a plastic bag over the end of the factory fuel supply line', I was not understanding why. That line is no longer going to be used due to the filter installation and I did not understand until I got to the step involving the fuel pump, around Step 30 or so. Also, a suggestion, is to mount the filter assembly behind the transfer case and in front of the fuel tank, there is plenty of room at that location, but put inside the fuel rails. I have seen more than 1 truck locally that has the filter mounted OUTSIDE the frame rails and that is dangerous and invites someone to mess with your system. I tried to use a utility knife to cut the fuel hose, that stuff is tough! I used a pair of duck bill wire cutters and that worked very well. Be sure to run the fuel hose in the frame rail, zip tie in advance of re-installing the fuel tank. I would suggest leaving the zip ties slack so you can pull the extra through after you get the fuel line onto the fuel tank. On that note, the kit does not include the aftermarket barb that allows you to use the factory quick-disconnect option, I have seen them sold on the internet, not sure how reliable the after market unit is, but man, after installing the bare hose on the fuel supply line, I was exhausted. As stated above, I did read the instructions several times but some of the process was not fully consumed until in the midst, or even after, a step was completed; this is more due to me than to the instructions. While this kit can be created on your own, the time savings, the support of a great business and more, I recommend this kit. OH!! DO NOT FORGET TO BUY the valves to help make your filter change a bit less messy by allowing you to shut off the fuel flow. I am happy with the kit, saved me time and effort and is MADE IN USA for the most part.
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4. on 4/7/2020, said:
5 stars out of 5
Excellent product! Purchased two kits, one for the pre-pump & the other for post pump after deleting my fuel bowl. Did not want to mount the post pump filter kit on the transmission. I expect it will do the job admirably.
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5. on 12/8/2018, said:
5 stars out of 5
After having problems with my truck and spending money on parts I did not need. Figured out the problem was caused by plugged fuel filters inside the fuel tank. I installed this kit in my 2000 Ford F350, 7.3. The kit has everything needed for the installation, the instructions are very detailed, easy to read and contain numerous illustrations in the way of actual pictures. I dropped the tank and moved out from under the truck and cleaned it , that was not hard either. I don't understand why Ford put the pre pump filters inside the tank. I did install the ball valves, they are high quality and perfect for the application I highly recommend this product, buy it with confidence.
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6. on 3/25/2018, said:
5 stars out of 5
Very well put togeather kit. Everything needed to complete the job. Injectors are a lot quieter. Well worth the extra money over the other hutch mod kits offered from other vendors.
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7. on 3/4/2018, said:
4 stars out of 5
I am giving this product four stars because I believe the kit is very well put together with great instructions. It was fairly straightforward to install and I feel provides a convenient way to change the fuel filter and not worry about the in tank fuel filters. On the other hand, I am not so certain that this helps with injector cackle. If your tank is full, you would not suck air through the bypass inlet valve in the tank so that solves nothing. Also wouldn’t you purge any air in the fuel system when it went through the fuel filter in the engine compartment? I’m not certain that the injectors are cavitating due to air in the system. I use diesel kleen with every Fill-up and this makes much more of a difference to smooth out injector noise. So basically I couldn’t tell a difference after installing this kit. Also one thing they could improve is the flimsy bracket that mounts to the frame rail. It is so thin, that when you tighten the nuts just barely, it starts to bow. Other than that I feel it is a great upgrade to the fuel system and worth the time
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8. on 10/28/2017, said:
5 stars out of 5
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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9. on 4/8/2017, said:
5 stars out of 5
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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10. on 2/21/2017, said:
5 stars out of 5
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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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 Filtration.com part number: 3312054S; and a filter like the Fleetguard FF105. OR... the Stricklydiesel.com 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.

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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