To my knowledge, there isn't a write-up about doing a coolant filter on 7.3's. So after deciding to not buy a kit, I went ahead and gathered all my parts and figured I'd try to take a shot at some sort of write-up.
Filter base-NAPA 4019-eBay-$25
12' 3/8" heater hose-NAPA-$13.20
Pex T fitting-Lowe's-$1.92
Bag of 10 hose clamps-Lowe's-$4.67
Total: $63.03 vs. Dieselsite $109. Savings of $45.97
I first wanted to make the filter base black, so I scuffed the base and plugged the inlet and outlet holes.
While waiting on my paint to dry, I fabbed up a bracket to hang the setup and used the three bolts included to mount the base to the bracket. I then used two other bolts to hang the bracket.
I also prepped all my fittings with teflon tape for a better fit and hopefully prevent leaks.
I plan to remove my CCV catch-can, so I will mount the filter in this location. This is on the drivers side near the IDM.
For the outlet of the filter, it needs to be tapped into the line the connects the overflow tank to the radiator. This is where you use the T fitting.
To get coolant to flow all the way through the setup, you obviously need a pressure source. Some engineer was nice enough to locate a 3/8" NPT plug on the side of the water pump.
I ran the line from the water pump behind the serpentine belt and under the power steering pump. From it just went anywhere I felt it was safe from anything.
To make the hose look as stock as possible, I ran it through the bundle near the firewall, as seen in the upper right hand corner.
Here is the filter tucked away in it's new home, ready to roll!
An under-the-hood shot for a full view
I know this write-up has a few open ends, but I was trying to help answer most of the FAQs in one thread. Hope this helps anyone and feel free to PM me with any questions regarding the install!
**3/12/12-Since doing this install, I have eliminated the crappy looking bracket and just directly mounted the base. I plan to move the location of the filter and actually am due for a filter change. I'll post back with some results.