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Bed Swap maintance

Hello Everyone, I purchased my 7.3 with a fancy utility bed on it and am going to swap back to the stock 6ft bed. Any maintenance or things I should do while the bed is off ? I am planning on changing the fuel sending unit filter thats in the tank. Should I clean the tank out ?

The truck is an 2002 f250 7.3 4x4 just about to hit 200k.


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I would do the Hutch mode while you in the tank. Your already there
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Clean/paint the frame...

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As stated, I’d clean up and paint the frame, delete the in tank screens all together (check on condition of the tank inside) and put a filter right before the pump spliced into that short rubber line. I bought a filter for $20 from vac motion, I can post the link if you want. Much better setup than factory


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As stated, I’d clean up and paint the frame, delete the in tank screens all together (check on condition of the tank inside) and put a filter right before the pump spliced into that short rubber line. I bought a filter for $20 from vac motion, I can post the link if you want. Much better setup than factory


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Hi if you have the link that be great and pictures? Thanks.


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I have never heard of the Hutch Mod (just got the truck a couple months ago) I will look into it, thank you.
I will definitely be painting the entire rear end !
yes please post a link for the filter delete and if you have them post some pictures of the installation.

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For easy reference, here is a thread from here containing a video about both the Hutch and Harpoon mods.

Hutch Mod Filtering

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While the bed is off, DEFINITELY everything above. My add would be to check anything that would difficult to do with the bed is on. Spare tire & wench, exhaust pipe hangers, U-joints @ the diff, check to see if the diff is leaking, "on-axle" brake lines, shocks/mounts, etc. Just my 1.5 cents worth (adjusted for inflation )


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Bed Swap maintance

3/8" Hose Barb In-Line Strainer with 50 mesh stainless steel filter screen https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CH2JSIY..._u-c6DbEV0XZAG

This is what I got. It is about 300 micron, which is much larger than what people typically use. They offer one with a 170 micron (80 mesh) rating.


Many people put a tiny 2 micron pre pump, but the pump does not need that fine of a filter to keep it safe, and a filter that fine can actually starve it. As long as you keep big chunks out of it, it’ll be fine. (Many people delete the in tank screens and don’t run a pre pump filter at all and don’t have issues)

If you want the 170 micron version, go to “VacMotion.com” the filter is considered the “mini” series and has a 3/8” barb on each end



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Bed Swap maintance

As stated with others posts which are all good especially brake lines. Be sure to check the steel line behind fuel tank that cannot be seen easily nor accessed when is fails. Change it now with copper line/fittings and be done with it.
Also check tank straps.


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