Here at Diesel Army, we have covered quite a bit of new parts hitting the market but this is different. Our friends over at Strictly Diesel now offer a complete kit for the 1994-1997 Ford Power Stroke-powered trucks. If you’re looking for a more reliable way to get fuel from the tank to the injectors, the search is over.
The Driven Diesel complete kit converts the OE mechanical fuel system to a complete electric fuel system which is more reliable, supplies the injectors with a higher volume of fuel, offers much better filtration and the regulated return part of the kit replaces all of the fuel lines on the engine. For trucks with dual fuel tanks it allows them to reuse the factory selector valve, this also means you don’t have to remove the fuel tanks during installation.
Their kit includes a complete wiring harness to supply key on power to the pump. To keep the pump from running continuously when using accessories without the engine running, they designed a pump controller into the harness. After about 20 seconds of not seeing engine oil pressure, it will turn off power to the pump.
• Compatible with Both Stock and Aftermarket Turbochargers
• High-Quality Fuelab Bypass Fuel Pressure Regulator
• 3/8-inch CNC Bent Stainless Steel Hard Line Used in High Temperature and Tight Radius Locations
• High-Quality 3/8-inch Stainless Steel Braided Teflon Hoses with black Protective Covering
• Optional Driven Diesel Stainless Steel High Flow Banjo Bolt Kit – RECOMMENDED
• Stainless Steel Regulator Mounting Bracket
• Marshall Liquid Filled Fuel Pressure Gauge
• All Kits Feed Front Ports (away from Turbo Heat) and Return from Rear Ports
• Bosch Electric Fuel Pump (same pump as 99-03 Ford Super Duty)
• Can be Upgraded to “Dual Stock Pump” Setup at a later date (support for more HP)
• Driven Diesel T-304 S.S. Fuel Pump/Filter Mounting Bracket (No Drilling Required)
• High-Quality Pre & Post Pump Fuel Filter Heads
• Baldwin Pre & Post Pump Fuel Filter Elements
• 3/8-inch Mini Ball Valve Included (shut-off fuel supply during filter change)
• Complete Pump/Filters Assembly is only 13-inches Wide
• 20′ of Gates #6 Fuel Line and All Necessary Fittings
• Driven Diesel OBS Fuel Pump Wiring Harness w/Pump Controller
• All Necessary Hardware for Installation
The OEM fuel pump is located in the center of the engine valley and is driven by a camshaft lobe. The pump’s pressure output can be inconsistent and these pumps are a very common source of leaks. Due to the age of these trucks, some have gone through multiple pumps over the years. The fuel filter bowl is another common source of fuel leaks from any one of its o-rings.
Eliminating these two components makes for a much more reliable fuel system with consistent pressure, better filtration, and a fuel pump that has a very long service life. With the fuel bowl removed it also gives easier access to the high pressure oil pump when it’s time to be resealed or replaced, and the top of the engine looks much cleaner.
Wondering more about this kit, I reached out Dennis Schroeder, Co-Owner of Strictly Diesel, and got his thoughts on what’s available with these kits. “This kit works well for the majority of the trucks on the road, but for those that need a larger fuel supply we do offer this kit with dual Bosch pumps, or the single pump kit can be upgraded to a dual pump setup at any time.”
NOTE: High performance configurations may require the elimination of the fuel tank selector valve. Consult with Strictly Diesel to discuss your high performance needs.
I had a few questions for Schroeder and his answers are as follows.
DA- How important is this upgrade for the 7.3-Liter trucks in this year range? Do they have problems with whatever is existing or is this just an upgrade?
DS- “The stock mechanical pump suffers from 3 issues for current owners of these trucks. First, it is more prone to failure and leaks than an electric setup. Second, because it is driven off of a cam lobe, the fuel pressure and flow delivered to the fuel rails are not consistent like an electric pump provides. Last, there is only one size mechanical pump, so it isn’t easily upgraded to a larger size if needed to support a larger fuel injector.”
DA- From a mechanical standpoint, how hard is this kit to install?
DS- “Upgrading to an electric fuel system is not a small task. It involves removal of the turbo, removal, and elimination of the OEM mechanical pump, fuel filter bowl, and lines, installation of the electric pump and filters on the frame, installation of the new fuel lines, and pressure regulator on the engine and wiring to run the system. We provide detailed instructions for our DIY customers, and we advise them to plan for this to be a project that takes a few days to complete.”
DA- Are there any other parts customers should combo with this or is this is good buy by itself?
DS- “This kit comes complete with regard to the electric fuel system conversion on a 94-97 Power Stroke. That said, it would be a very good idea to drop and inspect the fuel tanks for issues like broken or missing pickup screens, and if it is original or very old, possibly consider replacing the fuel tank selector valve at the same time, just to make sure the rest of the system is in good working order.”
It’s pretty clear that for any of you with a truck in this range, this is a must. Why run your truck up the road every day and wonder about these potential issues when it could all be fixed in a few day’s work? For more information about this kit and all of the other parts Strictly Diesel offers, be sure and head on over to their website here. For more part reviews, event coverage, and truck features, stay tuned right here to Diesel Army.