1999-2007 Upgrades and Aftermarket - GeneralUpgrading or adding OEM or aftermarket equipment to your 1999-2007 Super Duty. Please confine discussion of topics in this forum to those items that are not engine-specific.
We just bought an '04 F550 we're turning into a farm service truck. I've done a few upgrades and some maintenace already like blue fuel spring, egr delete, bypass oil filter, coolant filter, gauges, alternator gone through, new batteries, etc. If we're going to run a 12v fuel pump off the battery, do you think I should come up with a way to turn the idle speed up or just get a bigger alternator? I don't know what kind of pump we're going to get yet but I've seen pumps listed from a 20 amp draw to a 35 amp draw depending on how fast you want to pump or how much you want to spend.
You should be able to do the high idle mod that idles the truck up for PTO use. I did it on my F250 back in 06 when I got it. I don't know if the F550 was any different. It is just a matter of connecting a couple of wires to a switch. I used one of my upfitter switches. Unfortunately it was so long ago i cannot remember which wires are which, but the truck should already be wired for it.
A bigger alternator is a got change even without the pump. I have a 200 amp Quickstart large frame alternator. The older style large frame alternators will bolt on without any changes to the truck.
2006 F250 Lariat Supercrew, ESOF 4x4, 18" tires, FX 4, HD Alt., block heater, Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Upfitters, power rear window, cab lights - delivered 10/25/05
Ford Remote Start; High idle mod; Timbren load levelers, Scangauge II, Blue Spring upgrade, Quick Start 200 amp large frame alternator replacement, 2 batteries; GPCM replace October 2011; 2 EGR valves; EGR Cooler replaced 12/30/11; Performance Machine & Mfg. coolant filter added 1/2/12; Rotella T6 5W40 oil; turned rotors and replaced brake pads for 1st time 1/7/12 101K miles; GPCM, both subharnesses and all 8 glowplugs replaced 1/5/13 at 118,000 miles; 2 Ford batteries replaced under battery warranty.
are you going to add lights? any other things that might need juice?
would prove a good thing to get a better out put from the alt. and add in a couple deep cycle batteries
going to install a gas/diesel powered welder?
but how fast/much do you need to transfer?
lots of gallons 100's a day?
or just 50 or so every so often?
would a hand crank pump work?
less to worry about.
but at age 54 a powered pump sounds good. even for the odd 20 gallons.
been thinking about adding a extra tank to my truck and would need a low psi higher volume pump to transfer the fuel. ( speed for volume only, no back pressure to worry about).
but for me even a battery drill motor pump would work.
I've had a transfer pump in my truck for years. On one job in Louisiana, I was doing about 500 gallons a day. Never needed high idle or a bigger alternator.
One suggestion I do have is to run the power wires into the cab and put them on a separate (hidden) switch. I've had a lot of locks cut and fuel stolen and when I added the separate switch, I kept losing locks but I quit losing fuel.
2002 F-350 SRW
Lariat, Crew Cab, Long Bed
4X4, Auto Trans, Tymar Intake
Wicked Wheel, Zoodad Mod
DP Tuner - 60E, 80E, 40T, 80T, Decel
05+ Harley Headlights
6" Upper and Lower Windshield Brows
ISSPRO Gauges, Edge Insight CTS
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