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    The Navigator Fuel Filter Upgrade

    I know this has been mentioned before. I tried to consolidate all the info I found into one place on NHTOC.

    Here is the Lincoln Navigator/Ford Expedition/F150 HD - NAVI fuel filter mod.

    You can purchase the NAPA (NAPA Part # 3296) version or the FORD (FORD Part # FG-872). I personally used the FORD part

    Here's a picture of NAPA filer. Notice the size difference.


    Here's a picture of the FORD filter and Ford bracket (FORD Part # YC3Z-9180-CA)




    You may need to hunt around a bit for the Ford bracket (FORD Part # YC3Z-9180-CA)...but IMHO it's worth the effort.

    Ford fuel filter


    Remove the factory fuel filter bracket and filter:


    Stock Fuel filter Bracket:


    Cut the top stud off the new bracket. The factory only had one stud, two are more than enough:


    Use a step bit to drill out this hole:


    Use the bracket to mark the location for the back mounting stud and drill that hole:


    If you use these holes you will have no clearance issue with the E brake bracket or cables:




    Finished install:


    Some folks just used a ZIP tie to mount the filter. It's easier and you don't need to hunt for the bracket. I prefer the Ford bracket method.


    It's a cheap $25 mod. Thats for both the bracket and filter. Once you're under the truck it takes less than 15 minutes to do.
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    The filter bracket is NLA from ford, that's why I've been scouring salvage yards to get them for you guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joedpl View Post
    The filter bracket is NLA from ford, that's why I've been scouring salvage yards to get them for you guys.
    Thank You! We all appreciate it I'm sure!

    Agreed, I found some Ford dealerships that has or had a few still in stock.
    I was lucky enough to find one. I believe there may be a few still around.
    I does take some effort, energy and luck to find one but IMHO It's worth it!
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    This is a good mod! I got one of the Navi filters and brackets from joedpl too.

    Good write up Merlin. Way to get your hands dirty under the truck instead of always cleaning the top side!

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    What's the purpose of this? Just change the filter more often

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrf150 View Post
    What's the purpose of this? Just change the filter more often
    It's to provide a larger filter surface area so you can go longer between filter changes

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrf150 View Post
    What's the purpose of this? Just change the filter more often
    Same thing that stickers and a spoiler does for ricers....add's 10hp!!

    Bigger is better....need I say more?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joedpl View Post
    It's to provide a larger filter surface area so you can go longer between filter changes
    +1 Exactly!.... I don't particularly enjoy the gas bath, plus those pesky fuel line clips are dang hard to get off and on if you're not using the correct tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oki916 View Post
    Same thing that stickers and a spoiler does for ricers....add's 10hp!!

    Bigger is better....need I say more?!


    I change mine every 3rd oil change, takes minutes, cost is a few bucks I just don't understand the purpose of this ? Why go longer in between changes ? Oh never mind why do I bother talking


    Maybe I will modify the oil filter from my power stroke to fit the f150 !! Then I can go longer on my oil changes.

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    I believe it is recommended you change the fuel filter every 30k whether it's stock or Navi.
    If you cut them both open the Navi filter has almost 3 times the filter surface over the stock filter.
    The larger filter is better if you get build up due to the fact that the larger filter will have plenty of filter area space left.
    The Navi fuel filter will also protect better against possible fuel pump issues and gunk causing a fuel pressure drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrf150 View Post
    I change mine every 3rd oil change, takes minutes, cost is a few bucks I just don't understand the purpose of this ? Why go longer in between changes ? Oh never mind why do I bother talking


    Maybe I will modify the oil filter from my power stroke to fit the f150 !! Then I can go longer on my oil changes.
    lol personally I'm with you and never bought into this mod. Yes in theory it all makes sense, just one of those things I change it often enough, the smaller filter is easier to work with in the cramped spaces.

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    im sure this is an onld one but ive been known to revive the oldies.....what the hell is the secret to getting the hoses off the filter....yes i removed the clips hahahahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by spy98der1 View Post
    im sure this is an onld one but ive been known to revive the oldies.....what the hell is the secret to getting the hoses off the filter....yes i removed the clips hahahahaha
    Use this tool...canbe bought at any parts store
    Assenmacher 8012 Assenmacher Specialty Tools 5/16 Fuel Filter Remover

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    U can also do it with the cap to a sharpie

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