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Part #: XD253

XDP HD Gear Reduction Starter (New) Wrinkle Black XD253

Vehicle Fitment:
1994-2003 Ford 7.3L Powerstroke | See full application list below
Part #: XD253
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You can rely on the XDP HD Gear Reduction Starter (New) Wrinkle Black XD253 to get your 1994-2003 Ford 7.3L Powerstroke running in the most extreme environments. XDP's HD Gear Reduction Starters are faster, stronger, and more durable than your factory starter. This gives you the ability to turn over even the most aggressive diesel engines. 

XDP's HD Gear Reduction Starters feature a motor that is faster, more efficient, and draws less amperage. The Gear Reduction Design produces more torque than a factory unit. Each starter comes pre-tested, ready for installation and features a durable "Wrinkle Black" finish for corrosion resistance and aesthetics. Includes adapter plate and mounting bolts required for installation on manual transmission applications.

  • Wrinkle Black Finish 
  • Increased Durability 
  • HD Gear Reduction Design
  • Includes Spacer & Bolts Required For Use On Manual Transmission Applications.
Tech Notes: 
Depending on the conditions, a starter can pull up to 500 amps. These levels of amperage stress ALL components in the circuit including cables, terminals, batteries, and more. Problems with these components can be difficult to diagnose as they appear fine at rest and under a light load, but generate high resistance under heavy amperage draws. This results in low voltage to the starter while cranking, causing heavier amperage draw, and increased heat leading to starter failure. Batteries, cables and additional components should be checked and serviced regularly. Voltage measured at the starter during cranking should always be above 11V DC. Starter heat shields are not required, but are an excellent idea for heat protection.


  • MPN XD253
  • SKU XD253
  • GTIN 857062006514
  • ID 34029
  • Manufacturer Name XDP
  • Shipping Weight 20.00 lb.
  • Shipping Length 13 in.
  • Shipping Width 9 in.
  • Shipping Height 9 in.
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Warranty Info 1 Year / Unlimited Mileage
  • Prop 65 Prop 65 WarningWARNING: Cancer & Reproductive Harm -
  • Cross Reference # F4TZ11002A, F4TZ-11002-A, F4TZ-11002-ARM, F4TZ11002ARM, F5TU-11000-AA, F5TU11000AA, F5TU-11000-AB, F5TU11000AB, F5TU-11000-AD, F5TU11000AD, F5TU-11002-AA, F5TU11002AA, F5TUAA, F5TUAB, F5TUAD, M8T50071, M8T50071A, M8T50072, M8T50072A, M8T50081, MG250421, SR7529X, 280-4204, 2804204, 19135489, 88864497, 117578, 117578N
  • Internal L28R43


★★★★★ ★★★★★
4.8/5 Stars out of 37 Reviews
Verified Buyer
Installed on 2000 F350
Amazing cranking power. Old one would give you that slow turnover that would want to kill your battery. This thing has amazing power.
Verified Buyer
Great Upgrade
Finally decided to upgrade to the gear reduction starter and after reading a lot of reviews decided to go with the XDP and boy I'm glad I did. Turns my 7.3L over like nothing, it's a night and day difference. That top bolt is pretty tricky but with patience and the right tools it's manageable. If you're on the fence about getting one, just do it.
Verified Buyer
Started Well But Didn't Last
Worked great, but the top bolt eventually worked loose and it started slipping. Taking it out, the main stud and signal stud were rusted to the point of stripping out. I am in NY though so the salt is certainly a problem.
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Questions and Answers

starter picture shows 3 bolt mounting. Mine has 2 bolt mounting. Will it work? 2001 F350, 7.3 crewcab, 4wd.
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Yes! Our XDP Wrinkle Black HD Gear Reduction Starter XD253 is designed to work on all 1994-2003 Ford 7.3L Powerstrokes regardless if they came equipped with the factory two bolt, or three bolt starter. For trucks equipped with the factory two bolt starter you will simply install the new starter using only two bolts instead of the three.
Does this starter work for the zf5 transmission or for the auto trans?
View Staff Answer 
The XDP Wrinkle Black HD Gear Reduction Starter XD253 will work on both manual and automatic applications.
I just bought a starter for my 2003 7.3L Powerstroke. Do I use the spacer it came with?
View Staff Answer 
The XDP Wrinkle Black HD Gear Reduction Starter XD253 requires the spacers to be installed on manual transmission applications.
Does it come with new bolts?
View Staff Answer 
The XDP HD Gear Reduction Starter (New) Wrinkle Black XD253 does include a spacer and bolts required for use on manual transmission applications.

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