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XDP Wrinkle Black HD Gear Reduction Starter XD253

1994-2003 Ford 7.3L Powerstroke
Part #: XD253
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You can rely on the XDP Wrinkle Black HD Gear Reduction Starter 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 smaller motor that is faster, more efficient, and draws less amperage. The Gear Reduction Design produces more torque than a factory unit, at about a third of the size. This not only reduces weight, but also makes a more compact design for easier installation. 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.

  • HD Gear Reduction Design
  • Wrinkle Black Finish 
  • Increased Durability 
  • Made In The USA! 
  • 1-Year Warranty 
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.

Warranty Info:
Products manufactured by XDP carry a 1-Year warranty against defects in materials and craftsmanship. The Warranty is Limited to one (1) year from the date of sale and limited solely to the parts contained within the product's kit. Click Here for full warranty policy.

Vehicle Applications

1994 Ford 7.3L Powerstroke
1995 Ford 7.3L Powerstroke
1996 Ford 7.3L Powerstroke
1997 Ford 7.3L Powerstroke
1999 Ford 7.3L Powerstroke
2000 Ford 7.3L Powerstroke
2001 Ford 7.3L Powerstroke
2002 Ford 7.3L Powerstroke
2003 Ford 7.3L Powerstroke


  • MFG. Number XD253
  • Manufacturer Name XDP
  • Shipping Weight 20.00 lb.
  • Shipping Length 13 in.
  • Shipping Width 7 in.
  • Shipping Height 9 in.
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • UPC 857062006514
  • Warranty Yes
  • Warranty Info 1 Year / Unlimited Mileage
  • Prop 65 Prop 65 WarningWARNING: Cancer & Reproductive Harm -
  • Cross Reference # F4TZ11002A
  • Internal L18.00R17.00


★★★★★ ★★★★★
4.8/5 Stars out of 17 Reviews
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Great Starter!
Order# 1702290 Works great. Seems built well. Be warned, that top bolt is no joke. Might have been easier to take out the fender liner. Took probably 45 minuets to figure out the right combo of wobble drive/extension/universal joint to get it to work. Maybe a crows foot would have worked? Don't have any so not sure. Not gonna ding it for that as I am more concerned with the end result. Two, maybe three seconds of cranking and he fires right up.
Verified Buyer
Not impressed at all.
Bought the gear reduction starter. Installed then not even two months later the solenoid dies while on a road trip leaving me stranded 545 miles from home. Stopped to fuel up and truck would start again. Had to get a mobile mechanic to figure out what was wrong. He found the solenoid in the starter stopped working. Had to get a replacement starter from Oreillys which happened to be a gear reduction starter for a lot less. Not happy at all. It worked great until it didn't and left me stuck for 3 hours. Now I'm out the cost of 2 starters and the painful cost of a mobile mechanic.
Verified Buyer
Awesome starter
Order # 1624707 Works great better than factory for sure.
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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.

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