I'm getting ready to drop my tank (Gas Engine, 5.4) to install my Webasto heater, and it seems to make sense to preventatively replace the fuel pump.
My problem is that I'd like to put in a 3 port pump to make the Webasto install easier. But the Ford Parts guys tell me that the 3 inlet pumps available aren't compatible with my particular vehicle (based on the VIN.) I did get the part number (3C2Z9H307BA) for the no-longer-available pump, and the google tells me that the only compatible one out there (that I can find) is this airtex one:
So, my questions are:
Is the Airtex pump any good? My research suggests maybe not so much...
Are the Ford guys just covering their asses, and a different 3 port pump would work?
Should I just get a 2 port motorcraft (3C2Z9H307CB) and drill a hole?
And...is cleaning/flushing the tank standard practice when replacing the fuel pump?
Thanks for any thoughts you might have.