From The Oil Fields

Hard work pays off for Super Duty owner

March 2013 Feature Brady L. Kay

There is good money to be made in the oil fields of North Dakota, but you don't need to tell Josh Siepert that. He discovered nearly five years ago that there's really no place like this anywhere else in America.

New drilling technology has freed up vast reserves of oil in North Dakota, fueling an economic bonanza that has become a flat-out gold rush. As the rest of the country desperately tries to skirt a double-dip recession, North Dakota boasts a $1-billion budget surplus and the nation's lowest unemployment rate. And the boom shows no sign of letting up - almost 200 drilling rigs are boring 100 new wells a month.

Siepert works for Ensign Drilling on a four-weeks-on, two-weeks-off rotation and the results of his hard work and dedication to this company have paid off in many ways, including what's he's been able to accomplish so far with his 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT.  

Shortly after purchasing his 6.7L Power Stroke he stopped into Custom Auto Diesel Performance in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to see about adding some LED headlights. But little did he know this visit would eventually lead him down the road of performance modifications. It was Custom Auto owner James Brendle that helped him with his goal to create the ultimate truck.

"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Custom Auto, James and everybody at the shop," says Siepert. "They stuck out late nights until three in the morning at times just to put my truck back together. They're always there when I need help."


Besides the LED lights, one of the first steps Siepert took to modify his truck was to add a 2-inch leveling kit from BDS Suspension, 35-inch Toyo tires and 20-inch MKW wheels. He then followed it up by adding fender flares from Bushwacker.

"James hooked me up with the fender flares," says Siepert. "He got them earlier than they were going to be released." 

For the next phase, Siepert went with the Mini Maxx tuner and 4-inch exhaust from H&S Performance, but after coming up just short at a dyno event, he decided he needed to add a little extra.

Instant Power

"I got beat by 14 horsepower at a dyno event and I decided I didn't like that happening so we added the nitrous bottle from Edelbrock," says Siepert. "We put about a hundred shot on it just in case that 14hp ever came up again and I haven't blown it up yet either."

What did end up blowing out was his rear end, which led to the new aFe rear differential cover that he really likes with the sight window and other key features.

In just over three months Siepert, through Custom Auto, had transformed his truck that now included a Kicker sound system with a Legacy deck into a loaded Super Duty. But the Idaho native soon realized this was just the beginning.

"Next we started getting into the expensive part," says Siepert with a smile. "But hey, it's all fun and games right?"


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