Gar­rett Osen


Diesel Power - - Contents - Words by KJ JONES Pho­tos by BEN COOPER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY and DIESELPOWER STAFF

Want + need = one bad Su­per Duty

GAR­RETT OSEN, who was se­lected as an al­ter­nate for Diesel Power Chal­lenge 2018 Pre­sented by XDP, says the stun­ning black ’10 Ford F-350 he has owned since 2013 was born of de­sire and a small amount of ne­ces­sity. “I had been want­ing a diesel for a few years but couldn’t pull the trig­ger un­til I wrecked my gasser while driv­ing home from work in North Dakota,” Gar­rett says. “I just bought the first one I found that I could af­ford at the time.”

A thor­oughly de­stroyed 5R110 five-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion led Gar­rett to seek as­sis­tance from Justin Sum­mers of Auto Trends Mo­tor­sports in Fort Collins, Colorado (it’s also where he met and formed a friend­ship with DPC 2015 alum JD Glea­son).

“Since meet­ing those two, I haven’t stopped mess­ing with the truck,”

Gar­rett says. “We put a trans­mis­sion in it, and then a drop-in tur­bocharger and cus­tom tunes, and pro­ceeded to crack a pis­ton. Of course, a plan for a mild re­li­able re­build evolved into what the truck has be­come now, with an en­gine and trans­mis­sion built by Nathannial DeLong. For my money, he’s one of the best builder/ fab­ri­ca­tors in the game.”

Gar­rett con­fesses the time lead­ing up to get­ting the call from KJ Jones was an emo­tional roller coaster.

“Of course, I was hope­ful, but not re­ally ex­pect­ing it. I’m not par­tic­u­larly well known, and I keep a pretty small cir­cle,” he says. “It turns out, get­ting the call was

pretty ex­cit­ing and made fin­ish­ing the rest of my yard work a lot more bear­able.”

In ad­di­tion to JD, Gar­rett has met and be­come friends with sev­eral other for­mer Diesel Power Chal­lenge com­peti­tors; not coin­ci­den­tally, the ma­jor­ity of them are Ford guys. “I’m ac­tu­ally re­ally pumped about the prospect of com­pet­ing in Diesel Power Chal­lenge. It’s the stan­dard the truck was built to meet. I’m pretty con­fi­dent my truck will be highly com­pet­i­tive and will fin­ish the com­pe­ti­tion, be­cause I’ve got a great team who helped make the truck pos­si­ble.”


The event’s lone 6.4L Power Stroke en­gine is boosted by com­pound tur­bocharg­ers (66 mm and 82 mm) pre­pared by Elite Diesel Engi­neer­ing and man­aged with ECM tun­ing by Gear­head Au­to­mo­tive.

A truck’s “cool” is not al­ways de­fined by its bla­tantly ob­vi­ous mod­i­fi­ca­tions and ac­ces­sories. A close look at the rear axle on Gar­rett’s rig un­cov­ers the unique alu­minum hubs by In­no­va­tive Ma­chin­ing So­lu­tions and light­weight ro­tors of Wil­wood’s Su­per Duty disc-brake sys­tem.

Of all the Ford pick­ups in­vited to Diesel Power Chal­lenge 2018 Pre­sented by XDP, the clean jet-black ’10 F-350 be­long­ing to our al­ter­nate, Gar­rett Osen, is the only rig that can le­git­i­mately lay claim to hav­ing the best-look­ing fac­tory-in­stalled front bumper (in our opin­ion, the ’08-to-’10 Su­per Duty piece is the sharpest one). Amer­i­can Force “Buck­shot” wheels also com­ple­ment the oth­er­wise-sim­ple truck.

Gar­rett’s F-250 rides smoothly on an even plane thanks to a 2.5 Se­ries lev­el­ing kit by Icon Ve­hi­cle Dy­nam­ics fea­tur­ing pig­gy­back­reser­voir front shocks and in­ter­nal-reser­voir rear dampers.

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