Diesel World Alumni

December 29th, 2011

Text By Kevin Wilson

Photography: Diesel World Staff

Big Judd’s Harley Davidson Edition Excursion

Very few diesel owners have had their trucks featured in the pages of Diesel World Magazine more than once. Only a select few could be called DW alumni.

Judd Niederer, of Rexburg, Idaho, is one of them. Judd’s multicolored Dodge pickup graced the cover of the March 2009 issue, and now, he’s built another killer diesel worthy of a look-see in Diesel World.

Judd is probably more famous for being the owner of Rexburg’s Big Judd’s Burgers, which was recently spotlighted by Guy Fieri (of the Ford Network’s TV show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives).

While owning a restaurant may be only one of Judd’s passions, his day job is as a regional sales manager for Premier Performance, a diesel wholesaler. With a 30-year background in automotive, and with more than 10 years on the diesel side, Judd knows how to build a killer diesel truck (and make some bad-ass burgers, as well).

Judd has actually owned this 2001 Excursion twice—once when he bought it new in 2001 and the second time when he bought it back in 2007 after getting a case of seller’s remorse.

“I realized after selling it that I wish I hadn’t and was really happy to get it back,” Judd admitted.

It was then that he decided to make something unique from the big, black ride, a Harley Davidson Edition Excursion. Ford only made a few of the Harley Davidson Edition pickups from F-250s (most were previously supercharged half-tons) with the 6.0-liter diesel in 2007, but it never offered the signature black-and-orange paint scheme or custom leather trim in an Excursion.

To get the ball rolling, the big Ford was fitted with a 4-inch Pro Comp lift to clear 35-inch 13.50×20 Pro Comp Extreme AT tires mounted on 20×10-inch RBP R95 wheels with skull inserts. Motive gear 4:30 final drives in each axle help move the 10,000-pound monster down the road. Mag-Hytec diff covers add additional fluid capacity to both axles. And to help stop the big rig, a set of SSBC Big Bite rotors shorten stopping distances.

One of the reasons Judd wanted the Excursion back was because it was fitted with the 7.3-liter Power Stroke, which has plenty of power potential with the right combination of power parts. For breathing, the 7.3L was fitted with an aFe Pro Guard 7 Stage II intake that feeds air to the Industrial Injection GTP38 Hybrid turbo. The turbo is fitted with a Wicked” Wheel and ATS 4-inch ported cover, while a CFM plus intake delivers the air charge to the cylinder heads. An Adrenaline High Pressure oil pump helps actuate the stock injectors.

Tuning is courtesy of an Edge Evolution CTS programmer. A Diamond Eye 4-inch turbo back exhaust with a black RBP tips routes out the soot. To handle the estimated 300 horsepower and 600-plus lb/ft of torque, Judd turned to the folks at BD for one of their BD Towing transmissions with a 2,000rpm stall speed billet torque converter. Adrenaline Performance, of Shelley, Idaho, did the install.

Obviously, with a body as big as an airliner, the most obvious thing about Judd’s Excursion is its Harley-themed paint job. But if you look closely, you can also see some way-cool ghost flames down the side of the truck. Precision Collision, of Rexburg, laid down the black-and-Harley orange paint, while Booke Pussey added the ghost flames. The finishing touch on the paint job was a custom airbrushed separation stripe.

In terms of body mods, the Excursion is fitted with 4-inch BT polished stainless steps and a 2007 Harley Davidson Edition front end conversion, complete with the bumper, grille and headlights. A KC light bar up front is fitted with four Lightforce 170 Strikers. Altezza taillights replace the stock units out back.

On the interior, Judd opted for a combination of comfort and custom. The stock seating was wrapped with Katzkin leather, while a full complement of Auto Meter carbon-fiber gauges mounted on the A-pillar keep track of vitals.

Custom Auto, also of Rexburg, installed the truck’s rockin’ sound system, which features a JVC head unit, Fusion 2400 and Arc Audio 800-watt, four-channel amps that direct signal to two 12-inch Fusion sub woofers, four 6-inch speakers and twin twitters. The truck also features video screens in the seat backs and a central drop-down unit.

Judd says the Harley Davidson Edition Excursion “gets a lot of looks and compliments. I have even had several offers to sell it. But this time, I’m keeping it.” Good choice.

This is in the January 2012 issue of Diesel World magazine.

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