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For as long as Banks Power has been around, Banks products have been used in a variety of applications that they weren’t necessarily intended for. Whether it be diesel turbos used to boost up an Acura for instance (from a couple of weeks ago), people have always found different ways of adapting a Banks product to their needs.
Such is the case of an L5P Ram-Air intake that’s being adapted to a supercharged gasoline V8 in owner Erekk Pena’s red 2017 GMC. Also for his concoction the stock 5.3 liter engine with its 6L80 6-speed auto is being swapped with a built 6.2 liter and an 8-speed 8L90 from a donor Denali. Breathing extra vitality into the engine will be a ported 2650 Eaton supercharger which has also been modified with port injection.
Erekk is adapting the Banks Duramax L5P Ram-Air kit because as he put it “I want the most unrestricted air to that blower that I could get, and Banks makes the biggest filter that I could find! I also wanted it to be as factory looking as possible.” To further the “factory” effect Erekk is using the hood from a Duramax-powered GMC truck because the integrated hood scoop connects directly to the Banks Ram-Air intake, making it complexly functional and supplying the supercharger with an abundance of cool air.
The whole point of Erekk’s truck is for it to be a daily-driven sleeper stalking the streets of Corpus Christi, TX. For an even faster wolf in wolf’s clothing approach Erekk already has a 4WD GMC drag truck in his garage that he also Frankenstein’d from various parts like a kid mixes together Lego sets. This black beauty puts down 1,800 horsepower and is pulled by a… you guessed it… GMC L5P 2500 truck. Erekk, sounds like GMC needs to at least give you discount on your next purchase!