Printed aluminum Monster Ram prototype with EGR

Early in the Cummins 6.7-liter diesel’s life the team at Banks saw an opportunity to improve airflow into the engine by targeting the cast intake manifold inlet. The part goes by many names from inlet elbow to air horn. One of the things Banks does so well is design a product that takes advantage of all the available space needed in an engine compartment, but all too often automotive aftermarket products are designed by others to live in the confines of tight spaces. By trying to make a “work-around” it oftentimes limits the effective gains of the design, or even in a lot of cases makes for a worse part than stock.

For the Banks Monster-Ram there was a huge opportunity to make it the best intake product on the market, but that design called for a custom fuel line to take advantage of the available area and to maximize the airflow. Most other products incorporate structural dips or divots in the design to accommodate the stock fuel line, which impedes the airflow into their designs and kills the performance potential. Doing it right is what something Gale Banks says, “separates the men from the boys.”

Banks has taken the design of the ultra-performance Monster-Ram, incorporating the EGR and designed an emissions friendly version that still flows big numbers! The part showcased it the video was printed out of aluminum by way of some very high-tech machines. The printed prototype will be machined and ready for installation and trials on a vehicle. Check out the video to see how it was made!