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Diesel Fuel – Part 2 Gas-to-liquid (GTL) diesel fuels are making their way into the fuel supply.  One company, Rentech, has developed a fuel that will work in even the most finicky diesel engines…and may have some applications in racing. In many ways, the production of biodiesel in the USA is still the equivalent of making moonshine. That’s one reason why ... Read more about this post

The Worst Enemy for Diesel Owners Diesel Fuel: A status report on the fuels that are available to diesel owners, and why it’s still hard to know what comes out of the pump. By John Stewart Low-sulfur diesel fuel is now the norm throughout the USA, which means that many diesels are running on different fuel from what the manufacturer had in mind ... Read more about this post

The Truth About – Mileage Fuel economy is maddeningly difficult to measure and document-even if you are the EPA. In the real world, it’s practically impossible to standardize all conditions and control all variables. But if you understand the process, you can at least develop a working strategy for maximizing your mileage. By John Stewart On a recent trip from Los Angeles ... Read more about this post

NHRDA World Finals Report Banks Sidewinder S-10 Wins Top Diesel at Topeka By John Stewart Bad weather plagued the National Hot Rod Diesel Association’s World Finals last weekend in Topeka, Kansas, holding down attendance and limiting track time.  But in the end, spectators got to see a diesel pickup run at a world record pace. Gale Banks took his record-setting ... Read more about this post

Want to Know What Gale Banks Knows – Ask a Question Consider professor Banks your own personal Mr. Wizard. By John Stewart Regular visitors to may have noticed we’re trying to develop two-way communications with our customers.  It’s our goal to listen better. Not just talk to a customer, but to conduct a conversation. Not just blast out marketing, but to find out what customers really, truly ... Read more about this post

HURRY-HURRY-HURRY – Come see Jay Leno’s Tank Car Now on Display Now is your chance to see the infamous “Tank Car” up close and in person at the NHRA Museum at the LA County Fairgrounds By John Espino Jay Leno’s Tank Car is now on display at the Gale Banks Engineering’s exhibit in the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum located at the Pomona Fair Grounds in California. If ... Read more about this post

Installation Made Easy at Banks Power Installation—the last hurdle before your plan for your rig becomes real.  Options include doing it yourself, having your Banks dealer handle the install, or getting it done at the Banks PowerHouse.   By John Stewart It’s always a great day when your performance parts arrive. Whether you’ve had them shipped to your door or you ordered them at ... Read more about this post

Performance Diesel 101 – Gale Banks Engine Balancing Balancing an engine allows it to run smoother, get better mileage, and last longer. But how is it done? The experts at Banks Balancing Service (BBS) took a moment out of their busy schedule to show us the procedure and answer our questions. By John Stewart No one in their right mind would put new tires on ... Read more about this post

Diesel Performance – Upgrading Instrumentation Gauges quantify temperatures, speeds and pressures to reveal what part of a powertrain may be in jeopardy, help tune for power, and get better mileage. Unfortunately, even the newest cars and trucks tend to have inadequate instrumentation, or gauges that function as idiot lights. By John Stewart Gauges protect your investment. They quantify temperatures, speeds and pressures ... Read more about this post

Air Density – The Key to Making Power Understanding air density explains why some air-flow products work better than others. It all has to do with air pressure, air temperature, and the relationship between them. By John Stewart You may have heard that professional drag race teams prefer cool, clear days-and sea-level altitudes. It’s the kind of situation that lets them tune for a little ... Read more about this post