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Killing a Duramax: Part 14Killing a Duramax: Part 14

The “Killing a Duramax” series makes its triumphant return with part 14! Gale’s been busy with the design of the new L5P cam as he tries the get the most horsepower while cranking out new ideas. Gale collaborated with Comp Cams in the development of this new high-performance and explains how he analyzes each step in the 4-stroke ...
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1979: Battle-Ready Engines1979: Battle-Ready Engines

Due to the overwhelming success of Banks-built engines produced for marine leisure and racing use, the company was asked to lend their expertise to the United States Military. Banks developed and supplied twin-turbo gasoline marine engines to the U.S. Navy for SEALs’ covert-action boats. The demand on these engines was grueling with requirements of sustaining ...
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Building a Monster Truck Engine: Part 9Building a Monster Truck Engine: Part 9

In the latest episode of Banks Building a Monster Truck Engine series, Gale takes the supercharged 7.1L Duramax to 666 horsepower. Is that the max power this powerplant will make without turbos? He also unveils Banks’ new Charge Air Rating System (CARS), the ultimate way to measure an intercooler’s true performance. That intercooler that you ...
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Five Points MotorsFive Points Motors

Five Points Motors has some family history to the place. Starting the business in 1946, Mark Oliphant’s grandfather, Whitney Oliphant, opened a little two-bay shop. Through the years the business grew and was continued by Mark’s father, and now heading into 74 years in business Mark runs the family’s 10-bay shop. Armed with five technicians, ...
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2008 Honda Civic Type R (Euro Spec FN2)2008 Honda Civic Type R (Euro Spec FN2)

Pascal Bohnet Banks products are well known with diesel enthusiasts (and with performance enthusiasts in general) in the United States, having been at the forefront of hot rod and diesel power for more than 60 years. This is a given, but the amount of products that actually get used overseas is quite surprising. Diesel performance systems ...
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1986 Banks Trans-Am Smashes Record1986 Banks Trans-Am Smashes Record

Banks teams up with Pontiac and Popular Mechanics to build a Trans Am that would be powered by a Gale Banks 1,500 horsepower, inter-cooled twin-turbocharged 456 ci big block engine which used Banks developed reverse deflector turbo pistons, camshaft and turbo valves. The project, having been in development for three years, was conceived to challenge a record ...
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Charlie Bernal, 2017 RAM EcoDieselCharlie Bernal, 2017 RAM EcoDiesel

iDash, Derringer, PedalMonster To say Charlie Bernal was satisfied with the Banks products that he purchased would be a bit of an understatement according to his review. Maybe ‘satisfied’ isn’t a strong enough word to describe how Charlie actually feels about the differences between stock and Banks enhancements that he has experienced, so here’s his review: “So ...
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Magnolia Diesel PerformanceMagnolia Diesel Performance

Justin Laparo: Co-Owner Magnolia Diesel Performance is the brainchild of Chris Blair, who started the business back in 2004 under the name DRV Performance and focusing on RV performance. As the demand for diesel performance continued to grow Chris saw the potential and moved the business to a larger shop in 2016 changing the name to ...
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Exhaust Back Pressure TestingExhaust Back Pressure Testing

The Banks Mechanical Engineering Department just put the finishing touches on the instrumentation of the shop’s 2020 L5P Duramax. The truck already had test instrumentation in the engine compartment due to intake, intercooler, and tuner development, but these additional sensor placements are now throughout the exhaust system from the turbine outlet to the tailpipe tip. By ...
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2012 Ridler-Winning ’55 Thunderbird2012 Ridler-Winning ’55 Thunderbird

Friends since the early 1960s, Gale Banks and Bruce Geisler had teamed up on some of the most famous and significant automotive performance records in history. One of their fondest collaborations was the Geisler-Banks 1953 Studebaker, a vehicle that they ran together multiple times with several different engine configurations. In 1978, Banks built a 955-hp ...
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