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A Surplus 6.2L Blazer Gets a Banks Sidewinder Turbo KitA Surplus 6.2L Blazer Gets a Banks Sidewinder Turbo Kit

Anyone over the age of 50 recalls the old “Jeep for $100” ads that used to be found in the back of such magazines as Popular Mechanics and Popular Science. What they failed to mention the Jeeps were in crates with some assembly required. However, there is still a great market for used military vehicles. ...
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Oshkosh Attacks The Baja 1000Oshkosh Attacks The Baja 1000

Testing a New Tactical Diesel-Electric Hybrid The Baja 1000 is a two-day, 1,000-mile, off-road race that takes place every year in Mexico. It’s one of the most grueling motorsports events in the world. During a good year, only 58 percent of the vehicles that start the race ever cross the finish line. So when Oshkosh Defense ...
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The Perfect Power StrokeThe Perfect Power Stroke

Craftsman Tools and Diesel Power magazine build the ultimate 6.4L Ford F-250. When Diesel Power magazine was contacted by Craftsman Tools to help build the ultimate bolt-on Ford diesel pickup, we jumped at the chance. Hot Rod and Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazines were also in on the challenge, each with their own modified versions of ...
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The 454 ReturnsThe 454 Returns

This time, it’s a 1,300HP diesel. Check out this one-of-a-kind engine build that’s after one thing: horsepower. The 454ci big-block gasoline V-8 may be one of the most coveted, recognizable powerplants ever cast by General Motors. Its large displacement and big bore gave it the kind of low-rpm power a small-block owner could only dream of. ...
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The Fundamentals of Diesel PerformanceThe Fundamentals of Diesel Performance

What do you have to gain from adding a Banks Big Hoss Bundle to your truck? The answer is a whole lot of awesome power and durability, as the guys from Truckin’ magazine found out when they power-up’d a Ford 6.4L. In a special edition of Truckin’ magazine, we upgrade a Ford 6.4L turbodiesel for performance ...
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Power Stroke Bulletproofing TacticsPower Stroke Bulletproofing Tactics

How to make a 6.0L more powerful while maintaining reliability. Gale Banks knows diesel engines. Having been in the business for more than 52 years, his name is to the diesel industry what Vic Edelbrock’s is to hot rods. And it didn’t become that way by accident. Banks is a detail-oriented man, who stops at nothing ...
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800HP Twin-Turbo Duramax Crate Engine800HP Twin-Turbo Duramax Crate Engine

This supercharged twin-turbo marine engine could pave the way for your next diesel swap Diesel engines are at their best when the conditions they have to perform in are at their worst. They thrive on hard work, heavy loads, and continuous use-so it’s no surprise that diesels are the powerplant of choice in the trucking, mining, ...
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Smarter TunerSmarter Tuner

The Banks iQ is a full-fledged, handheld computer. THE WORD “SMART” CAN BE DEFINED in many ways; one of them is “capable of independent and apparently intelligent action,” and the other is “chic, elegant, and stylish.” The new Banks iQ Dashboard PC is truly a combination of both. The Banks iQ Dashboard PC is a full-fledged, handheld ...
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Banks BreatherBanks Breather

The new Ram-Air intake for ’99-03 Power Strokes sucks big time. But in a good way. Engines like to breathe to make power, and what they like the most is clean air, a lot of air, and dense cold air. Banks Power’s new Ram-Air intake for diesel trucks promises all three by using an enclosed system ...
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Banks Power IQ Computer – Smarts + MuscleBanks Power IQ Computer - Smarts + Muscle

In today’s computer age, everything we touch during our daily lives is related to or controlled by a computer. In your gas or diesel-powered truck and SUV, there are multiple computers keeping tabs on engine, tranny, and braking performance. It only makes sense in the search to squeeze out as much extra performance as possible ...
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