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FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 3: Cylinder Head Install FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 3: Cylinder Head InstallThis month we install the rebuilt heads using ARP studs and a new gasket set, and reinstall or replace valvetrain components as necessary. As we saw last month, head gasket failure was not the cause of the problems with this particular Ford/Navistar 6.0L diesel engine. In fact, upon inspection the head gasket was described as “pristine” ... Read more about this post

TOTAL TOWING CONTROL TOTAL TOWING CONTROLBanks SpeedBrake Uses VGT Technology for Improved Stopping Power (on an LMM-powered Chevy 2500HD). Thanks to the diesel aftermarket, many aspects of our trucks can be improved tenfold to help us tow easier. We can simply plug in a programmer, bolt on an air intake, and install an exhaust system-which all improve acceleration performance. But what ... Read more about this post

FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 2: Evaluating Injectors and Rebuilding the Cylinder Heads FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 2: Evaluating Injectors and Rebuilding the Cylinder HeadsPart two of the 6.0L Power Stroke re-build project, were we find out what failed and what didn’t, and see the opportunities for upgrades. For those of you who just joined us: We came across a 6.0L Power Stroke V-B from an ‘03 F-350 that was Obviously running poorly. The owner brought it to the campus ... Read more about this post

Famed Hot Rodder Sees Opportunity in Clean Diesel Tech Famed Hot Rodder Sees Opportunity in Clean Diesel TechFrom The New York Times: We sat down with Gale Banks and came away with a genuine hot-rodder’s perspective on the future of clean diesel engines and fuels. Courage. Determination. Perseverance. Persistence. They’re the words you see on those workplace posters, aimed at rallying the troops and inspiring residents of Office Space-type cubicles to put their ... Read more about this post

FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 1: What Fails and Why FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 1: What Fails and WhyIn this 6.0L Power Stroke re-build project, find out what failed and what didn’t, and see the opportunities for upgrades. Normally, it’s pretty difficult to kill a diesel engine. But there are folks who seem to get that job done via too much nitrous, copious amounts of fuel leading to nuclear EGT meltdown, or even a ... Read more about this post

Slow Down with SpeedBrake Slow Down with SpeedBrakeThe Sophisticated Engine Brake for Diesels (on an ‘07 Chevrolet Duramax). By Joe Burnside A COMMONLY OVERLOOKED PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT FOR diesel trucks is the braking system. Some diesel owners tend to obsess over creating more torque and horsepower for their truck in order to increase speed, enhance towing power, or both; therefore neglecting to consider how to ... Read more about this post

QUICK STOPPING – QUICKER INSTALL QUICK STOPPING – QUICKER INSTALLDiesel technology has continued to evolve. Gone are the days of mechanical injection, and now a computer controls the cycles of high-pressure injectors down to the millisecond. Horsepower, torque and mileage numbers are up, while emissions emitted from the tailpipe and engine noise are down. It’s a brave new world from the days of IDI. ... Read more about this post

Two SpeedBrake reviews Two SpeedBrake reviewsThe Banks SpeedBrake is reviewed in Diesel World and in Trailer Life. (on a 2008 Chevy 2500HD then a 2006 Chevy Silverado).         click for DIESEL WORLD article click for TRAILER LIFE article Note: The PowerPDA used for this article has now been upgraded to the new Banks iQ.   DIESEL WORLD By Chris Neprasch Diesel technology has continued to evolve. Gone are the days of mechanical injection, ... Read more about this post

Tow Rig Stopping Power Tow Rig Stopping PowerThe Banks Brake with CBC-Smartlock makes the job easy (for the ‘04-07 Dodge Ram). We’ve been toying with this particular Dodge Ram 2500 for about a year, using it as a test mule of sorts for a number of aftermarket products. Overall it has been a good fit as we evaluated the kind of products that ... Read more about this post

Stopping Power Stopping PowerHow to install the new Banks SpeedBrake (on an ’08 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD). DIESEL TRUCKS TYPICALLY ARE USED FOR TOWING AND HAULING HEAVY LOADS, AND WHILE A POWERFUL DIESEL ENGINE CAN EASILY GET HEAVY LOADS MOVING, IT OFTEN TAKES A LOT TO STOP THE LOAD IN A HURRY, AND IT SOMETIMES EVEN REQUIRES ADDITIONAL MEANS ... Read more about this post