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FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 4: Dressing the EngineFORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 4: Dressing the Engine

Part four of the 6.0L Power Stroke re-build project, including corroded fins, new EGR cooler … blocking off the EGR valve… OUR STORY SO FAR: This 6.0L V-8 came from an ‘03 F-350 that was running rough under all conditions. The owner brought it to Banks Power in Azusa, Calif., where the Banks Powerhouse shop performed a ...
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FINDING A BALANCE – THE ART AND SCIENCE OF ENGINE BALANCINGFINDING A BALANCE - THE ART AND SCIENCE OF ENGINE BALANCING

Competent motor builders stack the decks in their favor by using every trick in the book to make their power plant last — and one of those “tricks” is balancing the rotating assembly of an engine. Without a doubt, engines used in motorsports have extremely harsh lives and off-road racing offers one of the most brutal ...
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FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 3: Cylinder Head InstallFORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 3: Cylinder Head Install

This 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” ...
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TOTAL TOWING CONTROLTOTAL TOWING CONTROL

Banks 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 ...
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FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 2: Evaluating Injectors and Rebuilding the Cylinder HeadsFORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 2: Evaluating Injectors and Rebuilding the Cylinder Heads

Part 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 ...
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Famed Hot Rodder Sees Opportunity in Clean Diesel TechFamed Hot Rodder Sees Opportunity in Clean Diesel Tech

From 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 ...
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FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 1: What Fails and WhyFORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 1: What Fails and Why

In 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 ...
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Slow Down with SpeedBrakeSlow Down with SpeedBrake

The 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 ...
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QUICK STOPPING – QUICKER INSTALLQUICK STOPPING – QUICKER INSTALL

Diesel 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. ...
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Two SpeedBrake reviewsTwo SpeedBrake reviews

The 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, ...
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