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A Kick In The Gas A Kick In The GasImproving your old 460 Ford’s torque and power with a Gale Banks PowerPack system Shown is our test vehicle–a 1996 Ford F-350 dually powered by a 460-cubic-inch (7.5-liter) V-8.  Installing a Banks PowerPack® System should help its horse-toting owner, Sara Henson, on the freeways. It seems gasoline-powered trucks haven’t gotten much attention lately. That is, since the ... Read more about this post

Hopping Up the Turbodiesel Hopping Up the TurbodieselDispelling the smoke about black, sooty smoke—and how to obtain maximum continuous, useable power from a diesel.   Shown is Banks’ new Techni-Cooler, larger boost tubes, and High-Ram intake on a Ford 6.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel. These Banks airflow and density improvements allow for 25-35% more power at the same exhaust gas temperatures. Last month, we discussed ... Read more about this post

Dynamometers: Fact or Fantasy Dynamometers: Fact or FantasyHow to get factual horsepower and torque numbers using dynamometers—and why inertia dynos are dyno jokes! How do you get factual horsepower and torque? There are two ways. One is constant-speed, full-load engine dynamometer testing. Worldwide, this is the accepted method of developing an engine’s power and torque ratings and most closely duplicates diesel’s historic use–hauling ... Read more about this post

Riding the Big Hoss Riding the Big HossHow Banks Gets More Horses from a Ford F-250 Power Stroke Think of your diesel truck as a sleeping giant. It’s amazing how docile it may seem. But poke it with a stick, and you’ll really rile that truck into action. That’s been the approach of Gale Banks, who’s pulled more power out of diesel engines ... Read more about this post

Banks Goes Camping Banks Goes CampingCamping World is a nationwide certified dealer and installer of Banks Power Systems. Camping World is a nationwide certified dealer and installer of Banks Power Systems. Camping World technicians have been trained and certified through an extensive Banks educational program for high-quality standards and to bring the RV experience to a whole new level. In addition ... Read more about this post

Turbodiesel Tow Rigs To Go Turbodiesel Tow Rigs To GoNo wonder diesel light truck sales have nearly tripled in only 10 years! Well, that was then. Today’s turbodiesels are much quieter than those of even a few years ago. Have you heard a diesel lately? If you haven’t, it’s because the clatter (and the smoke) is virtually gone.We all know the scenario. You’re on the ... Read more about this post

Turnkey Power In Your Mailbox Turnkey Power In Your MailboxGuide to Crate Engines & Blocks What it is: Next-Generation Complete Twin-Turbo 366ci small-block engines Some details: They have CNC-machined aluminum front assemblies and low-profile aluminum air plenums with Banks’ exclusive shuttle valve technology. Oh, and…: As delivered, the engines are capable of 1,100 hp. What it’ll cost you: Retail price is $37,995. Also: They are fully assembled, balanced, and ... Read more about this post

Mastering Teamwork at the Baja 1000 Mastering Teamwork at the Baja 1000Banks Power teams up with Kent Kroeker and his KORE racing Dodge Ram. It was 2 a.m. and we were closing fast on the remote village of El Arco, still over 100 miles from our second pit. We’d been strapped in our seats for over 13 hours. The dust plume from the buggy in front of ... Read more about this post

Banks’ Duramax BIG HOSS INSTALL Banks' Duramax BIG HOSS INSTALLInstant Muscle-Truck In A Box The latest generation of General Motors Duramax turbodiesels, designated LLY, are taking the truck world by storm. Even in stock form, they do everything right: They’re quiet and powerful, they have plenty of torque, and they’re fast. The LLY Duramax diesel is so hot dealers can’t keep them in stock. This ... Read more about this post

Truck & SUV Super Tuners Truck & SUV Super TunersPerformance. It’s Not Just for Cars. There are millions of truck and sport-utility-vehicle owners out there unwilling to sacrifice performance in the name of versatility. Thanks to the wonderful world of the aftermarket, they don’t have to accept what the manufacturer has to offer. There is a veritable smorgasbord of super tuners ready to help owners ... Read more about this post