V-10 Power! | Off-Road - September 2003

Banks PowerPack®This shot of Gale Banks’ PowerPack® kit shows the non-electronic components included in the system. The torque Tube exhaust manifolds (tubular headers) flow through a special Y-connector, which flows through a 3.5-inch exhaust pipe and on through Banks’ DynaFlow muffler. Also included is a high-flow K&N FilterCharger with a special airflow-enhancing housing and a complete array of gaskets, clamps, heatshields, and related installation accessories.

 

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By now, every enthusiast in the world recognizes that the performance and efficiently of an internal combustion engine draws a direct link to the airflow, into and through an engine. However, it’s not only about quantity; the quality of airflow is of equal importance. Managing and improving an engine’s airflow is a complex task, requiring intense engineering and testing, lest the airflow be reduced or its velocity disturbed. In the aftermarket, the exhaust side of the airflow equation garners the most attention, probably because power gains are readily apparent.

As with most late-model powerplants, the Triton V-10 engine in Ford’s popular Super Duty can use some help in regards to exhaust gas flow. During a period of research and development, Gale Banks Engineering uncovered numerous segments of the stock V-10 exhaust system that required changes in order to enhance and improve airflow. Naturally, increased power from the V-10 was the goal, but a throaty exhaust note wasn’t ignored by the Banks crew, nor was durability. The result was the Torque Tube headers, the DynaFlow muffler, and the 3.5-inch diameter Monster exhaust pipe, all of which are built from stainless steel.

With overall performance improvements credited to enhanced exhaust flow a given, Gale Banks looked toward additional components that work together to further improve the Triton V-10’s overall response. Among the accessories developed by the Banks team are the OttoMind, an engine calibration computer module that tailors the factory fuel curve into one that provides the proper amount of fuel for the airflow improvements produced by the Ram Air filter element, the High Rise filter housing, and the exhaust system. The exhaust system and the OttoMind are collectively known as the Banks PowerPack system.

Although many aftermarket components lay claim to an increased level of power, installation can be a chore for all except the most mechanically adept. Gale Banks’ V-10 system is designed and manufactured with a straightforward installation in mind; enthusiasts who enjoy installing performance components will find the Banks kit fits well and is supplied with detailed instructions. Keep in mind that the header installation is fairly involved, and it will require the better part of a day to complete. Installing the Banks headers isn’t a technically challenging affair, it’s just that there are wires, hoses, and related components that need to be removed and then reinstalled with the new headers, so it’s a time-consuming process.

In addition to the Banks PowerPack components, we chose to install Banks’ TransCommand kit which serves to further fine-tune the PowerPack kit by adjusting the transmission’s shift points (firmer) as well as recalibrating the E4OD/4R100 transmissions to performance-spec style.

With the overview of the PowerPack’s components complete, let’s watch as Team Banks illustrates the installation process on an ’02 Ford SuperDuty 4x4.

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