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Slow 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 ... Read more about this post

QUICK 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. ... Read more about this post

Two 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, ... Read more about this post

Tow Rig Stopping Power The 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 How 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

Desert Diesel Nationals The NHRDA’s Season Opener in Phoenix saw the Banks Sidewinder S-10 set a record. The National Hot Rod Diesel Association (NHRDA) kicked off its 2009 MBRP Diesel Drag Race Series at Speedworld in Whittman, Arizona, just north of Phoenix, on March 7. The second-annual Desert Diesel Nationals attracted nearly 1,000 spectators and well over 60 competitors ... Read more about this post

Late-Breaking News Diesel World magazine gives an update on the industry, including the NHRDA event where the Banks S-10 had a 7.77 at 180 mph run. Thanks to the magic of magazine production, where we are so far ahead of ourselves we’re producing the July issue in the middle of March, I just wrapped up covering the second ... Read more about this post

Banks SpeedBrake New Electronic Device For GM’s Duramax Uses The Turbocharger To Slow the Vehicle In recent years the diesel engines used in pickups have changed significantly, becoming cleaner, quieter and more powerful. Yet with all these changes, diesels still don’t provide much engine braking to help slow the vehicle. Unlike gasoline engines, diesels lack a throttle valve, ... Read more about this post

Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum “Banks Power: The First 50 Years” is a very thorough exhibit containing memorabilia from the Banks long career and features items ranging from late ‘50s to the record-holding Sidewinder diesel dragster. AS WITH MANY OF the big-name companies in this industry, Gale Banks began his journey in much more humble surroundings than he enjoys now; but ... Read more about this post

“Banks Power – The first 50 years” Opens at Wally Parks NHRA Museum 50 years of automotive and marine engineering innovation was put on display at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum to honor Gale Banks and his achievements. It’s called the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. Inside this 28,500-square-foot building are some of the most important pieces in drag racing as well as motorsports history. From early sllngshot ... Read more about this post

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