Banks Brake®

Banks' revolutionary design produces stronger braking power than other exhaust brakes. The large-bore housing, streamlined to increase airflow and diffuse exhaust, adds to engine power when Banks Brake is inactive. Banks engineered in a timed valve closure rate to prevent backpressure spikes common to other exhaust brakes and provide smooth operation. Every unit is factory tested and never requires calibration.

Includes: Cast, large-bore brake housing; High-force, 4" vacuum actuator; Computerized Brake Controller (CBC); Large butterfly valve with super-alloy shaft-and-bearing system; Stainless, 3.5" Monster T.O.P. turbine-outlet pipe (or optional 3" to connect to stock exhaust) with ceramic-matrix heat shield; In-dash switch; Wire loom; Mounting hardware.

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ApplicationYear RangePart #
Banks Brake | Banks exhaust
Pickup, F-450/550 (1999 - 1999-1/2)
1999 55202
Banks Brake system (fits stock exhaust)
Pickup, F-250/350 | Stock exhaust (1999 - 1999-1/2)
1999 55203
Banks Brake | Banks exhaust
Pickup, F-450/550 (1999-1/2 - 2003)
1999-03 55204
Banks Brake system (fits stock exhaust)
Pickup, F-250/350 | Stock exhaust (1999-1/2 - 2003)
1999-03 55205
Banks Brake (use w/ Banks exhaust)
Pickup, F-250/350 | Banks exhaust* (1999 - 1999-1/2)
1999 55206
Banks Brake (use w/Banks exhaust)
Pickup, F-250/350 | Banks exhaust* (1999-1/2 - 2003)
1999-03 55207

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7.3L PowerPack & Banks Brake: Awesome upgrades


Good Morning,

My name is Steve and I have a 1997 Ford F350 Crew Cab, 7.3 Liter Turbo Diesel, 4 Wheel Drive, 4.10 gear ratio, for which I purchased a Banks PowerPack, Monster Exhaust, SmartLock Transmission Module, TransCommand Module, and a Banks Exhaust Brake in October 2007.

The entire system was installed in January 2008.  I just recently had the opportunity to pull my 36 Foot Coachman Fifth Wheel Trailer any extended distance.

With my truck weighing in at about 7,200 pounds, the trailer net weight of 13, 095 pounds (dry), I was grossing in at about 21,000 pounds.  I live in Fairbanks, Alaska and needless to say we have lots of mountains between Fairbanks and Anchorage.

This is only the second long trip (over 800 miles) that I pulled the trailer on.  The first was without the Banks Upgrades.  That was a nightmare going up hills at 18 mph.  The slowest that the heaviest grade pulled my speed down to was 38 mph.  Much better than 18mph up Thompson Pass coming out of Valdez before the Banks Install!  The Intercooler must have had a profound effect on engine temperatures as the engine temperature never even reached the "O" in normal.

The Banks Upgrades worked perfectly, on the trip down late at night, I never even touched the brakes as the Banks Brake was able to keep the  truck and trailer easily under control.  The torque and horsepower available from the upgrades was awesome.

P.S.  The Banks Installation instructions were awesome.  Especially liked the drawings for the cut outs for the intercooler showing the spot welds!


Steve P.,
North Pole, Alaska

7.3L brake, smart-lock, exhaust, chip


Just wanted to drop a note and let you know how much I appreciate your products.

In 2007, you installed an exhaust brake, Smart-Lock, Monster Exhaust and a chip (Big Hoss Module) in my 2001 Ford F-250 4x4.

This last November, my wife and I took the month off and traveled throughout Northern California, Western Nevada and the Eastern Sierra region of California with our 7,500-pound Prowler travel trailer in tow. We covered approximately 4,000 miles. The horsepower boost from the chip and exhaust was appreciated on the upgrades, and the exhaust brake more than earned its keep on the many long downgrades. I have never felt so in control of my rig!

Congratulations!!! Your equipment took what had been a good tow vehicles and made it an awesome tow vehicle!!! I have heartedly recommended your products to my other diesel pickup owning friends and clients.

If I ever wear out the '01, I'll be back for the same treatment for its replacement.

Roger S.
Claremont, CA

2002 Ford F-350 7.3L gets Banks Brake, PowerPack, Ram-Air, and SmartLock


It's a little belated, but I can not tell enough people how happy I am with the changes to my truck this year. We towed a 41' 5th wheel across the Sierra Nevada range, over to Coeur D'Alene Idaho, across the Continental Divide to Yellowstone and back again (4,000 miles in 20 days). The engine performed flawlessly and as advertised. It is truly a pleasure to do business with a company whose core competency is based in fact, science and experience. What a rarity to have your expectations exceeded!!

At this time, I am considering the new water-methanol injection system for my 2002 Ford F-350 DW truck. I know the technology has been around for some time, but Banks credibility in the industry meant I wouldn't consider using it until you developed a "safe" and "EPA approved" version. I had Banks install everything on this truck with a specific purpose of towing. I don't need over the top horse power. Just safe, cool running power to tow my trailer. Oh, and thank you and Banks Power for continuing to be the benchmark for the entire industry.


Brian T.
Turlock, CA


Banks Brake on TrucksTV

As part of an episode on the Banks PowerPack, TrucksTV host Stacy David touches on some key points of the Banks Brake (the Power Stroke model is shown here).

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