SpeedBrake™

A NEW ERA IN EXHAUST BRAKING

Only Banks SpeedBrake slows you down!

DOWNHILL CRUISE CONTROL
It's all automaticImagine setting your "comfort zone" and cutting downhill speed by nearly 80% without even touching the brake pedal, keeping your brakes cool and ready for emergencies should they arise. The SpeedBrake increases the stopping power of your truck and extends the service life of your brakes, and does so while maintaining your sanity.

AREN'T EXHAUST BRAKES SUPPOSE TO SLOW YOU DOWN?
That's what we thought too, but the other products on the market provide inadequate braking power and actually allow your speed to increase as you plummet faster and faster downhill. With the competition's poor performing product, you are forced to use your truck's brakes and manually shift your transmission in an effort to gain lost confidence.

NOT YOUR FATHER'S BRAKE.
The SpeedBrake is an all-electronic mastermind of braking technology. Plug-in connection makes for a clean, simple installation without cutting or tapping into vital wire harnesses. There's no crawling under the truck to cut up your exhaust system and no mechanical "adjustments" necessary to insure its function. SpeedBrake uses the trucks own components to give you the safety you need when towing, so there's no added mechanical parts to second guess.

LIKE NO OTHER!
With the SpeedBrake there's no competition and no compromise. This smart device becomes an active component of your vehicle, constantly monitoring and adjusting systems to achieve the speed setting you command. With its patented technology the SpeedBrake controls your transmission's shifting, locks and unlocks the torque converter and infinitely varies the VG turbo's vanes to hold your set speed and maximize stopping performance to ensure that you have the safety and confidence for the long haul. Watch it all happen as the Banks iQ keeps you informed by displaying important parameters and on-screen alerts you set. And... it's also an OBD-II scan tool. - Now That's Smart!

An active component of your vehicle:

SpeedBrake >>> Banks iQ
SpeedBrake to Banks iQ
Only Banks’ touch-screen vehicle command center gives you easy-to-use and highly flexible control of the SpeedBrake, and tells you everything you need to know at a glance.
SpeedBrake >>> Engine Control Unit
SpeedBrake to ECU
Only SpeedBrake intercepts variable geometry turbocharger, torque converter and transmission communications from the ECU and changes them to optimize the braking performance that you command.
SpeedBrake >>> Torque Converter
SpeedBrake to Torque Converter
SpeedBrake controls and automatically locks up the vehicle’s torque converter to ensure that all engine braking force is sent directly through the transmission to the vehicle’s drive wheels where it is fully utilized.
SpeedBrake >>> Transmission
SpeedBrake to Transmission
Only SpeedBrake controls the gear selection in order to select the best gear for any given braking situation without building excessive engine RPM.
SpeedBrake >>> Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT)
SpeedBrake to Transmission
Only SpeedBrake captures control of the VGT, varying vane position to provide optimal engine backpressure. Braking is instantaneously variable to allow for downhill target speed control. See the vanes »

UNPRECEDENTED FLEXIBILITY.
SpeedBrake has operating modes and settings to suit your style and driving conditions. ON mode lets you select three levels of braking aggressiveness: HIGH, MED, LOW. Use AUTO MODE to select and automatically maintain a specified downhill speed (25 - 75 mph). In addition, the user can enable or disable FOOT BRAKE ACTIVATION, depending on individual preferences and vehicle load.

Banks iQ provides 2-way communication, has a system status indicator with on-screen alerts, and OBDII scan tool capability. In addition, it displays numerous vehicle parameters, from current braking effort and operating gear to braking mode and target speed. Amazing!

So why settle for primitive exhaust brakes that barely brake? If your diesel hauls and navigates hills, step up to the world's strongest, most advanced exhaust brake: the all-electronic Banks SpeedBrake!


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THE REVIEWS ARE POURING IN!
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Diesel Power
Nov 2009

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Trailer Life
June 2009

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Diesel World
Sept 2009

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Diesel Builder
Aug 2009

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8-Lug
Sept 2009

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Diesel World
July 2012

Note: The Palm Tungsten shown in some of the magazine
articles has been upgraded to the new Banks iQ – call for details!


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brake testing on Cajon Pass

OK, Test Time!

Two of Banks’ most experienced — and daring — Test Group engineers conducted the braking tests in a Chevrolet Silverado with a heavy trailer on a steep 6.16% grade.

The idea was to test the truck in Stock form, then repeat the procedure with a PacBrake, a BD brake, the Banks SpeedBrake in AUTO mode and then in the MANUAL mode. With the Silverado in Drive (Tow/Haul mode active), they approached the crest of the hill at 55 mph, lifted the foot off the pedal and held on!

STOCK – TOW/HAUL MODE ACTIVE
With more than nine tons roaring down the grade, the truck quickly shifted from 5th to 6th gear and reached a white-knuckle 70 mph. Instead of tempting fate — and the California Highway Patrol — our guys applied the foot brake to reduce terminal velocity. 

The Allison Transmission includes Auto-Grade Braking. This is basically a glorified way of saying that when the driver applies the foot brake, the transmission downshifts.

Even in Tow/Haul mode with Auto-Grade Braking active, and use of foot brakes, vehicle speed ONLY decreased to 65 mph!
LOSER: PACBRAKE 
pacbrake fails“Plug-and-play” and “PacBrake” have nothing in common. Installation requires exhaust system slicing, dicing, welding and wiring. There’s no electronic management, either; it uses Tow/Haul mode to enhance its functionality. So how did it do in our test? Pathetically. Its braking activity was very weak. The Silverado gathered speed quickly and shifted into 6th gear halfway down the hill.

By the end of the run, vehicle speed was a way-too-fast 68 mph — an increase of 13 mph!
LOSER: BD
pacbrake failsAnother tough install. Like PacBrake, BD is a mechanical valve that installs about 3 feet behind the turbo in the exhaust system. Cutting, welding and wiring work was needed. No electronic management; BD also uses Tow/Haul mode to enhance its functionality. Like PacBrake, BD barely braked as the vehicle started down the grade. It quickly gathered speed and shifted into a higher gear. Our guys were ready to mash the foot brake by the end of the run!

The terminal velocity at the end was a gut-wrenching 69 mph — a gain of 14 mph! 
WINNER: SPEEDBRAKE
SpeedBrakes wins“AUTO” mode test: The driver set the target speed to 50 mph, began descending in 5th gear and lifted his foot off the accelerator. That’s all he had to do. SpeedBrake varied the turbine vanes and downshifted the transmission to 3rd gear. The vehicle slowed down to 50 mph and SpeedBrake kept it there. No problem. SpeedBrake slowed the vehicle to the 50 mph target speed and automatically kept it there!

“MANUAL”
mode test: (“High” strength setting) SpeedBrake made BD and PacBrake look like wimps! The transmission automatically downshifted to 3rd and the vehicle immediately slowed. Since the ON mode has no target speed, the Silverado slowed to a crawl, shifting all the way down to 1st gear without any effort from the driver and never operating outside the normal rpm range. In less than a mile, the vehicle slowed to 15 mph! — without using the foot brake! This is an astonishing speed reduction of 40 mph from the start. 53 mph slower than PacBrake & 54 mph slower than BD!

BANKS STOMPS THE COMPETITION

FEATURE BANKS SPEEDBRAKE BD PACBRAKE
Easy Installation YES!
Simple plug-in installation, no cutting or welding required

NO!
Requires cutting & welding

NO!
Requires cutting & welding

Free from Wire Tapping & Splicing YES!
Simple plug-in installation using factory style connectors
NO!
Requires Posi-taps, cutting & splicing of factory wiring
YES!
Included wiring requires no cutting.
Maintenance-free YES!
All-electronic device requires no maintenance ever!
NO!
Brake requires adjustment after installation & again after some operating time
NO!
Has a mechanical butterfly, electric pump & air plumbing
Silent Operation YES!
Uses factory turbo’s variable vanes; quiet operation
NO!
Noisy electric compressor under the hood
NO!
Noisy electric compressor under the hood
Automatically
Shifts Transmission
YES!
Controls torque converter lock-up & gear selection for maximum braking
NO!
No transmission interface. Relies on factory Tow/Haul
mode for trans. control
NO!
No transmission interface. Relies on factory Tow/Haul mode for trans. control
Maximum Braking YES!
Vane control + trans. shifting+  torque converter clutch control slowed vehicle to 15 MPH!
NO!
Only slowed vehicle to 69 MPH on 6% grade
NO!
Only slowed vehicle to 68 MPH on 6% grade
Adjustable
Strength Settings
YES!
Exclusive Strength settings let user select braking aggressiveness
NO!
Only On or Off
NO!
Only On or Off
Adjustable
Speed Presets
YES!
Patented downhill speed control; user selects target speed
NO!
Only On or Off
NO!
Only On or Off
Foot Pedal
Integration
YES!
Customizable feature lets user select exhaust brake/foot brake relationship
NO!
Only control is a dash mounted switch
NO!
Only control is a dash mounted switch
User Interface YES!
Banks iQ is packed with user interface features, lets user communicate with vehicle
NO!
Only control is a dash mounted switch
NO!
Only control is a dash mounted switch
System Status Indicator YES!
Communicates system condition & has engine coolant/oil temp warnings
NO!
No means of communicating
NO!
No means of communicating
OBDII Scan Tool YES!
Includes full communication with vehicle OBDII, allows for reading & clearing vehicle codes
NO!
No means of communicating
NO!
No means of communicating
Prone to
Exhaust Leaks
NO!
Simple plug-and-play installation means no cutting of the exhaust
YES!
Required cutting and welding compromises exhaust system
YES!
Required cutting and welding compromises
exhaust system

As tested on a 2006 vehicle.

ApplicationYear RangePart #
SpeedBrake
Chevy/GMC 6.6L, LLY/LBZ
w/ Banks iQ | Emissions compliant: CARB E.O. D-161-91
2006-07 55443
SpeedBrake
Chevy/GMC 6.6L LLY/LBZ
w/o Banks iQ | Emissions compliant: CARB E.O. D-161-91
2006-07 55445

Owners Manual(s)

Speed Control- SpeedBrake, Advance User Manual (LLY) '04-05
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Speed Control- SpeedBrake (LBZ) '06-07 (PDA)
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Speed Control- SpeedBrake, Advance User Manual (LBZ & LMM) '06-08 (PDA)
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Speed Control- SpeedBrake Quick Reference Guide (PDA)
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Speed Control- SpeedBrake (LLY-LBZ) '06-07 (iQ)
For use with Banks iQ
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SpeedBrake in Trailer Life

2009-05-18

Trailer Life magazine reviews Banks SpeedBrake

Banks' SpeedBrake is unlike anything offered by the factory or aftermarket, and it definitely works as claimed. It is obvious that a lot of development work went into this system. Despite its many features, the unit is easy to use, allowing the driver to concentrate on driving. During operation noise is minimal and allows normal conversation. The SpeedBrake's design adds a margin of safety and protects the engine and wheel brakes. This will help pay for itself in reduced maintenance and wear, particularly when towing, which can be tough on brakes.

Trailer Life
June 2009 (read the full review here)


SpeedBrake towing horses

2009-05-19

Never touched the brake pedal!

I towed My horses this weekend up and over 8% grade, IT WAS WONDERFUL COMING DOWN the other side, I normaly start at the top at 30mph and by the bottom I am braking and gearing keeping it slowed down,

I set the speed control at 30mph it was doing great, raised it to 35mph, by the time I hit the bottom I raised the speed to 40mph and sitting back in my seat and enjoyed the ride,

NEVER TOUCHED THE BRAKE PEDAL ALL THE WAY DOWN THE HILL!!!!!!!!

That was with 3 horse slant trailer with 2 horses, approx 7500 lbs, now the test for my 4 horse living quarters 8800lbs with out horses I will let you know.

Mark G.
Kearns, UT


SpeedBrake may have saved lives

2010-07-12

I wanted to let you know how the SpeedBrake may have saved my family's lives. I installed the PowerPack w/SpeedBrake in April of this year on my 2007 Ford F350 srw 6.0l I pull a 2007 Cedar Creek DayDreamer 34 RETS which loaded is close to 15,000 lbs. In June, we took our first trip outside the flat lands of the Midwest to Virginia. The trip took us up and down grades up to 8%. The longest descent was a 3 mile 6% grade in West Virginia and I never touched the brake pedal once. I just set the SpeedBrake to 50mph and it held that speed all the way down. The smell from the semi-trucks brakes was very evident in the air so much so that my wife questioned me as to what that awful smell was. Prior to leaving on this trip I did test the trailer brakes and they were functioning perfectly, they are electric over hydraulic. We arrived home late and had driven straight through so we were very tired. It was dark and raining so I parked the trailer haphazardly, disconnected and came back the next day to straighten it out and park it in its proper spot. When I hooked up and tested the trailer brakes I noticed I didn't have any. Upon further inspection, I found a brake line had pulled out of one of the calipers and was spewing brake fluid. I am not sure when this happened but I did notice the brake dust on the trucks front wheels during the trip seemed excessive, so much so that prior to leaving Virginia I wiped them down. I also noticed that below 15 mph, the amount of force I had to apply to the brake pedal seemed more than usual. The SpeedBrake did exactly what it was designed to do, and without it I am not so sure this trip would have ended with our safe return home. I can honestly say I am very satisfied with my purchase.

Thank You,
Mike C.
Chicago, Il

LLY SpeedBrake: worked as advertised

2010-09-20

After receiving and installing the Banks Brake in Aug.2010 my wife and I headed to east TN for a camping trip with our 3500 Chev. (Duramax) and 40 ft. Travel Supreme RV (GVW 26,000 lbs.). The brake worked as advertised. All the TN hills on I-40 were no problem for the Banks. There is a section of I-40 west of Harriman, TN that is about a 5% grade for 1 mi. then goes to 6% posted speed is 50 mph. I had the Banks set on manual at the start, I used the foot brake to bring the vehical to 50 mph. then let the Banks do the rest, it held great the first mile (5%) the brake slowed the truck and R.V. to 45 mph. in the 6% section so I switched the Banks to auto that I had preset to 50 mph. It worked super all the way down. Please note that after I slowed the vehical to 50 mph. at the top of the hill I never had to use the foot brake all the way down. I am very satisfied with the Banks Brake and recommend this brake to anyone who pulls heavy loads.

Charles C.
Hickory Valley, TN


Banks SpeedBrake on Motorhead Garage

Going downhill can be scary if you're hauling a big load, and it can wear out brakes like crazy. The Banks SpeedBrake combats both those issues! Call 1-800-GET-POWER and find out what a difference it can make in your ride.

Accolades

Gale Banks is an acknowledged expert on the science and art of airflow management through an internal combustion engine.


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