Sidewinder® Turbo System

Emissions compliant: CARB E.O. D-161-36F-250, F-350 & F-450 PICKUP: The ultimate upgrade for classic diesels is a Sidewinder turbocharging system. Banks wastegated Sidewinder turbo unleashes gains up to +82 hp and +143 lb-ft torque. You'll hardly recognize Ol' Betsy; With Banks' turbocharging technology onboard, she'll tow up the grade 53% quicker, and provide up to a phenomenal 29% fuel economy improvement at that. No smoke!

Important: Some vehicle configurations require an extension kit for proper fit.

Banks Sidewinder turbo engine
Some of the Banks Sidewinder Turbo System components shown installed on the 7.3L engine.


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"The difference in performance created by the new Banks system was like night and day. Acceleration without the trailer went from leisurely to quick. Turbo lag was barely noticeable; when the driver stabbed the throttle, the engine dug in immediately. No longer did we live in fear of uphill freeway onramps, since the truck could quickly merge with traffic. The improvement in trailer towing was also dramatic..."

-Trailer Life magazine « read the article »

 


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Test vehicle: 1992 F-350 supercab dually • 2-wheel drive • axle ratio 4.10:1 • E4OD 4-speed automatic trans.

Horsepower and torque measured at rear wheels.

Banks Sidewinder beats stock

Wastegated Sidewinder turbo system Stock Banks Improvement Results
Horsepower, best gain 176 hp (3000 rpm) 260 hp (3000 rpm) +84 horsepower 48% more (3000 rpm)
Torque, best gain 360 lb-ft (1400 rpm) 503 lb-ft (1500 rpm) +143 lb-ft torque 40% more (1500 rpm)
Solo: 0-60 mph acceleration, time* 15.57 sec 9.54 sec -6.03 sec 39% quicker
Solo: 40-60 mph acceleration, time* 7.97 sec 4.74 sec -3.23 sec 41% quicker
Towing: 0-60 mph acceleration, time* 27.3 sec 17.24 sec -10.06 sec 37% quicker
Towing: 40-60 mph acceleration, time* 13.64 sec 8.65 sec -4.99 sec 37% quicker
Towing: 0-60 mph acceleration, distance* 1,507 ft 951 ft -556 ft 37% less distance
Towing: 40-60 mph acceleration, distance* 1,014 ft 644 ft +370 ft 36% less distance
Maximum speed, hill-climb, towing (6% grade)* 47 mph (2nd gear) 72 mph (3rd gear) +25 mph 53% faster
Fuel economy, solo** 22.2 mpg 24.5 mpg +2.3 mpg 10% better mileage
Fuel economy, flat towing** 10.0 mpg 11.5 mpg +1.5 mpg 15% better mileage
Fuel economy, mountain towing** 10.2 mpg 13.2 mpg +3.0 mpg 29% better mileage
Exhaust temperature, mountain towing** 1150°F 1050°F -100°F 9% lower EGT

*As tested by Trailer Life magazine. Truck weight with driver and full fuel: 6,580 lbs.
Towing weight with trailer: 12,940 lbs.
**As tested by Trailer Boats magazine. Towing weight with boat-trailer: 13,850 lbs.

ApplicationYear RangePart #
Wastegated Sidewinder turbo system
Pickup, F-250/350/450 | C-6 auto trans*
Emissions compliant: CARB E.O. D-161-36
1983-93 21060
Wastegated Sidewinder turbo system
Pickup, F-250/350/450 | E4OD auto trans*
Emissions compliant: CARB E.O. D-161-36
1983-93 21062
Wastegated Sidewinder turbo system
Pickup, F-250/350/450 | Manual trans*
Emissions compliant: CARB E.O. D-161-36
1983-93 21064
CDR valve relocation kit
Ford 6.9/7.3L Truck
1983-93 42243
Exhaust extension kit
Ford 6.9/7.3L Super/crew Cab
1983-93 50018
Dipstick tube kit
Ford 6.9/7.3L Truck
C-6 transmission
1983-93 72301
Dipstick tube kit
Ford 7.3L Truck
E4OD transmission
1983-93 72302
Gasket set
Ford 6.9/7.3L Truck, Late
93312

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Forced Induction- Sidewinder turbo system (Van)
6.9 & 7.3L
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Forced Induction- Sidewinder turbo system (early-body)
6.9L & 7.3L
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Sidewinder Turbo Systems

2012-05-10

"The difference in performance created by the new Banks system was like night and day. Acceleration without the trailer went from leisurely to quick. Turbo lag was barely noticeable; when the driver stabbed the throttle, the engine dug in immediately. No longer did we live in fear of uphill freeway onramps, since the truck could quickly merge with traffic. The improvement in trailer towing was also dramatic."
Trailer Life magazine

"The new Banks Sidewinder system makes the truck go like gangbusters. Turbo lag is almost non-existent."
Off-Road magazine

"The turbo increases performance without suffering any mileage penalty for its newfound power."
Four Wheeler magazine 

"The Banks turbo unit provides almost instant throttle response, with no lag, so your diesel feels more like a big-block gas engine than an oil burner. What did the increased airflow do to engine operation? By taking temperature readings while climbing a 4% grade, we found that the turbo motor wasn't working as hard as the naturally aspirated diesel. We recorded a decrease in exhaust temperatures of 13%, a decrease in engine oil temperature of 7%, and a reduction of transmission fluid temperature of 12%. It almost sounds too good to be true: increased engine performance with a corresponding increase in efficiency and a decrease in engine wear."
Sport Truck magazine 

 

 


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


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