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The 454 Returns This time, it’s a 1,300HP diesel. Check out this one-of-a-kind engine build that’s after one thing: horsepower. The 454ci big-block gasoline V-8 may be one of the most coveted, recognizable powerplants ever cast by General Motors. Its large displacement and big bore gave it the kind of low-rpm power a small-block owner could only dream of. ... Read more about this post

The Fundamentals of Diesel Performance What do you have to gain from adding a Banks Big Hoss Bundle to your truck? The answer is a whole lot of awesome power and durability, as the guys from Truckin’ magazine found out when they power-up’d a Ford 6.4L. In a special edition of Truckin’ magazine, we upgrade a Ford 6.4L turbodiesel for performance ... Read more about this post

Power Stroke Bulletproofing Tactics How to make a 6.0L more powerful while maintaining reliability. Gale Banks knows diesel engines. Having been in the business for more than 52 years, his name is to the diesel industry what Vic Edelbrock’s is to hot rods. And it didn’t become that way by accident. Banks is a detail-oriented man, who stops at nothing ... Read more about this post

800HP Twin-Turbo Duramax Crate Engine This supercharged twin-turbo marine engine could pave the way for your next diesel swap Diesel engines are at their best when the conditions they have to perform in are at their worst. They thrive on hard work, heavy loads, and continuous use-so it’s no surprise that diesels are the powerplant of choice in the trucking, mining, ... Read more about this post

Smarter Tuner The Banks iQ is a full-fledged, handheld computer. THE WORD “SMART” CAN BE DEFINED in many ways; one of them is “capable of independent and apparently intelligent action,” and the other is “chic, elegant, and stylish.” The new Banks iQ Dashboard PC is truly a combination of both. The Banks iQ Dashboard PC is a full-fledged, handheld ... Read more about this post

Banks Breather The new Ram-Air intake for ’99-03 Power Strokes sucks big time. But in a good way. Engines like to breathe to make power, and what they like the most is clean air, a lot of air, and dense cold air. Banks Power’s new Ram-Air intake for diesel trucks promises all three by using an enclosed system ... Read more about this post

Banks Power IQ Computer – Smarts + Muscle In today’s computer age, everything we touch during our daily lives is related to or controlled by a computer. In your gas or diesel-powered truck and SUV, there are multiple computers keeping tabs on engine, tranny, and braking performance. It only makes sense in the search to squeeze out as much extra performance as possible ... Read more about this post

Smarts Plus Muscle Smarts + Muscle = Banks iQ Micro Computer and Six-Gun Power Tuner In today’s computer age, everything we touch during our daily lives is related to or controlled by a computer. In your gas or diesel-powered truck and SUV, there are multiple computers keeping tabs on engine, tranny, and braking performance. It only makes sense in ... Read more about this post

100 Most Influential People in RV History Celebrating the Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Visionaries Who — During the Past 100 Years — Made Lasting Contributions to the Inception, Growth and Success of the Business of Recreation. In the May/June 2010 issue of RV Business, Gale Banks was honored to be included on their list of people who have made a significant difference in the ... Read more about this post

Emissions bill debate Lawmaker wants AB 32 suspended. How would that affect California businesses … and you? AZUSA – Automotive engineer and hot rod aficionado Gale Banks pointed to various engines and cars in his shop here last week and criticized state regulations for “bogging down” his ability to advance the clean, efficient diesel technology that won those engines ... Read more about this post