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Size Does Matter – Installing the Banks Techni-Cooler A larger, well-designed intercooler will improve charged airflow and reduce intake temperature, resulting in longer sustained high-power output, lower exhaust gas temperature, and better fuel economy. A LARGER, WELL-DESIGNED, CHARGED AIR cooler (or intercooler, as it is commonly referred to) and associated boost tubing will improve charged airflow and reduce intake temperature. The result is denser, ... Read more about this post

A Supercharged and Turbocharged 6.6L Duramax Crate Engine What’s more important, horsepower or torque? With this engine, you don’t have to choose! Over the last few years, the diesel quest for low-end torque seems to have been replaced by the bragging rights of quadruple-digit horsepower. While big power numbers are fine for selling parts and winning dyno days—torque is still what gets the job ... Read more about this post

A Smart Banks iQ The Banks iQ Dashboard PC is a full-fledged, handheld computer for your truck. It features a 5-inch touch-screen display, micro SD card slot… 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 ... Read more about this post

Diesel Gone Wild It’s turbocharged. It’s supercharged. It’s the Banks Sequential Super-Turbo diesel, and it could change the way you think about diesel power. Any number of attempts to bring diesel power to a mainstream high-performance audience have been made over the years. Bt the truth is they’ve been met with only moderate success (at best). That’s because the ... Read more about this post

Banks is Back The technology used to set diesel drag-racing records is being brought to the water in the form of the Banks new marine diesel V-8, the Sequential Super-Turbo engine. It has been a long time since we heard anything from the marine side of California-based Gale Banks Engineering (bankspower.com), best known for its power-boosting aftermarket equipment for ... Read more about this post

FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 5: External Power-Adders … and Dyno Results The final chapter in the 6.0L re-build series, part five includes Fluidampr, billet torque converter, intercooler and tuner. Our Story So Far: This 6.0L V-8 came from an ‘03 F-350 that was running rough under all conditions. The owner brought it to Banks Power in Azusa, California, where the Banks Powerhouse shop performed a teardown and evaluation ... Read more about this post

Diesel Super Computer The Banks iQ: An Automotive Equivalent of the iPhone? It seems ironic that 10 years ago, diesels required almost no electricity, yet wouldn’t exist today without computer controls. While some traditionalists may long for the days of mechanical injection, the truth is that many of you reading this magazine have only owned computer-controlled diesels. In fact, ... Read more about this post

FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 4: Dressing the Engine Part four of the 6.0L Power Stroke re-build project, including corroded fins, new EGR cooler … blocking off the EGR valve… OUR STORY SO FAR: This 6.0L V-8 came from an ‘03 F-350 that was running rough under all conditions. The owner brought it to Banks Power in Azusa, Calif., where the Banks Powerhouse shop performed a ... Read more about this post

FINDING A BALANCE – THE ART AND SCIENCE OF ENGINE BALANCING Competent motor builders stack the decks in their favor by using every trick in the book to make their power plant last — and one of those “tricks” is balancing the rotating assembly of an engine. Without a doubt, engines used in motorsports have extremely harsh lives and off-road racing offers one of the most brutal ... Read more about this post

FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 3: Cylinder Head Install This month we install the rebuilt heads using ARP studs and a new gasket set, and reinstall or replace valvetrain components as necessary. As we saw last month, head gasket failure was not the cause of the problems with this particular Ford/Navistar 6.0L diesel engine. In fact, upon inspection the head gasket was described as “pristine” ... Read more about this post