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TOTAL TOWING CONTROL Banks SpeedBrake Uses VGT Technology for Improved Stopping Power (on an LMM-powered Chevy 2500HD). Thanks to the diesel aftermarket, many aspects of our trucks can be improved tenfold to help us tow easier. We can simply plug in a programmer, bolt on an air intake, and install an exhaust system-which all improve acceleration performance. But what ... Read more about this post

FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 2: Evaluating Injectors and Rebuilding the Cylinder Heads Part two of the 6.0L Power Stroke re-build project, were we find out what failed and what didn’t, and see the opportunities for upgrades. For those of you who just joined us: We came across a 6.0L Power Stroke V-B from an ‘03 F-350 that was Obviously running poorly. The owner brought it to the campus ... Read more about this post

Famed Hot Rodder Sees Opportunity in Clean Diesel Tech From The New York Times: We sat down with Gale Banks and came away with a genuine hot-rodder’s perspective on the future of clean diesel engines and fuels. Courage. Determination. Perseverance. Persistence. They’re the words you see on those workplace posters, aimed at rallying the troops and inspiring residents of Office Space-type cubicles to put their ... Read more about this post

FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 1: What Fails and Why In this 6.0L Power Stroke re-build project, find out what failed and what didn’t, and see the opportunities for upgrades. Normally, it’s pretty difficult to kill a diesel engine. But there are folks who seem to get that job done via too much nitrous, copious amounts of fuel leading to nuclear EGT meltdown, or even a ... Read more about this post

Slow Down with SpeedBrake The Sophisticated Engine Brake for Diesels (on an ‘07 Chevrolet Duramax). By Joe Burnside A COMMONLY OVERLOOKED PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT FOR diesel trucks is the braking system. Some diesel owners tend to obsess over creating more torque and horsepower for their truck in order to increase speed, enhance towing power, or both; therefore neglecting to consider how to ... Read more about this post

QUICK STOPPING – QUICKER INSTALL Diesel technology has continued to evolve. Gone are the days of mechanical injection, and now a computer controls the cycles of high-pressure injectors down to the millisecond. Horsepower, torque and mileage numbers are up, while emissions emitted from the tailpipe and engine noise are down. It’s a brave new world from the days of IDI. ... Read more about this post

Two SpeedBrake reviews The Banks SpeedBrake is reviewed in Diesel World and in Trailer Life. (on a 2008 Chevy 2500HD then a 2006 Chevy Silverado).         click for DIESEL WORLD article click for TRAILER LIFE article Note: The PowerPDA used for this article has now been upgraded to the new Banks iQ.   DIESEL WORLD By Chris Neprasch Diesel technology has continued to evolve. Gone are the days of mechanical injection, ... Read more about this post

Tow Rig Stopping Power The Banks Brake with CBC-Smartlock makes the job easy (for the ‘04-07 Dodge Ram). We’ve been toying with this particular Dodge Ram 2500 for about a year, using it as a test mule of sorts for a number of aftermarket products. Overall it has been a good fit as we evaluated the kind of products that ... Read more about this post

Stopping Power How to install the new Banks SpeedBrake (on an ’08 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD). DIESEL TRUCKS TYPICALLY ARE USED FOR TOWING AND HAULING HEAVY LOADS, AND WHILE A POWERFUL DIESEL ENGINE CAN EASILY GET HEAVY LOADS MOVING, IT OFTEN TAKES A LOT TO STOP THE LOAD IN A HURRY, AND IT SOMETIMES EVEN REQUIRES ADDITIONAL MEANS ... Read more about this post

Desert Diesel Nationals The NHRDA’s Season Opener in Phoenix saw the Banks Sidewinder S-10 set a record. The National Hot Rod Diesel Association (NHRDA) kicked off its 2009 MBRP Diesel Drag Race Series at Speedworld in Whittman, Arizona, just north of Phoenix, on March 7. The second-annual Desert Diesel Nationals attracted nearly 1,000 spectators and well over 60 competitors ... Read more about this post