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Drivelines Chatter: Gale Banks, Gale Banks Engineering Gale Banks knows how to make power, whether he’s land-speed racing or improving the performance of an anemic motorhome. (Editor’s note: Gale Banks knows how to make power, whether he’s land-speed racing or improving the performance of an anemic motorhome. Light-duty diesel truck engines are a big part of Banks’ business, so we asked him about ... Read more about this post

More Power To You Banks power systems provide RVers with power for the road Does your RV or tow vehicle have enough power to accelerate onto an interstate filled with fast-moving vehicles? Can you smoothly climb a steep incline or steady upgrade over a mountain? The folks at California’s legendary Banks Power have been addressing questions like those for almost 50 ... Read more about this post

Engine Builder Does It Diesel Could performance cars like Corvettes and Mustangs and others be powered by diesel engines in the future? They not only could be, but they would be if Gale Banks had his way. The Banks Engineering aftermarket products are clean, socially conscious,’ owner says in 49th year. Could performance cars like Corvettes and Mustangs and others be powered ... Read more about this post

BREATHIN’ EASY: Banks TorqueTube and Stinger Exhaust Systems for Jeeps Squeezing more performance out of your Wrangler’s 4.0L I6 engine is easier than you think, and a good place to start is with your vehicle’s exhaust system. Squeezing more performance out of your Wrangler’s 4.0L I6 engine is easier than you think, and a good place to start is with your vehicle’s exhaust system. For some ... Read more about this post

Speed Demon Speed Demon Puts Pedal to Metal on Alternative Fuel Gale Banks always had the need for speed. Whether hurtling 200 mph across the Bonneville Salt Flats in a test car or starting for Team Donahue 2005 in the Baja 1000, improving engine performance is always high on the agenda of the president and fonder of Gale Banks ... Read more about this post

Uncork Your Jeep Cold air intake and high-flow exhaust systems are quick avenues to boosting your Jeep’s horsepower and torque output Cold air intake and high-flow exhaust systems are quick avenues to boosting your Jeep’s horsepower and torque output Believe it or not, the internal combustion engine has changed little in the 100-something years it’s been in existence. Oh, there ... Read more about this post

Pony Up Banks Big Hoss Gets More Giddyup from a Ford F-250 Power Stroke Mention diesel to most folks and what comes to mind is a big, slow, smelly rig, the vehicular equivalent under the hide of that Clydesdale is actually a racehorse stamping its feet, ready to stampede right out of the stable. Just ask Gale Banks, who’s ... Read more about this post

Power Guru 50 Years of Fast Times and Weird Science with Gale Banks SoCal is a Petri dish for breeding subcultures, and in central L.A. County you’ll find holy ground for two of them. The flats surrounding Azusa were the original Mecca of drag racing, containing the legendary strips of Irwindale, San Gabriel and Pomona. Most are gone ... Read more about this post

Leno’s Turbo Tank More of an art project that a real car … check out one the most famous vehicles in Jay’s collection … Ever see the Blastolene? Built by Randall Grubb as more of an art project that a real car, it was purchased a few years ago by Jay Leno and actually driven around his Burbank, California, ... Read more about this post

Road-Racing Diesels Diesels are coming fast, and Gale Banks wants to lead the charge Transmission This is all race dress. After a lot of trial and error, Banks settled on a Weismann Quickshift six-speed transmission that uses an internal oil pump and external oil cooler. All they’ll tell us about the clutch is that it’s “experimental”. The bellhousing is ... Read more about this post