Posts By: John Espino

2017 Duramax “Hoodie”

There’s something different about the 2017 L5P Duramax. Well… there’s a lot different, actually, and we’ll cover a lot of those differences more in depth in the coming weeks. For right now let’s take a look at something that would normally be passed over as phony-bologna vents that only make the vehicle design look aggressive,… Read more »

Are You All Plugged Up?

You know the feeling when you have a cold and it’s hard to breathe because your nose is all plugged up? Well, imagine that is how your vehicle must feel day after day with the stock intake and exhaust system that it was born with. It doesn’t stop there, because if it’s turbocharged, it just… Read more »

What’s the Deal with Diesel Fuel?

When you ask folks about fuel for your car or truck you’ll end up with a whole bunch of facts and opinions. Well… opinions… mostly opinions. And mark my words everything that you hear will be about gasoline. You’ll usually get the response about where the cheapest place is to fuel up locally, or maybe… Read more »

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute: Vegas Style!

By John Espino My latest stint with Bosch was last week at the AFVi Conference and Expo in Las Vegas. I was on hand to assist Bosch with their booth as a “technical representative of diesel technology”. Not a bad title of sorts, but in reality what it meant was that they’d point to me… Read more »

What’s Happening Lately?

What’s been going on here lately you ask? As always it’s been a bunch. Some of the stuff I can share, while other things I’m not at liberty to say. Here’s what I am at liberty to say: 2011 Ford 6.7 liter “Scorpion” Power Stroke: We just got one of the new Ford beasts in… Read more »

Plenty of things going on!

I know that our blog has been silent for several months, but it’s only because there’s been so much going on here at Banks. In a time when others are simply folding up the card table and are taking down the tent, we’re looking at what things we want to concentrate on next. Being that… Read more »

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Arm Wrestling or Q and A

Some of you might have had the chance to see the webcast, while others… well you were probably at work since it was in the middle of the day. For those of you who missed it, or were working for the man, I’ll post video on the whole thing once I get it in. There were great presentations from all of the panel members, including one from BMW explaining how today’s diesel works. Very simple explanation, and easily understood…

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Destination: Capitol of California

I’m writing this from my hotel room in Sacramento, Ca. See, Gale and I were invited to participate in an event Bosch is putting on here at the state’s capital called California Diesel Days. The intention of this outing is to raise the awareness of the legislative group in the toughest and most mandated “Green” state in the Union…

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Greener than green or bio-shocked

There are certain moments that you remember from your youthful days that are so vivid that you can actually recall every detail of that point in time: what you were wearing, what something smelled like, etc. These events can be good, bad, important or just plain trivial. As for me I have many of those “scrapbook” memories taking up valuable space on the hard drive in my head, but one especially stands out in this day and age that we’re in.