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Diesel Performance Podcast # 3

Gale is back on with with Paul Wilson and Nick Priegnitz. This time Gale Banks returns to the Diesel Performance Podcast for an incredibly deep dive into the L5P top end. Banks holds enormous respect for the next-gen Duramax – it’s ruggedness and power potential. Gale even divulges a specific horsepower number. Paul, Nick, and… Read more »

L5P Duramax on the engine Dyno in Banks Cell #1 !

We’re working on our L5P marine, motorsports and retrofit, oiling system dynamics. An entirely new upper oil pan casting with turbo drainback ports on both sides and a new cast aluminum lower oil pan are being tested as well as a new SAE #3 flywheel housing casting for heavy duty and marine transmissions. We’re measuring… Read more »

Do you know that “It’s Cool to be Dense?”

Do you know that “It’s Cool to be Dense?” At Banks we’re expert at improving BAD, boost air density. In fact ‘Breaking BAD’ is our mantra at Banks Power! Intercoolers are density machines and here’s the news; we recently introduced the new Banks Intercooler for the 2013-17 RAM 6.7L Cummins Diesel. Designed to eliminate airflow… Read more »

Gale Banks: Making Power Since 1958, Still Breaking Records

Have you seen Michael Harding’s article in #StreetMuscle Magazine? Nice little history and #BanksPower visit piece. You should give it a read. It will give you a little insight to Gale Banks, his early beginnings and the evolution of Banks Power. Here is how the article starts… “As gearheads, we’re always looking for ways to… Read more »

Gale Banks goes MAD

Lead, don’t follow. Innovate, don’t copy. Be creative and stretch boundaries. These are just a few of the ideas those fortunate enough to be around Gale witness in action every day. When Gale presents a new concept like Manifold Air Density (MAD), people sit up and take notice, because like most of Gale’s innovations, they… Read more »

Got Pipes? How about…Ten Inch Duals?

Is there any greater music than a perfect high-horsepower exhaust note? Check out the 10″ diameter dual pipes on Banks Dyno rooms 1 and 2. The L5P Dmax is up now, and some Twin Turbo gas stuff is next in line. I’ll do a little video next time we run so you can enjoy the… Read more »

New Density Gauge

Having fun with my new Density gauges which are iDash 1.8 gauges. I like to call them MMI (Man Machine Interface) because it is such a Super Gauge, complete with Data Logger, Tuning and Device Controller like no other. From 2 – 5 user defined readouts per screen and daisy chain up to 3 gauges. I’m just screwing around with… Read more »

A Peek Inside the Duramax L5P

If you want the nitty gritty on the new robust Duramax L5P engine, read John Lehenbauer’s article on TruckTrend. John camped out Banks Power for several days as we disassembled the L5P, capturing and documenting the whole process. John compares the Duramax L5P with the previous version, reporting its new strengths in words and also some very dynamic… Read more »

Battle of the Banks Boosted Bangers

Here is a quick video of Exhaust Tuning free revving test setup #2 the mule 2016 Turbo Camaro 4 Banger 2.0 L The “Battle of the Banks Boosted Bangers” is on! It’s Camaro vs Mustang and 4Banger Turbo vs 4Banger Turbo, 91 Octane and no holds barred! We’re working on making these four cylinder cars sound… Read more »

Gale Banks “Godfather of Diesel” on the Diesel Performance Podcast: Part 2

Gale Banks returns to the Diesel Performance Podcast and continues to set download records. In this episode, Paul, Danny, and Nick Priegnitz learn about Gale’s work with the new Duramax engine, the L5P. This episode examines the L5P’s bottom end, along with the engine’s amazing performance potential. Gale hopes to use the new design to reach… Read more »

  • Back Room Electronics – Making Power Banks Style

    Gale takes us “inside” Banks’ North Engineering Department and gives us an overview of our Banks Bullet Tuners… and just what makes them a step above the competition.    

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    Posted on July 11, 2016 by
  • Ram Air Pontiac

    Restored by our son Andrew, after I foolishly pulled the 400″ Poncho and then built an LS 7, BBC to bolt in its place. All was going well until, in an act of unbridled capitalism, I made the Chevy into a marine engine for a boat customer. It seems that I had a runner bottom… Read more »

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  • Four Decades Defending Our Country

    This July, Banks Power celebrates 40 years of designing and providing turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines for military water craft and wheeled vehicles. I’m not supposed to know where they go and what they do. But I do know that some very brave people deploy with them. A few of those, I’m honored to say,… Read more »

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    Posted on July 5, 2016 by
  • Happy Birthday America

    Today America is 240 years old. Here’s a collection of Gale’s posts that illustrates just how great our country is. Have a Happy Fourth of July everyone! Don’t Ya Love The Sound Of Freedom? I take distinct pride in being an American…Turn up the volume and Let’s Celebrate! – Gale Banks   Warthog Don’t Care…! Any aircraft… Read more »

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  • Dateline June 29, 2016. Moraine, Ohio – Magic happened today and I got be there…!

    The final special machining operation on the first full production run of Banks 866T base engines is complete! These Dmax folks are something special, I’m humbled by their professionalism and their friendship. July will be a big deal for our Defense Engine Division, Banks Technologies as we start initial production of our Banks 866T engines… Read more »

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    Posted on June 29, 2016 by
  • Three Little Eco Diesels All In A Row…

    Hey everybody, meet the sons of VM Motori. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Eco Diesel in the foreground, Ram 1500 Eco Diesel in the Ford-F100 and The Banks 630T 302 hp, 514 lbft with our 6-Speed Auto, on the right. The Ram block is unique to the truck and is different than the Jeep and our… Read more »

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    Posted on June 27, 2016 by
  • Look Ma! No Turbos – The Hot Rod Project hits the Dyno!

    As we prepare for ‘First Fire’ on our 427″ Twin Turbo Gen 1, SBC, I’ve decided to also make this a dyno series highlighting a new way to predict your engines power potential…we’re going to read MAD, Manifold Air Density on our new iDash Display. As a result we’ve stripped the turbos and installed a… Read more »

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    Posted on June 27, 2016 by
  • Nasty Sounding Blower…Why Not, We’re Going Drag Racin’!

    The plan is to be testing in our 272″ Sidewinder Diesel Top Dragster mid-September. We’re running Blown with zoomie headers till we’ve found the best size blower and overdrive, then the zoomies go away and we add two large turbos. A turbo on each bank, and they’ll be blowing the blower, of course! The engine… Read more »

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    Posted on June 21, 2016 by
  • Hey, Eco Boost Owners, my guys are getting clever and I’m loving it!

    I was nosing around my EE department over the weekend, all by my self, and I came across this. It appears to be the Lab View driven programmer and tester for a new Eco Boost family of tuners code named “Derringer”…it’s a hide out device that fits inline and requires no reflash of your ECU…. Read more »

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    Posted on June 14, 2016 by
  • Our Straight-Shot Water/Meth Injection can do some very cool things!

    Check out our nozzle pattern in the manifold plenum area. This is for the Hot Rod 427 Small Block Gen1 Twin Turbo project. There are 8 nozzle locations which we will control as a 2 stage and modulated progressive flow rate system. The final parts are due from Vintage Air today, we are very close… Read more »

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