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Another Dyno Day

Banks Engineering has four dynos and we will soon have five. On any given day, at least two are in use. So, you would think that making a dyno run would become blasé. But you would be wrong. Every time we run an engine on the Dyno we learn something and that is never boring…. Read more »

Ok 6.7 Cummins fans, time to get it on!

Ever since we did our Banks Twin Ram for the old 12 Valve Dodge Cummins 5.9, Gale has had this thing about getting air into a Cummins cylinder head. Recently he’s been busy on our newest military diesel V8, but now it’s back to the racing equipment business big time! And we can’t wait. After… Read more »

Great things come in small packages

I get excited about every new Banks Power product, but I think we’ve outdone ourselves with our latest digital gauge. We call it the MMI 1.8 iDash (MMI = Man Machine Interface). The team and I have been calling it the “super gauge” because really, that’s what it is. This gauge, and “gauge” is really… Read more »

Did I mention that the Banks 866T Diesel Engine powers every Oshkosh JLTV?

The JLTV program is providing our military with the world’s most capable light tactical vehicle. But what is the JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle) and why is it so important? Oshkosh, the manufacturers of the JLTV, put it this way: “The JLTV program remains a top priority for the Department of Defense, filling a critical… Read more »

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 »

  • Car guy Heaven…That’s where I am!

    Once a year at Art Center College of Design In Pasadena California they do something so special that even my pal Jay Leno becomes a spectator! It’s called, Car Classic and I’m a guest of another pal, Syd Mead, who’s future vision caught the attention of the general public world wide with Blade Runner and… Read more »

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    Posted on July 18, 2016 by
  • Dateline, 7-1-16 Moraine, Ohio The first day of the rest of my life

    Here’s the first days production of the specially machined Banks 866T V8, military engine blocks. This is only one days production, the Duramax plant will be machining these for a week. The first 78 of them made it down the line today as well and are now our Banks spec. military 866T 3/4 engines ready… Read more »

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    Posted on July 14, 2016 by
  • “Rapid Transit”, Banks Blown 870S 427ci Stroker Dmax!

    Here’s some mug shots of our upcoming 7 liter supercharged, nitrous and water injected drag race engine. – Gale Banks

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    Posted on July 12, 2016 by
  • The Gale Banks 427″ V8 Diesel Racing Engine

    I’m not a good spectator. If I’m not competing I stay at the shop. If I am competing I want the longest race possible. I’m an adrenaline junky! As an engine builder I like all forms of racing but, I love endurance racing! Endurance racing keeps your heart rate up for hours and sometimes even… Read more »

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    Posted on July 12, 2016 by
  • 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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    Posted on July 11, 2016 by
  • 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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    Posted on July 3, 2016 by
  • 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