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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 »

  • Giving Something Back

    I’m sitting in my office waiting for the guys from WyoTech to arrive. This morning, I get to put something back into the diesel industry. I volunteered to work with WyoTech on the development of a light-duty diesel curriculum (with a high-performance overlay, of course).

    We’re talking diesel pickups. There are now millions of them. The opportunity is huge for a young student as the demand is only going to get larger.

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    Posted on April 15, 2005 by
  • Why a Blog?

    My job title at Banks is, “Corporate Journalist.” Pretty high falutin, huh? Not really. I’m just a scribe. I record a lot of what goes on around here. I document projects and vehicle buildups for corporate sponsors, provide info for magazine editors, write blogs, Blah, blah, blah.

    I’m swamped trying to keep up with all that is going on at Banks. I remember thinking recently that we need to get the information I collect to the public faster. Then, out of the blue a few weeks ago, Gale asked me what I thought of the idea of launching a blog about Banks. I couldn’t get “yes” out fast enough.

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    Posted on April 14, 2005 by
  • Beware the Blog!

    “The Blog!” Blog this and blog that — that’s all I’ve been hearing for the past month. Up until recently I thought folks were talking about the anamorphic amoeba with the voracious appetite that terrorized a small town back in the ’50s flick. They tried to stop it by burning it, shooting it and then blowing it up. Just about the only thing that’d stop it was freezing it. After all was said and done the thing grew from about the size of a pea to a giant glob.

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    Posted on April 14, 2005 by
  • The Race Shop

    Most companies call it Research and Development. Here at Banks, we call it the Race Shop. I think of it as the toy room.

    But calling it the Race Shop is not a bit far-fetched. This shop has not only turned out several true-blood race cars, but it has also produced several world record holders. That is a pregnant statement. The emphasis, here, is on several.

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    Posted on January 24, 2003 by
  • Winning Dodge

    Well, here’s one for you Dodge boys (and girls). Specifically, I’m talking about the members of Turbo Diesel Register, otherwise known as TDR.

    The TDR is actually based on a quarterly publication that started in 1993 with a stated purpose to be “an open forum for the exchange of information from the manufacturers to the owners,” and “to give Dodge diesel owners more satisfaction in the ownership of their truck.”

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    Posted on January 17, 2003 by
  • At the Install

    A couple of weeks ago, when I showed you all the different departments of employees here at Banks Engineering (at the Christmas party), I said I’d tell you more about the Install group in a week or two. Well, make it two.

    I guess it should technically be called the Banks Factory Installation Center, but all of us here refer to it simply as Install.

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    Posted on January 10, 2003 by
  • What Recession?

    You can tell by the date of this column that Christmas was the day before yesterday. Last Friday, after I posted the Friday Night News, we held our big Banks Christmas party. And the emphasis—and this week’s news—is on BIG! My job was to take pictures with our digital camera of each department of Banks employees as they were called up on stage. I’ll post them here so you can see just how big we are. I’m talking number of individuals, not individual size of employees.

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    Posted on December 27, 2002 by
  • Lumpy’s Torrid Truck

    Chad Horning is a videographer who accompanied us to Bonneville for the recent running of the Sidewinder pickup to capture all the record-smashing action, including shots from an airplane as the truck sped down the course. If you live in the Los Angeles area and watch the 5 o’clock news, you saw some of his footage in the last couple of weeks as several TV channels reported on The World’s Fastest Pickup. And, as I reported here on 11/15/02, you can sample several clips of his video work on our Sidewinder web site.

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    Posted on December 20, 2002 by
  • CBC News

    A lot of our products tend to sound like TV stations.

    CBC

    It’s called an acronym. In this case it stands for Computerized Brake Controller. And it’s a patent-pending Banks exclusive that is now an integral part of our Banks Brakes. Other diesel exhaust brakes are controlled by a micro-switch, which is a simple on-off device just like a light switch at home.

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    Posted on December 13, 2002 by
  • The Jeeps are Coming

    Two things this week. The primary news is that we are tooling up for a new line of Banks products for Jeeps. The secondary subject is the process of tooling up, otherwise known as prototyping.

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    Posted on December 6, 2002 by