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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 »

  • Good Things Come In Threes!

    We have designed a new Big Pin Stroker crank, a totally new rod bearing diameter and a new long con rod design, all for our new Banks 870T2B, Duramax V8. It’s our intent to use this improvement everywhere from NHRDA Top Dragster and Pro Stock Truck to Baja Trophy Truck, Bonneville Diesel Streamliner and Marine… Read more »

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    Posted on June 6, 2016 by
  • Turbocharging Jay Leno’s Tank Car, Episode #8

    Episode #8: Completion and testing Jay Leno’s Tank Car is just one of several high profile development programs ongoing in the Banks Advanced Prototype Engineering labs. Part Eight in a Series: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

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    Posted on June 5, 2016 by
  • Turbocharging Jay Leno’s Tank Car, Episode #7

    Episode #7: Wastegates and exhaust Jay Leno’s Tank Car is just one of several high profile development programs ongoing in the Banks Advanced Prototype Engineering labs. Part Seven in a Series: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 Read more!  Episode 8  

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    Posted on June 3, 2016 by
  • The 6-71 Jimmy Blower and My Pal Bruce

    I’d rather be Blown than Injected, so reads Bruce Geisler’s t-shirt. It’s the early ‘60’s, we’re in the pits at Bonneville wrenching our Studebakers. It’s over 100 degrees at an altitude of 4,219 feet, no wonder my Moon air density meter is only reading 81%. Despite the low ambient air density, my Hilborn injected, Isky… Read more »

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    Posted on June 1, 2016 by
  • The Boost Gauge is Dead To Me!

    Would you believe this? I’ve got an engine on my Dyno and I’ve made four pulls. The first was naturally aspirated and the remaining three were ran with exactly the same twin turbo setup, running exactly the same 20 lbs of boost. The engine made 580 hp without turbos. The three pulls at 20 lbs… Read more »

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    Posted on May 31, 2016 by
  • Torque Of The Town!

    This is real Gear Head Porn…we just reworked our Diesel engine development dynamometer. It had a limit of 4000 rpm and 3000 lbft. We just took that to 7000rpm and 3600 lb-ft. At Banks our Hot Rodding is like the plague, it infects everything in this place! And that’s exactly why we all show up… Read more »

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    Posted on May 23, 2016 by
  • Cal Poly Pomona Formula SAE Road Race Car!

    This car is going to Germany to take on the world, and they’re from my school, Cal Poly Pomona! As Chairman of the NHRA Motorsports Museum Educational Committee, think of the pride I feel in the Cal Poly Pomona students and their latest road racer. This thing is just flat beautiful!  

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    Posted on May 19, 2016 by
  • My Friend David is going to the NHRA! Let’s wish him well!

    I’m 58 years into my career and I have a circle of friends numbering in the thousands, one of them is this young man. His name is David Kennedy. David has lead two exceptional magazines important to my career. Those magazines, Diesel Power and Hot Rod became even more exceptional because of David’s vision and… Read more »

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    Posted on May 19, 2016 by
  • ‘Speed Bump’ Meets Rudolph Diesel!

    Hey, Sean Holman and all you guys at the Truck Trend Network, I’m having my way with your truck! Your F-100 now has a Banks Diesel Powertrain sitting in it! Project Speed Bump is getting the full Banks treatment, engine, 6-speed, AutoMind ECU and more in our RaceShop!  

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    Posted on May 17, 2016 by
  • Turbocharging Jay Leno’s Tank Car, Episode #6

    Three pumps, no waiting! On the wet side of the EFI system, Bosch provided us with their 200 liter-per-hour, 5-bar (72 psig) electric fuel pumps. With each pump putting out just under one gallon per minute, it’ll take three of them in parallel to feed this monster. Part Six in a Series: 1 | 2… Read more »

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    Posted on May 16, 2016 by