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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 »

  • 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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    Posted on June 14, 2016 by
  • 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