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Diesel Super Computer The Banks iQ: An Automotive Equivalent of the iPhone? It seems ironic that 10 years ago, diesels required almost no electricity, yet wouldn’t exist today without computer controls. While some traditionalists may long for the days of mechanical injection, the truth is that many of you reading this magazine have only owned computer-controlled diesels. In fact, ... Read more about this post

FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 3: Cylinder Head Install This month we install the rebuilt heads using ARP studs and a new gasket set, and reinstall or replace valvetrain components as necessary. As we saw last month, head gasket failure was not the cause of the problems with this particular Ford/Navistar 6.0L diesel engine. In fact, upon inspection the head gasket was described as “pristine” ... Read more about this post

FINDING A BALANCE – THE ART AND SCIENCE OF ENGINE BALANCING Competent motor builders stack the decks in their favor by using every trick in the book to make their power plant last — and one of those “tricks” is balancing the rotating assembly of an engine. Without a doubt, engines used in motorsports have extremely harsh lives and off-road racing offers one of the most brutal ... Read more about this post

FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 2: Evaluating Injectors and Rebuilding the Cylinder Heads Part two of the 6.0L Power Stroke re-build project, were we find out what failed and what didn’t, and see the opportunities for upgrades. For those of you who just joined us: We came across a 6.0L Power Stroke V-B from an ‘03 F-350 that was Obviously running poorly. The owner brought it to the campus ... Read more about this post

TOTAL TOWING CONTROL Banks SpeedBrake Uses VGT Technology for Improved Stopping Power (on an LMM-powered Chevy 2500HD). Thanks to the diesel aftermarket, many aspects of our trucks can be improved tenfold to help us tow easier. We can simply plug in a programmer, bolt on an air intake, and install an exhaust system-which all improve acceleration performance. But what ... Read more about this post

Famed Hot Rodder Sees Opportunity in Clean Diesel Tech From The New York Times: We sat down with Gale Banks and came away with a genuine hot-rodder’s perspective on the future of clean diesel engines and fuels. Courage. Determination. Perseverance. Persistence. They’re the words you see on those workplace posters, aimed at rallying the troops and inspiring residents of Office Space-type cubicles to put their ... Read more about this post

FORD POWER STROKE 6.0L Part 1: What Fails and Why In this 6.0L Power Stroke re-build project, find out what failed and what didn’t, and see the opportunities for upgrades. Normally, it’s pretty difficult to kill a diesel engine. But there are folks who seem to get that job done via too much nitrous, copious amounts of fuel leading to nuclear EGT meltdown, or even a ... Read more about this post

Two SpeedBrake reviews The Banks SpeedBrake is reviewed in Diesel World and in Trailer Life. (on a 2008 Chevy 2500HD then a 2006 Chevy Silverado).         click for DIESEL WORLD article click for TRAILER LIFE article Note: The PowerPDA used for this article has now been upgraded to the new Banks iQ.   DIESEL WORLD By Chris Neprasch Diesel technology has continued to evolve. Gone are the days of mechanical injection, ... Read more about this post

QUICK STOPPING – QUICKER INSTALL The Banks SpeedBrake Makes For Easy Stopping While Hauling (on an ‘08 Chevy 2500HD). By Chris Neprasch Diesel technology has continued to evolve. Gone are the days of mechanical injection, and now a computer controls the cycles of high-pressure injectors down to the millisecond. Horsepower, torque and mileage numbers are up, while emissions emitted from the tailpipe ... Read more about this post

Slow Down with SpeedBrake The Sophisticated Engine Brake for Diesels (on an ‘07 Chevrolet Duramax). By Joe Burnside A COMMONLY OVERLOOKED PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT FOR diesel trucks is the braking system. Some diesel owners tend to obsess over creating more torque and horsepower for their truck in order to increase speed, enhance towing power, or both; therefore neglecting to consider how to ... Read more about this post