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Safe At Any Speed When I started in 1958, all engine tuning was a mechanical enterprise. Today, especially in the diesel world, many tuners still rely on retro technology, but I’m not one of them. When I started in 1958, all engine tuning was a mechanical enterprise. Advance curve, point float, coil output, ignition timing, jet size—these were the bench-race ... Read more about this post

Jay Leno’s Ultimate Hot Rod What happens when you leave a Korean War tank engine sitting too close to the hot rod that you parked over at Gale Banks Engineering? You’d think that a multi-ton, 800hp, 20 foot long polished aluminum roadster powered by a tank engine would be wild enough for consummate car guy and popular TV host Jay Leno, ... Read more about this post

7 Tips to reduce engine engine temps LARGER INTERCOOLERS CAN SERVE AS A RADIATOR TO COOL THE INTAKE AIR TEMPERATURES THAT FEED A TURBO. According to Peter Treydte, Test Group manager at Banks Power, the purpose of an intercooler is to increase the air density that is delivered to the cylinders of the engine. “When we consider air density, there are two issues that ... Read more about this post

Azusa Firm Turns It Up A Notch “I’m a futurist. It’s always about what’s next. We tend to engineer the automotive future.” – Gale Banks AZUSA – In the world of business, some entrepreneurs are forever mired in the here and now. In an effort to keep their companies afloat, their time is totally consumed by budgets, deadlines, customers expectations and the drive to ... Read more about this post

Forcing The Issue Power Guru Gale Banks explains why superchargers are more prevalent than turbos among Mustang enthusiasts running a force induction system. Ever wonder why superchargers are much more prominent in Mustangs than turbochargers and that somehow you might have missed the boat on a key market niche? Both types of forced induction kits provide significant power increases, ... Read more about this post

Two Timing With Turbos Can Your Chevy Small-Block Make Over 1000 HP? It Can. Here’s How. When people achieve power, they often want more. For extreme examples, think of history’s many tyrants. For less extreme examples, think about hot rodders. Click to read more Read more about this post

Drivelines Chatter: Gale Banks, Gale Banks Engineering Gale Banks knows how to make power, whether he’s land-speed racing or improving the performance of an anemic motorhome. (Editor’s note: Gale Banks knows how to make power, whether he’s land-speed racing or improving the performance of an anemic motorhome. Light-duty diesel truck engines are a big part of Banks’ business, so we asked him about ... Read more about this post

More Power To You Banks power systems provide RVers with power for the road Does your RV or tow vehicle have enough power to accelerate onto an interstate filled with fast-moving vehicles? Can you smoothly climb a steep incline or steady upgrade over a mountain? The folks at California’s legendary Banks Power have been addressing questions like those for almost 50 ... Read more about this post

Engine Builder Does It Diesel Could performance cars like Corvettes and Mustangs and others be powered by diesel engines in the future? They not only could be, but they would be if Gale Banks had his way. The Banks Engineering aftermarket products are clean, socially conscious,’ owner says in 49th year. Could performance cars like Corvettes and Mustangs and others be powered ... Read more about this post

BREATHIN’ EASY: Banks TorqueTube and Stinger Exhaust Systems for Jeeps Squeezing more performance out of your Wrangler’s 4.0L I6 engine is easier than you think, and a good place to start is with your vehicle’s exhaust system. Squeezing more performance out of your Wrangler’s 4.0L I6 engine is easier than you think, and a good place to start is with your vehicle’s exhaust system. For some ... Read more about this post