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Inside Gale Banks Engineering’s New Blown 7.1L Duramax Gale Banks has already set drag strip records with the twin-turbo version of this Duramax engine, and now they’re swapping out the turbos for a supercharger. Deep within the prototype building of Gale Banks Engineering lies an assembly room where some of the most powerful twin-turbo Duramax engines ever built were born. While most of us ... Read more about this post

A Breath of Fresh Air 4 Wheel Parts’ 50th Anniversary JK Gets Banks Power Ram-Air As the 4 Wheel Parts Wholesalers 50th Anniversary Sweepstakes draws to a close, we bring you the last of the installation articles. Banks Power was selected for this final upgrade and we installed one of their Ram-Air systems on the 3.8L Jeep V6. The Banks Ram-Air for ... Read more about this post

Turbo Buick Pioneer In 1981, Hot Rod magazine Executive Editor C.J. Baker wrote an in-depth profile of Junior Johnson’s No. 11 “Mountain Dew” Buick Regal, in which Darrell Waltrip won the NASCAR championship that year. This photo opened that story in the November 1981 issue. Johnson is leaning on the race car; the other man in the photo ... Read more about this post

Oshkosh Attacks The Baja 1000 Testing a New Tactical Diesel-Electric Hybrid The Baja 1000 is a two-day, 1,000-mile, off-road race that takes place every year in Mexico. It’s one of the most grueling motorsports events in the world. During a good year, only 58 percent of the vehicles that start the race ever cross the finish line. So when Oshkosh Defense ... Read more about this post

The Perfect Power Stroke Craftsman Tools and Diesel Power magazine build the ultimate 6.4L Ford F-250. When Diesel Power magazine was contacted by Craftsman Tools to help build the ultimate bolt-on Ford diesel pickup, we jumped at the chance. Hot Rod and Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazines were also in on the challenge, each with their own modified versions of ... Read more about this post

The 454 Returns This time, it’s a 1,300HP diesel. Check out this one-of-a-kind engine build that’s after one thing: horsepower. The 454ci big-block gasoline V-8 may be one of the most coveted, recognizable powerplants ever cast by General Motors. Its large displacement and big bore gave it the kind of low-rpm power a small-block owner could only dream of. ... Read more about this post

The Fundamentals of Diesel Performance What do you have to gain from adding a Banks Big Hoss Bundle to your truck? The answer is a whole lot of awesome power and durability, as the guys from Truckin’ magazine found out when they power-up’d a Ford 6.4L. In a special edition of Truckin’ magazine, we upgrade a Ford 6.4L turbodiesel for performance ... Read more about this post

Power Stroke Bulletproofing Tactics How to make a 6.0L more powerful while maintaining reliability. Gale Banks knows diesel engines. Having been in the business for more than 52 years, his name is to the diesel industry what Vic Edelbrock’s is to hot rods. And it didn’t become that way by accident. Banks is a detail-oriented man, who stops at nothing ... Read more about this post

800HP Twin-Turbo Duramax Crate Engine This supercharged twin-turbo marine engine could pave the way for your next diesel swap Diesel engines are at their best when the conditions they have to perform in are at their worst. They thrive on hard work, heavy loads, and continuous use-so it’s no surprise that diesels are the powerplant of choice in the trucking, mining, ... Read more about this post

Smarter Tuner The Banks iQ is a full-fledged, handheld computer. THE WORD “SMART” CAN BE DEFINED in many ways; one of them is “capable of independent and apparently intelligent action,” and the other is “chic, elegant, and stylish.” The new Banks iQ Dashboard PC is truly a combination of both. The Banks iQ Dashboard PC is a full-fledged, handheld ... Read more about this post