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Salt Shaker Gale Banks Engineering’s 1988 Pontiac Trans Am is the World’s Fastest Street Machine By John Baechtel On a station somewhere near the three-mile marker you see it long before you hear it. Racing across the pure white horizon, a small red dot speeds crazily toward you, pursued by a pearlescent plume of salt spray. Then, like distant ... Read more about this post

Super Trans Am The world’s fastest street car? At nearly 300 feet per second, the world looks as if it’s being shot at you from a cannon. Looking far into the distance doesn’t help much: objects barely in sight one instant are behind you the next. The scenery blurs as it approaches the car, miraculously spreading and flowing around ... Read more about this post

Pusher Power Road-test and dyno evaluation of Banks PowerPack for Cummins B5.9 diesel motorhomes Banks PowerPack® induction system puts a lot more punch into the Cummins B5. The Cummins B5.9 turbodiesel has become a popular engine for powering motorhomes. Available in a number of horsepower and torque configurations, this diminutive power plant is thought of as “the little engine ... Read more about this post

Proven Diesel Power Test and install of Banks PowerPack for Dodge/Cummins 12-valve turbo-diesel trucks We’ve all run across performance products that are claimed to make tremendous power gains—sometimes too tremendous to believe. However, you can believe what you hear in the case of the diesel PowerPack kits from Gale Banks Engineering, specifically the kits for the Dodge Cummins turbodiesel ... Read more about this post

Product Review: Banks Power Upgrade Dodge/Cummins 5.9L 12-valve turbo-diesel trucks Banks Stinger®-Plus System We get quite a stack of email here at RVers Online. Since we’re a completely non-commercial site and consistently refuse paid advertising, we occasionally sense that some of our readers’ comments praising a particular campground, product, or service might have been sent along with the hopes we’d publish the ... Read more about this post

Steroids by Banks Dodge/Cummins 5.9L 12-valve turbo-diesel trucks Neary undetectable once installed, the improved turbine housing that’s part of the Stinger-Plus and PowerPack® systems does its fair share of helping the packages work. Better throttle response comes naturally with this carefully designed upgrade, in addition to better flow, and hence performance. Steroids By Banks We used to think the Dodge Ram ... Read more about this post

Product Evaluation: Banks PowerPack Ford Power Stroke 7.3L turbo-diesel trucks New bolt-on components make the Ford diesel-powered pickups stand up and roar Since the trend toward larger, heavier trailers with more slideouts and luxury options began, owners call on today’s diesel pickups to tow more weight than ever ­and they want to go uphill faster! Gale Banks Engineering of Azusa, ... Read more about this post

Tow Test: Ford F-350 Diesel Stock vs. Turbo Ford 6.9/7.3L diesel trucks If you think diesels are slow, you’re right—but what happens when a Gale Banks turbocharger is added to the same truck? The Ford 7.3-liter (444-cubic-inch) V-8 is the largest, most-powerful, non-turbocharged diesel engine offered in light trucks. Built by Navistar—the maker of International heavy-duty trucks—it has a successful reputation in heavy-duty, commercial International ... Read more about this post

The Wizard of Azusa Ford 7.5L trucks The Ford F250, equipped with the big-block 460 cubic-inch V8 engine, is a popular choice with many sportsmen who tow boats and trailers. Aftermarket performance products specially designed for towing applications can enhance performance as well as ensure long engine life. When you teach a pickup how to take a deep breath, magical ... Read more about this post

Product Evaluation: Banks PowerPack Ford 7.5L Class-A and -C motorhomes New system for the Ford 460 increases power and improves fuel economy Acceleration = Force/Mass. It’s simple Physics 101, and it is incontrovertible. Unfortunately, many motorhomes have too little of the former and too much of the latter to satisfy their owners. Changing these variables is a popular pastime with ... Read more about this post