Technical Articles

We have put toghter these Technical Articles in order to help you understand what your vehicle needs to perform. From the air entering your intake to the exhaust exiting the tips, we explain the benefits of improving your vehicles performance. Take a look at the various technical articles and take in the knowledge that our engineers have shared.

Propane & the Diesel Another way to make power, but is it practical? Systems for injecting propane into turbo-diesels have been around for some time. The people that make and sell such systems claim that diesels only burn about 75 percent ... Read more about this post

Racing the Diesel Speed Costs Money. How Fast Do You Want to Go? The old saying that “speed costs money” has been around for as long as there have been automobiles (and trucks). What hasn’t always been so clear is that the cost of going fast, making more power, or increasing performance usually goes beyond just the cost of ... Read more about this post

Synthetic Diesel Fuel We can’t make gold from straw, but thanks to the Fischer-Tropsch process, we can make diesel fuel from natural gas, and that may be even better! Much has been written about our growing dependence on foreign ... Read more about this post

The Banks Billet Torque Converter is Diesel Tough Stock torque converters are marginal and can fail prematurely when used with heavy loads. Here’s one that’s diesel tough. Banks Torque Converter   The front cover is the mechanical link between the torque converter and the engine, so strength is vital. The stock converters use a stamped-steel front cover that can bend or deform under heavy loads. Some ... Read more about this post

The Banks SmartLock To get maximum performance from a Banks Brake on a ’94-03 Ford 7.3L Power Stroke turbo-diesel or a ’92-03 Dodge/Cummins 5.9L turbo-diesel with an automatic transmission, the SmartLock is a must. — Banks SmartLock Trans Brake — Highly recommended for heavy loads • Easy to install • No calibration required Regardless of what you ... Read more about this post

The Biodiesel Alternative An alternative to petroleum-based diesel fuel that can be made from renewable resources. In the search for renewable fuel sources that also are environmentally ... Read more about this post

The Truck Stops Here! Banks Power’s latest direct-mount exhaust brake, for ’04.5-07 Dodge Cummins 5.9L diesel trucks, performs better than the competition in terms of brake function, flow, reaction time and braking horsepower. This product of legendary Banks qua Banks Power’s latest direct-mount exhaust brake, for ’04.5-07 Dodge Cummins 5.9L diesel trucks, performs better than the competition in ... Read more about this post

Truth in Testing Dynamometers and flowbenches are great diagnostic and testing tools. In essence, they are scales for measuring performance. Just be sure there’s not a thumb on the scale. The term “dyno tested” is used a lot these days, and most people tend to accept dyno results as absolute truth. Unfortunately, dyno ... Read more about this post

Turbo-Diesel Fact & Fiction Exposing some of the misconceptions and outright lies about today’s diesel engines. MYTH #4Diesel are slow and sluggish. The Banks Project Sidewinder ran 222.139 MPH powered by a modified 2003 Cummins diesel engine, and it did it without leaving a trail of smoke Today’s diesel engines are saddled with a lot of myths and ... Read more about this post

Twin-Turbo V8 Facts of Life Few People Have Ever Experienced Really High Horsepower. Have you ever ridden in a vehicle powered by a properly engineered twin-turbo V8? No, a single-turbo V8, or heaven forbid, a single-turbo four cylinder is not the same thing, not even close. We’ve all heard the wisdom that there’s ... Read more about this post