Banks SpeedBrake™

Banks SpeedBrake downhill test

A revolutionary approach to exhaust braking, Banks' patented* new SpeedBrake does what no brake has done before. The world's first all-electronic braking system, SpeedBrake achieves maximum braking power by intelligently modulating systems already found on the truck. SpeedBrake manipulates the variable geometry turbine vanes in concert with deliberate gear selection and torque converter clutch application to deliver not just total hill-taming stopping power but also peace of mind. Hands (and feet) free, and totally automatic, SpeedBrake lets you set your desired downhill speed and it does all the rest. A huge value-add designed to work in conjunction with any Banks power tuner and Banks iQ-interface combo. *U.S. PATENT NUMBERS: 6,652,414 B1 & 6,152,853

FEATURES & BENEFITS:
It's all automatic• More effective braking than is possible with a simple valve assembly
• Operating modes
- ON: Maximum braking; High, Med and Low strength settings
- SPEED CONTROL: Maintains pre-selected target speed
• Easy touch-screen control
- Displays vehicle speed, current braking effort (relating to vane position), trans temp, engine coolant temp and much more
• OBDII scan tool capability: reads/interprets/clears codes
• System Status Indicator with on-screen alerts (excessive coolant or trans temps, for example)
• Easy, clean install; all-electronic design requires only a few simple underhood connections; no modifications to the exhaust system are needed
• In testing, dramatically outperformed all competitive products in basic braking function (and nobody but Banks has anything like a Speed Control Mode!)

SpeedBrake works


THE REVIEWS ARE POURING IN!
See what the top magazines have to say about the SpeedBrake:

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Diesel Power
Nov 2009

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Trailer Life
June 2009

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Diesel World
Sept 2009

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Diesel Builder
Aug 2009

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8-Lug
Sept 2009

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Diesel World
July 2012

Note: The Palm Tungsten shown in some of the magazine
articles has been upgraded to the new Banks iQ – call for details!


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Ford 6.0L SpeedBrake

 

SpeedBrake works
with Banks tuners and
Banks iQ (available separately)

 

 


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ApplicationYear RangePart #
SpeedBrake
Ford 6.0L Power Stroke
Banks iQ NOT included | Emissions compliant: CARB E.O. D-161-91
2003-04 55455
SpeedBrake
Ford 6.0L Power Stroke
Banks iQ NOT included | Emissions compliant: CARB E.O. D-161-91
2005-07 55456
SpeedBrake
Ford 6.0L Power Stroke
for use w/PowerPDA (not included) | Emissions compliant: CARB E.O. D-161-91
2003-04 55457
SpeedBrake
Ford 6.0L Power Stroke
for use w/PowerPDA (not included) | Emissions compliant: CARB E.O. D-161-91
2005-07 55458
SpeedBrake
Ford 6.0L Power Stroke
includes Banks iQ | no T-Cpl | Emissions compliant: CARB E.O. D-161-91
2003-04 55459
SpeedBrake
Ford 6.0L Power Stroke
includes Banks iQ | no T-Cpl | Emissions compliant: CARB E.O. D-161-91
2005-07 55460
SpeedBrake
Ford 6.0L Power Stroke
includes Banks iQ and T-Cpl | Emissions compliant: CARB E.O. D-161-91
2003-04 55461
SpeedBrake
Ford 6.0L Power Stroke
includes Banks iQ and T-Cpl | Emissions compliant: CARB E.O. D-161-91
2005-07 55462

Owners Manual(s)

Tuner- Six-Gun Diesel Tuner & SpeedBrake, For use with Banks iQ '03-07
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SpeedBrake
03-07 Ford Power Stroke 6.0L
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SpeedBrake in Trailer Life

2009-05-18

Trailer Life magazine reviews Banks SpeedBrake

Banks' SpeedBrake is unlike anything offered by the factory or aftermarket, and it definitely works as claimed. It is obvious that a lot of development work went into this system. Despite its many features, the unit is easy to use, allowing the driver to concentrate on driving. During operation noise is minimal and allows normal conversation. The SpeedBrake's design adds a margin of safety and protects the engine and wheel brakes. This will help pay for itself in reduced maintenance and wear, particularly when towing, which can be tough on brakes.

Trailer Life
June 2009 (read the full review here)


SpeedBrake towing horses

2009-05-19

Never touched the brake pedal!

I towed My horses this weekend up and over 8% grade, IT WAS WONDERFUL COMING DOWN the other side, I normaly start at the top at 30mph and by the bottom I am braking and gearing keeping it slowed down,

I set the speed control at 30mph it was doing great, raised it to 35mph, by the time I hit the bottom I raised the speed to 40mph and sitting back in my seat and enjoyed the ride,

NEVER TOUCHED THE BRAKE PEDAL ALL THE WAY DOWN THE HILL!!!!!!!!

That was with 3 horse slant trailer with 2 horses, approx 7500 lbs, now the test for my 4 horse living quarters 8800lbs with out horses I will let you know.

Mark G.
Kearns, UT


SpeedBrake may have saved lives

2010-07-12

I wanted to let you know how the SpeedBrake may have saved my family's lives. I installed the PowerPack w/SpeedBrake in April of this year on my 2007 Ford F350 srw 6.0l I pull a 2007 Cedar Creek DayDreamer 34 RETS which loaded is close to 15,000 lbs. In June, we took our first trip outside the flat lands of the Midwest to Virginia. The trip took us up and down grades up to 8%. The longest descent was a 3 mile 6% grade in West Virginia and I never touched the brake pedal once. I just set the SpeedBrake to 50mph and it held that speed all the way down. The smell from the semi-trucks brakes was very evident in the air so much so that my wife questioned me as to what that awful smell was. Prior to leaving on this trip I did test the trailer brakes and they were functioning perfectly, they are electric over hydraulic. We arrived home late and had driven straight through so we were very tired. It was dark and raining so I parked the trailer haphazardly, disconnected and came back the next day to straighten it out and park it in its proper spot. When I hooked up and tested the trailer brakes I noticed I didn't have any. Upon further inspection, I found a brake line had pulled out of one of the calipers and was spewing brake fluid. I am not sure when this happened but I did notice the brake dust on the trucks front wheels during the trip seemed excessive, so much so that prior to leaving Virginia I wiped them down. I also noticed that below 15 mph, the amount of force I had to apply to the brake pedal seemed more than usual. The SpeedBrake did exactly what it was designed to do, and without it I am not so sure this trip would have ended with our safe return home. I can honestly say I am very satisfied with my purchase.

Thank You,
Mike C.
Chicago, Il


Banks SpeedBrake on Motorhead Garage

Going downhill can be scary if you're hauling a big load, and it can wear out brakes like crazy. The Banks SpeedBrake combats both those issues! Call 1-800-GET-POWER and find out what a difference it can make in your ride.

Accolades

This is one of those places that never fails to deliver exactly what they advertise. Their stuff simply works. It fits together the first time. It never breaks. How are those for credentials?


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