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Posted: 10/19/11 07:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone had the Banks System installed in there unit or know anyone that has? I just picked up a 39ft V-10 and on my way back from cali to vegas going thru the passes it was reving high (4000-4500) but it never dropped below 50mph.. I think if you plan on keeping your unit then the Banks is a must. But it you plan on trading up to a dp save the $$$$.. I think they say the Banks system is around $2200ish plus install which I don't think is to bad to pick up 80hp and I think about the same in Torque.


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Everything that I have read says Banks stuff is a waste of money on the 2006 and later F-53, but hey, if you want to spend money, go for it.

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Call Mike and talk to him, 5 Star.

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Pirate wrote:

Everything that I have read says Banks stuff is a waste of money on the 2006 and later F-53, but hey, if you want to spend money, go for it.


You have been misinformed. Goto Banks web site. The 30 valve engine gets slightly more performance than the 20 valve engine, when installing the Power Pack Kit.

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2011 V-10 and can't say enough good things about it. Coming home from picking it up, had to hit the baker grade just outside of Vegas and was able to maintain 50-55 up the whole thing. I really wanted a Diesel, but glad I went this route.


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restorodder wrote:

We actually got better gas milage,than when I kept the RPM's below 3400 RPM's.


I think a lot of people miss this point about a fully loaded gas truck engine. Increasing the RPM's let the engine work less therefore better MPG in many cases because they can better stay in their power band.

While a different engine our MPG increased by 1-2 MPG when traveling at 70 MPH in the MH when we lowered the gear ratio by 2.5% by changing from 8R 19.5 tires to 225/70 19.5 tires.

Look at this Prius's RPM increase by 50% going up a not to steep grade.

No a Prius and MH are NOT identical but to hit 50 MPG they opt to greatly increase the RPM due to the engine load increasing.

Could it have something to do with keeping the small engine in its power BAND?


While our MH's do not have a CVT like the Prius we can force a major jump in RPM on major hills by down shifting once and twice for hills that drop us below 55 MPH in our case.

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gone2dadesert wrote:

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What are your towing expectations?
To tow your vehicle at 75+ mph up a 7% grade and get 20mpg?
Except for the 20 mpg, I just did that 2 weeks ago, only the toad weighs 4600 lbs, and I started the bottom of the hill at 60 mph, so it is possible.

Even though your situation is different, as others are telling you, let the engine spin. You have more HP than many of the diesels. You won't feel that HP, unless the engine is spinning and the peddle is on the floor. Gassers are still turning low RPMs at cruise, trying to improve mileage. This means they will shift a lot when they need power. The power is there, but it needs to shift to access that power.


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Pirate wrote:

Everything that I have read says Banks stuff is a waste of money on the 2006 and later F-53, but hey, if you want to spend money, go for it.


You have been misinformed. Goto Banks web site. The 30 valve engine gets slightly more performance than the 20 valve engine, when installing the Power Pack Kit.

Richard
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I don't know what you're expecting but we just can back from Myrtle Beach on 10/16, took I-77 thru Carolinas, Virginia 7 W. Virginia plus up on Blue Ridge Pky. with my v-10 & toad. gotta keep those rpm's up will pull hills ok. your probably familiar with those mountain roads. we had no problems. just wish fall trees had more color.

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Just got my packet from Banks. Their Rep offered me a $300 discount if ordered and shipped direct to my service shop. The Banks performance numbers are impressive and a bit better mpg's to boot.

I must say tho, even with just one trip in our new 08 Four Winds Hurricane 34B I was very pleased with the V10 power. Going over Donner Summit on I80 was no problem. But who doesn't want more power & torque. :'}. Not sure if I want to spend the $ now tho.

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